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GARDEN 452 Elisha "Cap” Dimick

Posted By kristen alea, Thursday, April 17, 2014

Coral Pine Park

6955 SW 104th St, Miami, FL 33156

A statue of him stands at the entrance of the island on Royal Palm Way, his city. One of the incorporated Town of Palm Beach’s most influential and earliest pioneers, Elisha Newton “Cap” Dimick. Elisha arrived in Florida in 1876. The island where he decided to call home was still wilderness when he arrived there. He was a landowner and a farmer but did not like to farm. His wife suggested he become an innkeeper. After his house was built, he added eight extra rooms to his house. He would open that as the first hotel on Palm Beach called the Cocoanut Grove Hotel.  Henry Flagler was among the high society people who would frequent his hotel.  He also helped organized the area’s first bank called Dade County State Bank, and their first drug store. He eventually sold his Cocoanut Grove Hotel.
Elisha Dimick was Florida’s state representative in 1890 and state senator in 1896. In 1911 was assisting in the preparation to build a bridge for the community that would connect Palm Beach with the west side of Lake Worth. During this time he heard that the city of West Palm already set up a meeting in the state capital, Tallahassee to seek approval to annex Palm Beach. Cap Dimick was able to rally the people in Palm Beach to incorporate before West Palm Beach was able to receive the approval for the annexing. The people of the newly incorporated Town of Palm Beach thanked Mr. Dimick by electing him mayor of Palm Beach. A position he held until his death in 1919.

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