Congressional delegation honors Delray Beach on its 100th birthday 10/6/11 – Rep Allen West

by Anthony MannSun Sentinel

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, introduced a resolution commemorating Delray Beach on its 100th anniversary.

It was cosponsored by U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, and Allen West, R-Plantation.

“I pay tribute today to the city of Delray Beach on the occasion of its centennial celebration. For 100 years, the city of Delray Beach has symbolized the American spirit: looking ahead in times of prosperity; enduring in times of difficulty; and always rising to meet the challenges that have at times weighed on our countries history.

“From its modest beginnings as an agricultural area in 1894, Delray Beach quickly grew, attracting many visitors in the winter months. On October 9, 1911, with a population of nearly 300, the area of Delray was chartered by the State of Florida as an incorporated town. Industrial plants for the canning of pineapples and tomatoes were built, bringing in new residents and ushering in an era of prosperity. By 1920, Delray’s population had reached over 1000 residents. Today, it is estimated that more than 65,000 people call the city of Delray Beach home.

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The festivities kick off on Thursday, on East Atlantic Avenue between Swinton and Sixth avenues.

– The event begins with a small mayoral parade from the Colony Hotel to the historic Old School Square at 6:30 p.m.

– At 7 p.m., the mayor will cut the 100th anniversary cake on the lawn in front of Old School Square. Music and tastings and a beer garden are also planned. Wear your favorite period costume.

– The time capsule that was sealed at the 75th Anniversary Celebration will be opened at the stage at Worthing Park at 8 p.m.

– From 8:30-10:30 p.m., activities include the Centennial Scavenger Hunt, historic displays, and tastings from local restaurants. Don’t miss the historic games tent at the corner of First and Atlantic avenues. They’ll also be staging an Oktoberfest in front of the Colony Hotel.
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