Palm Beach Relocation Guide

SPR-SUM 2016

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P A L M B E A C H R E L O C A T I O N G U I D E . C O M 129 THE LAY OF THE LAND At nearly 2,000 square miles of land area (excluding its large portion of Lake Okeechobee), Palm Beach is only the second-largest county in the state (to Collier County in southwest Florida) – however, it's also bigger than two states: Rhode Island and Delaware. Well over half of Palm Beach County, though, is made up of wetlands, the northern remnants of the Everglades, agricultural (especially sugar- cane and vegetable) fields, and wildlife and water conservation areas. Most of the county's roughly 1.4 million residents are concentrated along the 45-mile Atlantic oceanfront, commonly known as "the Palm Beaches" or the Gold Coast, where the transportation network is intricate and advanced and most people get around by car. More than 30 municipalities are laid out in a north-to-south line along the most heavily populated 15-mile slice inland from the coast. In the past several decades, though, more villages have popped up in the central-western areas, out to the natural demarcation point along State Road 80/U.S. 98 (most often called Southern Boulevard) that's well-known as 20-Mile Bend. A few miles west of Wellington and Royal Palm Beach, that's where urban and suburban Palm Beach County gives way to agricul- tural fields and the hour-long drive to the handful of smaller, rural communities surrounding the southeastern end of Lake Okeechobee. Palm Beach County encompasses five general areas: Locals will tell you there's north county, or all the cities from Riviera Beach north to the county line; central county or "downtown," where the largest and oldest city, county seat and most common destination, West Palm Beach, is surrounded by a number of smaller cities; west-central county, where most new devel- opment is taking place; and the Glades, which is the area around the shores of Lake Okeechobee. Then there's south county, the mostly built-out area south of Hypoluxo. West of Florida's Turnpike, populous areas One of the challenges of moving to a new area is figuring out how to get around, especially when it comes to avoiding rush hour traffic or navigating public transit. Fortunately, once you're able to understand the basic layout of the Palm Beach area, and the various transportation options available, getting to where you need to go efficiently becomes fairly simple. GETTING AROUND PALM BEACH county

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