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Founded by sewing machine magnate Paris Singer, stunning Singer Island is the #1 destination for those vacationing in the Palm Beaches and desiring a first-class beachfront hotel. Here you will the pristine beaches, sunny weather, world class fishing, crystal clear snorkling and SCUBA diving that out-of-state visitors can only daydream about.
The warm Gulfstream waters and balmy Atlantic Ocean breezes combine to provide an ideal year round climate. Singer Island’s long sandy beaches are considered by many to be the best in Florida. Simply relax in the sun, or enjoy boating, cycling, snorkeling, sailing, scuba diving, and blue water fishing. Minutes away are the world famous golf courses at PGA. Singer Island is also close to shopping and entertainment at historic Clematis Street, CityPlace, Worth Avenue and the Palm Beach Gardens Mall.
The first available record of a settlement on Singer Island dates back to 1906 with Inlet City. Inlet City was a spontaneous community of fishermen and squatters, most of whom came from Riviera Beach and the Bahamas. The settlement developed on both sides of the inlet, in use at the turn of the century. This inlet was located approximately opposite the filled area of land in Riviera Beach now known as Yacht Harbor Manor. As it was, married families settled on the north side of the inlet and single men settled on the south side. Fishermen were attracted to it as a place to dry the cotton nets that they used in those days, and for its proximity to the Gulf Stream. Because of the lack of government and local ordinances, squatters were content to build wherever and whatever they liked. Inlet City’s three main streets were named Fiddler’s Green, Goose Hollow, and Broadway. The community boasted of a store and a church which also served as a school. The school teacher was picked up at Currie Park, in West Palm Beach, on Monday morning and returned Friday afternoon burdened with all the fish that she could carry.
Until 1925 Singer Island was isolated from the mainland. In that year the county built the wooden “Sherman Point” bridge from Riviera Beach to Singer Island to accommodate Paris Singer’s proposed Blue Heron Hotel. This bridge from Sherman Point was destroyed in the hurricane of 1928 and was not rebuilt until 1935. Singer Island remained desolate after the 1928 hurricane and the following years of depression. Fishermen continued to take advantage of the abundance of crabs, clams, and many varieties of fish about the island’s shores. High school students were attracted to the island’s beaches on their days off; but further attempts at development would have to wait until World War II had ended. When the second wooden bridge burned, the concrete and steel Blue Heron lift span was constructed in 1949. The eastern half of this bridge remains as a fishing pier today. Finally, because of the problems created by ever increasing automobile and boat traffic, the lift span was replaced by the present high-rise bridge in 1976.