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Palm Beach was an exotic wilderness with only one building and a lighthouse until about 1870. Around that time a handful of settlers constructed rudimentary housing with thatched roofs (great for keeping out the rain but attractive to flies, lizards spiders etc). The first settlements were along the shores of Lake Worth because the oceanfront was hostile territory. At the time there were no roads, stores, doctors, teachers or commerce.

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