The quaint coastal town of Lantana, Florida, is a great way to experience the bonuses of Palm Beach County life without having to worry about traffic, congestion, and the like. Lantana has a rich history. It was founded by the Lyman family and was named for the lantana plants that grew in it. It was originally called Lantana Point, but eventually, the “point” was removed, maybe because there’s no clear point in the somewhat square-shaped town.
Lantana has an area of 2.29 square miles, and the 2010 census found a population of 10,423. Lantana has developed from a small town with few businesses to a thriving hometown for many. It started with a general store and a post office, as well as an operation called the Indian Trading Post. The Lantana Fish Company was another early business, and it helped the catching and sales of oysters to become the town’s major industry. As it grew, the town was eventually incorporated. That was the year 1921, when 22 residents voted.
Further business development occurred with the building of Interstate 95. Like it did for much of South Florida, I-95 provided a major kick-start in the industrial and commercial aspects of Lantana life.
In 1950, an important establishment began in the town. It is the A.G. Holley Hospital, which is dedicated to treating tuberculosis victims. It is still in operation today, and it treats about 50 patients at a time.
Lantana took part in a famous tradition – from 1974 to 1988, it hosted the largest decorated Christmas tree in the world. Via rail, an enormous tree was shipped from the Pacific Northwest. It was decorated, and the attraction drew throngs of visitors every year.
Today, Lantana’s population has grown considerably, and residents develop new traditions of their own. Don’t miss this fantastic and historical town.