Paddle with the current — BOTH WAYS — with Club Scrub

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Club Scrub’s Endless Summer River Paddle & Rocking Jupiter Sandbar Party is planned for Saturday, Sept. 16.

The Guided Paddle Adventure is  from Jonathan Dickinson State Park down the NW Fork of the Loxahatchee River to the Club Scrub  Jupiter Sandbar Party (about 5-miles).

Paddle down the Loxahatchee River to our Floating Refreshment Stops, relax then paddle the rest of the way to the Rocking Jupiter Sandbar Party.

They paddle both ways with current.

Launch is about 10 a.m. at JD Park’s River Area Swim Beach.

Organizers ask you arrive by 9:30 a.m.

Live music, food and music are planned.

Click here for to register or for more information.

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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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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.

 

Calling artists for 2018 ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival

Artist Anthony Gargiulo, Stuart touches up a concrete sandhill crane sculpture at The 32nd Annual Artigras Fine Arts Festival held at Abacoa in Jupiter. (Melanie Bell / The Palm Beach Post)

The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce is accepting artists’ applications online for the 2018 ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival scheduled for February 17-19, 2018 in Jupiter.

Artists can email artists@artigras.org, call (561) 748-3942 or visit www.artigras.org for more information.

ArtiGras showcases a juried exhibition of 300 nationwide artists.  Featured are interactive art exhibits, children’s activities, live music, and art demonstrations.

ArtiGras is produced by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce and is presented by Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

Artists’ applications are being accepted for jury selection in 13 fine art categories including ceramics, digital art, drawing and printmaking, fiber (wearable and non-wearable), glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood.

ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival offers the “Emerging Artist” category for local artists.

Artists who have never exhibited in a show and reside in the Palm Beach County area can apply.

Deadline for artists to apply online is Monday, September 11, 2017.

 

Wrists bands – and more stuff you didn’t know – about Juno Beach Pier

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The Juno Beach Pier is a great spot to fish, watch rocket launches, take photos, enjoy sunsets/sunrises, attend church services, get married, watch sea turtles and bring a brown-bag lunch. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Fishermen and sightseers to the Juno Beach Fishing Pier might be wondering:

What’s up with the wrist bands?

And the music?

It’s all part of making the pier experience more fun, says Jack Lighton, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, which manages the Juno Beach Fishing Pier just south of Marcinski Road.

The recorded music is piped-in. Live music events on the pier have been held.

As for the wrist bands now handed out to pier visitors:

“Guests often leave the pier to use the restrooms or leave during a quick passing rain shower.  The guest entry bands allow for quick re-entry to the pier and eliminates the need for our guests to hold and manage paper receipts,” according to Lighton.

The wrist bands allow pier visitors to leave and return on the same day without paying

Here’s numbers on sea life rescues:

  • 42 sea turtles rescued from the pier (2013 – present)
  • 52 shore birds rescued from the pier (2015 – present) 

Read about LMC’s  $14 million expansion.

More Juno Beach Pier numbers:

  • 2016 Anglers: 36,206
  • 2016 Visitors: 73,269
  • 2016 Amount of fishing line recycled (in miles): 52.68 miles
  • 2016 Amount of glass and aluminum recycled: 19,465 individual items
  • 2016 Amount of cigarette butts collected and disposed of: 3,924
  • 2016 Amount of underwater debris removed via underwater pier cleanups: 199.06 lbs.
  • 2007 – present: amount of underwater debris removed via underwater pier cleanups: 2,637.91 lbs.

Jonathan Zmistowski, left, and Byron Thomas show the 60-pound wahoo they caught on the morning of June 28 while trolling a lure in 88 feet off the Juno Beach Pier.(File photo)

 

Daily, it’s $1 to walk on the pier. For fishermen, it’s $4.

The hours of operation of the Juno Beach Fishing Pier:

March 1st – October 31st: Monday – Sunday 30 minutes before sunrise – sunset

November 1st – February 28th: Sunday-Thursday 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 6 a.m. to midnight.

LMC, using grants and support the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and Keep America Beautiful:
– Added tables and seating to the pier deck
– Hosted several FREE fishing clinics
– Added additional recycling containers
– Added additional monofilament (fishing line) recycling containers
– Added cigarette butt recycling containers

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Cigarette butts make up a large portion of the trash collected on the north county beach. 

 

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)

Video: The new walkway under US 1 at Jupiter’s Burt Reynolds Park

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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 a lighted underpass for pedestrians to walk under U.S. 1 to get to and from the east and west sides of the park.

Click on this link for a view of the new walkway under U.S. 1:

https://vimeo.com/229650439

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.

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The public boat ramps are usually busy at Burt Reynolds Park West in Jupiter (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

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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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)