Scenic USA - Florida

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Jensen Beach

Jensen Beach, Florida

Photo by Ginny West

     Jensen Beach, reaching the highest point along Florida's east coast, lies at the heart of the Treasure Coast. It's just an hour away from bustling Palm Beach, and is just far away to earn the moniker of a laid-back town. The city is surrounded by water and sandwiched between the scenic St. Lucie and Indian Rivers.
     James Hutchinson attempted to raise livestock and grow crops here in the early 1800s, but was constantly harassed by the Seminole Indians. Later, under the Armed Occupation Act of 1842, more settlers moved into the area. By 1881, an immigrant from Denmark, John Laurence Jensen qualified as a homesteader. A few years later he proclaimed that Jensen was the Pineapple Capitol of the World, harvesting over a million boxes of the fruit. With water in all directions, the fishing industry prospered, lead by Ricou and sons.
     Today, this historic town offers a wide variety of water activities, as well as land-lover's sports, such as golf and tennis. The beach is found along Hutchinson Island, a barrier island that parallels the coast and provides access at the Jensen Beach, Sea Turtle Park.



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