Belle Glade Today
Today, Belle Glade maintains its agricultural and "small town" roots. The current population represents many diverse ethnic backgrounds and is just under 18,000 residents.
Belle Glade has five elementary schools (Gove Elementary, Belle Glade Elementary, Glade View Elementary, Pioneer Park Elementary, and Sellew Belle Glade Excel Charter School), 1 middle school (Lake Shore Middle School), 1 high school (Glades Central High School), and two private schools (Glades Day School and Lakeside Academy) as well as a campus of Palm Beach State College.
Belle Glade has one public hospital, Lakeside Medical Center, which is owned by the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. It is a 70-bed hospital offering modern technology and all-private patient rooms.
From Belle Glade’s earliest days to the present, agriculture has played an enormous role in the area's development. Belle Glade (whose city motto is "Her Soil is Her Fortune ") has capitalized on the nutrient-rich, dark soil ("black gold " or "muck, " as it is known by the locals) of this area southeast of Lake Okeechobee. Although green beans led the way at one time, today's most important crops are celery, lettuce, sweet corn, and sugar cane and the area is well known for its ornamental cane fields and sod farms. Currently in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) there are 440,000 acres of sugarcane, making it the most extensively grown row crop in Florida. Palm Beach County leads the nation in the production of sugarcane, fresh sweet corn, and sweet bell peppers. It leads the State in the production of rice, lettuce, radishes, Chinese vegetables, specialty leaf, and celery.
The Belle Glade Marina Campground has become a home away from home for many visitors who want to try their luck catching of the "Big O's" famous wide mouth bass. The campground offers 350 campsites, tent camping, boat ramps, picnic facilities and miniature golf. It is in walking distance to a challenging 18-hole public golf course.
Belle Glade has a local theater, the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, that has been providing the community with quality arts and entertainment since 1982 and a local museum, the Lawrence E. Will Museum of the Glades, with a collection of artifacts from the Seminoles, early pioneer settlements, agricultural tools and innovations, the early hurricanes of the 20th century, and local history records through the 1960s.
The Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce
540 S Main Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430 • Phone: (561)996-2745
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