Jupiter top cop Frank Kitzerow applies to be town manager

Frank Kitzerow

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

 

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.

 

Wear your best hat to Wednesday’s tea party

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Leslie Streeter

Palm Beach Post staff writer Leslie Streeter is the guest speaker Wednesday, Aug. 30 for the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Council for their Annual Tea.

Those attending are asked to wear their best best tea dress and hat.

Tea, light bites and desserts will be served.

For information, call 561-746-7111 or go to pbnchamber.com.

Streeter is an award-winning columnist and pop culture writer at The Palm Beach Post, where she has worked since October 2002. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she is a proud product of that city’s public school system, and graduated from Baltimore City College High School in 1989.

In 1993, she graduated from the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, after which she began her professional journalism career. That has included stints at the Miami Times, a community weekly in Miami, Florida, the York Dispatch/Sunday News in York, Pa., and finally The Palm Beach Post.

Leslie is the proud mother of Brooks Robinson Streeter-Zervitz, the proud daughter of the very cool Tina Streeter, and was the wife of Scott Zervitz, the coolest of them all. She is a slow run/walker, a fan of the ‘Law and Order’ series (all of them) and a believer that when things seem bleakest, a light comes on in the corner.

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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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U.S. Rep. Brian Mast to hold town hall meeting in Jupiter

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (R-Palm City) plans a town hall meeting on Thursday in Jupiter

The Jupiter Community Center, 200 Military Trail, is the site for a town hall meeting Thursday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. with U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, (R-Palm City).

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Reservations are suggested. To make a reservation or for information, go to mast.house.gov/townhall.

Mast, who is serving his first term, lost his legs and suffered other injuries from a bomb blast while serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

Mast has drawn strong opposition from Democrats and liberal groups since his vote for the Republican health care overhaul bill  backed by President Donald Trump.

Chanting “hey, hey, ho, ho, Brian Mast has got to go,” about 80 sign-toting demonstrators in May  protested against the Palm City Republican’s vote in favor of President Donald Trump’s health care plan. The protest took place at Mast’s district office in North Palm Beach.

Mast said the people who say people with pre-existing conditions will lose coverage under the GOP plan are coming from “the exact same group of people that went out there and lied to the face of every single American” about the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

Mast was elected in November to the District 18 seat formerly held by Democrat Patrick Murphy. District 18 is roughly 38 percent Republican and 34 percent Democrat.

Trump carried the district with 53 percent in November. Mast — who called for repealing and replacing Obamacare during his campaign — got 53.6 percent to defeat Democrat Randy Perkins.

 

Mast opponents gathered in front of his North Palm Beach district office in May

The other town hall meetings Mast is holding on Thursday:

St. Lucie County

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Port St. Lucie Community Center

2195 SE Airoso Boulevard

Port St. Lucie, FL 34984

 

Martin County

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The Grace Place

1550 SE Salerno Road

Stuart, FL 34997

Reservations are requested.

To make a reservation or for information, go to

mast.house.gov/townhall.

Lawsuit against Jupiter police chief settled

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Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow

A lawsuit filed against Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow, who owed about $1,600 in homeowner association fees, has been settled, according to Palm Beach County Court records.

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post

Love Street plan up for review tonight in Jupiter

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Two-acre Love Street property outlined in red

The Love Street development plan — this one without the boat slips for commercial fishing boats — is up for review today at 7 p.m. by the town’s planning and zoning board at the  Jupiter Community Center.

Click here to see the plan.

The town council, which must approve the final plan, is not bound by the planning board’s recommendation.

Opponents blast the Love Street plan, calling it “just another shopping center.”

“There’s not enough parking.” “The jobs it will create are low-paying.” “Pollution of the Jupiter Inlet will result,” they said. About 2,000 local residents signed an online petition opposing the development.

Developer Charles Modica has said the plan to be reviewed tonight, about a quarter the size of the original proposal, preserves the waterfront theme of the Inlet Village, the area along A1A from Beach Road north to U.S. 1.

The meeting is open to the public.

Current Love Street plan:

Property: 2 acres

Retail: 4,949 square feet

Office: 1,941

Outdoor Seating area: 1,781

Restaurant: 11,162

Total: 18,552  square feet

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New Jupiter manager will face tough issues

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Future development of Suni Sands property on the Jupiter Inlet will be on the new manager’s agenda (File photo)

A visionary, a proponent of historical preservation and an inspirational leader.

That’s what residents and Jupiter officials want in the new town manager to replace Andy Lukasik.

Jupiter needs a manager “with bodacious ideas,” said land planner Don Hearing, a Jupiter native who is working with developer Charles Modica to develop Love Street and the former Suni Sands properties.

Read the full story, with comments from other Jupiter residents, in The Palm Beach Post.

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New manager will be faced with traffic issues on Indiantown Road (File Photo)