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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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.

 

New Dunkin’s replacing old Wendy’s in Tequesta

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Remodeling has started inside the former Wendy’s restaurant to make it a Dunkin’ Donuts in Tequesta (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Remodeling has started to bring a new Dunkin’ Donuts to replace the former Wendy’s restaurant in Tequesta’s Countyline Plaza.

Muffins and coffee — plans call for a drive-through window — should start being served around the end of the year, says Trish Naya Norene, the executive director of  on the southwest corner of Countyline Road and U.S. 1.

 

The closest Dunkin’ Donuts on U.S. 1 to the north is at Bridge Road in Hobe Sound.

To the south, Dunkin’ coffee lovers have to go to Alternate A1A and Indiantown Road.

The plaza, which has about 1,400 parking spaces, also contains a Publix, Chase Bank, Time to Eat Diner and Rocky’s Hardware store.

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Wendy’s closed in Countyline Plaza in Tequesta in December. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

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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. 

 

Bon Jovi fans can help out Perry J. Cohen Foundation

The Perry J. Cohen Foundation is auctioning off an acoustic guitar autographed by rock n’ roller Jon Bon Jovi.

The foundation was established in Perry’s name to promote the arts, environmental and marine preservation, teenage entrepreneurship and boating safety.

The Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory will include native plants, educational information and a boardwalk to provide hands-on training for Jupiter Community High School Environmental Research & Field Studies Academy students. Other students will also have access to the area.

Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos left the Jupiter Inlet on July 24, 2015. They never returned.

 

 

 

Video: The new walkway under US 1 at Jupiter’s Burt Reynolds Park

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This lighted walkway allows boaters and their passengers to walk underneath U.S. 1 to get to and from the east and west sides of Burt Reynolds Park in Jupiter. Before, they had to tote their coolers and equipment across busy U.S. 1, which was often dangerous. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Here’s good news for boaters in north County: Burt Reynolds Park West is open with a lighted underpass for pedestrians to walk under U.S. 1 to get to and from the east and west sides of the park.

Click on this link for a view of the new walkway under U.S. 1:

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No changes to the public boat ramps have been made for the park on the west side of U.S. 1 north of Indiantown Road.

Total cost for the the project, funded with county and state dollars, was about $1.1 million.

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The public boat ramps are usually busy at Burt Reynolds Park West in Jupiter (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Good news for boaters – More parking at Burt Reynolds Park in Jupiter

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This lighted walkway allows boaters and their passengers to walk underneath U.S. 1 to get to and from the east and west sides of Burt Reynolds Park in Jupiter. Before, they had to tote their coolers and equipment across busy U.S. 1, which was often dangerous. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Here’s good news for boaters in north County: Burt Reynolds Park West is open with about two dozen more parking spaces for boat trailers

Also finished is a lighted underpass for pedestrians to walk under U.S. 1 to get to and from the east and west sides of the park.

No changes to the public boat ramps have been made for the park on the west side of U.S. 1 north of Indiantown Road.

Total cost for the the project, funded with county and state dollars, was about $1.1 million.

More boat trailer parking is expected to stop boaters from parking their trailers like this along U.S. 1 at Burt Reynolds Park West  in Jupiter (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

 

 

Jupiter residents: Are you in a flood zone?

New flood zone map in Jupiter would impact property owners

A plan to approve updated federal flood maps for Jupiter is on the agenda for Tuesday’s 7 p.m.  town council meeting at the Community Center.

If the council adopts the plan, property owners with land in the Special Flood Hazard Area will be able to purchase NFIP flood policies and existing policies will be renewed.

There now are about 4,000 properties included within the Special Flood Hazard Area within the town of Jupiter.
The updated maps show that number reduced to about 2,000 properties.

Countywide, more than 50,000 Palm Beach County properties are being reclassified as being in or touching flood zones in October.

Property owners in the Special Flood Hazard Area are eligible for federal disaster assistance for flood damage to repair insurable buildings.

Federal mortgage insurance or loan guarantees, such as those provided by the Federal Housing Administration and the Department of Veteran Affairs, is available.