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Clematis Street

Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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The History of Clematis Street & West Palm Beach Henry Flagler A history of the Clematis Street District or of West Palm Beach cannot be told without mentioning the name of Henry Flagler. Anyone who has been in Florida for even a short amount of time will recognize the name. It's all over Florida roads, bridges and beaches as well as countless other monuments and museums. Flagler's Dream: Palm Beach Henry Flagler co-founded Standard Oil Company with John D. Rockefeller and also built the Florida railroad from Jacksonville to Key West. He came to the West Palm Beach area in 1893. After being impressed with the natural beauty of the area, he sought to create the most famous resort in the world, Palm Beach. The resort would be conveniently accessible by his own railroad. He built two major hotels, The Breakers and the Royal Poinciana Hotel (later destroyed by a hurricane). He also built what is now West Palm Beach directly across Lake Worth for the service people who worked on the island and as a commercial district. Clematis Street Not only is it one of the trendiest places to be today, it also boasts a long and important history. Clematis Street began as the main thoroughfare of West Palm Beach in the early 20th century. It connected the train station on the west with the ferry to Palm Beach Island on the east. Early 20th Century: Storefronts logically multiplied and lined each way, as Clematis became the "Main Street" of West Palm Beach. The commuters of the day would traverse Clematis Street and frequent these shops before and after work, much like we do today. It's many older buildings display a fascinating journey through South Florida history. Automobiles Change Everything Eventually automobiles, bridges and highways replaced the train, ferry and buggies as the main means of transportation. While once the train station was the link to the outside world, visitors could now arrive via various routes. Okeechobee Boulevard would eventually become the main connection from route 95 over to Palm Beach and Clematis Street would lose its steady flow of passers-by. As the area progressed, suburban sprawl contributed to the growth of metropolitan West Palm Beach, yet the downtown business area remained. The Downtown Development Authority In 1967 the Downtown Development Authority was created to impact Downtown's economic conditions, formulate long-range plans for improving the appeal and accessibility of Downtown facilities, promoting their use, providing remedy to any deterioration of Downtown property values, and most importantly, retaining and attracting businesses to Clematis Street. In short, the DDA works to retain and attract business and to protect the investments of its constituents. Largely due to the Downtown Development Authority Clematis Street is still considered the Main Street of West Palm Beach.
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Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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"tin fish"
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"sand sculptures"
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"free trolley"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Too many vacant stores give the feel of somber days - not a vibrant, thriving community which it seeks to attract. Don't blame the business owners; rather ask who is behind the politics preventing the promotion of this great location with a vibrant and growing...More

Thank Arlen5779
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The open storefronts/bars go on and on. Compared to the shopping district, which is like Los Angeles' Rodeo Drive except with 1000 watt lights, this is warm and comfortable.

Thank often_crabby-travele
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked down Clematis Street on a weekday afternoon and it was quiet but looked very interesting. We saw various shops and eateries and noticed that they also have a weekend farmers' market. Even though the street was quiet when we walked through I'm sure...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While we had an enjoyable time walking the two or three blocks from the water to the tracks, we did notice a number of stores for lease and just empty. Storefronts like that can take glitter off of a vibrant street scene.

Thank Tom K
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Clematis Street by Night is on Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is the perfect spot to go alone or with guests. Cocktails, food and entertainment - this is a MUST VISIT!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Live music, fun crowd...at Christmastime there was a sandy Christmas tree. Clematis at Night is a great deal of fun for everyone.

Thank ruthrh
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the historical downtown area of West Palm Beach, We went for lunch and it is a good thing we had already chosen our destination because the number of restaurant choices was overwhelming. Locations for liquid refreshments are also numerous. Parking is very tricky...More

Thank CyndyandByron
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great variety of restaurants, lots and lots of places to drink and a couple of nightclubs, seem to be a large number of vacant storefronts and defunct nightclubs. Many restaurants push their tables onto the sidewalk, so if you like crowded streets, noisy patrons and...More

Thank louz971
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful street to shop and eat. There are plenty of places to walk to so park, walk, eat and drink.

Thank Benzboy06
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So many places to eat and drink and shop by the water, the beautiful scenery and taking the free trolley anywhere around!

Thank margrock12
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Yes the usual rate.
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Clematis Street West Palm Beach.
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Response from baldeagle8502 | Reviewed this property |
Yes u hear music at outside seating. Clematis usually pretty busy and interesting. Weather in 70's this time of year.
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