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1980-1989

1980

1856 map close-up shows the location of the two Battles of  Loxahatchee in January 1838

Cuban refuges during the Mariel boatlift.

Population of Florida 9,746,324; Palm Beach County 576,812.

Large scale immigration of Haitians fleeing poverty in Haiti; Guatemalan immigration begins as they flee civil war in Guatemala.

Mirell Boat lift

1981

1856 map close-up shows the location of the two Battles of  Loxahatchee in January 1838

The personal computer
developed by IBM in
Boca Raton.

IBM introduces the IBM Personal Computer from its Boca Raton factory revolutionizing the computer industry. (Boca Raton HS)

1983

Motorola established pager plant in Boynton Beach; the plant is closed by 2004.

1984

Northwood College opens in West Palm Beach; changes to Northwood University in 1994.

1985

Boynton Beach Mall opens (Boynton Beach Library)

1985

34 mile missing link of I-95 between Palm Beach Gardens and Stuart opens, complete from Miami to Maine

 

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