Jupiter council: No-wake zone is a good idea

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(Photo/Allen Eyestone)

Saying fast-moving boaters are endangering swimmers and paddle boarders, the council voted Tuesday night unanimously to support a plan to extend a no-wake zone north from Cato’s Bridge on the Intracoastal Waterway.

“Large boaters are creating irresponsible wakes. It’s dangerous for kids, paddle boarders and swimmers,” said Mayor Todd Wodraska.

Opponents said more law enforcement to prevent speeding boats — not a no-wake zone — is a better response.

“It’s not the boaters traveling the 25-mile-per hour speed limit causing safety problems. More local agencies enforcing the speed limit is necessary,” said Chuck Collins, executive director of the 450-member Marine Industries Association.

The Florida Inland Navigation District opposes the no-wake zone on the one-mile stretch, said FIND Finance Director Glen Scrambler.

Boaters now can go up to 25 miles per hour in the 125-foot-wide, 10-foot-deep channel reserved for watercraft.

A no-wake zone would limit boaters to about 5 miles per hour, increasing the one-mile trip to the north end of Coral Cove Park from two minutes to six minutes.

Jupiter joins Jupiter Inlet Colony, Tequesta and the Beach Road Association, a group of condominium owners along A1A south of Coral Cove Park, that have passed resolutions in support of the no-wake zone.

The next step is to ask the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners to support the plan.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has the final say. No dates have been set for public hearings or a vote by FWC.

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(Photo/Allen Eyestone)

Cornerstone vote on condos on Jupiter’s waterfront is delayed

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Plan calls for demolishing the building on the southwest west corner of Indiantown Road and U.S. 1. and replacing it with 15 condominiums (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

A plan 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, scheduled to go before the Jupiter town council May 16, has been postponed until July 18.

 

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.

If approved, the new Mediterranean-style building would be about the same height as Harbourside Place.

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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More than $100,000 raised for The Arc Caddyshack party

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Brian Evans, Duane Helkowski, Andrew Shapiro and Chris Wheeler (Photo provided)

Fun and a day of golf helped raise money and awareness for children and adults with developmental disabilities on April 20.

The event for The Arc of Palm Beach County was hosted the first Caddyshack Cocktail Party.

Supporters gathered on the rooftop of Harbourside Place as they enjoyed the party and competed in a Caddyshack-themed “Best Dressed” contest.

On Friday, April 21, golfers participated in the sold-out Arc Invitational at The Dye Preserve.

Contributors to the event included Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Tequesta Brewing Co., The GEO Group, Harbourside Place, Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place, Banyan Printing, and Alpha Media Palm Beach.

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Diane and Steve Passanisi

Fullerton Island: Lots happened in two years after opening in Jupiter

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There’s no running water, electricity, overnight camping, trash receptacles, cooking, overnight docking or restrooms on Fullerton Island, a 12-acre island off Jupiter reachable only by watercraft.

So why go there?

“It’s a little jewel in Jupiter,” said Carolyn Beisner, senior environmental analyst at the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management.

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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Osprey at Fullerton Island (Photo/Rich Graulich)

 

Food/Wine fest on tap by Friends of Jupiter Beach

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Friends of Jupiter Beach volunteers hold monthly beach cleanups to support Dog Beach north of Marcinski Road

Tickets are on sale for the Friends of Jupiter Beach 8th Annual Food and Wine Festival scheduled for May 20 at the Jupiter Riverwalk Plaza Down Under below the Indiantown Road Bridge.

General Admission Ticket prices are $50 in advance (if purchased by 5 p.m. on May 19), $65 at the door and $20 for children 12 and under.

VIP Tickets are $100. Only 100 will be sold.   VIP ticket holders will enjoy reserved parking near the festival, early entrance at 2:30 pm via a designated VIP entrance, specially prepared food and beverages.

All proceeds from the event and raffle will benefit Friends of Jupiter Beach, an organization dedicated to preserving a clean and dog-friendly beach through emphasis on volunteerism and education.

For more information contact Karen Gray at (561) 744-2659 or go  to kgray@friendsofjupiterbeach.org.

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All proceeds from the event and raffle will benefit Friends of Jupiter Beach

Public welcome at Saturday’s new county park opening in Jupiter

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Ribbon cutting is planned at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29 to open Waterway Park, a new park in Jupiter with three new boat ramps.
The event on Saturday morning is free and open to the public.
For information, go to pbcparks.com​.
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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

How tall is this new restaurant in Jupiter?

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1000 North restaurant in Jupiter is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Boaters on the Loxahatchee River and motorists on U.S. 1 passing by might be wondering:

Just how tall is 1000 North, the new restaurant under construction that is partly-owned by former NBA star Michael Jordan?

It’s about 50 feet to the peak of the tower, according to the plans approved by the Jupiter town council.

How tall is 50 feet?

  • The nearby U.S. 1 bridge over the Loxahatchee River is 25 feet.
  • The Blue Heron Bridge is 65 feet.
  • The Wyndham Grand Jupiter hotel at Harbourside Place is also about 65 feet.
  • The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is 108 feet.
  • The light poles at Roger Dean Stadium are 150 feet.

The plan for 1000 North calls for a 1,500-square-foot second floor private club for members and their guests only.

There will be a 450-square-foot outdoor patio for food and beverages.

Memberships will be about $2,500 annually.

There will be a public transient dock with nine boat slips where boaters can stop for about three hours.

The first floor of the 340-seat restaurant, which also will have an indoor and outdoor bar, will be open to the public.

Opening is planned for the end of the year.

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The existing U.S. 1 bridge in Jupiter is 25 feet tall. A new bridge has been proposed that will be 35 feet tall. (Palm Beach County)

 

Slowly, Harbourside vs. Jupiter case moves forward

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Neighbors have complained about noise from amphitheatre (Photos/Bill Ingram)

Eight months after a federal court hearing on the constitutionality of playing outdoor music at Harbourside Place, the trial has been delayed.

Meanwhile, outdoor music continues at the $150 million entertainment complex at the northwest corner of Indiantown Road and U.S. 1.

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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Outdoor amphitheatre is on the Intracoastal Waterway

 

Public hearing on Jupiter’s Fisherman’s Wharf postponed

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Artist rendition of Fisherman’s Wharf

Tonight’s public hearing on a plan for three six-story residential buildings on Jupiter’s waterfront has been postponed at the request of the property owner.

No date has been set for a new hearing.

Denial of the plan is recommended by the town’s planning staff said.

“The proposed building mass, height and scale are not compatible with the surrounding buildings,” according to the planning staff’s report.

Fisherman’s Wharf planners counter the project will enhance the neighborhood on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway just north of the Indiantown Road bridge, across from Harbourside Place.

“(Fisherman’s Wharf) will serve to better protect the adjacent residential property and provide additional interest and a stimulation to the adjacent commercial plaza and compliment the commercial base,” according to the proposal.

The buildings would be about as tall as Harbourside Place and about twice as high as the town code allows.

Each building would have 12 residential units, two per floor, on the five-acre vacant parcel.

No commercial space is planned.

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Fisherman’s Wharf property outlined in red