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Lake Worth

Lake Worth

Lake Worth is located in Palm Beach County. It takes its name from the body of water along its eastern border, originally called "Lake Worth", and now known as the Lake Worth Lagoon. The lake itself was named for General William J. Worth, who led U.S. forces during the last part of the Second Seminole War.

Lake Worth was incorporated as the "Town of Lake Worth" in June of 1913. Many of its first residents were farmers from other parts of the south and mid-west, looking to benefit from the growing winter vegetable market. A wooden automobile bridge over Lake Worth was completed in 1919. The first casino and municipal beach complex was completed shortly thereafter. The 1920s also saw the completion of the Gulf Stream Hotel, now on the National Register of Historic Places.

The city was severely damaged in the 1928 hurricane, toppling the bell tower on the elementary school (today the City Hall Annex) and destroying the beachfront casino and automobile bridge. This led to a severe economic decline during the Great Depression. Things were so dire in the city in the 1930s, that President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration built a striking, moorish-styled "City Gymnasium" on the corner of Lake Avenue and Dixie Highway. The building today serves as City Hall.

Development started again after World War II with many modest pensioners, especially from Quebec, Finland, and Germany, moving to the city and building 1,000-square-foot cottages. These new immigrants brought their industrious nature as well as their native customs, and for decades the town flourished. To this day, one can find an abundance of beer halls, chocolatiers, Bavarian delicatessens, and Lutheran churches, which stand out in the semitropical urban sprawl of South Florida.

The South Florida construction boom brought a new wave of immigrants in the past few decades. Central Americans have added a Hispanic aspect to Lake Worth's culture. Included in the 1980s immigration were many Guatemalan-Mayas who consider themselves indigenous peoples, rather than Hispanic and may not speak Spanish. They mostly converse in M'am, Q'anjob'al, or any one of 22 other Indian languages. Adding to the racial and linguistic mix of the city is a large Haitian population, speaking Haitian Creole and French.

After a short period of neglect and decline in the 1980s and 1990s, the downtown area has seen a huge resurgence in interest and now sports an array of art galleries, sidewalk cafés and night clubs. Property values have soared. The city's main street, Lake Avenue, contains some of the oldest commercial structures in South Florida, including the Lake Worth Playhouse.

The city was hit especially hard by Hurricanes Frances, Jeanne, and Wilma in 2004 and 2005. The fishing pier was quite damaged but was repaired (with the help of FEMA) and reopened in May of 2009.

Lake Worth is a dynamic, multi-cultural city with a strong social and environmental consciousness, many historic structures, a hip downtown, and many distinctive residential neighborhoods.

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  • 1538 Listings For Sale
  • $260,052 Average Listing Price
  • $134 Average Listing Price per Square Foot
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  • 104 Average Days on Market
  • $128 Average Sale Price per Square Foot

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