Silver Thatch Mounted Beach Patrol

Sometimes you can drive down the same street dozens of times before you notice something that’s been there for a long time.  That was the case with the following historical marker that I took a photo of the other day.  It’s located along N. Riverside Drive in Pompano Beach and I was glad I finally noticed it because it offers some interesting tidbits of the history of that area of Pompano Beach. 

The recreational area encompassed by Colony Club Road is considered a Florida Heritage Site and the historical marker is sponsored by the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and the Florida Department of State.  Apparently, the marker was erected in 2002.  For ease of reading, I’ve included the text of this historical marker below the photo.

Silver Thatch Mounted Beach Patrol

“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 requsitioned 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.”

2 Responses to “Silver Thatch Mounted Beach Patrol”

  1. Carole Cohen Says:

    Fascinating, Leanne. This sounds like a wonderful backdrop to a historical novel for someone who has talent in that area. Replete with a hotel! Love those kind of finds in neighborhoods.

  2. Leanne Paynter Says:

    You’re absolutely right, Carole… it would be nice to read a book that intertwines that area’s history into the storyline.

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