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President Kennedy's Nuclear Bunker to Close

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The John F. Kennedy bunker

By    |   Saturday, 07 October 2017 04:14 PM

The John F. Kennedy bunker on Peanut Island, built to protect the president from a nuclear attack while visiting his family's Florida compound in Palm Beach during the Cold War, is being closed, partly because of mold.

An engineering firm found the property was in poor condition due to problems including mold and termite infestation, The Real Deal reported.

The bunker’s future is in flux as Palm Beach County, the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach which owns the property and the business that operates a museum in the bunker discuss what will happen to the deteriorating structure built in 1961, the Palm Beach Post reported

Anthony Miller's company Maritime Business maintains and operates the bunker museum, along with a former Coast Guard station, boathouse and dock. He said the museum will only be open limited times until it closes on Oct. 22.

“I’m glad the public got to see it,” Miller said, per the post.

The museum’s lease expires Oct. 31 and the port commission decided not to renew it in favor of negotiating a long-time contract with Palm Beach County to upgrade and maintain the property.

The bulk of 80-acre Peanut Island, just inside the Palm Beach Inlet, is a county park.  

The bunker will be emptied of everything, including some items that have been displayed since JFK’s days such as metal bunk beds, a communications center, lockers, air pumps, radiation detectors and K-rations, as well as a trove of photographs, historic newspapers and more.

The port’s attorney said the bunker has deteriorated from “25 years of neglect.”

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The John F. Kennedy bunker on Peanut Island, built to protect the president from a nuclear attack while visiting his family's Florida compound in Palm Beach during the Cold War, is being closed, partly because of mildew.
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