“Significant headway” is being made with mediation talks between Harbourside and Jupiter

 

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Amphitheatre at Harbourside Place in Jupiter is center of controversy

“Significant headway is being made” in the mediation talks between Harbourside Place and Jupiter in their ongoing legal dispute over music in the entertainment center’s amphitheatre, according to a Friday memo from Town Manager Andy Lukasik.

Jupiter town Attorney Tom Baird has been authorized to continue meeting with Harbourside legal staff through May 8.

Officials from both sides are not allowed to discuss the proceedings.

The amphitheater, the centerpiece of the $150 million Harbourside Place, has been the center of arguments, police calls, protests from residents, petitions from music supporters and a lawsuit since the entertainment complex opened in December 2014.

Harbourside officials said the outdoor music was allowed under its approval. Merchants said they need music to attract customers.

Town officials countered that outdoor performances required special events permits, which they said Harbourside Place did not have.

Harbourside Place filed a 34-page lawsuit Jan. 5 in Palm Beach County Circuit Court against Jupiter, charging that the town’s music requirements are a violation of the First and 14th Amendments of the Constitution.

The suit is now in federal court.

Two weeks later, Harbourside Place announced in a Jan. 18 full-page ad in The Palm Beach Post that it was suspending amphitheater performances because of the town’s actions limiting the events.

The two sides were ordered to mediation by Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Edward Artau. The certified mediator appointed by the judge is Rodney Romano, the former mayor of Lake Worth. Romano will review the settlement proposals.

An April 13 closed session meeting is scheduled with the town’s Community Redevelopment Agency to discuss the mediation.

In the meantime, the following events are planned for Friday and Saturday.

  •  Friday night, ending at 10 p.m.: The “String Assassins,” an all acoustic – no drums — group.
  • Saturday is an anti-violence program from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., that includes a teen relationship seminar, a self-defense class, singer/songwriter solo performance and high school band playing a mix of indie and alternative music.

 

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