Living: Rush to the Gold Coast

New money buys the full life in Florida's boonies

All the charms of the Riviera, Biarritz, Menton, Nice, Sorrento, the Lido and Egypt are to be found in Boca Raton. International society demands Boca Raton, the premier of cosmopolitan resorts. The silvery sea . . . lazy lagoons. . . endless canals winding through a labyrinth of loveliness . . . unite to make living here almost beyond realness in its ideality.

—From 1926 newspaper ads

No matter that the Floridian demi-Eden never got semibuilt. Today, nearly 60 years after the Florida land bubble burst,...

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