Good news for boaters – More parking at Burt Reynolds Park in Jupiter

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This lighted walkway allows boaters and their passengers to walk underneath U.S. 1 to get to and from the east and west sides of Burt Reynolds Park in Jupiter. Before, they had to tote their coolers and equipment across busy U.S. 1, which was often dangerous. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Here’s good news for boaters in north County: Burt Reynolds Park West is open with about two dozen more parking spaces for boat trailers

Also finished is a lighted underpass for pedestrians to walk under U.S. 1 to get to and from the east and west sides of the park.

No changes to the public boat ramps have been made for the park on the west side of U.S. 1 north of Indiantown Road.

Total cost for the the project, funded with county and state dollars, was about $1.1 million.

More boat trailer parking is expected to stop boaters from parking their trailers like this along U.S. 1 at Burt Reynolds Park West  in Jupiter (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

 

 

Jupiter residents: Are you in a flood zone?

New flood zone map in Jupiter would impact property owners

A plan to approve updated federal flood maps for Jupiter is on the agenda for Tuesday’s 7 p.m.  town council meeting at the Community Center.

If the council adopts the plan, property owners with land in the Special Flood Hazard Area will be able to purchase NFIP flood policies and existing policies will be renewed.

There now are about 4,000 properties included within the Special Flood Hazard Area within the town of Jupiter.
The updated maps show that number reduced to about 2,000 properties.

Countywide, more than 50,000 Palm Beach County properties are being reclassified as being in or touching flood zones in October.

Property owners in the Special Flood Hazard Area are eligible for federal disaster assistance for flood damage to repair insurable buildings.

Federal mortgage insurance or loan guarantees, such as those provided by the Federal Housing Administration and the Department of Veteran Affairs, is available.

Learn about lionfish on Sunday at Loggerhead Center in Juno Beach

Lionfish are non-native to Florida (File photo)

The Second Annual Lionfish Festival is planned Sunday, Aug. 13 at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach.

Lionfish, fluttering fish that gulp up sea life from offshore reefs, were first found in off the Jupiter Inlet and into the Loxahatchee River in 2010.

Researchers call lionfish voracious predators that eat tiny shrimp, one of the food sources for juvenile grouper, snook, mullet and other sealife, as well as the small fish themselves.

The LMC event includes lionfish demonstrations and tastings, live music and a beer garden and more.

 

 

Vote on new condos ($900K each) on Jupiter waterfront is delayed

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Profile Art Gallery is located on Indiantown Road across from Harbourside Place in Jupiter (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

A final vote to demolish the three-story Profile Art Gallery across Indiantown Road from Harbourside Place and replace it with a five-story building with 15 condominiums, has been postponed and is scheduled to go before the town council on Sept. 19.

The condos would likely start at about $900,000.

Plans for the one-acre parcel, called Cornerstone, call for the first floor to be about 2,500 square feet of commercial space.

Parking for about 44 vehicles at Cornerstone would be below the building.

A public boat dock with about 14 boat slips is planned for the property on the southwest west corner of Indiantown Road and U.S. 1.

The plan calls for a pool and outdoor kitchen on the roof is being considered on a one-acre site across Indiantown Road from Harbourside.

If approved, the new Mediterranean-style building would be about the same height as Harbourside Place.

The council on first reading approved Cornerstone by a 4-0 vote on July 18. Councilman Ron Delaney was absent.

The final vote was scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 15.

The owners of the property, Jupiter Investments, are asking that the zoning be changed from commercial to mixed use.

The registered agent of Jupiter Investments is Richard Witham.

The plan unanimously was recommended for approval April 13 by the town’s planning and zoning commission.

The town council is not bound by the planning and zoning commission’s recommendation.

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Love Street plan up for review tonight in Jupiter

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Two-acre Love Street property outlined in red

The Love Street development plan — this one without the boat slips for commercial fishing boats — is up for review today at 7 p.m. by the town’s planning and zoning board at the  Jupiter Community Center.

Click here to see the plan.

The town council, which must approve the final plan, is not bound by the planning board’s recommendation.

Opponents blast the Love Street plan, calling it “just another shopping center.”

“There’s not enough parking.” “The jobs it will create are low-paying.” “Pollution of the Jupiter Inlet will result,” they said. About 2,000 local residents signed an online petition opposing the development.

Developer Charles Modica has said the plan to be reviewed tonight, about a quarter the size of the original proposal, preserves the waterfront theme of the Inlet Village, the area along A1A from Beach Road north to U.S. 1.

The meeting is open to the public.

Current Love Street plan:

Property: 2 acres

Retail: 4,949 square feet

Office: 1,941

Outdoor Seating area: 1,781

Restaurant: 11,162

Total: 18,552  square feet

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New Jupiter manager will face tough issues

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Future development of Suni Sands property on the Jupiter Inlet will be on the new manager’s agenda (File photo)

A visionary, a proponent of historical preservation and an inspirational leader.

That’s what residents and Jupiter officials want in the new town manager to replace Andy Lukasik.

Jupiter needs a manager “with bodacious ideas,” said land planner Don Hearing, a Jupiter native who is working with developer Charles Modica to develop Love Street and the former Suni Sands properties.

Read the full story, with comments from other Jupiter residents, in The Palm Beach Post.

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New manager will be faced with traffic issues on Indiantown Road (File Photo)

 

Loggerhead Triathlon to close A1A in North County on Saturday morning

(Photo/Jennifer Podis)

North county drivers: Stay away from A1A from Carlin Park south to Donald Ross Road on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 5.

About 600 athletes plan to compete in the annual Jupiter Medical Center Loggerhead Triathlon.

The event will begin at approximately 5:30 a.m. with race participants and volunteers gathering at Carlin Park.

The race, run annually since 1985, is scheduled to start at 7 a.m.

The race course consists of a 3/8 mile ocean swim, 13 mile bike and flat 3.1 mile run.

Awards will be given to the top 3 overall in each division.

The event is expected to conclude around 9:45 a.m.

The park and roads should be cleared of volunteers and participants by 11:00 a.m.

AIA from Carlin Park to Donald Ross Road will be closed

 

  • A1A closed from the main entrance to Carlin Park (Van Kessel Parkway) south to Donald Ross Road from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • A1A and the road to the Inlet Park from Van Kessel Parkway closed from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 

For more information about the Jupiter Medical Center Loggerhead Triathlon contact the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce by going to pbnchamber.com or calling  561-746-7111.

(Photo/Damon Higgins)

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Research paper published by Loggerhead sea turtle experts:Read it here

Dusty, a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle, was released by Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach on July 18. Dusty was found floating offshore in St. Lucie County in February. Initial bloodwork showed anemia, hypoglycemia, and overall poor health due to starvation. Hospital staff administered fluids, parenteral nutrition and antibiotics, and placed the turtle in freshwater to remove barnacles and leeches that covered most of the body. Dusty was named after Dusty Baker, manager of the Washington Nationals, which holds spring training at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Researchers biologists from the Research Laboratory at Loggerhead Marinelife Center recently published a scientific study  — and you can read it online.

The peer-reviewed paper is published in the Science of the Total Environment journal and can be accessed over the next 50 days for free.

For more information visit authors.elsevier.com.

For more information on LMC’s research projects, visit marinelife.org/research.

The paper discusses how contaminants such as mercury and natural toxins from red tide algal blooms affect sea turtles’ health.

LMC’s research biologists and colleagues from other laboratories collected blood samples and examined otherwise healthy turtles to see if they showed signs of fibropapillomatosis (FP), a tumor disease that affects green sea turtles.

Then, they examined health parameters in plasma, and found that brevetoxins from red tide potentially contributed to inflammation, increased tumor growth and decreased body condition in Kemp’s ridleys and greens.

“These contaminants can potentially impact disease development and negatively impact the immune function and survival of these endangered marine turtles,” said LMC’s Dr. Justin Perrault. “We hope to continue learning about how these toxins affect sea turtles in an effort to better understand treatment options for animals that strand as a result of red tide.”

This is the first study to reveal that brevetoxin exposure may promote FP tumor growth in green sea turtles, according to LMC.

For more information about LMC, visit www.marinelife.org or call (561) 627-8280.

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This sea turtle was recently healed and released at LMC

 

 

$8 M spent, Jupiter still waiting to bury new power lines over A1A

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Burying power lines over Jupiter’s A1A was part of $8 million project started in 2014 (Photo/Meghan McCarthy)

Burying the power lines above A1A was touted as a big improvement when Jupiter officials broke ground in November 2014 for the $8 million spiffing up of the three-quarter-mile waterfront roadway.

But the power lines were still there when officials celebrated with a ribbon-cutting last September.

And in late July, still no movement.

Why the delay?

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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Like those free dog waste bags at Jupiter Beach? Here’s how to help

The non-profit Friends of Jupiter Beach distributes about 400,000 dog waste bags for free annually (Photo provided)

The Friends of Jupiter Beach are seeking to raise $20,000 to replace 39 boxes that distribute free waste bags to dog owners on Dog Beach, on A1A from Carlin Park south to Marcinski Road.

A gofundme page has been established.

The plan is to remove all current boxes, repair and paint poles and then install new boxes where the waste bags are stored for free distribution to dog owners.

The non-profit organization organizes monthly beach cleanups south of Carlin Park.

For information go to friendsofjupiterbeach.org or call 561-748-8140.

Jennifer Weston and her German Shepherd at Dog Beach in Jupiter (File photo)