Tough day for lionfish Sunday in Juno Beach

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Nancy Pham Ho holds two lionfish during the Second Annual Lionfish Festival at Loggerhead Marinelife Center on Sunday, Aug. 13. (Loggerhead Marinelife Center)

 

About 150 people attended Sunday’s second Lionfish Festival at Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

The LMC event included lionfish cooking lessons and tastings, live music and a beer garden.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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Watch today’s SpaceX launch from this great spot in Jupiter

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Monday’s mission will use a Falcon 9 rocket to launch the Dragon vehicle to the space station loaded with more than 6,000-pounds of supplies and experiments.

A great place to watch today’s SpaceX launch scheduled for 12:31 p.m. today is the Juno Beach Fishing Pier.

Look northwest.

See Kim Miller’s complete story in The Palm Beach Post.

NASA gives a 70 percent chance of favorable conditions at liftoff.

NASA TV live coverage of launch operations begins at noon, EDT.

SpaceX is set to embark on its 12th mission to resupply the International Space Station today from Kennedy Space Center.

The launch is scheduled for 12:31 p.m. from the center’s historic pad 39A, which was the site of the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket launch that took humans to the moon in 1969.

Check The Palm Beach Post radar map.

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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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Cool art in a cool place in Lake Worth

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Looking for a cool place to relax?

Take in the display of Guatemalan art at the OneJupiter project at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth.

The exhibit ends Friday.

With about 55,000 former residents of Guatemala now living in Palm Beach County — about 7,000 in Jupiter and about 8,000 in the Lake Worth/Greenacres area — there is a growing cultural connection.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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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

 

 

New principals coming to north county public schools

Palm Beach County School Superintendent Robert Avossa

Jerry Thomas Elementary and Jupiter Elementary are among 10 north county public schools will not only welcome new students when they open Aug. 14  — they welcome new principals.

Read Sonja Isger’s story in the Palm Beach Post.

 

 

Participate in National Night Out on Tuesday in Jupiter

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(Photos/Bill DiPaolo)

National Night Out at Roger Dean Stadium is planned Tuesday, Aug. 1 starting at 4:30 p.m.

The game between the Jupiter Hammerheads and Lakeland Tigers starts at 6:30 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public. Donations are suggested.

National Night Out is a national community-building campaign that promotes police/community partnership and neighborhood camaraderie.

For information, go to RogerDeanStadium.com or call 561-775-1818.

Events at Roger Dean Stadium include:

  • safety demonstrations
  • kids’ activities
  • visits from emergency personnel and exhibits

Proceeds go to Jupiter Police Explorer Program

 

Sea turtle release on Wednesday in Juno Beach

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Big crowds usually attend sea turtle release (Photo/Rich Graulich)

Krebster and Dr. Paul, two loggerhead sea turtles nursed back to health at Loggerhead Marinelife Centert are scheduled to be released back into the Atlantic Ocean in Juno Beach on Wednesday at about 10:30 a.m.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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Now healthy, two sea turtles swim home Wednesday from Juno Beach

 

Krebster and Dr. Paul, two loggerhead sea turtles nursed back to health at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, are scheduled to be released back into the Atlantic Ocean in Juno Beach on Wednesday at about 10:30 a.m.

The release on the beach at LMC, just north of Donald Ross Road on the east side of U.S. 1, is free and open to the public.

For information, go to marinelife.org.

Krebster was found April 13 near Hutchinson Island with anemia, hypoglycemia and overall poor health due to starvation.

The sea turtle weighed 61 pounds when brought to LMC. The sea turtle now weighs 72 pounds.

Dr. Paul was accidentally hooked by an angler at the Juno Beach Pier on April 17.

The turtle weighed 101 pounds when brought to LMC. Dr. Paul now weighs 105 pounds.

After months of fluids, medications and close monitoring by LMC staff, both have fully recovered.

Sea turtle releases usually draw big crowds. Viewers should get there early. (Photo/Rich Graulich)

 

Register now for north county legislative update

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Legislative update is planned for July 19 (Photo provided)

Registration is open for the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast on Wednesday, July 19 at Palm Beach Gardens Marriott from 7:15 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Reservations are required.

For information or to register, go to pbnchamber.com or call 561-746-7111.

Each attending legislator will address the group on topics relevant to business while providing their year-in-review perspective.

Potential topics include talent, innovation and economic development, infrastructure, business climate, governance and quality of life.

Invited to attend are:

Senator Bobby Powell – District #30
Representative Joseph Abruzzo – District #81
Representative Lori Berman – District #90
Representative Al Jacquet- District #88
Representative MaryLynn Magar – District #82
Representative Rick Roth – District #85
Representative Emily Slosberg – District #91

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