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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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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Opening for new dog park in Jupiter getting closer

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The $2.5 million plan includes fenced-off areas for big and little dogs, a dog-drink station, landscaping, 2-acre wetlands area, a gazebo with picnic tables, bicycle racks, a restroom and lighted walkways for pedestrians.

Completion of the park at Center Street and Indiantown Road is planned by the end of the year.

Read the full story in the Palm Beach Post.

 

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Nick’s Tomatoe Pie, tradition in north county, closes doors

 

Nick’s Tomatoe Pie, a quarter-century fixture Italian food in Sims Creek Plaza on the northside of Indiantown Road, is closed.

The restaurant, which employed about 60 people just east of Center Street, shut down about two weeks ago.

A hand-written sign in the window next to the entrance door reads:

“Nick’s Tomatoe Pie is officially closed. Thank you for supporting us over the years. Try our new restaurant Nick and Johnnies located at 14133 U.S. 1, Juno Beach Loggerhead Plaza, also known as the old Classico.”

The owner, Nick Chiantese, had planned on opening a new restaurant in Sims Plaza, just north of the current location, in the Hobby Shop and three adjacent bays. Outdoor seating and a bar were planned.

That plan has been abandoned, say sources. Chiantese could not be reached for comment.

About a year ago, a plan was submitted to the town to demolish the current restaurant after Nick’s left and replace it with a Atlanta-based Chick-Fil-A restaurant.

The Chick-fil-A plan called for:

* Demolishing Nick’s current 8,000-square-foot restaurant.

* Building a new Chick-Fil-A about half the size with inside seating for 96 patrons.

* The new restaurant would have two drive-thru lanes. There would be no outdoor seating.

The town planning staff responded a month later with a “insufficiency letter” to Chick-fil-A calling for changes.

Chick-fil-A withdrew the plan.

Nick and Johnnies in Juno Beach – no connection to the Nick & Johnnie’s in Palm Beach — is owned by Chiantese with former Jupiter Inlet Colony Mayor John Zuccarelli.

What’s the latest with Harbourside vs. Jupiter lawsuit?

In a word, nothing.

The constitutionality of the town’s regulations of music from the waterfront entertainment center’s amphitheater was the subject of two days of hearings in September before U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Marra.

Almost a year later, no final ruling has been made in the lawsuit brought by Harbourside Place against the town.

The sound limitations at Harbourside Place are so restrictive that people in the back of the amphitheater area can barely hear the music from the stage, testified a Harbourside sound expert.

“The town controls the time, the volume, the instruments played and what kind of music. These rules shut us down,” testified Ryan Miller, the director of the entertainment center on the northwest corner of Indiantown Road and U.S. 1.

Jupiter contends Harbourside is not complying with town regulations.

Harbourside does not want to operate within the conditions of the development agreement. They think they are above the law,” Jupiter Town Attorney Tom Baird said during the hearing in West Palm Beach.

 

 

Loggerhead Triathlon to close A1A in North County on Saturday morning

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North county drivers: Stay away from A1A from Carlin Park south to Donald Ross Road on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 5.

About 600 athletes plan to compete in the annual Jupiter Medical Center Loggerhead Triathlon.

The event will begin at approximately 5:30 a.m. with race participants and volunteers gathering at Carlin Park.

The race, run annually since 1985, is scheduled to start at 7 a.m.

The race course consists of a 3/8 mile ocean swim, 13 mile bike and flat 3.1 mile run.

Awards will be given to the top 3 overall in each division.

The event is expected to conclude around 9:45 a.m.

The park and roads should be cleared of volunteers and participants by 11:00 a.m.

AIA from Carlin Park to Donald Ross Road will be closed

 

  • A1A closed from the main entrance to Carlin Park (Van Kessel Parkway) south to Donald Ross Road from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • A1A and the road to the Inlet Park from Van Kessel Parkway closed from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 

For more information about the Jupiter Medical Center Loggerhead Triathlon contact the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce by going to pbnchamber.com or calling  561-746-7111.

(Photo/Damon Higgins)

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Love Street opponents get setback in Jupiter

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A petition brought by a local citizens group to prevent 4 vacant acres of Love Street from becoming an outdoor marketplace was tossed out July 13 by a three-judge panel.

COOLS, the Citizen Owners of Love Street, iled the petition in Palm Beach County Circuit Court to quash the town council’s 2016 vote to approve the plan by developer Charles Modica.

 

Score one for lobsters: Jupiter free divers come up empty

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After about four hours of diving and scouring through jetsam such as a sunken boat, natural debris and even a bathtub in the Intracoastal Waterway, Paul Dabill , leaned against the transom of his 23-foot center console boat and admitted defeat.

“Hey, we knocked on all the doors. The lobsters weren’t home,” said the Tequesta resident, gulping a green Gatorade.

Read the full story — and video — in The Palm Beach Post.

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