FPL: New Jupiter building will speed up response time after storms

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As South Florida approaches the height of the 2017 hurricane season, Florida Power & Light’s new service center on Indiantown Road is almost done

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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FPL building is under construction (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

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What’s that new building at Indiantown Rd and Delaware Blvd in Jupiter?

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New FPL building is being constructed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane (Photos/Bill DiPaolo)

That construction on the southwest corner of Delaware Boulevard and Indiantown Road in Jupiter is going to be a new FPL service center.

The new two-story building will be four times as large as the former center. The new 25,000-square-ft building is designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane.

Opening is planned for later this year.

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

A driveway for trucks and other service vehicles is planned on Delaware Boulevard.

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There will be no gas stored at the new building. After a storm, company fuel trucks will provide gasoline to the trucks staged there.

Up to about 100 “storm riders” will be able to stay at the new building. They will be immediately dispatched to needed areas to make repairs following a storm, according to FPL.

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Delaney wins council seat over Klug in Jupiter

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Ron Delaney

Incumbent Ron Delaney narrowly won Tuesday’s runoff election for the Jupiter Town Council Second District seat against Ben Klug.

“We ran an honest campaign. We did not do any negative campaigning. I just told the truth,” said Delaney, who spent Tuesday night at his Egret Cove home with his family.

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Delaney wins race for Jupiter town council against Klug

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Ron Delaney narrowly has won the race to in Tuesday’s runoff election for the Jupiter Town Council Second District seat against Ben Klug.

Delaney has about 51 percent compared to Klug’s 49 percent, according to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office.

Delaney off to early lead in Jupiter council election

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Ron Delaney has jumped off to a lead over Ben Klug in early absentee ballots in Tuesday’s runoff election for the Jupiter Town Council Second District seat.

Delaney has about 59 percent compared to Klug’s 41 percent of absentee ballots, the only ones that have been counted so far by the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office.

Stay with The Palm Beach Post for election results.

 

Jupiter residents complain alot, but will they vote on Tuesday?

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Indiantown Road traffic is one of many issues facing Jupiter (Photo/Lannis Waters)

“Complaining on Facebook is easy. We live in such a lovely place. Too many people take it for granted,” said Jupiter resident Cheryl Schneider, one of many locals who want a big turnout in Tuesday’s runoff Jupiter town council election between Ron Delaney and Ben Klug..

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Lori Bonino to be Jupiter’s new interim town manager

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Lori Bonino, now Jupiter’s assistant town manager, is a resident of Abacoa. (Photo/Town of Jupiter)

Lori Bonino, who has been Jupiter’s assistant town manager since April, 2013, becomes Jupiter town manager on March 19.

Andy Lukasik, the current town manager, has resigned to become village manager of North Palm Beach. Lukasik has been town manager of Jupiter since 2004. His last day as Jupiter town manager is March 18.

Jupiter is beginning a nationwide search for a new town manager to replace Lukasik.

Bonino’s annual salary as interim town manager will be about $150,000.

Bonino, 53, was principal of Independence Middle School for 14 years before taking the Jupiter assistant town manager position.

Before coming to work with the town of Jupiter, Bonino was with the Palm Beach County School District for a total of 28 years.

An Abacoa resident, Bonino has a son Bailey, 20, who attends Florida State University.

 

 

 

 

Jupiter campaign dollars – Follow the money

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Jupiter voters: Are you wondering where Ron Delaney and Ben Klug got their campaign cash?

Click here to take a look.

Delaney and Klug are running in a March 28 runoff contest for the Jupiter town council.

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Ron Delaney

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Ben Klug

Another runoff election in Jupiter?

 

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Ben Klug

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If the word “Runoff” sounds familiar to Jupiter voters, it’s no wonder.

It happened just a year ago.

Wayne Posner, who Tuesday night won re-election to the council, defeated longtime incumbent Karen Golonka  a runoff last March for a seat on the town council.

Golonka, a retired urban planner, announced she would not run again after serving eight straight three-year terms as mayor.

This year, incumbent Ron Delaney will face Ben Klug in a runoff on March 28.

Runoffs are required when none of the candidates wins at least 50 percent of the vote.

Delaney was about one percent shy of winning the required 50 percent.

The runoff will cost the town about $40,000.

March 28 runoff in Jupiter; another incumbent wins

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Wayne Posner

One incumbent won another term and another incumbent faces a runoff in Tuesday’s Jupiter town council election.

RELATED: Complete coverage of the 2017 municipal elections

Wayne Posner, a retired commercial general contractor and resident of Jupiter Country Club, defeated two challengers in the first district who were critical of his support of the Love Street project.

The restaurant/retail project has been scaled back about 25 percent from its original size.

“Jupiter residents are OK with a balanced approach to development. Good development is doable. We have to make it profitable and we want to approve projects that are not overbuilt that we will be proud of for the entire community,” said Posner, 67.

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Ron Delaney

Ron Delaney, the incumbent in the second district, barely missed winning the 50 percent majority for victory. Delaney will face Ben Klug in a runoff on March 28.

Klug got the second largest number of votes. The third candidate was Heidi Epstein.

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Ben Klug

Delaney opposes the Love Street project.

“In a three-person race, anything can happen. We ran hard,” said Delaney, 53, who has been owner/operator for the past 13 years of East Coast Foods, a home delivery food service.

Klug, who has served on the council and is currently on the Jupiter planning and zoning commission, said his campaign goal was to hold Delaney to 50 percent and force a runoff.

Jupiter council terms are three years. Pay for council seats is $18,600 annually

Development — especially along the town waterfront in the Inlet Village on A1A from Jupiter Beach Road north to U.S. 1 — was the majot issue, the candidates agreed.

But Klug said that residents told him they also were concerned with other issues.

“Education, preserving Jupiter’s history and having paifd leave for town employees are other issues that residents are interested in. It’s not just development people care about,” said Klug.