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Delray Beach

Delray Beach

Delray Beach is a coastal city in Palm Beach County, and is part of the Miami metropolitan area. Settlement began around 1884, when African-Americans from the Panhandle of Florida purchased land and began farming. By 1894 the Black community was large enough to establish the first school in the area. In 1894 William S. Linton, a Republican US Congressman for Saginaw, Michigan, bought a tract of land and began selling plots in what he hoped would become a farming community. Initially, this community was named after Linton.

A hard freeze in 1898 was a setback, and many of the settlers left, including William Linton. The settlement's name was changed in 1901 to Delray, after the Detroit neighborhood of Delray ("Delray" being the anglicized spelling of "Del Rey," which is Spanish for "of the king"), which in turn was named after the Mexican-American War's Battle of Molino del Rey.

Settlers from The Bahamas (then part of the British West Indies), sometimes referred to as 'Nassaws', began arriving in the early 1900s. After 1905, Japanese settlers from the nearby Yamato farming colony also began participating in Delray civic activities. Although still a small town, Delray had a remarkably diverse citizenry.

In 1911, the area was chartered by the State of Florida as an incorporated town. In the same year, pineapple and tomato canning plants were built. Pineapples became the primary crop of the area. This is reflected in the name of the present day Pineapple Grove neighborhood near downtown Delray Beach.

The Florida land boom of the 1920s brought renewed prosperity to Delray. Tourism and real estate speculation became important parts of the local economy. Delray issued bonds to raise money to install water and sewer lines, paved streets, and sidewalks. Several hotels were built. At that time Delray was the largest town on the east coast of Florida between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

Delray was separated from the Atlantic Ocean beach by the Florida East Coast Canal (now part of the Intracoastal Waterway). In 1923 the area between the canal and the ocean was incorporated as Delray Beach. In 1927 Delray and Delray Beach merged into one town named Delray Beach.

Throughout the 1930s and '40s, Delray became a winter enclave for artists and authors, especially famous cartoonists. The Artists and Writers Colony flourished and Delray Beach's fame as a resort town grew. This era is regarded as Delray Beach’s “golden age of architecture”. Prominent architectural styles from this period include Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival, Mission Revival, Monterey Colonial, Streamline Moderne, Minimal Traditional, 'Key West style' cottages, and bungalows.

During World War II, citizens of Delray Beach volunteered to watch the beach and ocean 24 hours a day from the faux bell tower atop the seaside Seacrest Hotel. Military personnel patrolled the beach on horseback. Some of the veterans who had trained at the airfield returned to settle in Delray Beach after the war.

By the early 1960s Delray Beach was becoming known for surfing. Atlantic Avenue was the biggest seller of surfboards in Florida at the time. In the 1970s, Interstate 95 between Palm Beach Gardens and Miami was fully completed and development began to spread west of the city limits. This pattern continued and accelerated through the 1980s.

Revitalization of some historic areas began during the last decade of the twentieth century, as several local landmarks were renovated. These include the Colony Hotel and Old School Square. The city also established five Historic Districts, listed in the Local Register of Historic Places, and annexed several other historic residential neighborhoods in an effort to preserve some of the distinctive local architecture.

Downtown Delray has undergone a large scale renovation and gentrification. The Delray Beach Tennis Center has brought business to the area. It has hosted several major international tennis events such as the April 2005 Fed Cup and the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships.

In 2012, Rand McNally "Best of the Road" named Delray Beach America's Most Fun Small Town. Delray Beach was rated as the 3rd Happiest Seaside Town in America by Coastal Living in 2015.

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