Peanut Island: The Hidden Jewel Of West Palm Beach

Frank Kirschner and Veronica Caracciolo

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I was born in 1918. I became a close friend of John F. Kennedy. Though small in stature, my job was to protect the President.  As a result, I became quite popular. Even though I’m retired now, I still have thousands of visitors each year who come to see me. Do you know who I am?

They call me ‘Peanut.’ I reside in the tropical waters of the Atlantic, in West Palm Beach, Florida, between Singer Island and Palm Beach Island. My full name is ‘Peanut Island.’

I’m a small man-made island—yet everything I’ve told you about me is true. I was created in 1918 as a result of the dredging of the Lake Worth Inlet (aka the Palm Beach Inlet). I grew from my original 10-acre size, to my current 88-acre girth from the continued dredging and ongoing maintenance of the Inlet and Intracoastal Waterway.

I was named after the peanut oil that I originally stored here. I continue to be the spoil-site for on-going dredging, but the Port Authority has made my perimeter available to the public as an enjoyable multi-purpose park.


I provide swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle-boarding, fishing, boating and hiking activities for all my friends who visit. I provide relaxing picnic and Bar-B-Q areas. All my friends love to hang out together and enjoy the clear blue Atlantic waters and there’s usually a party of boaters here every weekend.

Peanut Island sandbars, great meeting places for boaters  (Photo credit: luvjnx)

Peanut Island sandbars, great meeting places for boaters
(Photo credit: luvjnx)

I’m proud to say I have a pretty noble history as a protector of the President. In 1961, when the Cold War was percolating, I let JFK build a nuclear bunker here in case of a nuclear attack.

Entrance to the bunker (Photo credit: Gary Coronado PB Post)

Entrance to the bunker (Photo credit: Gary Coronado PB Post)

He visited a couple of times to familiarize himself with the facility, but, fortunately, never had to use it. Rumor has it he and Jackie stored their water skis here as the area provides fantastically smooth waters for skiing. It was later closed in 1963 after his assassination but I still provide walking tours through the facility today.

Inside the bunker today

Inside the bunker today

Because of the south Florida lifestyle, hidden jewels like Peanut Island, the area’s natural beauty, the tropical weather and an International airport only a few miles away, Palm Beach County is a great place to invest in real estate. We have some of the finest real estate in the country and a great region in Florida to call home, Palm Beach County.

Exiting the bunker

Exiting the bunker

Whether you are an Ultra High Net Worth Individual (UHNWI) considering a multi-million-dollar oceanfront estate, a luxury waterfront condo on the Intracoastal, or a 2nd home investment, always feel free to contact our Haute Residence Real Estate Partner in Palm Beach County, Veronica Caracciolo and her team. They will be glad to assist you.

Just call 877-696-6386 or send your request for current local inventory to: [email protected]

Frank Kirschner, MBA, is a Lic. R.E. Broker in FL and Founder of the ‘Palm Beach Lux Group’ at Premier Brokers International. As an Exclusive Haute Residence R.E. Partner, he specializes in marketing Luxury Homes & Condos. An industry writer since 1993, Frank knows south Florida well and services clients from Palm Beach to Miami Beach. All clients receive a FREE copy of his latest book, The Secret of Wealthy Home Sellers. For a FREE Home Value Report & zip code market activity call 877.696.6386, email [email protected] or visit

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