Delray Beach is a coastal city in Palm Beach County, Florida. the population ws estimated at 65,055. in 2014. Delray Beach is part of the Miami Metropolitan Area.
Settlement began around 1884, when African-Americans from the Panhandle of Florida purchased land a little inland from the Orange Grove House of Refuge and began farming. By 1894 the Black community was large enough to establish the first school in the area.
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. Prior to 1909, the Delray settlement land was within Dade-County. It was in that year that Palm Beach County was carved out of the northern portion of the region. In 1915, Palm Beach County and Dade-County contributed nearly equal portions of land to create what is now known as Broward County.
The Florida Land boom of the 1920s brought renewed prosperty 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.
For a time Delray was known for surfing. Atlantic Avenue was the biggest seller of surfboards in Florida during the 1960s. In the 1970s Interstate 95 between Palm Beach Gardens and Miami was fully completed and development began to spread west of the city limits.
Downtown Delray, located in the eastern part of the city, along Atlantic Avenue, east of I-95 and stretching to the beach has undergone a large scale renovation. By day, you can explore the crystal clear Atlantic Ocean or visit unique galleries and boutiques on Atlantic Avenue. By night, enjoy dining and entertainment at any of Delray Beach's award winning cafes or restaurants. When you stay in "Florida's Village by the Sea", at one of the grand hotels or a quaint seaside inn, you will instantly feel the warm and friendly atmosphere that makes downtown Delray Beach such a joy to visit.
Most Fun Small Town in America, according to Rand McNally & USA Today
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