Clearing the land and enduring the heat, snakes, scorpions and other insects was extremely difficult work. Everything was proceeding nicely and there was great anticipation of sending the first big crop North on the new railroad. Unfortunately, the crop was prematurely destroyed by an unusually severe winter freeze, which struck and lasted for several days. Most of the settlers were financially wiped out and many of them left the area. Mr. Linton could not make the payments on his land and soon defaulted on the mortgage. Those that remained lost everything and were faced with starting over again!
The little settlement decided to put the past behind them and changed the name of the town. A Mr. Blackmer from Detroit liked the name of a suburb near Detroit and suggested that name. The Detroit suburb, Delray, was in reality named after a village in Mexico.
The new settlers of Delray had many setbacks, but they stuck it out. Physical hardships, as well as hurricanes in 1903, 1926, 1928 and again in 1947, the Great Depression and World Wars 1 and 2, were among the many setbacks. During the prosperous years of the 1920s, a small group of seasonal visitors began to return each year. This regular business soon grew and developed into a regular income source for the locals.
Around 1953, just prior to the building boom of the 1970s, a large section of lowlands on the West side of the Intracoastal Waterway was purchased for development. The land which was South of Linton Boulevard and East of Federal Highway was mostly scrub land, with a small portion used for farming.