Jupiter prepares for Irma

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Looking for bolts and screws for their shutters, residents packed the aisle at Home Depot on Indiantown Road Tuesday morning in preparation for Irma. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

The aisle for screws and bolts was a busy place Tuesday morning at the Home Depot on Indiantown Road in Jupiter.

Follow Kim Miller’s latest on Hurricane Irma.

Locals seeking fasteners for their shutters and other items to prepare for Irma were searching for items in preparation for the storm, now packing winds of 180 MPH.

Jupiter residents should be aware that the railroad crossing on Indiantown Road for the Florida East Coast Road is planned to be closed starting Saturday at 7 a.m. for repairs.

The crossing is expected to reopen Tuesday at 6 a.m.

Click here for detour map.

The work on the FEC tracks could be postponed depending on the weather that results from Hurricane Irma, Florida Department of Transportation Spokesman Chuck McGuinness said Tuesday morning.

“The work is still scheduled at this point. If the weather turns dangerous, the work would be postponed,” said McGuinness.

 

Related: Everything you need to know to prepare for Irma is at The Palm Beach Post’s hurricane site. 

At the Walmart also on Indiantown Road in Jupiter, customers with shopping carts packed with cereal, canned goods, fruit, batteries, paper towels and other items waited in lines six and seven deep Tuesday morning.

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(Lines were six-carts deep Tuesday morning in Walmart on Indiantown Road in Jupiter. The store is open 24 hours. (Photo Bill DiPaolo)

The Walmart, located on the south side of Indiantown Road east of Chasewood Plaza, is open 24 hours.

At the Publix in Jupiter in Chasewood Plaza, things were calmer. The aisles were open and the lines at the cashier were short.

A clerk was laying out a table of flashlights for sale.

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Lines not as long at Publix in Chasewood Plaza in Jupiter Tuesday morning. Flashlights were for sale. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

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Lake Park: We want to join the U.S. 1 renaissance

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A parking garage could be built near Lake Park Marina (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Public workshop planned Thursday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. at town hall.

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Jupiter struts its stuff to attract a new town manager

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“Pristine beaches, unmatched recreational offerings, stunning scenic vistas, a high quality of life,” reads the national advertisement seeking a new town manager in Jupiter.

About 50 candidates from across the country sent in their resumes, seeking the position that Andy Lukasik vacated.

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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Love Street in Jupiter: Sept. 7 is the final vote

Wearing red shirts, opponents have attended town council meetings and said the plan will bring too much traffic and pollution to Jupiter’s Inlet Village.

Finally — after three years of revisions, lawsuits and public hearings — the Love Street plan to build an outdoor marketplace on the Jupiter Inlet is scheduled for a final vote before the town council Thursday, Sept. 7.

See full story in The Palm Beach Post.

Love Street developer Charles Modica says the outdoor marketplace will bring recreation, jobs and tax revenue to Jupiter.

 

New Dunkin’s replacing old Wendy’s in Tequesta

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Remodeling has started inside the former Wendy’s restaurant to make it a Dunkin’ Donuts in Tequesta (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Remodeling has started to bring a new Dunkin’ Donuts to replace the former Wendy’s restaurant in Tequesta’s Countyline Plaza.

Muffins and coffee — plans call for a drive-through window — should start being served around the end of the year, says Trish Naya Norene, the executive director of  on the southwest corner of Countyline Road and U.S. 1.

 

The closest Dunkin’ Donuts on U.S. 1 to the north is at Bridge Road in Hobe Sound.

To the south, Dunkin’ coffee lovers have to go to Alternate A1A and Indiantown Road.

The plaza, which has about 1,400 parking spaces, also contains a Publix, Chase Bank, Time to Eat Diner and Rocky’s Hardware store.

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Wendy’s closed in Countyline Plaza in Tequesta in December. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

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Outhouse out, new bathroom in at Jupiter’s Sawfish Bay Park

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Current portable bathroom at Sawfish Bay Park (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Good news for fishermen, lunchtime brown baggers and kayakers at Sawfish Bay Park: A new, bigger — and cleaner — bathroom is on the way.

The Jupiter council unanimously approved spending up to $60,000 to build a bathroom at the north end of the town’s waterfront park.

The current portable bathroom is next to a picnic table sheltered by a gazebo that is often used by fishermen, folks eating their lunch and kayakers who launch from the park.

The new bathroom, which will be in the same location, will have facilities for men and women and a drinking fountain.

“It’s about time. Lots of people won’t use that outhouse. They use other locations,” said Dan Ponton, nodding towards the bushes and under the Alt. A1A bridge at the park.

Ponton, 33, construction worker and a lifelong Jupiter resident, regularly fishes at the park on the east side of the Alt. A1A bridge just north of Center Street.

Drinking water and toilets are part of the $3 million improvements underway at Riverbend/Battlefield Park.

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This a model of the new bathroom to be built at Sawfish Bay Park (Town of Jupiter)

 

Photographers often stop by Sawfish Bay Park to take images of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse across the Loxahatchee River. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

The new bathroom, like other public bathrooms in Jupiter, will be cleaned at least five days a week, said Tom Driscoll, the town’s director of engineering, parks and public works.

The new building to be supplied by Spokane Valley, Washington-based CXT Inc.  will be simulated wood lap siding, simulated cast concrete metal roofing and will meet ADA requirements.

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Sawfish Bay Park is outlined in red. The new bathroom is planned on the north end.

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.

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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