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Silver Thatch Mounted Beach Patrol

 
 
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By Jay Kravetz, November 7, 2016
1. Silver Thatch Mounted Beach Patrol Marker
Inscription. The recreation area encompassed by Colony Club Road, during World War II (1941-1945), was the site of the corrals and paddocks for the United States Coast Guard’s Silver Thatch Mounted Beach Patrol. The mounted beach patrol protected the coast from U-boat activity and saboteurs. The location of the Beach Patrol headquarters was the site of the old Silver Thatch Inn, which was built by the Jelks family c. 1930s. When the Coast Guard requisitioned the property in 1942, stables, corrals and a paddock were built behind the hotel, which served as headquarters for the unit and barracks for the men. Starting the eight-hour duty at 4 P.M., the unit patrolled from Hillsboro Inlet to Port Everglades. In 1945, the unit was decommissioned and the hotel was returned to civilian control. In 1954, Ed Stack, who later became Broward County Sheriff and then was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, purchased the property and started the Bath and Tennis Club of Pompano Beach on the site. The hotel was torn down in 1972, when the Silver Thatch Atlantic Plaza was built on the property. The recreational area remains because of a 1962 deed restriction, which precludes any building on the parcel.
A Florida Heritage Site

 
Erected 2002 by Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and The Florida
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By Jay Kravetz, November 7, 2016
2. Silver Thatch Mounted Beach Patrol Marker
Department of State. (Marker Number F-470.)
 
Location. 26° 14.403′ N, 80° 5.465′ W. Marker is in Pompano Beach, Florida, in Broward County. Marker is at the intersection of North Riverside Drive and Colony Club Road, on the right when traveling north on North Riverside Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pompano Beach FL 33062, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pompano Beach Indian Mound (approx. 1.3 miles away); First Zion Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 5.4 miles away); F.E.C. Railway Depot, Boca Raton (approx. 7.1 miles away); Old Floresta Historic District (approx. 7.7 miles away); Boca Raton Town Hall (approx. 7.7 miles away); Fort Lauderdale Beaches Wade-Ins (approx. 8.4 miles away); Bridge of the Isles (approx. 8½ miles away); Indian Haulover (approx. 8.8 miles away).
 
Categories. AnimalsWar, World II
 
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November 13, 2015
3. Silver Thatch Mounted Beach Patrol Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2016, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 276 times since then and 74 times this year. Last updated on December 11, 2016, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 8, 2016, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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