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– From its roots along Flagler’s railroad to its life as a fishing and diving destination, Boynton Beach boasts some of the best waterfront dining around, and it’s a hub to the Palm Beaches craft brewing movement I’m Frank Lecari Come along as we go On The Town in the Palm Beaches [Voiceover] This program is brought to you by Discover the Palm Beaches Visit ThePalmBeaches.com for more information – This town of 70,000 has a rich history, with two buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including this one: the Boynton Women’s Club Built in the mid-1920s by noted Florida architect, Addison Mizner Now, as you can see, he was known for his grand spaces and Mediterranean- style architecture So how did Boynton get its start? Well, back in the 1890s, Major Nathan S Boynton and his friend, William Linton, came on a land prospecting trip to Florida They wanted to be the first in line to buy land along Henry Flagler’s railroad The area’s early settlers were farmers taking advantage of the tropical climate to grow pineapples, peppers, and more Let’s dive a little deeper with a couple of local historians Fast forward to today What’s happening in the town here? We’ve got a lot of historic sites Can you tell me a little bit about that? – One is the 1913 School House Children’s Museum on Ocean Avenue That served as the area’s third or fourth school So this area here is where our railroad depot was It was the Florida East Coast Railway and there was a depot and a shipping platform was over there – Okay, so, back then I would have come through the, right, walked into here, and I would be in the depot This would be the depot, right? – Right And there would be a little cart to carry the luggage – Okay – Yeah, and then you would go up onto the shipping platform – Right I’m on the shipping platform – Right – And then, presumably the train would come by – Exactly – And I would grab onto the train and I would, right? – Exactly – Yeah, it’s like I’m bringing it back I’m bringing it back to the history – You are This is the historic Andrews House It’s currently the oldest house that’s here in Boynton Beach It was actually moved This was located right over here on the corner and they picked it up and they flipped it over here and they restored it But this is typical of what a house would have looked like in Boynton They had the little frame vernacular home – What makes Boynton Beach so special today? – It’s a growing community, I mean, they’re really trying very hard to revitalize and create a wonderful, real downtown Florida with some of the new developments, and some of the great plans that they have We’re closest fishing to the Gulf Stream and the closest entry point through the Boynton Inlet All of this has made us a fishing haven We have a wonderful beach – You have to with a name like Boynton Beach – You have to have, yes – You gotta have a good beach or else the name – You gotta have a good beach, otherwise the name doesn’t make sense – Yeah – The one thing about Boynton, there was a quote that was in one of the magazines, that to “Come to Boynton and get away from the hoity-toity.” – Oh, so we are non-hoity-toity in Boynton Beach? – A little bit different right – We are unhoitied, right? – And it used to be called the mayberry of Palm Beach county – Oh, okay That makes sense – The mayberry by the sea – Yeah Mayberry by the sea – I like that Boynton’s oceanfront park boasts twelve acres of prime waterfront You can rent a chair and an umbrella and plop yourself down for a gorgeous day in the sun And right over there, just a mile off the coast, you’ll find one of Florida’s largest underwater archeological preserves, marking the 1898 wreck of the merchant ship, Lofthus We are here at the Boynton Beach Marina and I am here with boat Captain, Alex Borsutzky Now what brings you to Boynton Beach? – How can you go wrong? South Florida – Sure – Beautiful weather Awesome reef This is the place to dive – And what can I expect to see under the waters here in Boynton Beach? – The reef is only two miles from the Boynton Inlet It’s about 60 feet deep and it is … For some reason we’re so close to the Gulf Stream that we have a lot of life down there We have Goliath Groupers These are fish of the size of a Volkswagen These are like a 400 pound fish – Do they break down like a Volkswagen? No they don’t – Actually, they almost break down 20 years ago because of over-fishing – Oh there you go – They selected Boynton Beach to mate – That’s good They should put that on the street signs “Come to Boynton Beach It’s very romantic for the Grouper.” If it’s nature you’re looking for, check out this hidden gem It’s called Mangrove Park and it’s located in the heart of Boynton Beach, just off Federal Highway, right on the Intercoastal Waterway

From waiting birds to the occasional manatee, you can get up close and personal with Florida’s natural beauty as you make your way through the mangrove forest We’re here at the Banana Boat restaurant at the Boynton Harbor Marina and I am with Nikki, the manager So this little sort of environment here, this is the Florida lifestyle, right? – This is the Florida lifestyle with sunshine, beautiful weather, you’re right on the water, warm breeze – How did we get here? – We are a family-run restaurant originally started in Fort Lauderdale, the Therien family, it’s been a anchor and a staple to the downtown marina district for almost 40 years now – It looks so much newer – Thank you We just did a complete renovation We need from floor to ceiling, new windows, new dock space, added plenty of room for the boaters, and additional chairs for all of our customers and our fans, who love to come enjoy our Dirty Coconut, one of our most popular drinks – Oh here comes the Dirty Coconut Wow, that is a dirty coconut – It is – Tell me a little bit of how you’ve seen the area change – 40 years ago there was not a lot around here Downtown Boynton has done a lot of renovations We have the new bridge – Sure – We have a marina district going up, a lot of shops, local stores – I’m gonna have another sip of the Dirty Coconut What else can I expect when I come to the ? – Everything is made fresh daily We have a lot of local features, such as our Mahi sandwich We do a coconut-crusted shrimp We have a mushroom swiss burger that’s piled high with onion rings – Here it comes Wow – These are our Ahi tuna poky nachos with avocado and the wasabi and the mushroom swiss burger – Now, is this presentation because I’m here or is this what everybody gets? – No, we treat every guest equally – So, you did not treat me any more special…? – No, you order a burger, that’s the presentation you’re gonna get – Now, you’re here on the dock, can I bring my boat? – You can bring your boat It’s easy just to tie on up and come enjoy a drink and fresh food with us – Now you’re the mayor of this town What’s your first initiative? What are you working on? – Using technology to reduce crime, environmental beautification, embracing diversity, creating a cultural center in downtown Boynton Beach, and after-school programs for the children – I like all of those things I know why you won now Are you the youngest mayor that’s ever lived? – No, but the youngest mayor in the city’s 97-year history – Good for you – Thank you – Obviously a lot of buildings around Tell me sort of what the redevelopment here is – We are starting our town square project, which is going to be over $250 million worth of development – Oh Alright – So that means we’re getting a new city hall, new police station, new fire station, and new civic buildings The civic center was built back in the 1960s The design is that the area that we’re in right now is gonna be a green space So maybe we can hold up to 5,000 people for concerts and events We have finally finished the $30 million renovation of our utilities plant Our water tower that’s 165 feet high is now lit up by LED lights We’re really becoming a 21st century city – You pimped out a water tower That is only something that a mayor of your age could do So, you’ve got a marina here – We did a harbormaster station so that, if you need to get gas, you can come there We have a daily fishing boat that goes out, called the Sea Mist III It’s been doing it for decades – How many boats do you have in your marina? – We have fifteen, and there’s some that you can rent on daily If you’re coming into Palm Beach county, and you’re a boater from wherever you’re from, you can come to Boynton Beach and get your own boat to travel up and down the Intercoastal – Smart move My last question for you is, I come to Boynton Beach, I have one place I’m gonna eat, I’m gonna bring the family to, where am I taking them? – Well I don’t have any favorites, but one of the places I really enjoy is Troy’s Barbeque – Can I ask the mayor to take me to Troy’s Barbeque? – Absolutely – Let’s do it – Okay – After you sir – Thank you – Welcome to Troy’s – When I asked the mayor, where would I need to go to eat in Boynton Beach, he didn’t have any favorites, he said, he was very, very politically correct as mayors tend to be, but he said your barbeque’s different, it’s not vinegary – It’s like the mid-western style – What makes it so special? – Tender loving care – Tender lovin’ care – And my special ingredient is that I baste my meat, liquid baste Most people dry rub – Okay – I liquid baste – And what am I gettin’? What’s your specialty here? – Everything is good – Everything is good? – But I’m gonna put my ribs over all of it – You’re gonna put your ribs against any of it – Yeah – Okay I wanna meet your family Can we meet the boys? All three of you work together Is there ever family feud going on?

– Oh sure The main thing I teach them: respect one another At the end of the day, respect one another – Right, so let’s be honest Who works hardest out of the three of you? – We all work equally hard – Come on, be honest, don’t, don’t, you can’t – I do – Okay, so you guys do your own sauces You do ’em in house? – Yeah – Okay Now is it your recipe? – Yes sir – Alright And you sell ’em at the restaurant only? Or do you get out, you venture out and you sell ’em anywhere else? – We sell ’em in the restaurant and we also sell the sauce on our food truck – The best ribs I’m ever gonna taste? – Oh yeah – Well, let’s do this I’m gonna do it right here and I’m gonna dip it, how’s that? – Yeah, dip it That’s the best way to do it – It is the best way I know how to eat a rib – There you go – Yeah – Clear the way so he can run – Oh, oh man Oh god Alright, that was your rib dance, right there – I change that He’s gotta put it on – No, that is good I’m gonna give it to you again That was great We are here at the School House Childrens’ Museum I’m here with Suzanne the director I’m on a John Deere tractor and I’m about to pedal What are we doing? What’s this apparatus? Show me – You are going to be working in the Dubois pepper patch, in the packing house – How old is this sort of made for? How old of a child? – Children up to about 6 or 7 – 6 or 7 So I’m a little over the curve – Just a wee bit The museum is all about being hands-on – Sure – You know, sometimes the word museum connotes a static exhibit This is not This is play Come in and play Experience different things What we’re very proud of is that 104 years later we are still teaching children every day – That’s amazing – Not many people do that and it certainly doesn’t happen very much in Florida in 104-year-old buildings – No – And, when the school was built in 1913, it was actually K-12 There were two kids in the graduating class the first year And then, as the community grew, they built the high-school next door This became Boynton Elementary It was an active school until the 90s And then, in the mid- 90s, the museum was founded out of citizens getting together in a labor of love – Sure, let’s preserve this Why not? – Preserve it, absolutely – What do we have here? – This is the farm house and it’s just like playing house in any other place you might do that, learning about how the pioneers lived, how they processed their vegetables, how they lived and made their home – How their bread was made out of wood – How the bread was made out of wood on the wood stove And this is a replica of the Jupiter lighthouse – Oh wow I’ve been to the Jupiter lighthouse – “Well folks …” – Whoa – “What if I told you that the pioneer life in early Florida “is just a little piece of the history that you “will discover inside the School House Childrens’ Museum.” – One little girl calls him Grandpa She comes in, bangs on the door, and waits for Grandpa – I will say this He’s creepy but he’s got a better dentist than I do His teeth are fantastic – Me too – Wow Very, very realistic Very nice, I pour my tea, I have a little noche, a little by the way – Pinkie’s up – Very nice – And of course there are archival images to give the children an idea of what it was like in the pioneer days – And obviously all the children realize how unhappy people were back then – He has a sort of a – Sort of, yeah, I think he’s hiding something, but everybody else kind of seems a little miserable, don’t they? They were waiting, yeah they’re like “Where’s my iPhone?” – We have all kinds of different programs for the kids We have everything from story time to ballet classes for toddlers, steam classes, homeschool classes – What is a steam class? – STEAM stands for Science, Techonology, Engineering, Arts, and Math – I thought it was a steam room for kids – A steam room for kids – They’ve got everything Yeah – There really is nothing else like this in South Florida We’re not only small and we’re geared for very young children and always intending for the children to learn and be interactive and hands-on – We’re here at the Links at Boynton Beach This is Ron Tapper What’s so great about the course? – It’s been here, it’s originally from 1984 It’s an eighteen-hole championship course, and inside the course we have a nine-hole par 30 course So, we have 27 holes here We do like 65,000 rounds a year out here – Wow You’re a professional teacher Standard thing that you tell somebody before they even start – There’s no right way to hold a putter, but as long as the putter is rolling a certain way, then you’re making a proper stroke Going back and through and it goes in – See you nailed it There’s no pressure on me though, ’cause I’m a novice – But you’re gonna keep a straight back like a railroad track – Okay, here we go Okay, that wasn’t bad – Did you see the ball how it rolled? – I did – The ball rolled over That means you made a good stroke – So, if I had a little bit more time, I’d put it right in the hole Let me get one more shot at that Aw, Ron, you’re making my day This is great

Thank you man – You like nature? – I love nature – There’s something you’re gonna see here that you don’t see on a lot of golf courses – I’m in Let’s do it – Let’s take a look On any given morning you come out here, it’s just a sea of white and black – All the birds on the course kind of make their way to this one area? – Yeah – Beautiful – Kinda like a little Wakodahatchee wetlands – Yeah This is like a wildlife paradise Who knew you’d find this in the middle of a golf course – Right – What brought you from Jersey to Boynton Beach? – My wife and I always talked about maybe opening a franchise or doing a push-cart business – Right – And just started coming up with the idea of doing a boardwalk down here in South Florida – Specifically the ice cream, were you eating ice cream and you were like, “You know what, this, I like ice cream We should do this.” – Yeah, I mean, I’ve always been into kind of making it at home with a little machine and graduated up to a bigger machine, and I’m up to 172 different flavors of ice cream that I make, and 42 different flavors of Italian ice – 172 different flavors of ice cream? – Yes Yeah everything is made here on the premises So every time people come in, there’s always different flavors – If you wanted to sell me on your place, what’s the one I’m trying? – My Coconut Island Breeze, which is coconut flavored ice cream, with a little hint of pineapple flavor, walnuts, pineapple pieces, and coconut flakes in it, which is my number one seller – Sounds good – Yes – And I’m gonna try it out I’m gonna give you my honest opinion and I’m hoping that I agree with you – That’s what we want – Alright What if he pulls out a generic ice cream from Publix? That’d be weird Alright, you gave me a generous portion Whoa – Yes – You’re not joking around – Nope – Boardwalk Gotta come check it out We’re here at Hurricane Alley I’m here with the owner, Kim Kelly It is a party atmosphere in here – We always have parties here at Hurricanes I’m one to party every day, so – Okay The type of food you have when I come in here, what am I gettin’? – Oh, you’re gonna get some amazing seafood, I mean, you’re talking soft-shell crab, fresh Mahi, and everything’s freshly-made – You’re connected to the Sea Mist? – The Sea Mist, that’s my husband’s business – Okay – That’s a party boat So you go out on there, there’s about 30 to 50 people there, you catch your fish, you have it cleaned over there, bring it over here, and we’ll cook it for ya, for free – Does your hubby clean it? Or does he have a crew that cleans it? – No, he’s got a crew that cleans it Yeah – Okay, alright Yeah, okay, good You got your regulars to come in? – Yeah, well, as you can see, they’re here It’s a Friday night and it’s hustling and bustling, and we get everybody, all of our locals – Now are you from here originally? – Cape Cod, MA – Oh, well that makes sense You’ve always been near the sea – Pretty much Almost a mermaid – You are a mermaid You never say you’re almost You are a mermaid – I’m a mermaid, you’re a pirate – Alright, I’ll be a pirate That’s okay We’re here at the Boynton Beach Marina, and I am not sitting here with the mayor and the deputy mayor I’m sitting here with a couple of pirates How does one become a pirate in today’s day and age? Tell me about this – Become a politician – Great one – Require a ship – You need a ship? Okay – You need an ocean – An ocean and a ship Well we got both of those here And what do you do once you’re a pirate in Boynton Beach? – You get rum and a crew – Rum and a crew? So it hasn’t changed much over the years? – No – Okay – What do you do for the people of Boynton Beach? – Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest and Mermaid Splash – That is a long name – Sixth annuals – Yeah, we have twelve stages where there’s continuous entertainment, including live music There’s gonna be mermaids – Whoa – It’s a haunted pirate fest, my good man – Oh it’s haunted? – Oh very much so – Oh so this takes place in October every year? – That is right my good man – Right, before Halloween – Do you have contests? If I come dressed like you, do you judge me? – Yeah, we have costume contests for adults, we have costume contests for kids, we have face painting – Very cool – There’s food, there’s acts, there’s mermaids, there’s magic, there’s fun galore – I love it, I love it And how many people will typically show up to these events? – Thousands – Thousands This is actually one of the largest pirate festivals in the state of Florida – Very much so – Best thing about it is it’s free of charge – This is fantastic And all in Boynton Beach? – Yeah – And just down the street from Boynton Beach is the town of Lantana

With water everywhere you turn, Lantana oozes old Florida charm Start your visit with spectacular beach views at municipal beach park You can even catch a breakfast sunrise at the park’s Dune Deck Cafe As you work your way West, get ready for an eco-adventure exploring the Lantana nature preserve, perfect for bird watching and photography And, if you wanna cast a line, hit the fishing pier at Sportmans’ Park Marina If all that’s got you hungry, you can go Hawaiian at Kona Cafe or check out classic waterfront dining at the Old Key Lime House You guys are starting to do public art everywhere and tell me a little about that program – So we have about 60 artworks throughout the city already – How does this affect do you think the culture of the town? – It brings the art out from inside museum walls It’s free for the public Often, the public art is built with the public arts input to the programs Take this whole courtyard for instance, and let an artist go, “Hey, this is gonna be a place “for community to gather What do you think it should be?” Our kinetic art that you see here is part of our international kinetic art exhibit symposium, which is a bi-ennial that we host every other year, to exhibit their artwork outdoors on our Avenue of the Arts The art is out on the avenue for a whole entire year – Explain to me how some of this works Give me a little bit of background – So this is a real 80-acre working farm My husband is 4th-generation farmer That’s why we opened this 8 years ago Everything we grow here from corn, cabbage, cauliflower, greens, you name it – I get to walk through here and pick my own little basket? – Right It’s strawberries, tomatoes, and peppers for U-pick, so you just come out and pick what you would like – So basically I’m the farmer, right? – Sure – Come in the front door and I know that all the produce came from the back door – Correct Yeah So the carbon footprint is minimal – What else can a family expect? – Another neat thing we have behind you are the targets for the Zombie Paintball – Whoa, wait a second – I forgot to mention that – Yeah, you did That’s a little important – We have a big military truck and it has eight fixed paintball guns and it goes around the farm and you shoot as you’re moving, the targets – You just hit me with something that I would come back to do – The paintball, I know – Everything that we just saw outside makes its way in here Once everything is picked, before it gets to your stands here, what is that process? – Immediately – Immediately? – Immediately Yeah, it does not sit in a cooler Our customers are educated and they known the difference and can taste the difference in the quality – They’re coming here for a reason – Absolutely Obviously we don’t grow apples, so we find the farmers, whether it’s Washington state or wherever We have a full line of our products – If I walk in here, what’s the difference between this and a Whole Foods? – We’re the actual farmer You can meet my husband You can know your farmer He can answer any questions that you may have regarding the growing methods – You’re putting this on camera now, so every time I come to shop here I’m gonna say I wanna meet the farmer – Uh huh – Boynton’s breweries have sparked some ancillary businesses bringing food trucks and a rolling beer bus to the scene One thing we’ve noticed is that Boynton has all of a sudden, you’re like the craft brewery capital of South Florida – It’s Copper Point, Due South, NOBO, and Devoured – So we’re here at the Copper Point Brewing Company and I’m here with Matt and I’m here with Jim and where did this idea come from? – We opened in 2015, so we’ve been open about two and a half years now – And it’s booming – And we’ve been very successful here – You’re killing it – Yeah, we love it – Good for you Why am I coming to this brewery? – You know, it’s one of those things that everybody says that we use the best ingredients, but we truly do We use the best raw materials we can find sourced worldwide We had equipment custom-designed for us and for our process I still make every batch of beer – So you’re the mad beer scientist? You’re back there concocting and do you break a new flavor every how often? – Every week we do a new beer – Can we drink to it? – Cheers – Let’s see what’s going on here Yeah, this would get me in trouble I wanna show them what’s back there Can we do that? Let’s do it This is my first time in a brewery Give me the flow here – So right over here, this is where we start with the malt It quickly runs through the mill, we crush it, we do the mashing process over there

We mix the malt with hot water, it creates the mash That’s where we create our sugars We strain that out so we have a sugary liquid, which is referred to as Wort We boil it with hops, provides spice and the bitterness We cool it down, transfer it into the fermenters The yeast eats the sugar, creates alcohol, and about 3 weeks later for ales, we have a drinkable beer, and about 6 weeks later for lagers, we have a drinkable beer – It’s a long process – Long process – You live this I can tell when you’re talking about it – Yeah, I’ve been doing this for a little bit – I mean, you just, it’s just you know it That’s great – It’s not so bad math – Congratulations really Nice job – Cheers – What’s the best fish here? What’s my best eat? – Mahi Mahi Fish is so nice they named it twice – Ah This guy The old Florida charm that attracted Major Nathan Boynton and the early settlers to Boynton Beach are still evident today Whether you wanna explore its historic downtown area or need a cool, sweet treat to beat the heat, America’s gateway to the Gulf Stream has got you covered From casual to ultra-fine dining, pristine beaches, breweries, and seaside recreation We hope you enjoy discovering Boynton Beach and that you’ll join us the next time we go On The Town – [Voiceover] This program is brought to you by Discover the Palm Beaches Visit ThePalmBeaches.com for more information