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469 - Harry Kelsey

Posted By Tre Caldwell, Friday, April 25, 2014

I was quite eager to research the historical figure that I was assigned to. Harry Seymour Kelsey is arguably credited with creating Florida’s first community. He was the president of Waldorf Systems, Inc. which was a nationwide restaurant chain. Kelsey completely revolutionized the Florida cities as we know them; the first city in this area was actually known as Kelsey City (which later went on to hold several titles including The Miracle City of Florida, a New City in the Making, and is now known as Lake Park). I definitely felt that planting a garden dedicated to Mr. Kelsey was necessary providing what he was able to accomplish for the Palm Beach area and another large portion of south Florida. He used the money that he received from selling his restaurant business into land investment, acquiring an estimated 60,000 acres. The Kelsey administration used this land to build up resorts (golf), and farms including dairy and other agricultural opportunities. Also nurseries and parks were built in order to make the community feel complete. Many of its inhabitants, believed that the town was “ideal” and seemed to serve every need and just about every want that the townspeople had. I was interested to see that the Town Hall committee used flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees to rejuvenate the community after so much devastation had been experienced. Even after the devastating hurricane of 1928 and the stock market crash of 1929, the city was able to rebuild and prosper again; and they used flowers as a starting point. Planting these southern flower seeds in order to bring remembrance and raise awareness was the least I could do to show appreciation for the historic Harry Kelsey and Kelsey City.

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