Lake Worth, Florida
Lake Worth Beach, Florida
Lake Worth Beach, previously named Lake Worth, in Palm Beach County offers a great quality of life in a friendly, mid-size coastal community of roughly 35 thousand residents. Named after Brig. Gen. William Jenkins Worth, it is easily accessible by road, rail, air, and water.
About The Community
The perfect place for relocation or a vacation, Lake Worth offers plenty of opportunities for leisure activities. Enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, golf or relax with a quiet stroll down the lovely 19-acre public beach. Exciting festivals, cultural diversity, reasonable housing, and job opportunities attract new residents to Lake Worth which has shown a 20% increase in population from the 90s, largely of Latin American and West Indian origin.
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Lake Worth boasts of many distinctive shops with unique items and fine restaurants to suit every palate. Choose from lip-smacking ethnic specialties, international cuisine or linger in the small bistros and neighborhood pubs. The spectacular Lake Worth Municipal Golf Course along the scenic Intracoastal Waterway is a golfer’s delight. Gulfstream Hotel is a historic beautifully restored 75-year-old hotel listed by the national register of historic places located adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway.
Vicinity of Lake Worth
Historic districts such as the College Park Historic District preserve the old Florida architecture and Lake Worth’s historic past. City Hall is part of the Old Town National Register Historic District and the City Hall Annex, which houses the Museum of the City of Lake Worth, is listed as a National Register landmark. Other interesting museums are the Hibel Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame. Numerous studios and galleries dot the downtown area.
The Lake Worth Playhouse occupies the former Oakley Theatre, the oldest building on the Register of the Art Deco Society of Palm Beach County, and one of the most revered places in Lake Worth. Originally built in the then fashionable Mediterranean Revival style by two Oakley brothers in 1924, it was modified to Art Deco when it was rebuilt after a hurricane hit the Lake Worth area in 1928. After the Oakley’s deaths, the theater changed hands, form, and names many times. By the early 70s, it was decrepit and vacant until 1975 when the 22 year-old Lake Worth Playhouse purchased it and renovated it. In addition to traditional musicals and modern drama, the Playhouse features workshops, youth theater and many special events.
Lake Worth looks to a successful future with a large and diverse work force to support new business. The Park of Commerce accommodates heavy commercial and low to high traffic generating industrial units. New housing is becoming available throughout the City. Four public elementary schools and a middle school as well as private and parochial schools are located in the City and the Lake Worth High School is a leading public high school in Palm Beach County. This 65-year-old school runs programs that have won national recognition for excellence. The local Palm Beach Community offers adult programs and fulltime courses.
Bonfires on the Beach, parades, and craft shows are a tradition in Lake Worth. The Street Painting Festival is a popular winter event that turns the streets into works of art for a weekend. Tropic Fest is Lake Worth’s exciting Fourth of July celebration. The Greater Lake Worth Chamber of Commerce regularly organizes and sponsors Evening on the Avenues on the Cultural Plaza.