Do you know where “Hypocrite’s Row” was located in Palm Beach? Hint: If you read the Palm Beach Daily News a few weeks back, you may have read about it in the Florida Time column.
- Royal Palm Way
- Royal Poinciana Hotel
- Cocoanut Row
- Palm Beach Historic Inn
If you know your Prohibition Era (1920 - 1933) history, then you may know that Florida did very little to adhere to the federal ban on alcohol. After all, the tourists were thirsty and we had the perfect recipe for some rum runners.
Local officials in South Florida were bribed, hundreds of miles of beaches were perfect for the lucrative rum-running boats bringing liquor back from the Bahamas, and our Palm Beach hotels created secret entries, dining rooms and bars for their guests' enjoyment.
ANSWER: “Hypocrite’s Row” was once such secret hallway that led to a hidden bar at the Royal Poinciana Hotel.
Bloyd family at the Royal Poinciana Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida 1929 courtesy State Archives of Florida