Treasure Coast News, Business and Community July 2012 - Page 7

Hobe Sound

TCnbc Magazine - 7

Palm City

Jensen Beach

The Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, a part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System, is located on Jupiter Island in Florida. Part of the refuge is inside the town of Jupiter Island, while the rest is in the unincorporated aress of Martin County. The 1,035-acre (4.19 km2) refuge was established in 1969, to protect the Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles. It is administered as part of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.

The history of Jensen Beach in the 19th century revolves around pineapple farming. John Laurence Jensen, an immigrant from Denmark, arrived in 1881, and set up his pineapple plantation, which became the town of Jensen.

By 1894, the Florida East Coast Railway reached

Jensen Beach, and freight shipments were loaded

directly onto the freight cars.

By 1895, Jensen was called the “Pineapple Capital

of the World,” shipping over one million boxes of

pineapples each year during the June and July

season[3] To help deal with the increased Pineapple

production, a Pineapple Factory was built.

Jensen Beach is a sweet place to kick back and just

relax. It was rated the "Top Spot for Beach Volleyball"

in 2008 by the "Prime Time Magazine" and has a

flavor all of its own. Whether you enjoy the beach or

being at one with nature, Jensen Beach will become

one of life's most enjoyable moments to you!

In 1912, Charles C. Chillingworth and his Palm Beach County Land Company (at the time the area was part of Palm Beach County) bought property from original owner George Beckwith and advertised the land throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Pineapples, oranges and grapefruit were grown at a "Demonstration Farm" on present-day Martin Highway to show farmers what they could expect if they settled in the newly named Palm City. Chillingworth provided boats, mule-teams and covered wagons (later replaced by a Model T Ford) to take the prospective clients around the

undeveloped

countryside.

Thanks to

Palm City Chamber