Lantana photos: What beach, buildings, roads used to look like

Here’s a Lantana you’ll never see again.

In the above, undated aerial photo at Ocean Avenue and A1A, you’ll see the beach area before development creeped in. The gas station in the top left corner is where the Plaza del Mar shopping plaza is today, home of the popular John G’s restaurant.

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Just below it on the ocean side is where the Eau Palm Beach resort and spa, formerly the Ritz-Carlton, is today. And in the top right-hand corner, residential and retirement development has taken over the site of the former town dump.

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As Lantana prepares to mark its 97th birthday on July 20 (only 22 people voted in the 1921 incorporation election), this small town has made a big mark on Palm Beach County.

Here are some more flashbacks.

1968: These businesses along Lantana Road were torn down to build Interstate 95:

1987: A view of Lantana from atop the annual Christmas tree display at the former National Enquirer headquarters:

1987: A former hangar at the Lantana airport, with a plane peeking through:

An undated photo of Lantana beach:

1986: A guard counts off the inmates inside the Lantana Correctional Institution, which was housed in part of the A.G. Holley hospital. The building has since been torn down:

1961: The former Lantana City Hall:

1987: The iconic Ye Tower resstaurant, a Lantana institution since the 1920s, is torn down as owner Paul Dunbar watches:

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