All About Hobe Sound
Hobe Sound is a name derived from the name used for the Jobe or Jove Indians. This Native American group resided in this area before the European settlement. It was the Spanish that first pronounced Jobe or Jove as [ˈxoβe], which evolved later into “Hobe” the current spelling.
The first recorded European contact happened in the year 1696, when the Reformation, a British ship that was sailing from Jamaica to Philadelphia sank very near to the shores north of the Jupiter Inlet. The ship was carrying crew and 25 passengers and cargo that included Spanish currency, molasses, sugar, beef and rum. This small Quaker party that included one of the more notable passengers, Jonathan Dickinson first encountered and then received help from the Jove Indians. The area known as Hobe Sound according to the Florida WPA Guide, received this name in 1699.
Portions of Hobe Sound formed a part of the 12,000 acres of the Gomez grant which was awarded by Spain to Don Eusebio in the year 1815. By 1821, Gomez went onto sell 8,000 acres which included Jupiter Island to a man by the name of Joseph Delespine for $1 for each acre.
Soon after the turn-of-the 20th century, Henry Flager had built a railroad along Florida’s east coast that passed through Hobe Sound. This resulted in the gradual increase of a variety of opportunities that included jobs, tourism along with other associated industries.
The “Bubble House” In Hobe Sound
During the era of the land-boom which started in the 1920s, a variety of elaborate plans and ideas were announced for Hobe Sound which came from the Olympia Improvement Corporation. The goal involved creating a town with a Greek style and a place for motion-pictures to be produced. The street names adopted the Greek theme which included names like Athena, Zeus, Pluto, Saturn, Venus, Mercury and Mars. For a short time Hobe Sound was renamed the “Picture City” and the first plans came about for a Movie-Picture production center. This boom soon collapsed after the Okeechobee hurricane on 1928 and the Hobe Sound name was once again restored. The street names stayed along with cement streetlights across the Dixie Highway.
Today Hobe Sound is a mainly wealthy community with well-known residents such as Burt Reynolds, Celine Dion, Alan Jackson and Tiger Woods. Over the years, the area has been a winter home or home to wealthy industrialists, businessmen, entertainment and sports celebrities and politicians.