NAME: Kreamer Island
COUNTY: Palm Beach
COMMENTS: No Residents. Kreamer Island is at the southernmost part of Lake Okeechobee.
REMAINS: Reportedly there are pilings and foundations in among the scubs

Kreamer Island was settled as a fishing and agricultural settlement in the 1800's. Access was very limited and most everything arrived by boat. There were several dwellings, a store, church, and a school. In fact one of the dwellings served as a home, post office, and general store. (see picture) Inaccessability and the weather contributed to the demise of the community. Several hurricanes continually damaged the village especially the great hurricane in the 1920's which killed approximately 1000 people around the lake. When the dike was raised from 6 feet to about 20 feet, much of the area was flooded. Some folks lived on the island into the 20th Century but all are gone now. The only access to the northern part of the island would be by airboat. Submitted by: Mike Woodfin

Kreamer Island tire problem just keeps growing

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 24, 2008
STUART- — Like a space virus in a bad horror movie, the Kreamer Island tires keep growing and growing.

As the drought shrunk Lake Okeechobee, this 1.8-square-mile island at its southeast corner was exposed, revealing thousands of tires in 2001. They are believed to be from old farming equipment and abandoned for decades.

In June, a contractor paid $45,000 by the South Florida Water Management District pulled out about 2,000 tires. Managers later determined some 3,000 remained. On July 10, the district's governing board approved another $67,500. All the tires were expected to be gone by the end of this month.

But now, "There may be substantially more than that," the district's David Unsell told today's meeting of the district's Water Resources Advisory Commission.

"We're not sure where we'll go from here, " Unsell, director of the Lake Okeechobee division for the district's watershed management department, told the commission, meeting at the district's Martin-St. Lucie Service Center.

The district believes the tire dumping stopped in the late 1970s when a bridge to the island burned. Unsell told the commission today the tires are too decomposed to still contain dangerous chemicals that might leach into the environment. But he said water collecting in them creates nurseries for mosquitoes. And he said there's always the threat of a tire fire.

"The (greatest) adverse impact of the tires appear to be esthetics. They're ugly," Unsell said. "It's kind of disheartening that they're there."

Tires are being hauled to a recycling facility where they will be shredded, but some are too large for that, so they will be tossed in a nearby landfill.

The district and Belle Glade officials want to clear the island to make way for a park.


Kraemer Island
Courtesy Mike Woodfin

Kraemer Island
Courtesy Mike Woodfin

Kreamer Island early 20th Century.  Look closely, they are all sitting on an alligator.
Courtesy Jim Pike