Lake Worth


Lake Worth is a coastal city of 37,000 residents and 7 square miles, located in Palm Beach County, Florida. The Atlantic Ocean and the broad waters of the Lake Worth lagoon form the city’s eastern boundary. The cities of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach are its northern neighbors. Its location at the latitude where the subtropics of North America begin gives the city its extraordinary climate and landscape.

Lake Worth is a dynamic, multi-cultural city with a strong social and environmental consciousness. People are drawn to the city by its individualistic style, acceptance of different cultures and lifestyles, many historic structures, hip downtown, and distinctive residential neighborhoods. The city has a rich history and is protective of its historic architectural fabric. Over 1,000 historic buildings contribute to the human scale of the city and the charm of its downtown and residential neighborhoods. There are six designated historic districts in the city and a preservation code to protect exterior changes to buildings in those districts.

Lake Worth is one of the few towns in South Florida that has avoided high-rise development and retained its old-Florida flavor. While the city wishes to strengthen its economy, city government officials and residents alike are very committed to maintaining the character of the city, and protecting their town from insensitive development.

The downtown is considered the artistic soul of Lake Worth with an historic theater and museum, live music clubs, coffee houses, art galleries, antique malls, retail stores, and many restaurants.

The city has a broad array of recreational opportunities, including the beach, boating in fresh and saltwater, a municipally-owned golf course and fishing pier, a waterfront amphitheater, and many parks and athletic facilities.


Lake Worth contains a bounty of public parks and open space. The Municipal Beach is one of the last remaining large tracts of open, public space on the ocean in southeast Florida. Historically, it has always been a destination complete with a Casino building with retail shops. Currently, a proposal to renovate the beach park is underway through a public/private partnership. The City Pier, jutting into the Atlantic, is a recognizable symbol of the city; much of it was destroyed by Hurricane Frances in 2004, but has since been rebuilt and raised 5 feet (1.5 m).

Bryant Park, downtown on Lake Worth, has a 1920s-era bandshell which is used for festivals and other events. The nearby municipal golf course offers low-cost golfing with views of Lake Worth and Palm Beach beyond. On the west side of town, the County-owned John Prince Park follows the winding shores of Lake Osborne and offers several miles of bike and walking trails as well as hundreds of acres for picnicking, volleyball and overnight camping. In 2012, the Snook Islands Recreation Boardwalk and Fishing Pier is scheduled for completion, where county residents will have access to Lake Worth and the Intracoastal Waterway for fishing and nature walks to view the mangroves and manatees.

Notable Residents

  • Mark Foley, former United States congressman and a former elected city official
  • Deidre Hall, Actress and soap opera star
  • Andy Hansen, Major League Baseball pitcher with the New York Giants (1944–50) and Philadelphia Phillies (1951–53)
  • Robin Morgan, American radical feminist
  • Mayo Smith, Major League Baseball player, manager, and scout
  • Nick Osborn Male model
  • Otis Thorpe, Professional basketball player, 1984–2001
  • Charles Whitman, University of Texas at Austin Tower Sniper
  • Scott Levy, Pro Wrestler
  • Nathaniel Brazill, convicted of killing local teacher
  • Nicki Hunter, American pornographic actress and director
  • Alex Kash, Singer, Songwriter, wrote songs for Journey and Pat Travers

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