Manalapan, Florida

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Manalapan is a town in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States.

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History

United States President Benjamin Harrison granted George H. K. Carter a homestead in 1889 on the yet unnamed land.[3] In 1931, the sparsely populated settlement was incorporated by Harold Stirling Vanderbilt as the “Town of Manalapan”, which is thought to be named after Manalapan Township, New Jersey.[3]

One of the most puzzling mysteries in Florida history was the disappearance of Circuit Judge Curtis Chillingworth who left a friend's home on the night of 14 June 1955, and went to their ocean-front cottage in Manalapan.[4]

The U.S. presidential yacht Sequoia was auctioned at the La Coquille Club in Manalapan on 25 March 1977, for US$270,000, as a symbolic cutback in Federal Government spending (annual cost to the U.S. Navy was $800,000) and to reduce signs of an "imperial presidency".[5]

Geography

Manalapan is located at 26°33′52″N 80°02′36″W / 26.564397°N 80.043359°W / 26.564397; -80.043359.[6]

Manalapan is a small beach side community. It is bordered on the north by the bridge, beach access road and beach for the Town of Lantana, Florida; on the west by the intracoastal waterway (known locally as Lake Worth Lagoon); on the south by the south Lake Worth Inlet (known locally as "Boynton Inlet"); and on the east by the Atlantic Ocean.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.3 km² (2.4 mi²). 1.2 km² (0.4 mi²) of it is land and 5.1 km² (2.0 mi²) of it (81.48%) is water.

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