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Celebrate history at the Boynton Inlet on Tuesday, Feb. 18

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 9:00 a.m., officials from Palm Beach County and representatives of the Boynton Beach Historical Society will unveil a new historical marker in Ocean Inlet Park, located at 6990 N. Ocean Boulevard, in Ocean Ridge. The marker chronicles the history of the South Lake Worth Inlet, often referenced locally as the Boynton Inlet, and was initiated and funded by the late Robert H. Neff; an extraordinary citizen who encouraged historical societies to chronicle local historic places and apply to have them designated as Florida landmarks.

1960s aerial view of the Boynton Inlet and Beer Can Island.
Boynton Beach Historical Society

The South Lake Worth Inlet was constructed between 1925 and 1927 to improve water quality and circulation between the south end of Lake Worth and the Atlantic Ocean. It opened on March 16, 1927.

Although it was not originally designed for navigation, the South Lake Worth Inlet quickly became a haven for fishing and pleasure boats, and other small craft, and though sometimes treacherous, is still used by many to this day.

Palm Beach County purchased adjacent property in 1974 to construct Ocean Inlet Park. Opened in 1988, the park and the surrounding area have become a popular fishing, swimming, and sight-seeing destination for visitors and locals, as well as a favorite location for family picnics, birthdays, graduation parties, and other celebrations. It stands on the grounds of what were the Boynton Inlet Docks, where fishing boats captained by the likes of Walter “Pop” Lyman, Homer Quincy Adams, and other old salts took visitors, mostly from northern states, out for their taste of Florida sportfishing.

Descendants of Captain Walter “Pop” Lyman, who captained one of the first boats to navigate through the inlet, will be in attendance, as well as District 4 County Commissioner Steven L. Abrams, Janet DeVries, president of the Boynton Beach Historical Society, members of the Neff family, and other honored guests.

Model T cars on display by members of the Sunny T’s of South Florida Car Club and music by the Sunsation Quartet will help create a 1920s atmosphere for the celebration. So, if you're interested in helping to preserve and recognize some of the history of South Florida, be sure to stop by. Don't forget to wear your flapper gear!

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