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Alleged JFK Bunker Opened to Visitors

July 11, 1999|ASSOCIATED PRESS

PEANUT ISLAND, Fla. — A bomb shelter that was allegedly built for President John F. Kennedy has been put on display as part of the Palm Beach Maritime Museum.

The bunker was built 25 feet underground on Peanut Island, just north of Palm Beach where the Kennedys had an estate, in 1961. "The cover story was it was a munitions depot," says museum president John Grant, who notes the site was leased by the Secret Service and has bathrooms, a communications center and air filtration. In fact, no one at the museum can prove JFK set foot in the shelter. Nonetheless, they've painted a presidential seal on the floor and installed bunk beds and a desk flanked by flags. Call (800) 366-5004.

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