Royal Palm Beach, Florida

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Royal Palm Beach is a village in southeast Florida, located in Palm Beach County. The population was measured at 21,523 in the 2000 census. As of April 2008, the recorded population was 31,864.[3] The community is actually located approximately fifteen miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and is the only land-locked municipality in Palm Beach County with "beach" in its name.

Royal Palm Beach is known for its many parks and general mission to protect green space, as evidenced by the recent acquisition of 190 acres (0.77 km2) to create a master central park and development of 25 preserved acres into a passive bird watching and nature park. The village offers a variety of activities for the outdoor and sports enthusiast: soccer, basketball, RC racing, tennis, Pop Warner youth football, senior activities, and golf programs are run year round. The public schools within the Village consist of "A" rated elementary and middle schools, however, the high school consistently ranks below average in all areas. The School Board representative for the Village is Sandra Richmond.

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History

Once a Seminole Tribe hunting ground and incorporated on June 18, 1959, Royal Palm Beach has grown from a mosquito-infested swamp into a thriving village of nearly 25,000 residents.

It was not until the 1950s, when Philadelphia supermarket magnates Sam and Hattie Friedland purchased 65,000 acres (260 km2) for approximately $1.25 million in what is now the Royal Palm Beach village and Acreage areas, that the vast wilderness became destined to be the U.S.A.’s fastest growing community (in its size category) in the 1980s. The Friedlands subsequently sold their land to Miami developer Arthur Desser, founder of Lefcourt Realty Group. About 4,200 acres were earmarked for Desser’s Royal Palm Beach development.

It was Desser’s vision that spurred the initial development of the Village of Royal Palm Beach. A massive drainage project ensued and in 1959, the state legislature granted a charter which named the development Royal Palm Beach. The seeming inappropriateness of that name is thanks to Desser, a multi-millionaire much taken with the posh Town of Palm Beach miles east of his fledgling development.

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