Palm Beach Relocation Guide

SPR-SUM 2016

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12 P A L M B E A C H R E L O C A T I O N G U I D E – S P R I N G | S U M M E R 2 0 1 6 W E L C O M E T O P A L M B E A C H EDUCATION The School District of Palm Beach County, the fifth largest in Florida, and the 13th largest in the country, includes 187 schools, with 183,000 students and 12,898 teachers. Before and after school programs provide convenient programs for parents, while enriching the educational experience of students. The district boasts more than 279 award-winning programs, and features Choice Programs and Career Academies, helping students to follow their dreams and achieve their career goals. Many schools are focusing in International Baccalaureate programs, the Montessori method, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math- ematics), and several languages, as well as language programs and an International Spanish Academy, are available. Many of the public schools in the district are known for their specialty programs, including the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. Palm Beach County also has many private schools, including The King's Academy, which boasts award-win- ning musicals through its theatre company. Both private and public schools in the county offer a wide variety of programs and special- ties, sure to enrich the educational experience of any child, helping to form a bright future. There are many public and private colleges and universities within Palm Beach County, with Palm Beach State College and Florida Atlantic University, along with specialty schools for nursing, technology and the arts. HEALTHCARE Palm Beach County offers many conve- niently located hospitals that have won awards, including Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Florida and Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee. Additional hospitals in the area include Bethesda Health, Martin Health System, JFK Medical Center, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Jupiter Medical Center, Wellington Regional Medical Center, Saint Mary's Medical Center and many more. The Scripps and Max Planck Florida Insti- tute are situated close by and both are on the cutting edge of research and medical technology. Many of the roads here are named after palm trees, fowers, fruit, equestrians or Native American tribes: For example, Flagler, of the Flagler Museum, named the streets in Down- town West Palm Beach after native plants. Streets in the Loxahatchee area are named after citrus plants, as the area was originally mainly orange groves. Palm Beach County is all about the animals: There is Lion Country Safari, McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, many preserves and boat tours, as well as the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. It rains just about every day during the summer: The rain storms are typically short, cool down the outside tempera- tures, and leave just as quickly as they came. The rain may be strong, but it is swift, and cools things down. Palm Beach International Airport was rated the third best airport in the country, and the sixth best in the world, according to the readers of Conde Nast Traveler: With a 600,000 square foot terminal, which includes a mall, PBIA has 28 gates and serves close to 6 million passengers a year. Many famous people live in Palm Beach County: Rob Van Winkle, also known as Vanilla Ice, chose Wellington as his home. Famous equestrians can also be seen around Wellington, and celebrities and sports stars frequent polo games and equestrian festivals and fundraisers. Golf is a big deal in Palm Beach County: Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus live in the county. The headquar- ters for the PGA is even in Palm Beach Gardens. Florida does not have a state income tax: The main taxes for the average resident are property taxes and sales tax. Florida residents are also not charged an estate tax. The South Florida Fair & Expo center is home to an agri- plex, special shows and events and Yesteryear Village, a cluster of historic buildings that have been preserved and are open for tours: Every year, since 1912, more than 500,000 people fock to enjoy the fair, with its rides, concerts, shopping, fair food and more, for 17 days each January. Palm Beach is home to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center where you learn about sea turtles and then walk on the beach and observe a turtle laying eggs: Tours are available on Wednesday through Saturday evenings in June and July. It is a special, and rare experience, not to be missed. Palm Beach County is one of the largest agricultural counties in the nation: It produces sugar, toma- toes, peppers, rice, vegetables and topical fruit, exceeding $1 billion worth sold annually. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 10 THINGS You Likely Didn't Know About South Florida

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