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5 fun facts about boynton beach

Boynton Beach is one of the fastest-rising cities in South Florida and the nation abroad. This sprawling, relatively populated south Palm Beach County city is as rich in history as it is in opportunity. With a real estate climate reflecting the dichotomy of inland estate homes and waterfront condos, there's something for everyone in this lovely town. For those new to the area, or looking to add a bit of intrigue to their day, here are 5 quick, fun facts about Boynton Beach, Florida!

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First City Of The 1920s

Boynton Beach was the first city in Palm Beach County to incorporate in the 1920s, following only West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Delray Beach, and Lake Worth in order. The incorporation of Boynton Beach would precede 9 additional city/town charters ratified in the 1920s, with the last being Belle Glade in 1928.

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A Pillar Of Good Police Work

After a few notorious incidents in 2006 and 2007, the Boynton Beach PD cracked down on crime and simultaneously built a solid trusting relationship with their constituents. Thanks to a positive, proactive relationship with citizens and local politicians, the Boynton Beach PD has operated with a solid record in both crime prevention and community outreach. According to the 2020 FDOT Annual Crime Report, the total crime rate decreased by a whopping 28% year over year, and an incredible 64% compared to 2001, further signaling the city's arrival as a premier destination for new residents and home buyers.

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A Capital For Kinetic Art

Boynton Beach has quietly become an artistic destination for young up-and-comers and relocating artists alike. In particular, Boynton Beach has gained popularity for its numerous kinetic art displays and exhibitions. Kinetic art is an art that either moves or can be interacted with, enchanting a new audience to the possibilities through this dynamic art form. The Boynton Beach Art District, Cultural Center, and Kinetic Biennal Exhibit are three well-known places to view & enjoy this thoughtful demonstration of creativity. 

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Where the Legend of The Barefoot Mailman Was Born

For a short time between 1885 - 1892, the "Barefoot Mailmen," most notably James Edward Hamilton, represented the only mail route from Palm Beach to Miami. Their barefoot moniker comes from their predominantly seaside trek, which included navigating treacherous swampland and rowing across the Lake Worth Lagoon in addition to their long barefoot walks along the beachfront. Following the death of Hamilton and further development from the likes of Henry Flagler, the route became obsolete. Today, the South Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America commemorates this historic trek with a 2-day hike from Pompano Beach to South Beach, Miami.

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Once Home To America's Last True Pirate

Legendary bandit John Ashley may have been the last true pirate in the United States, calling Boynton Beach home for him and his crew. The "Swamp Bandit" hijacked rum shipments from the Bahamas and robbed over $1 million from 40 different banks, including The Bank of Boynton. Today, that amount is worth nearly $15,000,000. After a long and elusive crime spree, longtime nemesis sheriff George B. Baker.

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