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The Entry to an Industry

Posted by Amanda Hicks on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 3:10pm.


Palm Beach County is well-known for big game fish like Marlin, Sailfish, Dolphin, and Grouper. Fishermen from all over the country come to participate in world-famous tournaments that take place right here in our backyard.

The first crews arrived in small skiff boats at the dawn of the 20th century. Word spread quickly of the successful ventures of the small crews. Larger boats and more men started coming to the area to catch Swordfish, Tuna, and other big game fish. Soon, Palm Beach would find that it was a central point for trophy fishing.

There came a point in the 40s where locals realized it was time to establish dockage for the new mass of fishermen. The dock was built on Singer Island, the perfect spot for a fisherman’s haven.

That dock today is called Sailfish Marina, which continues to offer public dockage. Only now it is much bigger- over 400 feet- and continues to be expanded. It is currently adding an additional 20 feet to its north end for larger boats.

What better place than Singer Island to establish a dock that would come to be the gateway to a whole industry. Palm Beach is now a top destination for sport fishing and hosts some of the most popular fishing tournaments in the state and country.  

Photos courtesy of Sailfish Marina Resort.

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