Juno Beach, Florida is in Palm Beach County about 6 miles south of Jupiter Inlet. Its population is about 4,000 and it was incorporated in 1953. It is an upscale community with an interesting history.
The town is located on the barrier island along the Atlantic Coastal Ridge. The island was created when the Intracoastal Waterway was dredged through the wetlands on the west side of Juno Beach.
Before there was a Juno Beach, the community was named Juno. Its function in the late 1800s was to be a terminal between the Indian River and Jupiter Inlet to the north and the body of water known as Lake Worth a few miles to the South.
There was no Intracoastal Waterway in those days, and freight and people from the north had to be transported to the head of Lake Worth near Juno.
This was accomplished by a railroad that folks still refer to as the "Celestial Railway" because it linked Jupiter to Juno. The actual name of the railroad was the Jupiter and Lake Worth Railway.
In 1894 Henry Flagler's "Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Indian River Railroad was built about one and a half miles west of Juno. It began to take traffic away from the Celestial Railway, and it was finally closed down in 1895 after having operated for about 6 years.
Juno languished for many years after the railroad closed, but in 1929 the famous financier E. F. Hutton constructed the famous Seminole Golf Club. The club was designed by Donald Ross and is still active to this day.
The golf course spurred adjacent development and by the 1950s there were many residential developments in what was now known as Juno Beach,Florida.
I loved to drive through Juno Beach in the the 1960s. When driving north on U.S. Highway 1, I would take the right hand fork in the road onto State Road A1A to Jupiter.
To this day I have never seen more beautiful white sand dunes than along that road on both sides of the highway.
In the early 1970s I began to see condominiums popping up like weeds on both sides of the road. Today it is wall to wall homes and condominiums until you get what is known as the Juno Dunes Natural Area.
This is a 576 acre nature preserve and park operated by Palm Beach County. I am very grateful that at least this much remains of the way it used to be.
Another wonderful feature on the north side of town is the Juno Beach Pier.