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Palm Beach County
Part A---General Information
Delray Beach is on the Lower East Coast of Florida, 50 miles north of Miami
and 15 miles south of West Palm Beach, It is on the Atlantic Ocean and
Intracoastal Waterwaya The elevation is from 6 to 20 feet. above sea level,
Uo S. Highway 1 and Florida Highway A-l-A pass through Delray Beach. The
Florida East Coast Railway and Seaboard Air Line Railroad provide rail
service. Bus service is provided by Greyhound Lines, No air transportation
is available at Delray Beach, but Eastern Air Lines has scheduled passenger
service from Palm Beach International Airport,
Paln Beach County had a population of 112,311 in 1945. The population of
Delray Deach was 4,943 in 1945 and was estimated as 6,000 in Iiarch 1949.
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 68.1 2.63 July 80.0 8.05
February 68c6 1.61 August 82.1 4a91
.arch 72,2 3.59 September 81,6 8.59
April 76.2 3.48 October 77.7 7.97
lHay 77.1 5.14 November 77o4 3.73
June 80,6 4.64 December 69.1 3.09
Annual 76.0 57.43
Delray Beach was originally established as the town of Linton in 1892o
Improvements in transportation facilities to Miemi in the late 1890's caused
settlers to move farther south, and the new town lagged for a short time.
It was reorganized in 1895, at which time the new name of Delray Zeach was
selected. Since then, the'town has rapidly grown in population and size,
6. Miajr Sources of Income
While the tourist and winter resident business is very important to the
community, large trucks produce farms also contribute to the growth and
development of this area. Located 3 to 9 miles west of the city, some of the
farms range up to 3,000 acres. Gladioli farms up to 1,500 acres in size
constitute an expanding industry that is of great interest to winter visitors.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1, Special Events
Annual Outboard Races--July. Sponsored by Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Delray Beach Annual Fishing Tournament--January 1-April 30. Sponsored by the
Junior Chamber of Commerce. Opens with boat races and crowning of "Spirit
of Fishing Queen".
South Florida Gladioli Festival and Fair--(Held February 21-26 in 1949.)
Among the high points of interest are a parade of floats, a reception for
the Governor, the mayors of cities in south Florida and other dignitaries,
the selection of a gladioli queen, gladioli displays at the fair grounds.
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2. Athletic Events
Football games high school events during football season.
Basketball games high school events during basketball season.
Amateur golf tournaments held during winter season.
Polo games Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Gulfstream Polo Club.
Tennis matches Professional Fred Perry and local professional.
Winter and summer softball games.
Bowling men and nomen, 22 teams and 3 leagues.
3, Tourist Clubs
Delray Beach Recreational Club. No regular meetings; dues, $(2; shuffleboard
4c Recreational Clubs
Gulf Stream Bath and Tennis Club
5. Civic Organizations
Business & Professional Woments Club
Chamber of Commorce
Junior Chamber of Commerce
Civic Cultural Institute
Delray Beach Public Library Association
Gulfstream Hospital Association
6. Fraternal Organizations
American Legion Auxiliary
Property Omners Protective Associa-
Junior Woman's Club
Womanls Golf Association
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary
7. Organized Entertainment
Little Theatre Group St. Paulls Parish House.
Woments Club dance every Wednesdayb
Civic Cultural Institute program once a month during winter with musicians,
plays, lectures, etco
Bingo games Saturdays and Wednesdayso
Veterans of Foreign Wars dance every Saturday.
Bridge tournament Held during winter season at Colony Hotel.
Donkey baseball game Held during winter season at the high school field,
Garden Club tour.
8. Recreational Facilities
Delray Beach Country Club annual family membership, -$75.
Tennis courts annual adult membership, $25; weekly, $5; hourly, -500.
Golf course daily greens fee, $1.50o 9-hole course. Children, no charge.
Shuffleboard yearly, $2.
S\Jiil.ingi Pool (outdoors) adults, 250; children, 15.S
Ducks, quail, deer, squirrel and rabbits are found in this section. There
are unposted hunting grounds approximately seven miles from Delray Beach. No
hunting lodges or hunting guides are available.
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Fresh water bass and trout arc caught in Lake Ida and fresh water bream, bass
and perch are caught in the Everglades and canals near Dolray Boacho Numer-
ous varieties of salt water fish are caught in the Atlantic Ocean, Among
them are sailfish, amberjack, barracuda, dolphin, blue fish, tarpon, spanish
mackeral, grouper, kingfish, speckled trout, snapper, tuna and vahooo
There are no fresh wator fishing camps or fishing guides. Eight.charter
fishing boats are available at Dolray Beach. These may be contacted by
writing to Mr, Francis Schmidt, Box 75, Lantana, Florida, The charter fee
for these boats is $53.75 for one day or $27 for a half day. Six fishing
boats can be chartered by writing to Captain Andy Brennan, Boca Raton Boat
Club, Boca Raton, Florida,
Baptist, Catholic, Church of Christ, Scientist; Methodist, Presbyterian,
Episcopal, Lutheran and Unity.
Arvilla Hotel, 19 rooms, room with breakfast included in rate
Bon Air Hotel, 53 rooms, European plan.
Casa Las Olas, 34 rooms $15 $20 per day, European plan.
Colony Hotel, 119 rooms, American and European plan.
Delray Beach Hotel, 21 rooms, American plan
Kentucky House, 41 rooms, European plan.
Sandonay East, 16 rooms, American plan.
Seacrest Hotel, 55 rooms, American from Dec. 20 April 15.
Tropical Hotel, 22 rooms, $24 double, $18 single, European plane
2. Tourist Courts
Banyan Cottages, North Federal Highway.
B,& B, Cottages, South Federal Highway.
Boca Del Cottages, South Federal Highway.
De Carie Hotor Court, South Federal Highway.
Garden Gate Court, North Federal Highway,
Killian's Court, Rural Route 1, Box 21-A,
Ko-Ko Court, Rural Route 1, Box 26
Kozy Kort Cabins, Rural Route 1, Box 3.
Larson's Cabins, Rural Route l1
Schaar Villas, North Federal Highway.
Sunnyland Court, Rural Route 1.
Sunny Palms Court, 1400 North Federal Highway.
Tropical Palms, North Federal Highway,
Rates upon application. Eating places within a few blocks of each court,
3. Guest Homes
Information on guest homes and rooms in private homes can be obtained from
the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. At the time this survey was prepared,
over 60 guest homes were listed by the Chamber of Commerce.
4. Trailer Courts
Briny Breeze Trailer Park, Briny Breezoe
Craige Trailer Park, South Federal Higlhay.
Del-Boy Trailer Park, North Federal Highway.
Floridian Trailer Perk, North Federal Highway,
Mack's Lecca Trailer Park, South Federal Highway,
Rainbow Trailer Court, R.F.D. 1, Box 8, North Federal Highway.
Venderhoffts Trailer Park, North Federal Highway.
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5. Specialized Eating Places
Lucille & Otleyts
Further information on Delray Beach can
"Mile-Hi" lemon meringue pie and
be obtained from
CHAMBER OF CO1lMERCE
Delray Beach, Florida