Jupiter prepares for Irma

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Looking for bolts and screws for their shutters, residents packed the aisle at Home Depot on Indiantown Road Tuesday morning in preparation for Irma. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

The aisle for screws and bolts was a busy place Tuesday morning at the Home Depot on Indiantown Road in Jupiter.

Follow Kim Miller’s latest on Hurricane Irma.

Locals seeking fasteners for their shutters and other items to prepare for Irma were searching for items in preparation for the storm, now packing winds of 180 MPH.

Jupiter residents should be aware that the railroad crossing on Indiantown Road for the Florida East Coast Road is planned to be closed starting Saturday at 7 a.m. for repairs.

The crossing is expected to reopen Tuesday at 6 a.m.

Click here for detour map.

The work on the FEC tracks could be postponed depending on the weather that results from Hurricane Irma, Florida Department of Transportation Spokesman Chuck McGuinness said Tuesday morning.

“The work is still scheduled at this point. If the weather turns dangerous, the work would be postponed,” said McGuinness.

 

Related: Everything you need to know to prepare for Irma is at The Palm Beach Post’s hurricane site. 

At the Walmart also on Indiantown Road in Jupiter, customers with shopping carts packed with cereal, canned goods, fruit, batteries, paper towels and other items waited in lines six and seven deep Tuesday morning.

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(Lines were six-carts deep Tuesday morning in Walmart on Indiantown Road in Jupiter. The store is open 24 hours. (Photo Bill DiPaolo)

The Walmart, located on the south side of Indiantown Road east of Chasewood Plaza, is open 24 hours.

At the Publix in Jupiter in Chasewood Plaza, things were calmer. The aisles were open and the lines at the cashier were short.

A clerk was laying out a table of flashlights for sale.

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Lines not as long at Publix in Chasewood Plaza in Jupiter Tuesday morning. Flashlights were for sale. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

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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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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

 

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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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.

 

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.

Steady rain in Jupiter, expect more this weekend

Expect more rain this afternoon in Jupiter and throughout Palm Beach County (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Steady rains here over the Jupiter Inlet on Friday afternoon, more rain in Palm Beach County expected for the weekend.

Read Kim Miller’s latest weather update

Hurricane Harvey could send South Florida gas prices soaring

National Weather Service on Hurricane Harvey

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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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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. 

 

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.