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New Yorkers Turn Palm Beach Into Hamptons South Fleeing Virus

  • Young families have arrived with kids and nannies in tow
  • Enjoying life where ‘it’s pretty and the streets are clean’
Warmer weather and lower taxes, New Yorkers are flocking to Palm Beach.
Warmer weather and lower taxes, New Yorkers are flocking to Palm Beach.Photographer: Sean Pavone/Getty Images

The waiting lists for private clubs are getting longer. Palm Beach Day Academy just enrolled another Northeast transplant and is on pace to break fundraising records. And the “season” has begun, with in-person parties, benefits, exotic car shows and concerts.

To be sure, Palm Beach isn’t some magical place that escaped coronavirus. Like everywhere else, the number of cases on the Florida island has spiked the past few weeks, and there’s an economic toll: on valet-parking services, restaurants, hotels, the pizza place at the airport.