The Atlantic Ocean, and Pelican Lake- ZC

Two bodies of water are instrumental in defining the architecture and the personality of Juno Beach, Florida.

The first of these bodies of water is the vast Atlantic Ocean. The ocean’s presence is the driving force behind the personality, architecture, and design of the city. The design of the city is very obviously catering to the beachfront. When the town was platted in 1959, it was determined that the town would be stretched out over a four-mile by half-mile plot of land neighboring the ocean. Since then, however, the town has grown to live for the salt in the air. The architecture in the town has taken two forms: the tiki, and the fortress. The tiki is what gives the impression of the prototypical beach town. Minibars, beach-side restaurants, etc. Things that have grown out of desire. The fortress side, however, is a part of the town that grew very quickly out of necessity. Many houses, shops, and restaurants are built entirely out of concrete, complimented by hurricane-impact windows. The ocean, which radiates the calm energy that is clearly the town’s most esteemed export, has a tendency to become violent. Preparations needed to be made. The Atlantic shaped the town’s architecture and design through the peace and the violence emitted from such a powerful water source.

The second body of water that helped define the character of the town is Pelican Lake. The lake, an entirely man-made “body” of water, is extremely shallow but serves as the heart of the town itself. Townhall rests on its southern shore, and the running track surrounding the lake serves as the main congregation area of the residents. In such a small town, there isn’t much to do, but the lake provides one of the few destinations where people can relax, stroll, and not worry about any potential disruptions— very much unlike the lake’s massive neighbor.

In such a small town, there is little need for ports, docks, or anything of the like. Water is rarely used for transportation to and from the town, unlike the Dutch Delta. However, many similarities can be drawn between the Atlantic Ocean relative to the Juno Beach, as the Delta is to Amsterdam (and all of the Netherlands). Without said bodies of water, the cities would endure a significant financial burden. Just as the waterways of Amsterdam serve as catalysts for economic development and global trade, the Atlantic Ocean serves as the main financial revenue source for the small economy of Juno Beach. Shops, restaurants, even street-side vendors all cater to the casual beach-goer. Without the attraction of the ocean, the local businesses would crumble. That said, though there is little in common between Amsterdam and Juno Beach, there will always be benefits to being a sea-loving city.

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One thought on “The Atlantic Ocean, and Pelican Lake- ZC

  1. Being from the Midwest and not being encompassed by a large body of water like you are, it’s interesting to me how the bodies of water that you are surrounded by define the personality of your city. In my hometown, our much smaller bodies of water don’t nearly play as large of an impact on our city and its people as they do for you. I liked how you compared and contrasted the effects that the large ocean has on your town versus the smaller lake. The topic of violence due to the ocean is also a very fascinating topic to discuss because though this enormous body of water is so beautiful, it also has the ability to harm so many people and the effects can be seen in your town and its society. I also liked how you pointed out that though Amsterdam and Juno Beach are extremely different cities, there can still be similarities found in how the bodies of water in both places help to spur economic development.

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