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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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Gardens Mall event raises about $15,000 for Loggerhead Center

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(Left to right) Michael Brown, winner of this year’s Juno Beach Pier Photo Contest, Loggerhead mascot Fletch and Loggerhead President and CEO Jack Lighton at Aug. 19 event (Photos contributed)

More than $15,000 was raised Aug. 19 for the Loggerhead Marinelife Center at the The Gardens Mall event attended by about 4,000 people.

Events for children and families included hands-on science activities, including Junior Vet Labs and conservation demonstrations.

The Gardens Mall and its retailers hosted various Shop and Support events to raise money for LMC, located in Juno Beach.

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Adrian Farmer and stuffed sea turtle at The Garden Mall fundraiser

 

Saturday is National Dog Day: Pay less to adopt one in Jupiter

In honor of Saturday, Aug. 26 being National Dog Day, Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch in Jupiter will lower adult dog adoption fees normally at $150 to $75.

READ: Florida one of top dog states.

Puppy adoption fees normally $300 inclusive of all vaccinations will be offered at $200.

READ: Saturday’s Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic is postponed in Jupiter.

In addition, kitten and cat adoption fees normally $75 will be only $25 on Saturday, Aug. 26 only.

READ: National Dog Day: What’s up with that?

For more information, call 561-747-5311 or 561-529-4075,

or visit furryfriendsadoption.org.

Loud crowd greets U.S. Rep. Brian Mast in Jupiter

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast answers question at Jupiter’s Community Center (Photo/Allen Eyestone)

Amid cheers, boos and interruptions from the crowd of about 200, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast fielded questions Thursday afternoon for almost three hours in Jupiter on issues from President Donald Trump to Lake Okeechobee restoration.

One of the loudest moments came when a questioner referred to Trump as a “liar and egomaniac.”

Mast, R-Palm City, defended Trump, saying, “The president is doing an outstanding job. He is doing all he can do to deliver the things he promised as a candidate.”

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

Fran Sachs listens an answer from U.S. Representative Brian Mast as he holds a Town Hall meeting at the Jupiter Community Center in Jupiter. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

 

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U.S. Rep. Brian Mast to hold town hall meeting in Jupiter

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (R-Palm City) plans a town hall meeting on Thursday in Jupiter

The Jupiter Community Center, 200 Military Trail, is the site for a town hall meeting Thursday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. with U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, (R-Palm City).

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Reservations are suggested. To make a reservation or for information, go to mast.house.gov/townhall.

Mast, who is serving his first term, lost his legs and suffered other injuries from a bomb blast while serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

Mast has drawn strong opposition from Democrats and liberal groups since his vote for the Republican health care overhaul bill  backed by President Donald Trump.

Chanting “hey, hey, ho, ho, Brian Mast has got to go,” about 80 sign-toting demonstrators in May  protested against the Palm City Republican’s vote in favor of President Donald Trump’s health care plan. The protest took place at Mast’s district office in North Palm Beach.

Mast said the people who say people with pre-existing conditions will lose coverage under the GOP plan are coming from “the exact same group of people that went out there and lied to the face of every single American” about the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

Mast was elected in November to the District 18 seat formerly held by Democrat Patrick Murphy. District 18 is roughly 38 percent Republican and 34 percent Democrat.

Trump carried the district with 53 percent in November. Mast — who called for repealing and replacing Obamacare during his campaign — got 53.6 percent to defeat Democrat Randy Perkins.

 

Mast opponents gathered in front of his North Palm Beach district office in May

The other town hall meetings Mast is holding on Thursday:

St. Lucie County

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Port St. Lucie Community Center

2195 SE Airoso Boulevard

Port St. Lucie, FL 34984

 

Martin County

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The Grace Place

1550 SE Salerno Road

Stuart, FL 34997

Reservations are requested.

To make a reservation or for information, go to

mast.house.gov/townhall.

No more balloons at PBC parks starting Sept. 1 to protect sealife

Sea turtles often wind up mistaking plastic for food and choking on them.

Starting Sept. 1, balloons are illegal at Palm Beach County beachfront parks.

READ: Balloon releases banned in Palm Beach

“Sea turtles think they are jellyfish. Plastic in the ocean is a big issue. We want to protect native wild life and preserve the environment,” said Jennifer Cirillo, Palm Beach County assistant director of parks and recreation.

Signs have been posted at Loggerhead Park on A1A for about a year in preparation for the county ordinance to go in effect Sept. 1., said Cirillo.

“The public has had a positive response,” she said.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center officials welcome the balloon ban.

Medical staff at LMC often treat turtles injured from eating balloons and other plastic items.

When ingested, the remains can potentially damage sea turtles’ digestive systems, lead to starvation and even death.

“Ending the use of balloons at these beachfront parks will help protect sea turtles and other coastal wildlife, as well as provide clean, beautiful parks for locals and thousands of out-of-county guests who visit them every year,” said Tommy Cutt, LMC’s chief conservation officer.

The penalty is up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail faces a person who violates the balloon ban, according to county records.

Signs recently have been posted in 11 beachfront Palm Beach County parks between Boca Raton and Tequesta.

Leading up to Sept. 1, park officials will warn those visiting the parks who have balloons about the upcoming ordinance.

Sea turtles, dolphins, whales, fish and birds have been reported with balloons in their stomachs and ribbons and strings can lead to entanglement, injuries and even death, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Service.

There are two types of balloons in general use – latex and mylar.

Mylar balloons are made with nylon. They are not considered biodegradable.

Although latex balloons are considered bio-degradable, this will take anywhere from 6 months to 4 years to decompose. Latex balloons can be especially deadly as their burst remnants actually mimic the food of many creatures, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

READ: Banning plastic shopping bags is gaining support

Coral Gables on May 9 was the first in Florida to approve a plastic bag ban. City commissioners approved the prohibiting the use of single-use, carryout plastic bags by retailers in the city and at special events.

Violators in Coral Gables face a $50 to $500 fine.

Several exceptions are allowed, such as plastic bags that hold prescriptions, those used at veterinarians’ offices, those for yard waste and several more.

These are the Palm Beach County beachfront parks where the balloon ban will be enforced starting Sept. 1:

 

Bon Jovi fans can help out Perry J. Cohen Foundation

The Perry J. Cohen Foundation is auctioning off an acoustic guitar autographed by rock n’ roller Jon Bon Jovi.

The foundation was established in Perry’s name to promote the arts, environmental and marine preservation, teenage entrepreneurship and boating safety.

The Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory will include native plants, educational information and a boardwalk to provide hands-on training for Jupiter Community High School Environmental Research & Field Studies Academy students. Other students will also have access to the area.

Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos left the Jupiter Inlet on July 24, 2015. They never returned.

 

 

 

Cloud cover doesn’t dampen spirits of Jupiter eclipse fans

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Cloud cover made Monday’s the eclipse tough to see at Juno Beach Pier, but dozens showed up (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Sharing eclipse safety glasses, grilling chicken and generally just having a blast at the waterfront, several hundred lunar watchers gathered at DuBois Park on Monday afternoon for the rare celestial event.

Read full coverage in The Palm Beach Post.

“It’s so great to see so many people in the same place getting along. We need more of this right now in this country,” said Joey Huempfner, a Realtor from Jupiter.

Meanwhile, dozens of sky watchers started gathering about a half-hour before the 2:56 p.m. Monday maximum coverage by the moon of the sun. Scattered clouds blocked the view of the sun at the 1,000-foot Juno Beach Pier, but many stayed to watch.

“I like the fact we’re dealing with scientific certainty. With all the craziness in the world, science gives us something we can depend on,” said Dan Thayer, a former biologist with the South Florida Water Management District who lives in Jupiter.

Many watchers, such as Gabi Israelsen visting from Utah, made their own box cameras to view the eclipse.

“It’s not hard. It took me about 15 minutes,” said the University of Utah English major, showing how she cut away the cardboard top a Cocoa Pebbles cereal box and replaced it with tin foil. Poke a hole in the tin foil and it’s done.

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Joey Heumpfner looks at the eclipse Monday through his hand-made box camera. “The smaller the whole in the tin foil, the sharper the image,” the Jupiter resident said. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

The parking lot at DuBois Park in Jupiter was full and had to be closed about 1:45 p.m., police said.

Watching as the sun reached its maximum 80 percent coverage, many marveled how it suddenly appeared dusk was approaching.

“It got cooler. The breeze came up. I was amazed watching through my glasses how much of the sun disappeared. The whole thing was so much more exciting than I thought,” said Teresa Ross from Tequesta.

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The parking lot was full at DuBois Park at about 1:45 p.m. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Here’s a great location to watch the eclipse near Jupiter

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(Photo/Melanie Bell)

The Juno Beach Pier is located just south of Marcinski Road in Jupiter.

It costs $1 to walk on the pier, $4 to fish on the pier.

When you will see the eclipse in Palm Beach County.

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Turtle lovers and shoppers meet at The Gardens Mall

Hundreds of sea turtle lovers and shoppers gathered Saturday at The Gardens Mall to learn about and contribute to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center to help sea turtles.

The free event was from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Grand Court of the mall.

Some merchants donated a portion of their sales on Saturday to LMC.

Marian is a sea turtle patient at Loggerhead Marinelife Center