Boynton Beach, Florida


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Boynton Beach (population 75,000) is located on the east coast, 15 miles south of West Palm Beach, and an equal distance north of Boca Raton. West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Boynton Beach (in that order) are the three largest cities in Palm Beach County. Total population in the county is more than 1.2

The city of Boynton dates to 1894 when Major Nathan Boynton first settled it. It was connected to Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railroad by 1896. By the turn of the century, it had become known as a supplier of agricultural produce. The city changed its name to Boynton Beach in 1941.

The city has been redeveloping its downtown area and has undertaken a major marina development. There are many housing options available in the community, from the original older neighborhoods to upscale communities along the intracoastal waterway with condominiums, luxury single-family homes or world-class golf communities. Boynton Beach has a quality infrastructure and access to a great many of the amenities that are available in Palm Beach County. The recreational facilities, dining, cultural opportunities, entertainment, nightlife, social activities and special events, transportation, and medical care is equal to what you would expect in a major city environment. And Boynton Beach also offers great beaches and plenty of access to water sports, including good in-land or off-shore fishing.

Arts & Culture

Boynton Beach Public Library – http://www.pbclibrary.org/branch-wbb.htm
Boca Raton Public Library – http://www.bocalibrary.org/
Boca Raton Museum of Art – http://www.bocamuseum.org/
Boca Raton Historical Society – http://www.bocahistory.org/
Boca Raton Cultural Consortium – http://www.artsinboca.org/
Boca Raton Ballet Theatre – http://www.bocaballet.org/
Caldwell Theatre Company – http://www.caldwelltheatre.com/
Little Palm Tree Family Theatre – http://www.littlepalm.org/
Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park – http://www.centre4artsboca.com/
The Harid Conservatory is a tuition-free professional training school for gifted young dancers. http://www.centre4artsboca.com/

Palm Beach Community College Eissey Campus Theatre is a 750-seat venue that presents a season of international artists as part of its “Arts In The Gardens” series, as well as regular performances by local companies. The Ballet Florida, Palm Beach Opera, Choral Society of Palm Beaches, Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Palm Beach Gardens Concert Band and the New Gardens Band all perform here. http://www.pbcc.edu/Theatre.xml

Raymond F. Kravis Center for Performing Arts includes a 2,200-seat concert hall, a 300-seat black box theater, and a 1,100-seat amphitheater under the stars. Productions include top concert performers from country to classical, comedians, Broadway shows, opera, and ballet. http://www.kravis.org/

Ballet Florida – http://www.balletflorida.com/

Palm Beach Opera – http://www.pbopera.org/

Greater Palm Beach Symphony – (561) 655-2657

Palm Beach Cultural Council promotes the arts and cultural activities in Palm Beach County. http://www.pbccc.org/About/index.aspx

Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park – http://www.palmbeachzoo.org/

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum memorializes the man who, with John D. Rockefeller, founded Standard Oil in 1870. Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway linked the entire east coast of Florida from Jacksonville to Key West before his death. http://www.flagler.org/

The International Museum of Cartoon Art (Boca Raton). http://www.awn.com/mag/issue2.11/2.11pages/2.11charlacartoon.html

Recreation

Palm Beach County is home to more than 160 golf courses, and more than 1,100 tennis courts. There are miles and miles of beaches and intracoastal waterways, with water temperatures that are comfortable year-round. There is kayaking, waterskiing, sailing, boating, and fishing along the intracoastal waterway, and there is a wide variety of deep sea fishing, either along the coast or out in the Gulf Stream.

Nearby Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge contains more than 221 square miles of Everglades habitat. It is home to the American alligator and over 257 species of birds inhabit its wetlands. http://www.ecofloridamag.com/archived/loahatchee.htm

The Boca Raton area boasts nearly 40 golf courses. http://www.thegolfcourses.net/golfcourses/FL/BocaRaton.htm

Royal Palm Polo Sports Club hosts matches on Sundays (January-April) featuring the world’s top players. http://www.boca-polo.com/

Dania Jai-Alai offers pari-mutuel betting on all games. http://venueguide.com/mia/data/t105906.htm

The Florida Panthers Hockey Team practices at nearby Deerfield Beach at the Gold Coast Ice Arena. http://www.flpanthers.com/

Dog races are sponsored by the nearby Palm Beach Kennel Club. http://www.pbkennelclub.com/

Roger Dean Stadium is the newest spring training complex in the state. This $28 million facility was designed to support two major league baseball teams. It is owned by Palm Beach County and managed by the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals. This 7,000-seat facility includes a field box, loge box, bleachers, grass berm and luxury skybox seating. During February and March it is used by the Marlins and Cardinals. It becomes home to the Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals (Class A) from April through August. http://rogerdeanstadium.com/stadium/

There is horse racing at Gulf Stream Park which hosts the Florida Derby and Breeder’s Cup. http://www.magnaent.com/MEC.Corporate/Tracks/GulfstreamPark/Home/

Education

Florida Atlantic University is one of the state’s 11 public universities. Total enrollment is more than 25,000 students. There is a full-service campus on an 850-acre site in Boca Raton. http://www.fau.edu/

Senior Programs

Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service, located in south Palm Beach County, helps families and individuals of all ages by offering counseling, support and educational programs. http://www.ruthralesjfs.org/

The local SeniorNet learning center, an affiliate of the national nonprofit organization, helps persons age 55 and older develop computer skills. http://communitylink.gopbi.com/servlet/groups_ProcServ/dbpage=page&gid=00026000001017158428428694

Hospitals

Bethesda Memorial Hospital is a 362-bed full service hospital with more than 550 licensed physicians with 30 areas of medical specialization. http://www.bethesdaweb.com/bmh.shtml

Other hospitals in the area include Boca Community, Columbia Healthcare, Glades General, Good Samaritan Medical, Palms West, Palm Beach Gardens, and Wellington.

Airports

Palm Beach International Airport – http://www.pbia.org/

Boca Raton Airport – http://www.bocaairport.com/

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport – http://www.broward.org/airport/

Weather

Average temperatures for January are a high of 75 and low of 57 degrees. The averages for July are a high of 90 and low of 75 degrees. There are eight days with precipitation in January and 15 days during July. http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Boynton_Beach.html
?theprefset=SHOWMETAR&theprefvalue=1

Newspapers

Sun-Sentinel News – http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/

Palm Beach Post – http://www.palmbeachpost.com/

Boca Raton News – http://www.bocanews.com/

Property Taxes

http://www.pbcgov.com/tax/

State Taxes

http://www.myflorida.com/dor/

Chamber of Commerce

http://www.boyntonbeach.org/index.php?sid=
66bf7fdd6b1a712bffe005451aae55ed

State Aging Agency

http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/english/aaa.php

Distances

Delray Beach – 4.8 miles
Lake Worth – 7 miles
Boca Raton – 14 miles
West Palm Beach – 15 miles
Riviera Beach – 21 miles
Juno Beach – 28 miles
Jupiter – 30 miles
Jensen Beach – 56 miles
Port St. Lucie – 61 miles

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