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Pahokee is a city located on the shore of Lake Okeechobee in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,985 at the 2000 census. As of 2007, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 6,459.[4] Culturally, Pahokee is associated with the Florida Heartland, although officially it is a part of South Florida.

“Pahokee” means ‘grassy waters’ in the Creek language.[5] The locals people refer to Pahokee as “The Muck” which refers to the mineral-rich dark soil in which sugarcane, citrus fruits, and corn are grown by agribusinesses. It was once known as the “Winter Vegetable Capital of the World” in its hey day when the city had thriving commerce. It is also a popular area for tree farms to grow native palm trees and other subtropical tree species. Pahokee once boasted hotels, barber shops, restaurants, clothing stores, amusement arcades and a theatre. Recent years have seen the closure of these businesses aside from a few local grocery stores. The area is also known for its numerous churches of multiple Christian faiths including Baptist, Methodist and Catholic.