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Lake Park

Palm Beach County

Year Founded: 1921


Incorporated and chartered as the Town of Kelsey City, the name was changed on June 15, 1939 to Town of Lake Park. Developed in the 1920s by East Coast Finance Corporation under the direction of Harry S. Kelsey, the public park was later named in his honor. The “Lake” portion of the name was selected because the town lies along the shores of Lake Worth. After the Depression, Sir Harry Oakes Estate, who had acquired most of the former holdings of the original developer, carried out the plans and aspirations of Harry Kelsey. Kelsey City (Lake Park) was the first zoned municipality in Florida.

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