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Known for it’s great schools and atmosphere, here are some other facts about Jensen Beach for those considering moving to the area. Jensen Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Martin County, Florida, United States.
The population was 11,707 at the 2010 census and it is part of the Port St. Lucie, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Jensen Beach was rated the “Top Spot for Beach Volleyball” in 2008 by the “Prime Time Magazine” is a part of the Treasure Coast which derives its name from the ships that wrecked during the 17th century because of coral reefs in the shallow waters. Artifacts and treasures from these ships of Spanish origin can still be discovered today.
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 To help deal with the increased Pineapple production, a Pineapple Factory was built. A hard freeze in 1895 devastated most of the small pineapple plantations. Also, two fires, 1908 and 1910, destroyed most of Jensen Beach and its remaining Pineapple farms. The industry finally collapsed in 1920 due to a wide variety of financial and agriculture problems. Growers decided to turn their efforts in another direction: raising citrus.
The pineapple has become a symbol of Jensen Beach.
The fruit legacy is celebrated annually during the Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival.