News

Faces of history: Committee honors residents as ‘Centennial Ambassadors’ with longtime ties to Palm Beach

Centennial Ambassadors As part of Palm Beach’s 100th-anniversary celebration, 42 leaders with longtime ties to the town accepted the honor of serving as “Centennial Ambassadors,” Centennial Commission Chairman Bill Bone said at a Nov. 23 reception attended by many of the honorees at The Colony. “They have made their mark in the worlds of business, …

Faces of history: Committee honors residents as ‘Centennial Ambassadors’ with longtime ties to Palm Beach Read More »

A town of their own: Threatened annexation spurred Palm Beach leaders toward incorporation

A town of their own: Threatened annexation spurred Palm Beach leaders toward incorporation. Although modern-day Palm Beach dates to the 1870s as a pioneer community and had developed by 1894 into a winter resort for the nation’s wealthiest residents, it didn’t become an actual town until 1911: April 17 to be exact.

Some historians say that railroad-and-hotel magnate Henry M. Flagler was never a fan of incorporating Palm Beach as a town. A driven businessman, Flagler liked to do things his way. And as a major landholder on the island — with two hotels in place by 1896 — he would have been a major taxpayer had the town incorporated.