Florida’s first responders to child abuse are overwhelmed


The first people the state dispatches to the homes of potentially abused and neglected children in Palm Beach County are overworked and in some cases cutting corners, data show.

A dozen former and current Florida Department of Children and Families child-protective investigators in Palm Beach County tell The Post and its news partner WPTV NewsChannel 5 that an inundation of paperwork, an ever-expanding job description and a ballooning number of cases have led to what some are calling a “mass exodus” of investigators statewide.

Read Olivia Hitchcock’s story in The Palm Beach Post.


Jupiter public meetings moved for town hall renovations

Jupiter Town Hall

July and August’s scheduled town council, community redevelopment agency, planning and zoning, and beach committee meetings will be held at the Community Center due to renovations in Council Chambers.

The meetings are free and open to the public.

The following meetings will be held at the Jupiter Community Center, 200 Military Trail.

Town Council


July 27 – Council Budget Workshop

August 3 – Council Regular Meeting

August 15 – Council Regular Meeting

Community Redevelopment Agency

August 9 – Regular CRA Meeting

Planning & Zoning

Aug 8 – Regular Commission Meeting

Beach Committee

July 24 – Regular Meeting

The town is considering plans to renovate/rebuild the town hall and police station.

The four proposals for the town hall/police station are:

  • About $10 million to expand the lobby and improve the roof, walls, windows and doors — known as hardening — of the town hall data center. The police department would get an expanded sally port, where prisoners arrive and police officers bring vehicles.
  • About $14 million for a new lobby, new council chamber and renovations in town hall. The police department would be remodeled.
  • About $25 million would build a new police department with a larger lobby and improved security. The police department would go from the current 26,800 square feet to 35,000 square feet. The town hall lobby would be expanded and security improved.
  • About $36 million would demolish the old building and build a new town hall and police department in separate buildings.


Got ideas of Jupiter’s new town hall? Today’s your chance to be heard


A public meeting is scheduled Wednesday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center to discuss the four proposals for the future of Jupiter’s town hall/police station.

The meeting is open to the public.

No vote is planned.

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.





With demolition looming, Jupiter to spend $275,000 to fixup town hall


“We’re stuck in the 80s. During video presentations, we have to balance projectors on books,” says Mayor Todd Wodraska, who supports about $275,000 for digital and cosmetic upgrades to the Jupiter town council chambers.

But opponents ask why upgrade now when the town may spend up to $36 million to demolish the town hall and police station, and build new structures?

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.


Big spending could be coming for new Jupiter town center


Four proposals that range from $10 million to $36 million are being considered for Jupiter’s town hall and adjacent police department.

“Hurricane Matthew was an awakening. The storm showed us how vulnerable are,” said David Brown, the town’s director of utilities.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.


Dog surfing coming to Jupiter’s Carlin Park


Surfing dogs?

That’s part of the action planned at the 3rd Annual Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic on Saturday, Aug. 26th at Carlin Park’s Civic Center & Beach from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Your dog don’t surf? No worries.

Surf Dog lessons are being held July 4th and go through mid-August.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.



Surfing dogs coming soon to Carlin Park in Jupiter

Surfing dogs?

That’s part of the action planned at the 3rd Annual Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic on Saturday, Aug. 26th at Carlin Park’s Civic Center & Beach from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Your dog don’t surf? No worries.

Surf Dog lessons are being held July 4th and go through mid-August.

Lessons are $30 per pooch for 30 minutes. (See above poster.)

This year’s lineup includes dogs on surfboards, blessing of the animals, a kid’s zone, merchandise vendors, live music, bark & brunch on the beach.

There will be a special surf heat for military veterans, K-9 handlers, and first responders to surf with their dogs.

Sponsors and merchandise vendors are being sought.

Interested parties should call 561-277-3701 or visit furryfriendsadoption.org.

Videos of the event from previous years:





Missing teens: Court civil suit may be next step


On Friday, a Florida report said “the egregious lapse in judgment and failure to exercise due care” caused the 2015 disappearance of Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, tw0 14-year-olds who left the Jupiter Inlet and never returned.

Today, the lawyer for Perry Cohen’s mother told the Palm Beach Post the family may file a lawsuit fighting a court action she says limits her ability to sue the other teen’s family.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

Nick Korniloff, (L), shakes hands with Blu Stephanos, (R), just before the start of an emergency hearing regarding the IPhone found on the missing teen’s boat before Judge Gregory Keyser Friday April 29, 2016 in Palm Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)



Amateur Radio Operators: Tune in June 24 in Jupiter

Reservations are being accepted for the Jupiter Tequesta Repeater Groups Annual Field Day at the Carlin Park Civic Center in Jupiter on June 24th and 25th, 2017.

For information about the Jupiter Tequesta Repeater Group, go to jtrg.org

The nationwide event consists of Amateur Radio Operators operating for 24 hours straight using emergency radio communication equipment to make as many contacts as possible simulating an emergency situation.

In order to make this event as realistic as possible, organizers communicate on radio equipment powered by generators, batteries and solar power simulating adverse conditions during and following an emergency situation such like being impacted by a hurricane.

During the hurricanes in 2004 and 2005, JTRG local radio operators passed along vital information on the effects of the hurricanes to the hurricane shelters, local Fire Departments and other Governmental agencies.

The contacting of other Amateur Radio stations is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. for 24 hours and will conclude at 2:00pm Sunday June 25th.

Contact Information:
Dr. Laurence “Larry” Grayhills
Phone: 561 358-0730.



North county motorists: Stay away from A1A on Saturday morning

Motorists in north county should stay away from A1A for a few hours Saturday morning — the road will be closed for about 500 runners expected for the Run 4 The Sea sponsored by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

A1A will be closed to traffic from Donald Ross Road north to Marcinski Road starting at about 5 a.m.

The road is expected to reopen at noon.

Reopening could be earlier depending on when the race finishes, according to the organizers.