History of Briny Breezes
This stunning coastal oasis continues to bring visitors from all around the world to its gorgeous barrier island. Briny Breezes is located on one of Florida’s many barrier islands. This landmass is situated between two vast bodies of sparkling water. It gets its name from the beautiful passage of salty sea air coming from the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Inter Coastal Waterway on the other.
This town was originally a strawberry farm established by Michigan-born Ward Miller in the year 1920. Soon, tourists from the North began to camp on the land throughout the time of the Great Depression. Miller eventually made his first play to sell the land in 1958, offering it to the campers for enough money to help him eventually retire.
In 1963, the land was bought by those camping on the land. Briny Breezes became a town under mayor Hugh David. The community has changed a lot over the years. What was originally a collection of winter homes for vacationing families has swiftly turned into a retirement town for year-round or winter residents.
Palm Beach County
Our little town is located within vibrant Palm Beach County. The area was originally populated by Native Americans. Later, it became colonized by Spanish settler Juan Ponce de León. Landmarks like the Jupiter Lighthouse are from as early as 1860. This town is rich with historical significance and is a significant area to many cultural histories.
The area was developed and built by figures like Henry Flagler, who assisted in investing in the area with projects like the Florida East Coast Railway and the Palm Beach Inn. Quickly, tourists began to recognize the potential of the area. It grew in renown as a luxury coastal getaway with countless amenities and incredible hospitality.
Nature and Wildlife
Besides coastlines touched by the Atlantic Ocean and the Inter Coastal Waterway, our seaside town is also near Lake Okeechobee, Lake Worth Lagoon, and four inlets. These are the Jupiter Inlet, the Lake Worth Inlet, the South Lake Worth Inlet, and the Boca Raton Inlet. With so much variety of fresh and saltwater, Briny Breezes is home to vibrant biodiversity, including lots of stunning wildlife.
Nearby are dozens of wildlife refuge’s and state parks, including:
- Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
- John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
- Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve
- J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area
- Frenchman’s Forest Natural Area
- Royal Palm Beach Pines Natural Area
These are home to several breeds of interesting creatures, including hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Some of these parks also include walking trails and lookout areas to watch for wildlife and enjoy the natural surroundings.
As a community, Briny Breezes has made many developments over the years. With a state-of-the-art community center and luxury clubhouse, our town has many facilities. These help the residents relax and enjoy their vacation or retirement. Game nights, informational meetings, and social clubs are all a part of the modern history of Briny Breezes.