Lantana, Florida

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Lantana, Florida
Town of Lantana
Lantana and South Palm Beach
Lantana and South Palm Beach
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Official seal of Lantana, Florida
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Location of Lantana in Palm Beach County
Location of Lantana in Palm Beach County
Coordinates: 26°34′58″N 80°3′27″W / 26.58278°N 80.05750°W / 26.58278; -80.05750Coordinates: 26°34′58″N 80°3′27″W / 26.58278°N 80.05750°W / 26.58278; -80.05750
CountryUnited States
StateFlorida
CountyFlag of Palm Beach County, Florida.png Palm Beach
Settled (Armed Occupation Act Settlement)Circa 1842[1][2][3][4]
Settled (Lyman Point Settlement)C. 1884-September 21, 1888[1][2][3][4]
Settled (Lantana Point Settlement)September 22, 1888-1891[1][2][3][4]
Platted (Lantana Settlement)1892-July 19, 1921[1][2][3][4]
Incorporated (Town of Lantana)July 20, 1921 (1921-07-20)[1][2][3][4][5][6]
Named forAbundant Lantana flowering plants growing wild in the town[1][2][3][4]
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorDavid J. Stewart
 • Vice MayorEdward Paul Shropshire
 • CouncilmembersPhilip J. Aridas, Lynn J. Moorhouse, and
Vice Mayor Pro Tem Malcolm Balfour
 • Town ManagerDeborah S. Manzo
 • Town ClerkNicole A. Dritz
Area
 • Total2.90 sq mi (7.51 km2)
 • Land2.31 sq mi (5.98 km2)
 • Water0.59 sq mi (1.52 km2)
Elevation
10 ft (3 m)
Population
 • Total10,423
 • Estimate 
(2017)[8]
11,824
 • Density4,857.58/sq mi (1,875.74/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
33462[9]
Area code(s)561
FIPS code12-39375[10]
GNIS feature ID0285344[11]
WebsiteLantana official website

Lantana is a town in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. The population was 10,423 at the 2010 United States Census.[12]

History[edit]

The first settlers came to the area after Congress passed the Armed Occupation Act of 1842 at the end of the Seminole Wars during the Administration of President John Tyler. The M.B. Lyman family is credited with founding the town. Lyman arrived with his family in 1888 and within a year started several enterprises including a general store, Indian Trading Post and a post office. As postmaster, Lyman named the post office – Lantana Point – for the wild Lantana plants that grew in abundance in the area. The word Point was later dropped.[1][2][3][4]

One of the other Lyman businesses was the Lantana Fish Company. In the early 1900s the gathering and marketing of oysters became the town's leading industry. The Town of Lantana was incorporated in July 20, 1921 with 22 residents voting in the first election. At the time of incorporation, the area of Lantana was one square mile with a population of 100 residents.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

After World War II, Lantana, like the rest of South Florida experienced a tremendous building boom which continues to this day. Interstate 95, which was completed through Lantana in the mid-1970s, brought a surge of commercial development to the town.

Since 1950, the town was the home of the A. G. Holley Hospital the last of the old state-run sanitariums for patients with tuberculosis. The facility treated about fifty patients at a time, those with the most obdurate forms of the disease.[13] The facility was demolished in November 2014. It is now a vacant lot.

From 1974 until 1988, Lantana was home to the tradition of hosting the largest decorated Christmas Tree in the world. Every year, a huge tree would be shipped from the Pacific Northwest to Lantana by rail to the grounds of the National Enquirer, adjacent to the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. The event would attract many visitors every night, and grew to be one of the most spectacular and celebrated holiday events in South Florida. This annual festivity ended in 1989 due to the sale of the National Enquirer following the death of its founder Generoso Pope Jr. at age of 61 in October 1988.[14]

As of 2010, Lantana covers a total of 2.90 square miles (7.5 km2) and has a population of 10,423.

Geography[edit]

Lantana is located at 26°34′58″N 80°3′27″W / 26.58278°N 80.05750°W / 26.58278; -80.05750 (26.582797, -80.057587).[15]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2), of which 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (21.31%) is water.

Climate[edit]

Lantana has a tropical climate, more specifically a tropical rainforest climate (Köppen climate classification Af), as its driest month (February) averages 64.8mm of precipitation, meeting the minimum standard of 60mm in the driest month needed to qualify for that designation.[16] Much of the year is warm to hot in Lantana, and frost is extremely rare. As is typical in the Miami metropolitan area, there are two basic seasons in Lantana, a mild and dry winter (November through April), and a hot and wet summer (May through October). Daily thundershowers are common in the hot season, though they are brief. The town of Lantana is home to many varieties of tropical vegetation, which can be seen in its variety of plants, trees, and flowers all over South Florida and the town itself, including its namesake, the lantana flower.

Climate data for Lantana, Florida
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 89
(32)
90
(32)
95
(35)
99
(37)
99
(37)
100
(38)
101
(38)
99
(37)
97
(36)
95
(35)
92
(33)
90
(32)
101
(38)
Average high °F (°C) 75
(24)
77
(25)
79
(26)
82
(28)
86
(30)
89
(32)
90
(32)
90
(32)
88
(31)
85
(29)
80
(27)
76
(24)
83
(28)
Average low °F (°C) 57
(14)
59
(15)
62
(17)
66
(19)
71
(22)
74
(23)
76
(24)
76
(24)
75
(24)
72
(22)
66
(19)
60
(16)
68
(20)
Record low °F (°C) 26
(−3)
27
(−3)
26
(−3)
38
(3)
45
(7)
60
(16)
64
(18)
65
(18)
61
(16)
46
(8)
36
(2)
24
(−4)
24
(−4)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.13
(80)
2.94
(75)
4.59
(117)
3.66
(93)
4.51
(115)
8.30
(211)
5.76
(146)
7.95
(202)
8.35
(212)
5.13
(130)
4.75
(121)
3.38
(86)
62.45
(1,588)
Source: The Weather Channel[17]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930188
194023424.5%
1950773230.3%
19605,021549.5%
19707,12641.9%
19808,04812.9%
19908,3924.3%
20009,43712.5%
201010,42310.4%
Est. 201711,824[8]13.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[18]
Lantana Demographics
2010 Census Lantana Palm Beach County Florida
Total population 10,423 1,320,134 18,801,310
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010 +10.4% +16.7% +17.6%
Population density 4,547.8/sq mi 670.2/sq mi 350.6/sq mi
White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic) 69.3% 73.5% 75.0%
(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian) 56.3% 60.1% 57.9%
Black or African-American 22.0% 17.3% 16.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 18.6% 19.0% 22.5%
Asian 1.5% 2.4% 2.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.5% 0.4%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races (Multiracial) 2.8% 2.3% 2.5%
Some Other Race 1.9% 3.9% 3.6%

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,186 households, out of which 18.8% were vacant. In 2000, the population 6.1% was under the age of 5, 21.4% was under the age of 18, and 13.8% were 65 years of age or older. The median income for a household in the town was $41,624. About 17.4% of the population was below the poverty line.

As of 2000, English as a first language accounted for 73.24% of all residents, while Spanish was found to be the first language of 13.95%, French Creole made up 6.82%, and Finnish was the mother tongue of 5.01% of the population (the highest percentage in Florida.) Also, French was spoken by 0.62% of residents and German was spoken by 0.34% of the populace.[19]

As of 2000, Lantana had the 111th highest percentage of Finns in the US, which accounted for 5.4% of all residents (tied with two US areas in Michigan,) [20] while Haitians had the thirty-fifth highest percentage, with 5.20% of the population. [21]

Culture[edit]

Lantana was the publishing headquarters of the National Enquirer tabloid newspaper during the 1970s and much of the 1980s.

Lantana has a public library, with a collection of 19,376 volumes, as of 2005. In the same year, the library circulated 16,920 items, and it served a population of 9,574 residents.[22] The Lantana Public Library is an independent public library serving the town,[2] while the Lantana Road Library is a branch from the public Palm Beach County Library System.

Education[edit]

Public Elementary Schools

  • Lantana Elementary School

Public Middle Schools

  • Lantana Community Middle School

Public High School

Public Charter School

Special Needs School

Religion[edit]

  • First Baptist Church ("FBC Lantana") is a Southern Baptist Church in Lantana, Florida. The church covers traditional Protestant beliefs of the Baptist doctrine and is located at 1126 West Lantana Road[23]
  • Holy Spirit Catholic Church is a Church of the Catholic doctrine located in Lantana at 1000 West Lantana Road[24]
  • Living Word Church is a non denominational doctrine church located at 2116 west Lantana Road in Lantana, Florida.[25]
  • Maranatha Bible Church is a non denominational doctrine church located in Lantana at 900 South Broadway.[26]
  • Holy Guardian Anglican Church is a church of Anglican doctrine located at 1325 Cardinal Lane in Lantana, Florida.[27]

Sister cities[edit]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Explore Lantana's History/Digital Library/Archive". www.lantanalibrary.com. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Viva Florida 500 - History Happened Here: Lantana". vivafl500.org. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Lantana: Town afloat in history as it reaches 90th". The Coastal Star. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "This week in history: Lantana incorporated". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Lantana's First Mayor A Woman". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  7. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 7, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "Lantana, FL ZIP Codes". zipmap.net. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ "Lantana (town), Florida". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  13. ^ Cave, Damien (2010-06-12). "In Florida, a Lifeline to Patients With TB". The New York Times.
  14. ^ "Flashback Blog 'The World's Largest Decorated Christmas Tree". Palm Beach Post. December 3, 2009. Archived from the original on December 5, 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  15. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  16. ^ "Köppen Climate Classification System". The Encyclopedia of Earth. June 6, 2015. Archived from the original on June 6, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  17. ^ "Average weather for Lantana". The Weather Channel. March 17, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  18. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  19. ^ "MLA Data Center Results for Lantana, Florida". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-11-21.
  20. ^ "Ancestry Map of Finnish Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-11-21.
  21. ^ "Ancestry Map of Haitian Communities". Epodunk.com. Retrieved 2007-11-21.
  22. ^ "National Center for Education Statistics". U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 2011-05-19.
  23. ^ https://www.fbclantana.com
  24. ^ http://www.holyspiritlantana.com
  25. ^ https://www.livingwordlantana.org
  26. ^ http://www.maranathabible.com/index.html
  27. ^ http://holyguardianangelsfl.org
  28. ^ "Directory of Consulates, Bi-National Chambers and Sister Cities in Florida" (PDF). aws.worldtrade.org. March 2017. p. 26. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  29. ^ "Kathleen Culman Ridder Obituary". Dignity Memorial. Retrieved 2018-10-08.

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