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JFK's Cold War island bunker lures tourists.
NBC News ^ | N/A | Zachary Fagenson, Reuters

Posted on 11/20/2013 5:22:17 AM PST by carriage_hill

PEANUT ISLAND, Fla. — The dingy, cavernous steel fallout shelter hastily built on a man-made island off Florida's east coast is a stark reminder of the harsh realities President John F. Kennedy faced from the first days of his presidency at the height of the Cold War.

As the Kennedy family vacationed minutes away at the Palm Beach compound known as the Winter White House, the shelter's main chamber sat ready at a moment's notice with 15 sets of bunk beds, a desk for the president and a conference table.

The heavily protected hideaway, fully stocked with military K rations, barrels of water and radiation detection kits, could serve as home for 30 of Kennedy's family and key staff for a month in the event of a nuclear attack.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: bunker; jfk; peanutisland; survival
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President JFK's nuke bunker in Florida, just minutes away from their vacation home, on Peanut Island near Riviera Beach, Fla, built by Navy Seabees.

(Some pics at website article)

1 posted on 11/20/2013 5:22:17 AM PST by carriage_hill
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To: Kartographer

It would sustain 30 family and staff for a month. Pretty crude by today’s standards, but nice looking.


2 posted on 11/20/2013 5:25:12 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

Did it have hot & cold running babes?


3 posted on 11/20/2013 5:29:27 AM PST by Oratam
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To: carriage_hill

The most interesting thing about the picture is where did Bill Murray get all that bleach blond hair?


4 posted on 11/20/2013 5:46:14 AM PST by DAC21
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To: carriage_hill
Unbelievable that there is still so much Kennedy stuff out there, 50 years later.

Whenever the democrat media falls on hard times they harken back to the good ol' days.

I noticed there are several Watergate specials running on the boob tube as well.

5 posted on 11/20/2013 5:48:20 AM PST by skeeter
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To: carriage_hill
fully stocked with military K rations, barrels of water and radiation detection kits,

They didn't mention the 384 cases of Canadian Club.

6 posted on 11/20/2013 5:52:42 AM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: carriage_hill

Florida does not seem the best location for a presidential bunker. Florida has a heavy military presence and would be a major target in a nuclear war. In the Kennedy-era book “Alas, Babylon,” about an imaginary nuclear war, Florida is hit hard by the Russians, even though the story involves a group of survivors in a small Florida town.


7 posted on 11/20/2013 5:54:46 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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Florida does not seem the best location for a presidential bunker.

No point in building the bunker in Montana when the president vacations in Florida. They needed something close by.

8 posted on 11/20/2013 6:03:27 AM PST by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: Steve_Seattle
Two Words:

Palm Beach


9 posted on 11/20/2013 6:03:47 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: carriage_hill
It would sustain 30 family and staff for a month.

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At the end of the article it says that:

"It receives no financial contributions from the federal government or the Kennedy family, even though Ethel Kennedy, the widow of slain former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, visits the bunker almost every year with her grandchildren."

The facility would have sustained the Kennedy family yet the family does not want to sustain it. The Kennedy clan is still incredibly wealthy; an annual maintenance donation would be a nice gesture from them. But being Democrats, it appears they want someone else to pay for it.

10 posted on 11/20/2013 6:09:13 AM PST by Starboard
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To: carriage_hill

Jeepers. Think of it. 30 days trapped underground with the Kennedys and their “er, ah, staaahf” proceeding with “great vigah’ “ into the future. And, not a drop of whisky in the bunker. The living will envy the dead, indeed.


11 posted on 11/20/2013 6:14:54 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Oratam

JFK had them stashed in an adjoining bunker, with the swimming pool. LOL.


12 posted on 11/20/2013 6:17:45 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: DAC21
H202. At the drugstore or in one of the 50gal drums.
13 posted on 11/20/2013 6:20:24 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: skeeter

50 years and we still don’t really know what happened. Probably never will. I remember it as a 13yr old kid.


14 posted on 11/20/2013 6:21:25 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: PowderMonkey

Earplugs for everyone; that Kennedy vocabulary would drive me nutz.


15 posted on 11/20/2013 6:22:41 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Michael.SF.

I’m sure they were well-stocked with booze.


16 posted on 11/20/2013 6:23:26 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: skeeter

Lib-dems bringing out the “shiny things” to divert attention from 0traitor&Co.


17 posted on 11/20/2013 6:25:25 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

Road trip; BBL.


18 posted on 11/20/2013 6:25:54 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: carriage_hill

What do you mean we don’t know? I think the most thorough summary is the work NOVA did on this that makes it clearly the result of one man, Oswald, as the assasin.

Democrats and liberals want you to believe that some right wing nut or CIA killed a democratic president. Not true. It was Oswald. CIA and FBI knew his whereabouts and were tracking him.

If you haven’t seen it, try to.


19 posted on 11/20/2013 6:39:12 AM PST by nikos1121
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To: carriage_hill
fully stocked with military K rations,

K's in 1961?

20 posted on 11/20/2013 6:40:21 AM PST by DUMBGRUNT
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