New Gardens condo owners get tour of JFK’s ‘Honey Fitz’ yacht

“Honey Fitz” the restored yacht enjoyed by five sitting U.S. presidents, including John F. Kennedy. Photo courtesy of Azure

The residents of new, waterfront luxury condos in Palm Beach Gardens got a special surprise to welcome them home – a tour of the restored yacht used by five U.S. presidents.

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The “Honey Fitz,” as it was called during the Kennedy era, served as the backdrop for the first Azure homeowners annual meeting. The gated community on Donald Ross Road is along the Intracoastal Waterway. Developer Tom Frankel hosted a poolside cocktail party for residents of the recently completed first building and buyers in the second and surprised them with a tour of the “Honey Fitz” in the deep water yacht harbor, according to an email blast from the Azure sales team.

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The 93-foot wooden yacht built served five sitting presidents but was most famous as a symbol of Camelot, cruising along the Intracoastal Waterway near the Kennedys’ winter retreat on Palm Beach. The ship is named after John F. Kennedy’s paternal grandfather, Boston Mayor John Francis Fitzgerald, who everyone called Honey Fitz.

John F. Kennedy

Texas oil executive William Kallop bought it at Sotheby’s Camelot auction in 1998 for $5.9 million. Kallop’s grandfather was a classmate of Kennedy’s during Kennedy’s brief stint at Princeton as a freshman. Kallop had the boat restored to its former glory. It then set off on a 14-city charity tour up the East Coast in 2013.

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