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THE PALM BEACH ISSUE

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GENERATIONS OF PALM BEACH FAMILIES On an island that is barely 16 miles long and less than a mile wide, families remain interconnected through generations. We spent the day with some of these families who have shaped this virtual paradise with their generosity and support of the community. Produced & WrITTen By elIzaBeTh meIgher, PhoTograPhed By carrIe BradBurn of caPeharT

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WESTWARD HO! While every decade since the turn of the century has seen a significant boom or bust in West Palm Beach, the area’s renaissance is accelerating at a rapid rate unlike any other time in its history. By Jayne chase

STEADY STREAM OF MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR GIFTS PROPELS COX

Water-themed naming opportunities at Cox Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach draw campaign support from Griffin, Lauder, and Koch families.

122 QUEST STYLE Fashion you can buy, but style you possess. These icons of the past and present define Palm Beach style. By elIzaBeTh meIgher

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BEACHY BUYS Between the designer shops that line Worth Avenue, awardwinning interior design showrooms, and the expanding Royal Poinciana Plaza, Palm Beach is any shopper’s dream destination.

PALM BEACH DESIGN JOURNAL A roundup of the leading individuals and teams navigating the Palm Beach design world.

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SOCIAL DIARY The social scene heats up in Palm Beach. by DaviD PatriCk Columbia
BENSON Our photographer captures Estée Lauder at home in Palm Beach, 1974. by H arry
New York vs. China—one of the most unequal societies on earth. by t aki t H eo D ora
Much of the Royal Poinciana Plaza’s success can be credited to Lori Berg. by robert J
Renato’s Palm Beach turns 35 years young. by brooke kelly murray
YACHTS McMillen Yachts’s restoration of Freedom, a 1926 Mathis-Trumpy creation. by CHris
FINDS Gearing up for a fashionable winter in Palm Beach. by brooke kelly murray
ESTATE Market insights from brokers in Palm Beach and Greenwich. by brooke kelly
SOCIAL CALENDAR Our guide to the best galas, benefits, and luncheons this season.
YOUNG & THE GUEST LIST Decking the halls and some exciting balls. by b rooke k elly m
SNAPSHOT Mayor Danielle Moore’s deep Palm Beach roots. by r obert J an J igian

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JANUARY COMETH, dear readers, and all at Quest wish you a new year of normalcy, sanity and renewed stability. In the midst of flailing (perhaps failing?) global guidance and human sensibility, may we remember the community leadership we collectively displayed under two-plus years of unprecedented duress. Having found something deeper within ourselves, we wisely set aside our differences and reclaimed our conscience and values. It may take all of that and more to battle the moral vanity so increasingly pervasive in today’s so-called society. Phony altruism, fake news and public virtue continue to send conflicting signals to the next generations of our great Country, and it should be our goal in 2023 to parry such marginalization - together as one!

With January comes our annual Palm Beach Issue, again brilliantly produced by Deputy Editor Elizabeth Meigher. Ably assisting her, as in past years, is Palm Beach’s most respected and keen-eyed photographer, Carrie Bradburn. January’s focus sets firmly on several ancestral PB families, with a stunning cover that features two generations of Baker ladies - Pauline and her niece Callie. The ever flourishing Baker clan has deep roots on this legendary barrier island, beginning with the era of the Munn family more than a century before. Palm Beach continues to reengineer itself through a new generation of younger, year round residents, who revere its long standing traditions while creating new ones of their own. And speaking of well established traditions, our ace contributor and man-on-the-scene, Robert Janjigian, has penned a lovely and near-historic piece on the “family business” of three legendary Palm Beach mayors, headed by the late Earl E.T. Smith who was ultimately succeeded in office by his very much alive and capable wife Lesly, and whose straight shooting and commonsensical daughter Dani now sits in that same seat of community authority. Quest next veers offshore and gazes in awe at the stem-to-stern restoration of the yacht Freedom, whose original owner was Palm Beach resident Jessie

W. Donahue, the nautical daughter of F.W. Woolworth. Freedom was designed by the fabled marine architect John Trumpy and built at the Mathis yard in 1926. Says its current owner and Newport resident Earl McMillen: “Freedom is the most refined and finest looking of all the boats that Trumpy built”. “Ahoy!” to that, cheers Quest.

Further along, Senior Editor Brooke Kelly Murray salutes a significant culinary anniversary - the 35th year of Palm Beach’s famed Renato’s restaurant, still thriving under the meticulous management of the departed Renato Desiderio’s lovely wife Arlene and her capable son José Duran. And please do take notice in this issue (indeed in EVERY issue) of Quest’s crisp and well paced design that reflects the creative masterminding of our gifted Art Director, Tykischa Jacobs. Finally, as we “take a cup o’ kindness for auld Lang syne”, let us continue to counter the cancel culture by again saluting our heroes and our history. May we turn our diversities into strengths, and our divisions into regained promise. Onward to 2023!◆

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THE END OF THE YEAR in New York is always a busy one, although at this time a year before, we were miraculously coming out of the pandemic when everything and everyone was unsure if the city was going to get going again. Looking over my calendar of the last month I’m reminded that this is New York and New

York keeps moving on because New Yorkers keep moving on.

There were two particularly memorable events at the very end of this year’s social season, both one day after another.

Alex Papachristidis , the international interior designer who recently published a book of his work,

The Elegant Life: Rooms That Welcome and Inspire (Rizzoli), hosted a birthday dinner for himself at a private club here in New York.

Alex who is also a generous personality by nature has been hosting a birthday dinner annually for years. It’s always been a big draw because he invites lots of friends and family, and they

were always held at the great Mr. Chow’s restaurant on East 57th Street near Sutton Place. They’re popular. They’re always fun because they’re big and full of Alex’s warm personality.

This year’s birthday dinner was “black tie” and held in a private club here in New York. It was spectacular with 200 guests, seat -

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ed in two large reception rooms with tables elegantly candle-lit and decorated with bowers of gardenias so plentiful that their fragrance filled the rooms.

Called for seven o’clock cocktails in the club’s galleries, with dinner served at eight. Naturally, as it always is when there’s a crowd, it must have been close to nine o’clock before we were all seated. The atmosphere was warm and jovial a reflection of the birthday boy’s personality.

And then, the following evening at Cipriani 42nd Street, the Schwarzman Animal Medical Center held its annual dinner and raised a record $2 million+. The black-tie affair filled the

enormous venue, honoring Christine and Stephen Schwarzman for the $25 million gift that will go to financing the $100 million addition to the building on East 63rd Street and York Avenue.

This is always a great evening and the Schwarzman’s gift made a big difference. We learned about their love of dogs (they have three Jack Russells). In a filmed interview with the couple at home with their dogs, Christine revealed how she’s had dogs all her life, and when Stephen proposed to her she asked him

if he ever had a dog.

Answer: No, he’d never had a dog growing up. It was then that she told him she’d had dogs all her life and kind of couldn’t live without them. They married (of course) and the canines soon came into residence. Not surprisingly, to us animal lovers, Stephen wasn’t certain but was willing to give it a try. The result: He loves his dogs as much as his wife does, and as much as many if not all people of the hundreds in the vast room, including this writer. It was a sweet presentation as well as a moving event.

The end of the year season began with Thanksgiving and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. When I was a kid growing up in Massachusetts, the Parade was known far and wide, and kids always imagined what it was like to actually be there to see it. Macy’s was famous then as the world’s largest department store, and to an out-oftowner another example of the greatness of New York City. It was like the Rockfeller Center Christmas Tree; they were the holiday duo in the mind’s of many all over America.

Here in the Big Town for many it’s a special family occasion. A friend of mine, Paige Peterson , who lives

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on Central Park West where the parade begins, has made an annual special family occasion out of it beginning with a cocktail party the night before. At her home overlooking Central Park, her guests get a glimpse of all the magic in the process of putting the floats together on the avenue below.

This year there were some changes, ostensibly security details, and the roadway was fenced in from 86th Street and Central Park West all the way down to 77th Street. Since the project putting it all together takes place in the wee hours, this way they assured everyone of “no interruptions.” The end result was more sensational than ever.

For Thanksgiving dinner, I was a guest of Gillian and Sylvester Miniter and their family and friends at the Union Club on Park Avenue and 60th Street. The Union Club is the oldest men’s club in New York, created in 1836. It is a perfect setting for many individuals to share the stately rooms together and separately. It’s a day of families when everyone becomes family, with mainly middle-age to older people.

It’s very grand architecturally but also very comfortable in terms of atmosphere, accommodation,

and staff. One of the men serving “special drinks” was said to have been employed there for more than 40 years. The staff is well taken care of.

The club’s Thanksgiving dinner is a massive and elegant buffet served in what looks like a small ballroom. There were more than 200 dining on this day in this great mansion of a clubhouse. The menu is vast and varied with all kinds of meats, vegetables, salads, breads, and desserts. Everything beautifully prepared.

There were at least two other large dining rooms

in use. One of my dinner partners pointed out that Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday of all, including the religious ones. It’s a particular holiday for everyone. Those of us who are natives were already pre-programmed for generations, along with the story of the quest of the “Pilgrims” at the Plymouth Colony. That matter of fact/fiction was an honorable one to bear in mind, growing up. But we are a society that does not have a mind for that sort of thing anymore.

The day remains simply a gift to be thankful for. The world stops for a moment; many people get together however briefly. There is goodness in it. Not old-fash -

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ioned but in fact it was/is a moment of good fortune for many.

What often fascinates me about New York is the history of the buildings and the changing neighborhoods. We see it daily in the constant construction going on all over the city. New York City back in 1836 was centered south of Canal Street. Beginning in the 1820s as the city began to grow, so too did the club and its main quarters.

The Union was and remains the “Mother of Clubs” in New York. It had strongly conservative principles. And it had power. During the Civil War, the club refused to expel its

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Confederate members. Such decisions motivated members to form other clubs such as J.P. Morgan ’s Metropolitan Club, as well as the Union League Club and the Knickerbocker.

Membership clubs are by their nature political, and a major power scene of 19th and 20th century New York. Created in an age before the age of electricity, the telephone and the automobile, “clubs” provided centers for men to gather to prosper. Their exclusivity was primary. Wealth and power politics are natural mates.

In the past century’s aging into an electronic universe, the origin of men’s clubs are now simply history. “Exclusivity” protects that history.

In 1927, as the city was growing, club members voted to move uptown to a quieter, less crowded location. They hired architects William Adams Delano and Chester Holmes Aldrich —who had previously designed buildings for the Knickerbocker Club, The Brook, and the Colony— to design the new clubhouse. Completed in 1933, the current

building, on the northeast corner of Park Avenue and 69th Street, is the club’s sixth clubhouse and the third built specifically for the members. Its stone façade implies opulence of its privacy. At one point the building featured five dining rooms and a humidor with 100,000 cigars.

At the beginning of the previous century, there were only private townhouses and mansions on Park Avenue after the power that convinced Cornelius Vanderbilt that the Grand Central railroad tracks had to be concealed from public view.

In the first decade of the 20th century, on that same northeast corner of 69th and

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Park where the Union Club stands today, once stood a double mansion, one of which belonged to William Rhinelander Stewart , a very famous-at-the-time businessman/real estate heir, and socialite whose second wife, Janet , was often referred to in the press as “the most beautiful woman in New York.”

The Rhinelanders were an early New York family of German/Dutch environs, and early acquirers of Manhattan Island real estate back in the 18th and 19th centuries when the island was still mostly rocks and hills and forests. Hence the great mansion on 69th and Park, designed by McKim, Mead & White (as in Stanford White ) was actually two five story residences

There is now a legendary story about her involving Vincent Astor , the main heir to another real estate fortune, whose father had been a prominent member of the Union Club, and who was a “best friend” of the late Mr. Stewart. There came a time, after Mr. Stewart had moved on to his heavenly rest, when Vincent’s wife, Minnie Cushing Astor (2nd wife), told Vincent that she wanted a divorce.

Vincent was very troubled not by her wanting a divorce but by how he going to live without a wife. He insisted that Minnie stay until she found one for

him. She suggested Janet Stewart—whom she knew had the birthright for Vincent—and that Vincent ask her himself, to show what a gentleman he is/was.

And so the day came when Vincent traveled down the avenue to visit Janet Stewart, the most beautiful woman in New York, etc. He explained to Janet that Minnie wanted a divorce and would Janet marry him?

And Janet allegedly replied: “Marry you?! I don’t even like you; Why would I marry you?”

And Vincent allegedly countered: “Well, I’m not

in good health and I don’t know how much longer I’ve got and... there’s my estate...”

And that was that , and as it happened, that story about Mrs. William Rhinelander Stewart telling Vincent Astor to get lost spread around their world of the post-Gilded Age in New York. A recent widow herself, Brooke Marshall , heard about Vincent Astor’s dilemma, and got herself a brief volunteering at a retreat up in Connecticut where Vincent would occasionally go to “dry out.”

And it was there that he met the apparently caring and attractive Mrs. Marshall, widow alas, but nevertheless. And one thing led to another and she became the last Mrs. Astor, a role

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that she played with finesse. And indeed, six years into the marriage, Vincent Astor died. And left his wife a rich woman, but even more importantly the Final Word in delivering his vast foundation to those charities and projects that were his final noble bequests.

Auctions and history, memories are made of this. Right after the holiday, an auction house Doyle New York had an auction that included a collection belonging to Nancy North , a former high fashion model who had a fascinating career.

She was married to a designer Bill Dugan who worked with Halston . Halston himself was flying high in more ways than one

and an important part of the celebrants in the last of the halcyon days (nights) at Studio 54. They were all part of a nightlife social celebrity that rivaled Elizabeth Taylor’s marriages and divorces in the media. Back then it was a “fast” and shiny world from the outside looking in.

Nancy, who was living and working at the heart of it, recalled it personally:

“One night in 1977, Halston invited me and my then husband Bill Dugan who was Halston”s executive design assistant (197284) to a small dinner party at his townhouse at 101

East 63rd Street. We arrived at the very familiar and sophisticated home greeted by Mohammed Summaya , who was Halston’s houseman, transplanted from Morocco to New York.

As we entered the living room, we airkissed, D.D. Ryan who was Halston’s inhouse, custodian of drink orders and pronouncements on taste and style. Halston’s home was designed by Paul Rudolf , who was famous for multi levels of stairs sans any railings leading from floor one to floor four.

The living room featured a floor-to-ceiling terrarium

filled with bamboo trees. All the furniture was upholstered in gray colored limousine cloth, resting on gray carpeting. It was gray on gray. Even Halston’s dog, Lindo was gray.

All the levels and tables were lit with votive candles and tons of phaleonopsis orchids placed everywhere. You definitely got the feeling of being In New York at is most luxurious.

Mohammed took our drink orders as the four of us sat down to silly talk about the day’s events. After an hour of that and Stolichnaya vodkas of every description, hardly any of us were very hungry as Mohammed was setting plates down on the dining table of: steak, baked potato, and

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“Well here’s dinner why don’t you grab a plate and we’ll just sit around the coffee table and eat!” announced Halston, adding Liza is coming over in a little while. “She called and wants to pass by.” Halston’s biggest celebrity client in the 1970s was Liza Minnelli. And she was filming a musical movie New York, New York.

When the doorbell rang, in trooped Liza with Martin Scorsese , Robert De Niro , Harvey Keitel , and Christopher Walken .

We exchanged greetings and Liza promptly sat in

a big armchair curled up with Halston in it. I quickly became conscious of the energy in the room raising its level to electric; myself included.

“Of course the point was to be nonchalant as if this was an everyday thing and in a way for myself it was almost an every two week thing to be rubbing elbows with international and New York smart/ fashion set, but this certainly took the cake. I had seen Deerhunter a few years earlier and was a big fan of De Niro and Walken.

Christopher Walken decided to explore the house solo. I could see the first guests coming to life and watched my husband’s face light up.

De Niro stayed close to Scorsese and Keitel. Martin Scorsese was doing much of the talking and I was so grateful for it because I could feel myself get tongue tied. It was hard to see these movie stars as real people- they were larger than life.

I went into the kitchen to pour myself another drink because I felt myself leaving my body and of course

a strong drink would definitely help. Harvey Keitel followed me into the kitchen and started asking me about myself. “Are you a model? Where do you live? You know Brooklyn?”

I replied to Keitel “I like your work when I see you onscreen.” At this time De Niro was also in the kitchen and he reiterated to Keitel, “Hey she likes your work!”

He was smirking; the two men were kind of teasing me. I could feel that in spite of the attention a dark crimson color coming up to my face. I didn’t respond to those remarks but returned to my seat. Now I was yearning for the evening to

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end and not to end because a hot movie star was flirting with me. And of course I needed to run to my husband for safety.

Liza’s group finally left. And both De Niro and Keitel said to Halston, “Hey thanks Halston- yeah, yeah thanks Halston_uh, uh, uh” (sort of grunting their goodbyes in New York street talk.) Everyone took a deep breath. Of course none of us had ever met any of those people before with the exception of Liza. So before we left for our home, Halston said to us, “Don’t you just love Bobby! I love Bobby.”

So now Robert De Niro was one of Halston’s dearest friends along with the

other 200.

Meanwhile, back to the moment. Here in the big city I’ve had the pleasure of friendship with Gigi and Harry Benson . Harry, as Quest readers know, writes a monthly column about his experiences photographing many of the most famous people who’ve populated the past six decades in the world.

There was Harry’s photograph of Truman Capote on stage tipping his hat with three drag queens in New Orleans in 1980, photographed for an article on him in Peo -

ple magazine. Coincidentally, I was living in Los Angeles at the time, working for Lester Persky , a film producer, and had been sent to meet Truman the day after this photograph was taken. Lester had just bought the rights to a story Truman had written in Interview magazine for $500,000. He had come to Los Angeles to discuss it with Lester. It was my job to pick him up at LAX and drive him to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel where Lester had reserved a room for him.

He was more than tipsy

when he got off the plane, and on meeting he told me, speaking very slowly in his lethargic alcoholic state, that he had just come from being photographed in New Orleans “with sixteen of theee most bee-you-tee -ful drag queens….!” as he was pleased to report and repeat several times.

I had long admired his work, and had seen him more than once on television talk shows all the way back to the 1960s. He was always very congenial in his state of inebriation except toward what became the end.

When we arrived at the hotel, an assistant met us in the driveway, and I accompanied Truman as he was

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led to his room. As we got off the elevator, he noticed that all of the rooms had the name of California wineries on each door, remarking “I seeee we’re on the al-co-hawlics floor,” he commented.

Upon entering the room, he said very soberly to the executive in charge, “Where’s the Stolichnaya?”

“It’s coming, it’s on its way,” he assured Truman, who immediately went into the bathroom, leaving the door open and immediately we could hear him snorting (something).

That was a Thursday afternoon. I never heard another word about him until I went to work on Monday morning when I learned that Truman had a complete “lost weekend” from Friday night on, having never left his mattress. When a friend found him on Monday morning, his mattress was covered with vodka bottles and what was left of the cocaine.

Lester was very upset but understanding with his author, and Truman

was removed to Lester’s house (and office) in Bel Air where he spent the next three days drying out. It was a sad story to behold. In the sober state he was a frail, lost, and broken man; and then Lester accompanied him on the plane back to New York.

I never saw Truman again although several years ago, I came to know Gigi and Harry Benson . Recently in conversation, Harry happened to tell me about photographing Truman in New Orleans back then. (Truman had never mentioned who had taken that photograph in People ). Harry’s experience of Truman had been an amusing pleasure. Very open about his sexual interests, Truman insisted on taking Harry to see some of the gay bars that Truman liked in New Orleans.

“As soon as he entered a place, he’d go right up to the stage or wherever the entertainment was, and participate in the show. He was funny,” and Harry had a good laugh recalling the experience. ◆

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Est é e Lauder posing for a portrait by Marion Hewlett Pike at home in Palm Beach in 1974, photographed by Harry Benson.

IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY

EST É E LAUDER was in her classic Palm Beach home on South Ocean Boulevard when I photographed her in 1974. She was sitting in one of the informal living rooms for a portrait by California artist Marion Hewlett Pike. If I recall, the portrait was to be used in an upcoming advertising campaign for one of the Estée Lauder company products. Marion Hewlett Pike was a popular portrait artist among the celebrities of the time.

As a teen, Estée began by selling a skin cream she called “jars of hope” developed by her uncle, and by 1946 she and husband Joseph had incorporated the company that still bears her name today.

Gigi was working for Vogue in 1967 when then Beauty Editor Carol Phillips came into Diana Vreeland’s office to announce that Estée had joined forces with famed New York dermatologist Dr. Norman Orentreich to package his products for a new line to be called Clinique, which quickly became the rage. Gigi still swears by the “yellow cream,” which was one of the 1-2-3 steps in the Clinique beauty regiment.

I was delighted to meet and photograph the extraordinarily innovative Estée Lauder, who knew the importance of marketing. And I am proud of this informal photograph providing a first-hand look behind the scenes of a legendary life well lived. u

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THE LNG KING, Peter Livanos, an old good friend, has sent me a very informative write-up about China. Peter knows as much as anyone what’s cooking behind what used to be known as the Bamboo Curtain, and he’s clued me in about China when I’ve been wrong in the past. But for any of you unfamiliar with shipping

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terms, LNG stands for liquid natural gas, something that costs a hell of a lot to carry over water. As a result, the ships that carry LNG cost even more than a hell of a lot to construct. I remember my father talking about building an LNG carrier, back then a new concept, but the cost was prohibitive. Poor Dad died rich soon after, and

I only stayed in shipping for another ten years. I got out just before a market slide because of differences with a member of my family, and when shipowner friends who knew I wasn’t interested in the business asked how I happened to time my departure with the market plunge so well, I’d tell them, “Gianni Agnelli and

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From left: Peter Livanos; an LNG tanker in Futtsu, east of Tokyo, 2017.
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Jimmy Goldsmith warned me.” (Gianni and Jimmy knew as much about shipping as I did. Close to zero.)

Peter Livanos is known for not being shy where business is concerned. In fact, he’s brave as hell and not afraid to risk, hence he’s now King. I couldn’t be happier, but this is supposed to be about China, where the business elite is very, very unhappy, and I will tell you about the man who is making them so unhappy. No, it’s not Xi, but Wang, a hell of a fellow, it seems, because he counts on spirituality before materialism, and collectivism before individualism.

China went from an economy of production to one of consumption over the

is at present the single most influential “brain” in China. He sees as few people as possible and never speaks to journalists. He is a member of the CCP’s seven-man Politburo Standing Committee and the one Xi listens to. Last month China’s leader established near absolute power and made it clear that security will trump the economy as the nation’s priority. The business elite howled and is howling. For so long it was assumed that while the business class made moola, it would turn a blind eye to how power was used. No longer.

The great China expert Taki agrees. China’s stocks are plunging and its currency falling in value, but Wang’s philos-

worse than America.

Hence the reason Wang’s voice is as powerful as it is at present. As a result, the all-encompassing commercialization of Chinese society is dead as a doornail. Is it possible that both Wang and Taki are wrong? Only a wanker would bet against us, but there are a hell of a lot of those around. Xi left the private sector alone while he was consolidating his power within the party. During his second term he began to rein it in ever so slightly. Now in his third term, he’s gone to being Mao. A very tight leash on free enterprise is the order of the day, and already lots of businessmen and businesswomen have gone to early retirement.

past thirty years or so. Deng’s opening to the West had the bespectacled deep thinker Wang worried and warning against it. As a writer and intellectual, he insisted that China should create her own core values. As a 30-year-old, Wang had done a Tocqueville of 200 years ago and traveled all over the good old US of A. He wrote a book about it, America Against America, an eye-opener that questioned how a country could function with outof-control drug crime in black neighborhoods, homeless camps in Washington, D.C., and a society of different races and creeds that distrusted one another.

“The real cell of society in America is the individual,” he wrote, “because the family has disintegrated.” Wang Huning

ophy is that of a very long view. He sees America as a false beacon of hope for the world, a place of rural and urban decay where powerful tech monopolies crush competition; a region of homelessness, addiction, cultural chaos, and spiritual malaise. He forecasts that a bigger role for the markets and a smaller one for the state will make China another USA. The urban and rural expert Taki agrees, but there’s a catch. The part-time capitalist Chinese system has now surpassed the U.S. in income differences between rich and poor. Many of the problems Wang railed against of America are now ravaging China. Most important of all, China is, as I write, one of the most economically unequal societies on earth. In fact, it’s

Many of them are planning to go abroad, so if you run into some of them do not—I repeat, do not—mistake them for laundry people and hand them your shirts to be pressed. Seriously, I am of two minds. I respect Wang’s vision and absolute rejection of America as what a future China should aspire to become. On the other hand, I like my freedoms and do not wish to be told by some party hack what to do and how to act. It is a terrible choice to have to make, like choosing between Betty Grable and Ava Gardner, or Lily James and Keira Knightley. So for the moment I think I’ll stick to crappy old Noo Yawk. u

For more Taki, visit takimag.com.

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From left: Wang Huning; Chinese flag; Deng Xiaoping.

ROYAL PRESENCE

SINCE THE LATE 1950s, The Royal Poinciana Plaza has been a Palm Beach shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. But the elegant Regency-style main buildings, with stores, restaurants, galleries, salons, bookstores, and fitness facilities that open onto covered walkways and lushly planted courtyards designed by the prominent local archiect John Volk, had, by the 1990s, become somewhat tired, housing few retail outlets, with several shuttered spaces, including the once quite vibrant Playhouse, and the adjacent Celebrity Room private dinner club.

The 1999 opening of the Palm Beach Grill and its immediate and continuing success indicated that the plaza could be a popular destination for locals and visitors. But it wasn’t until almost 20 years later when WS Development took over the property that the plaza became once again a bustling and desirable place to visit, enticing prestige tenants relevant to the demographic of a younger, wealthy and more in tune with the times Palm Beach

residents and visitors. “The Royal” as the shopping center was rechristened in the new marketing strategy by WS Development.

Of course, much of what The Royal’s draw is can be credited to Lori Berg, a retailing veteran who has been the center’s General Manager since 2016. Berg is responsible for overseeing the whole property, including the landscaping, and coming up with special events to keep the Plaza invigorated and appealing as a place that people want to come to.

Samantha David, President of WS Development, had a vision of a place that people could visit five times a day—not just a shopping center—a place they could take their dog to the groomer, grab an espresso, go to the post office and buy a bottle of wine. Here, you can buy a Birkin at Hermès or get a sandwich at TooJays, and do a session of Pilates later on. With the now underway revitalization of The Playhouse, slated to open in 2024 and which Berg is also overseeing, the Plaza will

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become a multifaceted community cultural center. “It’s such an exciting prospect,” Berg explains. Attached to the theater is a planned waterfront restaurant, yet to be revealed, as well as seven new boutiques, which are expected to open sometime next year. Berg continues to come up with events that keep people coming. “We do various holiday events, always with a hip twist, and often host charity fundraisers in the courtyards,” she says.

“We’re so proud of what we’ve accomplished at the Plaza over the years,” states Alexandra Clark, Vice President, Asset Strategy and Experience of WS Development. “We couldn’t have done it without Lori’s leadership and to see how the community responds to the property day in and day out is a true testament of the magic that is The Royal. Lori is a pillar in the community, synonymous with The Royal Poinciana Plaza in the hearts and minds of the island that were so fortunate to be a part

of. We appreciate the trust the community put in us over the years and yet we’re just getting started!”

“When we first bought The Royal, it was mostly vacant with no retail stores to speak of,” says Samantha David. “We had big and improbable dreams of making it one of the best shopping and dining destinations in the country. In between us and that vision was a massive renovation, rebranding, and re-tenanting that required meticulous oversight. Lori was the person who saw it from point A to point B, the captain carefully guiding the ship through every harrowing storm and then throwing a party on deck when blue skies came out. She is true elegance personified— always smart, kind, calm in a crisis, and impeccably dressed the whole while. She is a leader who cares deeply about her team and will go to any length to support them.” David believes that The Royal could not be the place it is today without Berg. ◆

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Images of The Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach. Opposite page, from above: Lori Berg, General Manager of The Royal Poinciana Plaza.
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35 YEARS OF A PALM BEACH CLASSIC

A PALM BEACH classic, Renato’s has long held its reputation of impeccable service, fine dining, and old-world charm evocative of the island’s core values. The late Renato Desiderio founded his namesake restaurant in 1987 after serving as maître d’ at the legendary Petite Marmite, which once sat on Worth Avenue. His wife, Arlene Desiderio, along with her son José Luis Duran, have been running the joint since his death in 1998. As with all family-run establishments, the comfort and satisfaction of their clients has remained their top priority, yielding unbeatable service from the dedicated staff who don the traditional

black and white outfits. As their second home and the location of her marriage celebration in 1988, Desiderio expressed that their main goal is providing guests with a “warm hospitable environment,” to make them, too, feel at home. This season marked the restaurant’s 35th anniversary, and when asked what she was most proud of, Desiderio replied, “Maintaining the tradition of excellence honoring Renato’s legacy. We believe that his passion and spirit is woven into everything that we achieve.”

The atmosphere is sophisticated, elegant, and undeniably romantic. Tucked away on Via Mizner off Worth Avenue,

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Clockwise from above: Dining in the courtyard at Renato’s; the dedicated staff; a Cosmopolitan. Opposite page, clockwise from left: The courtyard; photos of Arlene and Renato Desiderio at the restaurant.

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COURTESY OF RENATO’S PALM BEACH; ROBERT H. GLAZE; INSTAGRAM Clockwise from top left: Renato and Arlene Desiderio; a dessert special featuring rum baba, lemon whipped cream, and vanilla sauce; vintage Renato’s; pan seared shrimp, eggplant Milanese, English peas, and tarragon Hollandaise sauce; bread service. Clockwise from top left: Wines on offer; Worth Avenue; a private dining room. COURTESY OF RENATO’S PALM BEACH; ROBERT H. GLAZE; INSTAGRAM

the candlelit dining room, reminiscent of Capri, features a large bar and live pianist, is decorated with hues of red accented by soft lighting, and leads to a charming courtyard where a Mediterranean fountain, colorful flowers, and brightly lit palm trees set the scene. The space is available for special events, and there are two private rooms for small or large parties. With chef Javier Sanchez at the helm since 2005, the menu is vast and eclectic showcasing an impressive selection of high-quality Continental cuisine with Italian flair. Longtime favorites include crispy soft-shell crab with mustard aioli or a cocktail of jumbo shrimp, crab claws, jumbo lump crabmeat with sauces to start, or a classic Caprese salad. Entrées include a wide range of pastas, from Rigatoni alla Vodka to Linguini with

Clams, and a selection of meats and fishes, from the Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb to the Sauteed Dover Sole. For those with a sweet tooth, classic desserts such as Tiramisu and Warm Chocolate Lava Cake are available to end the night. All dishes can be paired with an extensive wine and bubbly list, or strong cocktails. “As with the start of every season, Chef Sanchez has been diligently working on creating exciting additions to our classic menu with locally sourced ingredients for the new year,” expressed Desiderio. “Consistency and tradition,” according to Desiderio, is what makes Renato’s stand out against other dining spots on the island. It’s truly a classic, and the best destination for an unforgettable evening where you can be sure the staff will never disappoint in making you feel at home. ◆

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A TRUMPY CLASSIC RESTORED AND PRESERVED

EARL MCMILLEN, the yacht restoration wunderkind, has done it yet again! What began as a restoration of Jessie Woolworth Donahue’s famed and elegantly proportioned Freedom— a 100+ footer drafted and framed by Mathis Yachts in the still roaring 1926 became a full scale rebuild. It meticulously maintains John Trumpy’s original design, and the interiors, initially decorated by the renowned Wanamaker firm in Philadelphia, remain authentically plush.

“Challenge” doesn’t begin to describe the painstaking attention to 1920s’ period detail that McMillen and his fine team of 25 skilled marine craftsmen applied to this fabled motor yacht. The scale of the project was truly daunting- from the plumb bowed stem to the fantailed stern. With typical modesty McMillen explains, “Freedom was the most refined of all the Trumpy boats ... she begged to be rebuilt”.

The back story behind this begins in the early 1990s, when Earl McMillen III focused his extensive restoration skills onto the preservation of nautically known, but somewhat neglected wooden boats, which has grown into a fleet of fractionally owned yachts

that seasonally cruise the Eastern Seaboard and the Bahamas. By turning his passion into a successful and highly respected business, McMillen has pieced together a blue chip collection of classic American motor yachts that might be the best in the world. This man and his attractive family truly love their work, and as Earl says, “These wooden boats are organic; they’re living and breathing ... and possess an almost human-like attachment”.

Reflecting back on F.W. Woolworth’s nautically adept daughter Jessie and her “houseboat” Freedom, McMillen urges us to reconsider that Gilded Age of opulence: “In those days (one hundred years past), newly minted millionaires had their list of things to acquire: you’d have a winter house in Palm Beach and Newport in the summer ... a shooting plantation in South Carolina or Georgia ... and also on that list was a proper yacht. It was a lifestyle that everyone saw.”

True to form almost a century later—Freedom is again properly secured at a dock in Palm Beach. A classic lives on. ◆

For more information about fractional yacht ownership, visit woodenyachts.com.

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Clockwise from above: The restored Freedom , a 104-foot fantail motor yacht designed by John Trumpy and built in 1926 by the Mathis Yacht Building Company; inside the Palm Beach residence of Jessie Woolworth Donahue, Freedom ’s original owner; Freedom ’s interior; Donahue’s Palm Beach residence; Jessie Woolworth Donahue. Opposite page, from above: Freedom , circa 1926; Jessie’s husband, James P. Donahue.

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Fresh Finds QUEST

PALM BEACH swings into the height of the season this month, so we’re keeping it fresh, colorful, and classic. From stylish shades and swimsuits to flowy silhouettes and dazzling jewels, we have you covered for any event on the sunny island this season.

Zimmermann’s Tama Lace Up Corset ($795), Tama Wrap Midi Skirt ($2,350), Jelly Bow Wedge 85 ($895), and Tangled Collage Chain Necklace ($875). Visit zimmermann.com.

The large GYPSY ‘Candy’ Sun pendant in 18-carat yellow gold ($10,000) and large GYPSY Sun Classic pendant ($14,400) embody TAMARA COMOLLI’s pure joy of life. Visit tamaracomolli.com.

Designed to celebrate the establishment of Asprey, this 1781 Pochette is made in vibrant turquoise chevre leather. $2,900 at asprey.com.

Decorate the beach house with this Minton Majolica Nautilus Shell with a pink interior raised on a natural base with two colors of green seaweed on aubergine background. $4,500. Call 212.772.1122 or visit LindaHorn.com

Treat your man to a golf trip to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, featuring four championship courses, including Teeth of the Dog. Since opening in 1971, Teeth of the Dog has been widely recognized as the #1 course in the Caribbean and is continually ranked among the top layouts in the world. For more information on golf packages, visit casadecampo.com.do.

The new, redesigned, ’23 BMW X1 delivers more horsepower, more technology, more space, and more style… under $40k! With standard equipment! Visit bramanmotorcars.com or call 561.465.8293.

$717 at oliverpeoples.com.

Created in 1862, Bacardi Ocho remained the sole preserver of the Bacardi family for seven generations. Used for the most special occasions, this golden sipping rum is one of the oldest private rum blends in the world – perfect on its own or in cocktails. $29.99 at drizly.com.

Rolex’s GMTMaster II, Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel. Designed to show the time in two different time zones simultaneously during intercontinental flights. $11,050 at rolex.com.

Change your world with the exotic and imaginative design on these Moorea Jungle Rousseau men’s swimming trunks by Vilebrequin. $285 at vilebrequin.com.

Crafted from luxurious woolsilk cloth from one of Italy’s most prestigious mills, Peter Millar’s Pinnacle Plaid Soft Jacket has a tailored fit. $1,198 at petermillar.com.

Men’s Disoriano Metal Aviator Sunglasses by Brunello Cucinelli & Oliver Peoples.
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The Colony Palm Beach reopened this season with newly designed guest rooms and suites by Kemble Interiors, and furnishings by Society Social. Call 561.655.5430 or visit thecolonypalmbeach.com.

Platinum & Diamond Waterfall Chandelier Earrings. Price upon request at greenleafcrosby.com.

Accessorize with Chanel’s Mini Flap Bag in Lambskin & GoldTone Metal Light Pink. $4,900 at chanel.com.

Ralph Lauren Collection’s Small Stirrup Steel Watch. $2,600 at ralphlauren.com.

Oscar de la Renta’s Floral Tapestry Off-Shoulder Midi Dress presents the perfect Palm Beach look. $5,990 at oscardelarenta.com.

Graff’s 13.11 carat radiant cut Yellow diamond ring (white diamonds 2.25 carats), set in platinum and white gold. Price upon request at graff.com.

Gil Walsh Collection’s Raffia Small Table Lamp. $690 at gwifl.com.

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Treat

Alexander McQueen’s Cat-eye Sunglasses. $345. Visit alexandermcqueen.com or call the SoHo boutique at 332.214.7080.

Hand-crafted earrings by Columbian artisans of finely woven Iraca Palm and finished with hand-hammered bronze and 24k gold plating. Visit charlottekellogg.com.

Visit oceanhouseri.com or call 855.678.0364.

Meticulously hand-crafted in Spain, Stubbs & Wootton’s Flamingo slippers offer the quintessential Palm Beach look. $575 at stubbsandwootton.com.

When it comes to a warm weather getaway, there is one thing every woman needs: a wicker handbag. We recommend J.McLaughlin’s Royalton Wicker Handbag. $298 at jmclaughlin.com.

Get beach ready with Lilly Pulitzer’s Mayz Bandeau Swim Top in Ruby Red ($108) and matching Neil Bikini Bottom ($88). Visit lillypulitzer.com.

18k rose gold/titanium

Flexible Bracelet by Wempe Classics. 42 brilliant-cut diamonds 4,75 ct. G - SI. $25,275 at wempe.com.

yourself to a weekend at Ocean House, a historic Rhode Island hotel that has been meticulously reconstructed to pay tribute to its storied past and offer exceptional personal experiences for guests. Everloving Moonriver

MARKET INSIGHTS

PULITZER & WHITNEY

MCGURK

Brown Harris Stevens / 561.373.0666 or 561.310.7919 / lpulitzer@bhsusa.com or wmcgurk@bhsusa.com

Q: When does the real estate season begin in Palm Beach?

A: Officially, the season starts November 1st but people were, for the most part, preoccupied with family and Thanksgiving this year. Over the past summer, we saw people travel the town emptied out and our real estate market began to soften. This was expected due to the economy and rising interest rates. With that said, there are currently some fantastic buys available that have experienced millions of dollars in price reductions. There is always a silver lining!

Q: What were some of the most notable transactions of 2022?

A: We currently have an off-market, record-breaking pending sale, directlty on the ocean, closing in the spring.

Q: What advice can you offer buyers and sellers?

A: Palm Beach will always be a magical destination! Our advice is if you find something that fits your needs, buy it! The buyers who are investors are now in a holding pattern waiting and watching the market but buyers who are moving here to live realize that we have very limited inventory and they need to act.

Q: What’s new on the island?

A: Today, we see more and more people relying on us to sell their properties off market. This generates a lot of excitement in the real estate community but limits the exposure to the public, which sometimes works for the seller. On another note, building has been fast paced with very little land available. Today, Whitney and I represent three of the best properties available on Palm Beach and in Hobe Sound. These properties are enormous and are both on and off the water. The vibe here on the island is definitely a mixture of super sophisticated (i.e. the new Carriage House supper club) and seriously fun (i.e. Buccan). Let’s also not forget Club Colette, a favorite.

Q: Anything else you’d like to share?

A: Palm Beach will always be one of the most unique and welcoming places in the world. The people, our lush palm tree filled environment, and the sandy beaches make the sunny destination a gift to all who live here!

430 South Beach Road in Hobe Sound, Florida, listed for $43,000,000. Opposite page: Liza Pulitzer and Whitney McGurk.

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Compass / 203.550.8508 / shelly.tretterlynch@compass.com

Q: When does the real estate season begin in Greenwich? What is the current state of the market in Greenwich?

A: People would always refer to the ‘spring market’ that would typically begin at the end of January or beginning of February. This changed completely when the markets first took a downturn years ago and then again when the markets went up. It is truly based on the economy, rates and desirability of location, etc. I have had buyers close on properties by year-end for tax purposes and I have also listed properties over the holiday period with contracts signed for an early closing the following year. Being prepared is the most important for all involved. Sellers should make sure that all property fundamentals are in order and buyers should make sure that they are approved for a mortgage as the rates fluctuate. Do not give anyone a reason to walk away from a deal.

Q: What were some of the most notable transactions of 2022, and what do you expect for 2023?

A: Although the sales took a dip in the luxury level, many sellers at this level can hold on to their property as long as they want. Many

of these sales are viable to sellers if they receive the numbers that they are looking for. There are also sellers who may be willing to take less than desired for a year-end write-off. It is important to look at a trade in its entirety based on why someone is selling or buying. The notable sale of 2022 in Greenwich is definitely 435 Round Hill Road, which closed for $17,616,666. Although it is not what the sellers had hoped for, it was a great trade with both sides being represented by Compass. The house needed updating and once done, the glory of this estate will be quite apparent.

A: Do not wait for a ‘spring’ or ‘summer market’ when the properties are in their glory. Look at trends, a market analysis, and the ability to purchase a property not only for a good investment opportunity but also as a lifestyle. Don’t miss out on living your life to the fullest with a property that you can afford and want.

Work really closely with your agent. Remember that if you are loyal you receive loyalty back. When an opportunity is available for a great purchase or an off market property could be the ideal transaction, you want your experienced agent close by. Keeping an open line of communication, especially in transitional markets, is the key to finding the right opportunity.

From above: 3 Hekma Road in Greenwich, Connecticut, listed for $12,500,000; Shelly Tretter Lynch.

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Q: Tell us about the Palm Beach market. When does the real estate season begin?

A: We do business all year round, but the high season begins on November 1st. Currently, the market doesn’t have the same sense of urgency that we experienced during the pandemic. As a result, buyers have the opportunity to evaluate their options rather than make instant decisions. The Palm Beach market has returned to its normal pace. Presently, the Palm Beach market has around 55 homes for sale, which is historically low for this time of year. During our high season, we normally have between 150 to 200 homes for sale. Palm Beach only has 2,200+ single family homes on the entire island. Of utmost importance to note is that we are still dealing with a lack of inventory, which will continue to propel our market. Though not completely immune to some of the headwinds (equity market volatility, interest rate hikes, inflation), we are still very much in a “lack of supply and a strong demand” world where pricing is holding steady.

Q: What were some of the most notable transactions of 2022 and what do you expect for 2023?

A: I represented the buyer in the highest priced sale in Palm Beach in

2022 at 901 North Ocean Boulevard. This stunning direct oceanfront estate had never been lived in and was listed for $115M. As far as 2023, I don’t have a crystal ball, but I feel that the market will remain flat (compared to late spring/early summer) and will continue to be driven by the lack of quality inventory. Anything new or newly renovated will still fetch a premium because many buyers find projects are too time consuming and want instant gratification. If there is anything that we learned during the pandemic it is that buyers value their time immensely. I believe that there will be value in this market if you don’t mind doing a renovation project - you just need the bandwidth and patience!

Q: What advice can you offer buyers and sellers?

A: Now is a great time to be a seller, but you need to be realistic. The market has been unable to achieve that next level of pricing. Sellers need to keep in mind that properties are still trading at high levels! For buyers, we still have limited inventory across every price point, so if you find a property that works for you, make an offer. There is only so much of Palm Beach and its environs to purchase! There has been so much growth in our area over the last 2.5 years, and we have only reached the tip of the iceberg. Many of the companies that have committed to the area haven’t even started moving their employees here. As a result, there will be continued pressure on the housing market. Unfortunately, we have a major under supply.

From above: 2701 South Flagler Drive in Palm Beach, listed for $10,900,000; Dana Koch.

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SALLY MALONEY

Houlihan Lawrence / 203.962.2100 / smaloney@houlihanlawrence.com

Q: When does the real estate season begin in Greenwich, Connecticut?

A: The spring real estate market typically begins in late January/early February. It’s the time of year when work bonuses and school acceptance letters go out for area private schools. With this information, potential buyers are better able to plan ahead and make well informed decisions about what and where they would like to buy in Greenwich. It also allows for plenty of time to close on a property and get acclimated before school begins in the fall. Our sellers here approach selling their homes with a traditional mindset and list their homes in the winter months to access spring buyers.

Q:

Tell us about the market.

A: Buyer demand is still very high. With it’s beautiful shoreline, great downtown, highly ranked schools, low taxes and proximity to New York, Greenwich remains a very desirable place to live. This combined with the limited amount of inventory makes for a very healthy sellers market. Our biggest headwind is the limited inventory. Price correctly and let the market prove its efficiency. And remember, interest in Greenwich, Connecticut never wanes.

Q: What were some of the most notable transactions of 2022, and what do you expect for 2023?

A: I had two sales this year that exemplify the best this town has to offer. The first, a sophisticated European style town house in downtown Greenwich, steps away from the shops and restaurants. The second was a magnificent classic Greenwich Georgian in MidCountry, on two acres of lush landscaped grounds with a pool. Both of these properties went to contract in under two weeks, which again emphasizes the the strength of the market.

Q: What advice can you offer buyers and sellers in Greenwich?

A: Some very simple advice for the buyer. Be prepared! Be prepared to make an offer when you find the right house. If you are planning to finance, have those pieces in order. For sellers, we always suggest these few tips. Readying your home for listing has been a very important aspect in selling the last few years. Make the property as updated as possible, and depersonalize the home for listing photos and showings. But the most important key to selling your home is pricing it right from the beginning.

Q: What’s new?

A: Some great new restaurants have been popping up on the Avenue. The lively new Italian restaurant Bianca features great homemade pasta. And just across the street is The Cottage, where chef Brian Lewis brought his successful Westport restaurant to a Greenwich location. And of course, Jean George Vongerichten’s Happy Monkey!

From above: 62 Ridge Street in Greenwich, Connecticut, sold for $6,625,000; Sally Maloney.

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Sotheby’s International Realty / 561.301.2211 or 646.457.8919 / cristina.condon@sothebys.realty or kevin.condon@sothebys.realty

Q: When does the real estate season begin in Palm Beach?

A: The last few years the Palm Beach real estate market has become more active year round. The height of the season continues to be Thanksgiving through May but with the influx of demand in the area, properties are still trading during the off-season months. This is especially prevalent with sales of off-market properties. A newer trend recognized during the pandemic is an increase of young families moving into the area. This caused a shift in property listings and closed deals happening around the local school calendars. Overall, the driving force of the market continues to be limited inventory along with all the benefits that Palm Beach has to offer.

Q: What were the most notable transactions this year?

A: We have had a number of notable transactions this year. By far the highest price was $173 million in Manalapan, that consists of 15 acres ocean-to-lake property. Followed by a property that sold for $110 million with 242 direct ocean frontage.

We expect 2023 to be a strong year as Palm Beach and the downtown West Palm Beach area are desirable locations for people coming from the tri-state New York area, Chicago, and California. Companies that have made the decision to relocate all or part of their company to South Florida are only beginning to make the move. This will continue the demand for homes as these businesses make their way here.

Q: What advice can you offer buyers and sellers?

A: If you are a buyer and find something that meets your criteria, pull the trigger. It is very important to identify and prioritize your wish list. Real estate is an imperfect market and there will always be tradeoffs. To sellers, you still control the market and will not find a better time to sell your home. The inventory remains very limited at each price point, but prices have leveled off a bit since the frenzy from the pandemic so it is very important to come to market at the right price.

Q: What’s new?

A: Retail space here is very limited for the first time in years. A combination of the island becoming less seasonal and the addition of New York restaurants and art galleries opening the last few years, has attracted luxury retailers seeing the value of having a brick and mortar presence in Palm Beach. These shifts in the commerce community of the island is another testament that it is worth investing in Palm Beach. ◆

From above: 302 Via Linda in Palm Beach, Florida, listed for $19,995,000; Cris and Kevin Condon.

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The Navy SEAL Foundation will host its Evening of Tribute in Naples. The organization directly sponsors and lends its support to a number of events across the country that raise money to support the warriors, veterans, and families of Naval Special Warfare. For more information, visit navysealfoundation.org.

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The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation will hold an opening reception for its INSIGHTS V art competition at 5:30 p.m. at The John H. Surovek Gallery. By invitation. The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation was founded by Joyce and Dusty Sang in memory of their only child, Ryan Licht Sang, who passed away at the age of 24. At age five, Ryan began exhibiting symptoms of Bipolar Disorder, a serious mental illness that manifests itself with recurring episodes of mania and depression. Although no one can bring Ryan back, the foundation hopes millions will be able to see a brighter day in his memory. For more information, visit

ryanlichtsangbipolarfoundation.org.

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PALM BEACH DINNER

The Hanley Foundation will host its Palm Beach Dinner at the Sailfish Club at 6 p.m. The organization’s

mission is to eliminate addiction through prevention, advocacy, treatment, and recovery support. In addition, the foundation provides financial aid scholarships for individuals who could not otherwise afford addiction treatment. For more

information, call 561.268.2355 or

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THE WINTER SHOW

The Winter Show’s Opening Night Party represents New York’s unofficial kick-off social event of the new year. A glamorous evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres benefiting East Side House Settlement. The Winter Show is the première art, antiques, and design fair in America, featuring many of the world’s top experts in the fine and decorative arts. The Fair was established in the mid-1950s as a benefit for East Side House Settlement and, by the end of that decade, had firmly established itself as the leading event of its kind in the United States. East Side House is a community-based organization serving the Bronx and Northern Manhattan; its programs focus on education and technology as gateways out of poverty and as the keys to economic opportunity. All ticket sale proceeds from the show provide unrestricted funds for East Side House’s life-changing programs. For more information, visit thewintershow.org.

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On January 23rd, Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week will take place through January 26th. For the full schedule, visit fhcm.paris. On January 27th, Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation will host its Journey to Africa gala at 7 p.m. For more information, visit palmbeachzoo.org/gala. visit hanleyfoundation.org.
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PALM BEACH POLICE & FIRE

The Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation will hold its 17th annual Palm Beach Police & Fire Rescue Ball at Mar-a-Lago. By invitation. Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation is a nonprofit public safety organization that prioritizes opportunities to support philanthropists, serve first responders, and secure the community through purposeful public safety endeavors on the island of Palm Beach. For more information, visit palmbeachpoliceandfirefoundation.org.

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PARIS HAUTE COUTURE

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week will take place through January 26th, featuring French Maisons such as Chanel, and Dior. For the full schedule, visit fhcm.paris.

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JOURNEY TO AFRICA

Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society will host its Journey to Africa gala at 7 p.m. The event supports the Zoo’s conservation mission and expert animal care and wellbeing. The gala promises

to be a glamorous five-star evening featuring a haute cuisine dining experience, dancing, a live auction and wildlife encounters. Sandra and Patrick Rooney, Sr. will be honored as Gala Stewardship Award Recipients. For more informa -

tion and to purchase tickets, call 561.533.0887, ext. 222, or visit palmbeachzoo.org/gala.

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The Lowcountry Oyster Festival presented by Toadfish will take

place in Charleston. Featuring 45,000 pounds of oysters, the event is the world’s largest oyster festival! Highlights include live music on the main stage, raw oyster eating and shucking contests, wine, a selection of domestic and imported beers, a Children’s Area and a “Food Court” showcasing a variety of local favorite restaurants to satisfy everyone’s taste. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit lowcountryhospitality association.com.

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PALM BEACH HOSPICE

The Palm Beach Island Hospice Foundation will hold its Hospice Evening 2023 at The Breakers. Through Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach’s fundraising and support, Hospice of Palm Beach County is assisting in providing care for more than 2,000 individuals every day. Services provided by Hospice of Palm Beach County include palliative care, counseling, and end-of-life care. Along with medical care, the foundation helps to fund innovative support programs including tele-medicine and music therapies. For more information, visit pbihf.org.

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January 21st, the Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation will hold its 17th annual Palm Beach Police & Fire Rescue Ball at Mar-a-lago. For more information, visit palmbeachpoliceandfirefoundation.org.
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Three

generations out for a day of play in the courtyard at La Claridad. Designed in 1924 by Marion Sims Wyeth, La Claridad was preserved and restored to its original grandeur by Betsy Shiverick. Above, from left: Liza Reetz, Sam Shiverick, Ana Shiverick with Asa Shiverick seated on her lap, Betsy Shiverick with John McDonald seated on her lap, Paul Shiverick with Leo Shiverick seated on his lap, Jane Shiverick McDonald with Angus McDonald seated on her lap, and Jed McDonald. Opposite page, from top: Betsy and Paul embrace three rising stars from the latest generation; Asa, Ana, Leo, and Sam Shiverick smile for the camera; Betsy leans over beloved great dane, Pippa Shiverick; Liza Reetz picks up John McDonald; Angus, Jane, Jed, and John McDonald seated center court.

GENERATIONS OF PALM BEACH FAMILIES

PALM BEACH is unlike any other place on the planet. Winston Churchill reportedly flew into West Palm Beach in January of 1942 for a respite from his war efforts and to enjoy a short vacation in South Florida. A confirmed water rat (he was known to hold meetings from his tub), Churchill relaxed by simply bathing in the ocean. Said the Prime Minister, “There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human, are created, strengthened and maintained.” Truer words about family have rarely been spoken, and in no place are those truths better exemplified than in Palm Beach.

After 100 plus years of graceful evolution—from the time it was founded by Henry Morrison Flagler at the turn of the 19th century, and then officially incorporated in 1911—Palm Beach has blossomed into a fully developed municipality. Known for its soaring Royal Palms, historic landmarked architecture, sophisticated clubs, and legendary Worth Avenue, Palm Beach has been praised worldwide for its beauty and quality of life, while still protecting its small-town character. On an island that is barely 16 miles long and less than a mile wide, families are interconnected through generations who have remained generously supportive of the community they live in. Terms like preservation, philanthropy, humane societies, and “giving back” are not taken lightly. And that is why Palm Beach has remained, to quote its founder, Henry Morrison Flagler, a virtual “Paradise.” u

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An afternoon stroll. Pauline Baker Boardman Pitt and her niece, Callie Baker Holt, share an affection for interior design, architecture, preservation, and animals—particularly dogs. The two spend an afternoon together at Pauline’s house and gardens in Palm Beach, as their three dachshunds (below, from left): Rosie and Bean (Pauline’s) and Prudence (Callie’s) trail along.

Let’s go to the beach! Page, Nicolas, Courtney, and Evie Leidy head to the beach on Palm Beach’s North End. Opposite page: A walkway leading to the beach; Evie guides her mom to the ocean (inset, left); Nicolas takes a pause before heading to the water (inset, right). With additional ties to Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia, this family seems pretty natural among the sand and surf of Palm Beach.

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A walk along Worth Avenue. Clockwise from top left: Natalie and Win Betteridge wave from beneath Worth’s famous archways with their sons, Hunter and Oliver; Oliver and Hunter happily seated on a bench; a family portrait; the Betteridge family strolls along Worth Avenue. Opposite page: Smiling for the camera. The Betteridge family has deep roots in jewelry design and silversmithing, dating back to the early 1700s. Win and Natalie have brought their knowledge and appreciation for jewelry to Greenleaf & Crosby at 236 Worth Avenue, and to their IWC & JaegerLeCoultre boutique at 223 Worth Avenue. The boys are excited about it too!

Casey and Erik Waldin seated on their front steps with daughters Winnie and Lulu; Lulu happily smiles on a swing (inset). Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Winnie plays in the garden; cavalier king charles spaniel, Divot Waldin; a family portrait; Erik plays on the swingset with his two daughters; Lulu greets friends at the front door.

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Aster, Sara, Sienna, and Piper Quinn enjoy golden hour in Palm Beach. He may own two of the island’s favorite restaurants, Buccan and Imoto, as well as Grato in West Palm Beach, but Piper always makes time for his three favorite girls.
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Clockwise from top left: Aster, Sara, and Sienna dance in the driveway; Piper shares a hug with his eldest daughter, Sienna; Sara holds hands with her two girls.

WESTWARD HO!

HENRY FLAGLER, the American Industrialist would be hard pressed to recognize the bustling cultural explosion in the town he founded today. Since the 1890s when Flagler arrived in Palm Beach with the intention of constructing hotels and a railroad to accommodate tourists eager to enjoy Florida’s sunshine, West Palm Beach (separated from neighboring Palm Beach by the Lake Worth Lagoon) has undergone more changes than he ever could have imagined. And while every decade since the turn of the century has seen either a significant boom or bust in West Palm Beach, the current area’s renaissance is accelerating at a high-speed rate unlike any other time in its history.

According to Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, “the area is not only attracting titans of the financial sector, but also developers who are investing in our county. Over 60,000 people have changed their driver’s license from New York to Florida and Palm Beach County is the number one place they’ve moved to.” The statistics continue to be staggering. Kelly’s team has personally courted over 30 companies to the area and created over 2,500 jobs. Of 19.8 million sqaure feet of office space in Palm Beach County, 1.5 million are under construction. “Most of that activity is happening in West Palm Beach” adds Kelly.

A view of the West Palm Beach cityscape seen from across the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Clockwise from left: Table 26, 1700 S Dixie Hwy, 561.855.2660, table26palmbeach.com; The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, 561.832.7469, kravis.org; Grato, 1901 S Dixie Hwy, 561.404.1334, gratowpb.com; Grandview Public Market, 1401 Clare Avenue, 561.323.4103, grandviewpublic.com; The Norton Museum of Art, 1450 South Dixie Highway, 561.832.5196, norton.org.

Eddie Schmidt and Ozzy Medeiros, owners of restaurant Table 26, are hardly surprised by the growth happening in West Palm Beach and its emerging food scene. “We made the decision to open in West Palm Beach 11 years ago because we truly saw the vision and growth that would happen here. Now,” continues Schmidt, “year-round residents have increased significantly and the diverse array of restaurants have met that demand. People are crossing the bridges, eating, shopping, and living in West Palm Beach.”

Discerning buyers are moving in droves eager to enjoy the

TABLE 26 RESTAURANT; THOMAS BARRAT/SHUTTERSTOCK; JUPGIRL.COM;

prime waterfront lifestyle that West Palm has to offer. Glistening high rises like The Bristol and La Clara beckon with lavishly appointed residences. Soon Forté will join the mix, with 41 four and five bedroom plans to choose from accompanied by state of-the-art amenities like a 75’ pool, pool deck, heated spa, multiple dining areas, a 24-hour full-service concierge service... And Olara, another stunning waterfront project expected to break ground in early 2023, will offer similar resort-inspired luxury amenities. According to Reid Boren, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Two Roads Development spear heading the Forté project, West Palm Beach is an exciting place to live right now. “Our proximity to downtown, the Norton Museum of Art, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, and our location right on scenic Flagler Drive makes us one of the premier addresses in West Palm Beach. Our gracious residences have made Forté very appealing for our purchasers and quite simply, the general vibe around town shows that West Palm Beach is

Counterclockwise from right: The Square at 700 South Rosemary Avenue, 561.366.1000, thesquarewestpalm.com; “Seven Beings” at The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, 253 Barcelona Rd, 561.832.5328, ansg.org; a terrifyingly lifelike dinosaur at The Cox Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail N, 561.832.1988, coxsciencecenter.org; Forté on Flagler, 1309 S Flagler Drive, 561.903.2819, fortewpb.com.

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Clockwise from left: An aerial view of the eastern shoreline of West Palm Beach; NORA (short for “North of Railroad Avenue”) will soon come alive as a West Palm neighborhood known for trendy restaurants, businesses, and bars, visit norawpb. com to learn more; Authentic Provence, 6100 Georgia Avenue, 561.805.9995, authenticprovence.com; Harry’s of Harry’s Bar (dating back to when Giuseppe Cipriani opened it in Venice in 1931) coming soon to 360 Rosemary Avenue.

where you want to live right now.”

Photographer Nick Mele and his wife, Molly, parents of two young boys, couldn’t agree more. “We moved to West Palm Beach 8 years ago and even in that short time, the city has changed a lot. Tons of young and successful families have moved here, realizing they don’t have to live in large cities to have a career and you can’t beat the lifestyle down here. Our kids have friends their age that live next door, across the street, and on every block practically. The Palm Beach area in general offers camaraderie and a feeling of a small community while still having access to the cultural and commercial benefits of a large city,” says Nick.

West Palm Beach is on the brink of becoming a world renown art, cultural and business metropolis. Everyone we talked to agreed: the growth has only just begun. Recently, the historic area of Georgia Avenue, known for its upholstery workrooms and stone and glass companies has been completely transformed. Now, well-known antique stores and interior designers have gravitated to the neighborhood to take advantage of the larger spaces. “West Palm Beach is a community dedicated to work, and it’s friendly and neighborly,” says Casa Gusto owner, Charles Peed. “Georgia Avenue allowed us a larger space to build an environment that was completely unexpected and very quickly others followed suit. Now, we are all looking forward to a very bright future.”◆

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WHILE PALM BEACH typically sees a tidal wave of seasonal residents at this glorious time of year, many of those past visitors chose to relocate during the pan demic and make the sunny island their business and family-friendly home. With those new residents came an increased need to accommodate the growing popula tion. Organizations such as the Cox Science Center and Aquarium (CSCA) in West Palm Beach are capitalizing on both the always-coveted generational philanthropy that is the signature of the coastal community, as well as new generosity from transplants.

According to donors, the CSCA’s clear vision, focused leadership and creative ideas were key to their support. Momentum for their expansion campaign has already generated more than $60 million of its $85 million total goal in just over one year’s time. Whether inspired by education opportunities or their grandchildren’s love of the Science Center, all three of the most significant recent gifts reflect a love of water.

Known for his catalytic giving across a range of areas, including education and STEM initiatives, an $8 million gift from Citadel founder and CEO Ken Griffin was among the first major gifts to follow the Cox donation. His funding is earmarked for the CSCA’s new aquarium, featuring 200,000 gallons to take visitors through the Everglades, Florida’s inland rivers and Gulf Stream waters. With a focus on sharing the South Florida native’s love of the ocean, Griffin’s funding will also improve interactive experienc -

es in Florida’s fifth largest aquarium impacting nearly 500,000 students annually, 70 percent of whom attend Title 1 schools. “When students engage with the natural world, they develop an excitement about science that will drive progress for decades to come,” said Ken Griffin. “I hope the expanded aquarium will increase appreciation for our region’s dynamic ecosystem and the work required to preserve and protect it for future generations.”

Leonard Lauder’s $5 million in funding will support the Coral Reefs exhibit in the new Aquarium showcasing the colorful beauty of reef fish alongside propagated

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Clockwise from above: Cox Science Center and Aquarium; Julia Koch; Ken Griffin. Opposite page: Wendy and Howard Cox.

coral “frags,” which will tell the story of cutting-edge coral research happening in Palm Beach County.

“When I was a young boy, I went to museums after school,” said Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman Emeritus, The Estée Lauder Companies. “Stepping into a museum was like entering another world, and I just loved it! I learned so much about art and history from those afternoons. When I look at the creative ways the Cox Science Center engages young people, I’m absolutely thrilled. Imagine learning about coral reefs at the new Aquarium. Experiences like that can be life-changing and, equally important, fun!”

A $5 million gift from the David H. Koch Foundation will honor Julia Koch’s late husband’s philanthropy around science, education and the cultural arts with an interactive fountain to greet visitors. An artistic representation of “STEAM” science, technology, engineering, arts, and math the fountain will set the tone as guests enter the new state-of-the-art space for the expanded aquarium, permanent and traveling exhibitions, and upgraded observatory.

“As a trained chemical engineer, David was passionate about enhancing research and education in science,” said Julia Koch. “I can think of no better way to honor his memory in this community than with this new fountain bearing his name. Its double-helix design accentuates the importance of the arts in STEAM education to the Cox Science Center’s nearly one million annual visitors.”

The Lauder and Koch families are life-long friends and their joint support of this STEAM-focused campaign will impact millions of learners for generations.

Also appreciating innovation, new ideas and renewal, Helen and Chuck Schwab have generously supported the new Cox Science Center as well, with the best part being they and their enthusiastic grandchildren can learn together.

Naming and support opportunities are available for the expanded offerings. A groundbreaking is expected in spring 2023 with a targeted completion set for early 2026. To participate in the campaign or to learn more about CSCA’s offerings, visit coxsciencecenter.org/support-us. ◆

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This spread: Renderings of the new Cox Science Center and Aquarium and Leonard Lauder (top right).

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—Iris Apfel

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“Fashion you can buy, but style you possess. The key to style is learning who you are, which takes years. There’s no how-to road map to style. It’s about self expression and, above all, attitude.”
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Clockwise fom top left: Peter Pulitzer, grandson of press magnate Joseph Pulitzer, picnicking with a friend on a beach in Palm Beach, 1955; First Lady Jackie Kennedy boarding Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport, 1961; Bettina Anderson and her niece play Connect Four in the courtyard of The Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach; debutantes at a party in Palm Beach, 1957; holidaymakers in Marbella, Spain, 1963. Opposite page: Countess Peter Jean-Baptiste de Manio (left) and Mary-Beth Turner play backgammon by a swimming pool in Palm Beach, 1959.

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Counterclockwise from top right: Gloria Vanderbilt, Palm Beach, 1942; a poolside fashion show at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, 1962; Alfred Vanderbilt dances with Barbara Hutton in Palm Beach c. 1940; Virginia “Ginny” Burke at a dinner party hosted by Marianne and John Castle; a pool party in Palm Beach, 1964; Jane Holzer beside a photograph of herself taken by Andy Warhol at The Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach. Opposite page, clockwise from top: Palm Beach Polo photographed by Harry Benson; Mary Sandford (left) talks to Brownie McLean during a charity ball at the Everglades Club, 1959; Daisy and Mary Baker in Palm Beach; Emilia and Pepe Fanjul with their children and grandchildren in Palm Beach, 2021.
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Clockwise from top: Hilda Juliette Arias de Rey Millet, Maria Victoria Herrera de Reynolds, and Serina Bradley Martin Sanchez relaxing in Palm Beach, FL, 1982; Lauren Layne Merck strikes a pretty pose; Inger Anderson dons a tuxedo bathing suit in Palm Beach, FL, 1980; Mrs. George Vanderbilt rides a basket bicycle in Palm Beach, FL, January 27, 1944; Liza Pulitzer walks along a beach path with her granddaughter, Lilly Leidy; a couple sunbathing in Palm Beach circa 1955. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: President John F. Kennedy with wife Jacqueline, John Jr., 3, and Caroline, 5, outside the Palm Beach home of the president’s father, 1963; Franz Bueb, Lilly Pulitzer, and James A. Hannah Jr. at The Restoration Ball in Palm Beach, FL; C.Z. Guest on the beach at Villa Artemis in Palm Beach, FL, 1954; guests at a Palm Beach pool party, 1955; sisters Lesly Stockard (former Palm Beach Mayor Lesly S. Smith) and Susan W. Stockard (the actress Stockard Channing) in Palm Beach, FL; Judy Van der Grift holds Fritzie, while Lulu Ryan holds baby Cy, during a day of play by the pool in Palm Beach.
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BEACHY BUYS

Between the designer shops that line Worth Avenue, award-winning interior design showrooms, and the expanding Royal Poinciana Plaza, Palm Beach is any shopper’s dream destination.

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Vintage Worth Avenue.

RALPH LAUREN

300 Worth Avenue 561.651.3900 / ralphlauren.com

Situated in a historic mansion on Worth Avenue, Ralph Lauren has been capturing the American spirit for over 50 years, re-imagining equestrian influences for today. Best known for the colorful collared Polo shirts and knit sweaters that have become part of the classic American wardrobe, the brand offers numerous fashion lines, ranging from formal to more casual and athletic apparel. Ralph Lauren is also known for its range of footwear, accessories, home offerings, and fragrances.

JENNIFER GARRIGUES

308 Peruvian Avenue

561.659.7085 / jennifergarrigues.com

Interior designer Jennifer Garrigues began her career as a fashion model with Christian Dior, so it comes as no surprise that she has a trained and talented eye for quality and excellence. Known for her creative taste that blends style and comfort, Garrigues offers design services for residential, commercial, and hospitality projects. She has designed locally for the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club, and in New York for The Carlyle. Her showroom is a treasure trove of unexpected discoveries. From luxurious textiles and pillows to one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and decorative objects (which make great hostess gifts), there’s something for every room at Jennifer Garrigues.

J.MCLAUGHLIN

225 Worth Avenue

561.655.5973 / jmclaughlin.com

The first J.Mclaughlin store, located in an Ivy League-riddled enclave on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, was a small place with a welcoming, faded-paint feel. Today, with brick-andmortar retail locations in 140 communities across the country—not to mention a flourishing e-commerce business—J.McLaughlin celebrates its continued success as a classic American clothier and one of the country’s last great first-name-basis retailers. The clothes are simple and smart—the J.McLaughlin website describes them as “innovatively nostalgic,” making them the perfect aesthetic for Palm Beach style.

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ASSOULINE

340 Royal Poinciana Way 561.791.6051 / assouline.com

The first of its kind, Assouline is a luxury publisher in fashion, design, travel, and lifestyle, with everything for the modern library. Assouline is committed to bringing exciting coffee table books to the world of publishing and beyond. But the books aren’t just beautiful, the company is dedicated to promoting culture and their boutiques are designed so visitors can discover intellect and good taste. The Palm Beach storefront is the perfect, cozy environment to explore their latest covers. It’ll be easy to get lost among the selection of books that are works of art, rich with creativity.

STUBBS

& WOOTTON

340 Worth Avenue 561.655.6857 / stubbsandwootton.com

Purveyors of the handmade slipper—which can be sported both day and night, on men and women alike—Stubbs & Wootton is a favorite among locals (or anyone looking for an authentic touch of Palm Beach style). The brand’s iconic designs embody everything magical about Palm Beach: fine quality and fashion sense mixed with wit, humor, and flair. Whether in velvet or needlepoint, prepare to turn heads when stepping out in your Stubbs. Stroll into the charming store at 340 Worth Avenue to find your perfect match.

ASPREY

155 Hammon Aveue 561.655.5430 / asprey.com

Asprey is a British retailer of jewelry, leather, silver, and other luxury goods. Founded in 1781, the House has historically been recognized as one of the world’s preeminent luxury goods brands and has a substantial client base of members of royalty, heads of state and important actors on the world stage. For over two centuries, Asprey has been regarded as a top British luxury lifestyle brand and the Bruton Street Flagship Store is considered a must see London destination. This season, it’s popping up at The Colony Palm Beach through April 2023. Stop by to see its broad product assortment that includes jewelry, leather goods, accessories, silver, watches, clocks, first edition leather bound books, china, crystal, games, silk, and accessories.

TAMARA COMOLLI

150 Worth Avenue, #115 561.659.3700 / tamaracomolli.com

Since the brand was founded in 1992, TAMARA COMOLLI has redefined the rules of wearing fine jewelry. With incredibly versatile designs, the brand helps every woman express herself in a natural and effortless way a feeling of freedom and happiness that lets you escape from the mundanities of everyday life. Inspired by its love of the ocean and endless passion for the rarest, most colorful gemstones, TAMARA COMOLLI creates surprising and playful yet elegant and feminine designs. These are most apparent in its popular MIKADO Collection, featuring acorn-shaped gemstones in vibrant colors.

AERIN

33 Via Mizner 561.623.0906 / aerin.com

Luxury lifestyle brand AERIN harnesses signature style and an appreciation for elegant living. Emphasizing the effortlessness of a beautiful life, AERIN curates its collections in beauty, accessories, and home décor with a focus on art, travel, and fashion. Inside the Palm Beach boutique, there’s a wide range of sophisticated buys, including straw hats, sunglasses, statement jewelry, and clutches, making it the perfect shopping destination for island living. Also check out the latest of their heavenly perfumes before your next big event.

GREENLEAF & CROSBY

236 Worth Avenue

561.655.5850 / greenleafcrosby.com

Florida’s oldest jeweler, Damon Greenleaf and J.H. Crosby Jr. established Greenleaf & Crosby in 1868 in Jacksonville. In 1933, Greenleaf & Crosby opened its current store on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, which has been the flagship location ever since. The store remains family-owned, just as it has for over 150 years. Today, it’s operated by Win and Natalie Betteridge (formerly of Betteridge in Greenwich, Connecticut) who acquired it in 2021. Known for its jewelry from extraordinary estate pieces to classic gemstones and contemporary designer jewels the company is frequented by many of the world’s great collectors.

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GRAFF

221 Worth Avenue

561.355.9292 / graff.com

From necklaces cascading with fiery scintillation to rings glowing with rare mystique, Graff sets unsurpassed standards of excellence within the world of high jewelry. Founded by Laurence Graff in London in 1960, the House of Graff is synonymous with the most fabulous jewels in the world. The name symbolizes rarity, beauty, excellence, and, above all, the best quality, craftsmanship, and diamonds. Discover some of the brand’s latests offerings at the Worth Avenue boutique, from outstanding high jewelry pieces and engagement rings to nature-inspired collections featuring sparkling silhouettes.

ALA VON AUERSPERG

312 Worth Avenue 561.429.4987 / alavonauersperg.com

Ala von Auersperg didn’t come from the fashion world, but her mother, Sunny Crawford von Bulow, and grandmother, Annie Laurie Aitken, had a knack for fashion. They valued beautiful craftsmanship, knew what looked good on them, and understood that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for great style. These early lessons trained Ala von Auersperg’s eye and eventually influenced her clothing line, which features pieces that are effortless, elegant, and versatile. Garments can be worn to the beach or dressed up for a special occasion.

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KEMBLE SHOP

294 Hibiscus Avenue 561.659.5556 / thekembleshop.com

The Kemble Shop is Palm Beach’s prime destination to shop for special gifts and stylish new additions for your home, garden, and wardrobe. The Palm Beach gem is an extension of the larger brand, Kemble Interiors Inc., a design firm created by Mimi McMakin in 1982. Kemble pays close attention to its shopper’s needs and wants, and the buyers work hard to bring unique finds from antique stores, India markets, and homemade designs to their clientele. Stop by Kemble’s magical storefront on Hibiscus Avenue to admire everything from their houseware, clothing, and lighting collections.

ZIMMERMANN

340 Royal Poinciana Way 561.273.8985 / zimmermann.com

Sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann founded their namesake label in 1991. They fast won a loyal follow ing—smart, sartorially savvy women with an eye for quality fabrics and clever cutting. Zimmermann began literally and creatively in Sydney, with Nicky focusing designing dresses and selling them at Paddington mar kets. Early in its evolution, Zimmermann took the bold step of fusing fashion with swimwear and presented it to the world, now providing the perfect looks for beach towns and tropical vacations. The brand now boasts stores in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States.

CHARLOTTE KELLOGG

228 Worth Avenue 561.820.2402 / charlottekellogg.com

Charlotte Kellogg’s namesake brand is known for crisp and effortless clothing that comes in a range of bold colors. Kellogg draws in spiration from her travels around the world while producing much of her collection in the United States. A familiar presence on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach since 1998, Charlotte offers basic and luxury styles in natural fabrics. Visit the Charlotte Kellogg boutique for the brand’s iconic fabulous fitting pants, wonderful big tunics, dress shirts, jersey tops and much more designed and made for the resort lifestyle. New arrivals include silk linen botton-downs, canvas cotton stretch shorts, maxi dresses in printed cotton, and more.

ZEGNA

212 Worth Avenue

561.327.9447 / zegna.com

Inspired by its visionary founder, Zegna follows its own path down the road that Ermenegildo built over 110 years ago in the mountains in Piedmont, northern Italy. In early December, Zegna opened its newest boutique on Worth Avenue, which epitomizes the resetting of the brand’s new identity under the artistic direction of Alessandro Sartori and his creative team. Customers can now discover Zegna’s iconic Triple StitchTM Sneakers, a global success for the Maison, signature Luxury Leisurewear, and more in an oceanside environment with a stylish resort focus. u

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GIL WALSH INTERIORS

GIL WALSH began her extensive 40+ year career as a student in fashion design. While designing the sets and costumes for an avant-garde production of a play written by Pablo Picasso, her passion bloomed for designing in a three-dimensional world.

As her career developed, she accepted an offer to work with Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. to refurbish the interior of Frank Lloyd Wright’s historical Fallingwater. His single-family home is considered by many to be one of the greatest designs of the 20th century. This project was a defining moment in her career, and today she is a member of its advisory board.

As a leading interior designer in Palm Beach and Martha’s Vineyard, Gil leads her talented team from her 5,000-square-foot studio located in West Palm Beach. It is home to a cutting-edge resource materials library that encompasses the latest fabrics, wallcoverings, architectural materials,

and floor coverings. Everything they need to design your space is at their fingertips. Detailed scaled drawings are produced by the Interior Architecture team, illustrating custom kitchens, bathrooms, built-in cabinetry, millwork finishes, and lighting. Realistic renderings are created by their 3D Interior Designer showcasing the team’s incredible eye for design. Together they strive to add value across all stages of the design process, from the initial concept and plans right through to the finishing touches.

The GW Interiors team is glamorously refreshing interiors and transforming traditional spaces into timeless modern places. Follow them on Instagram @gilwalshinteriors to view their latest inspiring designs and collaborations, or visit their new West Palm Beach showroom that features their private label upholstery, fabrics, and accessories.

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LETA AUSTIN FOSTER

LETA AUSTIN FOSTER has been transforming interiors in Palm Beach and beyond since the 1970s and this year she celebrates 50 years of creating beautiful spaces. Leta continues to design for clients across the country, run her beautiful boutique in Via Mizner, and still finds time to create new lines of wallpaper and fabric so everyone can enjoy her good taste.

Most recently, Leta launched her first capsule collection of wallpaper designs with Waterhouse Wallhangings, which has been featured in Veranda magazine and has been used in the redecorating of her Via Mizner apartment and boutique on Worth Avenue. Additionally, this fall Leta was celebrated by the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach for being a steward in preserving the historic and iconic architecture of Palm Beach. Her strong belief in historic preservation is documented in the Landmarks Discovered video series on the restoration of her Addison Mizner apartment on Worth Avenue and voluntarily landmarking her home on Pendleton Lane.

A pioneer in the design world, Leta has established

herself as a leading talent in the interior design world and has been lauded by House and Garden as one of “America’s Greatest Interior Decorators” and by House Beautiful as one of “America’s most trailblazing designers.” She has contributed design advice to Elle Décor , Traditional Home , Veranda , and House Beautiful Her work has been published in several books and was commemorated in, Traditional Interiors: Leta Austin Foster, India Foster and Sallie Giordano, by Brian Coleman.

Leta believes that decorating should be fun, whimsical, not taken too seriously, and that any room can be beautiful and comfortable at the same time. Leta also believes in creating interiors that will stand the test of time. She has been awarded the Addison Mizner Award for Interior Design from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. She received an honorary PhD from the New York School of Interior Design.

Leta is based in Palm Beach, Florida where her design studio is situated above her boutique, Leta Austin Foster Boutique, at 64 Via Mizner on Worth Avenue.

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SCOTT SNYDER

FOR SEVERAL YEARS we looked for a place to live in Palm Beach to escape the grey and grizzly London weather. On one of our excursions we walked into a tiny flat with a fabulous view of the ocean. It was so exquisite I said, if someone could make a jewel box out of such a boring boxy space, think what the designer might be able to do with something bigger and better. We located Scott Snyder and our love affair began. We finally found our eyrie in the sky on the Inland Waterway and just as Covid burst full blown into our lives, he prepared a brilliant scheme for us.

Scott asked me what we wanted, and I said, think Somerset Maughan in the South Seas, with a touch of the South of France. He asked what colors, and I described my favorites: ivory, slate, pumpkin and sisal. We live in Central London and we wanted something relaxed

and elegant, suitable for the two of us, no visitors, just bliss. We needed two workspaces and to exploit the fabulous view, and he did just that, and so much more. Scott is a very encouraging person and he pulled out all stops at a most difficult time in the world.

Under enormous pressures and Covid house rules, he and his team managed to gut our flat, completely rebuild, order everything, install, and create the most charming and welcoming atmosphere. Scott was even kind enough to compliment my Guardian Angel Watercolors (painted by me in the hopes that they were watching over all of us.) I feel much wedded to Scott’s vision, his attention to every detail, his kindness and care. He is a man for all seasons, but especially for us during the deepest darkest winter months. —Kaaren Hale

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From above: An interior designed by Scott Snyder; Scott Snyder and Kaaren Hale.
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SMI LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Established in 1982, SMI Landscape Architecture has been creating picturesque gardens and been one of the top national firms for almost 40 years. Though most renowned for creating beautiful residential gardens in Palm Beach, the work of the firm reaches nationally and extends into commercial and urban sectors. In recent years, the firm celebrated the 25th anniversary of their design and implementation of Pan’s Garden in Palm Beach. Pan’s Garden, the first all native plant botanical garden in Florida, was a project undertaken for the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach.

Whether working on a residential garden in Palm Beach or a high rise building in New Your City, the firm’s approach remains the same. The partners, Jorge Sanchez, Brian Vertesch, John Lubischer, and Claudia Visconti state, “Our philosophy always revolves around three main items; the client, the architecture, and the site. We do not have one style that we try to impose on each project. Instead, we are driven by our relationship and understanding of the client, what the architect brings to

the table, and the advantages and constrains of the site.”

The firm’s approach has led to their work gracing the covers of numerous magazines and books, and being granted both regional and international awards. Even with the quantity of work that this level of recognition can bring in, the firm still finds time to donate their design and construction observation services to worthy causes. Most recently, the firm donated their services to the Society of the Four Arts to assist in the refurbishment of the Chinese Garden within the Four Arts Botanical Gardens.

The firm has also created other iconic public spaces within the town. Numerous individuals can be seen enjoying the amenities on Worth Avenue, the Memorial Fountain Park, Bradley Park, and the new East Garden event space at The Colony Hotel. The partners all agree, “Seeing our clients and the public enjoying the gardens we create is such a rewarding experience.” It is such a treat to be immersed in these beautiful settings created by SMI when conducting our everyday business on the island.

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From above: A garden designed by SMI Landscape Architecture; SMI partners Brian Vertesch, Jorge Sanchez, Claudia Visconti, and John Lubischer.

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LE SERENE HOME & DESIGN

SOPHISTICATED, CHIC, and exceptionally gifted are attributes that describe Andrea Huainigg, Founder and Creative Director of Le Serene Home & Design at 206 Brazilian Avenue (call 561.360.3552 or visit leserenehome.com). Her love for beauty and innate sense of style shines through every project. Her commitment to high standards of excellence and her dedication for her craft raises the bar to create interiors that amaze not only her clients but also her loyal team.

The designer’s instinctual understanding of complex serene colors combined with her passion for textiles, one-of-the-kind custom furniture, home décor, and curiosities found here and there during her extended travels and cooperations with artisans in Europe are her personal trademarks.

It was during her time as student in Italy when she discovered her strong connection to the world of design and interiors. As a student in Italy, she worked in Milan at the renowned Salone del Mobile, the world’s largest furniture fair, where her passion for Interior Design initiated. That was when she began collecting books and magazines of designers and investing in iconic furniture and art.

Today, besides designing interiors for a discerning clientele, she presides over her boutique of furniture and curated home décor in Palm Beach, Florida. Born in Austria, her European heritage and life on two continents are her greatest source of inspiration and define her style, passion, and creative work. The designs are recognized for her softened approach to contemporary work incorporating an unparalleled fusion of refined furnishings and materiality. A wife and mother of three boys, her passion and dedication to her family provides a healthy equilibrium to her creative work.

Encouraged by the success of Le Serene Home & Design, the designer will open an additional location, AMOUR by Le Serene in West Palm Beach, Florida. Partnering with her oldest son, Josef, who also shares the love for art and creation from being surrounded by an artistic family, holds a degree from a Swiss University in luxury brand management.

The 2,000 square-foot showroom on Southern Blvd will provide space to showcase furniture mindfully designed and built by artisans in Europe along with outdoor furniture and curated home decor. The new showroom will open its doors in the first quarter of 2023.

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JENNIFER GARRIGUES

“DINING ROOMS are a special place where people are brought together during the holidays, when entertaining family, hosting game nights, and sometimes even an occasional business meeting. So how can you create an ideal space to serve all occasions? Well, sometimes you have to start from the ground up. And I mean that literally! As a designer, I often like to start with selecting the area rug for the space. Once we chose the perfect rug, I can then pull colors from it to create a color palette for the rest of the room.

This particular client wanted everything to be light and airy. We kept the walls and drapery neutral and added beautiful and colorful artwork. Art is always important in any room. It can draw you in and be a great conversation starter.

When selecting furniture, I try to select timeless pieces that will last a few decades. I chose darker finishes to anchor the

room. The iron chairs for example are dark bronze, but their lattice design also makes them feel airy. I chose a light table top so the space wasn’t too heavy. I do take into consideration the design pattern of the fine china when selecting fabrics and finishes. It all has to work together beautifully.

I love mixing metals, which is where this stunning Moroccan light fixture comes in. The perfect orange and gold tones were found in this Fortuny fabric for the seat cushions that tie everything together. I also love to accessorize any room with fresh flowers to bring out subtle doses of bright color. It really makes a room come alive.

When designing a dining space, my goal is comfort. Make the room leave an impression and yet let it be relaxing enough for you to want to sit there for hours. Everyone knows the best conversations happen over a delicious meal!” —Jennifer Garrigues

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SEABREEZE BUILDING

DISTINCTIVE DETAILS and quality craftsmanship is synonymous with the impressive Palm Beach portfolio Seabreeze Building has built in the last 10 years. Whether restoring a historic home or building from the ground up, Seabreeze has built a strong foundation for its own reputation on the island. A family-owned small business, Seabreeze is an award-winning, highend custom home builder specializing in new construction and renovations throughout South Florida.

One of its most notable and recent projects includes the restoration of the Duck’s Nest property located at 303 Maddock Way, the second oldest home in Palm Beach. The Duck’s Nest owners awarded the project to Seabreeze after working closely with them to design and build their primary residence adjacent from the Duck’s Nest on the same property. No detail was spared in the full scale renovation process. To ensure a seamless and efficient process, Seabreeze had a full on-site millwork team and architect, Meghan Ford Taylor and Joe Tralongo of Tralongo + Taylor, that could adjust plans on-site and in real time as needed. As with any historical restoration, the challenge was to keep the character of the house

true to its time yet updated with modern amenities and Seabreeze accomplished just that with the highest quality work and attention to detail.

Renowned decorator Phoebe Howard worked closely with the owners and the Seabreeze team to bring the décor concept to life, sourcing most of the furniture and decorative pieces from local vintage stores. Some favorite features include a custom bamboo bar, blue gingham kitchen, and cane entryway ceilings.

As a result, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach awarded the project the esteemed 2020 Robert I. Ballinger Award for its commitment to preserving and restoring Palm Beach historic properties.

As exhibited through the Duck’s Nest award-winning project, Seabreeze prides itself on an unwavering commitment to excellence and superior client experience combined with state-of-theart construction and timeless design. With over 30 years of building experience, Seabreeze has established close working relationships with the most talented architects, craftsmen, and designers in the industry to deliver exceptional and beautiful buildings that make Palm Beach the special place it is today. ◆

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From above: The Duck’s Nest; Seabreeze Building’s Pete Hineman, George Ford, Meghan Ford Taylor, and Joe Tralongo.
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ON 10TH, the Salvation Army of Palm Beach County celebrated its centennial with a ball at Mar-a-Lago in honor of Marjorie Merriweather Post, who purchased the historic landmark in 1992 the same year that The Salvation Army located its offices in Palm Beach. The white-tie evening featured a cocktail hour with synchronized swimming, a seated dinner, dancing, and an afterparty at The Colony.

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LAST MONTH, the Young Friends of Peggy Adam Animal Rescue League hosted its annual Party Animal gala, themed “Jungle Chic.” The event welcomed hundreds of young guests for dinner, a silent auction, and dancing, raising over $200,000 to support the naming of the charity’s Young Friends Animal Care & Recovery Room in the newly renovated Jane & Robert Grace Pavilion. Molly and Nick Mele with Stacey Leuliette Dack and Hilary Patriarca with Samantha and Kent Anderson Grace and Randy Walker Krystina Bryan and Annabella Rockwell
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TO TOAST the unveiling of The Mark’s glittering gingerbread façade for the holidays, Swarovski hosted an intimate soirée at the hotel. In addition to the renowned crystal, the display, which was designed by Swarovski Creative Director Giovanna Engelbert , features two matching candy carts by the hotel entrance selling hot chocolate and edible crystal lollipops. The celebratory evening featured a seated dinner with tables beautifully adorned with large nutcrackers, holiday ornaments, and other crystal décor. u SWAROVSKI’S DINNER AT THE MARK HOTEL IN NEW YORK The Mark Hotel’s entrance Lucy Hale Indya Moore, Christine Quinn, and Emily Lind Irina Shayk, Giovanna Engelbert, and Emily Ratajkowski
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LEADING LIGHT

DANIELLE MOORE is the 17th Mayor of Palm Beach, her hometown. She has deep roots in town. Her mother, Lesly Smith, was mayor from 2000 to 2005; Her stepfather, Ambassador Earl E.T. Smith, held the office from 1971 to 1977.

“I would be fibbing if I said that my family history of holding office didn’t influence me in pursuing the job of mayor, but it’s really more about serving my community,” says Moore, who is running unopposed for the office she’s held since 2021. “It’s a nice legacy that I’m able to pass on to my girls.”

Dani, as she’s known by her friends and colleagues, has two daughters: Lesly, 13, a talented equestrian, and Ali, 12, an allaround athlete. Both attend Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, where their mother is an esteemed and generous alumnus.

In addition to her civic responsibilities, Mayor Moore is the president of the Mary Alice Fortin Foundation, a philanthropic powerhouse established by her grandmother, also an active Palm Beach presence back in the day. The foundation has been supporting such organizations as the Town of Palm Beach United Way, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, and

the aforementioned Rosarian Academy, among others.

Moore is the town’s first Gen-X mayor, yet she is far from a slacker. She’s dealt with the pandemic’s peculiar effects on Palm Beach, overseen the realization of a new town marina, as well as working with town council and staff on issues that the town perennially faces, such as beach renourishment, water supply, under grounding of electrical wires, traffic congestion and parking, and infrastructure.

Her previous terms as a town council member and president prepared her for tackling these tasks, but she credits her mother for “leading by example.’

“I saw how hard she worked, that it was a full-time commitment—and I wanted her to be proud of the job I was doing.” Moore would like to keep Palm Beach the civil place it’s always been, and thinks newer residents should try to assimilate into the “Palm Beach Way,” way more quickly, with the emphasis on kindness, politeness, and respect for others. “There seems to be lots of beeping horns and impatient people around these days,” she observes. u

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Clockwise from left: Mayor Danielle Moore accepts her title at Memorial Fountain, 2021; Danielle Moore with her mother, former Mayor Lesly Smith, and stepfather, former Mayor Earl E.T. Smith, 1968; Judge Lisa Small, right, swears in Danielle Moore as mayor of Palm Beach, as her mother and two daughters watch, 2021; Earl E.T. Smith, 1975; Lesly Smith and Danielle Moore with their dogs, 1974.

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