Important Carefree Development Notice:

The El Cid Historic Neighborhood Association has immediate concerns related to the Carefree’s latest Planned Development Application, which involves doubling the property’s ‘as of right’ development density of the City’s Commercial Zoning Code. To achieve this level of intensity, the developer is requesting 11 waivers.

Most of the waivers requested involve severely reducing or eliminating the City’s Development Code standard zoning protections including setbacks, lot coverage, landscaping and imperviable surface area.  The Carefree Application contains no meaningful mitigation protections for the intrusion into our historic neighborhood.

The Carefree rezoning Application for a Commercial Planned Development will be considered by City of West Palm Beach Commission on January 25, 2021 at 5 PM. This public meeting will be conducted over Zoom and we strongly encourage your understanding of how this project will affect El Cid. Your participation in the meeting can make a difference in maintaining the fabric and harmony to the El Cid Historic Neighborhood. We will add the Zoom link here when it is available.

Click here for a summary of concerns related to this development and the Carefree Justification Statement.


About the Neighborhood

The El Cid Neighborhood had its beginnings in 1875 when Benjamin Lainhart, the first permanent resident of the western shore of Lake Worth, built a cabin near Barcelona Road. The neighborhood came of age 50 years later during the 1920's Florida land boom.

The El Cid District is listed on the local, State, and National Register of Historic Places. With a concentration of outstanding period architecture combined with the community’s dedication to preserving its history, the neighborhood attracts professionals and business owners proud to call El Cid home. To learn more about our history, click here.


The El Cid Neighborhood Association is a 501(c)3 – charitable organization with an all-volunteer board dedicated to the preservation of the historic integrity of the neighborhood. We are committed to the education of our community through programs highlighting the unique character of the El Cid Historic District.

We have three categories of membership. The Board of Directors sets Annual Dues each year. The Annual Dues for each category of membership is:

  • Regular - $100 per household. Regular Members, who must be permanent residents of the neighborhood, shall have full voting rights; can serve as Officers and Directors, can chair committees; shall receive all newsletters, meeting notices, and other communications, and can participate in all other activities.
  • Associate - $100 per person. Associate Members cannot vote, cannot serve as Officers and Directors, cannot chair committees, but shall receive all newsletters, meeting notices and other communications, and can participate in all other activities.
  • Business/Merchant - $100. Businesses are eligible for Business/Merchant Membership and will be entitled to the same benefits as Associate Members.

All proceeds raised go toward fulfilling our mission and meeting the needs of our residents. Dues support maintenance and beautification of the landscape and hardscape in our common areas.

To join, click here.

To contact us, please email info@elcidhistoric.org.

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