Under the Cocoanuts, Lake Worth Lagoon

Last week, I told my mother that my husband Ed and I were planning on taking the trawler from Stuart to Fort Lauderdale down the Intracoastal Waterway, and that I was most excited about passing through the Lake Worth Lagoon: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/southflorida/regions/lake-worth-lagoon/

“Do you have some history for me?” I asked.

She ran upstairs returning with a little booklet entitled “Under the Cocoanuts, Lake Worth, Dade County, Florida, by Porter and Potter, Real Estate Agents, 1893.”  Mom said her friend and fellow historian, Mrs. Marjorie Watts Nelson, had gifted a copy of the famous little book and that it was cherished.

I carefully looked through it and understood why…

Today, I would like to share this historic booklet. I believe pages 15 and 19 are missing, but it remains a priceless read. The beautiful artwork was created by George Wells Potter, of Porter and Potter, a star citizen and gifted artist whose drawings remain an outstanding record of the day.




13 thoughts on “Under the Cocoanuts, Lake Worth Lagoon

  1. Jacqui, What a clever way to get us to read the excellent Florida Museum of Natural History article on Lake Worth Lagoon. It really spells out the sequence of things simply and clearly. Bravo!
    love, Mom

  2. Macro view from the airplane and Micro view from the “trawler.” Great job!

    We are presently traveling aboard our boat near Knoxville on the Tennessee River. Up here the destruction has been caused by the Asian Carp, which has decimated the local ecosystem. Much like how the blue-green algae has decimated our Florida ecosystem.

    Our waterways are just about dead. So utterly disgusted that the next generation will never get to see what once was, thanks to politicians who protected the polluters.

    1. How dreadful !! The planet is under attack – and not from aliens! It is a crying shame what corporate neglect has done; overconsumption, pollution and no regulation is leading to a critical MASS DESTRUCTION. It is beyond sad.

  3. Under all the houses in pictures are stone slabs. The sea walls are all stone slabs—one of the best building mateials was the SOFT coquina that could be cut to shape with an ax and harden in a year out of water. It is very aparant what happened to our lagoon for those who look

  4. In the picture titled —cocnut grove house(with the big flag)—in the front yard there is a circle of coquina rock encircleing all the trees. Even the bananas and pineapples needed the calcium carbonate shell to nurtrilize the acid so plants could absorb the nutriants. I would bet this was the style throughout untill it was all gone. THIS was the enevitable DEATH of the lagoon.

  5. Instead of low ph acid churning in high ph calcium carbonate and cleaning the water with calcium peroxide like our beachs do we have millions of tons of toxic pesticides and herbicides being preserved in a zero oxygen–acid environment throughout the state. Spraying poison is big business and they are not going to stop.

  6. This is just fascinating! Thank you for sharing. I love ready about the times past when everything seemed to be so pristine.
    I am going to share this with some of my fellow master gardeners who would enjoy it too. Thank you.

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  7. I watched how some people were upset that invasive eguanas were not being killed “humanly”. There is no more inhumane way to die than starveing to death. It is slow and it is brutal. When they removed the calcium they starved ALL the creatures to death—manitees—porpus—blue crabs —birds—menhadden—you name it. I hope one day humans will not suffer the same fate they inflected on all the creatures.

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