1912: City leases oceanfront property from Palm Beach resident E.M. Brelsford.
1913: A two-story bath house, known as the Old Casino, opens and serves
as a gathering place for bathers and Saturday dances. Gambling is allowed until
1918: Fire destroys the casino.
1922: Lake Worth Casino and Baths opens, featuring a saltwater pool and an underground passage to the beach.
1928: Boardwalk built; hurricane damages casino's tower.
1947: Hurricane tears open the casino's roof.
1949: Casino remodeled with $185,000 in bond money; upper level parking lot built near casino building; pool changes from salt to freshwater
1951: Concrete promenade replaces boardwalk.
1959: Pier opens.
1973: John G's Restaurant opens in the casino building, becomes famous for its huge breakfasts.
1982: City commission pays architects Peacock & Lewis $45,000 in January for plan to revitalize the beach and casino. The $3 million plan includes a restaurant,
recreation area and pedestrian promenade. In June, residents petition commission
to stop beach improvements.
1983: Peacock & Lewis plan estimated to cost $8.5 million.
1985: Commissioners accept renovation at $6.6 million in February, then finally cancel it in April. City then plans to build a convention center at Municipal Beach Complex.
1986: Commissioners agree with consultants Botkin & Associates Inc. that casino should be demolished and rebuilt but take no action.
1990: Underground passage filled in; commissioners contemplate building a miniature golf course at the beach.
1993: Developer Pugliese Co. proposes movie theater, restaurant and
apartments at the beach.
1995: Commissioners end talks with Pugliese in April; Bridge Design Associates submits study in July on the casino building, reports it needs to be repaired but is salvageable.
1996: Developer David Paladino proposes 160,000 square feet of shops and restaurants in August; the city takes no action; city surveys voters in November about their visits to the beach and what they'd like to see there.
August 1998: City officials ask more than 100 developers for ideas to improve the beach area.
November 1998: Four development teams, including Paladino, submit plans
that include a hotel, park, timeshare, shops and restaurants.
December 1998: Commission aborts multimillion dollar plan for any redevelopment after residents complain.
March 3-4, 2000: City to hold public meetings to find out what residents want for the area.
Friday, March 2, 2007
This came from Scott McCabe with the PB Post.
Time at the beach - From the start, the Lake Worth casino and beach has been the city's focal point:
"Political advertisement paid for and approved by Wes Blackman for Commissioner – District #3"