Overview of West Palm Beach

The city of West Palm Beach is located on the southeast coast of Florida and is the most populous city and the county seat of Palm Beach County. It is also the oldest incorporated municipality in South Florida. The Palm Beach County courthouse, which contains the Circuit and County courts is located in downtown West Palm Beach. The law offices of Stephen J. Press, personal injury attorney West Palm Beach, have practiced personal injury law in the West Palm Beach area for 40 years. Because Mr. Press frequently goes to the court house, he has located his office nearby at 1601 Forum Place, Suite 505, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

History

The early settlers of West Palm Beach settled in the area in the late 1870s and 1880s and called the vicinity “Lake Worth Country.” The early economy of the area was primarily agricultural with crops such as tropical fruits and vegetables. The product of these crops was shipped of North via Lake Worth and Indian River. Henry Flagler, early settler, platted the city. The original townsite was bought by Mr. Flagler for $45,000. In addition to the winter vegetable market, many residents were engaged in the tourist industry. West Palm Beach became the county seat of Palm Beach County in 1909. The first courthouse was opened in 1916 and it has been restored to its original condition and is used as a local history museum. Personal injury attorney West Palm Beach, Stephen J. Press has fond memories of that old courthouse, which has since been replaced by a modern new building located across the street from the old courthouse.

Florida experienced a land boom in the 1920s and later in the 1950s in West Palm Beach took off with those growth spurts. In the 1990s with the development of City Place which preserved in renovated 1920s architecture made the Clematis Street area an energetic nightlife hub. Currently, the city continues to develop the area with the addition of a concert hall, convention center and Opera house. The Norton Museum of Art is the largest art museum Florida and its permanent collection features 19th and 20th century European and American art, Chinese, contemporary art and photography.

The city continues to maintain its historical neighborhoods such as Central Park, El Cid, flamingo Park and Mango Promenade. Mango Promenade, which became a historic district in 1995, was listed in the national register of historic places in 1999. On August 4, 2003 Northwood Hills historic district became the 13th historic district in the city of West Palm Beach.

Contact a West Palm Beach Attorney

If you are involved in an automobile accident, you should initially contact your insurance company. However, it is very important that you consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact West Palm Beach personal injury attorney Stephen J. Press for a free consultation and case review at 561-833-2772 or contact our office online.