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The Top 5 Restaurants Around Highland Beach

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Highland Beach is known for its uncanny elevation, high-end beachfront manses, and its history with water purification. Highland Beach's entire existence is owed to a famous 1949 vote to incorporate the town following a dispute over water purification. This velveteen divorce led to a city with just under 4,000 year-round residents, and a total landmass of 0.5 square miles. Due to its uniqueness and its tiny footprint, Highland Beach is often forgotten as the individual it is when wedged between more prominent Delray and Boynton Beach. Highland Beach only has two incorporated businesses, meaning there are no stores, restaurants, or even doctors who call Highland Beach their permanent practice. Regardless, there's plenty to eat, drink, and practice on either side of this individual yet immediately accessible beachside town. Here are 5 restaurants within moments of Highland Beach that we recommend!

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Latitudes Restaurant

Sporting a crisp 4.5-star rating with over 1,200 reviews from a notoriously stringent crowd, Latitudes Restaurant is the only restaurant with a Highland Beach address, as it is found within one of the only businesses in Highland...

Highland Beach Home Water Quality | 6 Steps You Can Take To Protect Our Water Supply

6 ways to preserve clean drinking water

 

Highland Beach was incorporated in 1949 as a result of an impasse related to drinking water. While the divorce from Boca Raton proper was velveteen, the unwillingness of neighboring municipalities to support the improvement of Highland Beach's water supply is why this tiny seaside town has its own name in the first place. In fact, Highland Beach City Hall is home to the town's own water treatment plant. Highland Beach's identity is inexotricable from water - both saline and potable. There is much we can do as individual citizens to protect the quality of our water supply. With that in mind, read on for these 6 helpful steps to keep our drinking water safe!

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Clean Up After Your Pets

One thing you'll notice as you read through our six tips is that some overlap with common sense, or in this case, reasonable human decency. Without getting too deep in the details, a failure to clean up dog droppings or other animal waste leads to remaining nutrients and chemicals to drain into our water supply and put a greater strain on our water purification systems.

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Highland Beach Condo Amenities | 5 Of The Best High Rises On Highland Beach

Highland Beach condos

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and what may be a paradise for some could be a hellscape for others. Living standards are subjective past a certain threshold, but what we look for in a Highland Beach Condo is unique to everyone. For our part, we've reached out to our team and learned where some of the finest condos in Highland Beach could be found. These 5 Highland Beach condos offer some of the best resort-style amenities and luxuries galore. 

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Toscana

Towering, talismanic, luxuriant. The Toscana Condos are first on our list for a reason. Though not in order by level of luxury, it didn't feel right to not put Toscana at the apex of our blog. Toscana is an enormous multi-building Highland Beach condominium with a wide driveway through to security. Thanks to its overall presence, from the pavers it's built on to the visibility from the A1A, Toscana is a beautiful place to choose for your new Highland Beach home. One visit to their amenities and services page. Perhaps most significant is the private beach club across the street - where the saltwater breeze and beautiful sunshine are a few steps from your front door. 

Coronado Highland Amenities

Coronado

Another of 3 with a private beach club,...

Highland Beach Fire Rescue | Highland Beach Establishing Independent EMS & Fire Rescue

Highland Beach Fire Department

The City of Highland Beach began with a benign, yet impactful dispute related to water treatment. Recognizing their own need for internalized water treatment services and Boca Raton's then unwillingness to provide the aid needed, Highland Beach incorporated in 1949. In the years that followed, Highland Beach remained a pseudo-independent township, acting on its own accord while relying on the municipal services of its neighboring towns.

EFFICIENCY THROUGH CONSOLIDATION 

While water treatment, city administration, and the police department have remained staples of Highland Beach's city services, the Fire Department and Emergency Medical teams that dispatch to Highland Beach are sourced from Delray Beach to the north. In spring 2021, the City of Delray Beach refused to renegotiate the terms of the service contract. In conjunction with key findings from third party feasibility analysis, the City of Highland Beach chose to act.

WHY HIGHLAND BEACH CHOSE TO ACT

Much like its 1949 incorporation, Highland Beach once again was compelled to take matters into its own hands. Highland Beach approached the table to work through their differences with the Delray Beach Fire Department. Despite good faith efforts, the writing was on the wall. Highland Beach is one of the wealthiest per-capita cities in the United States, with an average age of nearly 68. The city has the financial health, and aged citizenry that puts it squarely in position for a new Fire Department and Emergency...

Cam D. Milani Park Postponed 'Til 2025 | Highland Beach Real Estate

the future site of cam d. milani park

For those who have passed through the short mile-long strip that is Highland Beach, a wide parcel of land (wide by Highland Beach standards) on the west side of A1A is likely to stand out to viewers. For a town exclusively on A1A and entirely comprised of condos, with a single business to boast, a public park is a noticeable addition to the Highland Beach real estate market. As we dug into this noticeably empty parcel, we learned there's a whole lot more to the past, present, and future of the proposed Cam D. Milani Park than meets the eye. 

who was cam d milani

Cam D. Milani was a prominent area developer for years. Currently succeeded by his wife Lucia and his son, also named Cam, they are at the fulcrum of what has been a three-decade legal battle happening right under our noses. In 1987, Lucia Milani sold the parcel of land designated for Cam D. Milani Park for $3.9 million with the caveat that the land is used as a park and named in the senior Milani's honor. The 5.6-acre land has a portion on the inland and beachside of A1A, with space for 120 cars to park. Over 30 years later, and the Milani family remain frustrated with the city's continued push to delay and block development.

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10 Fast Facts About Highland Beach | Highland Beach Real Estate

10 fast facts about Highland Beach

Here we go! Enjoy these 10 quick facts about Highland Beach. For those keeping score at home, that's one fact for every 430 Highland Beach residents. Enjoy this gorgeous strand of South Florida majesty, and learn why this little town is just a little different!

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Highland Beach Was Formed Over A Drinking Water Dispute

This beautiful strand of beachfront was officially incorporated in 1949 as part of a dispute over drinking water. The 21 votes cast to peacefully secede from the confines of Boca Raton were related to the intrusion of saltwater on a necessary supply, which neighboring towns refused to lend aid for. 

no traffic lights on Highland Beach

There are no traffic lights on highland beach

It's true! The closest thing to a traffic light is a stop sign or a cyclist, who lines the expanded sidewalks and bike lanes of A1A.

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Featured Listing, Private Highland Beach | Highland Beach Real Estate

private highland beach condo

A rare opportunity awaits on the white sands and shimmering shores of beautiful Highland Beach, FL! Situated directly between Delray Beach to the north and Boca Raton to the south, this almost exclusively waterfront community spans just over a mile of majestic South Florida coastline. Despite its minute population and small geographical footprint, Highland Beach looms large with its superb waterfront condos and the small but unique local populace. Incorporated in 1949, Highland Beach’s “secession” from Boca was velveteen, claiming its autonomy over a simple dispute on salinity treatments to their freshwater supply. Learn more about this gorgeous beach town, and the luxury condo that awaits you!

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Stand Up To The Storms

Highland Beach can take its name literally, with the average property residing more than 20 feet above sea level. For a state that can likely claim a landfill as its highest peak, this bolstering of nearly two stories ensures that the strong, durable construction of your Highland Beach condo isn’t the only thing standing up to the threat of a hurricane. Enjoy the views from your elevated perspective, and when the storm surge rises, you’ll be that much better off.

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5 Reasons To Move To Highland Beach | Highland Beach Real Estate

5 reasons to move to Highland Beach

Highland Beach is its own sliver of subtropical magic, wedged between the elegant Boca Raton and the newly bustling, trendy Delray Beach. Learn from our Champagne & Parisi Realtor Team why Highland Beach is one of the most desirable communities to consider in the area. Here are 5 reasons we've heard from clients past & present about why to move to Highland Beach!

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Hang Your Hat On Highland Beach

Highland Beach, much like its neighbors Boca Raton to the south and Delray Beach to the north, is teeming with retirees. Niche.com rated Highland Beach in its top 3 best places to retire in America. Despite its reputation for housing an aged population, this isn't to detract from the majestic tropical vibrancy, beautiful foliage, and more than available white sand beaches to spend a moment or the rest of your life upon. 

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The Perfect Middle Ground

There are a few terrestrial plays-on-words we expect to employ when discussing this aptly titled 1.1-mile...

A Brief History Of Highland Beach | Highland Beach Real Estate

a brief history of highland beach

Highland Beach - A town of less than 4,000 headquartered on a tiny shimmering strand of coastline that stretches barely more than a mile. This beautiful and unique town is almost entirely residential, featuring sprawling beachside mansions dotted by a handful of municipal structures. With Delray Beach directly to the north and Boca Raton due south, some may be wondering why a separate town exists at all. Read on to learn more - from our first historical discoveries to the state of the town today! Here is a brief history of Highland Beach.

Pre-Settlement History

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Before the arrival of Spanish settlers, and well before the flight of Seminole Indians southward due to the Seminole Wars, this area was dominated by the Calusa Indians. The Calusa tribe were the first humans to be encountered and recorded and likely developed from centuries of archaic Everglades peoples. In their native tongue, Calusa translates to "fierce people," a reputation they backed often. 

Also known as "shell Indians" much of their crafts utilized the small and larger shells found throughout the region. In fact, the term "conched" on the head may have stemmed from the mace-like weapon Calusa Indians would wield - a stick with a vine-tethered shell of a lightning whelk. This jagged conch-like mollusk leaves behind a shell that is perfect for this purpose. A Calusa dart was responsible for the death...

Top Five Luxury Condos in Highland Beach, FL

Top Five Luxury Condos in Highland Beach, FL

Highland Beach is an upscale beachside town located directly off scenic State Road A1A between Boca Raton and Delray Beach on the southern coast of Palm Beach County, FL. Hailed as one of the most affluent towns in the U.S., this small community encompasses a narrow slice of land nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Renowned for its nearly three-mile stretch of unspoiled beachfront and its peaceful, small-town feel, Highland Beach is one of the most desirable locations for people seeking to retire or relocate to the Gold Coast. 

Highland Beach boasts some of the most prestigious and expensive luxury real estate in all of South Florida, including a remarkable selection of ultra-luxurious waterfront condos with unparalleled ocean & Intracoastal views. Though there is no shortage of desirable condos with amazing views in Highland Beach, there are some luxury condominiums that stand out from the rest. For those who will settle for nothing but the absolute finest in luxury condo living, we suggest you check out our exclusive list of the Top Five Luxury Condos in Highland Beach.

1) Toscana

Toscana is an upscale waterfront community comprised...