SPORTS AND RECREATION
the town of palm beach has scores of architectually significant public buildings and homes. many of the buildings and mansion's mediterranean style was influenced by the famous south florida architect addison mizner. to see some of palm beaches most magnificant mansions take ocean blvd. north and south of worth ave.
W. Palm Beach, Florida
"sunny palm lines streets and lushlife"
Rated the Best Mid-sized city in America, W. Palm Beach is a funky city frequented by people from all walks of life. The attractions are naturally, geared toward beaches and boating, but there are attractions for singles, as well as families.
While in W. Palm Beach, I stayed at the Breakers (http://www.thebreakers.com/about_the_breakers/), a beautiful AAA 5 diamond rated hotel. Just visiting the Breakers is a reason to go to W. Palm.
The beaches & people are beautiful, and the weather is fantastic!
Home of the Uber-rich
Henry Flagler (1830-1913) was one of the men who helped to create the Florida resort industry, and this museum in Palm Beach - his former mansion - stands as testament to his energy and power. Flagler was born in upstate New York, and made his fortune working with John D. Rockefeller and the monopolistic and very profitable Standard Oil Company. (Flagler was Rockefeller's right-hand man, so-to-speak, and he did very well by it, thank-you-very-much.)
Flagler was one of the first major investors to realize the possibilities of Florida Real Estate. Starting in the 1880s, he began to buy up enormous tracts of land in South Florida. He also invested in local and regional railway companies, steamship lines, and hotels. All told he invested over $40 million in Florida projects in the late 19th century - an enormous sum of money back then. This mansion in tony Palm Beach contains an interesting assortment of items associated with Flagler's glory years, and it certainly reflects the wealth that he possessed and which later made Palm Beach synonymous with America's plutocracy.
"Society of the Four Arts"
The wealthy residents of Palm Beach have many amenities in their community. One of them is the cultural center of "The Society of the Four Arts," a library, gallery, and scupture park that is immediately off "Royal Palm Way," on the Inter-Coastal waterway.
When I was there in May 2005, the gallery and the sculpture garden were closed "for the season," the season having ended in April when so many Palm Beach residents leave to visit some of their other properties around the world.
The "pod" has landed in Palm Beach.
Actually, this is an "installation" on the grounds of the Society of the Four Arts.