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Boynton Beach- Preservation Issues

The loss last year of the Seaboard Airline railway station brought the issue of historic preservation to the fore in this fairly sleepy small city. far from the glitz and glamour of the Palm Beaches or other nearby cities, Boynton has a more workaday feeling on its streets. I'll be the first to say that the probability of preservation for many of the structures here is a less likely bet than in nearby Delray Beach. Delray is a good example of a town that realized its potential and largely created a working downtown around what was already there. Preservation has been part and parcel of its development. Boynton Beach, however, does not share the same factors which have contributed to the stability of other nearby communities. What is certain is that if something is not done soon, there will be little left to worry about. A quarter of the buildings noted in a 1996 study have already disappeared. Given its location, I should think that Boynton could enjoy a brighter future, but the economic realities have not favored the creation of anything approaching the charm of Delray Beach. I really haven't visited the town much myself, other than passing through or visiting nearby Lantana.

Thoughts on Boynton Beach anyone?

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