I visited Peanut Island which was originally created in 1918 as a result of material excavated when the Lake Worth Inlet was created and was originally only 10 acres. Today the island is 80 acres with camping, picnicking, fishing and swimming lagoons. If you don’t have your own boat, private water taxi services are available at the marina.
The name Peanut was given to the island when the State gave permission for use of the island as a terminal for shipping peanut oil. Plans for this enterprise were abandoned in 1946, but the name was retained.
While visiting Peanut Island I saw the original boathouse and Coast Guard Station and the fascinating Cold War artifact, the President John F Kennedy bomb shelter available to him and his entourage during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the SeaBees secretly and very quickly built the bunker for JFK, who spent a lot of time in Palm Beach. It’s relatively small. It was constructed about 100 yards away from the Coast Guard Station, and concealed in the woods, underground, but above the water table.
With the exception of a presidential seal, the declassified bunker is very close to the original. The structure is covered with earth and many layers of concrete and rebar. Entry is via a blast-hardened tunnel, with a 90 degree angle to minimize shock effects from a possible nuclear explosion. Then you enter through a secure decontamination area, which is interestingly made of plywood. This is a thought-provoking exhibit to stand where President Kennedy might have run the U.S. during the first hours or days of a nuclear attack.
It was a very worthwhile adventure, from the moment I stepped onto the water taxi. I advise taking a cooler with snacks and blanket/swimsuits if you visit.
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