On The Town in The Palm Beaches – The Town of Palm Beach

On The Town in The Palm Beaches – The Town of Palm Beach


Hey, I’m Frank Licari and today we’re
exploring the Town of Palm Beach – now although it’s home to some of the most exclusive
addresses in the world, this island is surprisingly accessible and fun. We’ll play the back nine at a place where
the golf course is just as spectacular as the view, we’ll ride through a scenic bike
trail on a bicycle built for two and we’ll visit a pharmacy that houses an 82-seat classic
soda fountain – that’s all on this episode of On the Town in The Palm Beaches. This program is brought to you by Discover
the Palm Beaches. Visit the Palm Beaches dot com for more information. Did you know that Henry Flagler was responsible
for most of the agriculture and tourism in the Palm Beaches. Heck, most of Florida so as we explore the
Town of Palm Beach, you’ll see his fingerprints on all of the landscape. Our first stop today is Flagler’s grand
estate, Whitehall, home of the Flagler Museum. Agricultural style as you can see, it’s
very grand. It’s what we would call Beaux Arts architecture. It’s a visual language that people in the
Gilded Age would’ve understood and I think many of us understand to this day. You have a style that is based on Western
culture, history, Greek and Roman at its roots and the American’s during the Gilded Age
believed that America was the logical rightful inheritor of the great traditions of western
culture. And that we were not only picking that up
and continuing but we were improving upon those traditions. And it wasn’t just a story about Flagler
however. He and his peers Andrew Carnegie said it best
when he said that the homes of some need to express what’s best about our culture and
so they really felt of these homes as museums. That they were to teach others. When I first came in here , I looked up at
your clock and I said, that reminds me of a clock I would see in Grand Central and you
said, it’s modeled after the one at the original Penn Station in New York that was
destroyed. Which I hoped impressed you? That I, you know. Yes, you were right on the money. Although Flagler grand estate is amazing,
one of the best ways to explore the town that Flagler built is on foot. Let’s talk to historian, Rick Rose, who
is known for his walking tours of Palm Beach and he knows a thing or two about classic
Palm Beach attire. Tell me a little bit about Palm Beach’s
history now through the years and how its grown. Well, it was a first an agriculture settled
area. It was a Pioneer area in 1880’s and very
quiet and Flagler had heard that there was a paradise down by the south. He already had a house up in St. Augustine. So he being the adventurer he was he did an
expedition down the peninsular and found his way to the Lake Worth region which was what
this was originally was called. And really wasn’t expecting tropical vegetation. You know, he was on that boat, he was looking
around discovered oh my goodness, this is really where I need to build a hotel cause
I know if there is coconut palms here there’s no frost. When he bought all this land back in the early
1890s, he needed a place to live so he bought the nicest house on the island which was also
the oldest house on the island. That’s the Seagull Cottage built in 1886
by a Denver railroad man and lived here until the completion of Whitehall which of course
is his famous house here in Palm Beach. Whitehall would not be where it is today if
it weren’t for Cap Dimick. Cap Dimick was the town’s first mayor and
on that very same property in 1880, he opened the Cocoanut Grove House. That land was eventually sold to Henry Flagler
paving the way for the development of the Flagler Museum. My third great, great grandmother, Millie
Gildersleeve came here with Cap Dimick. She was the town’s first nurse and midwife
and many of the pioneer babies she delivered, their descendants still reside here in Palm
Beach County today. Millie Gildersleeve was married to Jake Gildersleeve
in 1878 on the lawn of Cap Demick’s hotel, that’s where the Flagler Museum exists today. Cap Dimick’s cocoanut Grove House was the
first hotel on the island. The second was built in 1896 by Henry Flagler. It was called the Palm Beach Inn. People kept asking for, can I get one of those
rooms down by the Breakers? Now, the Breakers back then of course meant
the beach. So then, the Breakers Hotel comes up. How does this happen? Yeah, so the Palm Beach Inn burned down in
1902 and had to be rebuilt. They gave up trying to call it the Palm Beach
Inn. They said we’re just gonna call it the Breakers
Hotel and the Flagler family, the descendants of Henry Flagler said if we are rebuilding
the Breakers, we want to build it so it doesn’t burn down so easily. So they used stone, right? And they used stone and now we have the famous
Breakers. So they hired one of the most important architectural
firms in the world, Schultze and Weaver from New York, who had built Grand Central station
and the Waldorf Astoria so they rebuilt the Breakers in the Italian Renaissance resort
style and it opened in 1927. I go to buy toothpaste and I see people eating
and you’re serving drinks. What is going on around here? Well, Green’s has been around for this is
its eightieth year. Eighty years? You look fantastic. Yeah, I look great for 80 something years
old, right? Wow, unbelievable. You started young. I’ve been running it since 1993. And apparently doing a really good job of
it because we’ve heard a lot of people talk about it then they come in here for everything. Lunch, breakfast, dinner, it doesn’t matter. We have customers come in here every day,
order the same thing every day. As they’re walking in, the girls are getting
the drinks and putting it out at the table. Right. Because they always sit in the same spot all
the time. You’re known for your milkshakes. Absolutely! Well, I happen to be known for enjoying a
milkshake. Okay, what flavor you like? Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coffee, black
and white? Oh, wow! Listen, let’s do a coffee. Does that sound good? Yes. Alright, let’s do it. Frank if you would help me. Hold this. I’ll get this. Okay. I want you to get the chocolate syrup. This one? Yep. Oh, okay. Pour it on top. You selling all the things you would find
in the normal pharmacy. You’re feeding them for breakfast and lunch,
you’re giving them milkshakes, you’re rolling back prices and you’re going green. Welcome to the Little Red Schoolhouse. This is the first schoolhouse built in southeast
Florida. It was built in 1886. In 1990 the Preservation Foundation opened
it as a living history program for students in all schools throughout Palm Beach, Martin
and Broward County. Now, if you misbehave and you were one of
the little ones. And I will. Well, sir, if you are six or seven, you will
receive this on your hand if you are naughty. If you are one of the older students, you
would receive this across your backside and if I happen to break it across your backside,
I would send you out to cut down another one adding insult to injury. I have a very small backside. That’s a big stick. Yes, it would be quite painful. If you were not listening. Oh. I would take this clip, clip it on your ear. Ouch. And it would stay on your ear until I felt
you have learned your lesson. You know people wear those now as accessories. May I invite you in, sir. I would love to cause it’s so uncomfortable
on the stairs. Come please. Doctor Jodi, you are the schoolmarm. I am. What does a schoolmarm do? In early history in schools, the teachers
were called schoolmarms. They were expected to be single women, they
did not live in their own homes, they lived with their own students and often shared a
bed with one of their female students. They did chores around the house as well as
work at the schoolhouse. What are you talking about? We, that’s what a schoolmarm is. Now, I’m going to check your nails. I’m going to check behind your ears and
the back of your neck. I am also going to check for nail biting. Please put your hands flat on the desk. Hmm. Are you a nail biter, sir? I get nervous. Tis, tis. We do want you to reach your majority. No more nail biting. In the schoolhouse, the children were taught
hygiene, we teach manners. That is how to be respectful and address adults. We teach penmanship, we teach cyphering and
we teach.. Wait, wait, go back, cyphering? Cyphering, that’s arithmetic. Oh, is that what it is? Mathematics. I thought it was like the Davinci Code or
something. No. Okay. Children today who come to this schoolhouse,
it’s for fourth graders only print. They’re not required to write cursive. Oh. But in the early days of schooling, there
was no manuscript. It was all cursive from the very beginning. Schools come every day that school is open
usually open from September through May. Wow! A full school year, almost? Look at that, a little sailboat. That is lovely sir but that is not part of
what we’re practicing. Absolutely not. One of the best things about the Little Red
School house is its location! It sits right on the beach at Phipps Ocean
Park. So you can put the books away and get ready
to play! To the north – beachgoers relax on golden
sands… while the south end of the park is all about tennis! There are 6 full courts – all with ocean views! If you need more sand – flip flop your way
to the Mid-Town Municipal Beach. Here you’ll find million dollar beach views
kept seaweed free by the town. And if the urge strikes… you’re just steps
away from shopping on Worth Avenue. This is the most historic part of Worth Avenue. A man named Paris Singer, the twenty fifth
child of Isaac Singer who invented the Singer sewing machine decided he was going to pick
up the tempo here and make Palm Beach America’s Riviera so he decided to build a club to get
things going. That was the Everglades Club. He built the Everglades Club in a mixture
of different Mediterranean styles and the Everglades Club is ground zero for Mediterranean
revival in the State of Florida. So the club was so popular they needed to
create a infrastructure and entertainment for the members so they invited some of the
world’s top designers to show their clothes but those designers needed to open shops here. They couldn’t just be showing clothes during
lunch. Right, to know where to get them after the
fact. Exactly, so Paris Singer and Addison Mizner
decided to develop some multi-use shopping passage ways right around the club and the
first ones were Via Parigi and Via Mizner next door. Another strategy of Mizner to create the ambiance
of the Mediterranean was he felt like it those villages had an old world character because
everything was made by hand, nothing was being made by machines. Sure. So everything was slightly imperfect and here
with the red barrel tiles, he discovered in Cuba that the farmers were making them and
of course what determined the size of the red clay barrel tiles was the size of the
farmer’s wife thighs. That became the mold. Was that right? For that farmer. They molded tile right on the thighs? Exactly. So there’s some big women. Obviously, these are big tiles. But he carried that through almost everywhere. Everywhere you look, you’ll notice that
there’s nothing that’s not in keeping with the style of the Mediterranean revival. He really designed everything almost as if
it was a movie set so that when you look in any direction, you don’t see anything that’s
not in keeping so you really have the sense and feel that this is all authentic. Worth Avenue is not the only place you can
stroll in Palm Beach. Here, at the Royal Poinciana Plaza they’ve
got great shops and boutiques. Two large courtyards where they hold live
events and concerts and family days for the family and the kids and you can rent a bile
at the Palm Beach Bicycle Trail Shop. Our main business is, you know, take servicing
people in Palm Beach, it’s a great town to ride a bike around. Low speed limits, not a lot of population. And of course we have the Palm Beach Bicycle
Trail, which the Lake Trail they call it. Right. It’s like the oldest road in Palm Beach. It was where the pioneers would go up and
down on the island to avoid the wash out from the beach. This is where the Pioneers came? And this is where they were traveling. They would go up and down the island. Most of the first post office, the church
were all located on the bike trail. That’s how they would go up and down. And you could take this trail almost the length
of the island? Almost the length of the island from the south
to the north. Which is really unique for any city to have
that type of trail. You’re a bike shop, how many bikes do got
in there? We have well over two hundred. Two hundred bikes? Yeah. At most average times. During the season, we have one hundred and
fifty rental bikes that we’ll have in stock that we rent out either for people who do
the bike trail for an hour or two or we do have people who have family members come stay
with them for extended periods of time, from a week or more. So this is a great way to see the entire sort
of (it is) view, also you’re looking over at West Palm Beach over there too. Yeah. Yeah. You see, that’s the skyline. This is good. You’re making people happy. Exactly. Being here as long as I have been, I’ve
seen kids, I’ve taught kids how to ride bikes. Now, they’re coming with their kids and
it’s really rewarding. What you’ll do is, you’ll greet your guests
with sincerity and you’ll say, Good Evening, welcome to Café L’Europe Restaurant, it’s
an honor to have you here this evening. If you’d like to follow me, we’ll go right
to the table. Well, that’s a lot to memorize. I couldn’t just say, hey, thanks you for
coming. Come on in. No, you need more? You need more from me. Yeah. More service orientated. Sure, sure. Welcome to Café L’Europe. Thanks so much for being here this evening. Let me escort you to your table. Very good. Not bad. Very good. A partner here. What’s the food like here at Café L’Europe? We like to call it current international cuisine. We have pastas, we have meats from veal chops
to filet mignon to dover sole and many different soups, salads. Oh my goodness. Alright. So here we have the Potato Galette with a
smoked salmon and American caviar garnished with egg whites, egg yolks, onions and parsley. Wow. I lost my caviar. You can’t lose your caviar. It’s such an interesting taste. I’ve never tasted this type of dish before
so this is. We also do this an hors d’oeuvre for during
cocktail party. We’ll serve this as an hors d’oeuvre but
only a bite size. That makes sense. Yeah. One piece. Do you want to try the lobster salad now? You know, now that you’re asking. I’ll get a little bit of this. I should probably have an orange with that. Wow, that’s fantastic too. Wow. These are things that I would never think
to order. You are all together? We are. How are you? Hello, hello. You’re eating with her? Yeah. Yes. Met her earlier. Wonderful lady. Yeah she was angry at the people that were
late. I’m sure that wasn’t anything personal. Craving Art? Let’s head Down the Street to West Palm
Beach. This city has amazing murals on walls throughout
downtown and in the historic Northwood District. This lively dining and arts district… has
a monthly Art Walk the second Saturday of every month. And you’ll find a ton of galleries and gourmet
restaurants – like Malakor Thai Café and Table 427, to name a few. If you’re looking for adventure – check
out Shark Wake Park. Located at Okeeheelee Park – it’s the largest
inflatable Aqua Park in South Florida with an obstacle course featuring slides, ramps,
trampolines and more. Just be prepared to get wet! If you’re looking for something a little
more zen – try a relaxing afternoon at Mounts Botanical Gardens. It’s the oldest and largest botanical garden
in the Palm Beaches. Located behind the Palm Beach International
Airport, this hidden gem houses over 2,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants. And for the kids… there’s the South Florida
Science Center and Aquarium has exhibits where kids can use their imaginations, learning
about wonders of the world and discovering lots of new and fun things! There’s even a mini golf course that’s
been named one of the best courses across the country by the Travel Channel. Right now, let’s get back to Palm Beach. I hear the Deputy Town Manager has a surprise
for me. If I’m coming here and I’m visiting with
my family, give me a little rundown if there’s a few spots I have to hit when I come to Palm
Beach like what are there? You know the name of this community is Palm
Beach so of course we have beautiful beaches. We have two really incredible public beaches. Palm Beach has great restaurants and a diverse
mix of styles. You could spend a month here and have a lot
of different things that to try out. The thing that really makes Palm Beach really
special in my humble opinion is its people. Palm Beach has always been known a place know
for captains of industry. That’s how it started and that’s how it
is today. The citizenry here in Palm Beach as compared
to other communities is very active. They’re very involved. They’re very approachable. Right. And they contribute a great deal to the specialness
of this community. So I got a question for you. Tell me. You play golf? I have been known to hit the links every once
in a while. Yeah. Okay, we have a special surprise for you. Let’s head down to the Palm Beach Par 3. I’m with you. What makes the Palm Beach Par 3 such a special
place, well it’s on the ocean. We have six holes right along the Atlantic
Ocean. We have six holes on the intracoastal. And it’s breathtaking views. We built this fabulous clubhouse in 2014 and
now it’s one of the most iconic places to go to play golf in Florida. We’ve had celebrities from all over the
world play here. And even junior phenom Allan Kournikova started
playing golf here when he was two years old. And he’s the number one thirteen year old
in the world. Alright. Frank, there he is. Good luck to you. Oh he’s not gonna know what hit him. I’m probably gonna play three yards downhill. Three yards downhill. We’re gonna play between ninety eight and
ninety six. You’re gonna regulate that swing to ninety
six to ninety eight? And that’s what you’re gonna do? I’m gonna try. Okay. Alright. While you’re gone, I’ll just give the
club a little whirl. Okay, I’m gonna put that ball right there. What do you think? Looks good. Let’s get a little closer to it. Okay. How’s that? There you go. Here we go. Everybody be quiet. I don’t even know where it went. Where did it do? Lush golf course setting. Check. Scenic beach views. Check. Golfball sized meatballs. Check. Looks like I found the perfect place for lunch. We’ve been expecting you, Mr. Licari. Welcome to Al Fresco. You’re darn right. Along with this beautiful view and everything,
what separates Al Fresco, what makes it the special destination that it is? Well It starts everything with the golf course,
the view, we have obviously you know there’s nobody with the beautiful view of the restaurant,
second I think you know is the great ownership that we have. Why thank you. Oh my, this is good. Yeah, yeah, yeah. We have to honor the time that we spend at
a table. You know, time at a table is where we share
with our family, that we make new friends, that we share the most special experiences
of our life right in between all the busyness and all the work and everything else. You think of the whole experience. Of course the food has to be good. Of course the service has to be good. But when you can create something in a venue
like this and really take the experience to another level, that’s what makes this place
so special. Thank you. What I like to do when I serve food. I know you like to leave the table, I like
to wait. The best cappuccino (Oh, right) I have ever
had. Yeah. (Music) We’re gonna cruise around the world
on this big yacht. We’re gonna cruise around the world on this
big yacht. The original docks has been since here for
almost eighty nine years. Whoa. The original docks. The docks you see here today. They were done in 1945. The Brazilian Dock, the Australian dock and
the Peruvian dock was put in 1961. Now, these are obviously named for those of
us who know the area a little bit. These were named after the streets, right? That’s correct. And what is the master, like a dock master,
what is that? Are you just like the guy if I park my boat
here, I’m the master. What do you do? As far as the dock master, We’re in charge
of the marina as far as making the lease agreements, the transient dockage arrangements, billing
the customers out and making sure that they’re billed for electric, that the docks are kept
clean at all times and just making sure that everyone is happy. Right now we’re in the middle of a green
foliage. Yes. Tell me where we are. This is our botanical gardens or we like to
call demonstration garden. So not only is it a demonstration space and
an educational opportunity but it’s also a quiet, calm. Pretty tranquil. Yeah. Absolutely, away from the busy society of
seasonal life. Being here since 1936, we’ve had a great
opportunity to grow over the years. Sure. The gardens and the historic King Library
that was built in 1938 as well. And that was by architect Maurice Fazio. It was our oldest building where all of our
programs took place. We’ve grown and now we have a seven hundred
seat auditorium and art exhibition space. This is our Fitz Eugene Dixon Education Building. That’s a lot of words. Long name. Fitz Eugene Dixon. Fitz Eugene Dixon Education Building and basically
that all means this is where the learning happens. Here is all of our classes, lectures, workshops
and our buyer artist and residence program so anyone can come no matter your artistic
skill level or if you want to come learn how to paint or how to sculpt. I do. This is the place for you. And history classes, art appreciation, opera
appreciation. Now, I have been in a lot of schools. I’ve been in a lot of classroom. None as pretty as where we are right now. Yeah. We’re very, very, very lucky. Age ranges of your classes? Everything, mostly adults here. We do have a children’s library and all
of our children’s library programs are free. So we have teen education programs and things
like that. That happens in a separate building. This is what we call our center for lifelong
learning so these are more adults. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve
heard people come to us and say thank you so much for being here because without something
to do every day, I don’t know what I would do. Sure. I’d sit at home.. Yeah. This is a place where people can come, be
inspired and hopefully like I said, make some friends. Here is the sculpture gardens. I am seeing beautiful sculptures. I’m seeing very creative. I’m seeing whimsical. Absolutely. I’m also seeing creepy. Tell me a little bit about what’re we are
talking about. Sure. Absolutely. We have a variety of sculptures here on our
campus. In face we have twenty seven different sculptures
sprinkled throughout so you’re going to see a little bit of everything. Absolutely. I could spend the day here? Oh, absolutely! Right? Oh, yeah. Yeah. Come visit the gardens, maybe have a nice
picnic, take the kids to the children’s museum, maybe even catch a show in our auditorium
with one of our many concerts, maybe a lecture that inspires you. All things I like. Whether you’re taking in the town’s breathtaking
architecture, shopping on famed Worth Avenue or having lunch on the back nine, Palm Beach
has a way of making any visitor feel privileged. This island town is known for its glitzy mansions
and gorgeous sandy beaches but is inviting and accessible to everyone. I’m Frank Licari, we hope you enjoyed discovering
Palm Beach and that you’ll join us the next time we go On The Town. So Winston, Franklin, it is gorgeous out here. You guys come here a lot? You guys like to come out here and hang out? We’ll talk later. Alright? This program was brought to you by Discover
the Palm Beaches. Visit The Palm Beaches dot com for more information.