If you talk with a native South Floridian, they will nearly always bemoan the growth that has occurred in the past thirty years. Even though they shop at the Gardens Mall, love the plethora of quality restaurants now available, are delighted with the wide selection of service providers, earn their living at a small growing business, and are happy in their new urban gated community - it just isn't the way it used to be.
One surprise to long-time Floridians is the growth of Palm Beach Gardens. The city was incorporated as a "paper town" in 1959 meaning there really wasn't a town, just an idea. The 1960 census counted one resident in Palm Beach Gardens. But insurance magnate John D. MacArthur had big plans for his 4,000 acres when he envisioned 55,000 homes in his garden city.
Fifty years later, with a census count of 48,452, MacArthur's vision has not yet played out but in the 2000 - 2010 decade, the city grew at an astonishing 38%. Still 3 years from the next census, but through growth and annexation of adjoining unincorporated areas, the guesstimate is the city will be above 55,000 by 2020.
Newly elected Mayor Maria Marino is a Connecticut native but has been a resident of Palm Beach Gardens since 1987 when the population was only about 18,000. She has certainly seen her share of changes in her adopted city and now she has an opportunity to preside over even more expansion with some pending annexations that she talks about on the program.
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Palm Beach SCORE
Palm Beach SCORE is a non-profit who's mission is helping local small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs grow and thrive by offering mentoring, workshops, business consulting and counseling services, networking opportunities, events and partnerships within the Palm Beach / South Florida business corridor.
SCORE-ing Your Business' host Penny Pompei serves as Chapter Chair for our local Palm Beach SCORE Chapter #224, located in beautiful downtown West Palm Beach.