Grand opening is Saturday for new Jupiter restaurant on mini-golf course

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The bar at Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

A bar with 15 television screens, a restaurant with seating for 82 customers and a 3,500-gallon salt water fish tank are part of the expansion of the Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf restaurant,  scheduled to have it’s grand opening at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 1.

The menu, which now includes ice cream, burgers and beer and wine, has been expanded.

The 36-hole miniature golf course, on the northeast corner of Jupiter Beach Road and A1A, opened in 2013.

The $1 million expansion, including renovations to the mini-golf course, includes a playground.

Golfers will enter the lighted fish tank area from the 13th hole to walk into a cave leading to the tank, which will include a coral reef and tropical fish. Underwater sea sounds are piped in from speakers.

Grouper and other fish are scheduled to be delivered in coming weeks, said Greg Bartoli, who owns the golf course and restaurant with his wife Patty. The Jupiter couple have three children under 10 years old.

There are now about 25 employees, mostly part-time. About two dozen more employees have been hired.

The ongoing growth on the Inlet Village, defined as the stretch of A1A from Jupiter Beach Road north to U.S. 1, convinced the Bartolis to expand.

The Inlet Village includes Suni Sands and Love Street, both planned for commercial/residential/retail development.

“This is a great area, and we want to be a part of it,” said Greg Bartoli.

 

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Greg Bartoli in front of the new 3,500-gallon salt-water fish tank at Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

 

Delaney wins council seat over Klug in Jupiter

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Ron Delaney

Incumbent Ron Delaney narrowly won Tuesday’s runoff election for the Jupiter Town Council Second District seat against Ben Klug.

“We ran an honest campaign. We did not do any negative campaigning. I just told the truth,” said Delaney, who spent Tuesday night at his Egret Cove home with his family.

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.winner

 

More building happening on Indiantown Road in Jupiter

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Artist rendition of FPL building

FPL has started work on building a new structure at southwest corner of Delaware Blvd. and Indiantown Road that utility officials say will speed up response time during and after emergencies.

The two-story, 25,000 square foot building will be four times as large as the current one and is designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane.

Opening is planned for the fall of 2017.

Two more new buildings are on the way on Indiantown Road east of I-95.

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

 

Love Street developer — for third time — submits Jupiter Inlet plan

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Charles Modica

The third Love Street plan – this one far smaller than the original — has been submitted by developer Charles Modica to turn two waterfront acres into “something that Jupiter should be.”

Modica, who also owns the adjacent Rustic Inn restaurant and nearby 10-acre Suni Sands property, wants to link the properties on the Jupiter Inlet into an ecotourism destination.

“I want to get away from the cement, dining and drinking on the waterfront. We’re going to keep the kayak rental, the beach and the fishing boats. There will be a connection to Riverwalk. Love Street will set the stage to get this theme going,” said Modica.

Two restaurants and retail/office are planned for Love Street. An historic-style inn is planned for the Suni Sands property, along with a boathouse.

The town council must approve the both plans before construction can begin. No date has been set for public meetings on either proposal.

Councilman Jim Kuretski said he’s “encouraged and grateful” that the plan has been scaled back. But parking and traffic issues still must be considered, Kuretski said.

“Downsizing doesn’t always equate into a reduction or traffic and parking,” said Kuretski.

Modica’s original Love Street plan called for a 45-foot-tall observation tower and a restaurant/fish market overlooking the Jupiter Inlet with 21 separate buildings. About 36 vacation rental units, each about 400 square feet, would be on the second floor above the retail shop.

There was about 94,000 square feet of office/retail/ restaurant space. There was a parking garage.

Critics blasted the plan, calling it another Harbourside Place, referring to the 10-acre waterfront retail/hotel/restaurant development on the northwest corner of Indiantown Road and U.S. 1.

Harbourside, which has an outdoor amphitheatre, that has drawn both scorn and praise from locals.

Modica came back with a new retail/restaurant/office complex plan that was about half the size as the original plan. The tower and parking garage were gone. So were the vacation units. The new plan called for about a dozen one- and two-story buildings.

The council approved the plan in June by a 3-2 vote.

But that changed when Modica bought The Rustic Inn Crabhouse 4-acre property for $8.3 million in November. The Rustic Inn is adjacent to Modica’s Love Street property.

The latest plan replaces the plan that was approved.

The Rustic Inn owners have the option of staying, Modica said. He has no plans to demolish the building, he said.

The current plan eliminates the land swap proposal between the town and Modica. The proposal calls for the town to swap two acres of town-owner property on Love Street for 2 acres of property Modica owns east of A1A and south of Parkway Street. Plans call for using the Parkway Street property would be for a parking lot.

Long-range plans call for tying in Suni Sands property, Rustic Inn and Love Street into a office/retail/ecotourism destination that will bring tourists, locals and high-tech jobs to the Inlet Village, an area in Jupiter defined as along A1A between Jupiter Beach Road north to U.S. 1., said Modica.

“In the Google world, they love places where you can work and go kayaking and come up with ideas. We could build offices to attract those type of businesses,” said Modica. “We are not building another Harbourside.”

Original Love Street development, Square feet:

Retail: 30,207

Office: 27,327

Restaurant: 12,917

Vacation rental: 23,520

Total: 93,971

Current Love Street plan, Square feet:

Retail: 4,949

Office: 1,941

Restaurant: 11,162

Total: 18,052

DuBois Park: Busy, happy place in Jupiter

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Boaters head out to the Atlantic Ocean on Friday afternoon through the Jupiter Inlet

DuBois Park off A1A in Jupiter may be one of Palm Beach County’s smallest parks, but it’s one of the prettiest and most attended.

Check out what was happening Friday afternoon at the park on The Jupiter Inlet: (Photos/Bill DiPaolo)

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Painters set up easels next to the kiddie pool

 

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El fresco diners enjoying the view of the Jupiter Lighthouse

 

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These folks were catching a nap

 

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Boaters and fishermen along the inlet

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Workers were spreading new sand at the playground at the kiddie pool

 

Despite construction, Riverbend Park is open near Jupiter

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Renovations costing about $3 million at Riverbend/Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park are planned to be done this summer (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

In front, the big trucks are moving dirt around doing the $3 million renovation scheduled to be finished at Riverbend/Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park about a mile west of Florida’s Turnpike on Indiantown Road.

In back, the trails for bicycling and hiking, canoe rentals, picnic pavilions for and wildlife watching area are open for business.

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Canoeing on Loxahatchee River is popular at Riverbend/Loxahatchee River  Battlefield Park (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

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Hiking and bicycling trails wind through the park (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

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Lots of wildlife  (Phot0 contributed)

 

 

 

 

New townhouses coming to Jupiter along Intracoastal Waterway

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Unanimous approval to build a 35-unit townhouse development on the Intracoastal Waterway was given Tuesday by the town council.

Prices for the units at Water Pointe, each about 1,500 square feet, should start at about $400,000-$500,000, according to local Realtors and developers.

The vacant 4-acre site on the west side of U.S. 1 is the former Elks Lodge 2469. The lodge opened in the early 1970s and was demolished in about 2010.

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The lodge is now in Jupiter Farms, in the Publix plaza on the south side of Indiantown Road, about a mile west of Florida’s Turnpike.

The townhouse plan by Wilmington, Del.-based Emerald Cay Holdings calls for seven two-story buildings, a 400-square-foot fitness center, a community swimming pool, pavilion and tot lot on the now-vacant lot about a mile south of Indiantown Road.

Water Pointe will have entry gates, but they will not be for residents only.

Owners would have access to Riverwalk, the town’s 2.4-mile public access pedestrian/bicycle lane being built between the Jupiter Inlet and Ocean Way for bicyclists and pedestrians. There would be no commercial development on the Water Pointe property.

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Six file for March 14 town council election in Jupiter

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Growth and development are expected to be top issues in Jupiter election (File photo)

Six candidates, including four challengers and two incumbents, have filed to run for the Jupiter town council election scheduled for March 14.

If a runoff election is required — as happened in the last election — it will be on March 28.

Candidates must live in the district where they are running, be registered to vote and have lived in the town at least six months before the election, according to town regulations.

The First District and Second District seats are open. Terms are three years. Pay for council seats is $18,600 annually. The six who met Tuesday’s noon filing deadline paid a filing fee of $221.

First District:

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Teri Grooms

Teri Grooms, 54, is a resident of the Pine Gardens North neighborhood. The Jupiter native is making her first run at elected office. Grooms, a chef, started the online petition to stop the Love Street project. Her other priorities are affordable housing, protecting the environment, promoting sustainable energy, promoting small business ownership and individual entrepreneurship.

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Wayne Posner

Wayne Posner, 66, is a retired commercial general contractor. The resident of Jupiter Country Club was elected to the town council last year. He defeated former Mayor Karen Golonka and Carol Watson. Prior toBefore serving on the town council, Posner served three years on the town’s planning and zoning commission. Posner wants to promote “quality development” in Jupiter.

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Carol Watson

Carol Watson, 62, is a massage therapist and a member of the town’s Beach Committee. She is active with Friends of Jupiter Beach. The Chasewood North resident plans to concentrate on “responsible progress and quality of life issues” in her campaign. Watson wants “gender balance,” noting that the five-member Jupiter council is all males. Watson ran and lost against Wayne Posner and Karen Golonka for a council seat in the March 2016 election

Second District:

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Ron Delaney

Ron Delaney, 52, has been owner/operator for the past 12 years of East Coast Foods, a home delivery food service. The resident of Egret Cove was elected to the town council last year. His goals are to prevent commercial over-development of Jupiter’s waterfront, preserve the Loxahatchee River and natural resources.

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Heidi Epstein

Heidi Epstein, 53, a caretaker, lives in the Indian Creek neighborhood. This is the first time she has run for political office. Her goals are slowing down growth in Jupiter, especially along Indiantown Road and the Inlet Village, the stretch of A1A from Jupiter Beach Road north to U.S. 1. She favors a moratorium to new construction in the Inlet Village.

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Ben Klug

Ben Klug, 37, has been a custom metal fabricator for 19 years for General Sheet Metal Works. A resident of the Indian Creek development, Klug served on Jupiter’s town council for seven months in 2015. He ran for the District 2 one-year term seat in 2016 and lost to Delaney. Klug also served on the town’s planning and zoning commission.

Townhouse development in Jupiter could be approved tonight

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Building a 35-unit townhouse development on the Intracoastal Waterway is up for final approval at tonight’s 7 p.m. town council meeting.

Prices for the units at Water Pointe, each about 1,500 square feet, should start at about $400,000-$500,000, according to local Realtors and developers.

The vacant 4-acre site on the west side of U.S. 1 is the former Elks Lodge 2469. The lodge opened in the early 1970s and was demolished in about 2010.

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The lodge is now in Jupiter Farms, in the Publix plaza on the south side of Indiantown Road, about a mile west of Florida’s Turnpike.

The townhouse plan by Wilmington, Del.-based Emerald Cay Holdings calls for seven two-story buildings, a 400-square-foot fitness center, a community swimming pool, pavilion and tot lot on the now-vacant lot about a mile south of Indiantown Road.

Whether the community will be gated has not been determined.

Owners would have access to Riverwalk, the town’s 2.4-mile public access pedestrian/bicycle lane being built between the Jupiter Inlet and Ocean Way for bicyclists and pedestrians. There would be no commercial development on the Water Pointe property.

“There is still a lack of supply of residential property along the water in north county. The demand is still strong,” said north county Realtor Rebel Cook.

Several other proposals have been made on the Water Pointe property in recent years — but none of them were built.

A development of the same name calling for 30 apartments along the Intracoastal Waterway with a restaurant and office/retail space was approved in 2012.

In 2006, the council approved 35 townhouses on the property. Known then as Emerald Cay, the proposed residential development did not include retail shops, offices or restaurants.

Another plan called for two high-rise towers with 122 condominiums.

With Jupiter rapidly reaching build-out, using formerly developed sites for new construction — called infill development — is how developers are building new places for people to live and do business.

Infill development examples in Jupiter include the former Suni Sands and Whitehaven mobile home parks. Another example is the Kennedy Homes project east of Alternate A1A and off Old Jupiter Beach Road called Villa Diamante.

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Electric bicycle shop grand opening is Saturday in Juno Beach

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Pedego Juno Beach electric bike store plans a grand opening Saturday, January 14th from 12:00–3:00 p.m. at 13896 Highway 1 in Juno Beach.

The event will include refreshments, free test rides and a free group ride.

For more information click  here.

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