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Peanut Island: JFK’s Last Resort!

50 years ago, Seabees built a nuclear fallout shelter for the president in the Intracoastal Waterway off Riviera Beach.

Peanut Island – Fifty years ago, during the lead-up to the Cuban Missile Crisis, this corrugated hole in the ground was designed as – and may have come close to being – a last resort in case of a nuclear attack.

“It’s the place where President John F. Kennedy would have run what remained of the free world,” said Anthony Miller of the Palm Beach Maritime Museum.

The Kennedy Bunker, as this relic fallout shelter is known, is forever associated with Cold War hysteria. Only months after its construction in 1961, the world appeared to be on a precipice.

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