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1900 Henry Flagler built the Mayport branch of the railroad
and erected a station north of where the
Adele Grage Cultural Center is currently located.
Soon afterwords Flagler built a large hotel called the Continental
Hotel on the railroad line between Pablo Beach (Jacksonville
Beach) and Mayport. The hotel was a summer resort with 250
guest rooms. There was also a dance pavilion, tennis courts
and a fishing pier.
In 1913 the railroad sold most of the land to the Atlantic
Beach Corporation which then began paving streets,
installing lights, and water and sewer lines. In that same
year the Continental Hotel changed its name to the
Atlantic Beach Hotel. However, during World War I people were
afraid to come to the coast and the
Atlantic Beach Corporation went bankrupt. To make matters
worse the Atlantic Beach Hotel burned down on
September 20, 1919.
After the war land began to sell again and settlement grew.
The Town of Atlantic Beach was incorporated
in 1926 and the first charter was adopted in 1929. The first
town hall burned down in 1932 and a new one
was built in 1932. The newly established Mayport Naval Station
and the construction of the Mathews Bridge
led to further development of the town. The boundaries of
Atlantic Beach were extended in 1987 with the
annexation of Seminole Beach and again in 1996 by extending
the westerly boundary to
the Intracoastal Waterway.