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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Jupiter top cop Frank Kitzerow applies to be town manager

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Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow is one of 58 applicants to become the town manager of Jupiter.

Kitzerow, who has been Jupiter police chief since 2005, supervises a department of about 116 sworn officers and is paid about $147,000 annually.

List of Jupiter Town Manager candidates

The annual Jupiter police budget is about $20 million.

Jupiter, with about 60,000 residents, has an annual operating budget of about $90 million. The town has about 380 full-time employees.

Former Town Manager Andy Lukasik, 47, who was paid about $180,000 annually, left March 18 to be village manager in North Palm Beach.
Lukasik had been in the Jupiter position since 2004.

The Jupiter council on May 10 agreed to pay $18,500 to Keller, Texas-based Strategic Government Resources to find applicants. Additional expenses are not to exceed $8,500, according to the agreement.

SGR officials will consider the applicants and present a list of candidates to the council on Sept. 14.

The council is scheduled to determine at a meeting in October who will get an interview.

Former Jupiter town manager Andy Lukasik

 

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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Errand Bunnies: Born and raised in Jupiter

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If you live in Jupiter, you’ve probably seen those bright pink Chevrolet Sparks with “Errand Bunnies” written on the sides driving through town.

It all started when two young Jupiter women had an idea…

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

 

 

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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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.

 

Veterinary heart center opens in Jupiter

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Dogs are big in Jupiter.

That’s why the North American Veterinary Heart Center, a new state-of-the-art veterinary center off Center Street, opened recently on Center Street.

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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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.