Welcome, newcomers. The Palm Beach Post is reporting that recent Census Bureau estimates place the population of Palm Beach County at 1.4 million people. (1,422,789 to be exact.)
Wondering why roads are so crowded and you can’t get a table at your favorite restaurant?
One-point-four million. That’s a lot of people, or anything, for that matter.
Here are some other things that have recently added up to 1.4 million:
New York City has 1.4 million arrest warrants that have not been served. According to a PBS report, they are “unresolved summonses dating back to the 1980’s. They’re for “quality of life” offenses like loitering, public urination, walking a dog without a leash, or being in a park after dark.”
Showtime’s recent series “Billions” had 1.4 million viewers for its debut episode in January.
About 1.4 million dogs are adopted every year.
About 1.4 million people attend Mardi Gras every year.
The GOP Republican primary in Illinois drew 1.4 million voters, according to the Associated Press.
The Golden Globes were tweeted about 1.4 million times (that’s a lot of Ricky Gervais jokes.)
About 1.4 million cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year, according to the American Diabetes Association.
Don’t slip on this: 1.4 million shower rugs were recently recalled.
1.4 million people die in India each year because of polluted air.
And speaking of statistics, here’s a disquieting one tweeted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson late last year:
In addition to service and luxury, a great hotel offers an immediate sense of place. Could The Breakers be anywhere other than in Palm Beach?
Garden & Gun magazine, that beautiful monthly chronicle of what’s new and cool in the The South has come out with a list of new Southern (and OK, Caribbean) hotels that are as stylish as they are dazzling reflections of their locations.
Making the list is The Thompson, a new hotel on the once-again-fashionable northern end of Miami Beach. The retro beach chic look of the pet-friendly hotel is meant to remind us of the ’50’s, when the neighborhood was the the hang-out of the Rat Pack. There’s even a Carmen Miranda suite. Michelle Bernstein, the former chef at the Omphoy (now Eau Palm Beach) helms the kitchen at the hotel’s Seagrape restaurant.
Another hotel on the list has a Palm Beach connection, although it’s located a thousand or so miles south. The Playa Grande Beach Club on the Dominican Republic’s north shore was designed by Celerie Kemble, who grew up in Palm Beach and whose mother, Mimi McMakin, is the founder of Kemble Interiors. Designed in a colonial style with gingerbread fretwork, copper soaking tubs and a soft pastel palette, the nine bungalows were created to look like they’d been around for decades, Kemble has said.
The list includes other new hotels in the Carolinas, Virginia and Savannah.
Before they were famous, they were Floridians. And Florida beauty pageants were their first flush with fame.
Here they are….
Recognize this smiling Miss Florida? It’s Delta Burke, who became famous as Suzanne Sugarbaker on TV’s Designing Women. The Orlando native was Miss Florida 1974 when she was a senior in high school. In this picture, from November 1974, she was at The Breakers, in Palm Beach, to help present safety awards at a contractors convention.
Recognize this smiling Miss Miami? It’s Victoria Principal, the actress who became famous as Pamela Ewing on TV’s Dallas. She graduated from high school in Miami in 1968, was Miss Miami in 1969 and soon after left Florida to seek fame as an actress.
Recognize this smiling Miss America? It’s Leanza Cornett, Miss America 1993, appearing that year at a Port St. Lucie high school to promote AIDS awareness and prevention. She was raised in Jacksonville, became Miss Florida in 1992 and won the national Miss America pageant the following year. She has been a TV show host, and a stage and screen actress.
More celebrity fun from The Palm Beach Post:
Celebs who hang out at Havana restaurant in West Palm Beach.
10 celebrities you didn’t know were born in Florida.