– 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
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