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Magnificent Executive & Estate Homes in a Gated Lakefront Community With its prime location in the heart of Royal Palm Beach, BellaSera is a gated, lakefront community offering a beautiful selection of executive and estate homes nestled upon peninsulas. Luxury amenities come as standard, at no extra cost with Lennar's "Everthing's Incuded®" package. The Cabana Clubhouse exquisitely caters to your family and friends, while nearby schools, restaurants, shopping and the beaches make BellaSera one of Palm Beach County’s most sought-after new home communities.

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Top 25 Employers: Big Business in Palm Beach

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welcome to

PALM BEACH county Here, the sands are sparkling gold, the air is silken and warm, the silver moon lights the balmy evenings, and sunsets offer a spectacular show nearly every night. Leave your snow blower, crampons and windshield scraper up north. You’re home now – welcome to Florida.

Your day starts with an invigorating jog along a tropical trail, then an amazing breakfast on the beach at Café Luna Rossa. You head to Palm Beach to take in the high fashion and hot specialty shops on Worth Avenue, then cool down with a handmade treat at the iconic pink Sloan’s Ice Cream Shop on Clematis Street. The afternoon may find you taking a chartered yacht cruise on the Intracoastal Waterway, viewing both beautiful estate homes and lush nature parks. Evenings can draw you to a comedy show at the Palm Beach Improv, or an orchestral concert at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. When you’re ready for dinner, Palm Beach offers restaurants in every imaginable cuisine, and there is lively night life to be found afterwards. Palm Beach County is the quintessential land of perpetual sunshine. Temperatures can range into the 90°F zone during the summer

months, with typical winter temperatures

amenities. Cranes dot the skyline across

in the 70s during the day. The first and only

the county, with home developers Minto,

recorded snow in Palm Beach County was

Lennar, CalAtlantic and others expanding

in 1977, so it's a great place to escape those

these attractive housing options. Palm Beach

dark, icy winters.

County is the place to be and the developers are working to meet the rising demand.

For those who love the sunshine and engaging with a rich cultural environment,

Buildings and homes vary in architectural

great shopping, impressive schools and

style throughout the county. Older single

magnificent homes, no place is equal to

level homes, following more of the tradi-

Palm Beach County. With an immense array

tional Florida style, are still available in some

of outdoor activities, you can find something

communities. Homeowner associations are

for every activity level. For those who enjoy

extremely popular, as are gated developments

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inches of annual rain make it easy to create tropical oasis in your backyard.

Palm Beach County has 39 municipalities, ranging from quaint villages to cities

People are flocking into the county, taking

rich in nightlife and culture, offering every

advantage of an abundance of new commu-

kind of lifestyle imaginable. Whether you

nities that feature state of the art homes

are looking for an active senior commu-

and urban condominium living that offers

nity, somewhere to raise a young family, or

convenient downtown access and stellar

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flourish, the county offers the perfect niche for everyone. As the largest county in the State of Florida, it covers 2,268 square miles, including portions of Lake Okeechobee and the Intracoastal Waterway, which account for 245 square miles. It also boasts 45 linear miles of beaches. The county is so large it covers more land area than Rhode Island or Delaware. With 45 miles of shoreline along Florida’s Gold Coast, numerous lakes and ponds, and a wide-ranging canal system that reaches from the ocean to the Everglades, water is never far away. With a population of over 1.4 million and growing, Palm Beach County is the third largest in Florida, and outpaced most of the country for population growth during 2017. St. Lucie County just to the north is also a fast-growth area, with population rising nearly three percent last year. West Palm Beach, with its shopping, nightlife and trendy atmosphere, is the largest city, covering 52 square miles with a population of approximately 106,779. Following West Palm Beach is Boca Raton (93,235 residents), Boynton Beach (73,966 residents), Delray Beach (66,255 residents) and Wellington, the “Winter Equestrian Capital of the World,” with 62,560 residents. The county has a strong economy driven by the top three industries in Palm Beach County: tourism, construction and agriculture. With

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the Scripps Research Institute and the Max Planck Florida Institute of Neuroscience located in Jupiter, at the northeast end of the county, there is a booming bioscience industry. Entrepreneurial spirit also has its place in Palm Beach County, where a welcoming business climate has attracted a thriving population of startups in fields ranging from biotech and research labs to computer apps to green energy to equine medical advances to aeronautical products. Palm Beach County offers many different options, whether you’re seeking a fastpaced urban experience, a family-oriented fun-filled lifestyle, an equestrian-focused existence, or leisurely recreation. Florida is the place to spend your time outdoors, and Palm Beach is famous for its abundance of parks and recreational areas, its pristine beaches and coral reefs, its meandering nature walks through preserved wildlands, and the many aquatic adventures if offers for those who love boating, water skiing, paddle boarding or surfing.

COMMUNITIES FOR ALL Downtown West Palm Beach is an urban mecca where culture and the arts meld with high-fashion shopping, lively nightlife and world-class eateries. The median age of the downtown population is 39 years old, and there is plenty of beautiful new housing available for the urban dweller. High rise

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buildings offer beautiful views of the ocean while staying within walking distance of, or even living above, the action. Whether renting or owning is your goal, you’ll find something just right for you in the heart of downtown. A weekly green market that runs from October to May offers local produce and goods. Downtown West Palm Beach is one of only three major hubs on South Florida’s soon to launch Brightline Rail Service. The pink, blue, orange and lime high speed trains will run from Miami to Orlando in just over two hours, and are expected to add to Palm Beach County’s booming economy. Tri-Rail’s planned Coastal Link service will link the historic downtowns of Florida’s eastern seaboard from Miami north, with new hubs of housing, shopping, dining and arts districts centered on these stations already being planned. Culture is a big part of life downtown, where the Armory Art Center, Flagler Museum, Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach Dramaworks, the Palm Beach Opera, the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and other venues offer music, shows, fine arts exhibitions and more. Special events such as SunFest, a three-day music festival, draws a crowd of more than 275,000 visitors to the downtown area every year and is always a huge hit.


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Travel less than a half hour west of West Palm Beach and reach the Village of Wellington, a residential community with a population that nearly doubles during the winter season – including its population of horses! Wellington’s many world class equestrian venues attract everyone from amateurs to Olympic athletes to professionals. The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center is host to the Winter Equestrian Festival for hunters and jumpers as well as the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Polo, the fast-paced sport of kings, takes place at the International Polo Club Palm Beach as well as the Grand Champions Polo Club. Wellington features a comprehensive parks and recreation system with plenty of camps, classes and leagues, along with a new tennis center, a skate park, dog park, aquatics center and amphitheater. Wellington boasts two environmental preserves – the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Environmental Preserve and the Peaceful

Boasting more than 8,000 acres of land, divided between 79 parks – two water parks are included in the count – there are beaches, trails, camping, grill sites and explorations a plenty.

Waters Sanctuary, as well as 34 parks with many village-run sports programs.

city parks that offer playgrounds, grills and picnic tables, making a day at the beach a comfortable and relaxing experience.

The City of Boca Raton, south of West Palm Beach, is known for its two-mile stretch of beaches that are protected by lifeguards, offering a safe and serene environment for leisure, sports and enjoying nature. Boca Raton is known for its pristine shallow water reefs and coral encrusted shipwrecks, both highly popular with snorkelers and scuba divers. The beautiful beaches that line Boca

Downtown Boca Raton boasts the Mizner Park Amphitheater which serves as a popular city gathering place that hosts music festivals, expos, special events and holiday celebrations. Boca Raton is rich in dining options, nightlife, arts and culture. Town Center at Boca Raton, a Simon Mall, offers an endless array of high fashion stores to complement the boutiques and specialty stores downtown.

Raton’s barrier island are connected by Jupiter, north of West Palm Beach, has multiple parks where eco-tourism booms. Kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving and more are available. Jupiter’s Riverwalk along 2.5 miles of the Intracoastal Waterway is in the works and will provide trails for bike riding, walking and observing Florida abundant birds and wildlife in their natural habitats. Boating is a favorite pastime at the parks in Jupiter, where waterways and beaches offer residents a chance to soak up the Florida sunshine while enjoying an active adventure. River tours, bird watching, camping and more are available at the state parks.

AFFORDABLE LIVING, POSSIBLY The cost of living varies in Palm Beach County, however, according to www.zillow. com, the median home value is $253,000 in the county. In recent years, www.trulia.com listed Palm Beach County as the secondhighest priced metro area in the state, and the 15th in the United States. Data shows that 50.6 percent of a resident’s monthly income is spent on housing, utilities and commuting, with the median listing price of a 4-bedroom home, as of July 2017, was $345,000 in West Palm Beach.

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making West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County solid investments. The average listing price for a home in Wellingtong as of July 2017 was 353,700, with home values up 7.7 percent over a year ago. Currently, Zillow is estimating that the sale price will rise another .6% within the next year. In

comparison,

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percent

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monthly income was spent on housing, was deemed the least affordable U.S. metropolitan city. In West Palm Beach, 33.8 percent of monthly income is spent on housing. New York is higher, with 47.8 percent of monthly income spent on housing. Housing in Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas and

Reasonably-priced communities, homes and condominiums are abundant.

ACTIVE CITIZENS Palm Beach County offers endless recreational choices for active citizens and residents. Boasting more than 8,000 acres of land divided between 79 parks – including two water parks – there are miles of beaches and trails, camping, grill sites and explorations a-plenty. Entrance to many parks is free, with nominal fees for the others. Peanut Island Park, accessible by boat in Riviera Beach, offers camping, beaches, a lagoon, camping, flatwater fishing and plenty of fun with historical twist. Located on the island are the Palm Beach Maritime Museum, and the John F. Kennedy Bunker.

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an immersive experience in Japanese history and culture. Located on the historical site of a former pineapple plantation, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens features bonsai, Japanese gardens from many eras of Japanese history, special shows and events and a theater. Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach features baseball fields, bicycle paths, water ski lakes, disk golf, a dog park, fishing, golf, BMX biking and more, encouraging plenty of active fun in a sprawling 1,700 acres. Palm Beach County is known as “The Golf Capital of the World” and offers more than 150 public and private golf courses, with rolling green hills, pristine sand traps and

Ohio all came in with less than 20 percent of monthly income spent on housing.

The Morikami Park in Delray Beach offers

Loggerhead Park, in Juno Beach offers a nature trail, picnic areas, the beach, and is home to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, an ocean conservation and educational organization where more than 200,000 visiyear 1come to learn about sea turtles. 9:10tors PM aPage

elegant lakes. Polo and equestrian sports are a notable feature of Palm Beach County. Professional and Olympic equestrians offer classes, compete often and are accessible. There

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Wellington Regional Medical Center, Saint Mary’s Medical Center and many more.

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The Scripps and Max Planck Florida Institute are situated close by and both are on the cutting edge of research and medical technology.

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aren’t many places where it is common to see a world-famous athlete in the supermarket. In Wellington, however, you’re likely to bump into several of them. The equestrian community hosts many special events in addition to games and competitions, including the Great Charity Challenge, a show jumping event where charities are paired with horse and rider teams. The Great Charity Challenge takes place at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, and has distributed more than $7.5 million to 150 nonprofit organizations across Palm Beach County in the last six years.

EDUCATION The School District of Palm Beach County, the fifth largest in Florida, and the 11th largest in the country, includes 187 schools, with 188,000 students who speak 152 languages and 12,290 teachers. Before and after school programs provide convenient programs for parents, while enriching the educational experience of students. The district boasts more than 279 award-winning programs, and features Choice Programs and Career Academies, helping students to follow their dreams and achieve their career goals. Many schools place and emphasis on their International Baccalaureate programs, the Montessori method, STEM (science, technology,

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and several languages, as well as language programs and an International Spanish Academy, are available. A number of public schools in the district are known for their specialty programs, including the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. Palm Beach County also has many private schools, including The King’s Academy, which boasts award-winning musicals through its theatre company. Both private and public schools in the county offer a wide variety of programs and specialties, sure to enrich the educational experience of any child, and helping to develop a bright future as they prepare for college. Public and private colleges and universities within Palm Beach County include Palm Beach State College and Florida Atlantic University, along with a number of specialty schools for nursing, technology and the arts.

HEALTHCARE Palm Beach County offers many conveniently located hospitals that have won awards, including Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Florida and Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee. Additional hospitals in the area include Bethesda Health, Martin Health System, JFK Medical Center, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Jupiter Medical Center,

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If learning and soaking in artistic culture is a favorite pastime, look no further than West Palm Beach. There is a full complement of cultural activities year around, from SunFest, the annual 3-day music festival on the beach, to the Norton Museum of Art that offers fine arts exhibitions featuring American, Chinese, and European art, contemporary art and photography, and special events on Thursday nights. The internationally-recognized Norton brings together interesting and poignant exhibitions. Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, the historical former home of Henry Flagler built in 1902, features guided tours, special programs and changing exhibitions. Whitehall, a two-story building covering more than 100,000 feet with 55 rooms, contains the museum and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a magnificent example of the grand homes of the Gilded Age. Seasonal special events and programs, such as a Valentine’s Day tea, Christmas at Whitehall, the annual Christmas tree lighting, holiday tours, music series featuring fine chamber music in an intimate setting, historic lectures and children’s programs can all be experienced. Travel south to Jupiter, and experience a night out at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. The nonprofit theatre is committed to performance, education and production, and is one of Florida’s best professional theatres. Special events are always happening at the Maltz, with every season featuring a roster of currently popular shows such as Disney’s Newsies, Hairspray, and the great classic musical, South Pacific.

DINING & SHOPPING Palm Beach County offers open-air shopping centers such as CityPlace in Downtown West Palm Beach, Mizner Park in Boca


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Raton, and the new Palm Beach Outlets. Weekend green markets attract visitors from far and wide and are dog-friendly, offering both leisurely strolls and locally grown fresh produce, including many organic products. Many restaurants in the county take advantage of the year-around warm weather with outdoor seating. Specialty produce and meats, locally caught fresh fish, and homemade desserts that reflect the diverse tropical ingredients available in Florida are often found at fine dining restaurants in Palm Beach County. Dining is an experience, not just a meal, at places like The Breakers Palm Beach, a five-star hotel and resort with luxurious brunches, and the International Polo Club Palm Beach, with its lavish buffet featuring original recipes and fantastic delights.

BUSINESS SUCCESS

are growing. Agribusiness, engineering,

Palm Beach County’s labor force boasts 726,823 people, with an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent, which is down 1% since 2016. According to the U.S. Census, Palm Beach County ranks number 7 nationally in job growth, as of April 2016. Seven of the highest growth jobs in Palm Beach County are in health care roles (e.g., nurse practitioners, occupational therapists). Other top occupations are in mathematics/science, interpreters and translators, and in specialized construction skills, reflecting the rapid growth of the region.

financial services, health care, technology, life sciences, the marine industry and manufacturing are just some of the industries that are growing exponentially within the region.

WELCOME TO PALM BEACH COUNTY With a vast offering of indoor and outdoor activities, nightlife and culture, a growing economy offering plenty of opportunity, a hot job market, and an array of housing to meet the needs of anyone – from urban single to active senior to young family –

The top five jobs are office and administrative support; executives, managers and administrators; building and grounds maintenance; sales; and food preparation and service. At the same time, many industries

Palm Beach County in South Florida is a top choice for anyone seeking a great place to relocate. Welcome home!

TEN interesting FACTS About Palm Beach County 1

A U.S. Army fort built in Jupiter in 1838 is believed to be the first permanent non-Indian settlement in the area. The fort was followed by the first civilian residents who starting maintaining the Jupiter Lighthouse in 1860.

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West Palm Beach incorporated in 1894, making it the oldest municipality in the county.

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The three major industries in Palm Beach County are tourism, construction and agriculture. There are also many high-tech industries such as bioscience that contribute to the growing economy. The average wage is $51,868 - $4,0 0 0 a year higher than the Florida average.

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Tourism accounts for more than 90,700 jobs in hospitality businesses such as hotels, restaurants, stores and transportation services and others. More than 7.35 million people – including 740,000 international visitors and business people, visited Palm Beach County in 2016, booking 4.4 million room nights.

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The Palm Beach County School District is the largest employer in Palm Beach County with approximately over 22,000 employees and over 37,000 volunteers.

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Palm Beach County’s 47 miles of beaches give access to more than 20 coral reefs and dozens of divable sunken ships teeming with sea life.

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The average winter daytime temperature in Palm Beach County is 74 degrees and 90 degrees in the summer. The average rainfall is 62 inches per year. The first and last recorded snowfall was in 1977.

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Palm Beach County’s Parks and Recreation Department operates 81 parks with more than 8,000 acres of land to explore. Many county parks feature athletic facilities, camp sites, trails and beaches. And don’t forget the two water parks!

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With more than 160 golf courses -- more than any other county in the United States -- Palm Beach County is “The Golf Capital of The World.” And more than just golf clubs are swinging on the over 1,000 tennis courts and in the spring training camps of the Florida Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Palm Beach County leads the nation in the production of sugar and sweet corn. Eighteen percent of all sugar in the United States is produced here.

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BUSINESS and economy Palm Beach County has a striking diversity of major industries. Alongside the agribusiness and leisure industries that originally built the Palm Beaches are a dynamic clean tech and high-tech sector, rapidly growing medical and life sciences components, and aviation and aerospace technologies.

In 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reported

companies in the nation: Orange Theory,

that Palm Beach County ranked #7 nation-

Solar Media Team, Blackstone Labs, and

ally in job growth, beating out dozens of hot

Tribeca Marketing Group. South Florida is

job markets in California, the Southwestern

currently the hot location for startups, with a

United States, and the economic engines of

high-tech/green energy/biosciences startup

the Northeast. Governor Scott announced

corridor forming between West Palm Beach

that the county had added 17,000 new jobs

and Deerfield Beach, which is just over the

over the course of the previous year. The

county line to the south. A strong regional

largest job gains over the year in the West

economy supports all players, and while

Palm Beach area were in professional and

each South Florida county has a unique

business services (4,500), leisure and hospi-

mix of enterprises, taken together, they are

tality (4,000) and education and health

surpassing growth in most other states.

services (3,600). Job openings continue to reflect the growth of science and technology

The mix of top industries in Palm Beach

in the county with 5,188 STEM-focused

County includes agribusiness – itself a high

career openings in July 2016. Coupled with

technology business in this era, aviation/

a high population influx of 22,000 new resi-

aerospace engineering and manufacturing,

dents in 2016 – adding people to the county

business and financial services, clean tech-

faster than 41 U.S. states -- it is clear that

nology and energy, distribution and logistics,

Palm Beach County is in high growth mode.

equestrian, health care, private equity and hedge

funds,

information

technology/

Indeed, four local businesses made it into

telecom, life sciences, manufacturing, and

the Inc. Magazine top 100 fastest growing

the marine industry. With it’s incredible

weather and tropical location, the county boasts one of the strongest hospitality sectors in the United States. The diversity of these industries is directly supported by the highly diverse and skilled talent pool. Many are drawn to the county by the exceptional job and business prospects. The U.S. Census Bureau reports a median household income of $53,363 – a full $5,800 higher than the average for the state of Florida. With no state income tax and low sales and property taxes, Floridians have among the highest retained incomes in the United States. Palm Beach County offers an excellent infrastructure with most workers experiencing lower commute times than average in the state. Employers seeking candidates both from within and out of state can back up recruiting with the lifestyle advantages of a much larger urban area, abundant outdoor activities, and an excellent quality of life.

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Photos courtesy of The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority

Companies seeking to relocate to the area have many options for choosing locations, from urban centers to technology parks to agricultural acreage, and everything in between.

DIVERSE WORKFORCE Palm Beach County is Florida’s third most populous, with over 1.4 million people and a growth rate projected by the state to be 5.3 percent between 2015 and 2020. Although the perception outside the state is that Florida’s residents are primarily retired and elderly, the median age in the Palm Beaches is 44. Workers in Palm Beach County have an above average high school graduation rate of 87.8 percent, and 34 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Those holding college degrees remain in high demand across the county – especially for those in STEM fields -- making it an attractive option for both young graduates and more experienced mid-career and executive personnel. Palm Beach County has a significant Hispanic population of 19 percent presenting a tremendous advantage for businesses in international trade with Latin America or Central America, or firms seeking to enter Cuba as this highly anticipated marketplace re-opens to the world during the next decade.

MAJOR INDUSTRIES The Palm Beach Business Development Board has identified thirteen industry clusters, whose grouping of interrelated

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businesses complement each other and are economic drivers for the county. Agribusiness: The historical core of Palm Beach County’s economy is agribusiness which extends from just outside the coastal cities west to Lake Okeechobee. Approximately 456,000 acres are devoted to agriculture and ranching, comprising more than a third of the county. The output of $1.41 billion in agricultural sales for 2014-15 leads all counties east of the Mississippi River, and is one of the ten largest agricultural county outputs in the United States. The county is a national leader in the production of sugarcane, fresh sweet corn, and sweet bell peppers, and lead the state in production of lettuce, rice, radishes, Chinese vegetables, specialty leaf vegetables and celery. Additionally, annual revenue within the county from the landscape and landscape maintenance business tops the state at $450 million. Aviation | Aerospace | Engineering: Palm Beach County is a recognized national leader in the aviation/aerospace/engineering industry, with an economic impact of $6.78 billion. There are an estimated 20,000 employees in 1,352 businesses – including those that support the industry -- earning an average wage more than $94,000. The few small airstrips that became Florida’s World War II military installations have grown to become a major industry, including commercial avaiation, air cargo, air defense projects, and rocket engines. Firms located in the county include B/E Aerospace (the worldwide leading manufacturer

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of passenger-cabin interior products for jet aircraft), Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney, Aerojet Rocketdyne, and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, which manufactures the U.S. Army’s UH-60M BlackHawk helicopter here. Educational institutions throughout the county work with the aviation/aerospace sector to provide a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce. Business and Financial Services: Palm Beach County provides an excellent environment for financial, banking and investment firms, and is among the national leaders for these serivdes. Financial organizations requiring specialized business and financial expertise find it easily in Palm Beach County, due to the high concentration of peers and related supporting firms. The Business Development Board estimates that 60 to 70 asset management firms have opened offices locally in the past four years, and West Palm Beach alone has more than 230 incorporated financial services firms. Now considered to be the “Wall Street of the South,” West Palm Beach has benefitted from the migration of financial professionals from the northeastern states. With no state individual income tax, corporate gains tax, or top marginal taxes for individuals and estates, Florida is a highly attractive location for the affluent, and the financial companies that serve them. Clean Tech: The geography and climate of the Palm Beaches provide significant solar, biomass, and ocean energy sources, which is why Florida ranks third nationally in clean


energy jobs. Florida is number one in annual biomass production, number one in net energy generation from biomass, and seventh nationally in generation from renewable sources, including hydroelectric and solar. The state supports research and development in the industry through renewable tax incentives and support of research centers. Notable cleantech businesses include the Sunshine State Biomass Cooperative, Florida Crystals, and Enerfuel. Both Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College are home to clean energy research institutes.

biotech, health care, life sciences, research and development, pharmaceutical, and medical device manufacturers. This “bench to bed” cluster of life sciences and healthcare organizations is anchored by two world-renowned research institutes, the Scripps Florida Research Institute and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, and capitalizes on the presence of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at

Florida Atlantic University, and the Biotech Technology Complex at Palm Beach State College at Palm Beach Gardens. Palm Beach County’s 14 hospitals and many medical facilities incorporate the latest scientific findings and technology developed locally and around the world, and collaborate with the research institutions regarding best practices, completing the “bench-to-bed” cycle. | CONTINUED PAGE 26 >

Distribution and Logistics: Palm Beach County is centrally located to Florida’s largest population centers, and has convenient access to world markets via the port. The county is home to 14 distribution centers totaling over 3.2 million square feet. These distribution centers take advantage of Intermodal Systems Highways, railroads, airports, and the Port of Palm Beach. Among the firms operating distribution centers here are Aldi, American Tire, Cheney Bros., Federal Express, Publix, Sysco, U.S. Food Service, and Walgreen’s. Equestrian: With an estimated $600 million impact on the county, equestrian sports is a signature economic sector for the county. No other place in the world can compare with the concentration of sport horses in Palm Beach County. The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington is the more recognizable equestrian sports venue in the United States, and in recent years more than $20 million has been invested in creating the state of the art facility. The Winter Equestrian Festival runs from January to April annually, hosting competitions for jumpers, hunters and equitation, attracting over 250,000 people and more than 7,000 horses to the event. The International Polo Club is located in Wellington, and hosts 260 games during the season, culminating in the U.S. Open Polo Championship. Healthcare and Life Sciences: Palm Beach County’s healthcare industry is vital to its economy, providing over 50,000 jobs at more than 1,500 healthcare-related businesses. Palm Beach County recently formed LifeHelix, to identify a regional definition and identity, and focus the growth efforts of

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FINANCIAL DISTRICT Financial services have been thriving in West Palm Beach, and even more so in the last year, since the Flagler Financial District was officially unveiled in December of 2016. It was named after, and inspired by, industrialist Henry Flagler. Founding partner of Standard Oil, Flagler established industries ranging from transportation infrastructure, tourism and agriculture, that helped form Florida’s economy, ranging from a hotel in Jacksonville to what eventually became the Florida East Coast Railway System, Flagler was a visionary. In 1893, he bought land in Palm Beach, eventually building the largest resort hotel in the world, attracting the rich and famous. Flagler is credited with laying out the city of West Palm Beach, through hard work and dedication. Naming the financial district after Flagler seemed only fitting, after all, his entrepreneurial spirit and extraordinary vision can be seen at every turn downtown. His legacy remains, and serves as a reminder of success and potential. West Palm Beach is a place where residents can balance life and business. The Flagler Financial District offers all of that and more, in just a few short blocks. One can find the district – which stretches from Seventh Street to Okeechobee Boulevard, and from Rosemary Avenue to Flagler Drive and the waterfront, almost completely enclosed within the area stretching between two of the bridges to Palm Beach - by looking up and around and seeing banners, markers, logos, street signs and more; key office buildings and significant businesses are marked by brass plaques and street side banners. The names of the businesses in this new, innovative district, are well recognizable, ranging from Wexford Capital, PNC Florida Regional Headquarters, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Northwestern Trust, Meryl Lynch and Raymond James to the First Bank of the Palm Beaches, investment banking offices, cer tified public accountant firms and more. The emerging West Palm Beach financial hub is home to hundreds of hedge funds, private equity firms, family offices and big banks.

For starters, it is more affordable to run a large, successful business in Palm Beach County. There is plenty of affordable office space available, a diverse range of housing nearby, whether that means living on a yacht, in a mansion or in a high rise, all of which can be a short commute from work to home, making a business-life balance easy to maintain in picturesque Palm Beach County. For businesses earning more than $500,000, the lack of state income tax can mean saving more than $40,0 0 0 a year. There is no income tax on limited partnerships, no corporate franchise tax on capital stock, and there are exemptions and tax credits available for qualified businesses. Additional business advantages in Florida include the absence of property tax on business inventories and no corporate income tax on subchapter S-corporations, or limited partnerships and more. There’s a synergy, an energy, to downtown West Palm Beach, and the financial district thrives off of that energy. Walk a block or two in any direction and there is the perfect eatery for a snack or meal. Nearby restaurants and entertainment offerings provide the perfect atmosphere to wine, dine and charm clients. West Palm Beach has a vibrant arts, cultural and entertainment atmosphere, with concerts, special events, galleries and clubs. Top-notch healthcare, quality neighborhoods and schools, and plenty of shopping add to the big-city benefits of West Palm Beach, while it still maintains its small-town ambience and charm. West Palm Beach is one of the most vibrant and walkable towns in America, providing an engaging nightlife to enjoy after a day in the office. With Brightline’s inter-city passenger rail service, business professionals have the ability to travel to/from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in record time, while remaining connected and stay productive along the way with cutting-edge connectivity options. Or, you can go a few blocks east and listen to the waves hit the sand, watching the sun set or the moon rise.

After all, the Flagler Financial District is becoming known as the “Wall Street of the South.” High-powered executives from N e w Yo r k w h o l i v e o n Pa l m Beach pa r t-t i m e have found the allure of To learn more about the Flagler Financial District and the ocean, the war m, how it would be the perfect fit for your company, contact balmy evenings and the West Palm Beach Director of Economic Development m i l d w i nte r s i n c re d i b l y Chris Roog at (561) 262-6901 or croog@wpb.org, appealing. It only makes or visit www.flaglerfinancialdistrict.com. sense that they would want to grow their companies i n We s t Pa l m B e a c h , a location offering alternat i ves that ma ke it m o re appealing than New York.

If that isn’t enough, the City of West Palm Beach is offering multiple incentives to move a business to the Flagler Financial District, both for employers and employees. Whether a company needs expedited permitting, financial assistance, access to specialized g rants o r other guidance, West Palm Beach can create a made-for-you corporate relocation package.


If you’re doing business in South Florida, do it in the right place.

A BROAD RANGE OF AVAILABLE OFFICE SPACE A DEDICATED DISTRICT OFFERING THE SYNERGY OF RELATED BUSINESSES THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT FOR CLIENT ENTERTAINMENT AND AFTER-HOURS RELAXATION PROXIMITY TO GLOBAL WEALTH SET AMONG ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST VIBRANT AND WALKABLE DOWNTOWNS

The driving force behind the best businesses in the area, the Flagler Financial District is proud to call West Palm Beach its home – a city Inc. Magazine called, “One of the top 25 cities to do business in America.” As one of America’s few urban sectors specifically catering to the distinct needs of business and finance, the District offers the region’s proximity to global wealth and the convenience of international travel. Watch your business thrive thanks to a strong community found among South Florida’s most relaxed and refined locales.

Come see for yourself. For your personalized information package, contact Chris Roog at: 561.822.1416

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RIGHT JOB So, you like what Palm Beach County has to offer and you’ve decided to make the big move to the Sunshine State, Good for you! Now it’s time to jump those hurdles and make it happen. Assuming you’re not moving to start your own business, one of the most important hurdles is the question, “Where am I going to work?” The answer is just a few clicks away. Most, if not all, of the websites owned by Palm Beach-area businesses and associations, from the local drug store to government to Fortune 500 international conglomerates and beyond, have on them, pages dedicated to profiling available employment positions, along with instructions or applications enabling people to throw their names into the employment hat, so to speak. If you are interested in employment with a specific company, seeing what jobs are available is little more than a quick search through its website, follow the links entitled “jobs” or “employment” and you’re there! In doing so, keep in mind that there are as many ways to organize a website as there are businesses, so employment pages are easier to find on some business sites than others. If an employment link is not readily obvious, most sites have “search” boxes that online visitors can use to look for specific items or information using keywords, such as, in the case of work, the aforementioned “jobs” or “employment.” Should one’s employment desires in Palm Beach County be less particular in terms of what company one works for, there are many websites whose main purpose is employment, where businesses can post ads about open positions that prospective employees can search and apply. While each of them is set up differently, most work in much the same way. Jobs are organized into several searchable categories, such as location, professional category (“healthcare, “marketing” or “arts,” to name a few), keyword, income, and frequency of work (part- or full-time, per diem, temporary, etc.). One can opt for a simple search (location, professional category, and/or keyword) or an advanced search, which can be tailored any number of ways to fit the searcher’s needs. There is a wide degree of variation in the employment submission process, from a simple email with one’s resume attached to extensive online applications that can include competency tests. However, most online employment presences, be it corporate-specific or an employment clearing house, have on them methods by which potential employees can save and edit their initial applications, thereby saving time and effort with future job applications should initial employment requests not pan out. Below is a short listing of major employment sites one can explore to find open employment positions in the Palm Beach County area. It is by no means all-inclusive, but rather is meant as a springboard to launch one’s foray into the area job market. A good strategy would be to visit several employment sites during one’s job search to more effectively blanket an area. While some overlap does occur, it’s worth it to wade through jobs that appear on multiple sites to find those unique gems.

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www.palmbeachcountyjobs.org

www.simplyhired.com

www.careerbuilder.com

www.palmbeachpost.com/jobs

www.indeed.com

www.jobing.com

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IT and Telecommunications: The first IBM personal computers were designed and manufactured in Boca Raton, and its technology core has remained strong ever since. Today, 1,400 technology and IT firms call Palm Beach County home, employing more than 18,000 professionals with an average salary of $71,000. Florida’s IT research and development activities amount to more than $8 billion annually, and the state ranks fourth nationally in high-tech establishments, is the third-largest exporter of high-tech products, and is fifth in hightech employment. The area is recognized as a prime place to locate technology firms and startups, a reputation that encompasses Deerfield Beach, just across the Hillsboro River from Boca Raton. Manufacturing: Palm Beach County is an attractive location for manufacturers, offering targeted industry incentives including sales and use tax exemptions, and tax credits and refunds for capital investment, R&D, and job creation. There is a valuable network of higher education, vocational education, and customized training programs. Nationally recognized export assistance programs, robust financial and professional services industry, and strong logistics and distribution network add to the appeal of locating in the county. The local workforce offers particular expertise in advanced materials, aerospace, biomedical, IT, defense, marine, and green technologies. Palm Beach County offers unmatched access to large and developing markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. Marine Industry: With more than 40,000 registered boaters in the county, the marine industry has an economic impact of $1.35 billion, ranging from boat and equipment sales to the nearly 20,000 jobs provided by the sector to the revenue generated by marinas and boatyards, and more. Downtown West Palm Beach is home to the Palm Beach International Boat Show, which attracts 47,000 people from around the world. The Rivera Beach Maritime Academy provides a career pathway with programs in boat building, vessel research, operational procedures, environmental stewardship, and other topics.


The Port of Palm Beach located in Riviera Beach connects to the Atlantic Ocean through the Lake Worth Inlet. It is the fourth-busiest container port in Florida and eighteenth in the nation. The port has a huge impact on business throughout the county, providing a shipping hub for both inbound and outbound trade, intermodal distribution, as well as being a terminal for cruise ships. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines calls the port home, and Blue Horizon Casino Cruises takes passengers on gambling excursions.

MARKET ACCESS TO THE CARIBBEAN Unlike most ports, the Port of Palm Beach also handles exports, with approximately 80 percent of its cargo being exported, creating a positive trade balance. The majority of the exported cargo supports the island nations of the Caribbean. The Port of Palm Beach supplies 60 percent of everything consumed in the Bahamas and is an essential lifeline to the rest of the Caribbean. The Port also exports nearly 1 billion tons of raw sugar produced in the Belle Glade region. The Port of Palm Beach is poised to be a key link to the opening of Cuba for trade and tourism, with immediate potential for cruise ship activity and longer term commercial ventures as negotiations between the United States and Cuba proceed.

EDUCATING A COMPETITIVE WORK FORCE Palm Beach County is home to five universities, numerous research institutions, and a primary/secondary public education system designed to promote critical thinking as students prepare for the demands of college and career. The Choice Program is available to students from an early age in specific career-preparation tracks for health care, life sciences, veterinary, and other STEM, arts and business paths. The county participates in the International Baccalaureate program. The School District of Palm Beach County is rated “A” by the State of Florida, and is Florida’s only urban school district with this high grade. Some of the most highly rated

private schools in the United States are located in Palm Beach County, including the Top 100 U.S. News and World Report rankings.

BUSINESS TAXES, SALES TAX AND LICENSING The State of Florida requires certain businesses to obtain professional licenses through state examination boards located in various departments,

for

example,

health

care

workers are licensed through the Florida Department of Health. A list of all business and professional requiring a state license is available at www.myfloridalicense.com. An overview of the corporate business tax system is available at the Florida Department of Revenue, www.dor.myflorida.com/ dor/businesses, which also covers Unemployment Tax and taxes collected by the Department of Revenue. The departments

Florida charges a 6 percent sales tax on retail purchases and a use tax on certain leased/ rented goods and services. Registration with the state is required, and taxes can be filed and paid online.

COUNTY BUSINESS INCENTIVES The county has five designated business enterprise zones including Belle Glade, Pahokee, South Bay, Riviera Beach/ West Palm Beach (north zone) and West Palm Beach (south zone). Information is available from the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. Every city in the county offers some incentives as well, including expedited permitting and/or cash incentives, as well as possible tax incentives. Visit www.bdb. org/relocation/incentives-by-city to learn details.

offers a startup kit for business owners at

REGIONAL TRANSIT

www.dor.myflorida.com/dor/businesses/

Florida has been in an aggressive transit development mode, expanding highways,

newbusiness_startup.html.

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airports, seaports, and adding or expanding

Immigration Port of Entry, and handles

other Florida counties, the Palm Beaches

train access across the state. Anyone who

both passenger and air cargo to national

are adding more professional and busi-

has driven across the United States can say

and

Other

ness jobs and more STEM sector related

from personal experience that Florida has

airports include Boca Raton Municipal,

jobs than other counties. The Florida

one of the most well-maintained and best

Glades

Palm

Department of Economic Opportunity

highway systems, offering swift passage of

Beach County Park Airport (reliever)

projects robust job growth for the county

workers and goods.

and North County General Aviation

for the next 12 years, with 12.6 percent

Airport (reliever).

job growth estimated for that period.

international Airport

locations.

(recreational),

Palm Beach International Airport is

Palm Beach County added 17,000 jobs

one of the most beautiful airports in the

JOB GROWTH

from 2015 to 2016, and according the to

region, constructed using native Florida

With all the activity in Palm Beach

the Census Bureau, Palm Beach County

sandstone. In addition to its unique

County, it is not surprising that the job

had the seventh-fastest pace of job growth

architecture, it is a U.S Customs and

outlook is highly positive. In contrast to

among the nation’s 50 largest counties.

PALM BEACH COUNTY AREA CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce

Bell Glade

561-996-2745

www.bellegladechamber.com

Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, Inc.

West Palm Beach

561-833-8080

www.blackchamberpbc.com

Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce

Boca Raton

561-395-4433

www.bocaratonchamber.com

Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce

Boynton Beach

561-732-9501

www.boyntonbeach.org

Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce

Loxahatchee

561-790-6200

www.cpbchamber.com

Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches

West Palm Beach

561-833-3711

www.palmbeaches.org

Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce

Delray Beach

561-278-0424

www.delraybeach.com

Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce

Lake Worth

561-582-2335

www.facc-fl.com

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

West Palm Beach

561-832-1986

www.pbhchamber.com

Lantana Chamber of Commerce

Lantana

561-585-8664

www.lantanachamber.com

Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce

Palm Beach Gardens

561-746-7111

www.npbchamber.com

Pahokee Chamber of Commerce

Pahokee

561-924-5579

www.pahokee.com

Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce

Palm Beach

561-655-3282

www.palmbeachchamber.com

Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for Palm Beach County

West Palm Beach

561-889-6527

www.prhchamber.com

Riviera Beach Chamber of Commerce

Riviera Beach

561-694-2300

www.palmbeaches.org

Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Wellington

561-792-6525

www.wellingtonchamber.com

Women's Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, Inc.

West Palm Beach

561-659-0825

www.womenschamber.biz

MARTIN & ST. LUCIE COUNTIES AREA CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE Fort Pierce Chamber of Commerce

Fort Pierce

772-340-1333

www.stuciechamber.org

Hobe Sound Florida Chamber of Commerce

Hobe Sound

772-546-4724

www.hobesound.org

Indiantown Chamber of Commerce

Indiantown

772-597-2184

www.indiantownchamber.com

Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce

Jensen Beach

772-334-3444

www.jensenbeachchamber.com

Martin County Florida Chamber of Commerce

Stuart

772-287-1088

www.martinchamber.org

Palm City Chamber of Commerce

Palm City

772-286-8121

www.palmcitychamber.com

St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce

Port St. Lucie

772-595-9999

www.stluciechamber.org

Stuart Chamber of Commerce

Stuart

772-287-1088

www.stuartmartinchamber.org

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the

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Flor ida offers an advantageous climate for business, with low corporate taxes and no state income tax. As part of the economic complex that also includes Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, Palm Beach County is part of the state’s largest economic driver. The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the population of Palm Beach County to grow by 9 percent through 2025, in contrast to the national average growth of 5 percent. These new residents will be seeking jobs, and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity projects 12.6 percent job growth in the county between 2016 and 2024, adding an estimated 206,000 jobs. G row th i s p ro j ected ac ros s the wo r k fo rce, with the top occupations currently identified for growth through 2024 being Management, Administration and Office (36,500), Hospitality-related Occupations (29,707), Sales and Marketing (28,900), Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations (13,20 0), Business and Financial Operations (11,500), and Logistics and Transportation (10,000). Note that several of these, including

management, sales, and business operations, will supply workers to the full diversity of industries. The county offers attractive incentives to firms establishing or relocating here, with a dedicated Business Development Board (w w w.bdb.org) to help firms with permitting, incentive funding, workforce development, site selection, connections to public and private resources and more. Technology is a major industrial sector, with a d e d i cate d g ro u p, t h e Pa l m B e a ch Te ch Association, dedicated to making the county a premier technology and innovation hub by 2030 by attracting new businesses, supporting startups, and building the sector’s talent pool. The county has hosted many high-tech firms for decades, including aerospace giants Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, and Lockheed Martin among the many technologically advanced manufacturing firms that operate here. As the original home of IBM’s first desktop personal computer, the county has long had a strong computer/software and communications technology industry.

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Supported by the presence of Florida Atlantic University, a research university, and top national research institutes like Scripps and Max Planck, technological fields have been rapidly expanding into the bio-sciences and medical sciences. With a teaching hospital at Florida Atlantic University and a campaign to build a $300 million comprehensive cancer institute at Jupiter Medical Center underway, and a steady supply of medical technicians from the many specialty colleges within the county, the health care sector is poised for tremendous growth. Cities in the Palm Beaches have strong transportation links both south to their sister cities in Broward and Dade counties, and north to Orlando. New rail lines currently under construction will link the downtowns of South Florida’s coastal cities and provide high-speed rail service to Orlando. The Brightline to Orlando will have three major access points: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, and will transit from Miami to Orlando in just over two hours. The TriRail Coastal Link will open the coastal downtowns to each other, and cities all along the line have already created master plans for housing/retail/entertainment/dining complexes in redevelopment zones centered around the train stations. The Port of Palm Beach links the county to vital trade and tourism in the Caribbean – and soon, Cuba, and the and the elegant Palm Beach International Airport gives access to the world. The county is one of the largest sugar producers in the nation, and home to Florida Crystals, the only producer of organic sugar in the country. A biomass energy generation industry has evolved to make use of sugar cane byproduct and innovating how clean energy is developed and delivered. This effort is attracting other energy entrepreneurs to the area. More than 7.35 million people – including 740,000 international visitors and business people -- visited Palm Beach County in 2016, booking 4.4 million room nights. The hospitality industry employs over 90,000 people, and is growing rapidly. The following is a list of Palm Beach County’s 25 largest employers. It includes corporations and government/municipal organizations in a range of industries, as well as a brief description of each company/ organization and its services.

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Palm Beach County School District 3300 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach, 33406 • 561-434-8000 www.palmbeachschools.org

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Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners 301 N. Olive Ave. West Palm Beach, 33401 561-355-2030

The Palm Beach County School District has over 21,200 employees, 12,290 teachers, 187 schools and 188,000 students. The district offers both International Baccalaureate programs and specialized career academies where students can explore interests as diverse as veterinary/equine sciences and digital design, and prepare for college and career. The district places a focus on STEM education and works with 1,200 business partners to support and develop educational programs in sectors from biotech to engineering to banking to medical and health care. The district is the fifth largest in Florida and the eleventh largest in the United States.

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Tenet Healthcare 5810 Coral Ridge Drive, Suite 300 Coral Springs, 33076 800-836-3848 • www.tenetflorida.com Tenet Healthcare Corporation is a diversified healthcare services company with more than 130,000 employees (6,100 in Palm Beach County). Hospitals that are part of the system include: Delray Medical Center, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center, and West Boca Medical Center. Tenet’s Conifer Health Solutions subsidiary provides technology-enabled performance improvement and health management solutions to hospitals, health systems, integrated delivery networks (IDN), physician groups, self-insured organizations and health plans. Tenet also operates six health plans.

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Employing over 6,000 people (outside of the school district), the County itself is one of its own largest employers. The list of services provided and departments managed by the county would fill several pages. The highly diverse needs of a growing county provide employment for workers with every level of education and in an incredible range of specialties from urban planning to landscape maintenance, and everything in between. The county is highly active in attracting new business and supporting the relocation and establishment of businesses moving to the Palm Beaches, offering tax incentives, grants, and other incentives.

4 NextEra Energy (Parent company of Florida Power & Light) 700 Universe Blvd., Juno Beach, 33408 561-691-7171 • www.nexteraenergy.com NextEra Energy, Inc., parent company of Florida Power and Light, employs 4,005 staff in Palm Beach County. This leading clean energy company has consolidated revenues of approximately $17.5 billion, approximately 45,000

megawatts

of

generating

capacity, which includes megawatts associated with non-controlling interests related to NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP), and approximately 14,700 employees in 30 states (8,800 in Palm Beach County) and Canada as of December 2016.


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Hospital and West Palm Hospital, as well as the St. Lucie Medical Center in the Treasure Coast area. Based in Nashville, HCA was one of the nation’s first hospital companies. Today, it is the nation’s

HCA Healthcare East

leading provider of healthcare services, a

Florida Division

company comprised of locally managed

450 E Las Olas Blvd., #1100

facilities that includes about 172 hospitals

Fort Lauderdale, 33301 • 866-442-2362

and 119 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and England and employs approx-

HCA Hospitals employ 3,476 people

imately 204,000 people. HCA has 106

in Palm Beach County at three hospi-

hospitals rated as Top Performers by the

tals, JFK Medical Center, Palms West

Joint Commission.

Florida Atlantic University 777 Glades Road • Boca Raton, 33431 561-297-3000 • www.fau.edu FAU is part of Florida’s state university system. With its main campus in Boca Raton, there are also six satellite campuses from Davie in the south to Fort Pierce in the north. FAU has been recognized by the

TOP 15 SERVICE SECTOR ORGANIZATIONS AND COMPANIES Company

Service Provided

Website

1

Palm Beach County School District

Education

www.palmbeachschools.org

2

Tenet Healthcare Corp

Health Care

www.tenetflorida.com

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Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners

Government

wwwpbcgov.com

4

NextEra Energy (headquarters)

Utilities

www.nexteraenergy.com

5

Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)

Health Care

www.hcahealthcare.com

6

Florida Atlantic University

Education

www.fau.edu

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Bethesda Memorial Hospital

Health Care

www.bethesdaweb.com

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Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Health Care

www.brrh.com

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Veterans Health Administration

Health Care

www.westpalmbeach.va.gov

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Jupiter Medical Center

Health Care

www.jupitermed.com

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The Breakers

Hotel

www.thebreakers.com

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Office Depot (headquarters)

Office Supplies

www.officedepot.com

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Wells Fargo Bank

Financial Services

www.wellsfargo.com

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City of West Palm Beach

Government

www.wpb.org

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Boca Raton Resort & Club

Hotel

www.bocaresort.com

TOP 15 PROVIDERS OF MANUFACTURED GOODS 1

Company

Goods Produced

Website

Florida Crystals

Agriculture

www.floridacrystals.com

2

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

Helicopters

www.sikorsky.com

3

U.S. Sugar Corporation

Agriculture

www.ussugar.com

4

Tyco International

Security System Manfucturing

www.tyco.com

5

TBC Corporation

Tire Distribution

www.tbccorp.com

6

Walgreen’s Distribution

Pharmaceutical Distribution

www.walgreens.com

7

Pratt & Whitney

Jet Engine Manufacturing

www.pw.utc.com

8

Cheney Brothers

Food Distribution

www.cheneybrothers.com

9

ADT Security Services

Security System Manfucturing

www.adt.com

10

IBM Corporation

Electronics R&D

www.ibm.com

11

PSM

Turbine Parts Manufacturing

www.psm.com

12

US Foods

Food Distribution

www.usfoods.com

13

TKM Farms, Inc.

Agriculture

www.tkmbengard.com

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BIOMET 3i, Inc.

Dental Implants

www.biomet3i.com

15

Pepsi Cola Bottling Co.

Bottled Soft Drinks

www.pepsico.com

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Carnegie Foundation as a research university with high research activity. Established in 1961, today FAU serves 31,000 students with 1,600 academic staff and 1,500 administrative staff. As one of the fastest growing campuses in the United States, FAU is closely tied to the business community throughout Palm Beach County. Under the leadership of President John W. Kelly, it has raised its academic standards, received recognition for its research components, increased funding, built new facilities, and established partnerships with notable research institutions. The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine opened in 2011.

7 Bethesda Health 2815 S. Seacrest Blvd. Boynton Beach, 33435 • 561-737-7733 www.bethesdaweb.com Bethesda Health employs 2,600 people in the county. Founded in 1959, this healthcare organization serves the medical needs of South Palm Beach County with two not-for-profit hospitals, 401-bed Bethesda Hospital East and 80-bed Bethesda Hospital West, Bethesda Health is comprised of more than 670 physicians in more than 40 areas of specialty on its medical staff. Bethesda Health and its affiliates offer a full array of healthcare services, including the Bethesda Heart Hospital for the most comprehensive level of cardiovascular services, general, vascular and endovascular surgery, maternity, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, women’s health services and the Bethesda Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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PALM BEACH BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS & NETWORKING GROUPS Civic Organizations Junior League of the Palm Beaches

www.jlpb.org

Palm Beach Civic Association

www.palmbeachcivic.org

Rotary Club of West Palm Beach

www.wpbrotary.com

Entrepreneur Groups Enterprise Development Corporation (EDC)

www.enterbusiness.org

Score - Palm Beach

www.palmbeachscore.org

Small Business Center of Palm Beach State College

www.palmbeachstate.edu/smallbusiness/

Networking/Business Referral Groups Best of the Best Networking Group

www.bestofthebestnetwork.com

Business Executives, Inc.

www.beipb.com

Business Networking Club

www.thebusinessnetworkingclub.com

Executive Association of the Palm Beaches

www.palmbeachexecs.com

Networking Professionals Inc. of Florida

www.npiflorida.com

Palm Beach Business Associates

www.pbba.mynetworkcircle.com

The Palm Beach Toastmaster's Club

www.thepalmbeachtoastmastersclub.com

West Palm Beach Business Referral Group

www.wpbbrc.com

Professional Development Sales/Marketing/Public Relations/Consulting BNI - International

www.bni.com

Gold Coast PR Council

www.goldcoastprcouncil.com

SEN - Sales Executive Network

www.seniorexecutivenetwork.com

Women’s Groups Exectuive Women of the Palm Beaches

www.ewpb.org

Women's Executive Club of South Palm Beach County

www.womensexectuiveclub.com

The Successful Woman's Network

www.meetup.com/the-successful-woman

Young Groups PBYP - Palm Beach Young Professionals

www.palmbeachchamber.com/pbyp

Youth Professionals of the Palm Beaches

www.palmbeaches.org/pages/ypop

Boca Raton Regional Hospital • 800 Meadows Road • Boca Raton, 33486 • 561-395-7100 • www.brrh.com Boca Raton Regional Hospital employs 2,500 people. Born out of compelling community need in 1967, BRRH is a not-for-profit, advanced tertiary medical center with 400 beds, over 2,800 employees and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians on staff. The Hospital is a recognized leader in Cardiovascular Care, Oncology, Women’s Health, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine and the Neurosciences, all of which offer state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging capabilities. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and is one of only four hospitals in Palm Beach County to be designated by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

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Veterans Health Administration 7305 N. Military Trail Riviera Beach, 33410 • 561-422-8262 The Veterans Health Administration is home to the largest integrated health care system in the country, consisting of 152 medical centers, in addition to nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. The VHA in West Palm Beach employs 2,700 people. The medical center is a general medical, psychiatric and surgical facility, and is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and limited research. The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center operates a Blind Rehabilitation Center -- the referral center for blind and visually impaired Veterans from throughout the state of Florida, and has facilities located in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Ft. Pierce, Okeechobee, Stuart, Vero Beach, a PTSD clinic on the Treasure Coast in Port St. Lucie, and Veterans Centers in Lake Worth and Jupiter.

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Jupiter Medical Center 1210 S. Old Dixie Hwy. • Jupiter, FL 33458 • 561-263-2234 Jupiter Medical Center is a not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and hospice beds. Founded in 1979, the center has approximately 1,600 team members, 615 physicians and 640 volunteers. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging,

orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung and thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health. In 2016, Jupiter Medical Center received an anonymous donation of $25 million to launch a $300 million campaign to develop a new Comprehensive Cancer Institute.

11 The Breakers 1 S. County Road • Palm Beach, 33480 561-655-6611 • www.thebreakers.com The Breakers historic resort in Palm Beach is one of the iconic landmarks of Florida. Employing over 2,000 people, this spectacular destination has enticed travelers for generations to enjoy its Italian Renaissance setting. Opened in 1896 by railroad tycoon Henry Flagler, today’s hotel and grounds occupy 140 acres of land on the Atlantic Ocean. Amenities include 2 golf courses, tennis courts, 4 pools, on-site shopping, a fitness center and a spa. Dining is offered at 7 restaurants, and there are several lounges.

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Office Depot (headquarters) 6600 North Military Trail Boca Raton, 33496 • 800-463-3768 Office Depot employs 2,000 people at its headquarters location in Boca Raton. Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace. The company’s 1,100 retail stores are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials. It also provides a variety of services including copy and print, technical services, mailing and shipping.

13 Florida Crystals 1 N. Clematis St #200 West Palm Beach, 33401 • 561-366-5100 www.floridacrystals.com With over 2,200 employees in Palm Beach County, Florida Crystals is a leading national brand in the organic and natural market. The organic and natural consumer products are made from fresh Florida sugar cane that is harvested and milled on the same day. A single-crystallization process preserves the cane’s original sun-sweetened flavor. Florida Crystals is America’s first and only certified organic sugar that is 100 percent made in the USA, and its products are free of artificial additives and preservatives. Florida Crystals maintains the highest standards of environmentally friendly farming. Along with being one of the leading organic farmers in the country, the company owns and operates the largest renewable energy facility of its kind in North America. This biomass power facility uses leftover sugar cane fiber and recycled urban wood waste as fuel to produce clean, reliable energy that powers both the sugar operations and tens of thousands of homes.

14 City of West Palm Beach 401 Clematis Street West Palm Beach, 33401 561-822-2222 • www.wpb.org The City of West Palm Beach, unlike the majority of municipalities in Palm Beach County, uses a strong mayor form of government. The Mayor of West Palm Beach operates as the city’s full time Chief Executive Officer, and all operating decisions and responsibilities rest in the mayor’s office. With 1,372 employees on the city payroll,

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the city has a strategy of both service and growth. To achieve the city’s economic development goals, it partners with the Business Development Board, Chambers of Commerce, the Economic Council, Development Services, Planning and Zoning, and business leaders throughout the city.

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Wells Fargo Bank County wide locations www.wellsfargo.com San Francisco-based Wells Fargo bank has a large presence in Florida, employing 1,367 people in Palm Beach County alone at over 40 locations. Wells Fargo & Company is a nationwide, diversified financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial financial services through 8,700 locations, 12,800 ATMs, online, and mobile devices. Wells Fargo does business with 70 million customers and one in three U.S. Households, and has approximately 265,000 team members in 36 countries across more than 90 businesses.

16 Boca Raton Resort & Club 501 E. Camino Real • Boca Raton, 33432 888-543-1277 • www.bocaresort.com With 1,292 staff, the Boca Raton Resort & Club is the showpiece of the South Florida-Mediterranean revival style architecture. Designed by Addison Mizner, this landmark is one of the most beautiful and beloved buildings in the county. The distinctive tower, the tallest building in southern Palm Beach County, was added by Arthur Vining Davis in 1969 and painted a distinctive “Boca Pink.” Sitting within the Boca Raton Inlet on Lake Boca

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Raton, the amenities include include a beach, 2 golf courses, a 50,000 sq. ft. spa, 7 pools and a 24/7 fitness center, plus 30 tennis courts, a kids’ club and a surf school. There are 7 restaurants and bars, plus pool and beachside dining. Like The Breakers and The Royal Poinciana in Palm Beach, the Boca Raton Resort & Club caters to an affluent clientele.

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City of Boca Raton 201 W. Palmetto Park Road Boca Raton, 33432 561-393-7700 • www.myboca.us Boca Raton is the second largest city in Palm Beach County, has 1,290 employees, and has a major economic impact on the county’s economy. It is home to Florida Atlantic University, and many of the county’s largest employers are located here. The City of Boca Raton has an active Economic Development Fund that supports the business community and facilitates economic development programs to create and maintain economic sustainability. This fund provides incentives for companies relocating to Boca Raton or expanding their businesses in the city. Incentives include local matches for state economic development programs, grants and/or loans and subsidized leases. The city can also provide non-financial incentives such as expedited permitting, groundbreaking ceremonies and ribbon cuttings. Boca Raton has established partnerships with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Palm Beach County, The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County and The Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.

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Palm Beach State College 4200 S Congress Ave. Lake Worth, 33461 • 561-967-7222 Palm Beach State College has 2,298 staff serving Palm Beach County’s 1.3 million residents in beginning their college education. PBSC is the largest institution of higher education in the county, serving more than 48,000 students annually. One of 28 institutions in the Florida College System, PBSC offers bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, professional certificates, career training, corporate and continuing education, and lifelong learning. Students may enroll on campus in Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade, or take convenient eLearning courses online. The beautiful new 75-acre Loxahatchee Groves campus opened on February 27, 2017, serving 2,000 students in the western portion of the county. Palm Beach State has an estimated $1.1 billion economic impact on Palm Beach County.

20 G4S Secure Solutions USA (headquarters) 1395 University Blvd. • Jupiter, 33458 561-691-6669 • www.g4s.us Formerly known in the United States as Wackenhut, G4S focuses on advancing the safety and security of businesses and governments, ensuring the security of key assets — people, property, products and

Sikorsky Aircraft 17900 Beeline Hwy. • Jupiter, 33478 • 561-775-5200 • www.sikorsky.com

Now a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky Aircraft employs over 1,200 people in Palm Beach county. Lockheed also has a military submersibles operation in West Palm Beach and Riviera Beach. Sikorsky’s campus is in a rural area where the company tests helicopters with sound barriers. The company has invested $2.4 million of a planned $10.3 million (by 2018) into the Palm Beach helicopter facility.

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reputation. The headquarters in Jupiter employes over 1,100 people. The company has operations in more than 100 countries and has 611,000 employees worldwide, with 54,000 in North America. The company has deployed 3 million miles of fiber optic cable and completed more than 1,500 complex security systems around the world. The company’s security systems are used at every U.S. Marine Corps base in the world.

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Bank of America Countywide locations www.bankofamerica.com Charlotte, NC-based Bank of America is the second largest bank in the country and it employs over 1,000 people in Palm Beach County, with banks at many locations. Bank of America provides products and services through its 5,100 banking centers, 16,300 ATMs, telephone call centers, and online and mobile banking platforms. BofA offers a Consumer Real Estate Services segment with both fixed and adjustable-rate first-lien mortgage loans for home purchase and refinancing needs, home equity lines of credit, and home equity loans. The bank serves approximately 50 million customers, both in the United States and in more than 40 countries.

22 South Florida Water Management District 3301 Gun Club Road West Palm Beach, 33406 561-686-8800 • www.sfwmd.gov The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that oversees the water resources in the southern half of the state, covering 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys and serving a population of 8.1 million residents. It employs1,391 people in Palm Beach County. Created in 1949, the agency

manages and protects the water resources of South Florida by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems. A key initiative is the restoration of America’s Everglades – the largest environmental restoration project in the nation’s history. The SFWMD is currently applying both agricultural and urban best practices to remove excess agricultural phosphorus from reaching the River of Grass, and preserve South Florida’s sources of fresh water.

23 FirstService Residential 6300 Park of Commerce Blvd. Boca Raton, 33487 • 561-997-4045 www.fsresidential.com FirstService Residential is the leading residential property management company in North America, providing full-service, professional association management services to more than 6,500 properties and over 1.5 million residential units across 21 U.S. states and three provinces in Canada. The firm has over 14,000 employees, with 945 in the Palm Beaches. FirstService managed properties include low, mid and high-rise condominiums and cooperatives, as well as singlefamily home Homeowner Associations (HOAs) and large-scale master-planned, lifestyle and active adult communities, commercial associations and mixed-use developments, as well as multi-family and investor-owned rental and REO properties for institutional and private equity clients.

24 National Council on Compensation Insurance [NCCI] (headquarters) 901 Peninsula Corporate Circle Boca Raton, 33487 561-893-1000 • www.ncci.com

NCCI is the most experienced provider of workers compensation information in the nation. Operating on a not-for-profit basis since 1923, NCCI analyzes industry data and trends, and develops tools and services in support of its mission to foster a healthy workers compensation system. It offers a range of solutions, such as underwriting resources, data tools, residual market information, terrorism risk insurance, state regulatory activities, employee leasing information, and other resources for workers compensation professionals. With over 925 employees, NCCI is one of the largest employers in Palm Beach County. NCCI’s employees continually exhibit a culture of caring and volunteerism that touches scores of nonprofit charitable and community organizations across the region.

25 U.S. Sugar Corporation 111 Ponce de Leon Ave. Clewiston, 33440 863-983-8121 • www.ussugar.com United States Sugar Corporation is one of the nation’s largest fully integrated producer of sugar cane, one of Florida’s major producers of orange juice products and a regional short line railroad operator. Headquartered in Clewiston, Florida the company farms more than 200,000 acres in Hendry, Glades, and Palm Beach counties and employs approximately 1,700 people (approximately 900 in Palm Beach County) including many high skilled/ wage jobs in automated environments. The company produces 800,000 tons of refined sugar a year and more than 7 million tons of sugar cane annually. U.S. Sugar also is the largest bulk supplier of premium, not-from-concentrate (NFC) orange juice in the country and one of the largest independent suppliers of NFC juice to major brands. It has the capacity to process up to 20 million boxes of oranges per season, producing more than 100 million gallons of orange juice.

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COST of LIVING Anyone who has ever relocated to another city knows that number crunching before packing up the moving van is the first step. After all, knowing how far your paycheck can stretch once you’re in your new city is an important consideration for any relocating family or individual. If you’re used to affordable housing prices, reasonable grocery bills, and inexpensive health care, you don’t want to be surprised if your new city is much pricier. You’ll want to make sure you can maintain your current lifestyle if moving from a city like Raleigh, NC, where the cost of living is lower. Conversely, if moving from San Francisco, you can sustain a reduction in income without reducing your present lifestyle.

HOW PALM BEACH COUNTY MEASURES UP When compared to cities that are similar – in terms of major industries and population, among other factors – your hard-earned dollar might not stretch quite as far in Palm Beach County. In fact, you’ll likely pay more for housing, groceries, transportation, and healthcare – and we’ve got the stats to prove it. You may pay less for utilities, which could be a factor of Palm Beach County’s climate.

The Council for Community and Economic Research is a national organization dedicated to economic development and policy research, and it publishes an annual Cost of Living Index that ranks a range of living expenses in major cities. The index measures differences between areas in the cost of consumer goods and services, minus taxes and non-consumer expenditures. It also measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. The average for a participating place—both metropolitan and non-metro—is 100, and each city’s index is read as a percentage of the average for all places. See the chart on the opposite page to see how Palm Beach County areas rank against other large metro areas, and you’ll see that it’s more expensive in just about every category measured to plant your roots here. Whether you’re thinking about moving here, or have just made the move, it’s safe to say that the Palm Beach County area is a thriving, desirable region, but paradise does not come cheap.

FROM ONE PAYCHECK TO THE NEXT Want to know how living in the Palm Beach County/Miami area compares to other cities? Assuming a $60,000 salary in the city you’re moving from, we used a salary/cost of living calculator to do the math. If you made $60,000 in Atlanta for example, your salary in the Palm Beach County/Miami area would need to increase to $68,588 to maintain the same standard of living. See the table below for the results from a sampling of other cities. Source: Money.cnn.com

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You’d need to make…

If you’re moving from here….

You’d need to make…

Atlanta

$68,588

Philadelphia

$57,338

Boston

$47,484

Phoenix

$71,449

Chicago

$58,967

Pittsburgh

$69,492

Cleveland

$67,707

Raleigh

$75,712

Dallas

$71,300

Salt Lake City

$71,078

Denver

$62,518

San Diego

$47,320

Detroit

$71,899

San Francisco

$38,843

Los Angeles

$48,838

Seattle

$48,838

Nashville

$71,974

St. Louis

$74,075

New York City

$30,131

Washington-Arlington

$46,675

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PALM BEACH by the NUMBERS When it comes to overall cost of living, Ft. Lauderdale (closest measured city to Palm Beach County), lands between Chicago and Pittsburgh. However, the cost of groceries is relatively lower. Here’s how the Southeast Florida area ranked in comparison to other U.S. cities, in the second quarter (Q2) of 2017. City

Composite 100%

Grocery 13.61%

Housing 27.59%

Utilities 10.06%

Transportation 9.59%

Healthcare 4.00%

Misc. 35.15%

Atlanta

97.8

107.2

94.1

81.3

98.8

108.2

100.2

Boston

145

104.3

201.9

138.8

107.5

132.5

129.5

Chicago

122.5

110

153.4

88.9

120.7

101.1

115.6

Dallas

100.8

95.8

105.1

105.9

101.2

99

97.9

Denver

110.7

98.1

131.5

92.5

102.5

104

107.6

Ft. Lauderdale

117.3

99.5

156.1

98.4

112

97.2

102.8

Miami-Dade County, FL

111.8

99.5

139

99.7

110.5

98.1

100.6

New York City (Manhattan)

235

145.1

485.4

119

126.8

116.8

149.3

Philadelphia

116.2

115.3

129

121.9

112.2

105.4

107.3

Phoenix

94.7

97.5

97.8

98.1

90.7

98.9

90.9

Pittsburgh

116.9

117

130

121.6

114.1

104.7

107.3

Charlotte

96.9

101

86.9

103.8

98.4

106.8

99.7

San Francisco

192.3

129.6

357.9

120.9

134.5

122.8

130.8

Seattle

146.9

128.8

187.2

120.5

132.2

124.7

136.5

Tucson

92.8

101.3

78.9

88.8

95.8

101.6

99.8

Washington-ArlingtonAlexandria DC-VA

141.4

113

229.8

99.9

108.3

106.7

107.8

Source: Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER)

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in this section education overview public schools private schools higher education

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BEACH

In addition to being one of the most beautiful places in the United States to live, Palm Beach County has a highly educated workforce to support its robust economy. According to the most recent U.S. Census data, about 34 percent of Palm Beach County residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher, surpassing the national average of 29 percent, while more than 87 percent of residents are high school graduates.

Credit for these numbers is in large part due

and charter schools as of the 2016-2017

everything from early childhood care through

to the county’s wide range of educational

school year. (See box on Florida Standard-

nationally recognized college preparatory

opportunities at every level, from early

ized Testing.) Initial results show that Palm

high schools. With 135 private schools in the

childhood to K-12 schooling to a number of

Beach County students outperformed the

county, it is possible to find any educational

post-secondary colleges and universities, and

state average in Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and

focus, athletic program or denominational

even lifelong learning societies and programs

geometry.

preference a parent could want.

that cater to the retired population. Palm Beach County has teamed with the

The average private school tuition in Palm

QUALITY K-12 PUBLIC SCHOOLS

University of Florida Lastinger Center to

Beach County is $8,219 for elementary

The high school graduation rate for Palm

create a Science, Technology, Engineering

schools and $13,136 for high schools. Accep-

Beach County was 82.3 percent in the prior

and

education

tance rates average 86 percent. Minority

year, the highest rate among Florida’s largest

program that will serve as a national model.

enrollment averages 20 percent, and the

school districts and above the state average of

Palm Beach County has also played a key

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80.7 percent. Additionally, the graduation

role in the creation of Algebra Nation, a

percent of the private schools in the county

rate is expected to continue to soar and has

video-based algebra tutorial program that

have a religious affiliation.

been the seventh consecutive year the district

has become a statewide sensation.

has seen an increase in the graduation rate. The student-teacher ratio is approximately 15:1, below the national average of 16:1.

Mathematics

(STEM)

Among the most notable of these schools

PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY

are Pine Crest School in Boca Raton, ranked second in the nation by the Washington

Palm Beach County is home to some of

Post in 2012, Saint Andrew’s School, also

Florida has also converted to a new state-

the most highly rated private and paro-

in Boca Raton, which offers both day and

wide standardized assessment test in public

chial schools in the United States, offering

boarding options, and The Weiss School

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in Palm Beach Gardens, which specializes in gifted education from Pre-K through 8th grade.

CHARTER SCHOOL OPTIONS Charter schools in Florida must be non-profit organizations and be sponsored by a school district, which oversees the schools along with the state. The Florida Department of Education provides an annual analysis and comparison of the overall performance of charter school students to traditional public school students. The comparison is based on the statewide assessment program and information reported by the charter school to the school district. The Palm Beach County School District currently sponsors 41 charter schools at locations across the entire county. While some schools offer a general curriculum similar to that of the public schools, many offer unique specialty or career education options not available elsewhere, such as the Riviera Beach Maritime Academy which specializes in Maritime, Science and Technology

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programs; the Palm Beach School for Autism in Lantana serving children from preschool through 12th grade who are on the autism spectrum; and the Toissaint L’Overture High School for Arts and Social Justice in Delray Beach, which offers an emphasis

Florida’s K-12 Standards and Testing Florida’s controversial Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) system is being retired and t wo new testing programs, the Flor ida Standards Assessment (FSA) and the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS), have taken its place since the 2014-2015 school year. These tests are conducted by all public schools and charter schools, are in transition to an online format, and focus on problem solving and critical thinking versus the FCAT system of multiple choice questions. High schoolers must pass the FSA exam to graduate. During the transition period, some portions of the text may use the previous FCAT for-mat as development of the FSA is completed. The FSA, like the FCAT before it, will also provide a method for the state Department of Education to evaluate the effectiveness of schools and teachers. Detailed information about the testing system is available to parents at the Florida Department of Educa-tion website, www.fldoe.org. Florida does not require private schools to administer the FSA; however, private schools that have enrolled at least one Florida Tax Credit Scholarship student or one enrolled Personal Learning Scholarship Account student must administer one of the 15 nationally, norm-referenced tests identified by the Department of Education or may apply to the Florida Department of Education to administer.

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on ESOL education for newcomer students from the Caribbean and other countries. Most notable charter schools include Renaissance Charter School, Inc. which governs six schools in Palm Beach. Each school employs an educational model that focuses on student success. Every student works with parents and teachers to develop goals and Personal Learning Plans that encourage growth and strong academic results. Visit PalmBeachCharterSchools. org to apply. Limited seats are available. Another well-known charter school is the Franklin Academy Charter School, which is free and public, serving students K-8 with several locations throughout South Florida. In Palm Beach Gardens, the Gardens School of Technology Arts is aK-8, charter school that focuses on creative processes and operates with a mission to provide innovate tools that fosters creativity and problems solving. They seek out new technology tools and applications and integrate them into the classroom. A directory of Palm Beach County’s charter schools is available at www.palmbeachschools.org/charter/CharterDirectory.asp.

PREPARING FOR POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION Florida administers a Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) to 11th grade high school students, virtual school students, and homeschooled students to assess their


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HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

offers distinguished programs including the

placement. Achievement of a qualifying score on the test, or successful completion

Palm Beach County offers tremendous post-

College of Business, the Charles E. Schmidt

of a remediation course, is required for high

secondary education, from a wide array of

College of Medicine, and the Southeast

school graduation.

private career and technical colleges to one of

National Marine Renewable Energy Center.

academic skills, college readiness and course

Adams Center for Entrepreneurship in the

the fastest growing universities in the United The SAT and ACT tests are generally

States, Florida Atlantic University (FAU),

FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society has

accepted or required by Florida’s state

located in Boca Raton. The university enrolls

more than 19,000 patrons enrolled, and

universities and colleges. Several private

over 30,000 students in over 180 undergrad-

is one of the largest and most successful

colleges and community colleges in the state

uate and graduate degree programs, and is

programs of its kind in the United States.

permit the substitution of alternative tests

recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as

The economic impact of FAU on the local

such as the COMPASS, WAIS or others.

an exceptional public research university.

economy is $6.3 billion.

Niche reports that the average SAT score in

The faculty includes over 1,000 accomplished

Palm Beach County is 1100 and ACT scores

scholars and researchers, selected for their

Palm Beach State College has campuses in

average out at 24.

excellence in teaching and mentoring. FAU

Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Lake Worth, Palm

PARENT TIPS

for choosing childcare

Dropping your child off with a new caregiver can be stressful. But doing some legwork will help ease your mind and make the experience safer and more rewarding for you, your child, and the provider. Here are some tips from the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County.

Do Your Homework: Visit and compare at least three child care settings. Make appointments and take your child with you if possible. Spend at least 30 to 60 minutes at each visit. Family Central posts a helpful child care checklist on its website: www.familycentral.org.

Be a Smart Shopper: Look for a positive relationship between the caregivers and the children. Your relationship with the caregivers also should feel comfortable and trusting. The environment should be cheerful and, above all, safe. You want a program that fits your ideas about parenting and learning, as well as your child care needs. Caregivers should be caring, qualified, and well-organized. Their license should be current and the facility should provide you with their written policies and procedures regarding illness, communicable diseases and other emergencies.

Consider Economic Factors: Carefully weigh the pros and cons of each caregiver and facility that you visited. Decide which satisfies the greatest number of your priorities at a rate you can afford. Keep in mind that the highest cost doesn’t guarantee the best caregivers and facilities. Likewise, the least expensive rate does not mean poor caregivers and facilities. Look for Quality: Environment: A place that is safe, clean, and up-to-date on all its licenses. In other words, a place you feel comfortable bringing your child each day. Staff-to-Child Ratio: A place where the teachers/caregivers are warm & loving and spend enough time with each individual child – which helps build self-esteem. Parent Involvement: A place that supports openness between parents and staff, and understands that families are their children’s first teachers. Curriculum: A place where teachers/caregivers work from a proven, established educational plan that outlines clear goals and addresses the needs of each child – so you know your child will be ready for kindergarten. Child Development: A place where children’s emotional, developmental, physical, and educational needs are being tracked – and met. Teacher Education & Support: A place that encourages teachers/caregivers to improve their knowledge and skills and offers them a chance to advance. Do Research: In Palm Beach County, the Health Department licenses and inspects child care facilities. To view most recent inspection reports, visit Family Central’s Child Care Search page.

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Need Additional Help? Contact Family Central for more information about childcare options at www.familycentral.org or 561-514-3300.


Beach Gardens and an online program, offering associate’s degrees, professional certificates and apprenticeships programs in 110 fields of study, as well as bachelor’s degrees in nursing, information management and supervision management. Programs range from graphic design to environmental technology to fire science. About 49,000 students enroll at PBSC annually. Among private universities in Palm Beach County, Boca Raton’s Lynn University stands out for its ranking by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top five most international universities in the United States. Over 2,000 students come from about 80 countries and all 50 states. Among Lynn’s specialized academic units are the Burton D. Morgan School of Aeronautics, and the Lynn College of International Communication.

related energy and sustainability with unique

bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees

majors including sustainability management,

including fields such as Homeland Security

environmental policy management, and land

and Criminal Justice, Business Adminis-

and energy management, as well as more

tration, Education, Health Sciences and

traditional majors in international business

Accountancy. Kaiser has 20,000 students

and public health administration.

at 17 campuses across Florida, and directly impacts over 30,000 jobs in the state.

Keiser University, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, has a residential campus in

Lincoln Institute, originally founded in

West Palm Beach offering associate’s,

1946 to provide career training for returning

Palm Beach Atlantic University, located in West Palm Beach, is a private Christian university providing more than 50 fields of study. Most programs are offered at the bachelor’s degree level, though the school offers an associate degree in pre-engineering, as well as master’s degrees in divinity, business administration, leadership and counseling. The school offers both Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Pharmacy programs. Also found in Palm Beach County are local campuses for universities located in other parts of Florida, including the Nova Southeastern University Palm Beach Campus.

CAREER AND TECHNICAL COLLEGES To meet the demands of a growing economy and a workforce, Palm Beach County has many career and technical colleges offering specialties from the culinary arts to the health care field to engineering. Everglades University is located in Boca Raton’s famous IBM building designed by world-renowned Bauhaus architects Marcel Breuer and Thomas Gatje. The university recently received the Woman’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Colleges for 20152016. Everglades offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and has embraced the need to provide education for those entering fields

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screening, assessments, and training. CareerSource operates three Career Centers and two Executive Transition Units offering innovative employment-related services. For job seekers, CareerSource Career Centers provide job-search workshops, the use of computers, phones and faxes to assist in a job search, training opportunities for those who qualify; counseling, assessments and job placement services.

Photos courtesy of American Heritage School

Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County www.cscpbc.org

World War II veterans, has a long history of offering career programs in automotive, skilled trades, culinary arts, cosmetology, business and IT, and more at its West Palm Beach location. Lincoln provides hands-on training that focuses on specific career skills, so the classrooms are designed to mimic real-life working environments.

Founded in 1982 as a not-for-profit corporation, its primary purpose is to attract and retain new industry, business investment, high-quality jobs, and workforce development through corporate relocations, expansions, and international trade, stimulating economic energy, promoting business diversity, and enriching the County’s vitality.

FLORIDA PREPAID PLAN

Beyond Education www.beyondeducation.org

The Florida Prepaid College Board offers several plans tailored to meet a range of varied financial needs. These include a 529 plan, 1-year, 2-year and 4-year plans, and a 2+2 plan that starts a child at one of the 28 Florida Colleges (formerly Community Colleges) at a lower cost and guarantees their admission to a State University on completion of the associate’s degree. Information about each plan is available at www.myfloridaprepaid.com.

EDUCATION RESOURCES If you are a parent, a student or an employer seeking information about education here in Palm Beach County, here is a list of relevant resources that may be of assistance. Business Development Board of Palm Beach County www.BDB.org; www.HQpbc.org The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County is the official public/private economic development organization for Palm Beach County and Enterprise Florida.

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Beyond Education aims to provide parents and students with postsecondary school information that will help them make informed education and career choices. The website will include information on employment and earnings outcomes of graduates of the State University System, the Florida College System and District Postsecondary Career and Technical Schools as well as other important information. CareerSource Palm Beach County www.careersourcepbc.com CareerSource is the organization chartered by the state of Florida to develop, create and retain a quality workforce system in Palm Beach County and offers its professional services to all employers and job seekers in the county. Employment services are available to all Palm Beach County businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Employer services include recruiting, interviewing, candidate

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Children’s Services Council is a local special-purpose government created by Palm Beach County voters in 1986 and reauthorized in 2014. The Council provides leadership, funding, services and research on behalf of the county’s children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong. To make the biggest impact, the Council focuses on prenatal health and early childhood development so more Palm Beach County children are born healthy, are safe from abuse and neglect, are ready to learn when they enter school, and have access to quality afterschool and summer programming. Florida Online Degree Program Info. bestschools.com/online-colleges-in-florida/ bestschools.com/online-college-costs/ Most colleges and universities in the State of Florida are incorporating online degree programs, with 54 offering at least one bachelor degree. Knowing that students and families are faced with trying to figure out the best option for them, they created and focused their site and its resources to provide an investigative review of the online education landscape and to critically evaluate the increasingly popular online college rankings that are being touted on the Internet. Education Foundation of Palm Beach County www.educationfoundationpbc.com The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is an independent and self-funded organization, which fulfills unmet funding gaps of the School District of Palm Beach


HOMESCHOOLING in Florida

Homeschooling is popular in Florida, with the website A2ZHomeschooling. com estimating approximately 86,500 homeschooled students in the state. Families interested in homeschooling must register with the Palm Beach County School District by filing a letter of intent. Parents must also maintain a portfolio logging each student’s educational activities, and provide an annual evaluation, which may include the Florida Standards Assessment, among other required actions. Comprehensive information is available at the Palm Beach County School website: www.palmbeachschools.org/ homeeducation. State of Florida information is found at: www.fldoe.org/ schools/school-choice/other-school-choice-options/home-edu. Here are several resources related to homeschooling: Christian Homeschool Support | www.christianhomeschoolsupport.org This group is dedicated to the Christian Homeschool Support of the Western Communities in Palm Beach County, FL. This group primarily serves residents of Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, but all are welcome to join to provide support, fellowship and encouragement to one another. Florida Homeschooling | www.florida-homeschooling.org Resources and support for Florida homeschoolers, including legal and practical information for both new and experienced homeschoolers, as well as county-specific listings of evaluators, tutors, support groups, and private schools for homeschoolers. Florida Parent Educators Association | www.fpea.com The FPEA serves thousands of homeschooling families in Florida, delivering a wealth of support, guidance and information to both new and longtime home educators. The “FPEA Experience” involves a banding together of homeschoolers to accomplish the task of developing academic and personal excellence by sharing resources, creating connections, enhancing relationships and breaking down barriers. Florida Virtual School | 800-347-1430 • www.flvs.net/homeschool/options Florida Virtual School is a free online public school offering more than 150 courses. FVS gives homeschoolers the ability to enroll in courses 365 days per year and the choice to take courses online while learning during the summer or the school year – or something in between. Homeschoolers can chart an educational path around individual needs, hobbies, activities, and travel. The South Florida HEAT Competitive Athletics for Homeschoolers www.sfheat.org The South Florida HEAT (Home Education Athletic Teams) is a Christian based, FHSA A accredited, not-for-profit organization working with homeschooling families toward growing tomorrow’s ser vant-leaders through learning and applying life-lessons available from the competitive interscholastic athletic arena.

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County through programs and grants that link and engage community leaders in the process of supporting public education. Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Programs www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ SSFAD/bf Provides scholarships based on high school academic achievement and is Florida’s largest merit-based scholarship program. The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program has helped more than 635,000 Florida students attend a postsecondary institution. The program offers three levels of scholarship awards – the Florida Academic Scholars award (FAS), the Florida Medallion Scholars award (FMS), and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars award (GSV). Each award level has its own academic requirements, award amounts, and funding length.   Florida Education Foundation www.floridaeducationfoundation.org The Florida Education Foundation is a not for profit corporation dedicated to the success of public prekindergarten through twelfth grade Florida students.  The primary purpose of the Foundation is to encourage collaboration among parents, business people, community members and Florida’s public schools to improve student performance.  The Foundation serves as the catalyst that promotes excellence for Florida’s public PreK-12 education by fostering the development of community and private sector resources. Florida Prepaid College Plans www.myfloridaprepaid.com With a Florida Prepaid College Plan, you lock-in today’s plan prices and help provide your child with an opportunity-filled future that comes with a college education. The Florida Prepaid College Board offers four affordable Prepaid Plan options that allow families to prepay the cost of college tuition, most required fees, and dormitory housing. What you pay now is guaranteed, no matter how much college costs increase in the future. In addition to the Prepaid


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Plans, families may also purchase a University Dormitory Plan for on-campus housing expenses. The Florida Prepaid College Plan was introduced in 1988 and is the largest prepaid college plan in the country. Families have purchased more than 1.4 million Florida Prepaid College Plans since the inception of the program.

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Medical Assistant Degrees www.medicalassistantdegrees.net Medical Assistant Degrees provides details about medical assistant programs at schools in every state (including Florida: www.medicalassistantdegrees.net/states/ florida/). It also offers tips on pursuing a medical assisting career, with information on how to become certified, different types of jobs and salary expectations. Most Affordable Online Colleges with Quality Programs www.affordablecollegesonline.org/ cheap-online-colleges

Affordable Colleges Foundation began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. This comprehensive website provides information of the Most Affordable Online Colleges for 2016-2017 a

Educating Young Innovators for the 21st Century Tuition Free K-8 Public Charter School

For more information and applications, visit www.mysota.net Small School Environment Superior Academics High Standards of Behavior Creative Technology Courses Digital Art Coding & Programming Maker Innovation Project-Based Learning

When K-8 students walk onto the campus of Gardens School of Technology Arts, they enter a world of unique opportunities, creative processes and out-of-the-box learning. GSOTA's mission is to develop our students' critical thinking and innovative problem solving abilities, as well as guide them in becoming responsible, positive members of the school campus and online community. Combining rigorous core academic instruction, individualized learning support, relevant technology platforms and practical applications of content, our A-rated tuition-free charter school provides an unparalleled educational environment for students in Palm Beach County.

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detailed breakdown of accreditation, what it is and why it’s important, not-for-profit vs. for-profit schools - what’s the difference? - and the importance of reputation with employers. MyCareerShines www.floridashines.org/partners/ mycareershines-implementation/ MyCareerShines is a comprehensive online education and career planning system designed to help Floridians succeed in the increasingly competitive global economy. When fully implemented, students and adults will have the tools to assess their interests and skills, explore careers, plan for education, prepare for work and find jobs. Palm Beach County Public School Showcase www.palmbeachschools.org/showcase/ This Virtual Tour of the county’s public schools provides a wealth of information about each individual public school, demographics, mapping, statistics, graduation rates, matriculation rates, and other useful data. Palm Beach County School District Choice Programs www.palmbeachschools.org/ choiceprograms/index.asp


Families with students entering Kindergarten through grade 11 have the opportunity to choose from an array of theme-based curricula offerings at the elementary, middle, and high school levels that provide innovative and rigorous academic instruction by specially trained teachers. These programs provide students with a pathway to postsecondary educations and careers. Students may apply for one or two Choice or Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs with available space.

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Palm Beach State College Panorama www.palmbeachstatecollege.com/panorama/ Panorama serves as the official student enrollment report of Palm Beach State College. This report serves to support the College’s commitment to collect and provide useful data that is systematic, broad-based and interrelated for the purpose of educational decision-making. School District of Palm Beach County www.palmbeachschools.org The School District of Palm Beach County is the 5th- largest school system in Florida and the 11th- largest in the country, with 185 schools, serving 176,724 (total K-12) students who speak 150 languages/dialects. It is the only urban school district in Florida that has earned an “A” rating from the Florida Department of Education for eight consecutive years, and its school grades are among the highest in the state. Your children are its primary focus and their graduation from the school system is the crown jewel. Together, the school district and you will support and enrich their learning journey.

Grandview offers student-centered programs with an emphasis on character development and service, a safe, nurturing, and challenging program for Early Childhood and Lower School students, innovative curricular projects, a nationally recognized arts program with classes offered in visual and performing arts, a top-ranked athletic program boasting the area’s best coaches, and a personalized college counseling program with graduates accepted to top-tier colleges and universities nationwide.

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A WIDE RANGE OF OPTIONS Whether you are moving to Palm Beach County as a retiree preparing for the next stage in your life’s educational journey, or are looking for a well-rounded community where your child can obtain a world-class education from early childhood through a master’s degree, there is an institution here to meet your needs. If you want to learn, this is the place!

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An independent, co-educational college preparatory school serving students ages 3 through Grade 12.

336 Spanish River Blvd. NW . Boca Raton, FL 33431 561.416.9737 . www.grandviewprep.net Grandview Preparatory School admits students of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

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PUBLIC SCHOOLS With over 1.4 million residents in Palm Beach County, the School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC) is the thirteenth-largest public school district in the United States, and the fifth-largest school district in Florida – and has the highest graduation rate among large school districts in Florida. The district encompasses all of Palm Beach County and has an annual budget of $2.3 billion.

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For the 2016-2017 academic year, enrollment totaled 188,808 students in Pre-K through 12th grades, with 12,290 teachers. The district operates 187 schools, including 108 elementary, 35 middle, 23 high, and 21 Exceptional Student Education (ESE), Dropout Prevention and Virtual locations. It employs 21,213 people. The school district is highly engaged with the community and has 48,163 community volunteers, and relationships with 1,200 business partners. The district has 330 award-winning programs, and offers students International Baccalaureate at five elementary schools, four middle schools and six high schools; an International Spanish Academy; Montessori; Visual/ Performing Arts; and STEM programs. Twenty-two career academies are available in the Choice program, including: • Aerospace Science • Automotive Service Technology • Biomedical Health Informatics • Business/Entrepreneurship/Marketing • Computer Science • Construction/Drafting • Criminal Justice/Law • Culinary Arts/Hospitality and Tourism • Digital Design • Early Childhood Education • Engineering and Technology • Environmental Science and Field Research • Finance • Fire Science Academy • Information Technology/Animation • JROTC--Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines

on preparing students to succeed in a global economy, with instruc-tion in several languages including Chinese, French, Italian, Latin, Spanish and American Sign Language. The school district supports 30,469 students who are learning English through the English Language Learners classes. The Palm Beach County School district is divided into five overlapping geographic areas, with an administrative office in each area. Each area comprises a group of about 40 elementary, middle and high schools. Parents can find which area and schools their children are eligible to attend via an online search based on the family’s home address; visit the “Find My School By Address” link on the school district’s home page, www. palmbeachschools.org. The individual Areas have some overlap, for example Area 2, Central County has significant overlap with both Area 3, West County, Area 4, North County and Area 5 . Maps of each area showing which schools are located in each designated area are available at: www. pbgis.palmbeach.k12.fl.us/cms/GIS_Map_ Catalog.html. In addition to the four geographic areas, a Transformational Area is designated for the twelve most academically challenged schools in order to provide additional support (curricular, administrative and technological) to help improve student achievement and grades. Area 1 Office (South County) 1790 N.W. Spanish River Boulevard Boca Raton, 33431; 561-989-7572 23 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, 7 high schools, 1 combined middle/high school.

• Leadership Academies • Medical Sciences/Biomedical Science • Multimedia, Music, & Communications • Pre-Veterinary/Equine • Sports Management • TV and Film Production Residents of the Palm Beaches come from everywhere in the world representing 197 different countries and 145 languages. This dynamic multicultural com-munity is reflected in the makeup of the student body, and the emphasis the district places

Among the schools in this area are Boca Raton Elementary, Middle and High Schools, Del Prado Elementary, Morikami Park Elementary, Omni Middle, Spanish River High, and the Village Academy on the Art & Sara Jo Kobacker Campus. Area 2 Office (Central County) 4703 10th Avenue North Greenacres, 33463; 561-804-3254 23 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, 4 high schools.

Among the schools in this area are Coral Reef Elementary, Forest Hill Elementary, Lake Worth Middle and High schools, Okeeheelee Middle, Park Vista High and Starlight Cove Elementary. Area 3 Office (West County) 2625 State Road 715 Belle Glade, 33430; 561-996-4900 16 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 6 high schools. Among the schools in this area are: Belle Glade Elementary, Equestrian Trail Elementary, Osceola Creek Middle, Polo Park Middle, Palm Beach Central High and Wellington Community High. Area 4 Office (North County) 1160 10th Avenue West Riviera Beach, 33404; 561-494-1500 23 elementary schools. 7 middle schools, 6 high schools. Among the schools in this area are Bak Middle School of the Arts, Egret Lake Elementary, Jupiter Elementary, Middle and High, Palm Beach Gardens Elementary and High, the Conservatory School of North Palm Beach, and William T. Dwyer High. Area 5 Office (Office of Transformation Schools) 1950 Benoist Farms Road Suite 1-026A West Palm Beach, 33411; 561-681-3765 22 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 3 high schools, 1 K-12 school for students requiring behavioral therapy. Among these schools are the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts, Benoist Farms Elementary, Everglades Elementary, Jeaga Middle, Loxahatchee Groves Elementary, Royal Palm Beach Elementary and High, and the Indian Ridge Day School, serving K-12 students requiring therapeutic support with their academic education. Adult learners are also served by the school district, with programs offered through the Palm Beach Virtual School and at 28 Adult and Community Education sites, including the Adult Education Center, and 13 community satellite locations.

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PRIVATE SCHOOLS Excellent education opportunities are abundant in the Palm Beach County area. Early childhood, Pre-K, and K-12 education is a vital consideration for many people relocating to a new city. The emphasis on quality education in the region has created a wealth of private school choices for parents and their children – from pre-school to the college years.

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T  he emphasis on quality education in the region has created a wealth of private school choices for parents and their children – from pre-school to the college years.

Advent School 300 E. Yamato Rd., Boca Raton, 33431 561-395-3631; www.adventschoolboca.org

Advent Lutheran School offers innovative programs for Infants-Grade 8 including Dual Language and Emergent Reader programs for PreK students, STEM enrichment for Elementary students, an individualized math program, 1:1 Technology program for Middle school, and Spanish for all ages. In addition to an academic curriculum tailored to meet each student’s needs, Advent provides opportunities in fine arts, technology, music, band, drama, and athletics. Middle School athletic teams have reached and State and National levels. Advent’s aftercare and camp programs offer a variety of engaging activities and extra-curricular classes. The Early Childhood School participates in the VPK program. We are committed at Advent to ENCOURAGE students with a nurturing and supportive Christian environment, EMPOWER students with the academic, social and spiritual tools they need to succeed in life, and… INSPIRE students to pursue their passions to not only succeed in life, but to make a difference in the world.

journalism, and the arts. $18.8 million in college scholarships was offered to the Class of 2017. Pre-Med, Pre-Law, and Pre-Engineering Programs are available, as well as Robotics, and a Science Research Institute. The curriculum is forward thinking, and the environment is technologically advanced with high-level resources that help students of all ages achieve their potential. The Benjamin School 11000 Ellison Wilson Road North Palm Beach, 33408 561-626-3747; www.thebenjaminschool.org

Benjamin School’s non-sectarian pre-K3 through 12 programs is noted for its 100 percent college acceptance rate, and the lowest student/teacher ratio in any comparable program in Florida. This research-based learning center offers highlevel academic curriculum, and unique programs such as a dedicated STEM program, TV Studio Broadcasting and Video Production. The school’s balanced approach to education includes visual and performing arts and competitive athletics. Cardinal Newman High School 512 Spencer Dr., West Palm Beach, 33409 561-683-6266; www.cardinalnewman.com CNHS is a Catholic school offering a wellrounded curriculum for grades 9-12. The school addresses a student as a whole person, providing an academic community and spiritual life that help to develop each student’s unique talents. Faculty help students become motivated to seek out excellence and develop the self-discipline needed for success. Offers IB program and a wide range of clubs and

American Heritage School of Boca/Delray 6200 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach, 33484 561-495-7272; www.ahschool.com The top private school in Palm Beach County for the highest number of National Merit Scholars, American Heritage offers a rigorous and well-rounded college preparatory education to students in PK3 – 12th grade on a 40-acre campus attracting families throughout Palm Beach County. The school is also notable for ranking #1 in math, science, history, mock trial, moot court,

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activities, including a competitive athletics department. Grandview Preparatory School 336 Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton, 33431 561-416-9737; www.grandviewprep.net GPS is an independent, non-sectarian college preparation school offering education for ages 3 through Grade 12. More than 50 percent of faculty hold advanced degrees, and the student

one of the fifty best independent U.S. elementary schools by BestSchools.org. Gulf Stream School encompasses pre-K3 through grade 8, and offers a vigorous academic program focused on teaching students to enjoy the process of learning and nurturing their curiosity. The school places emphasis on becoming academically ready to enter college preparatory high schools, and each year a majority of the 7th grade class is invited to participate in the Duke University Talent Search.

teacher ratio is 8:1. Offers honors classes, a unique Innovation Program, and dual enrollment with local universities. Students participate in “houses” that include all age

Jupiter Christian School 700 S Delaware Blvd., Jupiter, 33458 561-746-7800; www.jupiterchristian.org

groups to engage in community service initiatives. Grandview offers a top athletics program, including swimming. The school has a strong technology and computing orientation. Gulf Stream School 3600 Gulf Stream Road, Gulf Stream, 33483 561-276-5225; www.gulfstreamschool.org Located in the small coastal town of Gulf Stream, this school is nationally recognized as

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JCS offers a Christ-centered, liberal arts curriculum marked by academic excellence, innovation, and creativity from preschool through 12th grade. The school focuses on assisting students in developing the knowledge and abilities that characterize critical thinking and a love for life-long learning, knowing that each student is uniquely created by God, JCS partners with parents in helping students identify their gifts and talents. The

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Lower School offers a nurturing environment where small groups and differentiated instruction contribute significantly to the quality of the academic program. The Upper School prepares students for their post-secondary pursuits both academically and spiritually. Course offerings include STEM, Dual Enrollment, Honors and AP Courses, as well as a Senior Capstone experience and formal internship program. JCS is committed to excellence in teaching the mind, reaching the heart, and inspiring servant leaders who will impact the world for Christ. The King’s Academy 8401 Belvedere Road West Palm Beach, 33411 561-686-4244; www.tka.net The King’s Academy is a National Blue Ribbon School offering an interdenominational Christian education for students from pre-school through high school. In addition to college preparatory focused academics, the school offers an award winning Conservatory of the Arts program in voice, theatre,


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dance and music, championship athletics, an academic support program for students with unique learning needs, Christian Pre-Law, Business, Engineering, Ministry and Sports Medicine programs, a STEM studies track, and a well-defined writing plan for middle and high school students. King’s also offers a Homeschool Partnership program in support of homeschooled students in grades 7 to 12. Matlock Preparatory Academy 2491 Homewood Road West Palm Beach, 33405 561-687-0327; www.matlockacademy.com Matlock Preparatory (MP) offers gifted and created students a foundation of teaching based on creativity, imagination, and enrichment, based on course work through advanced placement, honors and challenging course work. Integrating a college curriculum, which is infused with classical and contemporary works, Matlock Prep focuses on the importance of the English Language

P  alm Beach County is home to some of the most highly rated private and parochial schools in the United States, offering everything from early childhood care through nationally recognized college preparatory high schools.

through reading, speaking, listening and writing. Courses in Mathematics and Science programs are offered, and taught in a way that ensures mastery, while instilling in their students, creativity, and confidence. Matlock Academy has rolling admissions, and accepts students throughout the school year. Meyer Academy 5225 Hood Road Palm Beach Gardens, 33418 561-686-6520; www.meyeracademy.org

Meyer Academy offers a progressive Kindergarten - 8th grade education in an unmatched setting for learning and growth. Students learn to think critically through strong academics in a state-of-the-art facility featuring 3-D printers, an innovation lab, a TV production studio, visual and performing arts and sprawling athletic facilities. Meyer Academy’s dual language curriculum in English and Hebrew combined with a foundation of valuesbased learning establishes the framework for students to learn to make a difference in school and in the community. As an International Baccalaureate World School, the Middle Years Programme at Meyer Academy provides middle school students with a rigorous and relevant curriculum that fosters real world connections. Mountaineer’s School of Autism 561-932-3938; www.msainc.org Mountaineer’s School of Autism is a private, not-for-profit school for children grades K-12 with autism and other disabilities. MSA was created by parents whose dream was to create a classroom that fostered love, inclusion, and education along side with access to Occupational Therapy equipment in the classroom. Children benefit from massage, essential oils, nutrition counseling, Occupational Therapy & Speech Therapy and engaging staff through the implementation of the DIR® model. North Broward Preparatory School 7600 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, 33073 954-247-0011; www.nbps.org At North Broward Preparatory School, they prepare students to be adept and agile deep

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Emmanuel Lamur ’07 – NFL Player

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Envision Your Future at The King’s Academy! • Preschool through Grade 12 • New 3,000 sq ft Athletic Performance Training Center • 2016-2017 Football, Golf & Cheerleading Championships • STEM & Gifted Programs

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thinkers; to communicate with skill and poise; to forge connections across disciplines and cultures; and to take risks to stretch one’s intellect and talents in new directions. As a member of Nord Anglia Education, North Broward students enjoy unique learning opportunities with world-class organizations like Juilliard and MIT, and participate in enriched educational collaborations like Project Tanzania and Global Campus. Their rigorous academic programs combined with state-of-the-art facilities, competitive athletics, dynamic fine arts and innovative STEAM programs provide an unmatched educational experience tailored to every child’s interest. Oxbridge Academy 3151 N. Military Trail West Palm Beach, 33409 561-972-9600; www.oapb.org

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An Oxbridge education takes learning way beyond the classroom. It offers exceptional access to opportunities after school – in our clubs, on our sports teams, and in our communities. It’s about teachers who are as passionate about their subject as they are about student success. Our students learn to set aside differences, work together, and celebrate success. We live our culture that’s built upon respect between students, faculty, parents and administration.

Join us for an Open House Saturday, Oct. 21 | 10 a.m. to noon Learn more > oapb.org 3151 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409 | 561.972.9600 |

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Oxbridge is an independent college preparatory high school that offers a unique, experiential approach to education. Students are engaged in hands-on activities that speak to their talents and interests. 100% of graduates are accepted to four-year colleges, including the most competitive Ivy Leagues. Five Learning Support Specialists, a school psychologist and a college counseling team, along with our faculty, of which 60% hold master’s and 15% hold doctorates, work to ensure student success. The school’s signature programs include a two-week study abroad at Cambridge University, Independent Field Research at the county’s top science research facilities, aviation training and a novel writing project. This is in addition to Advanced Honors Seminar classes, 95 elective courses, and an award-winning debate team. Palm Beach Day Academy 1901 S. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach, 33401 561-832-8815; www.pbday.org Palm Beach Day is the oldest independent school in Florida. It’s a non-sectarian school offering programs from pre-K2 through 9th grade. The academically challenging environment results in ninety-eight percent of PBDA students being able to attend their first choice of secondary school. The school offers a unique focus on global studies, including an international exchange program with a


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partnership school in Hong Kong. A second unique program is the museum partnership, which forges collaborative relationships between each grade level and a museum in the area, offering unique learning experiences to the students.

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Pine Crest School 2700 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton, 33434 561-852-2800; www.pinecrest.edu For more than 80 years, Pine Crest School has been at the forefront of providing an educational experience rooted in academic excellence and complemented by outstanding athletics and arts. The Pine Crest of today remains dedicated to this tradition while being inspired by innovation, the modernization of education, and the importance of 21st century learning skills. A Pine Crest graduate possesses leadership skills and perseverance. He or she is an effective and articulate communicator with the ability to take calculated risks, and think independently, globally, and collaboratively to create opportunities and innovative

solutions to real-life, complex challenges with integrity and character. A Pine Crest graduate will accomplish all of this and more while maintaining the resilience to discover and follow his or her passion. Rosarian Academy 807 N. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach, 33401 561-345-3106; www.rosarian.org

Rosarian Academy, since 1925, has enriched the lives of students and families in Palm Beach County with a strong academic program enhanced by faith, athletics, visual and performing arts, and community service opportunities. Rosarian offers an accelerated education, starting in its Early Childhood Montessori Program (up to 5 years) and through the Lower School (K-4th grade) and Middle School (5th-8th grade). With a keen eye on the future of learning, the school nurtures problem-solving skills, logic and creativity, and a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. Simultaneously, it fosters each student’s unique spiritual, physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs. The independent, Catholic school is located on Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach and is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Complimentary bus service is offered throughout Palm Beach County. Need-based financial assistance is available. Schedule a personal tour today. Saint Andrew’s School 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton, 33434 561-210-2000; www.saintandrews.net Saint Andrew’s is both a nationally recognized day and a boarding college preparatory school for Pre-K through 12. Saint Andrew’s is an independent school in the Episcopal tradition, which fosters an atmosphere of diversity, welcoming children of all faiths. The school has developed one of the top college preparatory curriculum offerings in South Florida, which includes Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and International

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Baccalaureate (IB) courses. Saint Andrew’s is a full international member of the Round Square Organization, a worldwide association of schools characterized by a shared belief in the educational ideas of Kurt Hahn: democracy, service, environmentalism, leadership, adventure, and internationalism. The school also offers a Pre-K-12 Immersion program. More than 80 percent of high school graduates from Saint Andrew’s are accepted at a college rated either most competitive or highly competitive. Saint John Paul II Academy 4001 N Military Trail, Boca Raton, 33431 561-314-2100; www.pjpii.org Saint John Paul II Academy is a Catholic college preparatory high school governed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of the Palm Beaches. Advanced programs include dual enrollment with Lynn University and Saint Thomas University, an honors program and 14 AP classes are offered in eight of the nine academic departments. The school

follows Lasallian educational practices that prepare students not only for college and career, but also for life. With a 99 percent college acceptance rate among graduates, this highly regarded school is known for strong academics and developing the talents and interests of its students. The Learning Achievement Services program assists students with learning and language-based disabilities so they can achieve their academic potential. St. Joan of Arc Catholic School 370 SW 3rd Street, Boca Raton, 33432 561-392-0007; www.stjoan.org St. Joan of Arc Catholic School is grounded in the tradition of the church and their own history in South Florida. Proving top-rated education in a state of the art environment, St. Joan of Arc Catholic School is a U.S. Department of Education “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) Blue Ribbon School of Academic Excellence, an award recognizing academic excellence in American schools. The school has expanded from 70 students in 1960 to

more than 500 students today, from pre-K through eighth grade. Traditional classroom education is complemented by a host of enrichment programs. Arts programs include everything from introductory ballet, to drama, to creative culinary experiences. On the field, students can choose from 17 different sports teams, including golf, soccer, and everything in between. Behind the screen, computer and technical classes give students a leg up on high school curriculum and real world skills with computer coding and graphic design. St. Joan of Arc takes a whole-community approach to education, grounding lessons in faith and incorporating family participation at every turn. St. Joan of Arc is now accepting new student applications. St. Mark’s Episcopal School 3395 Burns Rd., Palm Beach Gardens, 33410 561-622-1504; www.stmarkspbg.org St. Mark’s welcomes children of all faiths to experience its exceptional academic program in a safe and nurturing community. Students, ages two through eighth

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grade, are provided with balanced exposure to academics, arts, athletics, and spiritual life. Equipped to engage students with diverse interests and abilities, dedicated educators use innovative instruction to challenge and inspire. A hallmark of St. Mark’s robust curriculum is its award-winning writing program that begins in kindergarten. Hands-on science and mathematics develop critical and creative thinking skills. Having gained admission to top area high schools, graduates leave with a sound foundation for life. Schedule a campus tour to learn more about their dynamic program, meet their caring faculty, see the impressive

facilities, and discover first-hand why students love learning at St. Mark’s. St. Paul Lutheran School 701 W Palmetto Park Rd. Boca Raton, 33486 561-395-8548; www.cyberfalcon.com St. Paul Lutheran places an emphasis on Christian faith as part of its curriculum for its Pre-K through 8th grade students. Along with providing religious instruction and leading children in the Christian faith, the school emphasizes excellence in the language arts, including reading, spelling, handwriting,

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National Commission for Exceptional Schools (NCES) 4617 West County Road, Suite 2 Berthoud, CO 80513 www.nationalcommission.org

National Center for Education Statistics U.S. Dept. of Education 1990 K Street, NW Washington, DC 20006 202-502-7300 nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/ privateschoolsearch

Florida Department of Education – Private School Resources 325 West Gaines Street Tallahassee, 32399 850-245-0505 www.fldoe.org/schools/ school-choice/private-schools

National Private School Association Group 10th Floor Lenox Towers, 3390 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30326 www.npsag.com

National Association of Independent Schools 1129 20th Street NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC 20036 202-973-9700 www.nais.org

National Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement 230 South LaSalle Street Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604 www.ncahlc.org

Association of Independent Schools of Florida 1001 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 320C Fort Lauderdale, 33309 954-267-9496 www.fldoe.org/schools/ school-choice/private-schools/

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literature, composition, and grammar; as well as mathematics; the natural sciences, including a STEM and robotics program; the social sciences; computer science; Spanish; music; art; physical education; and varied extra-curricular activities. Unity School 101 NW 22nd St., Delray Beach, 33444 561-275-4414; www.unityschool.com Education at Unity School encompasses all aspects of the child and is based on the promotion of individual worth and dignity. The educational process at Unity incorporates brain-based learning and extensive family and parental involvement on and off campus. The school recognizes nine guiding universal principles, including love, forgiveness, equality, and wisdom. Pre-K students engage in a challenging Montessori learning environment, while elementary school students transition to a progressive curriculum that is often a level ahead of standard curriculum. Middle School students engage in interdisciplinary projects in departmentalized classes, as they develop the independence needed for success. The Weiss School 4176 Burns Rd., Palm Beach Gardens, 33410 561-627-0740; www.weissschool.org The Weiss School program provides gifted children from Pre-K3 through eighth grade with an education that follows best practices for teaching gifted learners. Teaching emphasizes creativity, communication and critical thinking skills across the curriculum. The science program uses the research-based Full Option Science System (FOSS K-8) developed at University of California, Berkeley, which focuses on inquiry-based learning and active investigation. The Weiss School is the first in the United States to include an academic Taekwondo martial arts program required for all K through 8 students. Participation in band is compulsory for grades 3-5. Students from the school are frequently finalists and winners in STEM competitions at state and national levels, MathCounts, and other academic competitions. In 2015 Weiss was named a 2014 Global Literacy Champion for its work in providing a library at a primary school in Lesotho.


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EDUCATION Palm Beach County offers a healthy variety of higher education options, ranging from one of the fastest growing public research universities in the United States to skilled trade programs, to excellent private colleges to world class research institutions. In Florida the state college system is allied with the state university system, with those winning associates’ degrees guaranteed access to university enrollment. Throughout Palm Beach County higher education institutions are highly connected with the needs of business enterprises and community in support of a burgeoning economy.

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PUBLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Florida Atlantic University 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 33431 561-297-3000; www.fau.edu One of America’s fastest-growing public universities serves over 30,000 residential and commuter students at its Boca Raton campus. Substantial growth in recent years has accelerated under the dynamic leadership of Dr. John Kelly. Provides 180 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, a 29,419-seat stadium, and 19 intercollegiate teams attracting the participation of 450 student-athletes, and 300 campus organizations and clubs. Notable features are the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center, and the FAU Lifelong Learning Society, with more than 20,000 patrons. FAU has been designated a “High Research Activity” university by the Carnegie foundation. It also has one of the most active record labels of any university; Hoot/Wisdom Recordings has released more than 21 albums produced by the students and com-mercial music faculty. Indian River State College 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce, 34981 772-462-4772; www.irsc.edu Indian River State College has earned a statewide and national reputation for excellence. IRSC offers over 150 programs leading to Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate Degrees, Technical Certificates and Applied Technology Diplomas. The College offers programs not only for students who plan to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree program and upper-division studies, but also for students who wish to pursue careers immediately upon completion of shorter-term Associate Degree and Technical Certificate programs. IRSC is recognized as a key partner in the continuing development of the Research Coast region and as a national model for innovative use of technology in education. IRSC was selected as a Top Ten National Finalist for the Aspen Prize for Excellence out of more than 1,000 colleges nationwide

and as the #3 Most Affordable College in the country by the U.S. Department of Education, and is one of only 13 institutions nationwide, and the only Florida college in 2013, selected for the prestigious Achieving the Dream™ program dedicated to helping more students achieve in college, improve their skills and earn a degree.

sports teams with nearly 50 conference and national championships. In addition to the College of Arts and Sciences, Lynn offers a School of Aeronautics, a College of Business and Man-agement, a Conservatory of Music, a College of Education, and the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn College of International Communication.

Palm Beach State College 4200 S Congress Ave., Lake Worth, 33461 561-967-7222; www.palmbeachstate.edu

New England Institute of Technology – Palm Beach 2410 Metrocentre Blvd. West Palm Beach, 33407 561-842-8324; www.neit.edu

This public state college was formerly the Palm Beach Community College. It is the largest postsecondary institution in Palm Beach County, serving over 48,000 students at campuses in Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens, and a new campus in Loxahatchee Groves, which opened in 2016. PBSC offers 130 programs of study, and is also the county’s leading educator of skilled professionals. It is known for a high graduation rate for minority students. The Associate in Arts degree is a university transfer track, and meets the requirements for Florida’s 2+2 prepaid plan’s guarantee of admission to a state university. Career education options include such fields as health care, information technology, biotechnology, arts, and trade and industry; customized workforce training and continuing education; and professional development tracks for early learning, nursing, teaching, medical imaging and other high-demand fields.

PRIVATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Lynn University 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, 33431 561-237-7000; www.lynn.edu Lynn University is an independent, nonprofit, residential institution on a 115-acre campus featuring five freshwater lakes. It enrolls more than 2,000 students from about 80 countries and nearly all 50 U.S. states. Lynn University is consistently ranked among the top five most international universities in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges list. Student life includes over 30 clubs and student organizations and numerous intercollegiate

For 75 years, the New England Institute of Technology has served as a technical career education specialist. With more than 40 Associate, Bachelor’s, Mas-ter’s and Online degree programs, and an ongoing investment in faculty, facilities, equipment and labs, New England Tech provides excellent resources to prepare graduates for their chosen careers. Programs include Architecture and Interior Design, Automotive, Building Technologies, Criminal Justice, Digital Communications, Engineering, Information Technology, Health Sciences and Veterinary Technology. The focus at New England Tech is to give each student a solid balance: a base of analytical skills with hands-on training. Most Associate Degree programs can be completed in 18 months and Bachelors Degree programs in as few as three years. Nova Southeastern University, Palm Beach Campus 11501 N. Military Trail Palm Beach Gardens, 33410; 561-805-2100 www.nova.edu/campuses/wpb Nova Southeastern University is one of the largest private, for-profit universities in Florida, serving nearly 26,000 students at all campuses. The main campus is located in Ft. Lauderdale. Nova serves the Treasure Coast and surrounding areas with a modern, regional campus in Palm Beach Gardens. Noted for small class size and personalized attention, Nova offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees for majors including business, education, nursing, pharmacy, and respiratory therapy.

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FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY IS A PLACE WHERE CREATIVENESS IS CULTIVATED AND INVENTIVENESS IS ENCOURAGED.

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Nova also offers online degree programs in computer sciences, counseling and more. The university is noted for having only credentialed professors teach classes; no teaching assistants lead classes. The university offers athletics, social and professional organizations and cultural activities. Palm Beach Atlantic University 901 S. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach, 33401 888-468-6722; www.pba.edu Offering 48 undergraduate majors and dozens of graduate and professional degrees, Palm Beach Atlantic University is a comprehensive, interdenominational Christian university. Total undergraduate enrollment for 2016 was 3,039. Degree programs include nursing practice, pharmacy, business administration, counseling (with many specializations available), divinity, leadership, organizational management, psychology, and more. Eighty-two percent of the faculty hold the highest degree in their field. The university offers a low 13:1 classroom ratio, and offers a wide range of activities to students, including intercollegiate and intramural

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sports, over 100 student music, theatre and dance performances annually, and involvement and leadership opportunities in over 40 social, pro-fessional, and religious clubs and organizations. South University 9801 Belvedere Road Royal Palm Beach, 33411 866-629-2902 ; www.southuniversity.edu South University is a private, for-profit academic institution focused primarily on offering degrees in business and the health care professions. The West Palm Beach campus serves approximately 1,100 students. The school offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Programs include Business Administration; Counseling and Psychology; Criminal Justice; Health Science, Administration and Management; nursing; occupational therapy and theology. SU also offers online programs. Strayer University 11025 RCA Center Dr. #200 West Palm Beach, 33410 561-904-3000; www.strayer.edu

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Strayer University has been helping working adults continue their education to advance their careers since 1892. In over 120 years, Strayer has helped over 100,000 students earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees with both online courses and degree programs on campus. Strayer offers programs in Busi-ness and Finance, Education, Health Services Administration, Criminal Justice and Information Technology. The university also offers the Jack Welch Execu-tive MBA program, designed by Jack Welch and covering the full range of key business areas including strategy, marketing, finance, operations and leader-ship. Flexible schedules allow working people to continue their education while employed.

SPECIALTY AND CAREER COLLEGES Aviator Flight Training College 3800 St. Lucie Blvd., Fort Pierce, 34946 772-466-4822; www.aviator.edu Aviator Flight Training College offers a hands-on aeronautical science and technology and flight academy, with 30 aircraft flying over 30,000 hours annually. The


Aeronautical Science Program prepares the graduate for a career in the aviation industry by providing a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, aero-nautical sciences, aeronautical technology, and the aviation industry. The graduate will receive an Associate of Science Degree from Aviator College with flight ratings from private pilot through commercial, with Flight Instructor ratings. This training is necessary to obtain employment, and completing the associ-ate’s degree offers a competitive advantage to job applicants in the airline industry. Digital Media Arts College 5400 Broken Sound Blvd. NW Suite 100, Boca Raton, 33487 866-255-3622; www.dmac.edu DMAC was founded in 2002 as an arts college to serve a growing and constantly changing digital media industry that encompasses technology, media and entertainment. The school offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Animation and Graphic Design, an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia Design, and a Master’s Degree in Web Design & Technology, among other tracks of study. The college provides career training and placement assistance, and holds both in-person and online classes. Everglades University 5002 T-Rex Ave., #100, Boca Raton, 33431 561-912-1211; www.evergladesuniversity.edu A focus on adult learners who are seeking small class size and innovative programs characterizes Everglades University. This was one of the first colleges in the United States to offer a bachelor of science degree in Alternative Medicine, and the university serves many emerging market demands with accredited degree programs, including Alternative and Renewable Energy Management, Crisis and Disaster Management, Land and Energy Management, as well as programs in Aerospace, International Business, and Construction Management. Everglades is ranked among the Top 15% of Military-friendly Universities, Colleges and Trade Schools by G.I. Jobs. Enrollment is approximately 1,500 students.

Fortis Institute 9022 S. U.S. Highway 1, Port St. Lucie, 34952 
 772-221-9799; www.fortis.edu Fortis Institute campuses prepare students for careers in healthcare, business and technology and various trades. Fortis also offers online learning platforms for many of its programs. At the Port St. Lucie campus, programs include an Associated Degree in Nursing, Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, X-Ray Operation, Medical Billing and Coding, Practical Nursing, and Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning (HVAC). Fortis also offers continuing education program for licensed healthcare professionals at this location. Keiser University 2085 Vista Pkwy. West Palm Beach, 33411; 561-471-6000 www.keiseruniversity.edu/west-palm-beach This career-focused university was ranked 2nd in the nation by Community College Week for colleges with associate degrees in health professions, and 5th for colleges with associate degree programs in registered nursing, nursing administration, research and clinical nursing. U.S. News and World Report ranks Keiser 14th in the United States South Region as a Best Regional College for Veterans. This Ft. Lauderdale based institution has 17 campuses across Florida, and

education is focused on hands-on career education in small classes using the actual technologies and equipment the students will someday use in the work-place. Keiser has 20,000 students across all campuses, pursuing degrees in over 100 doctoral, specialist, master’s, bachelors’ and associate’s fields. During 2015, Keiser acquired the Northwood University in West Palm Beach, providing its first location with dormitories, athletics teams, and other aspects of the traditional campus experience. Lincoln Culinary Institute 2410 Metrocentre Blvd. West Palm Beach, 33407; 561-842-8324 www.lincolnedu.com/campus/ west-palm-beach-lci-fl The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission certifies this culinary education program. Respected chefs share their experience and dedication as they teach masterful techniques in preparing, making and serving cuisines from around the world. Lincoln offers a Culinary Management program where students learn to run a successful kitchen or restaurant, and a Pastry Chef program. The campus maintains a close professional bond with local businesses and organizations, providing unique opportunities for students to foster their skills.

Community Colleges In 2009, the Community College system in the State of Florida became a system of State Colleges. While their primary mission remains the awarding of associate’s degrees that provide access to a university education, their mandate was expanded. Today, Florida’s State Colleges also provide Enterprise Florida-related programs [Enterprise Florida is a public-private partnership to expand and diversify the state’s economy through job creation] and serve as economic development centers, a source of workforce literacy programs, dual enrollment courses, adult education programs, and awarding of baccalaureate degrees in some areas of study. The system also continues to provide outreach to underserved communities as well as remedial education and equivalency programs. Palm Beach State College serves the Palm Beach County in this capacity. See above, Public Colleges and Universities, for information.

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HEALTHCARE RESOURCES South Florida has traditionally been a magnet for retirees from across North America. People generally experience greater health care needs as they age, and as a result of this demand, the region has some of the best health care in the United States.

Palm Beach County, with its affluent population and active, outdoor Florida lifestyle also boasts a population focused on positive health and wellness. It is no surprise that the area has abundant resources for both young and old, with high quality care from pediatrics to geriatrics. Palm Beach County’s health care is primarily divided between two major hospital systems: Tenet Healthcare Corp. and HCA East Florida, and insurance premiums have remained lower than in the two other metro counties, Broward and Dade. The Sun-Sentinel reported, “Physicians in Palm Beach County are more independent, resisting forming large groups or integrating with the hospitals.” This independent streak has helped keep the insurance premiums down.

MEDICAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION Florida Atlantic University (FAU) opened the $20 million, 95,000 sq. ft. Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine in 2011. This research college is addressing challenging health care issues such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration and autoimmune diseases. In the short time since it opened, Schmidt has made a number of important medical advancements, including a novel approach to the treatment of macular degeneration, a primary cause of blindness in the elderly. In 2015, the FAU John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter formed an educational and research program in partnership with the Scripps Research Institute and the Max

Planck Florida Institute to enhance their research capabilities and build a program of unique undergraduate and graduate degrees. The initiative allows students to work and study alongside some of the world’s leading researchers. Scripps’s mission is to build a world-class biomedical research system in Florida, and the Max Planck Institute’s research focus is in neuroscience, particularly seeking to gain insights into brain circuitry. The Schmidt College of Medicine is also affiliated with the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies in Port St. Lucie. Torrey Pines conducts basic research into human diseases and human health, and specializes in the study of such conditions as multiple sclerosis, heart disease, inflammatory disorders, infectious diseases, transplant rejection, wasting syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and

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new methods of drug discovery. A recent Torrey Pines discovery was how blood cell production is regulated within the bone marrow, with potential benefits for millions around the world suffering from illnesses caused by blood cell deficiencies. This recognition of the need for interdisciplinary collaboration between these institutions is building an alliance that will help cure diseases, develop new medications, educate students and generate jobs. The collaboration will also have a positive impact on the regional economy in itself, and will serve to attract additional life sciences and biomedical organization into the county. Another exciting research development is the Florida Drug Discovery Acceleration Program. Led by the Torrey Pines Institute, the partnership, funded by the State of Florida Department of Health, has created a library of over 30 million drug-like compounds and billions of peptides, to aid partners in the development of new medicines. FAU and 15 other institutions across the state, also including Scripps, are members in this alliance. As Palm Beach County seeks to build an economic base in biomedical and life sciences, the collaboration and cooperation among these notable institutions is attracting further research and medical expertise to locate here.

RAPID ADOPTION OF TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS South Florida’s hospitals are forward thinking institutions and constantly seek to adopt new and effective technologies to benefit their patents and communities. Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach and St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach recently announced the offering of an integrated neurosurgical technology using 3D tractography to visualize surgical paths within the brain. This allows surgeons to design minimally invasive surgeries for patients with deeply seated brain tumors, or who have suffered from strokes. Minimally invasive surgical techniques using the newest and most advanced equipment are being implemented at hospitals and

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outpatient surgical centers throughout Palm Beach County. Everything from gallbladder surgery to knee, shoulder and hip replacement is now performed using minimally invasive techniques, and with a large retired population needing such surgeries, these methods are in high demand and are now widely available.

• Comprehensive cancer care

With a “silver tsunami” of Baby Boomers planning to retire to Florida over the next 30 years, Scripps Research and Jupiter Medical Center have proposed a partnership with Palm Beach Gardens-based NuVista Living to create a $70 million medical research center in Abacoa, which is a community within the outer city limits of Jupiter.

• Wound care and hyperbaric medicine

The goal is for the institute to bring health care, academia and research together to expand research horizons in geriatric medicine and care.

MAJOR MEDICAL FACILITIES The following is a comprehensive list of hospitals, and other healthcare facilities in the Palm Beach and Martin, St. Lucie Counties. Bethesda Hospital (East and West) East Campus: 2815 S Seacrest Blvd. Boynton Beach, 33435; 561-737-7733 West Campus: 9655 W. Boynton Beach Blvd. Boynton Beach, 33472; 561-336-7000 www.bethesdaweb.com Bethesda Hospital East is a fully accredited, community, not-for-profit hospital offering a full array of healthcare services. Bethesda Hospital East opened its doors in 1959 and for over 50 years, the commitment to preserving its non-profit status has not wavered. It is this commitment to their community that has allowed Bethesda East to grow and become a 401-bed, community, not-for-profit hospital with a mission “to provide quality health services in a caring manner.” With 670 physicians in more than 40 areas of specialty, and a hospital staff of more than 2,500 employees, Bethesda Hospital East, and its affiliates, offer a full array of healthcare services including:

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• Comprehensive cardiovascular services • Orthopedics • Maternity services including a Level III neonatal intensive care unit • Advanced Primary Stroke Center • Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation

And more. Bethesda Hospital West is an all-new community hospital designed to serve the western communities of South Palm Beach County. The hospital is committed to providing the same high standards of care as Bethesda East. Services offered at Bethesda Hospital West include: • A 24-hour Emergency Department with 18 treatment rooms including a Pediatric Emergency Department •  4 full service operating room suites for inpatient and outpatient surgery and 2 endoscopy suites • General Medical/Telemetry and Surgical Services • Full range of Imaging services including: MRI, CT, general radiography, ultrasound, mammography and cardiac stress testing • Laboratory and inpatient pharmacy services • Respiratory therapy • Physical rehabilitation Special features of Bethesda Hospital West include: a completely electronic medical records system that enables physicians receive test results for their patients in real time, and the Eloise Kimmelman Foundation Center for Interventional Treatment and Research, a state of the art surgical suite offering minimally invasive procedures for endovascular and cardiac care. Boca Raton Regional Hospital 800 Meadows Road; Boca Raton, 33486 561-395-7100; www.brrh.com Born out of compelling community need in 1967, Boca Raton Regional Hospital is a not-for-profit, advanced tertiary medical center


with 400 beds, over 2,100 employees and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians

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on staff. The Hospital is a recognized leader

AGING

in Cardiovascular Care, Oncology, Women’s

Area Agency on Aging

561-684-5885

AARP Senior Resource Center

561-650-6100

Center of Hope

561-682-1118

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is accredited by

Community Action Program of Palm Beach County

561-355-2187

The Joint Commission and is one of only four

DISABILITY SERVICES

Health, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine and the Neurosciences, all of which offer stateof-the-art diagnostic and imaging capabilities.

hospitals in Palm Beach County to be desig-

Agency for Persons with Disabilities

561-837-5564

Administration (AHCA) as a Comprehensive

Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (FAU)

561-297-2055

Stroke Center.

Disability Rights Florida

561-342-0823

nated by the Florida Agency for Healthcare

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an advanced,

HELP LINES

tertiary medical center with 400 beds and

AA Palm Beach County Intergroup

561-655-5700

more than 800 primary and specialty physi-

Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County

561-278-0000

Suicide Hotline

Dial 211

community hospital into one of the preemi-

Youth Services Department

561-242-5700

nent medical centers in South Florida.

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cians on staff. In the last 50 years, Boca Raton Regional Hospital has evolved from a capable

Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County

561-616-1222

vascular Care, Oncology, Women’s Health,

Department of Children and Families

561-650-6860

Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine and the

New Hope Charities

561-366-8446

The Children’s Coalition, Inc.

561-832-3797

The Hospital is a designated Comprehen-

Habitat for Humanity

561-362-7284

sive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for

INSURANCE

The Hospital is a recognized leader in Cardio-

Neurosciences, all of which offer state-ofthe-art diagnostic and imaging capabilities.

Health Care Administration (AHCA).

Healthcare District of Palm Beach County

866-930-0035

Boca Raton Regional Hospital was also

Enroll America

561-400-3726

recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-

Medicare (via Social Security)

800-772-1213

Medicaid

866-762-2237

2017 Best Hospitals listing as a Top Ranked Regional Hospital in the South Florida metropolitan area for the fourth time in the last five

MENTAL HEALTH

years. Boca Raton Regional Hospital was the

Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County

561-832-3755

recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Hospital

Multilingual Psychotherapy Centers, Inc.

561-712-8821

Parent-Child Center, Inc.

561-841-3500

Best Hospitals in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014,

South County Mental Health Center, Inc.

561-495-0522

both by Healthgrades®.

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Award for Clinical Excellence™ for 10 years running and was named one of Americas 50

First Stop Veterans Center – FHLC

561-968-1612

grant – the largest, single philanthropic gift

Palm Beach Vet Center

561-422-1220

in the institution’s history – from the Marcus

Veterans Resource Center

561-422-8223

In 2012, Boca Regional received a $25 million

Foundation to create the Marcus Neuroscience Institute on the Hospital’s main campus.

VICTIM ASSISTANCE

The facility opened in January 2015 and serves

Abuse Hotline

800-962-2873

as a new, state-of-the-art nexus of care for

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse

800-355-8547

Mary Rubloff YMCA Harmony House

800-973-9922

Victims Services (Palm Beach County) press #3

561-355-2418

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Delray Medical Center 5352 Linton Blvd, Delray Beach, 33484 561-498-4440; www.delraymedicalctr.com

24/7 emergency department, and three

JFK Medical Center North Campus Hospital

dedicated institutes: cancer, cardiovas-

2201 45th St., West Palm Beach, 33407

cular and digestive disease treatment.

561-283-1126; www.jfknorth.com

For nine years running, the Delray Medical Center has been named one of the 50 Best Hospitals in America by Healthgrades. This 493-bed acute care hospital has 600 doctors, 1,600 employees, and many community volunteers who work hard to maintain the quality of care. As both a community hospital and Level I Trauma Center, Delray Medical Center offers a wide range of care for medical and surgical needs, including cardiac care, orthopedics, rehabilitation, neurosciences, emergency care and more. Delray Medical Center has served Southern Palm Beach County for over 30 years.

“Good Sam,” as it is known to locals,

JFK Medical Center North Campus Hospital, located in the heart of West Palm Beach, is a 245-bed acute care facility with 40 years of experience in providing the highest quality of care to the community. There are 380 members of the medical staff, and the hospital employs over 600 full and part-time employees. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and the American Osteopathic Association, and is a primary teaching affiliate of Nova Southeastern University and a founding member of the Consortium for Excellence in Medical Education.

It is also a research hospital, offering patients the opportunity to contribute to health care advances by participating

has 333 acute beds, a 22-bay emergency department, and a full range of services including

internal

medicine,

general

surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, oncology, delivery and surgical weight loss. The hospital also offers everyday services like outpatient surgery, lab results, radiology and various rehabilitation services for post-treatment recovery. JFK Medical Center 5301 S. Congress Ave., Atlantis, 33462 561-965-7300; www.jfkmc.com JFK Medical Center, originally named John F. Kennedy Hospital as the first memorial to the 35th president, was founded in 1966 as a community hospital.

in clinical trials and longitudinal studies

Today, JFK Medical Center is a 472-bed

based on medical record histories.

acute care medical and surgical facility offering

comprehensive

services.

The

Delray Medical Center is the recipient of

center’s level of service and team of profes-

numerous quality awards, including Crit-

sionals rank among the best in the nation,

ical Care Excellence Award, Women’s

with over 600 physicians, 2,000 healthcare

Health Excellence Award, and has earned

professionals and 250 volunteers.

a five-star rating for Coronary Bypass Surgery, Heart Attack and Heart Failure

Services

treatment for 13 years in a row.

Services, Cardiovascular Care, Cancer

include

24-Hour

Emergency

Care, Breast Care, Neurosciences, Stroke Good Samaritan Medical Center

Care, General, Minimally Invasive &

1309 N. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach, 33401

Robotic Surgery, Orthopedic Care, Spine

561-655-5511; www.goodsamaritanmc.com

Care, Bariatrics, Sleep Disorders, Wound Management,

Good Samaritan is distinguished by a long

Behavioral

Health

and

Obstetrics.

list of awards for patient care and excellent in specific areas, including the Stroke

JFK Medical Center is recognized as a

Gold Award from the American Heart

quality hospital-with designation by the

Association, the Comprehensive Commu-

Joint Commission as a certified primary

nity Cancer Center Award from the

stroke center-as well as a top rating as

American College of Surgeons, and Inter-

one of the 2014 and 2015 Truven Health

societal Accreditation in both Vascular

Top 50 Cardiovascular hospitals in the

Testing and Echocardiology.

Country. This prestigious annual award honors hospitals that lead the way with

The hospital offers the daVinci Robotic

superior performance in cardiovascular

Surgery system, a minimally invasive

service in four key areas: outcomes of care,

surgical system used for a wide range of

service-line efficiency, financial perfor-

surgical procedures. The facility offers a

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The hospital campus includes an 88-bed psychiatric unit and a medical professional office building housing JFK Medical Center North Campus Hospital ’s specialty outpatient rehabilitation center, wound management, orthopedic and spine services, mental health outpatient services, and a comprehensive breast center. JFK Medical Center North Campus Hospital also serves the community by offering free physician lectures throughout the year as well as sponsoring health fairs and screenings to local organizations and companies. Jupiter Medical Center 1210 S Old Dixie Hwy., Jupiter, 33458
 561-263-2234; www.jupitermed.com Jupiter Medical Center is a not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and hospice beds. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic care, pediatrics, women’s health, weight management and men’s health. Jupiter Medical Center is also home to the Joe Namath Neurological Research Center,


World-Class Care in Your New Neighborhood Welcome neighbor! You may be new in town but at Jupiter Medical Center, we’ll treat you like family. Since our founding in 1979, we have flourished to become one of South Florida’s most respected and preferred hospitals. Jupiter Medical Center is home to more than 575 experienced physicians, in 60 medical specialties, which offer expert care and compassion. Many of our doctors have been educated at renowned schools of medicine, fellowship trained at Ivy League institutions and have an unmatched depth of knowledge and skill. Backed by Jupiter Medical Center, one of the top 10 percent of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction, our physicians are committed to offering you world-class care, close to home.

Find a physician. Call (561) 263-5737 today. Learn more at jupitermed.com/physicians 1210 S. Old Dixie Highway l Jupiter, FL 33458


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about treatment, pediatric physical, speech and occupational therapies as well as diagnostic testing. The hospital has a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to care for the smallest of patients. The hospital offers a wide range of services. In addition to the excellence of the Heart Center, services include emergency services, trauma center, neurological and stroke care, orthopedic and spine care, comprehensive cancer care, behavioral health services, imaging services, integrated regional laboratories, and 12 ambulatory surgical centers. Martin Health System 200 SE Hospital Ave., Stuart, 34994 772-287-5200; www.martinhealth.org

Mount Sinai Heart New York courtesy of Jupiter Medical Center

Martin Health System is a nonprofit, community-based health care organization and a cardiology program in partner-

technology is found throughout the facility,

that offers a wide range of services in Martin

ship with Mount Sinai Heart New York.

including the women’s health suite, emer-

and St. Lucie Counties. In addition to acute

Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center

gency care, critical care/ICU, and surgery.

hospital care, Martin Health offers a full

has approximately 1,500 team members,

continuum of services including preventive

575 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter

The hospital building is unique: it was

and primary care, cancer and cardiac care,

Medical Center continues to perform in

engineered to withstand hurricanes, severe

and wellness and rehabilitation.

the top 10 percent of hospitals for patient

storms, tropical weather conditions and

quality and satisfaction, and is accredited

possible flooding from Lake Okeechobee.

The organization’s three hospitals have

by numerous organizations, including the

All critical components of the facility are

524 hospital beds—244 at Martin Medical

Joint Commission, the Commission on

at an elevation significantly higher than the

Center in Stuart, 100 at Martin Hospital

Cancer, the American College of Radiology,

maximum water height of a dike failure on

South in Stuart, and now 180 at Tradition

and more.

the lake.

Medical Center in Port St. Lucie.

Lakeside Medical Center

Lawnwood Regional Medical Center &

Martin Health Physician Group has more

39200 Hooker Hwy., Belle Glade, 33430

Heart Institute

than 100 physicians who are board certified

561-996-6571; www.lakesidemedical.org

1700 S. 23rd St, Fort Pierce, 34950

in specialties ranging from family practice

772-461-4000; www. lawnwoodmed.com

to neurosurgery. In addition to physician

Lakeside Medical Center opened in 2009

practices conveniently located throughout

on a 50-acre campus in Belle Glade. The

Lawnwood is part of the Treasure Coast

Martin and St. Lucie Counties, the Martin

center offers modern technology and

Healthcare System, an integrated system of

Health Physician Group also operates

all-private patient care in a central loca-

hospitals, physician practices and medical

a walk-in MediCenter in Palm city. No

tion, which serves as a regional health

practices that also includes Raulerson

appointment is necessary and patients are

care hub for communities throughout

Hospital and the St. Lucie Medical Center.

seen for a variety of conditions.

Lake Okeechobee, including Belle Glade,

Lawnwood is distinguished by its Level

The Joint Commission, one of the most

Pahokee and Palm Bay.

II Trauma Center and experienced Heart

respected accreditations in the nation,

Center. It offers a Pediatric Emergency

accredits Martin Health. The organization’s

The medical staff is trained in a quality

Department and comprehensive pediatric

associates, physicians and volunteers are

patient care system that revolves around

services, including pediatric specialty physi-

dedicated to a common mission to provide

compassion and understanding, as well as

cians, primary care pediatricians, child-life

exceptional health care, hope and compas-

critical thinking and teamwork. Advanced

and music specialists to help reduce anxiety

sion to every person, every time.

Western Palm Beach County and bordering

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, CLOSE TO HOME. Martin Health features hundreds of board-certified physicians in nearly 50 specialties, including many trained at institutions such as Cleveland Clinic and Harvard. And we have some of the most innovative technology on the Treasure Coast that can often reduce

Martin Health System is proud to be recognized by Forbes.

Pediatric hospitalist Dr. Sue Kulatunga checks on Easton Planker

treatment and recovery times from weeks to just days. Nationally recognized for exceptional care, with three hospitals and 13 locations within Martin and St. Lucie counties, Martin Health System is there for you when you need us most.

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Palms West Hospital 13001 Southern Blvd., Loxahatchee, 33470 561-798-3300; www.palmswesthospital.com Since 1986, Palms West Hospital has offered healthcare excellence at a spacious 94-acre campus with a 204-bed facility providing a full complement of healthcare services. It also has an on-campus Children’s Hospital at Palms West. The hospital is an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI through the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), a Primary Stroke Center designated by the State Department of Health and Human Services, a Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecology, and a Top Tier Best Regional Hospital recognized by U.S. News and World Report.

Services offers by Palms West include emergency medicine, breast cancer treatment,

dialysis,

cardiac

catheterization,

digital mammography, Orthopaedic and Spine Center, pediatric emergency center and intensive care, outpatient rehabilitation center, wound care, primary stroke center, and daVinci robotic surgical services. The New Life Center features obstetrics and birthing suites. Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center 3360 Burns Rd., Palm Beach Gardens, 33410 561-622-1411; www.pbgmc.com This 199-bed acute care hospital serves the residents of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. A wide range of services

care, advanced brain and neurological services, emergency services, diagnostic imaging, oncology, orthopedics, rehabilitation and women’s health. Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center has been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, and by the Leapfrog Group as an “A”-rated hospital for patient safety. The Heart & Vascular Institute has received awards and designations by trusted organizations like Healthgrades and the American Heart Association for its exceptional work. Raulerson Hospital 1796 Hwy 441 North, Okeechobee, 34972 863-763-2151; www.raulersonhospital.com

are available including heart and vascular

FINDING A DOCTOR Moving to a new city is exciting, but it also requires finding the grocery store you like, the schools your kids will attend — and the healthcare practitioners that fit the needs of your family. Here are a few local and national physician resources, where you can search for physicians by location, specialty, and more. American Academy of Pediatrics | www.aap.org | www.healthychildren.org

Raulerson Hospital is a 100-bed, acute care hospital and for the past 37 years has been providing quality healthcare with a personal touch. Raulerson Hospital was recognized as a “Top Performer” by the Joint Commission on Key Quality Measures for five years in a row. They are 1 of only 117 hospitals nationwide to achieve that recognition. Raulerson Hospital offers a full array of healthcare services including:

National website for children’s health resources; separate “Parenting Corner” website is a comprehensive site for health-related news, questions, and other topics.

• Cardiopulmonary Services

American Medical Association Doctor Finder | www.ama-assn.org

• Orthopedics

• Emergency Care • Occupational Health Services • Outpatient Therapy

Resources for general health information, as well as a search function for local physician resources under the “Patients” tab of the site. Healthcare District of Palm Beach County | www.hcdpbc.org Website that lists healthcare programs, and services in the county, as well as, information on health care coverage and a provider directory. Healthgrades | www.healthgrades.com/find-a-doctor Search for specialists in your area by condition, procedure, and doctors who have experience in the specific care you need. The site matches you with a doctor, where users can see reviews and ratings from other patients. Jupiter Medical Center Physician Referral | wwwjupitermed.com/physicians Jupiter Medical Center is home to more than 575 experienced physicians in 60 medical specialties which offer expert care and compassion, backed by one of the top 10 percent of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction, our physicians are committed to offering you world-class care, close to home.

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• Physical Medicine & Rehab • Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging • Surgical Services • Women’s Health St. Lucie Medical Center 1800 SE Tiffany Ave., Port St Lucie, 34952 772-335-4000; www.stluciemed.com St. Lucie is a 229 bed acute-care, full service medical center with 880 employees. It is a leading provider of quality affordable health care and the recipient of many awards. The Orthopedic and Spine Surgery Institute is one-of-a-kind on the Treasure Coast, designed to feel more like an upscale hotel than a hospital, and offering the latest technology and equipment.


Services include obstetrics, rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient surgery, imaging and laboratory services, sleep lab, wound care clinic, and daVinci® robotic surgery. The hospital also offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, behavioral health, heart care services, and an ER suite offering private rooms. St. Lucie Medical Center recently invested $6.9 million in renovations, expansions and technology. St. Mary’s Medical Center 901 45th St; West Palm Beach, FL 33407 561-844-6300; www.stmarysmc.com St. Mary’s high level of excellence is compounded when compared to its humble beginnings as a 50-bed facility that was founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. They currently offer award-winning maternity services, Level III NICO, a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and a Level I Trauma Center. SMMC is also home to the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, the only one in over 200 miles in South Florida.

Photo courtesy of Jupiter Medical Center

Wellington Regional offers a wide range of high-quality medical services:

Center and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care

• Cancer Center

testament to the high level of care they offer,

• Cardiology services

but it’s the positive feedback from their patients

• Hyperbaric

that truly makes them proud. You can read

• Joint Replacement

Unit. The recognition they have received is a

about their patients and their positive experiences with West Boca Medical Center in the

Wellington Regional Medical Center

• Lymphedema Program

10101 Forest Hill Blvd; Wellington 33414

• Orthopedic Services

561-798-8500; www.wellingtonregional.com

• Otolaryngology (ENT)

They treat patients as individuals—not

• Outpatient Rehab

numbers. They offer personalized care from

located in Wellington, Florida. It is a

• Neurosurgery

staff members that are invested in improving

233-bed, acute care hospital, owned by a

• Physical Therapy

quality of life.

subsidiary of Universal Health Services,

• Radiology

Inc.,

healthcare

• Robotic Surgery

Wellington

• Speech & Language

Wellington Regional Medical Center is

a

highly

management

respected,

organization.

Regional is proud to have provided high

• Stroke Center

quality healthcare services to the residents

• Weight Loss Surgery

of Palm Beach County since 1986. As a community hospital, accredited by The Joint Commission, Wellington Regional prides itself on its continued commitment to remain on the forefront of advanced

• Wound Care

Stories section of their website.

Services and specialities at West Boca Medical Center include: • Emergency • Mother and Baby • Neurosciences • Orthopedics

West Boca Medical Center 21644 S.R.7, Boca Raton, FL 33428 561-488-8000; www.westbocamedctr.com

• Outpatient Services

West Boca Medical Center takes a patientfirst approach to the care they provide. Their commitment to professionalism and compassion is what makes them one of South Florida’s leading hospitals, serving the community for over 25 years. The hospital offers a wide range of services and specialties to fit any needs, including a State Certified Primary Stroke

West Boca Medical Center pays attention to

• Pediatrics • Women’s Health

technologies and expand programs and services to meet the needs of the growing community it serves. Their mission statement is to provide quality healthcare services that patients recommend, physicians prefer, purchasers of healthcare services select and that employees are proud to provide.

the miniscule details in medical treatment. They believe that the details are what add up to a great visit. The staff is dedicated to getting patients in and out of the hospital quickly. Their physicians are committed to making patients comfortable and at ease while in their care.

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therapists, radiology and laboratory professionals and pharmacists. St. Lucie Medical Center Emergency Room at Darwin Square 3275 SW Darwin Blvd, Port St. Lucie, 34953 800-382-3522 The St. Lucie Medical Center Emergency Room at Darwin Square is equipped to handle emergency situations and was built with special consideration for pediatric and geriatric patients and their families. The facility also includes: • Board Certified emergency room physicians • State-of-the-art emergency medicine • Separate pediatric treatment rooms • Emergency areas tailored to meet the needs of senior patients • On premises laboratory, imaging and Photo courtesy of Jupiter Medical Center

diagnostic services • Online-pre-registration services • Open 24/7

West Palm Beach Veterans Medical Center 7305 N. Military Trl, West Palm Beach, 33410 561-422-8262; www.westpalmbeach.va.gov The West Palm Beach Veterans Medical Center is a general medical, psychiatric and surgical facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and limited research. Comprehensive

healthcare

is

provided

through primary care and long-term care in the areas of dentistry, extended care, medicine, neurology, oncology, pharmacy, physical medicine, psychiatry, rehabilitation and surgery. The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center operates a Blind Rehabilitation Center which is the referral center for blind and visually impaired Veterans from throughout the state of Florida. The VA also operates a PTSD clinic in Port St. Lucie, as well as outpatient clinics in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Fort Pierce, Okeechobee, Stuart, and Veto Beach. Veterans Centers are available in Lake Worth and Jupiter.

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FREE STANDING EMERGENCY ROOMS Often a higher level of care than Urgent Care Centers, Free Standing Emergency Rooms are a critical resource for communities who may not have direct access to an appropriate urgent care or hospital. JFK Emergency Care Services Two Locations 10921 S. Jog Road, Boynton Beach, 33437 4797 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 33418 561-548-8250; 561-548-8200 Emergency Care Services at JFK Medical Center delivers comprehensive emergency medical services to the residences’ 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their facilities have the latest in diagnostic equipment and stateof-the-art testing capabilities such as a full service laboratory, pharmacy and advances imaging equipment. The facilities offer all of the same equipment and supplies as their main campus ER Dept. The Physicians are Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and are comprised of nurses, respiratory

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URGENT CARE OPTIONS Walk-in urgent care clinics are a common feature of today’s neighborhood shopping centers and drugstores, providing low-cost walk-in treatment for sudden illnesses or injuries that may not require a trip to the emergency room. Appointments are not necessary, and treatment is usually within the hour, for patients of all ages. Typical conditions treated at an urgent care include: fevers, asthma attacks, flu, upper respiratory infections, sprains, strains, cuts, broken bones and burns. Some urgent care clinics also offer x-rays, EKG, ultrasounds, lab testing, physicals, immunizations, vaccines, physical therapy, occupational medicine, travel medicine and some primary care services. Helix Urgent Care Three locations serving Palm Beach County. www.helixcares.com Helix Urgent Care offers three locations to serve Palm Beach County: Boca Raton


(located just across the county line in

Jupiter Medical Center Urgent Care Centers

And if a situation becomes more serious,

Deerfield Beach), Palm Springs (serving

Three locations in Palm Beach County

you’ll have quick access to world class

the Lake Worth area) and Tequesta (also

561-263-7010; jupitermedurgentcare.com

hospital services from the hospital with

serving Jupiter). Each has a separate phone number and daily schedule, so visit the website for details. Services include walk-in medicine and urgent care, wellness and prevention care, workers compensa-

the highest patient satisfaction and safety When you need us. Where you need us.

scores in the region.

Jupiter Medical Center Urgent Care – the hospital you trust provides fast, afford-

MD Now Urgent Care Centers

able care right in your neighborhood, with

Nine locations in Palm Beach County

three convenient locations in Jupiter and

561-420-8555; www.mymdnow.com

tion and occupational medicine, and Helix

Palm Beach Gardens and a fourth coming

On-site for Businesses, a program that

soon to West Palm Beach. Find help with

MD Now is the largest and fastest growing

brings medical care services to an employ-

injuries, illnesses, flu shots and more –

independent

er’s preferred location.

even after hours and on the weekends.

services in South Florida, with locations

provider

of

urgent

care

PALM BEACH COUNTY AREA URGENT CARE CLINICS* Helix Urgent Care | www.helixcares.com Deerfield Beach/East Boca Raton

750 S. S. Federal Hwy

954-421-8181

Palm Springs

2720 10th Ave North

561-540-4446

Tequesta

225 S. US Hwy 1

561-747-4464

Boca Raton

7035 Beracusa Way #105

561-361-1515

Boynton Beach

6699 Boynton Beach Blvd

561-734-4210

Boynton Beach West

2272 N. Congress Avenue

561-737-1927

Greenacres

6868 Forest Hill Blvd

561-967-8771

Lake Worth

4570 Lantana Road

561-963-9881

Palm Beach Gardens

9060 N. Military Trail

561-622-2442

Royal Palm Beach

11551 Southern Blvd

561-798-9411

West Palm Beach

2007 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd

561-688-5808

Palm Beach Gardens

4520 Donald Ross Road

561-776-3090

Royal Palm Beach

1021 S.R. 7

561-333-9331

West Palm Beach

8140 Okeechobee Blvd

561-253-3807

MD Now | www.mymdnow.com

MedExpress | www.medexpress.com

INDEPENDENT URGENT CARE CLINICS Dr. G’s Urgent Care | www,drgsurgentcare.com Delray Beach

1425 S. Congress Ave

561-330-9363

14530 S. Military Trail

561-381-0260

ExpressDocs | www.myexpressdocs.com Delray Beach

Gardens Urgent Care | www.gardensurgentcare.com North Palm Beach

3555 Northlake Blvd

561-626-4878

8756 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, #150

561-740-2273

Med Post Urgent Care | www.medpost.com Boynton Beach

Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches | www.urgentcareofthepalmbeaches.com North Palm Beach

11951 US Hwy 1, #108

561-429-6109

West Palm Beach

5818 S. Dixie Hwy

561-429-4779

Palm Beach Urgent Care | www.palmbeach-urgentcare.com West Palm Beach

11327 Okeechobee Blvd

561-795-4565

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Located in the St. Mary’s Medical Center, Palm Beach Children’s Hospital was voted the Best Pediatric ER and Best Pediatric Hospital in Palm Beach County by South Florida Parenting magazine. This leading pediatric care center offers a wide range of services to help all children, including:

De George Pediatric Unit Photo courtesy of Jupiter Medical Center

• 24-hour dedicated pediatric emergency department • Level I Pediatric Trauma Center • Cystic Fibrosis Center • Specialized pediatric surgical services • Pediatric intensive care • Pediatric Diabetes program • Pediatric cancer care • Limb lengthening • Adolescent bariatrics • Concussion Treatment Center The pediatric oncology department is one of the few U.S. hospitals to be accepted conveniently located across Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties. All clinics are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 365 days per year. Patients are typically seen and treated in less than an hour, without an appointment. MD Now maintains a licensed doctor onsite at all times.

offer flu shots, illness care, sports and school physicals, and on-site prescriptions.

These state-of-the-art licensed facilities have been awarded the Certified Urgent Care Center (Category 1) designation from the Urgent Care Association of America and are accredited by the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine. MD Now strives to keep patient costs down, with lower copays, out-of-pocket expenses and self-pay rates for patients.

Open weekdays 7:30 a.m. to midnight, weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Accepts most insurances. No appointment is needed. Services within an hour. Palm Beach Urgent Care performs minor surgical procedures and offers treatment for all non-emergency events and illnesses. The facility is fully equipped for testing procedures including blood tests, blood sugar, blood pressure, drug screens, X-rays, EKGs, STD testing, hearing & vision tests, pre-employment physicals, and post-accident evaluation.

MedExpress Urgent Care Five locations in Palm Beach County. www.medexpress.com MedExpress Urgent Care is a full-service walk in center with a full medical team to provide effective, fast treatment for most injuries and illnesses. Each location has a separate phone number and daily schedule, so visit the website for details. These centers

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Palm Beach Urgent Care 4714 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach, 33409; 561-640-7505 www.palmbeach-urgentcare.com

into the Children’s Oncology Group. As part of this co-op organization supported by the National Cancer Institute, the hospital can perform clinical trials that give patients access to the latest childhood cancer treatments.Palm Beach Children’s also offer specialized support services, including child life specialists who work

HOSPITALS FOR KIDS Palm Beach Children’s Hospital 901 45th St., West Palm Beach, 33407 561-844-6300 www.palmbeachchildrenshospital.com

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with young patients to reduce stress and anxiety, and Quantum House, offering families a comfortable place to stay near the hospital. Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (Two Locations) 900 Glades Road, Ste. 501, Boca Raton, 33431 9291 Glades Road, Ste. 202, Boca Raton, 33434

www.jdch.com Now a part of the Memorial Healthcare System, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospitals, have a history of providing extensive and specialized pediatric care. At 9291 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33434, the hospital offers pediatric hematology/ oncology, nephrology and orthopedics. A second location in Boca Raton is located at 900 Glades Road, Suite 501


Boca Raton, FL 33431, offering pediatric general surgery and pediatric pulmonary care. Jupiter Medical Center and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital DeGeorge Pediatric Unit 1210 S. Old Dixie Highway, Jupiter, 33458 www.jupitermed.com/pediatrics Your children deserve the very best. And that’s just what they’ll get from Jupiter Medical Center. Together with their partners, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and the dedicated pediatricians already working in this community, they’ve created world-class pediatric clinical services for families in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, part of Miami Children’s Health System, has been taking care of children in South Florida for 65 years. Patients at Jupiter Medical Center benefit from their collaboration with a trusted leader in pediatric health. Together, they are expanding innovative treatments and care options for families in their region. Nicklaus Children’s Palm Beach Gardens Outpatient Center 11310 Legacy Avenue Palm Beach Gardens, 33410 561-624-9188; www.nicklauschildrens.org Personalized and prompt care provided by board-certified pediatric physicians for minor injuries and illnesses is offered

for patients from birth to 21 years of age. Services include: • MRI (Service provided at Jupiter Medical Center) • Free EKG • Walk-in X-Ray • Aquatic physical therapy •  Physical, occupational, speech-language, and feeding and swallowing therapies • Orthopedic physical therapy Additional services, including a major Division of Neurosurgery, are available via the primary campus located at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, 3100 S.W. 62nd Ave, Miami, 33155.

From newborns and toddlers to adolescents up to age 18, the De George Pediatric Unit is a comprehensive, family-centered environment, featuring state-of-the-art medical and therapeutic services. We provide hospital-based pediatric care in your own backyard, which alleviates the added stress and financial burden of leaving the area to seek treatment for your child. The De George Pediatric Unit features: • 12 inpatient pediatric rooms – including a deluxe suite (available through Concierge Services) • Two pediatric surgery suites for general, ENT, gastrointestinal (GI) and orthopedic procedures •  Continuous cardiac and oxygen saturation monitoring allowing us to care for children who need a higher level of care • Pediatric therapy •  Children’s playroom, complete with an Xbox and other play activities • Bear’s Den for resting, inspired by Jack Nicklaus, who is widely known as the “Golden Bear” •  Child Life Specialist to help children cope with the emotional effects of their hospital stay

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Palm Beach County’s premier, community hospital system

World-class health services await at Palm Beach County’s most comprehensive, community hospital system Bethesda Health. With two not-for-profit hospitals, Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West, Bethesda Health cares for everyone from newborns to seniors, with nationally recognized surgeons and programs, and offers outpatient centers for Urgent Care, Women’s Health, Imaging and Rehabilitation in Boynton Beach and Wellington. 86

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Failure. In addition, Bethesda Hospital has been recognized by Healthgrades as

tea ch i n g h os p ita l of t h e Ch a r l es

one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for Orthopedic Surgery in 2017, the only

E. Schmidt College of Medicine

hospital in Palm Beach County to receive this prestigious designation based

at Flo r ida Atlantic Unive r sit y w ith

on clinical outcomes of patient safety, quality and excellence in patient care.

residency prog rams in Inter nal

Bethesda Hospital is also a proud recipient of the Healthgrades’ Patient Safety

Medicine and General Surgery, with

Excellence award for 2017. For more information, visit BethesdaWeb.com or for

Emergency Medicine and Obstetrics

a free physician referral call: (561) 737-7733, ext. 84499.

to follow in future years. Located at Bethesda Hospital East, the Bethesda Center for Medical Education will grow to a 5 -stor y tower, thanks to t h e p h i l a nt h ro p i c s u p p o r t of t h e Bethesda Hospital Foundation, which has launched a $25 million campaign toward this expansion. Bethesda Hospital West opened in 2013. With all private rooms, Bethesda Hospital West provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient medical ser vices, integrating technology and patient care practices to offer a tranquil, healing environment. Services include: a 24-hour Emergency Department for adults and children; medical, surgical and intensive inpatient care, outpatient imaging ser vices, three operating room suites and an interventional suite for minimally invasive surgeries and diagnostic cardiac care. Bethesda Hospital West is known as the “Jewel of the West” because of all the special amenities that are available, such as made-to-order meals, open visitation h o u r s , n u r s e s s ta t i o n e d by e a c h patient’s room, and room service-style menus, allowing patients to have their meals delivered when it’s convenient for them. This 80-hospital is designed to grow to 400-beds in the future. B ot h B et h esd a H o s p ita l E a s t a n d Bethesda Hospital West are nationally accredited Centers for Advanced Primary Stroke, Chest Pain and Heart

Raymond Leveillee, M.D., FRCS-G, is an internationally renowned urologic surgeon who specializes in using the daVinci Xi robotic surgery system for prostate cancer, kidney cancer, complex kidney stones and reconstruction.

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HOUSING &

NEIGHBORHOODS In the latest survey taken by Harris Poll, Florida was listed as the No. 1 state where most Americans would like to live. This favoritism spanned all age groups, from Millennials to Generation X, Baby Boomers to the 70-and-over Great Generation. Both men and women want to live in Florida.

So, welcome home – the Palm Beaches are

Florida’s wealthiest county, with a per capita

a great place to live, work and play. The

personal income of $68,743. Forbes Maga-

county’s high school graduation rate is the

zine states that the county ranks as #19 in

highest in Florida, and Port St. Lucie is

Best Places for Business and Careers.

rated by WalletHub, as one of the best 100 cities to start a business in the United States.

Located on the Atlantic Seaboard and

Palm Beach County is known around the

bordered on the west by Lake Okeechobee

world around for its affluent population

and the Florida Everglades, Palm Beach

and leisure lifestyle, but it’s also a center of

County is permeated with rivers, lakes,

business, trade, agriculture, technology and

canals,

health care/life sciences innovation.

Waterway. The Indian River is known for

ABOUT PALM BEACH COUNTY

and

the

famous

Intracoastal

In addition to its largest municipal employer, the Palm Beach County School District, other service employers include Tenet Healthcare, the Palm Beach County Commission, NextEra Energy, Florida Atlantic University, the Veterans Administration, and Bethesda Memorial Hospital. Some of the county’s principal private employers are Florida Crystals, Sikorsky Aircraft, U.S. Sugar, Tyco, IBM, Wells Fargo Bank, the Breakers Hotel and Lockheed Martin.

the outstanding, trademarked citrus grown along its banks.

With over 1.4 million people calling it home, Palm Beach County is Florida’s third

The Port of Palm Beach, located in Riviera

most populated area, and growing, with a

Beach, connects to the Atlantic Ocean

projected population nearing 2 million by

through the Lake Worth Inlet, and is the

2050. The U.S. Department of Commerce

fourth-busiest container port in Florida and

indicates that Palm Beach County is also

18th in the nation.

Palm Beach County is a worldwide destination for those seeking mild winters and plenty of outdoor activities, sporting events, concerts and festivals. Palm Beach is an equestrian county; with entire communities devoted to the lifestyle, and horse events range from the princely sport of polo to the

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quintessentially American sport of rodeo. The eastern Atlantic side of the county offers open ocean boating, fishing and diving, plus some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The county has more than 150 golf courses and hosts two championship tournaments. Inland, there are numerous parks with everything from family playgrounds to

Overall, the trend in Palm Beach County is for more housing and development, rising population, rising property values, and growth in infrastructure and services – all supporting an expanding business climate!

technical hiking trails, canoeing, freshwater fishing, camping and more. For those who enjoy eco-tours and wilderness excursions, Florida offers the River of Grass,

HOUSING MARKET IN PALM BEACH COUNTY

The Realtor Association of Palm Beaches

Florida is experiencing a strong housing

single family home in in May 2017 was

recovery, with many buyers from overseas

$327,000, up 6.5 percent from the prior year.

gators, once endangered, are now common

offering cash for high-end homes across

Sales in the county have been steady, with

and numbers are managed through an annual

South Florida.

According to CNBC, 21

houses selling on average within 50 days of

hunting season.

Bird watchers will find

percent of all U.S. real estate sold to over-

being listed for sale. The median price for

Florida to be a paradise, especially during

seas buyers was in Florida. In November

fall and spring migrations, when millions of

2015, the Sun-Sentinel reported that a surge

birds from across North America follow the

in single-family housing sales during the

Eastern Migration Route through Florida to

year is making for buyer competition over

South America and back again.

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driving increased property values, and with increased tax revenue bringing improvements to infrastructure, city and county services, expect to see this upward trend in value reinforced. Even with most millage rates remaining flat, cities across Palm Beach County are collecting more income due to the rise in property values.


The pressure for more housing – and the supporting infrastructure and services that come with it – is leading to new development across the county. Expect to see additional development west of existing cities. Just as Dade and Broward Counties have converted large tracts of inland farmlands to suburban development over the past 40 years, the rapidly expanding population of Palm Beach County will likely increase pressure to develop new cities and suburbs inland from the highly populated Eastern coastline.

a larger developed community, sometimes

retirees.

centered around a particular lifestyle like

manufactured home communities in Palm

country club or waterfront. Condominiums

Beach County, usually offering amenities like

may be large apartment-like buildings or

swimming pools, clubhouses, golf courses,

collections of smaller attached buildings.

horseback trails, exercise clubs and a variety

Buying this form of housing typically means

of sports facilities and activities.

taking on responsibilities as a member of the

home/manufactured housing communities

property owners or homeowners association

often have a co-op structure, meaning a resi-

(POA or HOA), with monthly and/or annual

dent owns both the home and is a shareholder

fees that support selected common costs.

in the community itself. Some may offer a

Common expenses may cover landscaping

POA/HOA structure instead. Prices can run

There more than 100 mobile/

Mobile

maintenance, private roads, lighting, cable

anywhere from $50,000 (or less) up to the

Overall, the trend in Palm Beach County is for more housing and development, rising population, rising property values, and growth in infrastructure and services – all supporting an expanding business climate!

access, roofs, fences, or other costs. Members

$200,000 range. Mobile homes have special

of an association are generally expected to

considerations and require unique mainte-

participate at some level in the direction of

nance to prevent damage in windstorms and

the community, from simply attending meet-

hurricanes. This may include the installation

ings to serving on the board of directors.

of shutters, tie-downs, and other measures, like

TYPES OF HOUSING

Single family homes may or may not be part

maintenance of the foundation or supports in

South Florida offers a wide range of housing options, including apartment buildings, single family homes, townhomes and villas, condominiums and mobile/manufactured homes.

of a planned development, and while many

good condition. Many community centers in

are part of a POA/HOA structure within the

mobile home communities also function as

community, most are simply part of existing

tornado and hurricane shelters.

Townhomes, villas and condominiums are typically built as a smaller village within

Mobile and manufactured homes are a

Palm Beach County has many new construc-

low-cost alternative extremely popular with

tion developments underway that will offer

towns with no association.

The Perfect Palm Beach Community to Call Home

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Single Family Estate Homes from the mid $500s to over $1 million

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Single Family Estate Homes from the $900s 561.748.3065 19259 SE Hidden Bridge Court Jupiter, FL 33458

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luxury homes from a long list of quality

If you are looking for a family-friendly

builders to choose between.

From fun,

townhome community then you may like

family-focused developments near A-rated

Charleston Commons by Lennar. Located

school districts to urban housing options

in West Palm Beach, they offer five, elegant

that appeals equally to young professionals

two-story designs to choose from, and

and downsizing retirees alike, new homes

buyers can expect to find Lennar’s “every-

from builders like GL Homes, DR Horton

thing included” package of top appliances,

and Lennar are providing a great range of

a community pool and recreation center,

options to fill housing needs throughout the

kid-friendly recreation areas.

county.

Beach Gardens, overlooking the Loggerhead

MUNICIPAL POPULATIONS BY COUNTY

In Palm

(2015 estimates)

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Percent Change from 2010 Palm Beach County

7.8%

Belle Glade

18,251

4.5%

Boca Raton

93,235

10.5%

Boynton Beach

73,966

8.4%

Delray Beach

66,255

9.3%

Jupiter

62,707

13.5%

Lake Worth

37,498

7.4%

Lantana

11,136

4.9%

Pahokee

6,071

7.5%

Palm Beach Gardens

52,923

9.0%

Royal Palm Beach

37,633

10.2%

Wellington

62,560

10.3%

West Palm Beach

106,779

6.4%

156,283

6.4%

16,462

5.6%

St. Lucie County

298,563

7.7%

Fort Pierce

44,484

6.1%

Port St. Lucie

179,413

8.9%

Martin County Stuart

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Marina, Azure by Frankel Enterprises offers a gated, waterfront, luxury condominium community, with features like a privately keyed elevator, and luxurious fixtures and top name appliances in each of their units, with panoramic marina and waterfront views. Located in desirable Abacoa, in the area of Jupiter, Windsor Park at Abacoa by DiVosta Homes, offers a range of townhomes and single family homes in 16 different designs, all featuring gourmet kitchens with wood cabinetry, with both one and two-story floor plans, in a range of configurations, and an optional above-thegarage retreat. In Boynton Beach, located in the booming western area, the gated, Palm Meadows by Standard Pacific, covers 170 acres and will contain 288 luxury single family homes, offering buyers 16 spacious home models to choose from, ranging from three to six bedrooms, with impressive amenities such as a state-of-the-art horse training and fitness facility and resort style clubhouse and pool.

URBAN DEVELOPMENT New housing is not only going on in suburban areas, downtown urban development is booming in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and most coastal towns with a bevy of mixed-used housing, luxury apartments and luxury condominiums being built to meet the needs of both young urban professionals and retirees who want to experience the fun and convenience of living in lively urban centers.


Urban development is being driven by the rising population, a strong growth in the business sector, and an influx of both young professionals who prefer urban living along with sophisticated retirees who want to have great choices in cultural activities and events. Loftin Place, just two blocks from the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach, is new community offering luxury apartments for rent that boast stunning building features Art Deco-style architecture and lofty layouts with ultra-modern interiors. Apartments come in studio, 1 and 2 bedroom configurations that feature split floor plans, luxury appliances, hurricane-resistant glass, wood flooring, and other beautiful features. Situated farther south in Downtown Boca Raton, Palmetto Promenade by Greystar is one of the liveliest urban centers in South Florida, and it is experiencing major growth in both business and housing sectors. The new mixed-use Palmetto Promenade is a prime example of the urban development happening here. This 378-unit apartment/ townhome complex features ground floor retail space along Palmetto Park Road, an integrated parking garage for residents, an amenities terrace, three building entrances, private health club, community center and service areas, and offering units in both single story apartments and two-story townhomes.

Transit Village will be the largest construction project in downtown West Palm Beach. Complimenting this development, only two blocks away All Aboard Florida is planning 275 residential units, 13,472 square feet of ground-floor retail/restaurants, 3,668 square feet of office, and an 800-space parking garage with an amenity deck to compliment the passenger rail station. With such amazing urban development coming soon, West Palm Beach is clearly the hub of activity in South Florida.

DIVERSE OPTIONS Palm Beach County offers a high diversity of housing options, in prices ranging from highly affordable to those only affordable to the wealthy. Many cities in Florida began as small towns, but with the advent of inexpensive air conditioning in the 1960s, a housing boom began that hardly slowed since. In one town you may find historic art deco homes from the 1920s, vintage ranch style homes from the 1960s and ‘70s, and modern condominiums,

townhouses, and updated homes with all the amenities expected by today’s homebuyer. Communities may be laid out in suburban style grids, or grouped into small mini-developments around a golf course or lake. Gated, walled communities can be found in nearly every town, as well as large lifestyle communities focused on 55+ living or the country club life. Many of these developments offer a variety of housing options. With a wide open landscape available to them, developers spread out instead of up, and an efficient system of highways and commuter trains has grown up to link the chains of towns and cities up and down the coast. No matter what you’re looking for in a house and a neighborhood to call your own, you’ll find something that is distinctive and something that fits well with your new South Florida lifestyle. The county might be large, but it is also welcoming of all types of people. It’s a place you can call, home.

TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENTS South Florida’s commuter corridor is experiencing a major upgrade, with construction underway on both All Aboard Florida’s Brightline (connecting Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach with Orlando) and the expanded TriRail Coastal Line (Downtown Jupiter to Downtown Miami). These two rail lines run through urban West Palm Beach and are bringing major housing developments with them. Transit Village developed by Mike Masonoff is bringing a 1.1 million square foot project with 420 apartments, 300,000 square feet of office space, a 300-room hotel including fitness center and conference/meeting rooms, 33,000 square feet of retail, 2,000 parking spaces, and a rooftop entertainment space. The largest tower will be 25 stories tall, and

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Palm Beach County is rich with world-class shopping, incredible restaurants, unique art galleries and cultural offerings, museums with intriguing collections, and West Palm Beach is the hub. With an exciting downtown that offers the benefits of a much larger city, this growing economic center is drawing not only visitors from around the world, but residents, too. With amenities that cater to the wealthy residents of Palm Beach, this small city offers big cultural advantages.

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Living in downtown West Palm Beach provides convenient access to the rest of the city. With so much happening inside the central area, there is little reason to leave. West Palm Beach is one of the oldest cities in South Florida and the historic areas have a distinctive tropical ambiance, combining the Spanish Colonial Revival influence of renowned 1920s architect Addison Mizner with the updated beauty of sleek contemporary buildings. The distinctive skyline is often photographed from the water, and the city is instantly recognizable from the air as you approach for landing at the Palm Beach International Airport. From bohemian and artistic to trendy and modern, from urban to upscale, West Palm Beach gives residents much more than balmy tropical weather. Its citizens have created a city where people can walk, ride bikes or push baby strollers, where they can feel safe on the streets day or night, and everyone can explore a longer list of things to do than anyone could ever imagine.

W  ith the amenities of a much larger city, a beautiful waterfront, a diverse population and growing economy... downtown West Palm Beach is a great choice for an exciting place to live.

and just a short walk will bring you within range of nearly every type of cuisine in the world, including local landmarks as Roxy’s Pub, where more than 60 beers are available on draft, or the latest trend, Polynesian kava drinks at the Te Mana Kava Bar. Or, head to the intersection of Dixie Highway and Forest Hill Boulevard to find Havana, likely the best Cuban restaurant in Florida.

The heart of West Palm Beach is the Arts & Entertainment District, with every cultural amenity one would expect in a major urban area, including the Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Pops, Ballet Florida, the symphony, world-class museums such as the Norton Museum of Art and the Flagler Museum, an active historical society, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, and much more.

Life in West Palm Beach is all about the water, and the city has amenities that no other place can offer. With the Intracoastal and Atlantic Ocean to the east and Clear Lake and Magnolia Lake to the west, this is a water activities paradise. Head down to the Waterfront to rent a kayak or jet ski, take a snorkeling cruise, or go for a sunset sail on a 50-foot catamaran. While you’re at the Waterfront, on Saturdays from October through May you can walk down to the Waterfront for the West Palm Beach Green Market, a pet-friendly event where you can buy farm fresh produce or artisanal prepared foods.

CityPlace is at the geographic center of urban West Palm Beach. The European-style plaza and walkways are lined with shops and restaurants, and live entertainment fills the balmy air with music all evening every Friday and Saturday night. Clematis Street is the place to go for food

In March, the Palm Beach International Boat Show draws thousands of boats from around the world. The Waterfront is also the home of SunFest, Florida’s largest waterfront Music and Arts festival, attracting more than 275,000 visitors every April for a five-day celebration of sun, music, food

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT

URBAN LIVING RESOURCES City of West Palm Beach

www.wpb.org

Downtown & Clematis Street

www.westpalmbeach.com/clematis

Downtown Development Authority

www.downtownwpb.com

Downtown Neighborhood Association

www.wpbdna.com

and fine arts. At Halloween, MoonFest will close out the summer season with a costumed street party.

WHO’S MOVING TO WEST PALM BEACH? While most people think of Florida as idea for retirees, that concept is long outdated. West Palm Beach is inhabited by a young and vibrant community, with the median age of 39.4, 52 percent of the population is age 25-64 and almost 78 percent are over the age of 18. Within the city itself the population is a shade over 104,000 – small enough to be cozy, and large enough to provide the diversity and variety loved by urban dwellers. The median household income is $45,027. As a vibrant and growing waterfront city, West Palm Beach is highly attractive to businesses. Nearly 350,000 people live within a 15-minute drive of downtown, offering a large workforce and a strong consumer market that is an ideal climate for starting a business, or joining a thriving company. While South Florida’s major roadways can move slowly during rush hour traffic, Florida’s Tri-Rail commuter train makes downtown easily accessible from surrounding communities. The major thoroughfares like I-95 and the Florida Turnpike connect West Palm Beach to other major cities like Miami and Orlando in only a few hours’ drive. The city offers a wide range of housing options, from historic Art Deco style freestanding homes nestled throughout the area to luxury high-rise condominium living and beautiful new apartment buildings. It’s no wonder that a population of young and

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upcoming businesspeople and families is gravitating downtown. For those with fur families, West Palm Beach promotes itself as having a pet-friendly downtown.

WHERE TO LIVE? Geographically

West

Palm

Beach

is

bounded on both east and west by water, so the central part of the city has a long narrow profile.

South of downtown, Flamingo

Park is an artistic and historic neighborhood of Deco homes and stucco Mission style bungalows built in the 1920s. Once neglected, this neighborhood has become revitalized and fashionable.

CityPlace,

mentioned above, is West Palm Beach’s highly successful New Urbanism project, incorporating hundreds of

townhouses,

rental apartments and studio lofts smack in

and beauty, this small town on the barrier island has a population of only just more than 8,500 people, with a median age of 68.2, who are generally highly affluent. The town’s Worth Avenue is one of the most iconic streets in the United States, with upscale shopping in a beautiful tropical setting. Perhaps the most famous Worth Avenue shop was that of Lilly Pulitzer, whose comfortable, brightly colored, tropical cotton shifts came to epitomize ‘60s-era Florida and the ease of affluent life in the tropics. Boasting five star hotels like the Breakers and a town that can be walked entirely in an hour, rubbing elbows with the (possibly) wealthy at a Palm Beach lounge is a unique Florida experience that cannot be missed.

convective thunderstorms that typically spring up in the afternoons and bring deluges of rain. Because Florida is flat, lightning is especially dangerous. Hurricane season runs from May through November, with the most active months being August, September and October. Homeowners will have to purchase windstorm

insurance,

and

possibly

flood

insurance, as part of their mortgage requirements. It is never a matter of if a hurricane will hit Florida, but when, where and how hard.

Excellent guidebooks are available

both online and in print, and will explain hurricane preparation in detail. Whether you live in an urban or rural location, wildlife is part of everyday life in

the center of town. Also downtown, the

KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY

Florida. Any single body of fresh water may

Prado offers eight floors and 310 units in the

While many urban dwellers can forgo car ownership, that is not practical in Florida, where wide tracts of available land are spread out horizontally. Another factor is the climate; it simply is not practical to walk across town in the August heat and humidity. Many first-time visitors to Florida experience it during the balmy winter months, but summers bring a monsoon season characterized by intense heat and

harbor an alligator, so caution is always advis-

heart of the city center, and One City Plaza is one of the newer luxury high-rises that are lighting up the skyline. Students coming to Palm Beach Atlantic University will want to investigate the Mango Promenade area.

PALM BEACH Across the Intracoastal Waterway lies Palm Beach itself. For all the fame of its wealth

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able – they are much faster than they look! West Palm Beach is arguably the best urban lifestyle location in Florida.

With the

amenities of a much larger city, a beautiful waterfront, a diverse population and less crowding, and a growing economy and business core, downtown West Palm Beach is a great choice for an exciting place to live.


Discover

a new side of Downtown West Palm Beach

Fresh Flourishing Festive Flavorful Within minutes of coming to West Palm Beach you understand why so many business leaders and residents call this energetic area home. You will soon discover that our beautiful weather is just the beginning. With gorgeous scenery, world-class amenities, rich history, premier arts and cultural venues, family-friendly events, unique boutiques, festive dining destinations and nightlife; there’s no better time to move to West Palm Beach than now.

Why Downtown West Palm Beach?

West Palm Beach, the oldest city in South Florida, is experiencing a tremendous resurgence and at the heart of it all is the city’s fantastic Downtown and Waterfront. Just take a walk and see for yourself!

• Home to several annual events that attract over 1 million people/ year; SunFest, Palm Beach International Boat Show, and more.

Park and ride our free Downtown trolley, walk to work, catch dinner and a movie, or take a jog along the scenic waterfront – you can do it all in Downtown West Palm Beach.

• Free Downtown Trolley with access to Clematis District, CityPlace and the Tri-Rail Station

• 2.5 miles from Palm Beach International Airport • Largest city in Palm Beach County • Palm Beach County schools are among the highest-rated in the state • 10 miles of Waterfront (Intracoastal Waterway) • Over 30 hotels within a 2-mile radius

• Easy, accessible, and green parking with over 2800 parking spaces and 1600 metered spaces.

• 20+ cultural venues within a 1 mile radius; Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Palm Beach Dramaworks, and more.

For more information, please visit www.DowntownWPB.com


e l y t s e f i L s e i t i n u m Com When searching for a new place to call home, your lifestyle can dictate where you will be happiest. One of the great things about Palm Beach County is that different communities, and cities, are dedicated to different types of lifestyles.

One thing to keep in mind that, although different

attract riders and spectators from around the world,

places in Palm Beach County go by different names,

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a tow n, v i l l a g e a n d c i t y a re a l l t h e s a m e t h i n g .

Beach Gardens is known for its golfing community

These towns, villages and cities all cater to different

and being the home of the PGA National. The area

niche interests. For example, Wellington is known

around the Jupiter Inlet is known for boating and its

as the winter equestrian capital of the world. There

access to the water.

is a large focus on equestr ian life, be it dressage, hunters and jumpers or polo. Competitions such as

Lifestyle communities typically have facilities catering to

the Winter Equestrian Festival, the Adequan Global

the interests of that community, whether it is equestrian,

Dressage Festival, the U.S. Open and Gladiator Polo

golfing or boating.

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LIFESTYLE LIVING Whether you want to live in a villa, townhouse, high-rise or mid-rise condominium, a freestanding home, a rental home or an apartment rental, there is something available for everyone. There are 55-and-older communities that allow residents to have their own homes and age in place with a variety of amenities within the community, such as pools, restaurants, exercise centers, even Post Offices, salons and barbershops. Other communities offer rehabilitation and skilled nursing care. Gated communities are more common in South Florida, with either a homeowners association or a corporate entity maintaining the main areas of the property, which is included within a monthly, quarterly or yearly fee. The association, be it a homeowners or condominium owners, will have its own set of rules and regulations, as well as a board of directors. While city rules take precedent, community rules can further fine-tune aspects such as the color scheme of a home, whether or not fencing is allowed and how landscaping should be maintained. Some communities have clubhouses, pools and other amenities, while others are neighborhoods. Within these communities, many will have similar housing designs and colors, as they are planned communities within the city. Some communities are in, or on, a country club; membership will either be included, be required, or be offered at multiple tiers. For those familiar with homeowner associations, or those unfamiliar with the concept, there are Realtors® in Palm Beach County who specialize in helping new residents locate the ideal lifestyle community.

EQUESTRIAN LIVING COMMUNITIES There are many different types of equestrian communities, including those with horses on-site, those with horses off-site, and those with the elegance and extravagance of the equestrian world without equines. Florida has a deep history of being a playground for the wealthy, and South Florida has been a beacon for wealthy equestrians. Wide-open

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natural spaces are available, with large green pastures, towering barns and shady areas for horses and other large animals to graze. Residences can include show barns and boarding barns, as well as other accommodations for four-legged friends. Particularly in Wellington, with its Equestrian Preserve, and the Loxahatchee and Acreage area, home ownership that is a stone’s throw from a barn is common. Large lot sizes, natural foliage and miles of trails, in addition to horse parks and training rings are common in South Florida, providing for the equestrian lifestyle. Just a few of the equestrian communities in the area include: Jupiter Farms Jupiter; www.jupiterfarmsresidents.com Jupiter Farms has a rural lifestyle in the community, which boasts close proximity to Northeast Everglades Trails, Riverbend Park, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, canoeing, kayaking and any other outdoor activity its residents enjoy. Jupiter Farms is the perfect place for anyone wanting to have horses or livestock, grow fruit trees and connect with other equestrians. Ranch Colony Jupiter; www.ranchcolonypoa.com

Ranch Colony is a gated community just a few minutes from Jupiter, 15 minutes from the ocean, close to Palm Beach and with easy access to the Palm Beach International Airport. Ranch Colony includes five communities, each with its own specialty, such as Tailwinds for pilots, Ranch Estates for equestrians and ranchers, Ranch Acres for small ranches, Old Trail for golfers and Cypress Links for the avid golfer. Palm Beach County Estates Palm Beach Gardens; www.palmbeachcountyestates.com Palm Beach County Estates is a large community with large properties – each one is at least one acre; and prices vary according to property size. There are almost 1,400 homes built, with 160 vacant lots available. Close to Florida’s Turnpike, Palm Beach County Estates is conveniently close to Roger Dean Stadium, the Gardens Mall and other shopping, yet still quiet and ideal for equestrians. White Fences Loxahatchee; www.whitefencesflorida.com White Fences in Loxahatchee is just past Lion Country Safari and before Twentymile Bend. Nestled in the heart of the large-lot community is the White Fences Equestrian Center, which offers boarding options as

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Some of the communities catering to boating aficionados include: Frenchman's Creek Beach & Country Club Palm Beach Gardens www.frenchmanscreek.com Frenchman’s Creek offers the ideal Florida lifestyle with tropical greenery, tranquil waterfalls, private golf courses, tennis, a spa, and all with first-class luxury service. Private homes in Frenchman’s Creek are elegant, ranging from villas to ocean access and waterfront homes. Its exclusive lifestyle, beauty and elegance are second to none, with a private oceanfront beach club.

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well as five regulation-sized dressage rings, 16

outdoor sand ring and an outdoor grass

paddocks, schooling, USEF-rated shows, 25

field, Equus Equestrian Center is a dream

acres of land for open riding, easy access to

home for horses.

horse trails and more.

Beach, Equus is conveniently close to the

Located in Boynton

equestrian activity of Wellington.

You’ll

Fox Trail

adore the luxurious elegance of the homes

Loxahatchee; www.foxtrail.com

within Equus, with 280 homes in a country

A premier equestrian-friendly community with single-family homes as well as estate homes, large lots and luscious landscaping, Fox Trail offers a quiet rural equestrian community in the Loxahatchee area of

setting with preserve views and a guarded

BOATING LIFESTYLE COMMUNITIES Some of the world’s largest boat shows take place in Florida, a worldwide hub for boating

showgrounds.

Fox Trail is conveniently

and yachting. For those who want their own,

located close to shopping, dining, entertain-

personal access to the water, there are beau-

County has to offer. Glade Ranches Wellington Glade Ranches in Wellington offers upscale homes, show barns and stall barns with professional horse farms and up to 10 acres of land. Large, luxurious properties, with plenty of space for horses and humans alike to enjoy, are available in Glade Ranches.

tiful, and private, communities throughout Palm Beach County. Many of these communities are located in Jupiter, Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. Whether it is the call of the Atlantic Ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway, the siren song of the sea is difficult to resist. With access to the inlets, coastal barrier islands, or deepwater access by river or canal, there are plenty of luxurious communities to satisfy the desire to float away. Many of these communities

Equus Boynton Beach

have more docks than homes, and include

www.equusequestriancenter.com

additional amenities such as dining venues, clubhouses, golf courses, fitness centers and

The Equus Equestrian Center is South Flor-

spas. Owning a boat is not a requirement to

ida’s premier training facility for equestrian

live on the water and enjoy the scenic water-

sports. With five barns, and 100 spacious

ways, rivers, lakes and canals that South

stalls, lush paddocks, dressage rings, an

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A gated waterfront community, Paradise Point boasts large docks, easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway, no fixed bridges, and beautiful views. Just a few minutes from the Gardens Mall and parks, Paradise Port really is your port to paradise.

gate.

Palm Beach County, close to the Wellington

ment and all of the best that Palm Beach

Paradise Port Palm Beach Gardens

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Banyan Lakes West Palm Beach Between Wellington and West Palm Beach, Banyan Lakes is intimate, sitting on a large man-made lake where residents can ski, jet ski, boat and enjoy the view from their back yard. With only 60 homes, and custom floor plans with between three and seven bedrooms, lush landscaping and a private golf club across the street, Banyan Lakes is exclusive, private and majestic. Twelve Oaks North Palm Beach Twelve Oaks features a private marina, magnificent water views and private waterfront villas and condominiums. Tennis courts, a swimming pool and security, as well as close proximity to popular area attractions makes Twelve Oaks an affordable means for those chasing waves. Palm Point Jupiter Palm Point features single-family homes near the Jupiter Inlet and Jupiter Sandbar.


The homes, either one or two stories tall, offer anywhere from two to four bedrooms, sunrooms, custom cabinets, wet bars, two car garages, and a day dock. The dock offers residents easy access to the river where they can explore all that Jupiter has to offer by boat. Jupiter Yacht Club Jupiter; www.jycmarina.com The Jupiter Yacht Club offers condominiums in five buildings with either marina or Intracoastal views. With four bedroom/four bathroom, and three bedroom/three bathroom condos, residents have convenient access to the Jupiter Yacht Club Marina’s many slips. Pennock Point Jupiter; www.pennockpoint.com Pennock Point, located along the Loxahatchee River, and the Southwest Fork Loxahatchee River, offers beautiful river views with convenient docks, lush vegetation and large homes. Whether you want to watch the sunrise over the water, or fish from home, Pennock Point is a luxurious aqueous community.

GOLFING COMMUNITIES With lush, green rolling hills, pristine sand traps and water elements, there are many golfing communities in Palm Beach County that take advantage of the warm weather, sunny skies and flat landscape of South Florida. With golf courses that attract the best of the best, professionals and amateurs alike, there’s nothing like watching the sun set over a golf course, or waking up early for a weekend round. Not everyone has the opportunity to live on a golf course, or have immediate access to one, yet there are many communities in the area that provide such amenities. Some such communities include: The Club at Ibis www.clubatibis.com The Club at Ibis is an award-winning community with a legendary reputation. What makes The Ibis Experience™ unique is the incomparable golf and tennis programs, an innovative Sports Village, a new modern Clubhouse and an engaging lifestyle. Choose from a variety of residences located with a

Whether you have a passion for golf, boating, horses, or if you just enjoy the scenery... one thing is for sure – Palm Beach County has it all!

beautifully-manicured setting, including golf villas, condominiums, single-family homes and custom estates, nestled among three Nicklaus courses. Old Marsh Golf Club Palm Beach Gardens www.oldmarshgolf.com

among its many residences. With five of the top golf courses in Florida, PGA National needs no introduction; all golfers know about the club that hosts the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic. Breakers West Country Club West Palm Beach www.breakerswestclub.com

The Old Marsh Golf Club was purchased in 1984, when it was a large, 456-acre parcel of marshes and pines. The owners transformed the land into a world class golf course and club for those who are passionate about golf. It earned the status of a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” in 1998, and is set against a backdrop of oak hammocks, pines and sawgrass vistas. Living at the Old Marsh Golf Club, a Distinguished Emerald Club of the World, truly is a golfer’s dream. Vizcaya Estates Mirasol Palm Beach Gardens Surrounded by water, Vizcaya Estates is home to 54 houses on an island. Marisol is a luxurious Old Florida area in Palm Beach Gardens with 25 subdivisions, offering a country club lifestyle and majestic golf club views BallenIsles Palm Beach Gardens; www.ballenisles.org BallenIsles is a luxurious club with a newly-renovated clubhouse, world-class tennis, swimming pools, a fitness center, a spa, and three exquisite golf courses. The courses each feature unique backdrops for players of all skill levels. With more than 30 communities, there is something for everyone. PGA National Resort and Spa Palm Beach Gardens; www.pgaresort.com The PGA National Resort and Spa offers cottage rentals, suites and vacation homes

The Breakers West Country Club features a Rees Jones golf course, tennis, activities, dining and the perfect location for weddings and special events. With multiple membership packages, there’s something for everyone, including access to the Breakers Beach Club and Ocean Golf Course on Palm Beach. Bay Pointe at Ibis West Palm Beach; www.ibispoa.org Featuring all custom-built homes, Bay Pointe at Ibis is the most exclusive neighborhood in Ibis, with 36 lots, each one third of an acre. With a large lake in one direction and the Tradition Golf Court on the other, residents have beautiful views everywhere they turn. Ironhorse West Palm Beach www.preserveatironhorse.com The Preserve at Ironhorse features golf lessons, tournaments and a pro shop. The golf course was regressed in 2015, offering lush grounds for playing a round. The country club offers members an unmatched experience, featuring an Arthur Hills designed course. Palm Beach County offers communities that cater to whatever your lifestyle of choice is, providing many opportunities to pursue interests, activities and hobbies. Whether you prefer to ride the waves, dance with horses or walk the greens, Palm Beach County has everything you need and more.

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based HG Management LLC and built by F M C o nt ra c t S e r v i ce s , L LC (t h e same group behind Boynton Beach’s Seabourn Cove, the first multi-family community in the country to attain the National Green Building Standard Gold Level in 2013), The Quaye at Palm Beach Gardens is the city’s first smoke-free communit y. This g reen luxu r y rental apartment and townhome community i s l o ca te d j u s t n o r t h o f P GA B l vd . , between Military Trail and Central Blvd. The nearly 36-acre community has 96 one bedroom garden apartments, 244 two, three and four bedroom townhomes, and one guest suite. Rentals star t at $1,530 to $2,650. Luxurious amenities combined with the most advanced green living technology allow residents to live better, breath cleaner – and save money. The Quaye’s energy efficient features save money by lowering monthly utility costs and carbon emissions, and the use of low VOC paints, carpets and Merv A/C filters means cleaner air inside the home.

most technologically advanced solar 340 glass. All windows are double-pane units that greatly reduce solar heat. The glass is coated with three layers of silver

technology features include -

and reflects the sun’s rays away from the window. The space between the two panes is insulated with argon, preventing the glass inside from getting hot cutting cooling loads by 25 percent or more. Another special feature of the community is the solid concrete walls and floors making The Quaye’s apartments and townhomes exceptionally quiet. Other features include – • Direct access garages • Carports on one bedroom apartments • Intrusion alarms • Keyless entry • Screened patio or balcony • Granite countertops with designer backsplash • Stainless steel ENERGY STAR®

• Kitchen pantry and full-size washer & dryer

• Energy efficient lighting

• Wood-style flooring

• Water-saving faucets, showers

• Valet trash removal

and toilets • High efficiency 16 SEER air conditioning units

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cyber café and coffee bar; a gym with on-demand fitness classes, indoor sports cour t, boxing r ing and a multi -spor t simulator.

that is imperceptible to the human eye

appliances The community’s energy saving and

room; heated pool s; game room; a

• Electric vehicle 220/110 garage

certified rental apartment and

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trail; two dog parks; playground; kids

• Ceiling fans • Walk-in showers and vaulted ceilings on select floor plans

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The Quaye at Palm Beach Gardens is located at 10000 South Gardens Drive. Visit www.QuayePBG.com or Facebook/ QuayePBG, or call 561.799.8899.


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BOCA RATON Boca Raton 561-393-7700 www.myboca.us

has developed a strong underpinning of

Downtown Boca: 561-367-7070 downtownboca.org

diversified businesses and entrepreneurial incubators anchored by large corporate headquarters. With its own international executive airport, ease of access to this coastal town is an added bonus.

Boca Raton is the second-largest city in the Palm Beaches and is located in the southernmost region of the county. The city covers 30 square miles and boasts five miles of golden beaches.

In addition to its large employers, Boca Raton

has

three

universities.

With

outstanding colleges like Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Lynn University and Palm Beach State College (PBSC), and the strong emergence of Everglades University

The town of Boca Raton was incorporated

and Digital Media Arts College, Boca Raton

in 1925 at the height of the Florida land

has become an attractive destination for

boom. During this era, the town council

students from across the country—and from

commissioned

Boca Raton.

Palm

Beach

architect

Addison Mizner to plan a world-class resort community.

Mizner’s

Spanish-Mediter-

ranean style survives today in some of the city’s famed landmarks, including the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Mizner Park shopping complex and historic Town Hall. While many South Florida cities rely heavily

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A true full service city offering pristine beaches, beautiful parks and landscaping, recreational amenities, a low tax rate, a low crime rate, cultural programs and activities, a lively downtown and a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and hotels, Boca Raton is consistently ranked as one of America’s best cities in which to live, work, learn and play.

Boca Raton is consistently ranked as one of America’s best cities in which to live, work, learn and play.

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The city’s rich cultural community offers educational opportunities for local families and diverse outlets for sports and entertainment, contributing greatly to the city’s quality of life—as well as its economy. The city’s cultural programming distinguishes Boca Raton from other coastal cities, by offering unique, world-class festivals and experiences for tourists and residents.

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WHY CALL BOCA RATON HOME?

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: Boca Raton is located in the southernmost region of the Palm Beaches, the center of South Florida.

A VIBRANT DOWNTOWN: Downtown Boca has a great vibe. It’s a hip and exciting destination that always has something fun to offer.

BEAUTY & THE BEACH: With 46 parks, 44 miles of bike lanes and 4 miles of public beaches – it’s easy to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle our city provides. Whether your sport be cycling, tennis, golf, paddle-boarding or boating – Boca Raton has it all.

EVENTS: Boca Raton offers an array of amazing events year round including Brazilian Beat, the Boca Raton Bowl, Festival of the Arts, Boca Restaurant Month, and year round events at the Mizner Park Amphitheater.

STRONG BUSINESS CLIMATE: Thirty corporate headquarters and two universities call Boca Raton home, providing a diversified industry and talent base.

Contact us for information about living in Boca Raton, opening a business here or experiencing Downtown Boca.

SHOPPING + DINING: Boca Raton is filled with top-notch shopping, dining and living – all within a tropical setting. ENTERTAINMENT + NIGHTLIFE: Beer gardens, lively pubs, and intimate wine bars await – there is always a reason to stay late in Downtown Boca. QUALITY OF LIFE: Boca Raton is consistently ranked as one of America’s best cities in which to live, work, learn and play.

THE CITY OF BOCA RATON… LIVE HERE, WORK HERE, PLAY HERE. ONCE YOU COME, YOU WON’T WANT TO LEAVE.

561-393-7761 | MYBOCA.US


BOYNTON BEACH Boynton Beach

561-742-6010 www.boynton-beach.org Chamber of Commerce: 561-732-9501 boyntonbeach.org

From Maine to Miami, Boynton Beach is the closest point to the Atlantic Gulf Stream, earning the title “Gateway to the Gulfstream.” With the ocean at your fingertips, it is easy to live a relaxing South Florida lifestyle in Boynton Beach. The coastal community runs parallel to a four-mile stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway with access to the ocean through the Boynton Inlet. Located half a mile south of the Boynton Inlet, the Boynton Harbor Marina offers a multitude of water activities including waterfront dining, boat rentals, fishing charters, drift fishing, scuba diving charters and jet-ski rentals. The waterway is not all that Boynton Beach has to offer. Residents can also enjoy “Old Florida” charm with more than 253 acres of municipal parks, a beach and natural conservation lands, as well as access to the Florida Everglades via the Arthur Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge – all providing unique opportunities to explore endangered species in their natural habitat and enjoy hiking, kayaking and canoeing.

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Boasting as one of only a handful of cities in the United States, Boynton Beach has a barrier free park designed so everyone that can play without encountering any barriers. For the golfer, the Links at Boynton Beach features an 18-hole championship golf course and ninehole family golf course. There are abundant shopping, dining and entertainment areas in Boynton Beach. The Boynton Beach Mall features Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears and over 100 specialty stores and eateries. Renaissance Place, along Congress Avenue, is home to dozens of unique restaurants and several big brand stores including Target, Best Buy and Michaels. About a mile north, there is a budding brewery district. Boynton Beach takes pride in its history. With two historical landmarks on the National Registry, a Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center, awarded Best Museum and by the South Florida Parenting Magazine and a very active Woman’s Club that provides additional cultural programs and activities. There are educational plaques at 30 of the city’s historic sites and a City Heritage Trail app with an interactive map to explore 170 historic landmarks. In addition, the city’s municipal library

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houses an extensive history of Boynton Beach for public viewing and research. Art and culture are vital aspects of life in Boynton Beach, which features more than 40 displays of public artwork within the city’s 16.25 square miles. Nearly every weekend, the city is host to an array of community events such as Pirate Fest, Blarney Bash, Holiday Boat Parade, 4th of July Celebration, Egg-stravazana, Barrier Free 5K Run, Art Walks, Movies in the Park, Music on the Rocks and the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium. The Boynton Beach Art District, Community Theatre and Gold Coast Band are added cultural destinations. Education is a top priority for city officials. Each of the city’s schools receives continual support. Boynton Beach strives to be a recognized leader successfully connecting resources that promote workforce readiness, civic involvement and business growth. As the third largest city in Palm Beach County with more than 73,000 residents, in Boynton Beach, their goal is to #makelifefun, for humans, as well as their canine counterparts.


DELRAY BEACH Delray Beach 561-243-7000 www.mydelraybeach.com Chamber of Commerce: 561-278-0424 www.delraybeach.com

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in southern Palm Beach County, Delray Beach is rich in history and cultural diversity. This Village by the Sea, which began as an agricultural community in the 1890s, welcomes families who are seeking a place to call home and invites visitors to experience the ultimate vacation. Within almost 16 square miles, Delray Beach embraces a permanent population of approximately 65,000. Well-known for its bustling downtown and vibrant arts district, the city features gourmet restaurants, unique shops and trendy galleries. Scenic vistas complement charming neighborhoods, making this a desirable bike and pedestrian friendly community. The city maintains over 40 parks and recreational facilities including the award-winning Municipal Beach, a popular destination for both residents and out-of-towners. The

Delray Beach Tennis Center, located in the heart of downtown, is a full service public facility with lighted clay and hard courts. The Delray Beach Golf Club, a city-owned 18 hole par 72 course designed by legendary architect Donald Ross, has been designated a historic golf course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail. The City of Delray Beach takes an active role in health and education. Youth camps, adult programs, and recreational events promote good nutrition and/or physical exercise. Designated as a 2016 Healthy Weight Community Champion by the Florida Department of Health, the city was also recognized by the National League of Cities for outstanding achievements in health and wellness through Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties. Academic programs are paramount and the city was one of just 30 communities across the nation to be honored with the 2014 Pacesetter Award by the Campaign for Grade Level Reading for “measurable progress” in summer learning, committed to increase the number of children who are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

Renewal and redevelopment efforts in Delray Beach have resulted in numerous accolades, including the prestigious All-America City Award and USA Today/Rand McNally’s Best of the Road Most Fun Small Town in America. In 2014, the city received the John Nolan Award for outstanding achievements in urban growth and development. Two years later, Delray Beach was honored with the Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award for its production and implementation of the Central Business District Code and Architectural Design Guidelines. Access to public transportation is available throughout the city and international airports are just minutes away. Public parking garages and surface lots are conveniently located in the downtown area, and the city provides free electric-vehicle charging stations. Free trolley service is also available along downtown Atlantic Avenue. Delray Beach is host to exceptional special events. Throughout the year, people from around the world visit the city to enjoy championship tennis, fabulous Fourth of July celebrations, and festive holiday events.

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JUNO BEACH Juno Beach 561-626-1122 www.juno-beach.fl.us Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce 561-746-7111 www.pbnchamber.com

Photo by Peter Lorber, courtesy of Boca Raton Historical Society

Inlet to the north and Palm Beach Inlet to

The

the south. Offshore there are Spanish wrecks

services such as police, planning and zoning,

dating back to the 1500s. The barrier island

building, code enforcement, public works,

was created by the cutting of the Intracoastal

storm water utilities and cultural events.

Waterway. The waterway was dredged along

Fire services are provided by Palm Beach

the watershed of Old Lake Worth Creek and

County. Utility services, such as water and

cut through Lake Worth in 1898. Ocean and

wastewater are provided by neighboring

Do you enjoy long walks on the beach? Juno Beach is a predominately residential seaside community whose vision is to have neighbors join together to share an exceptional quality of life. The Town of Juno Beach is a partnership of residents, businesses and town staff creating a hometown atmosphere that emphasizes community involvement, cultural activities and natural beauty. Fine oceanfront estates and condominiums provide an ideal setting for a vacation or permanent residence. With Juno Beach, activities range from sunbathing, swimming and fishing to walking, jogging and bicycling.

Intracoastal provide a part of the attraction

jurisdictions/agencies (Town of

of the Town of Juno Beach.

Loxahatchee River District and the Seacoast

The Town of Juno Beach was incorporated in 1953 and is located approximately 14 miles north of West Palm Beach, which is the county seat of Palm Beach County. The town encompasses an area of 1.85 square miles. This special and unique town is an island with the Intracoastal Waterway to the West, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Jupiter

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town

provides

general

municipal

Jupiter,

Utility Authority). The town has operated under the council-manager form of government since 1985.

The town has many special features that

Policy-making and legislative authority are

contribute to this wonderful place to live,

vested in a five-member town council. The

such as the beach, Juno Beach Pier, Logger-

council is elected on a non-partisan basis.

head Marinelife Center, environmentally

Councilmembers serve three-year staggered

sensitive lands and Town Center.

terms.

The councilmembers are elected at

large and every year they select a mayor, vice

Why Juno Beach? Many benefits of being

mayor and vice mayor pro tem. The town

located within the Town of Juno Beach

council is responsible, among other things,

cannot be quantified by a dollar value, but

for passing ordinances, adopting the budget,

they offer a higher quality of life that can be

appointing committees, and hiring both the

interpreted as priceless. Some of the bene-

town manager and town attorney. The town

fits to calling the Town of Juno Beach your

manager is responsible for carrying out poli-

corporate headquarters (like Florida Power

cies and ordinances of the town council, for

& Light and Tire Kingdom do) or home

overseeing the day-to-day operations of the

(like many yearlong and seasonal residents

government, and for appointing the heads of

do) are stronger local government voice and

the various departments.

superior police protection.

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JUPITER Jupiter 561-746-5134 www.jupiter.fl.us Chamber of Commerce: 561-746 - 7111 www.npbchamber.com

Jupiter is located in the northeast corner of Palm Beach County, between Miami and Orlando. A coastal community that celebrates its history, heritage and community, Jupiter’s quality of life is achieved by balancing its “small-town feel” with careful growth. Jupiter’s beautiful beaches, breathtaking inlet, abundant natural areas and active waterways offer a unique experience for visitors and a superb quality of life for residents. Florida is known for its beaches and waterways, and Jupiter has some of the finest. Jupiter’s wild and scenic Loxahatchee River meanders through neighborhoods and natural areas, eventually meeting the Intracoastal Waterway and breathtaking Jupiter Inlet at the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Jupiter is also the place for nature-lovers and eco-tourism enthusiasts. There is free public parking along A1A along more than two and a half miles of Jupiter’s public beaches. The famous “dog beach” is a stretch of the shoreline where four-legged friends are welcome. For more coastal fun, several

Photo courtesy of Discover The Palm Beaches

parks, beaches, swimming areas, snorkeling coves and jetties line the inlet. Seven designated natural areas making up more than 70 acres of environmentally protected land that offers nature trails, wildlife observation stations, kayaking and paddle-boarding excursions, and fishing. Jupiter’s Riverwalk, a planned two and a half mile walking and biking path along the Intracoastal, follows the waterway from Jupiter Ridge Natural Area north to Inlet Village where old Jupiter’s working waterfront heritage still lives. Jupiter has something for everyone. Whether you are into sports, arts, history, or just expanding your mind, you can take in a play, learn something new, attend a festival, browse through a museum, or catch a pop-fly. Home to the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins spring training at Roger Dean Stadium, the Jupiter Riverwalk, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, FAU’s Lifelong Learning Center and the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, Jupiter offers so many cultural opportunities, you’ll want to extend your stay just to experience it all. The feeling of small-town lives on in Jupiter. Friendly neighborhoods offer a unique quality of life for Jupiter’s families, professionals and businesses. Take

a walk through one of Jupiter’s neighborhoods and you’ll see active neighborhood parks, neighbors and children walking, biking and playing along safe sidewalks and streets, and a sense of community that comes from pride and peace of mind. When you discover Jupiter, you’ll find that Jupiter is the land of discovery. Home to the Scripps Research Institute, G4S, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter is the bioscience hub of Palm Beach County. These institutions make exciting scientific and technological advances every day that create unique opportunities for research, academia and new businesses. Jupiter’s rich history spans thousands of years, involving Indians and explorers, settlers and pioneers. The famous Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, which sits atop an ancient shell mound, is a beautiful place to learn about the visits by early Spanish explorers, Seminole Indians, maritime shipwrecks, and even World War II radio stations. Jupiter’s early Indian inhabitants and famous pioneer families, such as the DuBois and the Whites, left the community with rich stories and artifacts of Old Florida life along the beautiful Loxahatchee River.

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LAKE WORTH Lake Worth 561-586-1600 www.lakeworth.org Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency: 561-493-2550 www.lakeworthcra.org

Lake Worth is a vibrant community at the intersection of form and function. It is an extraordinary place where tranquility meets creativity, where the sun shines bright and the ideas shine even brighter,

Photo courtesy of Lake Worth

The Atlantic Ocean and the broad waters

1,000 historic buildings contribute to the

of the Lake Worth Lagoon form the city’s

human scale and charm of the downtown

east boundary and the beautiful fresh waters

and residential areas.

of Lake Osborne sit west. Next door to Palm Beach, Lake Worth is situated along

Myatt Murphy of, Sky Magazine wrote,

the latitude making it the northern most

“Palm Beach County owns the phrase

point of the subtropics.

Lake Worth is

‘Florida’s Cultural Capital’® for very good

truly the place “where the tropics begin.”

reason... Palm Beach County’s heart beats

Lake Worth is a dynamic, multi-cultural

from a wide range of cultural opportuni-

city with a strong social and environmental

ties, including music, dance, museums and

consciousness.

theaters.”

People are drawn to the

city by its independent character, acceptance of different cultures and lifestyles,

Lake Worth is the geographic and artistic

where warm tropics meet hot topics and

many historic structures, hip downtown and

center of Palm Beach County. The down-

where the power of potential turns every

distinctive residential neighborhoods. The

town area is considered the artistic soul

day into a blank canvas. This is not just a

city has a rich history and is protective of

of Lake Worth, with a historic theater

lifestyle. It is an art form.

its historic architectural fabric. More than

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Lake Worth, Florida is a vibrant community at the intersection of form and function. An extraordinary place where tranquility meets creativity, where the sun shines bright, and the ideas shine even brighter. Where warm tropics meet hot topics, and where the power of potential turns every day into a blank canvas.

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houses, art galleries, antique malls, retail stores, and many restaurants. The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is headquartered in historic downtown Lake Worth. The Cultural Council is Palm Beach County’s official arts agency and serves non-profit cultural organizations and professional artists throughout the county. LULA Lake Worth Arts unifies the local art community around a shared vision and invests in partnerships that support the talent and creative community in Lake Worth. The City of Lake Worth solidly supports the arts through public-private partnerships and longterm planning to promote the creative spirit. The Lake Worth Playhouse, the oldest building on the register of the Art Deco Society of Palm Beach County, has provided more than 60 years of excellence in the performing arts. The Duncan Theatre – Where Great Dance & Music Live! – brings in top performances from across the United States and beyond. For visual art connoisseurs and artists, the Lake Worth Art League presents many opportunities to see and purchase outstanding works of art by local artists at their gallery and at outdoor art shows. The Clay Glass Metal Stone Cooperative Gallery features the works of 20 local artists and has created an extensive schedule of classes for those who would like to learn. The City of Lake Worth has supported the growth of arts industry in a big way. By dedicating two city-owned buildings and forming strategic alliances, the arts are thriving in Lake Worth. The Armory Arts Annex has recently opened in a renovated space and now offers gallery space and programming. However, Lake Worth’s crowning jewel is the Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts. Housed in a historic train depot, the center offers a glassworks studio, gallery and gift shop. Opening in 2018 will be a metal works studio capable of pouring 69,000 pounds of bronze per year. Both projects are recipients of Cultural Facilities Grants from the State of Florida.

TIPS for BUYING in Florida’s Hot Market In A Competitive Real Estate Market, A Local Top Real Estate Expert Offers This Advice: 1. Get a team! Don’t do it alone. Your key team member will be a local Realtor®. Take the time to inter view several Realtors ® and find one who exhibits key knowledge of the area both from statistical and lifestyle standpoints. Ask plenty of questions, and find some-one you work well with. A Realtor® is a great friend to have in a new area. If you need financing, ask your Realtor® for some recommendations for a lender. Local mortgage brokers and bankers know the landscape and know what insurances and inspections are needed for the type of loan you need to acquire for the purchase of your new home.

2. The Florida market is hot. If a particular home is desirable to you, you are probably not the only one who thinks so. Positioning is everything. Position yourself successfully by doing some homework. Get preapproved by a lender. Doing this is the next best thing to a cash offer. Having a letter of preapproval will almost certainly put you on top of the list.

3. It may cost you less than you think. Putting 20 percent down on the purchase of a home is recommended, but is not necessary. If you are buying a home as your primary residence, you can put as little as 3 percent down of the purchase price. If you’re buying a second home, you can put as little as 10 percent down.

4. Inspections are important. Whether you are buying new construction, a condominium, or a historic home, it is recommended to have an inspection. While inspections are optional, it will generally only cost you a few hundred dollars, and may bring you peace of mind. The inspectors look at the condition of the home beyond cosmetics, and if something is found, it will allow you to renegotiate with the seller to fix the problem or possibly lower the price of the home. Depending on the age and location of the home, a four-point inspection and a wind mitigation inspection may be necessary, but can provide you significant savings on your insurance.

5. Florida is a Homestead State. If you purchase your home in Florida as your primary residence, you can file for a Homestead Exemption worth up to $50,000. The exemption reduces the amount of property taxes Florida homeowners are required to pay, and limits how much the taxes will increase each year. This means if you qualify, and your property is worth $100,000, you would only be taxed as if it was worth $50,000. Tips provided by JD McClintock, Broker Associate, Principal Ownership with Global Real Estate Agency, Keller Williams Real-ty. For more information, visit www.GlobalREAgency.com.

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LANTANA Lantana 561-540-5000 www.lantana.org Lantana Chamber of Commerce: 561-585-8664 www.lantanachamber.com

The Town of Lantana is a coastal community in Palm Beach County, which still retains the charm of its origins as an old Florida fishing village. Nestled along Coast of Palm Beach County, and noted as one of the oldest communities in South Florida- it’s a great destination for vacationers and home seekers alike. When it comes to small town charm, Lantana hast it. Step foot inside any of the three-square miles of Lantana, and you’ll be greeted with a warm welcome! Originally named after the gorgeous wildflower that grew in the area, Lantana was founded by Morris Lyman and was incorporated in 1921. Pieces of Lantana’s history is found throughout town with nods to Lyman and the earlier settlers on various parks, buildings and developments. This hidden gem is home to small cottagestyle shops, a fishing pier, a two-acre boat launching facility, a kayak park and panoramic views of the Intracoastal, making it a destination for a day on the water, kayaking, picnicking or simply watching boats

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go by. On a dazzling sunny day, Lantana Municipal Beach is the perfect place to warm your toes in the sand. Ample parking, sand volleyball courts, picnic tables and the children’s playground create the perfect setting to spend the day with family and friends soaking up the sun and watching the clouds pass by. Just steps from the beach, nature lovers can gather at the Lantana Nature Preserve. What was once the town landfill, the land has now been shaped to create a beautiful native habitat for wildlife. These 13 acres of nature sanctuary, welcomes bird watching and hiking with alongside views of the Lake Worth Lagoon. This unique coastal forest is home to zebra longwing butterflies, red fox, osprey, kestral, green heron, loggerhead shrike and many more beautiful species of birds and small mammals. Still need convincing? Lantana Nature Preserve was recently named the “Best Hidden Preserve” by Florida Weekly. The town also hosts an array of ways to get involved. Beach clean ups are a fun way to meet new friends and offer an opportunity to give back to the community. The town coordinates these clean ups to help protect the ocean and ecosystem - something the town puts an emphasis on in many different ways.

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The junior lifeguard program is offered to children interested in learning the responsibilities of ocean lifeguards. The program provides young men and women a sound aquatic background and acquaints them with the hazards of ocean swimming while exposing them to an environment that promotes courtesy, respect, discipline, sound morals and good sportsmanship. For the artist-minded people, the town has an exciting adopt-a-hydrant program, which lets the artist paint a fire hydrant as they wish! From simple stripes to elaborate landscaping, choose a design that fits your style and paint a piece of Lantana. In 2015, the town introduced “Enjoy Lantana!” a town-wide initiative to produce a variety of special events that provide unique year-round experiences for residents and tourists alike!

Throughout each year,

the community comes together for family friendly movies at the beach, a concert in the park, Bark in the Park which is an event for four legged friends held at the town’s dog park and a spectacular the July 4th Celebration that features a colorful fireworks display. The “Enjoy Lantana” lineup is rounded off with the Haunted Nature Preserve in October and a Winterfest Parade in December.


PALM BEACH

GARDENS Palm Beach Gardens 561-799-4100 www.pbgfl.com

Photo courtesy of Discover The Palm Beaches

Chamber of Commerce: 561-746-7111 www.npbchamber.com

Known for its extraordinary quality of life and dynamic business climate, Palm Beach Gardens was founded in 1959 by insurance magnate John D. MacArthur.

founder by maintaining a careful balance

that respect commercial interests, while

of green space and development. As you

maintaining the high standards and unique

explore, you will find tree lined streets

characteristics of the city. With a high-

and lush gardens intertwined with homes

ly-educated workforce, economic and tax

and businesses. It truly is a cosmopolitan

incentives, as well as access to transporta-

city with a small town feel.

Beautiful

tion routes, a diverse array of companies

beaches are located within a mile, making

and many corporate headquarters thrive in

Gardens a tropical paradise.

Gardens. Known as “The Golf Capital,” Palm

The

Public art is valued in the commu-

city’s incorporated boundaries span over 56

nity where over one hundred art pieces

square miles, making Palm Beach Gardens

exist citywide due to an active public

one of the largest land areas in Palm Beach

art program and partnership with the

County.

business community.

cultural

Residents enjoy many art and opportunities,

world-class

The Palm Beach

golf

Gardens City Hall lobby is home to a

courses, luxury shopping, day spas, resorts,

rotating national art exhibit providing an

and outstanding dining opportunities.

In

opportunity for the public to engage in

addition, the city is dedicated to protecting

a cultural exchange with various artists

its natural beauty, with nearly 45% of its

throughout the year.

Beach Gardens is home to 14 golf courses, including PGA National Resort & Spa. The City of Palm Beach Gardens is the host city to the Honda Classic and home to the PGA of America.

Palm Beach

Gardens is a vibrant Florida community with a year-round sunny disposition and a lush, tropical ambiance that boasts an outstanding quality of life for its resi-

total land dedicated to conservation. Palm Beach Gardens prides itself in the

dents and visitors. Today, many PGA and

Gardens, as it is affectionately called,

close relationship with the local business

LPGA players call Palm Beach Gardens

has been able to stay true to the vision of

community and works to develop policies

their home.

Known as “The Golf Capital”, Palm Beach Gardens is home to 14 golf courses, including PGA National Resort & Spa.

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WELLINGTON Wellington 561-791-4000 www.wellingtonfl.gov/home Chamber of Commerce: 561-792-6525 www.wellingtonchamber.com

Listed by Money Magazine as one of the Top 50 Places to Live, the Village of Wellington, Fla. is located in western Palm Beach County, sharing a southwestern boundary with the world famous Florida Everglades.

claims that it was the world’s largest strawberry patch. Citrus groves also thrived in the area. Wellington has come a long way since the 1950s. Located approximately 15 miles from downtown West Palm Beach, and 12 miles from the Palm Beach International Airport, Wellington serves as a “home base” for many. The community shares the convenience of both urban living as well as easy access to breathtaking natural areas, preserves, and numerous outdoor activities.

In 1951, Wellington was purchased by successful accountant and New York investor,

Charles

Oliver

Wellington.

Because of its close proximity to the Everglades, the area was prone to frequent flooding. In 1953, the Florida Legislature created the Acme Improvement District to provide drainage, water management, and infrastructure development in western Palm Beach County. Acme transformed the water-logged land into fertile farmland. At one point, there were 2,000 acres devoted to strawberry plants, leading to

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The Village of Wellington is internationally recognized as the Winter Equestrian Capital of the world and is an International Equestrian destination for show jumping, dressage, and polo. A destination for all things equestrian, Wellington is the home of the International Polo Club Palm Beach and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

activities for people of all ages. Boasting an abundance of parks, quality schools, attractive neighborhoods, and equestrian interests, Wellington maintains a high reputation. With 11 Palm Beach County A-rated schools, some offering specialty magnet programs, Wellington actively supports education. Wellington’s

outstanding

Parks

and

Recreation Department schedules family-friendly events such as movie nights, food trucks, and tribute band concerts and hosts outstanding events for the holidays including the Fourth of July Celebration culminating in a fireworks spectacular. In the spring and fall, Village Park offers a multitude of sports and family programming from Saturday morning soccer games to the open gym on Thursday nights. There is always something to do. Wellington also works closely with both the Palm Beach County Sherriff ’s Office and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue to

Today, this beautiful South Florida town boasts plenty of hometown charm with

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the

Treasure COAST

Extending north from Palm Beach County

Popular towns include Port St. Lucie (the

Beach. It was once known as the “Pine-

until reaching the Space Coast in Brevard

largest), Fort Pierce, Hutchinson Island,

apple Capital of the World” and still holds

County is Florida’s magnificent Treasure

Jensen Beach, Stuart and Vero Beach.

an annual pineapple festival. The pineapple

Coast, comprised of Martin, St. Lucie and

Stuart and Jensen Beach are known for their

is the worldwide symbol of hospitality,

Indian River counties. The Treasure Coast

extensive and beautiful beaches. The towns

and Jensen Beach lives up to this hall-

has both cities and an abundance of smaller

straddle the Indian River and the barrier

mark.

towns, offering that Old Florida feel. Martin

island that is also home to Hutchinson

plentiful

County boasts a beautiful natural landscape

Island and continues northward into the

boutiques, the Jensen Beach area is known

filled with water from ocean to river to lake.

town of Fort Pierce.

as the retail shopping center of the Trea-

Fort Pierce offers some of the best surfing

Boasting major shopping centers, specialty

stores

and

unusual

sure Coast. It has also earned a reputation

in Florida. The coast offers many kinds of

Hobe Sound, just south of Stuart, is one of

for its seafood-intensive fine dining. Water

activities for a wide range of interests, from

the most beautiful natural areas in Florida,

enthusiasts will find boating, sailing, fishing,

rodeos to high-end shopping, art galleries,

as well as a location providing the seclusion

skiing, surfing and scuba diving, and the

and one-of-a-kind museums to eco-friendly

and privacy many celebrities seek. Medalist

beach itself attracts several species of endan-

sea turtle adventures. Some of the best bill-

Village and Golf Club is an exclusive housing

gered sea turtles during nesting seasons.

fish sport fishing in the world is found along

and golf development where one might

the Treasure Coast.

bump into nearby residents Tiger Woods or

Often called Sunrise City, Fort Pierce

Dan Marino on the course. It is also home

has a revitalized downtown waterfront

These centrally located counties are highly

to several natural preserves including the

area that retains its Old Florida scale and

accessible from both north and south: both

Blowing Rocks Preserve, the Hobe Sound

charm.

Miami and Orlando airports are within two

National Wildlife Refuge, and the Hobe

dining, great fishing and a range of enter-

hour drives, and Palm Beach International

Sound Nature Center. Jonathan Dickinson

tainment and activities such as the Fort

Airport is even closer. Many people choose

State Park is one of the best outdoor activi-

Pierce Farmers Market, Bike Night, Friday

the Treasure Coast for its convenience to the

ties areas in Florida, offering a wide range of

Fest, Jazz Craft Market and the city-owned

cultural and urban life of the Palm Beaches

activities from canoeing to camping.

and -operated 1,200-seat Sunrise Theatre

and Miami, while yet retaining a smaller,

It offers contemporary shopping,

for the Performing Arts. Like most of the

hometown comfort combined with an

Jensen Beach is nestled into Florida’s East

Treasure Coast towns, Fort Pierce offers

appealing sense of privacy and space.

Coast between Fort Pierce and West Palm

amazing beaches, and has both natural and

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artificial reefs making it a hub of diving and fishing activities. The Indian River Lagoon Estuary provides a haven for more than 4,000 plant and animal species. Vero Beach is a haven for golf, water sports and fishing.

Peaceful beaches, museums,

nature tours and a range of hotels make Vero Beach a terrific vacation destination and an important part of the region. The city offers a selection of fine shops – both downtown and in large shopping malls – and cuisines for all tastes. Vero Beach has museums, art galleries and many parks, as well as access to

[ Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce & Hutchinson Island ]

the network of rivers and inlets that characterizes the Treasure Coast.

Conveniently located in the heart of the Treasure Coast – St. Lucie County offers an affordable South Florida lifestyle. Comprised of Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie and St. Lucie Village, St. Lucie County was founded in 1905 with deep agricultural roots in cattle, citrus, fishing and pineapples. While you can still smell the tasty orange blossom breezes from the grooves in the western part of the county, it’s St. Lucie County’s natural and coastal environments that made it one of the fastest growing areas just a few short years ago. St. Lucie County’s current population of roughly 291,000 is twice what it was just two decades ago. And, there is plenty of land and housing available for that number to continue to grow.

Actual gold can be found on the beaches of

Founded in 1961, the City of Port St. Lucie (Florida’s eighth largest city) features a variety of housing options from gated golf communities, in and around the award-winning PGA Village and Golf Club complex to the newer townhomes and traditional residences inside the Tradition area. Those looking for older historic homes can find hidden treasures in Fort Pierce, founded in 1901. With its easy access to the Atlantic Ocean through the Fort Pierce Inlet – Fort Pierce is a city that is looking toward the future without forgetting its past from the renovated Sunrise Theatre (built in 1924) to its award-winning Saturday morning Farmer’s Market. If you are looking for salt-water sunrises, you’ll find plenty of housing options along the 21-miles of coastline that is Hutchinson Island, a barrier island that is part of both Martin and St. Lucie counties.

television series Black Sails will be familiar

Despite its growing population and business industry (St. Lucie County features three hospitals, including a cutting-edge trauma center and heart institution), local leaders have taken great steps to protect the natural beauty that makes St. Lucie County unique. Through a voter-approved bond, the county has purchased nearly 11,000 acres that is open to the public for passive recreation such as horseback riding, hiking, biking, fishing and bird watching. St. Lucie County is one of the few places in Florida where horseback riding is allowed on the beach. There are dozens of one-of-kind arts and cultural facilities including the Zora Neale Hurston Dust Tracks Trail, Florida Highwaymen Heritage Trail, A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, and Heathcote Botanical Gardens; environmental learning centers such as the St. Lucie County Aquarium, Manatee Observation & Education Center, Oxbow Eco-Center; sporting activities like charter fishing outfits, private and public golf courses, Fort Pierce Jai-Alia and Tradition Field – spring training home of the New York Mets and historical institutions, the National Navy Seal UDT-SEAL Museum and St. Lucie County Regional History Center to name a few. It’s these and other reasons that have helped St. Lucie County grab the attention of those who enjoy arts, culture, outdoor activities and sports.

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the Treasure Coast. Eleven treasure ships of the Spanish fleet sank near the Sebastian Inlet during a hurricane in 1715, giving this area its name. To this day, Peruvian gold in the form of Escudos Lima and Mexican silver in the form of reales from the lost fleet can be found along the coast’s intertidal zone.

Fans of the Caribbean pirate

with the ship Urca de Lima, which is a real shipwreck off the coast of Florida near Fort Pierce. In 1987, the Urca became the first shipwreck in the Florida Underwater Archaeological Preserves, which now has 12 ships from all stages of America’s maritime history in an underwater museum extending the length of the Florida coastline. The beauty of the Treasure Coast is unparA string of barrier islands lays

like a golden necklace along the Atlantic coastline, separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway, the boating lane that reaches 3,st 000 miles from New Jersey to Key West and around the Gulf of Mexico to Brownsville, Texas. From one of the only areas in Florida where one can go horseback riding on the beach, to intense sport fishing excursions in the waters of the Gulf Stream, to some of the best golf courses in Florida, to the fragrant citrus groves of the Indian River, the Treasure Coast has much to offer a new resident, in some of the most beautiful natural settings in the state.


PORT ST. LUCIE

Port St. Lucie is also home to the PGA

those seeking to enter or expand a cattle-pro-

St. Lucie County is one of Florida’s fastest

Village, owned and operated by PGA of

ducing enterprise.

growing counties, recently reaching approx-

America, and ranked by Golf Digest as one

imately 291,000 people, of which 174,000 live in the area around Port St. Lucie. The arrival of the Spanish in 1567 began its development as a settlement.

In spite of

long occupation, Port St. Lucie stands out from the rest of the Atlantic coast in that

of the top 75 Best Golf Resorts. The village

The City of Fort Pierce retains its old

offers 54 holes of championship golf courses

Florida charm and scale, and in 2011 the

designed by Tom Fazio and Pete Dye, and

historical Main Street Fort Pierce district

the PGA Museum of Golf.

With more

received the Great American Main Street

great golf courses only a short drive up or

Award from the National Trust for Historic

down the coast, Port St. Lucie is a golfer’s

Preservation.

heaven. Fort Pierce participates in the same county

it retains an extensive 21-mile stretch of beaches in a pristine natural state (with half

FORT PIERCE

Economic Development Council as Port St.

of these protected), and has 11,000 acres of

North of Port St. Lucie is the City of Fort

Lucie.

natural parks and preserves. The St. Lucie River winds through the city and merges with the Intracoastal Waterway to empty into the Atlantic. Whether you want the beautiful ocean views and condominium living available on Hutchinson Island, or a home with deep water access for

Pierce, named for the fort constructed by Lt. Col. Kendrick Pierce during the Second

ECONOMY

Seminole Indian War in the 1830s.

Fort

Economically, the area has traditionally

Pierce has a population of over 43,000,

been a rich agricultural area, with the Indian

and a rural ambiance with ranching and

River producing some of the world’s highest

citrus farming being significant factors in

quality citrus. Manufacturing in the county

its economy. Florida has four million acres

includes aircraft and components, as well as

of pastureland and one million of grazing

marine/boating.

Along with government

woodland, and is 11th nationally in the

and university research facilities related to

your boat, the Port St. Lucie area is a great

production of beef cows.

This ranching

life sciences, agriculture, marine sciences

choice for those who enjoy a lifestyle based

tradition remains strong in the Fort Pierce

and aerospace has come a growing health

on boating, fishing and marine activities.

area, and it is a highly attractive location for

care and medical industry. The county has

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MARTIN COUNTY Chamber of Commerce: 772-287-1088 | www.stuartmartinchamber.org

Encompassing the communities of Port Salerno, Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Indiantown, Jupiter Island, Hobe Sound and Hutchinson Island, Martin County residents enjoy an exceptional quality of life. Here you will escape the concrete jungle. As soon as you travel over the county line, you’ll recognize the Martin County difference, and note the fact there are no buildings over four stories here! Martin County was created in 1925 with the northern portion coming from St. Lucie County and southern portion coming from Palm Beach County. It was named for John W. Martin, former Governor of Florida. The county seat is located in Stuart, the “Sailfish Capital of the World.” Martin County is centrally located on the Treasure Coast. Within 100 miles, you can access the attractions in Orlando and Miami. The county is known for its natural beauty. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Lake Okeechobee to the west. The community has a deep connection to water and the natural resources sustained by it. Martin County residents and visitors play on some of the finest beaches in the United States, and have access to a diverse array of waterways connecting to both the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon. Easy access to the Gulf of Mexico from Martin County is possible through the Trans-Florida Canal, the only channel traveling east-west in the state. There is a reason why the area was named one of the “Happiest Seaside Towns in America”, No. 3 “Best Small Town to visit,” and why it landed the No. 9 spot on the “50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America” list. The natural beauty and attractions here offer up a treasure trove of activities—minus the crowds of its next-door neighbors. Enjoy everything from rodeos to high-end shopping, art galleries, world-class fishing, one-of-a-kind museums and eco-friendly adventures. Martin County is home to approximately 153,400 residents. Martin County’s schools are consistently highly-rated in the State of Florida. Public school offerings include 12 elementary, five middle, and five high schools, in addition to two charter schools and private schools. Residents and visitors can enjoy more than 70 parks, including Indian RiverSide Park, Halpatiokee Regional Park and Sailfish Splash WaterPark. The popular Bathtub Reef Beach is located on south Hutchinson Island and is a family favorite.

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economic development targets in place for agtech/nutraceuticals, composite materials for aviation and marine, life sciences, information technology and educational services.

EDUCATION St. Lucie County School District provides excellence in education to students and families. Students are given unique opportunities to work with local businesses, including the Vaccine Gene Therapy Institute, and the FAU/Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, an aeronautics academy in partnership with Embry Riddle University. The school district also offers an award-winning manufacturing academy and a veterinary academy. In the past decade, the district constructed nearly $800 million in new facilities, including two new state-of-the-art high schools and four K-8 schools.

St. Lucie County School District In St. Lucie Public Schools, the system of one neighborhood, one school, has developed into the concept of a larger community with several schools to choose from. What was formerly an annual ritual of redrawing school boundaries and moving children from one school to another involuntarily to accommodate growth, has been replaced with an open-enrollment system where parents select from among a variety of schools close to where they live. Once a child is enrolled in a school, parents have the assurance that their student will remain in that school through the highest grade offered unless the parent voluntarily chooses a different school. The district employs more than 2,700 teachers and 2,1000 staff, along with more than 12,000 volunteers to serve its approxaimtely 36,650 students. St. Lucie provides 17 elementary schools, nine K-8 schools, four middle schools, five high schools, one 6-12 School, and four magnet schools, including Fairlawn Elementary (K-5) in Fort Pierce, Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts (K-8) in Fort Pierce; F.K. Sweet Elementary (K-5) in Fort Pierce, and Lincoln Park Elementary (6-12) in Fort Pierce, a high achieving academic school that attracts students from across the county


and is rated among the top 100 schools in the state of Florida. The county also offers: • K-12 Virtual School through the Mosaic Digital Academy, offering both part time and full time virtual instruction through an online interface. This program covers St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties. • Performance Based Preparatory Academy, a non-traditional school using a performance based learning track that allows students to earn high school credits and complete a Standard High School Diploma at their own pace, for students 16 – 22 years of age. •  Dale Cassens Education Complex, serving students who need special attention and therapeutic guidance.

school tuition in the county is $5,298 for high

Private Schools in Martin County

schools.

Nearly 76 percent of the private

There are 11 private schools in Martin

schools have a religious affiliation. Among

County serving more than 1,840 students.

the top rated private schools are Golden Rule

Among them are the Redeemer Lutheran

Academy, (PK-12) located in Fort Pierce, and

School in Stuart, the Pine School (Epis-

the Southeastern Military Academy, which is

copal) in Hobe Sound, and Hope Rural

an all-boys military school for grades 6 – 12

School in Indiantown.

located in Port St. Lucie.

Indian River County School District The School District of Indian River County

Martin County School District Martin County is routinely among the highest rated school districts in Florida. It offers 12 elementary schools, five middle schools, five high schools, five special schools, two charter schools, and the Mosaic Digital Academy, offering K-12 Virtual School for both part time and full time virtual instruction through an online

offers 13 elementary schools, four middle schools and two high schools. The district also has an Alternative Center for Education and an Adult & Community Education Center. There are five charter schools as well within the district.

Private Schools in Indian River County There are 14 private schools in the county

interface. The district also offers students

serving

hands-on environmental learning activities

Nearly 90 percent of these schools have a

through the Environmental Studies Center.

religious affiliation. The three largest are St.

Private Schools In St. Lucie County

The school district serves more than 19,000

Edwards School (Episcopal) in Vero Beach,

The county offers 21 private schools, serving about 4,432 students. The average private

students, with a higher-than state average

Masters Academy of Vero Beach and the St.

graduation rate.

Helen Catholic School in Vero Beach.

approximately

1,800

students.

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HOUSING & NEIGHBORHOODS

Photos courtesy of City of Fort Pierce

Higher Education In The Treasure Coast Post-secondary education in the Treasure Coast counties is supported by the Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, serving more than 17,500 students. Many students also go to Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth. The closest universities are Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and the private Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach. The University of Central Florida is within a two-hour drive of the northern half of the Treasure Coast cities. The University of Florida has a specialized Medical Entomology Laboratory Campus in Vero Beach, devoted to graduate and research studies in biology.

HEALTHCARE St. Lucie Medical Center is a 229-bed hospital in Port St. Lucie, providing a full range of acute-care services including rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient surgery and an orthopedic and spine center. In Fort Pierce, the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute also offers medical and surgical services, including orthopedics, oncology, intensive care and progressive cardiac care.

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Tradition Medical Center is a 90-bed stateof-the-art acute care hospital that provides medical-surgical services, an intensive care unit, an emergency department and a neonatal intensive care unit.

from out of state, with buyers often coming from New England and the Northeast. Residents in many of the Treasure Coast’s towns have taken pains to limit development along the shoreline, instituting height and

HOUSING

building limitations to preserve the quality

Whether you are looking for a waterfront enclave, a suburban home, a deep water site to dock your boat, a golfing community, or a rural setting with plenty of space, St. Lucie County and the Treasure Coast region offer a huge array of options. The county offers a lower population density, low crime, and is an affordable alternative to more densely populated urban communities in South Florida. The region boasts the charm of beautiful small towns with the amenities of a large city.

of the region and prevent the overcrowding

Like Palm Beach County, housing prices are on a steady rise, with the median home price jumping seven percent in one year, leaving the median sales price of homes at $214,500 by the end of June 2017, according to Truila. Millennials, who are often said to be delaying home buying, are driving part of this boom, as the region’s growing business sector attracts younger families into the area. The Treasure Coast is also attracting many

of new housing developments, apartment

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of beachside high rises and commercial corridors that has occurred at other locations in Florida. Many of the towns in this area of Florida still have a defined downtown district, many with beautiful historical buildings and arts districts, and an abundance of single family homes. But, developers have not been asleep during the growth of Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties – all are seeing plenty complexes, and townhouse/condominium construction. The Treasure Coast is a beautiful region with beautiful beaches, charming towns, and something to do for everyone. So, whether you are considering the Treasure Coast for your new home, or just in town visiting, this region is a true gem and a must-see.


FORT PIERCE Fort Pierce

Photo courtesy of City of Fort Pierce

772-467-3000 www.cityoffortpierce.com St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce 772-595-9999 www.stluciechamber.org

publication described Fort Pierce as an

Pierce, and chronicles the evolution of this

‘Old Florida’ town, cooled by breezes off

military unit to today’s Navy SEALs.

the Indian River.

In 2015, Fort Pierce’s

Downtown Main Street was named Number

Established in 1938, the Fort Pierce

1 on a consumer-advocacy group’s list

City Marina stands the test of time and

of “50 Best Small Town Main Streets”

continues to improve with its, first in the

Situated on the “Treasure Coast,” named after the famed sinking of a Spanish treasure fleet in 1715, Fort Pierce is one of the oldest communities on the east coast of Florida. Incorporated in 1901, the city grew from 300 pioneers to over 45,000 residents today and encompasses approximately 31 square miles. This city is a diverse yet neighborly community, embracing both the richness of its heritage and the promise of the future. The historic Downtown waterfront affords residents and visitors contemporary shopping, dining, fishing and a range of entertainment and activities from the nationally acclaimed Farmers Market, Friday Fest, Jazz Craft Market and the city owned and operated historic, 1,200-seat Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts.

in America.

Downtown Fort Pierce has

state, eco-friendly, Storm Protection System

retained its old Florida charm and scale, as

and improved yacht friendly navigation.

it continues to welcome new development

Owned and operated by the city, the Marina

and revitalization.

features a state of the art docking system

Downtown Fort Pierce ranked among the nation’s most idyllic and historic main streets according to USA Today, and the only Florida city to make the list. The

Fort Pierce is famous for being a quaint fishing village, but take a closer look and you will find a treasure trove of activities, education, history and art. Fort Pierce is home to educational and research facilities, like the top-ranked Indian River State College,

Smithsonian

Marine

Station,

Manatee Observation and Education Center and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution at Florida Atlantic University.

and is centrally located downtown within walking distance of the public library, shops, galleries,

restaurants,

Sunrise

Theater,

museums, parks and events. Fort Pierce City Marina is also home to the Southern Kingfish Association’s National Championship Fishing Tournament. Fort Pierce’s natural beauty is world renowned as many visitors come for year round paddle boarding, horseback riding on

Museums in Fort Pierce include the

the beach, diving/snorkeling, kayaking and

newly-enlarged Florida landscape artist A.E.

world class fishing on unspoiled beaches.

“Beanie” Backus museum and the St. Lucie

Fort Pierce has the culture, excitement, and

Regional History Museum. Fort Pierce’s

drive to rival any “big city” atmosphere. Fort

most popular tourist attraction, the National

Pierce is truly a unique gem on the Treasure

UDT Navy SEAL museum, commemorates

Coast and it is committed to making the

the birth of the Navy frogmen here in Fort

City shine.

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STUART Stuart 772-288-5300 www.cityofstuart.us Stuart Main Street: 772-286-2848 www.stuartmainstreet.org historicdowntownstuart.com

Long known as The Sailfish Capital of the World, Stuart was recently recognized as America’s Happiest Seaside Town! The recognition came as no surprise to residents of this quaint community of nearly 16,200. Stuart is widely recognized for its welcoming atmosphere and Old Florida charm. Once home to pineapple plantations and flower farms, today Stuart occupies just over six square miles along the St. Lucie River in Martin County on Florida’s Treasure Coast. The city includes attractive residential neighborhoods, active townhome and condominium communities, and a vibrant

Photo by Thomas Winter, courtesy of Stuart Main Street

businesses, boutiques, galleries and gourmet eateries. Walkable and bicycle-friendly, Stuart also offers golf-cart friendly neighborhoods. A solar-powered fleet of trams provides free service throughout the downtown and adjacent neighborhoods, connecting residents to Martin County public transportation. Nearby, miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches, golf courses and nature preserves offer recreation from hiking and golfing to boating and paddle boarding. A multitude of neighborhood and street end parks extend tropical greenery throughout the city. Anchor parks include the newly redesigned Memorial Park on East Ocean Boulevard, the waterfront Flagler Park adjacent to City Hall on the St. Lucie River, and the unique barrier-free playground at Kiwanis Park on Colorado Avenue.

historic downtown. Pristine, landscaped streets and skyscraper-free views helped Stuart earn the title, America’s Most Beautiful City for its size in 2008, while the city’s ‘flip-flop chic’ style sets a casual vibe for residents and visitors alike. The U.S. 1 corridor houses major retailers and restaurants, while smaller business and cultural districts host unique independent

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Another favorite recreation spot is the Riverwalk boardwalk running along the St. Lucie River from south of the Roosevelt Bridge to East of Colorado Avenue. Incorporating a floating public dock and a fishing area under the Roosevelt Bridge, the Riverwalk is a popular place to stroll, fish, or enjoy the scenic waterfront. It is also home to the Riverwalk Stage and a

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multitude of events – including over 50 free outdoor concerts every year. Other popular events include the annual ArtsFest in Memorial Park, Dancin’ in the Streets, a summer block party and music festival, and the 54-year old Stuart Christmas Parade – one of the longest running lighted Christmas parades in the country! Stuart’s vibrant atmosphere has brought recognition from The Huffington Post as one of the “Top Ten Beach Towns in Florida” in 2014, Smithsonian Magazine as the nation’s No. 3 best small town to visit in 2015, and House Beautiful as the No. 9 spot on the “50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America” list. Just 45 minutes north of Palm Beach International Airport, city residents attend Julian D. Parker Elementary School, Stuart Middle School, and Martin County High School or a variety of private educational facilities. Martin Health System provides healthcare for city residents and the surrounding community. The city runs its own police and fire departments, trash collection, and operates a water utility program that is recognized year after year for the best tasting water in the state by the Florida Rural Water Association’s Annual Conference.


PALM BEACH

COUNTY and the

TREASURE COAST PALM BEACH COUNTY 1 Belle Glade-Pahokee

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2 Boca Raton p. 106 3 Boynton Beach p. 108

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4 Delray Beach p. 109

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Glades 5 6 Juno Beach p. 110

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7 Jupiter p. 111 8 Lake Worth p. 112

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9 Lantana p. 114 10 Palm Beach Gardens p. 115

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11 Riviera Beach

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MARTIN COUNTY p. 122 Indiantown 17

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY p. 120 20 Fort Pierce p. 125 Hutchinson Island 21 22 Port St. Lucie 23 West St. Lucie

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BUYING A NEW HOME MORTGAGES + FINANCES

Finding and buying a home is an exciting experience—but it can also be challenging. The Palm Beach Relocation Guide is here for you, providing information to help Palm Beach County newcomers overcome some of the hurdles encountered in the homebuying process—and point you in the right direction for additional information.

Before you even begin your home search, keep in mind that there are laws to protect you from scams, unnecessary expenses and discrimination in the process of buying a new home. The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate in the sale, rental and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, handicap (disability) or familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under the age of 18). The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) makes it illegal for anyone to pay or receive a fee, kickback or anything of value because they agree to refer settlement service business to a particular person or organization.

For example,

your mortgage lender is forbidden from paying your real estate broker $250 for referring you to the lender. Save yourself trouble by taking the time to figure out the mortgage you can afford and then get pre-approved. Keep in mind

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that you must consider current loan interest rates. Generally, the lower the interest rate, the more expensive a home you can afford to purchase. Also, you don’t have to accept the highest loan that you qualify for. For a general estimate of what type of home you can afford, visit www. ginniemae.gov. You’ll be asked to answer a few questions and then the calculator will provide a general estimate of the maximum sale price you may qualify for under the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Veterans Association (VA) and conventional loans. This tool also estimates your down payment, closing costs, total cash required at closing, monthly mortgage payment, other monthly housing costs and your remaining monthly income. However, these are only estimates. A lender will be able to provide more in-depth and accurate numbers and details.

HIRE SOMEONE TO HELP The details involved in buying a home, particularly the financial ones, can be mindboggling. The entire process can be made easier by finding a good real estate professional who can guide you through the entire process. Choose a real estate broker who is well-acquainted with your needs and wants for your new home. Make sure they are familiar with the neighborhood you are considering, the quality of schools, safety of the area, traffic volume, and so on. A good Realtor® will save you hours of time and might have inside tips on houses that are fresh on the market. Realtors® can also provide advice and tips when it comes time to make an offer on a home.

DO YOU NEED A CPA? Sometimes it can be a good idea to hire a licensed certified public accountant (CPA). CPAs can provide you with professional advice on personal finances and other matters, including how to adjust your finances to help you meet your personal goals, such as buying a house and other financial and legal needs.

CPAs can also help you with tax preparation and auditing services, and help you develop an effective accounting system for your personal and household needs. Other services provided by CPAs include advice about how your financial situation will change based on life changes such as marriage or divorce, retirement, college and more.

CPAs will give you useful

APPLYING FOR A MORTGAGE What You Need To Know

advice and tips that you might not learn about any other way. The most important factor of choosing a CPA is that you trust them with your personal financial information. Make sure that your CPA has the proper level of experience and training, and don’t forget that you can ask for references. For additional information or to find a CPA, contact

You can save time if you have the fol low i ng items w ith you when you visit your lender. • Social Security numbers for both you and your spouse, if both of you are applying for the loan.

the Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA) at 800-342-3197 or view its Website at www. ficpa.org.

BANKING IN PALM BEACH COUNTY The Palm Beach area offers many banking options to suit your needs. In addition to

• Copies of your checking and savings account statements for the past six months. • Evidence of any other assets such as bonds, stocks, investment or retirement accounts.

a few local banks, most major banks have branches in the Palm Beach area as well. Banks in the area include PNC Bank, TD Bank, First Bank of the Palm Beaches,

• A r e c e n t p a yc h e c k s t u b deta i l i ng you r and you r spouse’s earnings.

Chase Bank, Bank of America, Floridian Community Bank and Wells Fargo. Credit unions are popular in the South-

• A l i s t o f a l l c r e d i t c a r d accounts and the approximate monthly amounts owed.

east region. Credit unions provide many of the same services as banks, including home loans, but they are not-for-profit, and they are cooperatives. Instead of

• A list of account numbers and balances due on outstanding loans, such as cars.

seeking to profit, credit unions are driven by their members—those who bank with them.

Credit unions focus on serving

their members by typically offering better

• Copies of your income tax statements from the last two years.

interest rates on loans and savings accounts and lower fees for other services. Just a few of the many local credit unions in the area include Tropical Financial Credit Union,

• The name and address of someone who can verify your employment.

Gold Coast Federal Credit Union, First Choice Credit Union, PBC Credit Union, Town of Palm Beach Federal Credit Union and BrightStar Credit Union.

D e p e n d i n g o n yo u r l e n d e r, you may be asked fo r othe r information


in this section market overview choosing a neighborhood tips for tenants renter’s insurance + tenant rights regulations + safety

Photo courtesy of Discover The Palm Beaches


APARTMENT+ CONDOLiving Between 2015 and 2016, more than 14,000 people moved to Palm Beach County. The good news is more apartments and condominiums are being built to meet the increasing population. The bad news – as far as rent – is that many of these places are becoming more luxurious, and that comes with a higher price tag.

The average apartment rent varies greatly in Palm Beach County, from $1,126 a month to $5,500 a month depending on the neighborhood in which you choose to live. These represent an 8% and 45% increase from the previous year respectively. Palm Beach County offers more two bedroom apartments, or three bedroom apartments, for rent than any other size apartment, according to www.realtor.com. With more than 13,000 and 11,800 apartments available, respectively, two or three bedroom apartments are the most popular. With one bedroom apartments, there are about 4,700 available, with an average rent price of almost $1,900. In June, there were almost 40,000 rentals available in the county, with an average monthly rent of $2,860. Almost 20 percent of the rentals were pet-friendly.

MARKET OVERVIEW In the Palm Beach County housing market, houses and apartments are on the rise. Condominium sales seem to be taking the hint. In 2016, sales were down 7.7% while prices increased proportionately at 7%. However, sales are now up by 5%, indicating it’s a good time to buy Reports from the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches released data showing that near the end of 2016, the home sales steadily were on the increase from 1,586 homes closed in April 2016 to 1,598 closed in April 2017. Closed sales squeaked down by 0.9% and the median time on market for a home barely moved with a 0.1% decrease from the prior year as well. Active Inventory increased to roughly 7,480 for 2017, which is a 0.5% increase from 2016.

CONDO & APARTMENT LIVING DIFFERENCES Condo life and apartment life are both similar and different. Many of both include amenities, central locations, parking and somewhere to live. However, apartment complexes are owned by a company or person and are run by a property manager. Individuals own condos, similar to owning a home, except that condos are typically in clustered buildings or high-rises. Renting an apartment typically requires interaction with a property manager and often a larger company. This comes in handy when there are problems – the company won’t want to look bad or receive negative feedback and will often work quickly to remedy any issues. Renting a condo has its benefits, also, such as potentially more luxurious

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A PA R T M E N T + C O N D O L I V I N G

Photos courtesy of Discover The Palm Beaches

accommodations,

and

crime issues, trends, what types of crime and

Delray Beach is a favorite for retiree’s, as well

personalization. However, the downfall of

better

amenities

more. The information is based on govern-

as young adults, with ample hospitals, medical

renting a condo is that the owner typically

ment and public data.

care, close proximity to the beach and a down-

does not own and rent many properties.

town area with plenty of restaurants and

The owner may be inattentive, or too busy

A website called Crime Mapping at www.

cultural activities. Delray is also home to the

and slow in responding.

Research is

crimemapping.com, allows you to search

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens,

important, as is getting to know the owner

by address, types of crime, and specific law

a popular tourist and cultural attraction with

before signing the dotted line.

enforcement agencies utilizing an interactive

picturesque views and hours of exploration.

map. Crime in Palm Beach County can be Condos often come with homeowners’ asso-

viewed over a period of time at www.crime-

North

ciation fees to cover maintenance, lawn care

mapping.com/map/fl/palmbeachcounty.

Northern Palm Beach County includes

and facility care. Sometimes these fees are

Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens, as well

included in rent; other times they are an

Downtown

added on expense.

Because some condo

Downtown West Palm Beach often means

activities. The Loggerhead Marina, Roger

associations do not allow the rental of units,

a bustling nightlife, large buildings, plenty

Dean Stadium, Florida Atlantic Univer-

finding a condo to rent might be difficult

of cultural activities and restaurants on

sity, Downtown at the Gardens and the

compared to renting an apartment.

every corner.

Gardens Mall are all attractions unique to

as the plenty of waterways and outdoor

Walking to places such as

the Norton Museum of Art, CityPlace, and

CHOOSING THE RIGHT NEIGHBORHOOD

the northern part of the county.

Clematis Street, are all special advantages to living downtown.

Finding the right neighborhood can be a

East The east coast of the county, by the Atlantic

difficult task. What is right for one may not

Public transportation, high-rise buildings and

Ocean, has a concentrated listing of high-rise

be right for another. With 38 municipalities,

constant activities make downtown areas in

condos for rent or sale. Prices range dramat-

Palm Beach County offers many neighbor-

Palm Beach County appealing to young adults

ically based on location and proximity to the

hoods in different cities, towns and villages,

who crave excitement, energy and activities.

Atlantic Ocean, however, there are plenty of

all offering different unique atmospheres.

housing choices available by the IntraCoastal

South

Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean.

There are, however, some general things

The southern part of Palm Beach County

to keep in mind when looking for a partic-

ends right above Deerfield Beach with Boca

Populations are concentrated on the eastern

ular neighborhood. For young families just

Raton.

Boca Raton, Delray Beach and

coast of Palm Beach County, with most of

starting out, local school district boundaries

Boynton Beach are some of the larger cities

the population within a 45-minute drive

are important to consider, as is proximity

in the area. Boca Raton is home to Florida

from the coast.

to daycare, preschool and playgrounds.

Atlantic University and offers high-end

Google Maps offers a color-coded map of

shopping, especially at the Town Center at

West

Palm Beach County (among many others)

Boca Raton mall and Mizner Park, where

Western Palm Beach County, with Belle

rates, neighborhoods and cities based on

there are often concerts.

Glade and Pahokee, is exceptionally close to

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Lake Okeechobee. For those unfamiliar with the lake, it is a 730 square mile lake in the lower third of the state. When looking at a map of the United States, Lake Okeechobee shows up on the map. It is the largest freshwater lake in Florida and the seventh largest freshwater lake in the country.

INSURANCE REGULATIONS AND TENANT RIGHTS Palm Beach County’s government is renter-friendly. Tenants are responsible for just a few things, other than paying rent, including keeping the dwelling clean and removing trash; keeping the plumbing repaired and complying with housing and health codes; refraining from damaging or defacing the residency; and using systems such as electric, air conditioning, plumbing and heating, without abusing them. Landlord responsibilities are divided into two categories. First, if the rental unit is a single-family house, duplex, triplex or mobile home, the landlord must make sure screens are in reasonable condition, and if not, repair

them yearly; keep the plumbing in working condition; comply with building, housing and health codes; and keep structural components of the dwelling, such as the floor, foundation, doors, windows and walls, in good condition. For triplex units, or any unit that doesn’t fit into the aforementioned categories, the landlord must provide garbage removal and containers, a smoke detector, a working heater, running hot water, running water, locks and keys, and pest and animal control. If any of these things, such as working smoke detectors, are not otherwise agreed upon in writing, the landlord is responsible. However, that does not mean the landlord is responsible for water, garbage removal, water or utilities, though that is sometimes included in contracts. Florida does not have specific rent control rules, though rates can only be increased at the beginning of a new lease. For additional details, visit www.leg.state. fl.edu, explore Florida Statutes, and select TITLE VI Civil Practice and Procedure, where Chapter 83 deals with landlord and

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tenant rules and regulations. The Florida Bar, at www.floridabar.org, offers an online pamphlet of tenant and landlord rights and duties. Utilize the search bar and search for “rights and duties of tenants and landlords.”

RENTERS INSURANCE Just like you wouldn’t – or shouldn’t – drive your car without car insurance, rental insurance is a relatively inexpensive type of insurance that will protect you against fire or theft and damage. In Florida, a landlord can legally require a renter to purchase rental insurance. Renters insurance is an additional cost, but, compared to what is at stake, it is nominal, at best. For example, renters insurance typically covers personal property, liability, and additional living expenses. It covers the theft, loss, or destruction of personal items – everything from that new television, cozy couch, high-tech stereo and closet full of designer clothing. If someone gets hurt on a renter’s property, liability insurance will help with

What you should know

1. Be prepared. If certain rental properties are in high demand and are

2. Purchase renters

selective in renting or leasing to applicants, you will gain a competitive

insurance to cover your

edge by having the following information with you: a completed rental

valuables. Your landlord’s

application; written references from landlords, employers, friend and/or

insurance policy will not

colleagues; and a current copy of your credit report.

cover your losses.

3. Carefully review all the important conditions of the tenancy before you sign on the dotted line. Your lease or rental agreement may contain a provision that you find unacceptable, such as restrictions on guests or pets, design alterations or running a home business.

4. To avoid misunderstandings, keep copies of any

5. Learn whether the building and neighborhood

correspondence with the landlord and follow up

you are considering are safe. Get copies of any

on any oral agreements with a letter, outlining

state or local laws that require safety devices such

your understanding, For example, if you ask

as deadbolts, and window locks; check out the

your landlord to make repairs, put you request in

property’s vulnerability to intrusion by a criminal

writing and keep a copy for yourself. If he or she

and learn whether criminal incidents have

agrees orally, send a letter confirming this fact.

already occurred.

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Source: www.nolo.com


medical bills, damages, and legal expenses. Temporary living expenses, in the case of fire or other disaster – such as a hurricane or hurricane-related flooding – can be alleviated through renter’s insurance coverage. In a 2016 study, InsuranceQuotes conducted a study finding that 59 percent of young adult renters do not have insurance, and three quarters of them do not realize that coverage can be as inexpensive as $15 or so a month. There is a rise in these millennials not opting for coverage. These reasons vary from not having enough property to insure to just not understanding how the product works. When most policies are $200 or less a year, it is a worthwhile investment. After all, Florida has hurricanes, which can involve flooding. Chances are the contents of an apartment or condo would cost more than $200 to replace.

REGULATIONS, FIRE CODES AND GENERAL SAFETY Safety is always a priority. Make sure any residency with an elevator also has easily accessible stairs, that there are smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. According to Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue local amendments, an apartment building with three to six units and a common area without fire protection equipment is to be inspected every three years. Apartments with three to six units without a common area and without fire protection equipment need to be inspected every five years. Apartments with seven units or more are to be inspected annually. Apartments with fire protection equipment are also to be inspected annually. Hurricanes are a reality in South Florida. Though not an absolute requirement, be sure to ask about hurricane protection, be it coated glass or shutters, and past damage. One of the many benefits of South Florida’s frequent sunny days and often mild weather – it rarely gets cold here – is that grilling and outdoor cooking is easily done almost every day of the year. Many apartment complexes and condo associations have communal outdoor grills. Many resources are available for residents, or would-be residents at www.pbcgov.com.

finding a Palm Beach CONDO OR APARTMENT It seems as though there are apartment complexes popping up just about everywhere; after all, apartments offer high-density living in a relatively small footprint. Apartments also offer many options and benefits. For example, with an apartment, it is possible to sign a lease and then move a year, two years, or even five years later, at will. With a home, it needs to be sold. Remodeling and other improvements, such as carpet and air conditioner maintenance, are not typically the responsibility of a renter. Usually, apartment complexes come equipped with various amenities such as a pool, tennis court, basketball court, fitness center and community building. When looking for somewhere to live, there are many factors that go into the decision. Children, pets, schools, proximity to special venues, distance from work, transportation, and of course, rent, are just a few things to consider. Timing, in South Florida, is also important. For instance, many individuals, often retirees, come down to South Florida during the wintertime. They are called snowbirds and tend to flock to the area. Many own condos or rent for a short period of time. In and around Wellington, equestrians, their horses, groomers, veterinarians and their teams, come to Florida to compete. Wellington, the “Winter Equestrian Capital of the World,” sees a population influx that ebbs and flows. If possible, avoid the winter season, when demand is high and availability might be low. Then, there is the (which one?) method. Is it more efficient to search through pamphlets? Use a Realtor®? Ask a friend and family for advice? Check social media? Search websites like www.zillow.com, www.trulia.com, www. apartments.com, www.rent.com and whatever lesser-known subgroups show up in a search engine? The Internet is a great starting point, allowing potential renters to plot possible locations and begin to get a sense of rent, amenities, animal friendly properties and apartment sizes. Many rental websites offer the flexibility to search by category, select preferences, and sort by price and size. When it comes time to pound the pavement and check out apartments or condominiums, there are many things unique to Florida to keep in mind. Some places offer covered parking, or garage parking, for an additional fee. Even though Florida doesn’t need salt and sand thrown onto the roads to provide traction and melt snow, the sun can be a force to be reckoned with. For specialty vehicles, parking is something important to consider. Though the weather is typically warm and sunny, rainstorms, particularly in the summer, can often drop an inch or more of water. If parking is far from the apartment, considering the weather is important. Storage in Florida is different because of the sun and humidity. Movies, photographs and electronics do not survive well with outside storage, so plan on keeping those things indoors. More and more apartment complexes are adding dog parks and other animal-friendly areas. Furry friends need their exercise, too. Palm Beach County has plenty of dog parks to accommodate canine family members. When it is time to sign the dotted line, many different rental agreements are often offered, though shorter agreements come at a premium price. One advantage to an apartment is that once the lease is up, there is nothing keeping a tenant there. Renting is a great way to explore an area before committing to purchasing a condominium or a house. The Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches recently found that less townhouses and condos are available for sale, those that sell have higher prices, and closing is fast. Be ready to move when a hidden gem is found.

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FEATURES INCLUDE:

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• Direct access garages (townhomes) • Covered parking for one-bedroom apartments • Intrusion alarms • Screened patio or balcony • Granite countertops with designer backsplash

Unsurpassed Luxury

rental living awaits in world-famous Wellington

Nestled in the heart of one of Palm Beach County’s most successfully-planned communities and world-famous polo destination is The Quaye at Wellington, a resort-style and green certified luxury rental apartment and townhome community. Luxurious amenities combined with the most advanced green living technology allow residents to live better, breathe cleaner – and save money. The Quaye at Wellington’s energy efficient features save money by lowering monthly utility costs and carbon emissions. The use of low VOC paints, carpets and Merv A/C filters means cleaner air inside the home.

• Stainless steel ENERGY STAR® appliances • Kitchen pantry and full-size washer and dryer • Wood-style flooring • Valet trash removal • Ceiling fans • Walk-in showers and vaulted ceilings on select floor plans

COMMUNITY AMENITIES: • Gated entrance • Four lakes • Conference room • 24-hour business center

Every apartment and townhome features solid concrete construction, attached garages on townhomes, carports on one bedroom apartments, intrusion alarms, screened patio or balcony, granite countertops with designer backsplash, stainless steel ENERGY STAR® appliances, full-size washer & dryer, wood-style flooring, kitchen pantry, valet trash removal, ceiling fans, and walk-in showers and vaulted ceilings on select floor plans.

• Gazebo with grilling stations and TVs

Community amenities include a gated entrance; four lakes; two dog parks, game room; playground; resort-style heated pool; poolside clubhouse with demonstration kitchen; covered patio and gazebo with grilling stations and TV’s, 24-hour gym with indoor multi-sport court, multi-sport simulator boxing ring, and multi-use exercise studio with on-demand fitness classes.

• Over 10,000s.f. Clubhouse with 24-hour gym, multi-sport court, multi-sport simulator, boxing ring and on-demand virtual fitness classes and a game room with arcade and video games.

In addition to The Quaye’s unparalleled amenities, the community hosts over 100 events per year, allowing residents to meet their neighbors and make new friends. The Quaye at Wellington has 104 one bedroom garden apartments and 246 two, three and four bedroom townhomes with attached garages. Apartments and townhome rental rates start in the $1,500’s to $2,700’s.

• Resort-style heated pools • Two dog parks • Playground • Lake side walking trail with fitness stations

BUILT TO A HIGHER STANDARD “ Solid concrete walls and floors makes The Quaye exceptionally quiet. ”

The Quaye at Wellington is located at 1058 South State Road 7 in Wellington.The Quaye is sustanable living defined. Save on energy and water bills with our energy saving features, smart home technology and certified green products.

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Exceptional one bedroom apartments and luxurious appointed 2, 3, 4 bedroom townhomes

FIRST-CLASS FEATURES AND AMENITIES:

 Gated entrance  Four lakes  Bark park  Play ground  Game room  Resort-style heated pools  Electronic car charging station  Cyber café and coffee bar  Gazebo with grilling stations and TVs  Clubhouse with gourmet demonstration kitchen  24-hour gym with indoor multi-sport court, multi-sport simulator, boxing ring, and multi-use excersize studio with on-demand fitness classes

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in this section transportation overview major highways public transit options water taxis + aviation drivers license + registration

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One of the challenges of moving to a new area is figuring out how to get around, especially when it comes to avoiding rush hour traffic or navigating public transit. Fortunately, once you’re able to understand the basic layout of the Palm Beach area, and the various transportation options available, getting to where you need to go efficiently becomes fairly simple.

THE LAY OF THE LAND At nearly 2,000 square miles of land area (excluding its large portion of Lake Okeechobee), Palm Beach is only the second-largest county in the state (to Collier County in southwest Florida) – however, it’s also bigger than two states: Rhode Island and Delaware. Well over half of Palm Beach County, though, is made up of wetlands, the northern remnants of the Everglades, agricultural (especially sugarcane and vegetable) fields, and wildlife and water conservation areas. Most of the county’s roughly 1.4 million residents are concentrated along the 45-mile Atlantic oceanfront, commonly known

as “the Palm Beaches” or the Gold Coast, where the transportation network is intricate and advanced and most people get around by car. More than 30 municipalities are laid out in a north-to-south line along the most heavily populated 15-mile slice inland from the coast. In the past several decades, though, more villages have popped up in the central-western areas, out to the natural demarcation point along State Road 80/U.S. 98 (most often called Southern Boulevard) that’s well-known as 20-Mile Bend. A few miles west of Wellington and Royal Palm Beach, that’s where urban and suburban Palm Beach County gives way to agricultural fields and the hour-long drive to the handful of smaller, rural communities

surrounding the southeastern end of Lake Okeechobee. Palm Beach County encompasses five general areas: Locals will tell you there’s north county, or all the cities from Riviera Beach north to the county line; central county or “downtown,” where the largest and oldest city, county seat and most common destination, West Palm Beach, is surrounded by a number of smaller cities; west-central county, where most new development is taking place; and the Glades, which is the area around the shores of Lake Okeechobee. Then there’s south county, the mostly built-out area south of Hypoluxo. West of Florida’s Turnpike, populous areas

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lying just east of the Everglades – inland several miles from coastal Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach – could constitute a city or two in their own right but never have incorporated. That region is also home to the county’s Agricultural Reserve Area, which is under heavy development pressure.

TRANSPORTATION ARTERIES Living in any of those areas except the Glades is most convenient for people who work along Florida’s southeast coast. That is where the region’s two major controlled-access highways are: Interstate 95, a multilane freeway that runs the length of the East Coast, whose “missing link” north of PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach County was only completed in late 1987; and Florida’s Turnpike, a multilane divided toll road that spans 313 miles from its northern end at Interstate 75 in Wildwood to U.S. 1 in Florida City south of Miami, the gateway to the Florida Keys. I-95 has more than two dozen exits to major east-west roads in the county; the turnpike has eight full interchanges and two partial ones. Tolls on the turnpike average roughly 7 cents per mile but are discounted by about 25 percent for users of the SunPass electronic toll system, which works on all state toll roads and is being updated in 2016 to operate in a number of other states.

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The state Department of Transportation makes navigating rush hours somewhat easier with electronic signboards on the interstate and turnpike that are used to alert drivers about delays and road closures due to accidents, construction, special events and other incidents. A special radio frequency broadcasts emergency messages. And WPTV-Channel 5, the local NBC station, has the county’s only traffic helicopter and runs regular reports during its morning and evening news programs, coinciding with the rush hours. The Department of Motor Vehicles also offers a system known as Florida 511, which is available via the Internet at www.FL511. com and via phone by dialing 511, which provides similar information for those planning a trip. Traffic cameras and estimated travel times are also accessible through Florida 511. There are several other major north-south roads clustered near the Atlantic’s shores: State Road A1A, which hugs the entire Florida east coast and is the “main street” for the communities lining the barrier islands; U.S. 1, which runs from Key West to Maine, coinciding in places with A1A and elsewhere with what’s often called Federal Highway, which is just across the bridges spanning the Intracoastal Waterway from A1A; Congress

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Avenue (State/County Road 807); Military Trail (State/County Road 809); and, farther inland, State Road 7/U.S. 441, the main route for the county’s western suburbs. All of the last three are heavily trafficked commercial corridors. One road, commonly called the Beeline Highway (State Road 710), diagonally connects the coastal cities with communities to the northwest and on into Martin County, Palm Beach’s northern neighbor. It is being improved to service the growing, more rural communities in north county and points north. Hundreds of bridges crisscross the Palm Beaches’ many waterways, including 20 drawbridges maintained by the state or county that span the Intracoastal. No tolls are charged, but sometimes bridge openings take a toll on easy commutes since their schedules vary. Some lift on boaters’ demand; others open at regular intervals, most commonly on the hour and half-hour.

OPTIONS FOR COMMUTERS Palm Beach County is serviced by both Amtrak and Tri-Rail, the commuter railway operated by the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, a consortium of counties, and running north-south from Mangonia Park (just north of West Palm) to Miami, right next to I-95 for most of the


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way. Tri-Rail runs trains every 20 or 40 minutes depending on the hour between 4 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. weekdays, and every hour on weekends between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. Fares vary, and a variety of different passes also are offered. The Downtown Trolley in West Palm Beach allows travelers to connect for free between the Amtrak/Tri-Rail station via its Green and Yellow lines

with seven stops around the city, and a seasonal (fall-to-spring) Orange Line is also offered to take people to museums, gardens and other places downtown and on Palm Beach. The stations in Lake Worth and Boca Raton also have free shuttles to the downtown areas; taxis are available at others.

the Florida East Coast Railway corridor, which connects the three major central business districts in southeast Florida. They are set to start service between Miami and West Palm Beach in mid-2017. Extended service to Orlando is planned in a year or so afterward, and to run a projected 32 trains per day.

A high-speed rail project called All Aboard Florida is under construction in

The county’s public transit service, Palm Tran, connects commuters to every

AR E A TR A N S P O RTAT I O N C O N TAC T S AIRPORT Palm Beach International Airport

561-471-7400

www.pbia.org

800-258-3826

www.execucar.com

AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION SERVICES Execucar Go Airport Shuttle

844-787-1670

www.goairportshuttle.com

Infinity Transportation

561-649-8889

www.infinity-transportation.com

Palm Beach Airport Limousines

561-732-2222

www.palmbeachairportlimousines.com

Palm Beach Car Services

561-853-4679

www.palmbeachcarservices.com

Palm Beach Ground Transportation, Inc.

561-201-9207

www.palmbeachlimocarservice.com

Palm Beach Limo & Car Services

561-856-5836

www.palmbeachlimoandcarservices.com

Palm Beach Tours & Transportation

561-203-0404

www.pbtt.com

PBI Super Shuttle

561-242-6400

www.supershuttle.com

Treasure Coast Airport Shuttle

727-324-8380

www.tcairportshuttle.com

Amtrak

800-872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Palm Tran Public Buses

561-841-4200

www.pbcgov.com/palmtran

Tri-Rail

800-874-7245

www.tri-rail.com

561-337-7777

www.americabtaxi.com

PUBLIC TRANSIT

TAXI SERVICES AmeriCab East Coast Taxi, LLC.

561-459-2594

www.westpalmbeachtaxi.org

Palm Beach Taxi

561-309-5337

www.palmbeachtaxi.com

Palm Beach Yellow Cab

561-721-2222

www.palmbeachyellowcab.com

Yellow Cab

561-777-7777

www.yellowwpb.com

RIDE-SHARING NETWORKS Uber

www.uber.com

Lyft

www.lyft.com/cities/miami

TRAIN SERVICE Amtrak

800-872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Palm Tran

561-841-4287

www.pbcgov.com/palmtran

Greyhound

800-231-2222

www.greyhound.com

Molly's Trolleys

561-838-9511

www.molleystrolleys.com

Orange Line Trolley Service

561-833-8873

www.downtownwpb.com/trolley

BUS SERVICE

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Palm Beach International Airport, courtesy of Discover the Palm Beaches

Photo courtesy of Discover the Palm Beaches

destination in the county, operates daily (except holidays) with 34 routes and serves more than 3,200 bus stops. Weekday peak service runs every 30 minutes; off-peak, every hour. Weekend service is hourly on most routes. Timed-Transfer points allow for easy switching from north-south main routes to the east-west routes, and the buses also serve several park-and-ride lots. There’s a paratransit division as well, called Connection, offering door-to-door service for senior and disabled citizens. Riders can plan their trips using a computer or smartphone and view the locations of buses in real time, plus maps and riders’ guides are available for free. Cash fares are $2 per bus ride for adults (no transfers allowed); half-price for seniors (65 or older), students (21 or younger with valid school ID) and those with disabilities. An all-day unlimited ride “QUIK Pass” may be purchased from drivers for $5; they’re also offered in a 31-day pass for $70. Reduced daily ($3.50) and 31-day ($55) QUIK Passes are also offered to qualifying individuals.

OTHER TRANSIT CHOICES The Lyft and Uber car-hailing services are available via their smartphone apps in the county under a temporary operating agreement, as the Palm Beach County Commission decided last fall to wait and see if Florida’s Legislature enacts statewide regulations for these popular taxi alternatives rather than pass local rules. Local cab companies, which have pressured the county

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to make those services subject to the same sorts of rules that they must follow, are too numerous to list. There are three limited water taxi services in the county, Sailfish Marina Resort’s and the Peanut Island Water Taxi in Riviera Beach, and Admiral Water Taxi in Deerfield Beach. Bicycling is not a highly visible mode of commuting here, mostly because of crowded roadways, but some roads have been retrofitted with bicycle lanes and new roads must have them by state law. Also, Tri-Rail trains and Palm Tran buses have accommodations for bicyclist commuters.

WATER TAXIS If you are looking for a fun way to see the beaches in Palm Beach County, or spend the day at the very popular, Peanut Island – then maybe a Water Taxi might be the way to go. Sailfish Marina Resort on Singer Island (98 Lake Drive) operates the Palm Beach Water Taxi, which has 20-passenger covered vessels and 49-passenger Corinthian catamarans that travel to all areas of the Palm Beaches accessible through the Intracoastal Waterway. Narrated sightseeing “Now and Then” tours of Palm Beach are offered daily, as well as shuttles to Peanut Island, which has picnicking, swimming, snorkeling and camping facilities and is a very popular gathering spot during holidays and special events. The marina’s number is 561-8441724 and its website is sailfishmarina.com;

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call 561-683-TAXI for reservations, which are strongly recommended. Peanut Island Water Taxi, based at the Riviera Beach Marina, 200 E. 13th St., operates a boat rental service and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; call 561-844-7969 for information. Admiral Water Taxi, which offers one-hour “Mansion Cruises” during fall and winter along the Intracoastal in south county, is located at Two Georges at the Cove Waterfront Restaurant and Marina, 1754 S.E. Third Court in Deerfield Beach; call 561-400-9054 or visit admiralwatertaxi.com for information. There are also several services based in Fort Lauderdale.

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE AVIATION Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach is the county’s premier portal for air travel (both via major airlines and general aviation aircraft), but visitors may find it less expensive to travel from or to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Miami or Orlando international airports. Many car rental agencies are based at PBIA, but for other options such as cabs, shuttles and private transportation (utility vehicles or limousines), it might be easiest to go through Airport Transfers Southeastern Florida Transportation Group. Palm Tran bus service is available to take


The county’s public transit service, Palm Tran, connects commuters to every destination in the county, operates daily (except holidays) with 34 routes and serves more than 3,200 bus stops.

travelers wherever they need to go, including to transfer to Tri-Rail or Amtrak. There are three other airports operated by the county Department of Airports. The North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport provides quick access to Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and the Florida Research Park, and is a reliever for PBIA but has no major airlines servicing it, accepting both jet and private aircraft. Palm Beach County Park Airport is in Lantana, 6 miles south of PBIA, and is also a reliever airport but does not accept jet aircraft. It is home to several flight schools. Palm Beach County Glades Airport is near Lake Okeechobee and is the county’s designated general aviation recreational and sport flying airport.

WHEN YOU MOVE HERE … The first thing new residents should do is register their out-of-state vehicles with the Department of Motor Vehicles, because the law gives them only 10 days to do so after establishing residency in Florida by placing a child in public schools, securing a job or engaging in any occupation here. Strangely, the law also mandates that new residents must acquire a Florida driver’s license within 30 days, but that is needed before registering a car. (Drivers may be ticketed if they’re discovered not to have completed these tasks in time.) Then, auto insurance must be obtained from a company licensed in Florida. Vehicle registration is done by completing an application for certificate of title, which begins the process of transferring title from a person’s former state of residence and gives drivers a license plate, vehicle registration certificate and validation decal for the plate. Applicants will need their Vehicle Identification Number(s),

current license plate number(s) and out-ofstate registration number(s), and to prove ownership and that they’ve met Florida insurance requirements. Those are: $10,000 minimum Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, and $10,000 minimum Property Damage Liability protection (PDL). The DMV may require anyone previously involved in an accident or

convicted of certain offenses to buy Bodily Injury Liability (BIL) coverage as well. Be prepared before you visit a DMV office to obtain a Florida driver’s license, because there are 14 million licensed drivers in the state and each year the busy DMV offices issue over 800,000 new licenses. ID requirements are much stricter than they used to be – and an out-of-state license does not fulfill them. All applicants must complete a vision test. The DMV will check the driving record of those with out-of-state licenses; any outstanding citations or anything that calls into question one’s driving ability may mean the person would also have to take the written Florida DMV test and/or a supervised driving test. It is advisable to call a local DMV office to make an appointment ahead of time.

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (PBIA) One of the Nation’s Best Airports PBIA opened in 1936 as Morrison Field and was used by the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. It was dedicated as an international airport in 1948, although the military continued to use it through 1962. The airport now serves more than 6 million passengers annually and was voted third-best airport in the United States and sixth-best in the world by Conde Nast Traveler magazine readers in 2014. The airport serves 160 daily flights via more than a dozen airlines, including Delta, JetBlue and Southwest, and offers nonstop service to more than 25 destinations, with connecting service to dozens of others worldwide. It has four levels of parking options/rates at the seven-story parking garage built in 2006, plus a free cellphone lot for those picking up arriving passengers. PBIA has created an almost stress-free environment from offering free WI-FI to passengers, free charging stations to help you stay connected, and for those that are traveling with their furry companions, they offer two secure pet stations for your pet to recharge, relax and play. There are dozens of shops and restaurants in the main terminal and its two concourses which make lay-overs much more tolerable. They even have a Spa and a Putting Green to help you relax in between flights! Deals on destinations in Palm Beach County are also available through its website at www.pbia.org.

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Sprinkle year-round warm weather into a generous mixture of leisure and recreational opportunities, historical and cultural attractions, sports venues and family-friendly activities, and you’ll understand why so many people like to call Palm Beach County their home.

According to the U. S. Census Bureau, there are over 1.4 million people residing in one of Palm Beach County’s thirty-eight cities and towns from Boca Raton to Jupiter. Every family that moves here soon discovers what long-time locals already know, the lifestyle is amazing. Whatever interests you, there’s a related venue nearby. If you admire Mother Nature’s handiwork, you’ll applaud the county’s natural areas and wildlife refuge. If you love animals whether they’re wild or tame, visit Busch’s Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter or the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach and drive straight into an exotic adventure at Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach. If you’re a sports fan, you can cheer for your favorite team during a match at the

International Polo Club in Wellington or at a baseball game at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. If you like being outdoors, then head out for the day to one of the many beautiful beaches along the coastline. During the winter months, browse the West Palm Beach Greenmarket with its array of locally harvested foods and produce, and enjoy the excitement of the South Florida Fair. Cool off in the swimming lagoon on Peanut Island or make a wet and wild splash at Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach. Do you ever wish you could go back in time? Be sure to tour the landmark Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, built in 1860. The past also comes to life at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, at Dubois Pioneer

Home in Jupiter and at the Navy Seal Museum on neighboring Hutchinson Island to the north. Palm Beach County is definitely childfriendly. Your kids can observe wildlife feedings at the county’s many nature centers, take drawing lessons at Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach, marvel at life-size dinosaur replicas at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, watch yummy confections being made at Hoffman’s Chocolates in Greenacres and shout “Quack! Quack!” at passersby while on one of West Palm Beach’s Diva Duck Tours. The Palm Beach County lifestyle isn’t just for the rich and famous. It’s for everyone, including you.

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From Jupiter to West Palm Beach and from Lake Worth to Boca Raton, Palm Beach County and its surrounding areas offer a culturally diverse home to art, live music and theatre, film and dance. Both residents and Palm Beach’s two million visitors a year can soak up classical concerts, opera and ballet seven days a week.

Terra C MacLeod as Velma Kelly and Ensemble in Chicago Photo by Paul Kolnik, courtesy of The Kravis Center for Performing Arts


Besides nightlife, men, women and children can soak up some of the nation’s finest professional cultural productions at spectacular venues, including Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Delray Beach Playhouse and Palm Beach Dramaworks in Downtown West Palm Beach. To top it all off, a number of arts and cultural activities are free to the South Florida community. Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation alone operates three different amphitheaters, Sunset Cove, Seabreeze and Canyon, where live concerts, festivals and special events take place throughout the year. Downtown West Palm Beach is home to the historic Clematis Street, made up of restaurants, nightclubs and live music venues, as well as, Florida’s largest annual music festival, SunFest. Folks can choose from more intimate venues for seeing live music, including Lake Worth’s Bamboo Room and the exquisite DADA in Delray Beach. Palm Beach County is a stomping grounds for creative entertainment and memorable art.

The following is a list of notable museums,

100 courses are held at the Armory Art

galleries, theaters and schools that keep

Center within their 12 state-of-the-art studios

the arts and culture scene in West Palm so

including: ceramics, digital arts, drawing,

vibrant.

glass fusing, jewelry, painting, print making, fibers and sculpture. They host 20 exhibi-

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

tions annually within their four galleries.

253 Barcelona Rd., West Palm Beach, 33401 www.ansg.org

Arts Garage 94 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, 33444

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is a land-

www.artsgarage.com

marked complex built as a testament to the creative genius of the prominent American

In the heart of Delray Beach’s vibrant

sculptor. It contains a set of art galleries that

Downtown, Arts Garage is an inspiring hub

include more than four decades of her monu-

for visual artists and musicians.

mental sculptures, along with several artistic

get to sip wine, taste cheese and soak in

periods and concepts with eye-catching

jazz, blues, soul, reggae and classical music.

works of bronze, stone and wood.

No seat is bad in the small venue. Theater

Patrons

classes and piano lessons from seasoned Armory Art Center

performers are offered as well.

811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, 33401 www.armoryart.org

Boca Ballet Theatre 7630 NW 6th Ave., Boca Raton, 33487

The Armory Art Center is located in a

www.bocaballet.org

historic art deco building and provides art classes for students all ages, exhibitions, art

Since 1991, Boca Ballet Theatre has

salons, lectures and special events. Nearly

educated

more

than

5,000

and

has

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Besides nightlife, men, women and children can soak up some of the nation’s finest professional cultural productions at spectacular venues...

Delray Beach Playhouse 950 Lake Shore Dr., Delray Beach, 33444 www.delraybeachplayhouse.com Since opening its doors in 1947, Delray Beach Playhouse has been providing South Florida with fantastic community theatre. Located in a picturesque park on Lake Ida, hundreds of professional actors and volun-

performed for more than 200,000 audience

and rising artists. The two-story museum

teers deliver nothing but the best comedic

members in South Florida.

also offers educational programs, artist

and dramatic Broadway plays, musical

lectures, films and art classes for children.

memories, fun children’s theatre produc-

Through the

teaching of classical ballet, the organization

tions, camps and workshops.

helps children and adults build confidence, skill, determination and an appreciation for

Coral Sky Ampitheatre

the arts. Boca Ballet Theatre performs thir-

601 Sansburys Way

Flagler Museum

teen performances a year.

West Palm Beach, 33411

One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach, 33480

www.westpalmbeachamphitheatre.com

www.flaglermuseum.us

501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 33432

Among the biggest and the best venues in

When it was completed in 1902, the New

www.bocamuseum.org

South Florida is the famous Perfect Vodka

York Herald proclaimed that Whitehall,

Boca Raton Museum of Art

Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. The

Henry Flagler’s Gilded Age estate in Palm

Attracting more than 200,000 visitors a year

open-air music venue can seat 19,000 and

Beach, was “more wonderful than any palace

to its cultural galleries and programs, the

offers marvelous views of the city. The

in Europe, grander and more magnificent

impressive Boca Museum of Art houses

modern amphitheater also features the

than any other private dwelling in the world.”

an assortment of traveling exhibitions and

biggest names in the concert industry,

Today, Whitehall is a National Historic

permanent collections from both established

ranging from Lilith Fair to Van Halen.

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The Boca Raton Museum of Art features a distinguished permanent collection of contemporary art, photography, non-western art, glass, and sculpture, as well as a dynamic selection of special exhibitions all year long.

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ADMISSION Members: Free Children (12 & under): Free Students (with ID): Free

Adults: $12 Seniors (65 & over): $10

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MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE: THE STATE’S LARGEST AWARD-WINNING REGIONAL THEATER HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE From thrilling plays and musicals to high-energy concerts, get ready for a spectacular year with the 2017-2018 season! The 2017/18 season will begin with Born Yesterday (October 29 – November 12), a deliciously funny American screwball comedy about a corrupt tycoon who schemes to transform his girlfriend from flashy to classy — only to realize she has more smarts than he expected. We continue with the

In addition to its season productions the Theatre will present an exciting lineup of all-new limited engagements, including tribute concerts and more. November will bring an extra-special benefit to the Theatre: 10 time Tony Award ® winner Tommy Tune.

South Florida regional premiere of Disney Newsies

Single play tickets a re cu r rently on sale and g rou ps of 2 0 o r m o re rece i ve a n add it i o na l discount.

The Musical (November 28 – December 17), an explosion of dance and epic tale of newsboys who band together to take on the biggest names in New York media. Next up is Hairspray (January 9 – 28), It’s 1962 Baltimore and Tracy Turnblad is on a mission to dance her way onto national TV, become the next “it” girl, and lead the way to integration. Don’t miss this smash Tony Award®-winning sensation! Then join us for An Inspector Calls (February 4 – 18), a gripping psychological thriller that examines a family’s secrets as they unravel. Our incredible season ends with the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein classic South Pacific (March 6 – 25), sure to delight with memorable songs like “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” and “There is Nothing Like a Dame.”

Born Yesterday is sponsored by Suzanne Niedland in loving memory of Art and Meg Niedland; Disney Newsies The Musical is sponsored by the Admirals Cove Foundation and John McDonald Company; Hairspray is sponsored by John Osher, Jana and Ken Kahn, LRP Publications and Kathy and Joe Savarese, Homecare America; An Inspector Calls is sponsored by Jodie and Dan Hunt and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation and Priscilla Heublein; and South Pacific is sponsored In Loving Memory of Cornelia T. Bailey, Gil Walsh Interiors, LLC and Patty and Bob Hendrickson. For more information about current and upcoming shows at the Theatre, call (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org.

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is open to the public as the Flagler Museum, featuring guided tours, changing exhibits, and

Boca Raton Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of Discover the Palm Beaches

special programs. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts 701 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach, 33401; www.kravis.org Located on 10.6 acres of property in West Palm Beach, The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is continuing to expand its programming on local, national and international levels. Established as a leading force in the social fabric of the community, the Kravis Center has opened the door to the performing arts for more than two million children. Lighthouse Art Center Gallery & School of Art 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta FL 33469 www.lighthousearts.org For more than 50 years the Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member supported nonprofit organization, has provided artistic programming and cultural opportunities for Palm

Beach and Martin Counties. The ArtCenter offers engaging exhibitions, cultural programs, a dynamic school of art, workshops, day trips, lectures, monthly receptions as well as a gift shop and art supply store. Additionally, the center hosts summer ArtCamp for children and

provides cultural opportunities for underserved communities. Founded in 1964 by a group of eight artists and Christopher Norton, the son of founders of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, the ArtCenter is proud to continue the | CONTINUED PAGE 156 >

Experience One of America’s Great House Museums “An absolute must-see” - National Geographic Traveler

When it was completed in 1902, Whitehall, Henry Flagler’s Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was hailed by the New York Herald as “more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world.”

Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark, and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum, featuring guided tours, changing exhibits, and special programs. For more information please visit www.FlaglerMuseum.us or call (561) 655-2833.

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THE PHILIP HULITAR SCULPTURE GARDEN AT THE SOCIETY OF THE FOUR ARTS

Among Palm Beach’s great treasures, the gardens at The Society of the Four Arts were originally designed as a demonstration space to display the variety of tropical plants suitable for landscaping in South Florida. Today, the serene botanical gardens feature 22 sculptures from renowned artists sprinkled across more than three acres of exotic plants and flowers. For more information visit www.fourarts.org. Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), American, “Diana”, cast 1979, edition 4 of 6, Gilded bronze, 2015.1, Gift of Miranda and Robert Donnelley in honor of Nancy Mato longtime Vice President and Curator of the Society of the Four Arts.

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The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts began as a vision more than a quarter of a century ago. Poised atop the highest point in West Palm Beach on the corner of Okeechobee Boulevard and Tamarind Avenue, the Kravis is a beacon of pride for the community—transforming what was once a decaying neighborhood into a thriving multi-cultural corridor and spurring the revitalization of downtown.

The Kravis Center became a catalyst for economic and cultural growth and after raising the curtain on their first season the Center was joined by CityPlace, the Palm Beach County Convention Center and later, the stunning Hilton West Palm Beach. All of which further enlivened the area and beckoned theatergoers, shoppers, diners, arts enthusiasts, travelers and new residents from all across the globe. Today, you’d be ha rd - pressed to f ind someone in South Florida who hasn’t experienced the Kravis Center—since 1992, the Center has welcomed more than 10 million guests through its doors, presented more than 13,0 0 0 per formances and hosted more than 2 million students through its arts education programs.

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And, as the 2017-2018 season nears, there’s no sign of the Center’s momentum slowing, “Just as we have done for the last quarter-century, the Kravis Center will once again provide superior programming as sophisticated, as diverse, and as family-friendly as the community we serve, with an extraordinary line-up of super stars, award-winning shows and amazing musicians and orchestras from all over the world,” says Kravis Center CEO Judith Mitchell. In fact, the Center’s season features a spectacular selection of performers including legendary musicians Chris Botti, George Benson and Johnny Mathis, comedians Howie Mandel, Dennis Miller, Bill Maher and Jackie Mason, sizzling dance groups Urban Bush Women, Tango Fire and Che Malambo, family favorites The Shopkins Live and A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage, their annual Night of Stars performance titled A Broadway Celeb ration and iconic shows A Chorus L ine, B roadway Christmas Wonderland and Chicago, just to name a few. For classical music enthusiasts, the Kravis Center’s Regional Arts Concert Series, now in its 43 rd year, features an extensive line-up of the world’s most celebrated artists including Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and Rohan De Silva, as well the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and seven more renowned orchestras from around the world. 2017-2018 also marks the 10th anniversary of Kravis On Broadway, the Center’s series of the top touring Broadway shows. Audiences will be treated to blockbusters The Book Of Mormon, The King and I, Finding Neverland, Cabaret, The Illusionists Live From Broadway, The Bodyguard and Something Rotten! Throughout the year, the Kravis Center welcomes students of all ages to a myriad of programs designed to enrich their arts experience—including workshops, classes and lectures, pre and post-performance talks, the opportunity to attend performances and much more. The Center means many things to many people and continues to be a place for the community to gather to enjoy enthralling, enlightening, unforgettable experiences.

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tradition of providing exceptional art experiences for people of all ages and experience. Maltz Jupiter Theatre 1001 East Indiantown Rd., Jupiter, 33477 561-575-2223; www.jupitertheatre.org As Florida’s largest award-winning not-forprofit professional regional theatre, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre produces spectacular year-round entertainment featuring Broadway-caliber musicals, dramatic works, concerts, family programming and classes for all ages at its Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts. The Theatre draws nearly 100,000 people annually and has earned numerous Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s highest honor for artistic excellence. Mizner Park Amphitheater 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 33432 www.miznerpark.com

accommodates 4,200 visitors for rock bands, cover acts, symphonies and other creative artists. Since opening in 2002, the amphitheater has entertained more than one million people with a variety of community events and commercial concerts. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens 4000 Morikami Park Rd. Delray Beach, 33446 www.morikami.org Since opening its doors in 1977, Morikami Museum has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida. Along with rotating exhibitions, educational programs and unique gardens, Morikami’s two museum buildings house more than 7,000 art objects and artifacts, making it one of Palm Beach County’s most treasured cultural attractions. Norton Museum of Art 1451 S Olive Ave. West Palm Beach, 33401; www.norton.org

The Count de Hoernle Amphitheater in Mizner Park is state-of-the-art. The outdoor amphitheater, colonnade and concert green

Since its founding in 1941, the Norton Museum of Art has become one of South

Florida’s most beloved cultural institutions. Its collection includes 19th-and 20th-century European and American masterpieces, world-class Chinese bronze and jade, and photography and contemporary art that spans decades and styles. Education and public programming is of equally high caliber. Old School Square (Formerly Delray Beach Center for the Arts) 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, 33444 www.oldschoolsquare.org Old School Square provides Downtown Delray Beach with first-class arts, entertainment events and educational exhibits. Located at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Swinton, Old School Square is restored early

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The Most Comprehensive Art Center of the Palm Beaches

DRAWING • PAINTING • GLASS • PHOTOGRAPHY DIGITAL MEDIA • PRINTMAKING • CERAMICS • SCULPTURE • JEWELRY & METALSMITHING

Whether you are a beginner or a pro, there are classes at the Armory Art Center that are just right for you!

Log on at armoryart.org or call (561) 832-1776 to learn more.

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MUSEUM OF ART Open and Free During Transformative Expansion In 2016, the Norton broke ground for a visionary expansion designed by the renowned London-based architecture firm Foster + Partners, under the direction of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster. The project reorients the Norton’s entrance to the main thoroughfare of South Dixie Highway, restoring the symmetry of the museum’s original 1941 design, and includes a new 42,000-square-foot West Wing that doubles education space, increases gallery space for the Norton’s acclaimed collection, and adds a 210-seat state-ofthe-art auditorium and new dining pavilion. The transformation of the Museum’s 6.3-acre campus also will create a museum in a garden, featuring new, verdant spaces and sculpture by world-renowned artists.

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While the west and south sides of the Museum undergo this transformation, galleries on the east side will be open and free to the public. Reinstalled galleries include notable works from the Museum Collection such as Jackson Pollock’s Night Mist, George Bellows’ Winter Afternoon, Edward Hopper’s August in the City, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Pelvis with the Moon – New Mexico as well as Claude Monet’s Gardens of the Villa Moreno, Bordighera; Paul Gauguin’s Christ in the Garden of Olives, Camille Pissarro’s The Presbyter y Garden, Paul Cezanne’s Por trait of Alfred Hauge, and the Edgar Degas bronze, Dancer Looking at the Sole of Her Right Foot, to name a few. Works from the Chinese Collection dating back 2,000 to 3,000 years are also on view. The Norton’s 2017-2018 season includes a pair of exhibitions that are generating national buzz: • Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene, on view through Jan. 7, 2018, showcases 22 large-scale works by artist and photographer Justin Brice Guariglia who flew with NASA scientists over Greenland to study how melting glaciers affect sea level rise. The images he took, paired with the creative and ground-breaking manner in which he presents them, serve to map the complexity of human impact on the planet. • Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Sculpture, on view Jan. 25 - April 29, 2018, will be the first showing of her work since her death in 1942. Best known as an art patron and founder of New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, she also had a significant career as a sculptor. Unlike most other American artists,

ABOUT THE NORTON MUSEUM F o u n d e d i n 1941, t h e N o r t o n Museum of Art is recognized for its distinguished holdings in American, European, and Chinese art, and a continually expanding presence for Photography and Contemporary art. Its masterpieces of 19th-century and 20th-century European painting and sculpture include works by Brancusi, Gauguin, Matisse, and Picasso, and Amer ican wor k s by Stuar t Davis, H o p p e r, O’Ke ef fe, Po l l o ck , a n d Sheeler. The Norton presents special exhibitions, lectures, tours, and programs for adults and children throughout t h e y e a r . I n 2 0 11, t h e N o r t o n launched RAW (Recognition of Art by Women), featuring the work of a living female painter or sculptor and funded by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund/MLDauray Arts Initiative. In 2012, the Norton established the biennial, international Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers in partnership with Beth Rudin DeWoody, in honor of her late father, Lewis Rudin.

Whitney portrayed the grim realities of World War I, reflecting the fact that she had served as a nurse in France and experienced the war firsthand. Her sensitive portraits of working-class people, including African Americans and the unemployed are also exceptional. Adult and family programs, for which the Museum is known, also will continue during construction, including the weekly Thursday evening series Art After Dark – Where Culture and Entertainment Meet! – and Family Studio, the Saturday morning program that makes art a family affair. For a full schedule and more details on Museum programs and exhibitions, visit www.norton.org

VISITOR INFORMATION: During construction of the New Norton through late 2018, the Museum will be open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and from noon to 9 p.m. on Thursdays for Art After Dark. It will remain closed on Mondays and major holidays. During construction the café will be closed, but limited food service –beverages and light bites–will be available on Thursdays during Art After Dark. Family Studio will continue before Saturday opening hours.

To enter the Museum during construction, visitors will be directed to the original 1941 entrance on the east side of the building. A free shuttle service will be available for visitors who park in the free lot across from the Museum on the west side of Dixie Highway. Norton members will receive additional benefits that include special offers at a number of food and retail locations along the Dixie Highway corridor, a series of Members-only programs, and free admission to more than 250 museums throughout North America.


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It may not be located in Palm Beach County, but the Sunrise Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since opening in 1923, it has become a center for local, national and international performing arts presentations. The 1,200-seat theatre in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce boasts stateof-the-art sound and lighting systems for lovers of the theatre. SunFest 525 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 33401 www.sunfest.com Christine Dwyer as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies in the National Production of Finding Neverland. Photo by Carol Rosegg, courtesy of Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Palm Beach Dramaworks 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 33401 www.palmbeachdramaworks.org Located right in the heart of downtown, Palm Beach Dramaworks is a professional not-for-profit theatre company that entertains audiences with fun and stimulating productions. What sets the venue apart is its small size and intimacy, as well as spectacular performances with talented actors throughout the year in a lively part of town. Palm Beach Opera 415 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, 33401 www.pbopera.org Founded in 1961, Palm Beach Opera presents main stage performances to the community, while offering diverse education programs. World renowned guests travel from all over the globe to perform with the fifty talented singers making up the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra. Both show-goers and critics agree that the artistic quality of every Palm Beach Opera production is impeccable. PGA Arts Center 4076 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 33410 www.pgaartscenter.com PGA Arts Center is a community entertainment center with four 150 seat cinemas and two 270 seat cinemas, located in Palm Beach Gardens. Visit PGA Arts Center and experience fun-filled entertaining shows in the comfort of a beautiful theatre. Contact their

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box office for show times and tickets to any performance. The box office is open at least 2 hours prior to each performance. Seabreeze Amphitheatre at Carlin Park 750 South S.R. A1A, Jupiter, 33477 www.pbcgov.com/parks/ amphitheatres/_portlets/seabreeze Seabreeze Amphitheater at Carlin Park is an entertainment facility hosting up to 2,000 for theater, concerts and community fundraisers in Jupiter. It has been the setting for the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival for more than two decades. Seabreeze Amphitheater is also home to large scale entertainment events, including the annual Safe Harbor Celebrity Dog Wash, CBS Radio and Guanabanas Restaurant. Society of the Four Arts 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, 33480 www.fourarts.org The Society of the Four Arts are nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1936 to offer quality cultural programming to the growing resort community of Palm Beach. They offer an active lineup of renowned cultural programing, including notable speakers, art exhibitions, concerts and films. There are also gorgeous sculptures and an open pavilion in the Society of the Four Arts. The Sunrise Theatre 117 South Second St., Fort Pierce, 34950 www.sunrisetheatre.com

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Since 1983, SunFest has been the Sunshine State’s largest waterfront music and art festival, attracting more than 275,000 visitors a year. Taking place along the Intracoastal Waterway in Downtown West Palm Beach in April/May, South Florida will enjoy rock, pop, blues and folk onstage. The Juried Fine Art & Craft show will feature jewelry, painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture and more for SunFest attendees. Sunset Cove Amphitheatre 12551 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, 33498 www.sunsetcoveamphitheater.com Sunset Cove Amphitheater is a massive facility seating 6,000 for national acts, festivals, community fundraisers and more. Not only is there a 1,700-squarefoot stage, the venue has top notch sound and lighting, along with a spacious lawn for patron comfort. Thanks to the amphitheater’s ideal location, demographics and capacity, it hosts several community events, including the annual July 4th Concert and Fireworks. The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum 7901 North Federal Highway Boca Raton, 33487; www.thewick.org The Wick Theatre produces Broadway quality musicals starring award-winning cast and serves as a professional theatre in the South Florida region. The Costume Museum is internationally renowned and contains wardrobe pieces with historical significance spanning over 100 years of designs for the American theatre.


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The Best Entertainment on the Treasure Coast • 2017/18 Season

The Naked Magicians ........................................................................................... Oct. 13 The Australian Bee Gees Show.............................................................................. Nov. 17 On The Verge Concert Series: Tom Jackson Band .................................................... Nov. 18 Tango Buenos Aires: The Spirit of Argentina .......................................................... Nov. 26 National Acrobats and Marital Artists of Tianjin The People’s Republic of China: China Soul ... Nov. 30

Broadway & Beyond on 2 nd Street Presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas ..................... Dec. 21 Broadway & Beyond on 2 nd Street Presents: Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular ... Dec. 23

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia Presents: The Nutcracker.................................... . Dec. 29 Broadway & Beyond on 2 nd Street Presents: One Night In Memphis.............................Jan. 5 Brad Garrett ........................................................................................................ Jan. 11 Broadway & Beyond on 2 nd Street Presents: A Night With Janis Joplin ....................... Jan. 13 Broadway & Beyond on 2 nd Street Presents: Gobsmacked! ....................................... Jan. 26 ABBA Mania: ABBA Tribute Concert ....................................................................... Feb. 10 Brian Regan.........................................................................................................Feb. 11 The Midtown Men: 4 Stars from The Original Broadway Show of Jersey Boys ............ Feb. 14 The Beach Boys ................................................................................................... Feb. 15 Broadway & Beyond on 2 nd Street Presents: Rhythm of The Dance ............................ Feb. 18 The Hit Men: Legendary Performers with Frankie Valli, Carole King, Cat Stevens, & More ! ....... Feb. 23 Neil Sedaka ....................................................................................................... Feb. 24 Remember When Rock Was Young - The Elton John Tribute.........................................Mar. 1 Michael McDonald ................................................................................................ Mar. 3 Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.............................................................................Mar. 4 Hotel California: A Salute to The Eagles ................................................................ Mar. 21 Broadway & Beyond on 2 nd Street Presents: A Chorus Line ....................................... Apr. 17 Chris Botti ........................................................................................................... Apr. 19 One Night of Queen ............................................................................................. Apr. 21

More shows will be added throughout the season. Become a member today and get the BEST seats in the house. For tickets or more information, call 772.461.4775 or visit sunrisetheatre.com 117 South 2nd Street • Located in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce, Florida


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51 North Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, 33444

2003 10th Ave. North, Lake Worth, 33461

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about/cornell-museum Let the games begin! At this family enterThe historic Delray Elementary School,

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kids reveal their inner artist via painting,

endless family fun.

drawing and photography classes suited to their age level. They'll learn art history, tackle creative projects in a variety of mediums, learn fundamental drawing skills, and learn how to compose artistic photos by using light and shadows. Toddlers are welcome, too, thanks to the Mommy and Me art classes.

12800 Hagen Ranch Rd. Boynton Beach, 33437; 561-966-7000 www.pbcgov.com/parks/locations/ greencay.htm Inside the nature center, you'll find intervideos and live animals. Give your kids 1.5-mile boardwalk as they view alligators,

West Palm Beach, 33401

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The Hoffman's garden turns into a festive wonderland during the winter season, when colorful lights and ornaments adorn the trees and the gazebo.  You'll stroll past cascading fountains, a 6-foot Hanukkah Menorah, a 14-foot Christmas tree and an Arctic zone with lighted polar bears and penguins. Santa and Mrs. Claus will pose for pictures with your family.  Hoffman's has several stores throughout South Florida. International Polo Club 3667 120th Ave. South, Wellington, 33414 561-282-5334; www.internationalpoloclub.com

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active exhibits, wetland dioramas, nature

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Your kids will delight in peering through the observation windows to watch the confections being made, and they'll love licking their ice cream cone in the ice cream shoppe.

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75-minute narrated historical tour of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach. A USCG-inspected amphibious vehicle chauffeurs you along downtown streets, then transforms into a sea-going vessel as it splashes into the Intracoastal Waterway to cross over to posh Palm Beach and its historic ocean-

Families who explore the surrounding wetlands will appreciate the diversity and serenity of nature. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 North Ocean Blvd. (A1A) Boca Raton, 33432 561-544-8605; www.gumbolimbo.org

front mansions, including Donald Trump's

This 20-acre Center is a haven for stranded

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or injured turtles. Its Sea Turtle Rehabil-

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itation Facility rescues and releases more

DuBois Pioneer Home DuBois Park, 19075 DuBois Road Jupiter, 33477; 561-966-6609 www.pbcgov.com/parks/locations/dubois.htm

This pioneer house along the Jupiter Inlet was built in 1898 for Harry and Susan Dubois and their children. Can your kids imagine life without a computer or cell phone?  Let the house's docent take your

than 600 stranded hatchlings each nesting season. Its Turtle Walk/ Hatchling Release programs,

nature

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butterfly

garden and stingray aquarium make it fun for families to learn about the area's coastal

The International Polo Club sits among equestrian trails and nine polo fields in Wellington, which is touted as the Equestrian Capital of the World. Polo matches are open to the public. You'll enjoy watching the skills of the ponies and players as two high-goal Polo teams compete on the field during the chukkers or play periods. If your children are ages 5 to 10, bring them with you to a Sunday Polo match and drop them off at the Kids Fun Zone. They'll have a ball while participating in supervised activities and events such as face painting, crafts, interactive sports and a petting zoo. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum Lighthouse Park, 500 Captain Armour’s Way Jupiter, 33469; 561-747-8380 www.jupiterlighthouse.org

and marine eco-systems. Hoffman's Chocolates 5190 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, 33463 561-967-3998; www.hoffmans.com

family back in time, before modern inven-

How sweet it is! From the minute you

tions and technology, a time when laundry

inhale that delicious chocolate aroma and

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one of America's Best Chocolate Shops.

Challenge your family to climb to the top of this 105-foot-high, conical-cylindrical lighthouse tower. Built in 1860, the red brick lighthouse was designed by future Union General George Meade. Also on site, you'll find a Keeper's Workshop and a restored WWII building that serves as a history museum. Take advantage of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum's educational programs

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Loggerhead Marinelife Center Photo courtesy of Discover the Palm Beaches

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including sunset and moonrise tours, hikes through history and story times for kids.

Manatee Observation and Education Center 480 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, 34950

Lion Country Safari 2003 Lion Country Safari Road West Palm Beach, 33470 561-793-1084; www.lioncountrysafari.com What's more exciting than a 300-acre exotic adventure among 900 untamed animals? Lion Country Safari's drivethrough safely puts you and your family yards away from wild animals common to South America, Asia, India and Africa. Kids will love the walk-through amusement park's rides, paddle boats, petting zoo, giraffe feedings, animal theater and splash water sprayground. There's a KAO Campground next door. Loggerhead Marinelife Center 14200 U. S. Highway One, Juno Beach, 33408 561-627-8280; www.marinelife.org This Center appeals to people of all ages. Its forty hands-on exhibits make it much more than a marine turtle hospital. Seniors can sign up for health and science lectures. Kids can listen to turtle tales and create turtle-themed crafts.  You can go on a naturalist-led hike to learn about Florida's ecosystems, or on a turtle walk to observe the amazing nesting and egg-laying process of sea turtles.

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772-429-6266; www.manateecenter.com Inside the Center, view the educational displays, touch tank, aquariums and informational film about threatened Florida manatees.

You'll fall in love with these

friendly, gentle sea cows who have no natural enemies.

Stand on the observa-

tion walkway overlooking the Indian River Lagoon and you can watch wildlife and manatees that make this area their Winter playground. National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum 3300 N. Highway A1A North Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce, 34949 772-595-5845; www.navysealmuseum.org Photos,

artifacts,

equipment,

uniforms

and informational displays in the museum reflect the heroism and skill of Navy Seals (previously known as Frogmen and Underwater Demolition Teams) from WW II to conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. You can observe outdoor re-enactments and learn about the challenges these elite teams face and conquer in their fight against terrorism and their defense of freedom. The Navy Seal Museum will ignite your sense of patriotism!

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Palm Beach Zoo 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, 33405 561-547-9453; www.palmbeachzoo.org This 23-acre zoo is home to 700 animals from North, South and Central America, Australia and Madagascar, and is recognized for its Jaguar exhibit. Want a real wild encounter?  Greet a Queensland Koala, participate in a black bear training session, tour a Malayan tiger's den, bathe an Aldabra tortoise, or feed grapes to a two-toed sloth.   Peanut Island 6500 Peanut Island Road Riviera Beach, 33404; 561-845-4445 www.pbcgov.com/parks/peanutisland Peanut Island is a different kind of family fun because of its location. It sits in the Intracoastal Waterway and it is accessible by boat or water taxi. Peanut Island's beach, fishing pier, picnic areas, swimming lagoon, boat slips and campgrounds make it a popular day-tripping destination for families. Rapids Water Park 6566 North Military Trail Riviera Beach, 33407; 561-848-6272 www.rapidswaterpark.com Wet, wild and wonderful. That describes the twists, turns, loops, drops, dips and splashdowns | CONTINUED PAGE 166 >


LOGGERHEAD MARINELIFE CENTER South Florida is known for its stunning beaches and outdoor

medical equipment and a caring staff that works around the

adventures – and Palm Beach County is no exception! Tucked

clock to rescue, rehabilitate and release hundreds of sick or

behind the dunes along the Atlantic Ocean sits Loggerhead

injured sea turtles and thousands of hatchlings every year.

Marinelife Center, a non-profit sea turtle hospital and ocean

Guests can experience up-close encounters with the Center’s

conservation center in picturesque Juno Beach, Florida.

sea turtle patients with 15 viewing tanks and peer through the

Loggerhead Marinelife Center has focused on sea turtle research, rehabilitation and education for over 30 years, after LMC founder Eleanor Fletcher noticed an abundance of sea turtle hatchlings

hospital window to get a closer look. The exhibit hall provides an overview of LMC’s history and global conservation efforts, as well as educational exhibits and aquariums with Floridian marine life.

around Juno Beach. Curious as to why so many hatchlings headed

In following Eleanor Fletcher’s mission, the Center offers more

landward rather than toward the sea after emerging from the nest,

than 30 public and educational programs, many of them free of

Eleanor dedicated her life to teaching others – particularly children

charge, to enthusiastic learners ranging from toddlers to seniors.

– about ocean and sea turtle conservation. In 1983, the Center

Guests can enhance their visit to the Center by attending these

began as an educational facility formerly known as The Children’s

programs, including hammock hikes, nighttime turtle walks,

Museum of Juno Beach, and Eleanor Fletcher became one of the

behind-the-scene tours and more.

first licensed by the state of Florida to study sea turtle nesting.

After exploring Loggerhead Marinelife Center, guests can visit the

Since then, Loggerhead Marinelife Center has grown to become

facility’s boutique gift store, which offers coastal-inspired home

one of Palm Beach County’s most-visited cultural facilities,

goods and apparel, toys, books, handmade gifts and more. Visitors looking to make the most of their time in Juno

welcoming over 300,000 visitors from around

Beach can access the public beach right

the globe annually at admission-free status. LMC also runs a sea turtle monitoring program along 9.5 miles of beach, as the Center is located adjacent to one of the world’s most densely-populated loggerhead sea turtle

Visit www.marinelife.org for more information about Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

across the street or enjoy the nature trail, playground and picnic pavilions at Loggerhead Park, located just behind the Center. Less than a mile away is the Juno Beach Pier, a 990-foot

nesting beaches.

world-class fishing pier managed by LMC

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is also home to

age. Best of all, Loggerhead Marinelife Center

the only sea turtle hospital between Orlando

is completely free thanks to the generous

and the Florida Keys, with state-of-the-art

support of donors and community members.

perfect for anglers and ocean-lovers of any

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you'll experience on the park's 35 tubular rides, flume rides and other thrill rides. Kids can walk across floating mock animals, step over mock icebergs and meander around a lazy river. Who knew water could be so much fun? Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum 300 North Dixie Highway West Palm Beach, 33401; 561-832-4164 www.hspbc.org Palm Beach County's history is on display in this restored 1916 Neo-Classical style courthouse. Docents lead guided tours through three galleries of interactive exhibits that celebrate the county's pioneers, natural environment and milestone events. Meet the iconic Barefoot Mailman, early Native Americans and trailblazers who left their footprint on Florida's past. Roger Dean Stadium 4751 Main Street, Jupiter, 33458 561-775-1818; www.rogerdeanstadium.com

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Kids can observe wildlife feedings at the county’s many nature centers and marvel at life-size dinosaur replicas at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium.

Visit Roger Dean Stadium and you'll hum Take Me Out To The Ball Game. It's the nation's only baseball stadium to host four minor league teams and Florida's only stadium to host annual spring training for two Major League Baseball teams, the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals. This is where the entire family will enjoy America's favorite pastime. Play ball! Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center 129 East Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach, 33435 561-742-6780; www.schoolhousemuseum.org Built in 1913, this former schoolhouse is loaded with interactive fun. Kids can

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stock the shelves of the child-size mock general store and run the cash register, use props in a mock doctor’s office, sort mail in the mock post office and play with historically-based items that teach children about local life one-hundred years ago. South Florida Fair 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, 33411 561-793-0333; www.southfloridafair.com

The South Florida Fair is the epitome of family fun.  During the annual two-week event in January, the 135-acre South Florida Fairgrounds present major entertainment on multiple stages, an Expo


It’s What’s Happening at the Mandel JCC •

Preschool for ages 3 months to Pre-K, part-time and full-time options available

Summer, winter, and spring break camp

Children’s enrichment classes

The Constance & David Blacher Children with Special Needs Program

Birthday parties

Family events

• State-of-the-art fitness center • Dozens of group fitness classes for all abilities •

Heated outdoor swimming pool

Bridge games, classes, and seminars

Book festival

The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival

Adult lifelong learning

Art gallery

Support groups for Parkinsons & Bereavement

We accept SilverSneakers®. Members of this program offered through participating health plans have complimentary access to the fitness center, all group fitness classes and the aquatic center. To find out if your health plan offers Silver Sneakers® Fitness Program, call either location.

Palm Beach Gardens Call 561-712-5200

Boynton Beach Call 561-740-9000

The mission of the Mandel JCC is to build community and enhance connection to Jewish life. The mission of the Mandel JCC is to build community and enhance connection to Jewish life.

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Center featuring themed exhibits, an Agriplex spotlighting agriculture and livestock, and Yesteryear Village, showcasing furnished 19th-century and early 20th-century buildings plus a museum devoted to the Big Bands era. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium 4801 Dreher Trail North West Palm Beach, 33405 561-832-1988; www.sfsciencecenter.org Science becomes exciting with over 100 hands-on exhibits, Palm Beach’s only full-dome planetarium, 10,000 gallon Aquariums of the Atlantic, NEW conservation miniature golf course and more for curious minds of all ages! Get up close and personal with live science demos and daily aquarium interactions. West Palm Beach Greenmarket 101 South Flagler Drive West Palm Beach, 33401; 561-822-1520 www.wpb.org/greenmarket

For more than twenty years, people have been drawn to the seasonal Greenmarket's friendly vendors and the scenic waterfront location. Bring your family here to snack on samples of wholesome, locally harvested foods and natural products.  You'll find everything from home decor and plants and flowers to pickles, breads and barbecued meats as well as live entertainment. Pets are welcome.

landscape of cattail, sawgrass, wet prairie and cypress swamp, the refuge maintains a 5 1/2-mile canoe trail that provides access into the Northern Everglades habitat. Aside from bobcats, muskrats, marsh rabbits and other animals, you may spot wildlife indigenous

to

Florida,

such

as the endangered sand kite with its paddle-shaped wings, and the delicate white-tailed deer, which can be as short

There are Greenmarkets in other Palm Beach County locations including Delray Beach, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens.

as 32 inches. Your kids can explore the

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ties, they'll receive a badge that designates

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, 33473 561-734-8303; www.fws.gov/refuge/ ARM_loxahatchee This pristine 143,954-acre refuge has been attracting nature lovers since its establishment in 1951. In addition to the

refuge with you while pursuing related fun activities in a workbook provided by the refuge. When they complete the activithem as a Junior Refuge Manager. How cool is that? Busch Wildlife Sanctuary 2500 Jupiter Park Drive, Jupiter, 33458 561-575-3399; www.buschwildlife.org Snakes alive!  The Sanctuary rehabilitates and protects the wild animals who reside here.  Families will love the Close Encounters Program, so say hello to deer, bobcats, river otters, skunks, owls and other Florida wildlife. The Sanctuary's Story-time for toddlers, crocodile feedings, Serpentarium, Junior Naturalist Program and summer camp inspire youngsters to appreciate

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nature and wildlife. McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary 12943 61st Street North West Palm Beach, 33412

ON DISPLAY OCTOBER 14, 2017 TO APRIL 15, 2018

561-790-2116; www.mccarthyswildlife.com This is as close to exotic animals as you're likely to get, which is what makes McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary so memorable. The sanctuary rehabilitates sick, injured or abused wild animals and then releases them back into the wild or provides a permanent haven. Your kids may be curious about the Gila monsters, pythons

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and tarantulas, but if that's too creepy for you, skip the reptile room and head for the raptor flight, where bird patients are rehabilitated. Also meet bobcats and panthers that are among the sanctuary's 170 permanent resident animals.

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TAKE IT OUTSIDE FISHING | BIKING | CAMPING | SURFING

KAYAKING | TENNIS | WATER SKIING + SO MUCH MORE! The more than 150 golf courses in Palm Beach County consume quite a bit of real estate, but this is a big county geographically, and there’s plenty of area for numerous other outdoor activities besides teeing it up.

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FISHING Fishing ranks a close second to golf in popularity among residents and visitors alike, and there’s an abundant amount of places to cast your line, regardless if your preference is saltwater or freshwater fishing. Fishing the Atlantic Ocean off Palm Beach County’s shores provides a wide selection of opportunities to snag a prize saltwater catch. Anglers regularly reel in bluefish, blackfin tuna, cobia, dolphin, kingfish and a variety of snapper. There’s also wahoo and sailfish that roam these waters, the latter of which provides an exhilarating experience and a chance to click a keepsake photo if you’re quick enough with the camera. If you don’t own a boat, there are a slew of saltwater fishing charters/guides throughout the county. Check out the website surfinggator. com for an extensive list. The Palm Beach Post sports section also regularly publishes the local fishing report, which is helpful in determining what is biting when and where. If you prefer to stay closer to shore, you might snag a Spanish mackerel in the surf. Tossing your line from bridges or an inlet jetty can possibly bag you a jack or snook, or even a pompano if you’re lucky. If freshwater fishing is more your thing, you owe it to yourself to spend a day on Lake Okeechobee, whose southeastern shoreline forms part of the western edge of Palm Beach County and is only about an hour drive from West Palm Beach. The Big O – as locals call it – is the best largemouth bass fishing lake in the state. It’s the second-largest freshwater lake – next to Lake Michigan – contained entirely within the contiguous 48 states, so there are plenty of spots to anchor or just drift, or you could hire one of the local guides to lead you to the hot spots.

The Atlantic Ocean is Palm Beach County’s front doorstep, providing 45 miles of shoreline with access for every size of boat from four inlets and the Gulf Stream only 3 miles offshore.

cycling enthusiasts. Three of them offer mountain bike trails for those who are looking for a more challenging or exuberant ride. Dyer Park in West Palm Beach has a 4.7-mile single-track perimeter trail and a 2.4-mile trail called the “Hill” that is built upon a former landfill that has been converted into a winding-climbing trail that is the only location in the South Florida region with appreciable climbs and descents. There are also single-track trails at Okeeheelee Park (3.2 miles) just west of West Palm Beach and West Delray Regional Park (2.5 miles) in Delray Beach.

CAMPING The 726-acre family-oriented John Prince Park in Lake Worth has a 48-acre campground situated next to Lake Osborne that includes a ramp to launch watercraft. Peanut Island is a permit/fee-only campground that is surrounded by the Intracoastal Waterway near the Palm Beach/Lake Worth Inlet and is ideal for fishing and boating campers and snorkeling. The South Bay RV Campground in the western part of the county is a spacious, fully-equipped site that includes boat ramp access to Lake Okeechobee.

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Fishing doesn’t tickle your outdoor fancy? No problem. There are also several recreational parks that offer an array of other outdoor activities from biking paths to water skiing, all of which are at your beckoning call 365 days a year, thanks to the county’s year-round tropical weather.

A wonderfully scenic paddling experience is the 7.6-mile stretch of the Loxahatchee River from Riverbend Park in Jupiter downstream to Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Whether you’re looking for a oneor two-hour kid-friendly trip or prefer to embark on an all-day adventure, the Loxahatchee offers a variety of options. And even if you rent a canoe or kayak, it’s an inexpensive form of outdoor exercise and fun. For more information, check out the website, canoeoutfittersofflorida.com.

BIKING

SURFING

Fifteen of the 83 county parks have paved bicycle paths that provide a safe venue for

The Atlantic Ocean forms the entire eastern boundary of Palm Beach County, but it’s

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not always conducive for great surfing, especially during the summer months, unless there’s a tropical storm or hurricane brewing offshore. However, what it lacks in wave consistency, it makes up for in quality. When the waves are good, such as when winter low-pressure systems deliver fairly consistent groundswell toward the beaches, there’s some good spots for surfers, most notably Reef Road which is tucked away in the north end of the county’s riches real estate, as well as, off the Jupiter Inlet , and Juno Beach Pier. Check out www.surfline. com for the latest surf reports and live video web cams.

TENNIS Most of the numerous private country clubs have tennis courts, as do 12 of the county parks (go to pbcgov.com/parks for locations). One of the nicest full-service public tennis facilities is the Delray Beach Tennis Center near the bustling downtown Atlantic Avenue in the heart of the city. It has 14 clay courts, six hard-surface courts and an 8,200seat stadium, and offers a variety of adult and junior programs, clinics and camps. The center hosts the ATP World Tour’s Delray Beach Open tournament in February each year. There’s also the Delray Swim & Tennis Club that has 24 clay courts.

WATER SKIING Okeeheelee Park just west of West Palm Beach has a nationally recognized competitive water ski venue that offers five courses for traditional, barefoot, wakeboard and kneeboard skiing, including one course that is lighted for night skiing. Only USA Water Ski-approved boats are permitted. There’s also the Intracoastal Waterway that stretches the entire north-south length of the county, as well as numerous canals throughout the county. Just be sure to obey the no-wake zones.


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BOATING AND Location, location, location. That refrain often is heard in reference to business and real estate. It also applies to those who enjoy boating and being on the water, and there’s plenty of water available to navigate for Palm Beach County residents. The Atlantic Ocean is Palm Beach County’s front doorstep, providing 45 miles of shoreline with access for every size of boat from four inlets and the Gulf Stream only 3 miles offshore. There’s nothing like the scent of salt air on a balmy afternoon.


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WATER. Palm Beach County’s premier marina for long term, seasonal, monthly, and transient New floating docks and fuel now available! Perfect jump-off spot for the Bahamas and fishing Paddleboard and kayak rentals, dinner cruises, wi-fi, and Ship’s Store onsite

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A short distance inland stretches the Intra-

part of the county’s western border and is

The marina is open to the public on a first-

coastal Waterway, which includes numerous

renowned for its largemouth bass fishing. A

come-first-serve basis and can accommodate

marinas scattered along its route. There are

handful of other smaller inland lakes also

yachts up to 150 feet, as well as sport fishing

also several restaurants along the way that

provide boating opportunities, the largest

boats and sailing vessels.

provide docking space for boaters looking

being 540-acre Lake Mangonia. Loggerhead Marina has five facilities in the

for a bite to eat or relaxing over cocktails. The Palm Beach Yacht Club is a world-class

county from Jupiter to Lantana, with wet

Lake Okeechobee, the second-largest fresh-

marina located in the heart of the county

and/or dry storage available.

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in West Palm Beach and is a short distance

that encompasses 488.,000 acres, forms

from the Palm Beach-Lake Worth Inlet.

Those who enjoy boating, but don’t own or care to own a vessel, can join the Palm Beach Boat Club, which offers a variety of membership plans and has a fleet of boats ranging from luxury motor yachts to center-console

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just part of the cost. Boats are expensive to own, operate and maintain. Paying for fuel to power the boat is just one of the costs to owning a vessel. Other expenses include; boat dockage/slips, maintenance on the boat, technology for the boat such as GPS, fuel and transportation of the boat, and insurance. Another thought to consider, according to Sease is do you buy new or used? Typically, you can purchase a boat that is used for less money than a new boat, but you must be weary of the boats condition and history. A marine surveyor is recommended and an expert at assessing the condition of a boat. The National Association of Marine Surveyors can provide names of members both by type of boat and the state in which you are making your purchase. You can also ask the loan department of your Florida bank for the names of surveyors the bank uses when making a boat loan.

Purchasing a new boat will most likely cost more than a similar used boat, but there are advantages. It is like purchasing an automobile, you can get it the way you want it. From the electronic instruments, to the interior décor, you will be able to choose according to your own tastes. Also, you know that the boat does not have any known damage or bad history associated with it, and it usually comes with a warranty. So, how do you find the boat of your dreams? According to Sease much depends on the size and kind of boat you want. Smaller boats, whether power or sail are often advertised in the classified sections of newspapers and online classified sites, such as Boat Trader. If you are searching for a larger boat, visit some local brokers. They usually have a very large database of boats that include vessels not listed on some of the known classified sites.

There are also several alternatives to owning your own boat; including Boat Renting & Leasing, and Charters. Yacht charters are obviously going to be far more expensive that renting a boat for an afternoon outing, but if you are considering chartering the yacht of your getaway dreams, keep these tips in mind: • Use a professional Yacht Broker • Ask about special foods and provisions • Budget: Charter costs are not all inclusive. Ask about fuel, gratuities and extra activities. • Number in your party: The maximum number of charter guests allowed by law is 12. • Activities: Ask if there will be equipment for snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, etc. Different yachts often specialize in different pastimes. Source: Floridamarineguide.com

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Blowing Rocks Marina

Tequesta

561-746-3312

blowingrocksmarina.com

Bluffs Marina

Jupiter

561-627-6688

thebluffsmarina.com

Cannonsport Marina

West Palm Beach

800-627-8328

cannonsportmarina.com

Castaways Marina

Jupiter

561-575-0252

squaregrouper.net

Gateway Marina

Hypoluxo

561-588-1211

gatewaymarina.net

JIB Yacht Club & Marina

Tequesta

561-746-3312

jibmarinajupiter.com

Jupiter Pointe Club & Marina

Tequesta

561-746-2600

jupiterpointe.com

Jupiter Yacht Club Marina

Jupiter

561-741-3407

jycmarina.com

Lake Park Harbor Marina

Lake Park

561-881-3353

lakeparkmarina.com

Loggerhead Marina

Jupiter

561-747-8980

loggerheadjupiter.com

Loggerhead Marina

Lantana

561-582-4422

loggerheadlantana.com

Loggerhead Marina

Palm Beach Gardens

561-627-6358

loggerheadpbg.com

Loggerhead Marina

Riviera Beach

561-840-6868

loggerheadrivierabeach.com

Marina Delray

Delray Beach

561-276-7666

marinadelray.com

New Port Marina

Riviera Beach

561-844-2504

opch.com

North Palm Beach Marina

North Palm Beach

561-626-4919

opch.com

Old Port Cove

North Palm Beach

561-626-1760

opch.com

Palm Beach Yacht Center

Hypoluxo

561-588-9911

palmbeachyacht.com

Palm Beach Yacht Club

West Palm Beach

561-655-8711

pbyc.com

Palm Harbor Marina

West Palm Beach

561-655-4757

palmharbor-marina.com

PGA Marina & Boating Center

Palm Beach Gardens

561-626-0200

pgamarina.com

Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club

Boca Raton

561-395-2200

rpycc.org

Rybovich Marina

West Palm Beach

561-840-8308

rybovich.com

Sailfish Marina & Resort

Palm Beach Shores

561-844-1724

sailfishmarina.com

Soverel Harbour Marina

Palm Beach Gardens

561-691-9554

soverelmarinal.com

The Yacht Club at Delray Beach

Delray Beach

561-272-2700

theyachtclubatdelraybeach.com

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SPORTS &

ATHLETICS With so many professional sports teams throughout Miami-Dade and Broward County, including the Dolphins, Marlins, Heat and Panthers, residents of Palm Beach County can still experience plenty of exciting games in our own beautiful part of South Florida.

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Delray Beach International Tennis Championships Photo courtesy of Discover the Palm Beaches

As customary this time of year, sports fans in Palm Beach County are in for several treats. Not only have Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros and Washington Nationals began playing at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, but both the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals spend their Spring Trainings at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, where each team also has a minor league franchise. The Major’s New York Mets, as well as their minor league team, call Port St. Lucie their home. All three of the minor league teams in Palm Beach have seasons that last from the beginning of April through September. The games do not end with baseball, as the County hosts a couple of world renowned golf tournaments -- the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens and the Senior Tour’s Allianz Championship in Boca Raton. Every February, people travel from across the globe to the spectacular ATP World Tour event, the Delray Beach Open, as it’s the only professional tennis tournament that combines the ATP Champions Tour and ATP World Tour events at the same venue in the same week. Palm Beach Relocation Guide invites you to explore the best sports teams around the County, ranging from Major League Baseball and Lacrosse to Minor League Football and collegiate games. Miami Marlins / Jupiter Hammerheads Major League Baseball Roger Dean Stadium, 4751 Main St., Jupiter 561-630-1828; miami.marlins.mlb.com

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Both the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals spend their Spring Training at the $28 million Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. Since opening the complex in 1998, Roger Dean Stadium has become home to the 1997 and 2003 World Series champs, the Marlins, as well as the Jupiter Hammerheads, the Marlins’ Class A minor league affiliate in the Florida State League. Whether it’s watching the Marlins, the Cardinals or the Hammerheads play baseball, more than 6,800 Palm Beach County residents and visitors get to enjoy a game every single day in March. St. Louis Cardinals / Palm Beach Cardinals Major League Baseball Roger Dean Stadium, 4751 Main St., Jupiter 561-775-1818; stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com As soon as a person walks into Roger Dean Stadium, he or she may notice eleven different World Series Championship banners belonging to the St. Louis Cardinals on display beyond the right-center field wall. Every spring for nearly two decades, thousands of devoted Cardinals enthusiasts fill the complex’s Party Deck, sky-box seating and bleachers for a chance to see their favorite athletes in person, whether they are part of the Cardinals, the Miami Marlins or the Marlins’ Class A minor league affiliate in the Florida State League, the Jupiter Hammerheads. New York Mets / St. Lucie Mets Major League Baseball Tradition Field, St. Lucie County Sports Complex 525 NW Peacock Blvd., Port St. Lucie 772-871-2115; newyork.mets.mlb.com If you are a fan of New York baseball living in South Florida, you can now experience the Mets’ Spring Training in Port St. Lucie. The two-time World Series champs have been training at Tradition Field since it opened its doors in 1988. Seating more than 7,000 sports fans, the facility consists of a lush raised barrier just outside the outfield fence. The sports complex is also home to New York’s Class A minor league affiliate in the Florida State League, the St. Lucie Mets.

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Florida Launch Major League Lacrosse 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton 561-923-9067; floridalaunchlacrosse.com If you are looking for an atypical team sport to enjoy watching in Boca Raton, you can check out the Major League Lacrosse team, the Florida Launch. Competing from the late spring through the summer, the Florida Launch is the only MLL team in the Sunshine State. Playing home games at Florida Atlantic University Stadium, their fourteen game season spans from late spring to the end of July. Launch Club season-ticket holders are also known to enjoy 90-minutes’ worth of an all-you-can-eat-and-drink pre-game gathering at all seven home games. Palm Beach Makos Minor League Football Dan Callaway Tate Recreations Sports Complex, 1420 W. 10 St, Riviera Beach 561-687-4611; palmbeachmakos.org Since Palm Beach Makos’ inaugural 20092010 season in men’s minor league football, the team has consisted of players from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami/Dade Counties. The athletes have played with colleges ranging from California and New York to Boca Raton’s FAU. The Makos offer every fan an affordable, accessible and entertaining game excitement. So head down to Dan Callaway Tate Recreations Sports Complex in Rivera Beach to experience Palm Beach Makos take a bite out of their opponents. Florida Atlantic University Owls Conference USA (Division I) 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton 866-328-6957; fausports.com Whether you like football, basketball, baseball or another sport, you will most likely find it at Florida Atlantic University. After all, FAU is now home to 18 different men’s and women’s teams that participate in the NCAA Division I Conference USA. Completed in 2011, the FAU Owl’s stadium seats more than 29,000 spectators and is home to the Boca Raton Bowl every December. A scenic view of the Atlantic Ocean can even been enjoyed from the facility’s impressive skybox and press box.


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n February 28th of this year, The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches opened its state-of-the-art facility. Home to the MLB’s Houston Astros’ and Washington Nationals’ Spring Training, the 160-acres are located just off I-95 in the heart of West Palm Beach. With a main entrance off Haverhill Road, the $150 million complex features a 6,500 fixed-seat stadium designed to accommodate sports and entertainment fans.

The grand facility’s twelve full-size and two half-sized baseball fields are covered in Bermuda grass. Spectators can make themselves comfortable in the shade to watch their teams train on a 360-degree concourse, and dine at primo concession stands, including The Capitol Hill Grill and Lone Star Cantina, as well as H-Town Bar and Grill. On the impressive Suite Level, baseball fans can enjoy the stylish atmosphere that holds six private suites. Each premium suite consists of an open-air balcony overlooking the field. Folks can sit back in the air conditioned atmosphere while enjoying fine dining options, refrigerators and flat screened TVs. The deluxe suites are perfect for friends, family, clients, social clubs and business colleagues to revel in a memorable Spring Training experience. Every suite requires a 15 guest minimum and prices start at $900 per suite per single game. A person can have loads of fun in the Ballpark’s two posh Party Decks on the Suite Level. These Party Decks, including one just behind 1st base, were designed for flexible party environments, easily accommodating groups from 40 to 100 people with unlimited food and soft drinks. The Ballpark Classic option comes with burgers, brats, hot dogs, sides and fresh baked cookies. The Backyard Barbecue menu lists smoked pulled pork, citrus-marinated grilled chicken breasts, brats, sides and cookies. The priciest option, The Chef’s Table, begins at $55

per person with upscale menu options, like alligator tail bites, crab cake sliders, ahi tuna, fish tacos, elaborate salads and decorative desserts. The suites also provide men, women and children with spectacular panoramic views of the stadium and practice field areas. Enjoying distinguished hospitality service with a devoted suite hostess, visitors can relax in a Florida atmosphere with customized catering options. They can also enjoy an All-You-Can-Eat menu and a full service bar while sitting back in an assortment of patio furniture. There are even private bathrooms located on the Suite Level and Party Decks. In the complex’s Field Box, guests make themselves at home with both executive style seating and exclusive field-level views that bring baseball fans close to the action. The Left Field Bar has thirty-two brews on tap along with an array of other adult beverages to enjoy while watching America’s pastime. Besides baseball, the versatile Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is an ideal spot for a wide variety of team sports, such as Division 1 college football bowl preparations, men’s and women’s professional soccer pre-season training camps, rugby and more. Its multi-purpose fields can also accommodate a variety of music concerts, outdoor festivals and corporate events, such as luncheons and banquets. The large compound consists of City Park, which is a 12-acre contemporary playground with a waterpark, four lighted basketball courts and a 1.8-mile walking trail that’s open to the public from sunrise to sunset on a daily basis. The weather in West Palm Beach is beautiful and it is always a wonderful time to take you, your family, friends, colleges and coworkers out to The Ballpark of the Palm Beach and its superb facilities.

5444 Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 • 561.500.HITS (4487) • www.ballparkpalmbeaches.com


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There are more golf courses in Palm Beach County than any county in the United States. Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus is among the five dozen or so current and former PGA Tour players who reside here. Each year it plays host to two major professional tournaments, the Honda Classic and the Allianz Championship. It’s a year-round golf mecca that provides an array of diverse courses for pros and weekend duffers alike. No wonder Palm Beach County proudly boasts that it’s the golf capital of the world.

Photos courtesy of The Club at Ibis

There’s something here for every level of

golf courses that can boast about its unique

Park Ridge Golf Course in Lantana is one

player, from lengthy challenging layouts to

elevation changes. It’s a true treat to play.

of the more unique courses in the county

shorter executive courses and par-3 venues.

because it was built over a former landfill

Some offer views of the Atlantic Ocean, the

Another first-class private destination is The

and has more elevation changes than most

Intracoastal waterway or the Lake Worth

Breakers Ocean Course in Palm Beach. It’s

courses in the area, topping out at 85 feet at

Lagoon. About three-fourths of the 150-plus

the oldest 18-hole golf course in Florida,

its highest point.

golf courses are private.

and its sister course, the Rees Jones Course at Breakers West, is another wonderfully

Another unique and picturesque playing

Heading the list is PGA National Resort

challenging layout. Many of the private

experience awaits you at Osprey Point

& Spa. Located in Palm Beach Gardens,

golf-centered clubs also offer other amenities,

Golf Course in Boca Raton in the south-

the venue also is the headquarters of the

especially The Club at Ibis, a gated commu-

western corner of the county. It’s a natural

PGA of America and each spring hosts the

nity in West Palm Beach that in addition to

wildlife habitat and one of only five

PGA Tour’s Honda Classic, which annually

three Nicklaus family-designed golf courses

Audubon International Classic Signature

attracts many of the world’s top professional

includes a sports village, four dining venues,

golf courses in the world. It features three

golfers. Four of PGA National’s five cham-

social and cultural activities, swimming,

nine-hole courses and Golf Digest rates it

pionship courses are ranked among the top

tennis, fitness center and full-service spa.

among the top 50 courses in Florida.

75 layouts in Florida by Golf Digest. One of the most renown public layouts is

At the northern end of the county is North

Designed by renowned architect Joe Lee,

West Palm Beach Golf Course, a former

Palm Beach Country Club, an 18-hole public

Abacoa Golf Club has one of the finest

stop on the PGA Tour. It’s one of the few

layout that is one of the few Nicklaus Signa-

layouts among South Florida’s public golf

courses in the county that has no water

ture municipal courses in the United States.

courses. Located in the heart of the best

hazards, but is a challenging 7,000-yard

Many of the courses here have teaching

golf communities, beautiful Jupiter, Florida,

layout from the back tees.

pros, and there’s also the John Prince Park

Abacoa combines the best in golf challenge

Golf Learning and Practice Center in Lake

luxurious amenities and tropical scenery.

Speaking of water, there’s no more pictur-

Worth in the central part of the county that

The course is challenging but fair to golfers

esque course than the Palm Beach Par-3

includes a four-hole mini-course. Greens

of all skill and experience levels. The greens

that is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean

fees fluctuate throughout the year, with the

are TifEagle grass and some of the highest

and the Intracoastal waterway. Golf Digest

summer months offering some great deals.

quality putting surfaces in all of Florida.

rates it “one of the best par-3’s you can play

The sunshine and balmy ocean breezes are

Abacoa Golf Club is one of the few Florida

anywhere.”

free year-round.

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PUBLIC GOLF COURSES Abacoa Golf Club

Jupiter

561-622-0036

www.abacoagolfclub.com

Atlantic National Golf Club

Lake Worth

561-969-6600

www.atlanticnationalgolfclub.com

Atlantis Country Club

Atlantis

561-965-7700

www.atlantiscountryclub.com

Boca Dunes Golf & Country Club

Boca Raton

561-451-1600

www.bocadunes.com

Boca Raton Municipal Golf Club

Boca Raton

561-483-5226

www.myboca.us

The Links at Boynton Beach

Boynton Beach

561-742-6500

www.boyntonbeach.com

Cypress Creek Country Club

Boynton Beach

561-732-4202

www.cypresscreekcountryclub.com

Delray Beach Golf Club

Delray Beach

561-243-7380

www.delraybeachgolfclub.com

Forest Oaks Golf Club

Lake Worth

561-967-6810

www.forestoaksgc.com

Lake Worth Municipal Golf Club

Lake Worth

561-582-9713

www.lakeworthgolfclubcom

Links at Madison Green

Royal Palm Beach

561-784-5225

www.madisongreengolf.com

North Palm Beach Country Club

North Palm Beach

561-691-3433

www.village-npb.org

Ocean Breeze Golf & Country Club

Boca Raton

561-994-0400

www.oceanbreezegolf.com

Okeeheelee Golf Course

West Palm Beach

561-964-4653

www.okeeheeleegolf.com

Park Ridge Golf Course

Lantana

561-966-7044

www.pbcgov.com

Poinciana Golf Club

Lake Worth

561-439-4721

www.golfpoinciana.com

Sandhill Crane Golf Club

Palm Beach Gardens

561-626-7888

www.gardensgolf.com

Palm Beach National Golf & Country Club

Lake Worth

561-965-0044

www.palmbeachnational.com

Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course

Palm Beach

561-547-0598

www.golfontheocean.com

Polo Trace Golf Club

Delray Beach

561-495-5300

www.polotracegolf.com

Red Reef Executive Golf Course

Boca Raton

561-391-5014

www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us

Southwinds Golf Course

Boca Raton

561-483-1305

www.southwindsgolfcourse.com

The Golf Club of Jupiter

Jupiter

561-747-6262

www.golfclubofjupiter.com

The Links at Boynton Beach

Boynton Beach

561-742-6500

www.boynton-beach.org

The Village Golf Club

Royal Palm Beach

561-793-1400

www.thevillagegolfclub.com

West Palm Beach Golf Course

West Palm Beach

561-822-1591

www.wpalmbeachgc.com

Westchester Golf & Country Club

Boynton Beach

561-734-6300

www.westchestercc.com

BallenIsles Country Club

Palm Beach Gardens

561-622-0220

www.ballenisles.com

Boca Dunes Golf & Country Club

Boca Raton

561-451-1600

www.bocadunes.com

Broken Sound Club

Boca Raton

561-241-6800

www.brokensoundclub.org

Country Club at Mirasol

Palm Beach Gardens

561-775-7800

www.mirasolcc.com

Country Club of Florida

Boynton Beach

561-732-9771

www.ccfgolf.com

DelAire Country Club

Delray Beach

561-499-0770

www.delaire.org

Delray Dunes Golf & Country Club

Delray Beach

561-732-1600

www.delraydunes.org

Eastpointe Country Club

Palm Beach Gardens

561-626-6860

www.eastpointe-cc.com

Fountains Country Club

Lake Worth

561-642-2700

www.fountainscc.com

Frenchmans Creek Beach & Country Club

Palm Beach Gardens

561-775-6400

www.frenchmanscreek.com

Gleneagles Country Club

Delray Beach

561-498-3606

www.gleneagles.cc

Jonathans Landing Golf Club

Jupiter

561-747-7600

www.jonathanslanding.com

Palm Beach Polo Golf & Country Club

Wellington

561-798-7000

www.palmbeachpolo.com

PGA National Resort & Spa

Palm Beach Gardens

561-627-1800

www.pgaresort.com

Sherbrooke Golf & Country Club

Lake Worth

561-964-6014

www.sherbrookegolfclub.com

St. Andrews Country Club

Boca Raton

561-451-4900

www.standrewscc.com

Tequesta Country Club

Tequesta

561-746-4620

www.tequestacountryclub.net

The Bear's Club

Jupiter

561-626-2327

www.thebearsclub.com

The Breakers

Palm Beach

561-655-6611

www.thebreakers.com

The Club at Ibis

West Palm Beach

561-625-8500

www.clubatibis.com

The Falls Club of the Palm Beaches

Lake Worth

561-964-5700

www.fallscountryclub.org

The Loxahatchee Club

Jupiter

561-744-6168

www.theloxahatcheeclub.org

Trump International Golf Club

West Palm Beach

561-682-0700

www.trumpinternationalpalmbeaches.com

Winston Trails Golf Club

Lake Worth

561-439-3700

www.winstontrailsgolfclub.com

Wycliffe Golf & Country Club

Wellington

561-641-2000

www.wycliffecc.com

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JA N UA RY Palm Beach International Polo Season Created by players for players, the International Polo Club Palm Beach facility is designed to showcase the incredible skill of the ponies and players. Many exciting tournaments are played; culminating in the prestigious US Open Polo Championship. www.internationalpoloclub.com Winter Equestrian Festival See many of the world’s finest horse and riders as they become one in a ballet of balance, and compete at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, in the fields of show jumping and dressage. www.pbiec.coth.com South Florida Fair The 17-day South Florida Fair is a must see event. With 4 stages of music and entertainment, world class ice skating performances daily, an award-winning agriculture and livestock program featuring more than 1000 exhibitors from more than 30 Florida counties, historic Yesteryear Village and over 200 rides, games and attractions. www.southfloridafair.com ArtPalmBeach Contemporary and culturally diverse, ArtPalmBeach is perfect for the art show enthusiast. This fair combines painting, photography, sculpture, ceramic and more to showcase one-of-a-kind works. Upscale restaurants, espresso bars and VIP make for a unique experience. www.artpalmbeach.com/visit

Delray Beach Garlic Fest Bring a friend and bring your appetite! Centered around Delray Beach Center for the Arts and Atlantic Avenue, the Delray Beach Garlic Fest is something you will want to share with your friends. Everything garlic – and we mean everything – right down to the ice cream! www.dbgarlicfest.com

F E B RUA RY Allianz Championship Watch golfing legends tee it up at the Allianz Championship and Pro-Am events. Or why not upgrade the Pro-Am experience and match strokes side-by-side with golf greats or mingle in VIP Partner’s Club to maybe meet your favorite golf celebrity for an autograph. www.allianzchampionship.com Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show This show is the largest of its kind in the United States. International exhibitors display their fine works from across the globe in a prestigious show encompassing fine jewelry, exquisite works of art and fascinating antiques. You will find something for everyone at this annual event. www.palmbeachshow.com ArtiGras ArtiGras had its humble beginning on a golf course driving range. But don’t let that fool you. This local art show has grown into a nationally recognized art, music and family-friendly festival. View incredible art from all over the country, and learn how artists apply their outstanding skills to create art in various media throughout the festival. Demonstrations are on the hour every day with ArtiGras artists. www.artigras.org

Everglades Day Festival This festival and eco-adventure held at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is dedicated to having fun while learning. The Everglades, an ecosystem like no other, is ready for you to explore. This free event will answer questions and possibly entice you to ask more about the “Glades” creatures, archeology, history and more. www.auduboneverglades.org/ special-events/everglades-day-2 Lake Worth Street Painting Festival Lasting only until the next raindrop, this street painting festival turns asphalt into artwork. Largest of its kind in the country, this festival features temporary masterpieces in an open-air museum of art, sound and aromatic delights. Free admission and fun activities make for an enjoyable adventure. www.streetpaintingfestivalinc.org The Honda Classic Make way for the PGA TOUR as it stops for its annual visit to one of professional golf ’s most notable places – PGA National Resort & Spa. A hole-in-one for players and fans alike, as the Champion Course becomes home and host to the prestigious Honda Classic. If you love golf, you don’t want to miss this! www.thehondaclassic.com

MARCH Spring Training Baseball: Miami Marlins/ St. Louis Cardinals Roger Dean Stadium welcomes one of the most historic franchises around – the St. Louis Cardinals and the local boys of summer – the Miami Marlins for Spring Training. So get ready to sing “Take Me

FEBRUARY: Delray Beach Open www.yellowtennisball.com See current and past legends of high-caliber professional tennis enjoy more than a week of matches, special events and parties along the iconic Atlantic Avenue District of Delray Beach. Celebrate two outstanding events in one locale - the ATP Champions Tour Event and ATP World Tour Event.

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Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch and enjoy a spring day of fun in the sun. www.rogerdeanstadium.com Festival of the Arts BOCA The Festival of the Arts BOCA is an extraordinary, multi-day cultural arts event bringing excitement and new experiences that show why Boca Raton and The Palm Beaches are no doubt Florida’s Cultural Capital®. www.festivaloftheartsboca.org Evening on Antique Row Fashionable street party along Antique Row, alive with music, special entertainment, food and beverages, an antique appraisal tent, shopping and much more. Benefiting the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, the chicest street party in town bring this part of town to life with entertainment, food and drink! www.westpalmbeachantiques.com/ antique-news-events-west-palm-beachsouth-dixie-antique-row Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy the wearin’ o’ the green with this yearly parade along Atlantic Avenue. With pre-parade events, traditional bagpipe music and food, you’ll be glad you’re Irish this one time a year. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is an annual home town tradition in Delray Beach that began in 1968 with a Irish local pub owner by the name of Maury Powers, who took a stroll down Atlantic Avenue with his Shillelagh and a green pig and declared it “My own parade.” www.stpatrickparade.com/history

Palm Beach International Boat Show Ship ahoy, mates! Here you will find all things nautical - mega yachts to a new outboard. From that special trinket or accent piece for the family room to clothing and sailing paraphernalia, all is displayed amid the breezes of downtown West Palm Beach. www.palmbeachboatparade.com

Palm Beach International Film Festival Hollywood comes to The Palm Beaches. For the last dozen years, the Palm Beach International Film Festival has showcased thousands of award-winning films, hosted filmmakers, actors, industry professionals and press from around the globe. www.pbifilmfest.org

Delray Beach Bacon & Bourbon Fest Everything is better with bacon! And when paired with an eclectic array of American bourbons and live music well . . . what’s not to like? Eat, drink and be merry! Menu items developed by local chefs exploring the boundaries of New American Cuisine and the Farm to Table movement to good old fashioned comfort foods. www.delraybaconandbourbonfest.com

Boca Bacchanal Boca Bacchanal is a weekend of events. Full of fabulous food and wonderful wine, paired and presented by celebrated chefs throughout Boca Raton. Signature and tropical culinary delights are prepared enhanced only by incredible wine. Sip, savor, bid! www.bocabacchanal.com

PrideFest of Lake Worth and the Palm Beaches PrideFest of the Palm Beaches has grown from a small gathering to one of the largest festivals in South Florida and Palm Beach County’s largest gay & lesbian visibility event. A celebration of the community’s great diversity. www.palmbeachfl.com/ events-palm-beach/fairs-festivals/pridefest

APRIL Brew At the Zoo Come for all kinds of refreshing beer, tasty food and live music in a most unique location - the intimate Palm Beach Zoo. With more than 25 local craft breweries, live music and delicious food, the event is Palm Beach County’s most unique craft beer festival! Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early, since tickets must be purchased in advance and the event is predicted to sell out. www.palmbeachzoo.org

Delray Affair The Delray Affair is the largest arts & craft festival in the Southeast United States. The event takes place along the palm tree lined downtown streets of Delray Beach and stretches 12 city blocks from the Intracoastal to NW 2nd Avenue. Palm tree-lined vistas of welcome you to South Florida’s oldest and largest outdoor festival. Filled with entertainers, top-notched artists and exhibitors, the Delray Affair is a true affair to remember. Stroll the bricked sidewalk of Atlantic Avenue as art, music and food specialties. www.delrayaffair.com Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction is a one-ofa-kind event. If the car of your dreams is a beautiful Bel-Air, a classic Corvette, or even a ravishing Rio, you might just find it at this auction event. So if you collect anything automotive this is the place to get your motor runnin’ and head out for the highway. www.barrett-jackson.com

MARCH: TurtleFest www.marinelife.org/programs-events/turtlefest/ At TurtleFest you will enjoy a fun-filled day of close-up encounters with endangered and local species of native loggerheads, green and leatherback turtles. Listen to great music, see captivating art and discover a place where it’s cool to be green. 186

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Success on the course is only half the story.

This year, The Honda Classic contributed $3.6 million to more than 100 non-proďŹ t organizations, positively impacting the health care of over 32,000 children and eclipsing $35 million in total giving since the event’s inception. Visit HCCares.org for details on how you can help make a lasting impression on thousands of lives.


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Black Gold Jubilee Be In the Know: The Black Gold Jubilee represents richness, but not of things golden. It’s the free annual end-of-harvest festival celebrating the dark and rich, fertile earth of the Belle Glade agricultural region, and a great reason to have a first-rate time and just enjoy life with friends and family… and of course… fabulous food and rockin’ entertainment. www.palmbeachfl.com/events-palm-beach/ fairs-festivals/black-gold-jubilee SunFest It’s Florida’s largest waterfront music and art fest. A first-rate festival with top-rated bands for all ages and genres, with fabulous food and incredible art. Party down to the beat or be seen at the scene on the floating bars or rock out next to three live stages. It’s where music meets the waterfront. www.sunfest.org

M AY Annual Palm Beach Jerk and Caribbean Culture Festival Celebrated on Memorial Day, this festival offers every one of all ages, an opportunity to enjoy a taste of the islands. Jamaican Music, authentic island food, cook-off contests, bounce houses, face painting and more. www.visitwpb.com/ annual-palm-beach-jerk-and-caribbeanculture-festival-of-florida Memorial Day Ceremony South Florida National Cemetery, Event includes guest speakers, color guards and music. Presented by the Palm Beach County Veterans Committee. Shuttle Busses available. www.cem.va.gov/cems/ nchp/southflorida.asp

JUNE Sunset Celebration at Sailfish Marina Enjoy the gorgeous view while browsing through a premiere arts and crafts show. You will find all kinds of art including pottery, sculptures, watercolors, as well as, jewelry, blown glass, and wood displays. On any Thursday evening you may find wood sculpture, pottery, watercolors, blown glass, gold and silver jewelry and much, much more. There are 35 artists from as far away as Seattle, WA and as close as West Palm Beach, FL .Musicians often come to try their musical skills out on the patrons of the Marina. Sometimes there’s a steel drum band or there might be someone singing and playing their guitar. www.sailfishmarina. com/sunset-celebration Safari Nights at the Palm Beach Zoo Every Friday evening from June until August, the zoo stays open until 9 p.m. so you can experience animal encounters at night, and enjoy dancing, photo opps, kid’s games, crafts, and relax at the Tropics Café. Each week has a different theme. www.palmbeachzoo.org

J U LY Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest A summertime party blast hot and yet so cool. Located inside the air-conditioned South Florida Expo Center, this yearly Beer Fest features 150+ craft and local beers combined with an entire day of tunes. Suds & Sounds… what’s not to like? www.palmbeachsummerbeerfest.com

Shakespeare by the Sea Shakespeare by the Sea brings the ever popular HAMLET to Carlin Park in Jupiter. This under the stars production invites you to bring your beach chair, blanket, picnic basket or enjoy numerous food truck concessions. www.pbshakespeare.org

AU G U S T Craft Beer Bash Imagine an entire festival featuring unlimited samplings of 120 first-rate craft brew and cider selections. Now combined that with great live music, amazing food purchase stations, all at a luxury resort in cool air-conditioned comfort. www.pgaresort.com/events

SEPTEMBER Flavor Palm Beach Get a taste for the local cuisine scene from Jupiter to Boca Raton, as more than 50 restaurants and bistros offer prix fixe menus for lunch or dinner. Whatever your appetite, tantalize your every craving with creative and inventive dishes found nowhere else. www.flavorpb.com Brazilian Beat Brazilian Independence Day takes center stage in Downtown Boca in this FREE event where lavish costumed dancers sway to samba and bossa nova melodies. Feel the beat and taste the fabulous foods and flavors of Rio de Janeiro at Brazilian Beat. Get your groove on and be a part of this dazzling event with live music, street entertainment including a Zumba showcase, Capoeira dancers, carnival dancers, samba drummers and authentic Brazilian food. www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/pages/ events/brazilian-beat

DECEMBER 22, 2017: Broadway Christmas Wonderland The Holiday Show www.kravis.org/bdwychristmas All is merry and bright as a glittering cast of singers and dancers, plus high-kicking chorus girls and Old Saint Nick himself, deck Dreyfoos Hall in grand style. The yuletide jubilee includes Jingle Bells, Silent Night, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, O Come All Ye Faithful and a stocking full of other festive favorites. From extravagant costumes to eager elves, this lavish holiday bash is a spectacular sleigh ride for the entire family. 188

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O C TO B E R Oktoberfest A yearly celebration of beer and good times held on ten acres of ground, under pavilion and massive tent; making this “Original Oktoberfest” one of the largest in the country. Experience Oktoberfest South Florida Style - Traditional German Food & Music. Hosted by The American German Club of The Palm Beaches, this time-honored festival is on the second and third weekends of October. Next to the Christmas tree, Oktoberfest is the most popular custom Germany (actually Bavaria) has ever exported to the rest of the world. www.americangermanclub.org/ oktoberfest Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest and Mermaid Splash Look smartly, now . . . Boynton Beach will once again play host to swarthy pirates and mermaid beauties. For two days, swabbies young and old are invited to raise the Jolly Roger and have fun with all things pirate. No walking the plank is necessary in this free event, savvy? www.bbpiratefest.com

N OV E M B E R Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival Discover the delicious side of Delray Beach. Local restaurants pair their specialties with a variety of fine wines, art, crafts, live music, and more throughout the weekend. Along with the wide variety of delectable seafood dishes and fine wines, the Delray Beach Wine & Seafood Festival

offers an interesting array of artists and crafters, many of them showcasing Florida coastal designed art and clothing. www.dbwineandseafood.com

Palm Beach Food & Wine Fest Celebrate as a flood of epicurean talent descends upon the area for the Palm Beach Food & Wine Fest. Award-winning chefs and culinary personalities, authors, winemakers, journalists, and mixologists are

LagoonFest This free, family-fun event located on the West Palm Beach Waterfront, and guaranteed to be a treat for all. Listen to live music, enjoy the wildlife presentations, explore the exhibitions, and discover the many children’s activities, lagoon tours, water sports and more. www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/erm/ LWLI/LagoonFest

creating a culinary event of a magnitude never before seen on the illustrious island. www.pbfoodwinefest.com Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade Just when waterways are freezing over near you, winter festivities are kicking off in The Palm Beaches with the annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade. See boats decorated with dancing lights, and holiday decorations

CANVAS Watch art come alive in real time, as superior artists create and then unveil murals, construct public sculptures in parks and create installations – all in a walking distance of each other and free for all to see. Many of the best street artists on the planet transform Downtown West Palm Beach by creating fantastic, giant murals on select buildings. www.canvaswpb.org

and watch them move north towards the Jupiter Lighthouse through the Intracoastal Waterway. www.palmbeachboatparade.com Boynton Beach Holiday Boat Parade If you catch yourself in Boynton Beach at Holiday time, then make time for the city’s annual waterway extravaganza. The beautiful, brightly-decorated boats line-up and make their down the Intracoastal Waterway, this festive maritime parade

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will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit. www.boynton-beach.org

Eau Palm Beach Marathon & Run Fest Eau Palm Beach Marathon & Run Fest is more like a race with a Florida vacation “Palm Beaches Style” thrown in for fun. You can race through picturesque waterfront streetscapes and historic neighborhoods, without a snowflake in sight. Racers of all levels will get caught up in the excitement of this marathon. www.palmbeachesmarathon.com

Marmot Boca Raton Bowl Big time college football is finally going oceanfront. It is a gridiron clash between teams from the Mid-American Conference and American Athletic Conference, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton. Sponsored by the Marmot outdoor clothing and sporting goods company, the game officially become known as the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl. www.espnevents.com/boca-raton-bowl

JULY: 4th on Flagler www.wpb.org/Departments/Waterfront/Community-Events/4th-on-Flagler Bring the entire family and enjoy a supersized celebration in The Palm Beaches with 4th on Flagler, featuring unique waterfront activities, live music and an Independence Day extravaganza. Residents and visitors of all ages come and enjoy the biggest and best fireworks display in South Florida, live entertainment by national recording artists, and tons of activities along the spectacular West Palm Beach Waterfront. PA L M B E A C H R E L O C AT I O N G U I D E . C O M

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in this section major area malls + shopping centers open-air + street shopping restaurants + dining

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SHOPPING

&DINING If one of your passions is to shop, then you have come to the right place. Whether you are looking for the latest fashions or searching for the perfect antique, Palm Beach County offers something for everyone. From open-air shopping centers, to classic all-in-one malls and outlet stores, to unique boutiques, and specialty shops, Palm Beach County is a South Florida shopping mecca!

MAJOR AREA MALLS & SHOPPING CENTERS

fine art and natural landscaping with

retailers including Dillard’s, JCPenney,

popular amenities, signature events and an

Macy’s, Nordstrom and more than 160

innovative retail mix makes The Gardens

specialty shops.

The Gardens Mall

Mall the premier shopping destination in

destination for families, and includes a

3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens

Palm Beach County.

Children’s Play Area, seven dine-in restau-

The mall is a popular

rants and a Food Court.

561-775-7750; www.thegardensmall.com

The Mall at

The Mall at Wellington Green

Wellington Green is conveniently located

The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens,

10300 West Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 2000

in the heart of Palm Beach County in

Florida, is a luxurious 1.4 million square

Wellington, 33414; 561-227-6900

beautiful Wellington.

foot regional shopping center, featuring

www.shopwellingtongreen.com Town Center at Boca Raton

over 160 fine specialty shops, anchored by Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Blooming-

The Mall at Wellington Green is a

6000 Glades Road, Suite 200

dales, Macy’s and Sears.

beautiful blend of Mediterranean style

Boca Raton, 33431; 561-368-6000

Mall has maintained its position as a

and local architectural traditions.

www.simon.com/

world-class shopping destination.

The

two-level enclosed mall features some of

blending of award-winning architecture,

the most popular and sought after flagship

The Gardens

The

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Palm Beach Outlets. Photo courtesy of Discover the Palm Beaches

One of south Florida’s top luxury shopping destinations, Town Center at Boca Raton features an outstanding mix of upscale and elite specialty shops along with an impressive line-up of six department stores – Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Sears and over 200 specialty stores featuring Coach, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma and many more. The Town Center at Boca Raton is a popular and premier shopping destination, conveniently located off of I-95 and Glades Road.

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imaginative architecture, public plazas and

Drive, dock, or paddleboard into Jupiter’s

destination restaurants and shopping have

new downtown entertainment destination.

made it a signature of Downtown West Palm

“Dock and dine” at one of the complex’s

Beach. The open-air, Italian-inspired, 72-acre

nine restaurants, shop more than 15

property offers more than 100 shops and

boutique stores, enjoy live music, family

dining options for people of all ages and tastes.

fun, yoga, a GreenMarket and more in the

Located in the heart of West Palm Beach,

outdoor amphitheater, or make it an over-

it offers an amazing fashion mix of shops

night adventure by spending the night at the

including Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, H&M,

luxurious new 179-room Wyndham Grand

and Charming Charlie. The experience is one

Jupiter. Leisurely stroll along the hand-

of a kind with a spectacular show water-foun-

crafted brick streets of the Jupiter Riverwalk

tain surrounded by an open-air plaza.

that feature public art installations and live entertainment on select evenings.

Downtown at the Gardens

OPEN-AIR SHOPPING If you love shopping and love the free feeling of open air and street shopping, then you will revel in all of the beautiful shopping areas Palm Beach County has to offer. From one-of-a kind boutiques, to national and local designers, and outlet stores and unique antique shops. This shopping experience will prove to be dynamic and energizing, mixing shopping with dining and entertainment so you can enjoy it all! CityPlace 700 South Rosemary Ave. West Palm Beach, 33401 561-366-1000; www.cityplace.com One of the most inspired and admired downtown centers in the nation, CityPlace’s

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Mizner Park

Palm Beach Gardens; 561-340-1600

327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

www.downtownatthegardens.com

561- 363-0606; www.miznerpark.com

Active, pedestrian-only atmosphere combined

Mizner Park, where commerce and culture

with sidewalk charm. A handmade, wooden

meet, is an open-air, mixed-use mall. Stroll

carousel was designed especially for Down-

the Plaza, tour a fine art exhibit at the Boca

town for a playful but relaxing atmosphere.

Museum of Art or enjoy a concert at the Boca

Unique boutiques, top-notched restaurants, a

Raton Amphitheater. Shopping, however, is

comfortable movie theater, and Whole Foods

the heartbeat of Mizner Park. Visitors can

Market all combine to make this a remark-

enjoy a high level of luxury retail choices

able place for any age. Whether you like to

with renowned jewelers, boutiques, nation-

shop, dance or just listen to the sounds of live

ally known retailers, such as Lord & Taylor, a

entertainment, Downtown at the Gardens

luxury theater, and 16 fine restaurants.

welcomes you. The Palm Beach Outlets Harbourside Place

1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.

200 North US Highway One, Jupiter

West Palm Beach, 33401

561-935-9533; www.harboursideplace.com

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bohemian. Along its two main streets, Lake and Lucerne Avenues, meander through the eclectic mix of shops, one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, music venues and unique specialty shops. Lake Worth has become a center for the finest visual arts, experimental music, dance, and theater groups. Its exuberance is reflected in the many locally-owned boutiques, art galleries, and public art forms that dot the streets.

From one-of-a kind boutiques, to national and local designers, and outlet stores and unique antique shops... this shopping experience will prove to be dynamic and energizing, mixing shopping with dining and entertainment so you can enjoy it all!  his tantalizing shopping destination offers T a completely different retail therapy experience and the only outlet center of its kind in The Palm Beaches. Conveniently located just off of Interstate 95 —Palm Beach Outlets opened in 2014. Open daily, shoppers are enticed by more than 500,000-squarefeet of outlet shopping. Luxury retailer Saks Inc. anchors the mall with its Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, in addition to other wellknown labels including Cole Haan, Kenneth Cole, DKNY, J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Nautica, Talbots, Polo and White House | Black Market. For sports enthusiasts, there’s Greg Norman, Reebok, Adidas and Nike.

The pedestrian-friendly “Avenue” is the epicenter of Downtown Delray Beach, most notably known for its shopping, dining, and small-town curb appeal. The charming ambiance of the café-style streetscape is set with brick-paved sidewalks lined with oak and palm trees, which make for a perfect day or evening excursion by foot. Visit stylish fashion and jewelry boutiques, galleries and dozens of unique shops to find one-of-akind treasures. Clematis Street www.clematisstreet.org

District is defined by its dynamic blend of specialty shops, spas, art galleries and homegrown retailers with urban appeal. These are mixed among dozens of high-energy dining

PGA Commons offers an exciting mix of award-winning restaurants, upscale boutiques, retailers, and personal services, as well as fine art galleries, professional offices, and elegant apartments. Inspired by the European way of life and featuring outdoor art sculptures, life-size chessboards, and meandering brick walks, PGA Commons is the perfect place to sip, shop, and stroll.

and nightlife options from unique gastropubs to acclaimed restaurants. The historic district’s award-winning waterfront is home to a weekly GreenMarket, as well as live music and cultural happenings throughout the year. In 2014, Clematis Street was also named one of the “Great Streets in America” by The American Planning Association. Downtown Lake Worth

STREET SHOPPING Atlantic Avenue Delray Beach; 561-242-1077 www.downtowndelraybeach.com

A charming district with over 40 antique shops offering 17th to 20th century antiques, fine art, period deco, vintage and modern furnishings and more. All within walking distance, this vast array of quality antique stores, specialty shops and art galleries are complemented by award-winning restaurants. Situated just south of downtown West Palm Beach, this district is often regarded as the best and most diverse antiquing districts in the country.

Clematis Street, West Palm Beach

Downtown West Palm Beach’s Clematis PGA Commons 5100 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens www.pgacommons.com

West Palm Beach Antique Row & Design District 3200-3900 South Dixie Highway West Palm Beach, 33405; 305-493-0784 www.westpalmbeachantiques.com

Lake & Lucerne Avenues Lake Worth, 33460 561-586-1600; www.lakeworth.org The vibrant downtown area of Lake Worth

Worth Avenue Palm Beach; 561-659-6909 www.worthavenue.com In this enchanting resort destination with European sophistication, inimitable style and grace, Worth Avenue is one of the most beautiful shopping venues in the world. Along the Avenue find the world’s top retailers, while on the romantic side alleys, known as vias, uncover celebrated independent boutiques that sell designer fashion, accessories, gifts, art, antiques, jewelry, leather goods, and home furnishings – all in a captivating atmosphere rich with charm, architectural character and historical glamour. One of the Avenue’s most popular destinations is 150 Worth, home to many exclusive retailers whose diverse offerings range from haute couture and fine jewelry, to ready-to-wear and resort designs. Source: Discover the Palm Beaches

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“Guys, where should we go for brunch? Lunch? Dinner? Drinks? Dessert?” It’s a complicated question in the best of ways. First-class restaurants can be found everywhere within Palm Beach County; residents and visitors don’t need to drive to Miami to find something special.

FOOD CULTURE Food is a big part of the culture in Palm Beach County, and South Florida, in general. With warm weather almost all year long – many describe the area as “paradise” – many eateries opt to take advantage of both indoor and outdoor seating, or waterfront views, providing both people watching and colorful sunsets as you sit back, relax and enjoy your meal. A cold drink is always welcome, and complements just about any dish. Many restaurants offer bars, happy hour and bar specials, making going out for drinks a fun and exciting activity.

DINING IN ALL KINDS OF STYLE Whether you’re out for a night on the town, a special anniversary, a date night or hanging out with friends, Palm Beach County offers plenty of see-and-be-seen locales, where dressing up is part of the experience. From the fanciest of eateries, such as The Breakers, to intimate dive bars, there’s something for every level of elegance. When in doubt, check social media for the dress code, and then head out, enjoy your meal and have some fun watching people stroll by. 13 American Table 451 East Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton www.13americantable.com Casual yet elegant, the indoor and outdoor atmosphere at 13 American Table offers something for everyone and can be classified as a gastropub. With friendly service, and a menu with comfort foods like Mac & Cheese, Avocado Toast and Roasted Carrots, there are also more unique favorites such as Grilled Octopus, Seared Scallops and a Red Curry Bowl.

Agliolio 12793 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington www.agliolio.com Agliolio Fresh Pasta and Wine Bar offers fresh dining; everything is prepared daily from the pasta to the mozzarella to the soup offerings and bread. Agliolio offers an extensive wine list as well as a gluten-sensitive menu, making it friendly for large groups with varied tastes and food sensitivities. The oven-baked subs, chicken parmigiana and eggplant rollatini aren’t to be missed. Agliolio’s is great for an affordable Italian experience, perfect for lunch. Apiero Kitchen & Bar 14917 Lyons Rd., Delray Beach www.delray.apeirorestaurants.com Located in the new Delray Marketplace, Apeiro Kitchen & Bar offers fresh and healthy Mediterranean cuisine in a vibrant atmosphere. The contemporary menu showcases the rich culture of Mediterranean cuisine. The staff offers insight, directing diners to new favorites such as crowd-favorite The “Balloon” by Apeiro with Spreads, which is house-baked pita with hummus, eggplant caponata, pistachio yogurt, tzatziki, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic, as well as the flatbreads. Outdoor bar seating takes advantage of the mild climate and gentle inland breeze. Avocado Grill 125 Datura Street, West Palm Beach www.avocadogrillwpb.com With an avocado-green interior, Avocado Grill offers many dishes with avocado’s integrated, though not every dish includes the

green fruit. Friendly staff and a laid back atmosphere make Avocado a great place to enjoy favorites such as the Grilled Avocado Wedges, Mushroom Fricassee, Seared Scallops and Grilled Hanger. Truffle parm fries and beer round out the menu and Steak and desserts such as the Banana Walnut Cheesecake and Nutella Avocado Mousse offer a sweet ending to a unique meal. Barolo Ristorante 1201 US Highway One. North Palm Beach www.barolopalmbeach.com Barolo Ristorante, now open Mondays, is the place to go in North Palm Beach for authentic Italian cuisine. The professional, experienced staff and the fresh menu add to the fine dining atmosphere. Premium wines are offered, which can be viewed in the walk-in climate controlled wine room. Produce, fish, seafood and pasta dishes, along with signature cocktails and premium wines provide a fine dining experience where every bite is an experience. Reservations are suggested, but not required. The Breakers 1 South County Rd., Palm Beach www.thebreakers.com On the beach, the Breakers offers a step into a different world, almost like entering a luxurious castle. Offering Sunday Brunch, a Seafood Bar, and numerous other restaurants within the hotel, the Breakers doesn’t have just one or two dining locations, it has many: HMF, Flagler Steakhouse, Seafood Bar, Echo, The Italian Restaurant, The Circle, The Beach Club Restaurant, Open House, The Surf Break and in-room dining, along with Sunday Brunch.

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Café Boulud The Brazilian Court Hotel 301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach www.dbbrasserie.com With both French and American food, the elaborate meals at Café Boulud offer a treat for the senses. Located in the Brazilian Court Hotel, indoor and outdoor seating offers an aire of sophistication and indulgence. Carefully orchestrated three-course meals are offered Sunday through Thursday for dinner, including Gaspacho Andalou, Hanger Steak and a Red Berry Tarte (as of January). Lunch starts with a Spinach Salad, Moules Frites and Crème Brulee with vanilla ice cream. Charleys’ Crab 56 South Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach www.muer.com/charleys-crab/palmbeach.asp Charley’s Crab on Palm Beach offers a finedining experience with impressive service and beautiful ocean views. The high ceiling provides a sense of airiness and the food presentation is Instagram-perfect. With a brunch, kid’s and gluten-free menu, there is something for everyone. The Stone Crab Entrée, Snapper Hemmingway and Shrimp Cocktail are sure to please. Dixie Bar & Grill 5101 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach www.dixiegrillandbar.com

With traditional dive bar looks, the relaxed atmosphere and friendly service at Dixie Bar & Grill is sure to please with classic American food, a full liquor bar and craft beers on tap and in bottles. Favorites include the sliders, the Black & Bleu Burger and the Dixie Pub Burger, along with the fried chicken, pasta, Maji Mahi and Grown Up Mac & Cheese. Evo Italian Dining & Lounge 150 North US Highway 1, Tequesta www.evoitalian.com Evo Italian Dining & Lounge offers traditional and authentic Italian recipes. Owner and chef Erik Pettersen established Evo in 2007 to nourish diners body and soul in a culinary experience reminiscent to the way his grandparents ate in Italy. Indoor and outdoor seating takes advantage of the beautiful Florida weather. Favorite dishes include the Le Polpette Di Evo, the Buratta Pugliese “Evo Specialty” and Pollo Di Scarpariello. Wheat and gluten free pastas are available as well. Farmer’s Table 1901 N Military Trail, Boca Raton www.famerstableboca.com Farmer’s Table offers healthy eating that nourishes the body while providing an explosion of flavor. Adjacent to the Wyndham Hotel, Farmer’s Table offers indoor and

outdoor seating, in addition to a bar, where service is great, and the food is impressive. Farmer’s Table cooks without cream or butter and uses two-thirds less salt than other restaurants, allowing the flavors of its meals speak for themselves. Favorites include the Buddha Bowl, the Grass-Fed Beef Burger and the BBQ Florida Shrimp flatbread. The Food Shack 103 South U.S. Highway 1, St. D3, Jupiter www.littlemoirsjupiter.com/ food-shack#food-shack-1 The Food Shack offers popular eats for locals and travelers. Sweet Potato crusted fish over salad is a signature dish and a customer favorite, along with homemade desserts. The Food Shack sources its fish from all across Florida and as far away as Scotland and Hawaii, bringing the best fresh fish, and local microgreens to its meals. Staff becomes friends at The Food Shack, where the laid-back attitude lends itself to a great time. The Grille Fashion Cuisine 12300 South Shore Boulevard, Wellington www.thegrillefashioncuisine.com Located in the heart of Wellington, The Grille offers friendly service in it’s restaurant-slash-nightclub, where it strikes the perfect balance between the two. During equestrian season, The Grille is the place to

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The Cooper | www.thecooperrestaurant.com 4610 PGA Boulevard, Suite 100 • Palm Beach Gardens Industrial-rustic yet intimate, The Cooper offers friendly, knowledgeable service in a fun and friendly atmosphere. An outdoor bar with seating adds to the indoor seating, taking advantage of the Florida weather. Local, seasonable and sustainable ingredients are used at The Cooper, integrated into the menu, which features a Mediterranean Mezze Board, Korean Lamb Ribs, Fish Tacos – either blackened or grilled, Jumbo Shrimp Bucatini and more. Desserts include delicacies such as a Mango Key Lime Pie, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Carrot Cake in a Jar, Icebox Mocha Cake and more. Open daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Cooper is a relaxing break from the day. Reservations can be made online, making visiting The Cooper for happy hour, from 3 to 6 p.m., and from 9 p.m. to close, convenient and easy.

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be to see and be seen while enjoying unique eats such as the Tina Cigars, Carbonara pizza, handmade pasta and Prime Ribeye steak. The Grille offers indoor and outdoor dining with a relaxing atmosphere. Jetty’s Waterfront Restaurant 1106 Yarborough Street, Jupiter www.jettysjupiter.com With its oceanic theme and waterway access, Jetty’s Waterfront Restaurant is the perfect place to watch boats on the Jupiter Inlet Waterway and the Jupiter Lighthouse while dining on fresh fish and shellfish, certified Angus steaks and ribs and Jetty’s Coconut Shrimp. Friendly services adds to the beautiful ambiance, perfect for relaxing and watching the sun set. Kitchen 319 Belvedere Rd., Suite 2, West Palm Beach www.kitchenpb.com Intimate and cozy, staff is knowledgeable and friendly at Kitchen, owned and operated by Tiger Woods’ former private chef, Matthew Byrne and his wife Aliza. Indoor and outdoor seating offer options while dining on generous portions of favorites such as the Kitchen Burger, Chicken Schnitzel and sides such as parsley fries and

roasted Brussels sprouts and grape tomatoes. Matthew and Aliza invite foodies and those looking for a delicious, fresh meal, to enter into their kitchen.

toast. Different themed specials offer variety and a great way to try many of the menu items. Desserts like tiramisu and cannoli are a sweet way to end a meal.

Leftovers Café 451 University Boulevard, Jupiter www.littlemoirsjupiter.com/#leftoverscafe

Max’s Harvest 169 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach www.maxsharvest.com

Leftovers Café opened in 2008 offering the same great services as its sister restaurant, The Food Shack, which opened just a few years earlier. With appetizers such as the Blueberry BBQ Glazed Cobia Medallion, or Panko Fried Oysters, there are plenty of ways to start a meal. There are daily fish and exotic entrees, such as Ziti Pasta with shrimp, scallops, asparagus, artichokes and portabella mushroom in a creamy tomato basil sauce that are sure to hit the spot.

A foodie’s paradise, Max’s Harvest offers a bottomless mimosa bar for brunch, delicious omelets and friendly service. In the heart of Pineapple Grove, Max’s Harvest is in the historic arts district, offering indoor and outdoor seating, taking advantage of the South Florida weather. Dinner’s range from Pierogie’s to swordfish to Prosciutto Wrapped Branzino. The Key Lime Custard Bar and Brioche Donuts offer sweet treats to end a relaxed meal.

Lynora’s 207 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach www.lynoras.com

Nick & Johnnie’s 207 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach www.nickandjohnniespb.com

Located in the heart of West Palm Beach, Lynora’s, established in 1976, offers classic Italian food in a modern atmosphere. On Saturday and Sunday, visitors can relax downtown and enjoy bottomless drinks with delicious meals such as omelets, lemon ricotta waffles and Nutella stuffed French

A Palm Beach favorite, Nick & Johnnie’s offers indoor and outdoor seating in a relaxed, oceanic style atmosphere. With friendly service, Nick & Johnnie’s is a fun place for creative food offerings with drinks such as the Lime in Dee Coconut. Brunch offerings include Surfer’s Sushi, Egg

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Benedicts, the Meze Platter and more. Dinner favorites include the #1 Ahi Tuna Burger, Main Lobster Risotto and New York Strip.

local music schedule make the Old Key Lime House a great place to kick back and relax on the water.

Oak Bistro & Wine Bar 11051 Southern Boulevard, Suite 210 Royal Palm Beach www.oakrpb.com

Oli’s Fashion Cuisine 10610 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 30, Wellington www.olisfashioncuisine.com

Oak Bistro & Wine Bar has an intimate atmosphere, with rotating artwork and a rotating menu. There are daily specials, as well as brunch options, including bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. Service is knowledgeable and friendly – the owners are always there – ready to adjust any meal for gluten allergies and sensitivities. Favorites include the Charcuterie & Cheese Board, Stuffed Dates, Oak’s Bacon Burger and Spinach Eggs Benedict. An extensive wine list, craft beers, specialty teas and more are offered, as well as homemade desserts.

Conveniently located near the Mall at Wellington Green and the equestrian showgrounds, Oli’s Fashion Cuisine offers great service in a contemporary setting featuring American, Italian and Latin offerings. Favorites include the Lobster Tacos, Chicken Saltimbocca and Buffalo Ricotta Ravioli. Fresh seafood is always available, as well as Creakstone Farms all natural beef. Part of the Fashion Cuisine family, Oli’s also has a food truck at the Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center called Oli’s Oasis, with fresh graband-go healthy, organic foods.

Old Key Lime House 300 East Ocean Avenue, Lantana www.oldkeylimehouse.com

Sweetwater 1507 South Federal Highway, Boynton Beach www.sweetwater33.com

With its Florida Keys flair, the Old Key Lime House is the ultimate waterfront historic tiki bar with near panoramic sunset views, locally caught seafood and award-winning key lime pie. Covered open air outdoor seating gives a nod to old Florida. Friendly service and fresh food, along with a packed

With friendly service and traditional American eats, Sweetwater is part of the gastropub movement offering sharable plats such as Uncle Wang’s Octopus, Korean BBQ Tacos and Hand-Pulled Mozzarella. Lobster Gnocci and Oven Roasted Lamb offer a treat for the senses. Sweetwater has

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an industrial barn feel with friendly service and creative drinks. Village Tavern 1880 North Congress Avenue, Suite 170 Boynton Beach; www.villagetavern.com Village Tavern offers an oasis from the bustle and chaos of Boynton Beach with great food with great service at a great value. The wine and beer list offers a variety of flavors at various price points and specials. Village Tavern offers a retreat from the busyness of life as diners sit down, relax and enjoy the atmosphere. The restaurant is impeccable, with fast and accurate service, large portions and a gluten free menu. With more than a dozen salads and entrees ranging from sea food to poultry and vegetables, there’s something for everyone. Waterway Café 2300 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens www.waterwaycafe.com With indoor and outdoor seating, a tiki hut bar and the ability to come over via dock at the intracoastal, Waterway Café is the perfect combination of on-the-water seafood dining and relaxed café style, with friendly service and fresh food. Offerings range from Alaskan King Crab, Filet Minon and Lobster Mac & Cheese to Conch fritters, New Orleans BBQ Shrimp and the Waterway Prime Burger.


in this section lifestyle choices active adult communities assisted living + memory care volunteer opportunities


ACTIVE ADULTS

+ senior living Long gone are the days of mandatory retirement at age 65, and with it, the idea that one’s golden years were to be spent simply sitting quietly on the front porch in a rocking chair as they watch life. To begin with, forget about that rocking chair –how does a morning spent working out in the gym or pedaling along the waterfront sound?

As for the front porch, seniors in the Palm Beach County area find that they have a wide variety of housing options that can accommodate their budget, while enjoying their lifestyle in a community that encourages the development and pursuit of their personal interests, goals and activities. While aging is inevitable, medical advances and healthy lifestyle choices are responsible for increasing the number of years a person may live, and improving one’s quality of life. The result is that the demographics of seniors in Palm Beach County have undergone some significant changes: the term “senior” may describe an active person between their late 50’s, or early 80’s. Baby Boomers now entering the senior arena are faced with the responsibility of preparing not only for their own retirement, but also with making

retirement and housing plans for their elderly parents as well.

account personal living expenses, health, interests and expectations.

Fortunately, Palm Beach area offers a wide array of options to accommodate the different requirements and lifestyles of its seniors. From upscale retirement communities offering residents a choice of social, cultural, travel and sporting opportunities, to active seniors, to full-care facilities specializing in caring for the elderly with mental and physical disabilities, there is a senior citizen living solution to fit every need.

Budget Inventory: Make a list of monthly expenses, from rental or housing fees to day-to-day living expenses such as dry cleaning and energy bills to current or anticipated medical expenses. The point is to be realistic about everyday expenses now, so there are no rude surprises later.

TAKING STOCK OF YOURSELF When making retirement housing plans, there’s no denying that the number and diversity of choices available might make the process feel overwhelming. Begin by taking a personal inventory that takes into

Lifestyle Inventory: Active golf enthusiasts, for example, might want close proximity to a local golf course. Those who want to use this time for community involvement might want to live close to schools, churches or community centers, while others who want to continue developing and pursuing an active lifestyle might want easy access to hike and bike trails or fitness centers. Again,

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being realistic on the front end helps determine smart choices that can only benefit later.

SHOULD YOU STAY OR SHOULD YOU GO? Staying Put: Packing up and selling a loved home with so many memories is a difficult decision for many longtime homeowner. One viable option open to senior homeowners is the reverse mortgage, which allows homeowners to turn the value of their home into cash without having to move or repay the loan each month. Guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD offers seniors a federally insured private loan as a means to provide financial security and supplement social security, meet unexpected medical expenses, make home improvements, and more. The money from a reverse loan may be paid to the borrower in a variety of ways, from a lump sum to a regular monthly cash advance, as a credit line account or in any combination of the above. Typically, borrowers do not have to pay anything back until they permanently move out of the home, sell, or pass away. Eligibility for most reverse mortgages requires that the home should be owned outright by the applicant, and that the applicant is 62 years of age or older. Visit AARP’s website and use their Reverse Mortgage Calculator at www.rmaarp.com.

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A reverse mortgage offers retirees a distinct advantage. Since most lenders require that borrowers have some sort of income so they can determine a borrower’s ability to pay back the loan, many retired seniors simply cannot qualify for a traditional home equity loan. But a reverse mortgage does not require monthly payments, and therefore no minimum amount of income is required for the loan application. Most reverse mortgages require no repayment as long as the owner, or any co-owner, lives in the home. The best way to determine if a reverse mortgage is the best fit for one’s retirement plan is to honestly assess the following: • How much would the home sell for on today’s market? • What would the cost be to buy and maintain, or rent, a new home? • Would there be any money left over from the purchase of a new home that could be safely invested? • What are the options for downsizing into a less expensive home, renting an apartment, or moving into an assisted living or alternative senior housing situation? Jumping into borrowing money for a reverse mortgage is not advised until looking into all

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of these senior living options. By being honest about current needs and housing trends, and exploring all the options, seniors can rest easy that they have selected the best housing choice that custom fits their particular budget and lifestyle needs. Pack It Up: Being realistic about your life, finances and longevity is a must if you decide to move to another community, says Calvin Chamness, real estate agent/developer and builder with JW Development Inc. “You have to think about your health and your future,” advises Chamness, “and expand your thinking beyond the average life expectation. Make sure that you’re close to hospitals and doctors that can provide you with the best care. Do they accept your insurance? All of this needs to be considered when moving from your current circle of friends and community to a new area. This is where a real estate agent can really help a person or family trying to find a retirement situation for someone, as they have access to the most current facts and figures to help you make an informed decision.” “Many who are making these decisions for themselves need to learn to be a little bit selfish,” says Chamness. “I mean, be selfish in a good way,” he laughs. “Move to a community or area that you enjoy. Many of my senior-aged clients are downsizing their lifestyles and selling a home they’ve owned


for 30 years. They’re trading down in price range, want to be in a good area and need to select a home that’s a good investment for them. If your health is good, and you’re reasonably active, you also want an area with residents of a similar age and situation – just like you, they’ve raised their kids, have a lot of interests and a lot to talk about, and can help each other.”

SENIOR HOUSING OPTIONS The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that private senior care housing can range in cost from $20,000 to $200,000 per year, depending on the services and degree of care offered by a facility. Many senior care housing communities employ medically trained staff, and provide housekeeping and meal preparation services, as well as transportation for shopping, medical visits, and social outings. HUD also notes that as Baby Boomers approach their own retirement years, the trend toward creating active retirement communities where residents are involved and physically active will continue, and seniors are encouraged to live as independently as they are capable of handling. “The time to begin thinking about a retirement community isn’t when you have to have it,” advises Terry Martinez with Parmer Woods Retirement & Assisted Living. “The time to think about it is when you don’t need it. There are not enough retirement communities to keep up with the demand, and you want to be sure that you know your options and what’s available beforehand.” Martinez says that more than 60 percent of her facility’s residents have moved when their adult children also decided to relocate. Martinez credits the Internet as a source for families to learn more about retirement communities, check on specific programs and associated costs. “When you’re trying to stay within a particular price range, you want to match your living requirements with services offered,” she says. “If someone’s parents are very independent and don’t need assistance – they just want a meal plan, for example – then the

associated costs are much less than for someone’s parents who require more care.” “Remember”, says Martinez, “Medicare generally does not pay for long-term care, only for services deemed medically necessary that are provided by a skilled facility or home health care that meets certain conditions. Medicaid will pay for certain health services and nursing home care for older people with low incomes and limited assets. Optimally, the selected community should have someone on staff familiar with the requirements and criteria of both programs.”

ACTIVE SENIOR HOUSING COMMUNITIES Many seniors find that they simply do not want to worry about the upkeep and maintenance of a home, preferring to spend their leisure time in other ways. Independent seniors in good health may find that they need nothing more than a community where they can fully enjoy pursuing their personal interests. For them, moving to an active independent living retirement community might be the best fit for their budget and lifestyle, where options include renting an apartment or the outright purchase of a property in a senior community. Many active senior communities have information packets that may be requested in advance, and offer tours of the community itself. A personal visit will give valuable, firsthand information and an opportunity to visit with current residents who can offer their own experiences and provide an insider’s view on the community. Be sure to determine that personal interests and pursuits are offered, such as health and fitness programs, organized activities, or sports. Other day-to-day living arrangements should also be considered, such as shopping centers and grocery stores within easy walking distance. Are transportation services provided, if needed? Where is the community located in proximity to major health care providers? And, what security measures are in place for residents? For ultimate peace of mind, some seniors rent a home under a short-term agreement at first to make sure the community provides for their needs and lives up to their expectations.

CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) offers 360-degree care in residential community for seniors, with a full menu of services and living situations. Residents at a CCRC may move between independent living, assisted living and nursing home care, depending on their individual, changing needs. Seniors electing to live in a CCRC (also known as “Life-Care Facilities” and “Life-Care Communities”) contract with the community in advance for a lifetime commitment to provide care, regardless of their future health and needs. They then live in the residential community for the remainder of their lives, and are placed within a living situation appropriate to their needs and abilities. Seniors or family members of seniors who are concerned about future security find CCRCs a safe bet, addressing any worries about future health problems down the road and alleviating any concerns about hidden costs along the way. A CCRC generally offers seniors a contract or contracts that provide a continuum of care that includes access to housing, services, and health care for more than one year, or the balance of their lives. Usually, it is a wise idea for seniors to move into a CCRC sooner rather than later, as most CCRCs require that new residents be capable of living independently when they first move in. There are a number of contract options offered by CCRCs to seniors and their families. An extensive care contract is the most expensive, but affords the least risk, providing unlimited long-term nursing care at little or no additional cost for as long as nursing home services are needed by the client. A modified care contract comes with medium financial risk, and provides long-term health or nursing services for a specified period of time, after which, the senior or their guardian is responsible for the additional cost. A fee-for-service contract offers an a la carte approach, requiring that residents pay separately for all health and medical services provided by the facility, as well as long-term care. While a fee-for-service contract is the least expensive contract, it does have the highest risk, as costs can run very high for seniors who require unanticipated extensive care later in life.

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The most common element in a CCRC contract is an entrance fee, where regardless of whether the contract is an extensive, modified or fee-for-service contract, the resident pays a lump sum entrance fee, plus monthly fees thereafter. Another CCRC contract option may require an equity agreement where seniors purchase a condominium or co-op apartment on the property instead of paying an entrance fee. Less commonly found are CCRC contracts where residents pay monthly fees only. Seniors and their families are advised to be sure to read the fine print on the contract carefully to ensure that they are signing an agreement that guarantees the lifetime of services and support over an extended period of time that they are looking for. There are so-called copycat senior-care residences that claim to offer all the benefits of a CCRC, but in reality the services guaranteed by the actual contract fall far short of the claims made by management.

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Palm Beach County Division of Senior Services

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Palm Beach Health Care Foundation

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• What social, recreational and cultural activities are offered?

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Before signing a contract with a CCRC, seniors should conduct a thorough review of the facility’s services, operations and finances, and determine that the CCRC is appropriate to their needs, lifestyle and expectations. It’s also a good idea to ask a family attorney or accountant to review the contract as well. If the contract is found agreeable, ask to spend at least one night and two days at the facility, to test drive the community and make sure it is a good fit. Some points to consider include:

• Is food prepared onsite? If so, how is it? • Are there fitness facilities onsite?

• What preparations have been made for handling medical and evacuation emergency situations? CCRCs are an excellent option for those who are independent and in good health, but might need some assistance with daily living needs or require skilled nursing care. The variety of housing offered by CCRCs


is varied as well, ranging from ultra-urban high-rise apartment communities to cottages, townhouses, duplexes or even single-family homes located in a beautiful, natural setting.

ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITIES An Assisted Living Community (ALC) bridges the gap for seniors who need assistance with daily activities as a nursing home might offer, but wish to live as independently as they are capable of living for as long as possible. Residents in an ALC are unable to live by themselves, but do not require constant supervision. An ALC offers its residents assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, laundry, housekeeping, and keeping track of medications. They often have centers for medical services, but typically do not offer the extensive medical services provided by a nursing home. An ALC is not a substitute for a nursing home, but rather is a stepping stone between complete independence and service provided by a nursing home. Often, an ALC will create an individualized service plan for seniors upon admission, detailing personal services that will be provided to the resident. This plan is periodically reviewed and updated to provide the correct care each resident receives. Housing in an ALC may be studio or one-bedroom apartments with small kitchen facilities. Typically, ALC housing units have group dining facilities and common areas where residents gather to enjoy social and recreational activities. An ALC may be licensed as a “Type A” or “Type B” facility, says Martinez. “A facility with a Type A licensing means that the residents are mentally and physically able to vacate the building without assistance within 15 minutes,” says Martinez. “A Type B certification means that residents require assistance to vacate the building within 15 minutes. Our facility is licensed for Type B, as we are also certified to care for residents with Alzheimer’s.” “Your first impression of an Assisted Living Community is the most important,” says Martinez. “What do you see when you get out of the car? How do they take care of the lawn? What is your first impression of the staff?

Are the residents properly dressed? How’s the lighting inside the buildings? What activities are available? Are staff members all in the same uniform? Scrubs are not appropriate for an Assisted Living Community, but nametags are important.

private-care facility that provides 24-hour skilled hospital care for residents who do not require hospitalization but cannot be cared for at home. Also called Long Term Care Facilities, the majority of nursing homes are staffed by caring, trained persons who provide an excellent level of service for their residents.

NURSING CARE FACILITIES A Nursing Care Facility (NCF) or Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) is a state licensed,

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doctor or health care practitioner for recommendations of nearby facilities. Plan on visiting at least four or five area facilities, and make an appointment with the administrator or director of nursing. Check to make sure that information provided is consistent with information gathered during the facility tour. Discrepancies between provided information and your own observations indicate possible problems later on. A nursing care facility should have clean floors, and a clean smell. Facilities with dirty floors and a sour smell do not put a high priority on cleanliness, and should not be considered. In Florida, ask to see the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) inspection report. Nursing facilities and Assisted Living Facilities are licensed and inspected by AHCA and they offer the following questions that you should ask when researching and/or visiting a facility: • What deficiencies, if any, were cited during the last inspection? (Ask to see the survey, which is AHCA’s inspection report). • How many residents does each nurse and nurse’s aide care for during each shift? • What do they do about medial services and special therapies? • What transportation arrangements for residents are available? • What special training does the staff have? • What are the policies regarding deposits, refunds, and bed holds? • How much advance notice is provided before increasing charges? • How are personal possessions safeguarded? • What activities are available? (Ask to see the calendar). • What are the designated visiting hours, and are exceptions allowed? • Does the nursing home have a program to limit the use of physical restraints? The answers to these questions, combined with observations and impressions made

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during facility tours and staff interviews will ease the task of selecting the right nursing care facility.

ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA CARE FACILITIES Residents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia need specialized care. Assisted Living Facilities offer services and separate facilities for residents with early onset symptoms, but because of the progressive nature of the disease, it may become necessary to transfer the resident to another facility that can provide more appropriate care. Facilities specializing in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and dementia should provide a treatment plan that takes into account not only the resident’s medical needs, but also the needs of the entire family with social services and professional consultations and individualized treatment reviews. Emphasis within the facility should be placed on providing a calming, soothing environment that is sensitive to the needs of the patient. Check out your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for more information. AAAs Advocate for older adults living in their area develops community-based long-term care services to meet the needs of those adults, and administer funds to implement services. Most services coordinated by AAAs are provided through community service providers at the local level. Look up member agencies at www.o4ad.org.

ACTIVE ADULT LIVING OR INDEPENDENT LIVING The lure of days lounging by the pool, bronzing at the beach and just escaping brutal northern winters have drawn seniors to Florida for generations. Yet today, it’s more than the Shuffleboard Generation that’s headed to the Sunshine State, and particularly to Palm Beach County. Seniors retiring here are looking for more than cookie-cutter cottages or sterile, impersonal high-rises. Today — with more longevity and greater expectations — seniors relocating to Palm Beach County have much more variety in their lifestyle and housing choices. Whether it’s the active vibe of active adult living

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communities, the helping hand of an assisted-living facility or the world-class care of the area’s nursing facilities, Palm Beach County can cater to the interests and needs of a wide array of seniors. The Shuffleboard Generation would be in awe of today’s active adult communities. For seniors with few medical problems and who need no assistance with activities of daily living, independent living offers everything from theater outings to field trips to sporting events. They usually provide onsite social and fitness activities; transportation to shopping, appointments and other nearby needs; and medical and wellness consults by an in-house nurse. Meals and housekeeping services are available. The communities listed below may offer other locations, as well as, other services and care levels - please contact the specific community for more information.

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Abbey Delray 2000 Lowson Blvd., Delray Beach, 33445 561-945-0240; lifespacecommunities.com/ senior-living-delray-beach Apartment homes and villas truly do make this independent-living facility seem like home. Abbey Delray prides itself on its beautifully landscaped grounds, restaurant-style dining (and a cocktail lounge) and more activities and events than one resident could attend. Yet behind all of this is a trained, professional and attentive staff, making each resident maintains his or her healthiest lifestyle. Devonshire at PGA National 350 Devonshire Way Palm Beach Gardens, 33418; 561-227-2401 www.ericksonliving.com/devonshire Gourmet dining, a fitness center and a performing-arts center aren’t what you’d expect in an independent-living facility. But luxury and resort-style amenities set Devonshire at PGA National apart. Complimentary transportation whisks


residents to nearby shopping, dining and cultural attractions. Five Star Premier Residences of Boca Raton 22601 Camino Del Mar, Boca Raton, 33433 561-750-7100; www.fivestarseniorliving.com/ communities/fl/boca-raton/ five-star-premier-residences-of-boca-raton Here is where seniors will find an active lifestyle with distinctive social, cultural and educational activities. And while your mind is being nourished, chef-prepared meals are created to please the most discriminating palate. All the Boca Raton lifestyle has to offer is just minutes away. La Posada 11900 Taylor Drive Palm Beach Gardens, 33410 www.kiscoseniorliving.com/senior_living/ Palm_Beach_Gardens_FL/zip_33410/ kisco_senior_living/8338 On 22 acres highlighted by lakes and lush courtyards, La Posada prides itself on its resort-like lifestyle. Residents enjoy the choice of either apartment homes or villas, all offering the same array of services, from housekeeping to a flexible meal plan. Just minutes from an upscale mall and a short ride to the beach, the facility combines independence with a full slate of activities, wellness programs and other programs and assistance for its residents. Lourdes-Noreen McKeen 315 South Flagler Drive West Palm Beach, 33401 561-655-8544; www.lourdesmckeen.org/ independent-living All the comforts of home, along with all the conveniences of upscale hotel living, combine for a rich and rewarding senior lifestyle in a Catholic setting. At the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown West Palm Beach, Lourdes-Noreen McKeen and McKeen Towers provide the social amenities, medical attention and security to a sense of home for their residents. The Tradition of the Palm Beaches

4847 Fred Gladstone Drive West Palm Beach, 33417 561-209-6107; www.morselife.org/ tradition-of-the-palm-beaches

Brookdale West Boynton Beach 8220 Jog Rd., Boynton Beach, 33472 561-221-1435; www.brookdale.com/ communities/emeritus-boynton-beach

Residents are “family” at The Tradition of the Palm Beaches. Indoor and outdoor recreation, transportation to attractions and shopping, educational activities and a synagogue are among its luxury services. Top-flight medical care includes access to a full-time Harvard-fellowship trained geriatric and internal medicine specialist.

By providing services tailored to each individual’s unique needs, Brookdale West Boynton Beach enriches seniors’ lives with compassion, respect and integrity. Assisted living makes daily life easier for its residents, by listening to their needs and customizing personal-care offerings. Activities at Brookdale are chosen by and for its residents, and can range from art classes and poetry groups to theater and museum outings.

ASSISTED LIVING A higher level of care — including help with activities of daily living such as dressing and bathing — makes assisted living a valuable option for some seniors and their families. A higher level of nursing care also allows residents to remain in a home-like environment, giving their loved one’s peace of mind. Physicians often are on staff, and housekeeping and meals are provided. The communities listed below may offer other locations, as well as, other services and care levels please contact the specific community for more information.

Grand Villa of Delray West 5859 Heritage Park Way, Delray Beach, 33484 561-266-4652; www.grandvilladelray-west.com Grand Villa of Delray West believes that every resident should determine his or her own daily schedule. And there’s plenty to choose from — from gardening club to Wii bowling to live musical performances. At the same time, individual attention to each resident assures family members that relatives will get the assistance they need — whether it’s dressing, bathing or medication management — while maintaining the optimum level of independence.

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HarborChase of Palm Beach Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care 3000 Central Gardens Circle Palm Beach Gardens, 33418 561-406-9836; www.harborchase.com From the soothing and welcoming atmosphere of the upscale apartments with modern amenities—HarborChase of Palm Beach Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care offers the personalized level of care and support you need with the premier retirement lifestyle you desire. Take a relaxing and leisurely stroll through our butterfly garden or take your dog for a walk in the dog park. Let us take care of all the chores while you relax with friends and enjoy delicious chef-prepared cuisine in one of our distinct and elegant dining venues. You’ll experience undivided attention and nurturing care by our dedicated and friendly care partners. Our associates are always available 24 hours a day to offer discreet and compassionate assistance at a moment’s notice. Mangrove Bay 110 Mangrove Bay Way, Jupiter, 33477 561-277-3841; www.seniorlifestyle.com/ property/mangrove-bay The staff at Mangrove Bay understands that seniors cherish their independence. At the same time, its professionals know residents also need assistance with some daily activities. A compassionate and caring approach make this assisted-living facility a place where residents can maintain their lifestyles and their families can be confident their loved ones are being well taken care of. A personalized service plan for each resident assures he or she can continue functioning as independently as possible and will get the assistance and care needed. NuVista Living at Wellington Green 10330 NuVista Ave., Wellington, 33414 561-795-3360; www.wellington.nvliving.com A diverse range of service and care options sets NuVista Living at Wellington Green apart among assisted-living facilities. Daily activities include shopping trips, movies and other outings. Enrichment activities include live entertainment, wine tastings and cultural activities, and sports action. At the same time,

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special care is given to support each resident’s independence while offering the security of around-the-clock staffing and personalized care services whenever needed. Veranda Club 6061 Palmetto Circle North Boca Raton, 33433; 866-652-4437 www.capitalsenior.com/verandaclub Each resident at Veranda Club has his or her individually tailored care plan. That approach guarantees residents get the personal-care or medical attention they need but also maintain as much independence as possible in their daily lives. Recreation programming along with wellness, walking, balance and exercise classes make for a well-rounded, safe and secure living arrangement.

NURSING CARE FACILITIES/ SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES For seniors who need supervised medical attention, a skilled nursing facility provides around-the-clock care by a skilled nursing staff. Seniors may move to a skilled nursing facility when their conditions become too complicated for them to remain in their homes or in an assisted-living facility. Skilled nursing facilities can provide constant monitoring of a resident’s condition. Many skilled-nursing facilities also offer shortterm- and long-tern rehabilitation for those recovering from surgery or serious injuries. The communities/facilities listed below may offer other locations, as well as, other services and care levels - please contact them for additional information: Abbey Delray South 1717 Homewood Blvd. Delray Beach, 33445; 561-900-3132 www.lifespacecommunities.com/ senior-living-delray-beach/ads/ skilled-nursing The professionals at Abbey Delray South believe their special brand of care starts with “thoughtful listening.” Add that to friendliness and respect, and you’ve got a recipe for an understanding and compassionate facility, attuned to the needs of residents and their families.

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Barrington Terrace of Boynton Beach 1425 South Congress Ave. Boynton Beach, 33426; 561-369-7919 www.fivestarseniorliving.com/communities/ fl/boynton-beach/barrington-terrace Stressing the “home” in “nursing home” allows Barrington Terrace to create an environment that contributes to both the health and well-being of seniors. Knowing the difficulty of the transition to a skilled-nursing facility, Barrington Terrace offers short-term stays for seniors and their families who wish to “test drive” skilled nursing. Boca Raton Rehabilitation Center 755 Meadows Rd. Boca Raton, 33486; 561-391-5200 www.bocaratonhealthandrehab.com Providing care to south Palm Beach County for more than 35 years, Boca Raton Rehabilitation Center provides a caring environment for residents needing short- and long-term rehab and for those needing dedicated nursing services. Its interdisciplinary team works to develop an individualized plan of care for each resident and patient. The Gardens Court 3803 PGA Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens, 33410; 561-626-1125 www.thegardenscourt.com A full range of rehabilitation facilities and programs are just a part of what’s offered at The Gardens Court. Its location, within 10 minutes of two top-flight hospitals, helps its staff provide the best of care for short-term and long-term stays. Therapy — physical, occupational and speech — are available seven days a week. For long-term-care residents, special amenities such as a putting green and beauty shop add to the sense of community. Vi at Lakeside Village 2792 Donnelly Drive, Lantana, 33462 561-434-5396; www.lantana.viliving.com Its warm and hospitable location next to Lake Osborne helps make residents feel like they’re at home. The skilled nursing staff gets to know every resident and his or her family, allowing a personalized level of care and attention to each


individual’s personal and medical needs. The activity room, salon services and visitor areas add to the comfort of Vi at Lakeside Village. The Waterford 601 Universe Blvd., Juno Beach, 33408 561-627-3800 www.lifespacecommunities.com/ senior-living-juno-beach/skilled-nursing Physicians on-site provide personalized care in areas ranging from internal medicine and gerontology to neurology, optometry and podiatry. In its beautiful setting in northern Palm Beach County, The Waterford offers residents amenities such as a game room, art studio and events and activities.

MEMORY CARE Care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory impairment, typically includes a secure assisted living or nursing homes setting, usually in a separate wing or floor. Residents also have the choice of living in semi-private apartments or private rooms, and are typically provided structured activities provided by staff members that are trained specifically for those with memory impairment. The communities listed below may offer other locations, as well as, other services and care levels - please contact the specific community for more information.

of individuals with memory loss and include

Allegro 11450 Hagen Ranch Rd. Boynton Beach, 33437; 561-536-3859 www.allegroliving.com/boynton-beach

specially trained caregivers.

Each Arden

Courts features friendly common spaces, inviting kitchen and family rooms and walking paths within enclosed courtyards, all designed

Dedicated to memory care, Allegro has created a care philosophy built on trust and relationships with residents and their families. They offer a structured memory care program designed to encourage individuality, support and safety beginning with the initial design of the neighborhood, to the close relationship they strive to create with each resident and their families.

for the safety and comfort of their residents. Atrium at Boca Raton 1080 Northwest 15th St., Boca Raton, 33486 www.seniorlifestyle.com/property/ the-atrium-at-boca-raton/ By designing a community specifically for memory care residents, The Atrium at Boca Raton provides a neighborhood that

Arbor Oaks at Greenacres 3400 Jog Rd., Greenacres, 33467 561-316-6264; www.arboroaks.net/ senior_living/Greenacres_FL/zip_33467/ arbor_oaks/5688

residents have access to common area and exterior courtyards accompanied by a senior lifestyle staff member. Providing a balance between safety and engagement.

Arbor Oaks at Greenacres residents enjoy the comforts of home, and the benefits of a tailored memory care program for each individual. Offering a full spectrum of memory care services in a comfortable and safe memory care home.

Morse Life Health System 4847 Gladstone Drive West Palm Beach, 33417 561-471-5111; www.morselife.org Morse Life Health System offers a secure environment designed for comfort, safety and socialization to residents with moderate

Arden Courts Delray Beach, 33446; 561-498-5552 www.arden-courts.com/locations/ arden-courts-of-delray-beach

to advanced memory impairment.

Offering

specialized programs focusing on enhancing the quality of life of their residents in safe, comfortable and nurturing environments.

The staff at Arden Courts Memory Care Community offers care to the special needs

The goal is to enhance quality of life for both the resident and the family caregivers.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES If you like working with seniors, then becoming a volunteer could be the perfect way to give back to your community. Volunteer and you can help provide transportation to people living at home alone, deliver meals to those in need, and/or provide companionship to those seniors living alone. Palm Beach County appreciates the work of its generous seniors and welcomes senior volunteers in a host of senior service organizations, including: Alzheimer’s Community Care Association

561-683-2700

www.alzcare.org

Elder Helpers

734-330-2734

www.elderhelpers.org

Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

888-831-0404

www.ombudsmanmyflorida.com

Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches

561-802-6979

www.mealsonwheelspalmbeaches.org

North County Home Delivered Meals

561-745-8000

www.northcountymeals.org

North County Senior Center

561-694-5435

www.pbcgov.com

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in this section tips for settling in newcomer information a moving timeline volunteer! registering to vote


GETTING SETTLED Moving is an exciting time as you begin new opportunities. Everything is new. In a new city you’ll have new favorite restaurants, a new sports team to cheer on, a new grocery store, new routines, new neighbors and new friends. In this section you’ll find some tips and resources that hopefully make your transition as seamless as possible, and help you get established and reconnected, to make your new city feel like home.

A Positive and Enriching Moving Experience The Palm Beach Relocation Guide is designed to provide those new to the Palm Beach County area with a wealth of information. And, as excited as you may be with your relocation decision, it is still a challenge to settle into any new community. With this article, I will share with you my relocation tips, based on more than thirty books and extensive personal experience, to smooth your adjustment into Palm Beach County.

Beverly D. Roman

A walking or bus tour, while fun for the whole family, actually serves to help you become acclimated and learn about the city. You can also visit local points of interest such as museums, parks and exhibits; enjoy a concert; and try out restaurants featuring local cuisine. Check out any services, activities or organizations that are of particular interest to your family.

SPOUSE CAREER CONSIDERATIONS LEARN ABOUT YOUR NEW CITY You may find yourself lodged in a hotel or temporary housing until your belongings arrive, and that’s a nice opportunity to become familiar with the Palm Beach County area. The Palm Beach Relocation Guide is the perfect place to start learning about what this wonderful city has to offer. You can also find additional information at the Chamber of Commerce, the Visitor’s Center, hotels/motels/ airports, real estate offices, and The Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches for additional resources.

One of the biggest challenges of moving is relocating a “second” career. If you, as a spouse, are transferring your job to a home office, then a computer, telephone, and email account may be all that you will need to get started. However, if your job was not “portable,” you might consider a new career, part-time or temporary employment, or perhaps even start your own business. Evaluate your skills, accomplishments and greatest strengths when you are planning your next endeavor. A few resources to tap are

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TIPS FOR SETTLING IN • Write down three or four goals to achieve in your new city. • Continue all your special family celebrations and traditions. • Share some of your family’s special recipes and cultural aspects with new acquaintances and neighbors. • Keep a log of new experiences and accomplishments. •

Get involved in community and/or religious organizations, especially those that sponsor activities, volunteer efforts and programs for newcomers.

• Learn about the local government, issues and politics. • Most importantly, be patient and take one day at a time.

The majority of relocating families have dependent children. If you are moving with children, you probably researched schools before moving; however, personal school visits will transform the unknown into reality. Visits to new schools to survey the classrooms and meet teachers will go a long way to allay your, and your children’s worries about the new environment. Listen carefully to each child’s concerns—every move can bring new issues to the surface. Encourage your children to maintain contact with former friends, even while trying to make new friends. Exchanging photos, having email access and possibly a cell phone with a camera feature can help bridge the gap between old and new friends during the early weeks in a new location.

DEALING WITH CHALLENGES

American School Directory

Keep in mind that every stage and every age can bring new challenges. Children who sailed through the last move could be in an entirely different place emotionally and physically for this move, so parents cannot assume that a child will ease into the current move. Routinely share accomplishments and www.serviceleader.org challenges with each other and talk about ways to overcome difficulties. Children need www.healthypet.com to know that even though the parents are responsible for uprooting them, you both www.ama-assn.org have challenges to face, and you need to work together as a family to solve them. www.asd.com

Elder Care Locator

www.eldercare.gov

Monster.com

www.monster.com

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

www.naccrra.org

Parents Without Partners, Inc.

www.parentswithoutpartners.org

HELPFUL WEBSITES Advice for Volunteers American Animal Hospital Association Hospital Locator American Medical Association

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If you have chosen to take a break from your career, consider volunteering your time and talent. Volunteering to a charitable organization is a wonderful effort as well as a way to meet new people and learn more about the community. Volunteer activities add depth to résumés, but the experience needs to be documented so that the service equates to business expertise. Before you again become fully employed, use any free time to enjoy your new community. Refer to the Advice for Volunteers website for guidance in selecting a volunteer position and Monster.com for spouse assistance in the Helpful Websites sidebar.

SUCCESSFULLY RELOCATING YOUR SMALLEST MOVERS

Give everyone in the family manageable moving chores (taking care of practical matters will take the edge off homesickness).

• Join an athletic or special interest group. •

your spouse’s employer, local organizations, real estate offices with “Partner Career Assistance Programs,” independent career counselors, your university/college alma mater and of course the local employment websites. If you are searching for a job, start networking by telling those you meet that you are looking.

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The following signs may indicate that children are struggling with the adjustment: sudden reading difficulties, changes in attention span or study habits, weight loss or gain, altered enthusiasm or energy levels, strained relationships with you or their siblings, or disturbed sleep patterns. Stay closely involved


with your children during the early months

Know where to meet in case families

forget your new telephone number and/

in a new location so you know how they are

become separated.

or address so before an emergency arises,

new friends are.

Review street crossing safety guidelines.

Consider volunteering or get involved with

Make sure children understand how to

to your residence. Directions will not only

the school so that you can see for yourself

get help safely if they get lost.

be useful for family members in the early

program them into your cell phone and

feeling, what they are thinking and who their

place written notes near each telephone in your home, as well as basic directions

days at your new home, but they will also

how your children are managing. Both adults

assist babysitters and visiting relatives.

established routines, so keep the same rules,

MEDICAL AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

bedtimes, mealtimes, allowances and expec-

It is a fact that moving places additional

EMBRACE THE MOVE

tations that you had before moving. Refer to

stress on individuals and consequently,

Whether or not you have children, or you

the Tips for Settling In sidebar for more great

they are more vulnerable to accidents

are married, single or retired, relocating to

info to help both you and the kids.

or illness, not to mention unexpected

a new community can ultimately become

flare-ups of chronic health conditions.

a wonderful and enriching experience. The

CHILDREN AND SAFETY

If an emergency occurs, every second

suggestions in this article have worked for

When children are in an unfamiliar environ-

counts; therefore, as a precaution, locate

many relocating families, and they can also

ment, they can easily forget basic safety rules.

hospitals, pharmacies and physicians that

help your family become comfortable in

The following are always a good reminder:

will meet your family’s needs before an

your new home.

and children need the stability and comfort of

emergency arises. •

Keep close to a parent, and take an

adult’s hand in crowded areas.

As an aside, when people learn that I’ve Learn the procedures, telephone numbers

moved 19 times, the response is often “What

and access codes for emergency care and

place did you like best?” My answer is

Carry personal identification and phone

always carry medical identification with

always the same: “Where my family was.” I

numbers to contact parents at all times.

you. Also, in an emergency, you may

wish you all the best!

About the Author | Beverly D. Roman founded BR Anchor Publishing in 1990 and has written more than 30 international and domestic relocation books. Two of her books won the Employee Relocation Council’s Achievement Award for Special Purpose Programs. Her international newsletter has supported corporations and the military in over 140 countries for more than18 years. Beverly served from 2002-2004 as founding chairperson for Families in Global Transition, Inc. (FIGT) an organization that focuses on the most critical issues associated with international cultural transitions. Contact her at broman@branchor.com, 904.641.1140 or visit www.branchor.com.

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newcomer INFORMATION Here is some information such as local utility providers, vehicle registration locations and voter registration that might help the settling in process go smoothly. To start becoming acclimated to your new community, reference the Palm Beach Relocation Guide and other community resources for all the fun things to do and places to go! SETTING UP UTILITIES Call a couple of weeks ahead to have utilities connected at your new home the day before or the day of your scheduled move-in (resources for phone, Internet, cable, gas, electric and other utilities are listed below.) Check to make sure the utilities have been connected, and follow up on any delays. Make sure your phone is connected, if you have a land line. Ideally, you should have the phone company hook it up the day before you move in. Most moving companies advise, that to prevent possible damage, televisions, stereos, computers, other electronic equipment and major appliances should not be used for 24 hours after delivery, allowing them time to adjust to room temperature. Make sure you have payment on hand for your moving charges. Unless other billing arrangements were made in advance (like with a new company if you’re relocating in a corporate move), most moving companies require payment upon delivery in cash, traveler’s checks, money order or cashier’s check. Personal checks are usually not accepted.

LICENSE & REGISTRATION, PLEASE Moving, be it across town or to another state, is a detail-oriented process that is further complicated by the fact that some laws and regulations are, more often than not, different in a resident’s new home than one’s old home. This fact is particularly true when it comes to getting a new driver’s license, vehicle registration and vehicle titling. Never fear–we’ve provided some basic information to help you get going in the Palm Beach County area. Palm Beach County Department of Motor Vehicles www.dmvflorida.org/palmbeach Martin County Department of Motor Vehicles www.dmvflorida.org/martin St. Lucie County Department of Motor Vehicles www.dmvflorida.org/st-lucie


Make sure to contact your new utility providers at least two weeks prior to moving in. CABLE, INTERNET & PHONE SERVICE

RECYCLING

Easy for Residents of Palm Beach

AT&T 855-369-6101; www.att.com

Recycling is available to all Palm Beach County residents. Palm Beach

DirecTV 855-844-4388; www.directv.com

Recycling preserves our natural resources and increases the life of our

County’s recycling program is one of the best in the country.

landfill. The Solid Waste Authority has adopted the state’s 75% waste reduction goal and if we are going to continue to achieve this goal we

DISH 888-605-7537; www.dish.com Hotwire Connections 800-355-5618; www.gethotwired.com

need everyone to their part. Recycling is easy in Palm Beach County. See below for the ins and outs. Recycling Bins:

Verizon Wireless 561-616-0100; www.verizonwireless.com

These recycling containers are only for multi-family complexes with dumpster service. They are serviced mechanically.

Xfinity 800-934-6489; www.xfinity.com

These recycling containers are for curbside

ELECTRICITY

collection only. They are collected manually.

Florida Power & Light (FPL) 561-697-8000; www.fpl.com Florida Public Utilities 800-427-7712; www.fpuc.com

NATURAL GAS Florida Public Utilities 800-427-7712; www.fpuc.com

GARBAGE & RECYCLING Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County 561-640-4000; www.swa.org

WATER & SEWER City of West Palm Beach Utilities 561-822-2222; www.wpb.org/utilities Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department 561-740-4600; pbcgov.com/waterutilites

MAIL United States Postal Service 800-275-8777; www.usps.com

Yellow Bin | Paper Products

Blue Bin | Plastic Containers #1-#7

• Newspapers

• Steel Cans

• Magazines

• Aluminum Cans

• Unwanted Mail

• Drink Boxes

• School and Office Papers

• Milk Cartons

• Phone Books

• Glass Bottles and Jars

• Paper Bags

Prohibited Items:

• Boxes

Because contamination

(Box types include

affects the marketability of the

beverage cartons, tissue boxes, dr y food boxes, corrugated cardboard, Boxes must be flattened and cut to 3’x3’ max)

materials we collect, please be careful not to place the following in your bins: • Plastic Wrap & Bags • Styrofoam • Light Bulbs, mirrors, glass plates, vases

Please place shredded paper in a brown paper bag, fold

• Containers larger than 5 gallons

the top down to secure, and

• Plastic furniture

place in your Yellow Bin.

• Food waste

No plastic bags in either bin, please!

VOTER REGISTRATION Palm Beach County Elections 561-656-6200; www.pbcelections.org

Source: Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, FL

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a moving TIMELINE

Looks like you’ve made the big decision to relocate and move to Palm Beach County. But hold up there future Floridian. Before you decide to hook up the team and load up your wagon, there are just a few hints and tips you should be aware of, to make your move to the Palm Beach County area a smooth one.


says Charlie Morse, General Manager of Ward North American

ON YOUR MARK: A FEW WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE

Van Lines. “Any move is stressful, but being prepared makes all

Get Rid of It: Once you’ve decided to go for it, make a major

the difference in whether you look back later on your move as

purge of all your unnecessary goods and possessions. Have a

a wonderful introduction to your new home, or as a very trau-

garage sale, donate your unwanted items for a tax write-off, and

matic time.” Morse says that the best moves are the ones that

advertise them in the newspaper or on Craigslist.com. Getting

are planned well in advance before moving day. Using an expe-

rid of extra things you don’t need makes for a cleaner move, and

rienced, professional moving service can help you maximize the

drops the shipping weight and bulk.

“Organization is the key to having a great moving experience,”

most of your time, and alleviate your moving anxieties by helping you anticipate potentially tricky situations. In

addition

to

their

expert

packing services, professional moving companies often offer additional

care

protection

up front before the big move. “Check with your homeowner’s policy to make sure your items

Meet and Greet: If you’re using

a moving company, an agent will

Organization is the key to having a great moving experience... Any move is stressful, but being prepared makes all the difference.

are covered in case something unforeseen

happens,”

advises

Morse. “If they aren’t, you can often buy additional coverage

meet with you at your home and conduct a survey of the items you want to move to your new home. Some of the points your moving agent will review with you include the items you want to move and the items you will leave behind, items that will go into storage, care and handling of items of exceptional value, and items that will need to be

disassembled because of size or access out of your residence.

from your insurance company, or moving insurance from us. That way, your goods are insured against anything that could happen

GET SET: A FEW DAYS BEFORE YOU MOVE

during transit – including road accidents, tornadoes, lightning

Take & Grab Party: Instead of filling up the landfill with perfectly

and even van fires.”

good condiments and other food items, invite friends over to “take & grab” whatever they want from your fridge, freezer, and pantry.

Remember that a packer’s job is to do exactly that: pack. “The

Do you really want to transport those 1/3 full bottles of alcohol

packing team doesn’t pick and choose what goes, they just pack

across the country? A “Take & Grab Party” is a fun way to get

everything,” explains Morse. “They don’t have any bias on what

together one last time before the move and responsibly discard

you want to take or not. Often when people do their own packing,

some things that won’t be going with you, like plants, too.

they spend valuable time thinking, ‘Do I need this or not?’ It takes our people less time because they don’t worry about that. So,

Big Ticket Items: Disconnect, defrost and clean refrigerators and

unless you tell them otherwise, everything goes.

freezers, empty the evaporation pan and drain the water reservoir of the automatic icemaker. Leave the door of your fridge,

As a result of the “everything goes” philosophy of packing, be

freezer or washing machine open at least 24 hours before loading

sure to keep your personal items that you want to take with you

to allow all moisture to evaporate. Make sure that your stove has

on your trip in a “safety zone.” Tell the packers and the movers

been cleaned, and all pots and pans have been removed.

that these items are going with you, and not to pack them. Electric Boogaloo: Electronic equipment requires a little extra As for making sure your possessions arrive on time, Morse says

tender loving care. If possible, pack your electronics in their orig-

you can relax. “Many of our trucks are equipped with GPS

inal cartons and packing material. If not available, make sure

tracking systems, so all they have to do is plug in your new

your mover provides professional packing materials. Disconnect

address and they’ll find you. And, the driver will give you his

your wiring and code it with colored tape to make reinstallation

phone number so you can keep in touch with him in transit along

easier at your new location. Back up important files on your

the journey. We do our best to get your possessions from Point A

computer’s hard drive, and if it has a CD/DVD drive, make sure

to Point B safely.”

it’s disc-free.


GETTING SETTLED

RELOCATING A

Precious

Car

If

Go!

your

moving

company is transporting your vehicle,

HAPPY PET

make sure your car has no obvious fluid

Your pet is probably as excited as you are to move to Palm Beach County! Beaches, trails, dog parks, and an abundance of off-leash recreation options await. Relocating is tough enough without having Fido or Fluffy out of sorts, but there are some things you can do to make sure your pet’s transition is a walk in the park.

might limit your ability to file a claim

leaks, and secure your battery in the mounting bracket. Have your car cleaned so that movers can perform a valid quality inspection on moving day (a dirty car on major damage). Make sure that your gas tank has at least 1/8 tank of fuel, and disconnect, disable or turn off all alarm systems.

First and foremost is getting your pet to your new home safely – and happily. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, make sure you pack the basics for your pet – just like you’d pack an overnight bag for yourself and your family – that includes food, water, medicine, and any special toys or blankets.

Remove

all

non-permanent

luggage racks, bike racks or ski racks on the exterior of your car, and take out any personal items from your cars interior. And last, but certainly not least, have an

If you’re going by car, plan for frequent stops for food, water and bathroom breaks – for your pet and for yourself. Resist the temptation to feed your pet while you’re in the car – otherwise you might have an unpleasant accident to deal with somewhere between Roseburg and the Rose City.

extra set of car keys and alarm remote ready to hand over to the moving team, as well as a working phone number where you may be contacted.

According to PetTravelCenter.com, good-to-have items while traveling include a portable kennel, pet travel bowls and any special feeders. They also recommend that your pet’s vaccinations are current before you travel – it’s one less thing you have to worry about when you get to your destination.

Make Advance Reservations: Depending on where you live, you might need to obtain a parking permit for the moving

Next, it’s absolutely imperative that your pet has proper identification. If your pet doesn’t have a tag or a collar and happens to get out, it could be difficult for your pet to get back home. If your dog or cat won’t wear a collar, a microchip surgically implanted as the best way to identify a lost pet. Even after your pet gets used to your new neighborhood, a microchip is still the best way to avoid losing your pet. The microchip is your best chance to get your pet home safely, since animal shelters and other pet centers always scan stray pets to see if there’s a microchip.

truck or van. Also, if you live in a high-

Finding a new veterinarian for your pet should also be at the top of the list. Check with your local pet stores, Humane Societies and animal shelters, or find a vet through the Palm Beach County Veterinarians Society at http://www. pbvs.info/ or go to www.veterinarians.com/fl/palm-beach-. Neighbors with pets are a great resource and can also give you valuable pet tips specific to your neighborhood. It’s also a great reason to get to know your new neighbors. If you’d rather leave it up to the professionals, Pet Relocation provides personalized door-to-door pickup and delivery of your pet anywhere in the world. www.petrelocation.com

know if you might need access to them in

rise building, you should check to see if you need to reserve use of the elevator. Smile and File: Gather and organize your important documents in advance and have them ready to go, you never your new home. Never place these items in the trunk of your car. A short list of documents to take with you includes birth certificates, life insurance policies, medical and dental records, real estate documents and school records. Other helpful items include an address book, appliance manuals, appraisals for high-value items, and your copy of the household goods descriptive inventory.

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A Warm Welcome to ever yone relocating to Palm Beach Count y or the Treasure Coast! You’re in good company, with more people moving into Florida than almost any other state. We offer beautiful beaches, warm weather year round, and a welcoming tax and business climate. Our diversified newcomers hail from all over world. A top quality local Realtor ® either will, or already has, helped you identify your perfect new home. You are now ready to make that successful move, and it is now time to think about you r selection of a move r. Beg in talk ing to p rospective moving companies even before you finalize your precise move date. Al so, remember to inqui re about a mover’s reputation; talk to family, friends, or your Realtor ® and find out about their experiences with various moving companies. A l so, check w ith the Bet te r Busi nes s Bu reau, and on l i ne services like Angie’s List or Yelp. Of course, cost will also be important, so you want to keep in mind these questions: Are all costs included in each quote? Is your quote a binding, fixed, flat fee quote, or might your cost change depending on the time required, or weight of your belongings? Is timing critical to your move, or can you enjoy a

flexible time schedule? Are there additional costs that might apply to your move? Do you need ‘round-the-clock access of a storage facility, or would you prefer the convenience of letting your mover also handle the storage? Think about what you will bring. Will everything fit into your new home? Might you be downsizing? This might be a good time to sort through your belongings and decide what to take, and what to sell, give to family members or friends, or donate to a charity. Another important moving related decision is the packing of your personal items. Everything should be well packed into boxes or bins before moving day, either by the moving company, or if you decided to pack your items yourself. Don’t forget to set aside personal items that you should certainly move yourself such as: cash, medicines, guns, baby supplies, cell phones, small electronics, toothbrushes, and other essential items. There is still more work to do, but you now have it under control. Don’t forget to take a break; enjoy a walk on the beach, take in a polo match or take time to meet your new neighbors, and truly enjoy the experience of relocating to warm, sunny Florida.

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REGISTER TO VOTE! Make sure to exercise your right to vote. Registration to vote in is easy. Just pick the method that works best for you!

have packed should be placed within an area that you identify to the movers as the “Do Not Pack – Do Not Move

HOW TO REGISTER

Zone.” This would include anything

You must be eighteen years old, a U.S. citizen and legal resident of

from your important papers and docu-

Florida to register to vote. If you are sixteen years old you may pre-reg-

ments, luggage, medications, travel

ister and receive your card in the mail after your 18th birthday.

clothing and toiletries, and favorite

You are NOT entitled to register to vote if you have been adjudicated

toys for the kids.

mentally incapacitated with regard to voting in this or any other state and you have not had your right to vote restored pursuant to law, or, if

Create a First Night Care Kit: Sepa-

you have been convicted of any felony by any court of record and you

rate the items you will need the most

have not had your right to vote restored pursuant to law.

when you first arrive in your new home

If you met the above requirements, you may register or vote in Palm Beach County by either:

and have the movers pack and load them separately so they will be the first to unload in your new home. If you are

1. Going online at www.pbcelections.org OR

putting items into storage and you need

2. In Person/Telephone

special items for a temporary living

You may obtain a voter registration application in person or by telephone by contacting:

The Supervisor of Elections Main office:

240 South Military Trail

West Palm Beach, FL 33415

Office Number – (561) 656-6200

Or you may apply at any of these locations: Glades Office Building Branch Office

situation, clearly mark and separate these items before the mover arrives. Some items to consider for your First Night Care Kit include alarm clocks, a can opener, first-aid items, clean sheets and pillow cases, toiletries, a flashlight, extension cords, basic tools and hardware from disassembled furniture.

Main Office West Palm Beach Northeast County Courthouse Branch Office Southeast PBC Administrative Complex Branch Office

A

Note

about

Utilities:

Call

a

couple of weeks ahead to have utili-

After completing the voter registration application, it can be mailed

ties connected at your new home the

or delivered to the Supervisor of Elections office. A voter identification

day before or the day of your sched-

card will be mailed approximately 2-3 weeks after the application is

uled move-in (resources for phone,

processed.

Internet, cable, gas, electric and other

Be aware of the following if you decide to register to vote by mail: As a result of the enactment of the 2002 Help America Vote Act (HAVA) by

utilities are listed in this section of this website.)

Check to make sure

the United States Congress, Florida law (97.0535, Florida Statutes) now has

the utilities have been connected, and

new requirements for anyone who registers by mail. As of January 1, 2003,

follow up on any delays. Make sure

if you are a new voter in Palm Beach County, you registered by mail and

your phone is connected, if you have

you have not voted in an election for Federal office in this county you must

a land line. Ideally, you should have

present a current valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill,

the phone company hook it up the day

bank statement, paycheck or other government documents that shows your

before you move in.

name and address. If you wish to vote by mail you must submit, with you ballot, the same documentation stated above.

Electronics: Most moving companies

To be exempt from the above you must meet one of the following:

advise, that to prevent possible damage,

• Be 65 years of age or older when you registered

televisions, stereos, computers, other elec-

• Have a physical disability

tronic equipment and major appliances

• Be a member, spouse or dependent of active uniform

should not be used for 24 hours after

service or merchant marine absent from the county

delivery, allowing them time to adjust to

on election day

room temperature.

• Living outside the U.S. but eligible to vote in Florida For more information visit www.pgcelections.org


GETTING SETTLED

VOLUNTEER: Animal rescue facilities, nature centers, museums and other venues, as well as, underserved children and homebound seniors, all need the generous support of volunteers. One of the best ways for you to happily integrate into your new community is to experience the gratification of helping others. Volunteerism is a win-win for you and those you help. ANIMAL WELFARE Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

561-734-8303

www.fws.gov/refuge/ARM_loxahatchee

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

561-575-3399

www.buschwildlife.org

Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control

561-233-1281

pbcgov.com/publicsafety/animalcare/volunteer.htm

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

561-686-3663

www.peggyadams.org

Tri-County Animal Rescue

561-482-8110

www.tricountyhumane.org

Cornell Museum of Art

561-243-7922

www.oldschoolsquare.org/cornell-museum

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

561-651-4294

www.kravis.org/volunteer.html

Lake Worth Playhouse

561-585-6410

www.lakeworthplayhouse.org/volunteer

Maltz Jupiter Theatre

561-972-6105

www.jupitertheatre.org

Caridad Center

561-737-6336

www.caridad.org/volunteer

Habitat for Humanity

561-252-2080

www.habitatpbc.org

Meals on Wheels of Palm Beach County

561-802-6979

www.mealsonwheelspalmbeaches.org

Palm Beach County Food Bank

561-670-2518

www.pfbfoodbank.org/volunteer

Historical Society of Palm Beach County

561-832-4164

www.historicalsocietypbc.org

Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County

561-279-9103

www.literacypbc.org/get-involved/volunteer

Palm Beach County Library System

561-233-2766

pbclibrary.org/using-the-library/get-involved/volunteer

South Florida Science Center

561-832-1988

www.sfsciencecenter.org/volunteer

Green Cay Nature Center

561-966-7000

pbcgov.com/parks/nature/green_cay_nature_center

Loggerhead Marinelife Center

561-627-8280

www.marinelife.org

Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation

561-966-7066

www.pbcgov.com/parks/jobs/volunteering

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Palm Beach & Marint Counties

561-727-3450

www.mentorbig.org/volunteer

Guardian ad Litem

561-355-6224

www.galpbc.org/volunteer

Palm Beach County 4-H Youth Development

561-233-1731

www.pbcgov.org/coextension/4H

Voices for Children of Palm Beach County

561-676-8025

www.voicesforchildrenpbc.org

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APARTMENTS, RENTING & LEASING The Quaye at Wellington.................................................. 136-137

ATTRACTIONS Armory Art Center.................................................................... 156 Boca Raton Museum of Art..................................................... 150 Boca Raton’s Welcome Center & History Museum...................14 Busch Wildlife Sanctuary.......................................................... 223 Flagler Museum......................................................................... 152 Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.............................. 154-155 Lighthouse ArtCenter............................................................... 149 Maltz Jupiter Theatre................................................................ 151 Norton Museum of Art....................................................... 157-159 Palm Beach County History Museum..................................... 166 The Society of The Four Arts.................................................... 153 South Florida Science Center and Aquarium....................... 168 Sunrise Theatre.......................................................................... 161 BOATING AND MARINAS Old Port Cove........................................................................... 174 PGA Marina & Boating Center............................................... 175 Riviera Beach Marina Village........................................... 172-173 CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE, TOURISM & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Boca Raton’s Welcome Center & History Museum...................14 City of Boca Raton..........................................................................107 City of West Balm Beach................................................................24,25 Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce...........................123 West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority.................... 99 West Balm Beach Flagler Financial District..................................24,25 EDUCATION Advent School............................................................................. 5 3 American Heritage School........................................................ 4 5 Cardinal Newman High School................................................ 5 4 Charter Schools USA................................................................... 4 1 Florida Atlantic University...................................................... 68-69 Franklin Academy....................................................................... 4 3 Gardens School of Technology Arts......................................... 4 8 Grandview Preparatory School................................................ 4 9 Jupiter Christian School.............................................................. 5 5 The King’s Academy.................................................................. 5 7 Meyer Academy......................................................................... 4 7 Mountaineer’s School of Autism............................................... 5 6 North Broward Preparatory School.......................................... 5 9 Oxbridge Academy................................................................... 5 8 Pine Crest School........................................................................ 6 1 Rosarian Academy..................................................................... 6 0 Saint Andrew’s School............................................................... 6 3 St. Joan of Arc Catholic School............................................... 6 5 St. Mark’s Episcopal School....................................................... 6 2 EVENTS The Honda Classic.................................................................... 187

GOLF & COUNTRY CLUBS The Club at Ibis......................................................................... 183 Frenchman’s Creek Beach & Country Club............... 3,104-105 The Honda Classic.................................................................... 187

HEALTHCARE & HOSPICE SUPPORT Bethesda Health..............................................Back Cover, 86-87 Jupiter Medical Center.............................................................. 7 7 Martin Health System.................................................................. 7 9 HOME FURNISHINGS Casual Living Patio & Poolside.................................................. 1 3 HOMEBUILDERS CalAtlantic Homes...................................................................... 9 1 Gold Coast Builders Association............................................... 9 5 Meritage Homes.................................................................... 92-93 Lennar.........................................................Inside Front Cover, 19 HOTELS AND EXTENDED STAY SUITES Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham.......................Inside Back Cover Homewood Suites by HiltonTM Palm Beach Gardens........... 133 Springhill Suites by Marriott........................................................ 2 3 Wyndham Boca Raton.............................................................. 1 5 MASTERPLANNED COMMUNITIES LakePark at Tradition by Minto Communities........................... 5 Bellesera Reserve by Lennar....................Inside Front Cover, 19 WestLake by Minto Communities............................................... 1 MISCELLANEOUS Anne M. Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector................... 221 Gold Coast Builders Association............................................... 9 5 MORTGAGE LENDERS & BANKS Academy Mortgage Corporation........................................... 9 0 MOVING AND STORAGE Two Men and a Truck....................................................... 121,219 REAL ESTATE AGENTS & COMPANIES Engel & Volkers® -Wellington.................................................... 117 Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches.................... 6-9,119 SENIOR LIVING Harbor Chase Assisted Living and Memory Care................ 205 TOWNHOMES Oceanside Townhomes by CJM Communities...................... 1 7 TRANSPORTATION Palm Beach Tours & Transportation........................................ 141 TITLE COMPANIES Gold Coast Title Company Services, Inc................................. 2 7 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Busch Wildlife Sanctuary.......................................................... 223

FITNESS & ACTIVITY CENTERS Mandel JCC.............................................................................. 167

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