EXPLORE THE SISTER CITIES
The Glades region of western Palm Beach County is a vast area of along the southeastern rim of Lake Okeechobee. Its natural abundance comes partly from the Everglades Agricultural Area, from its rich heritage as farmlands, and the astounding beauty of its watershed. Within this amazing natural wonderland lies the “Sister Cities” of Belle Glade, Pahokee, and South Bay.
With a population of 18,061 Belle Glade is the largest of the three cities in the Lake Region. Its motto is, “Her Soil is Her Fortune,” and agriculture is the number one industry here, as it is in Pahokee and South Bay, where the soil is perfect for growing sugarcane, vegetables, ornamental landscaping, and sod. “Minutes away and a world apart,” Belle Glade is delightfully different from the Florida known to most visitors. Situated on the southern shores of Lake Okeechobee, the second largest freshwater lake within the continental United States, Belle Glade offers what its residents consider “the perfect combination of modern growth tempered with a relaxed country lifestyle.”
That’s “Grassy Waters” in Seminole. Pahokee is the only town located directly on the shores of Lake Okeechobee, known as Palm Beach County’s “Other” Coast. Seven miles of majestic towering Royal Palm trees greet visitors driving into this quaint old Florida community, population 6,029 and characterized by a tropical climate and moderating balmy breezes from the Lake.
Like the rest of the Glades, Pahokee is built upon nature’s richest organic soil, making the town a natural home for those now-rare Royal Palms. The town prides itself on preserving its a quaint “Old Florida” feeling, which has attracted residents eager to get away from the bustle of the coastal cities.
“The Crossroads of South Florida,” South Bay is nestled where East-West State Road 80 and North-South U.S. 27 intersect. As with Belle Glade and Pahokee, available labor, low taxes, willing government, and strong infrastructure make South Bay well suited for virtually any industry — from distribution to manufacturing to tourism and recreation. Its population is 5,015.
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