Jupiter top cop Frank Kitzerow applies to be town manager

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Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow is one of 58 applicants to become the town manager of Jupiter.

Kitzerow, who has been Jupiter police chief since 2005, supervises a department of about 116 sworn officers and is paid about $147,000 annually.

List of Jupiter Town Manager candidates

The annual Jupiter police budget is about $20 million.

Jupiter, with about 60,000 residents, has an annual operating budget of about $90 million. The town has about 380 full-time employees.

Former Town Manager Andy Lukasik, 47, who was paid about $180,000 annually, left March 18 to be village manager in North Palm Beach.
Lukasik had been in the Jupiter position since 2004.

The Jupiter council on May 10 agreed to pay $18,500 to Keller, Texas-based Strategic Government Resources to find applicants. Additional expenses are not to exceed $8,500, according to the agreement.

SGR officials will consider the applicants and present a list of candidates to the council on Sept. 14.

The council is scheduled to determine at a meeting in October who will get an interview.

Former Jupiter town manager Andy Lukasik

 

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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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.

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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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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Trump care is target of rallies planned at Rubio’s office in PBG

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, center, heads to a vehicle after arriving on Air Force One with President Donald Trump at the Palm Beach International Airport on Mar. 3.

Candlelight protests against President Donald’s Trump’s health care plan are planned starting tonight at U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s office, 4580 PGA Blvd (PGA Commons Plaza) in Palm Beach Gardens by Palm Beach Indivisibles.

The protestors plan to be at Rubio’s office from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Friday, June 26- June 30.

This statement is from the Indivisibles:

“Senator Rubio recently stated that he wants input from Floridians but won’t hold a town hall for his constituents. Instead, he spoke with Governor Rick Scott, a well-known opponent of ACA.  TrumpCare, or the recently recrafted American HealthCare Act, is projected to throw at least 24 million Americans off their insurance plans. It makes deep cuts to Medicaid in order to give a giant tax cut to the wealthiest Americans.”

This statement is from Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who supports Trump’s plan:

“There seems to be a lot of people advocating for more government and higher costs in Washington and not a lot of people advocating on behalf of taxpayers. I look forward to traveling to Washington to fight for Florida families and ensure there is a health care proposal that dismantles the terrible, expensive mess of Obamacare. Let’s remember, costs have skyrocketed under Obamacare and we need a new health care policy that allows patients to have access to quality healthcare at an affordable price.”

 

Biz After Hours planned Wednesday at PGA National

The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce plans to hold its monthly Business After Hours meeting on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 5 p.m. –  to 7 p.m. at iDeck at PGA National Resort & Spa.
Hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and networking with other professionals are planned.

Tickets ate $15 in advance and $20 at the door for members.

Non-member tickets are $25.

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

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Harbourside developer was big contributor to Donald Trump inaugural

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Harbourside Place developer Nick Mastroianni is among Palm Beach County residents who gave big contributions President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee.

Read the full story, and see the list of top Palm Beach County contributors, in The Palm Beach Post.

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Harbourside Place developer Nick Mastroianni

Juno Beach to celebrate 25th anniversary of opening Town Center

 

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Juno Beach Town Center opened in 1992

A commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Juno Town Center is planned Wednesday, April 19 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The event at Town Center at 340 Ocean Dr. is free and open to the public.

Here’s a list of town officials who were in office when the center opened in 1992:

Bill Kollmer, Mayor
Jim Lyons, Vice Mayor
Roxanne M. Manning, Councilmember
Daniel K. Corbett, Councilmember
Charles H. Burns, Councilmember
Gail F. Nelson, Town Manager

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Out with old, in with new buildings on Center Street in Jupiter

 

 

Current buildings would be demolished. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

A application to redevelop about a dozen acres on the south side of Center Street just west of Alt. A1A is scheduled to be heard by the town council on Thursday.

The application for the project called Center Park, located behind Miller’s Jupiter Ale House restaurant, calls for a storage building and offices/warehouse.

A portion of the property at 114 Datura St. would be rezoned from commercial to industrial.

Artist rendition of new buildings

The town’s planning and zoning commission recommended approval by a 4-3 vote in November.

Opponents said the buildings would not fit in with the nearby commercial and residential area.

Six existing buildings would be demolished and replaced with four buildings that would be used for self-storage and office/warehouse.

The final town council hearing on the proposal is scheduled for May 16.

For information, go to jupiter.fl.us