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Riviera Beach

Palm Beach County

Year Founded: 1923


Judge A.E. Heuser, an early resident, named this town Oak Lawn. But a visitor’s casual remark, “This is the Riviera of America,” brought about a change of name. During the post-World War I period, the town’s population never exceeded 800. The city relied on commercial fishing for economic vitality during this period and was settled by fishermen from the out islands of Bimini and the Bahamas. This led to Riviera Beach being referred to as “Conch Town” by many of the locals. The “Conchs” provided a landscape of drying nets, small boatyards and wooden fisherman’s shanties.

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