DuBois Park is great spot in Jupiter to watch eclipse

Admission to park on the south side of the Jupiter Inlet is free.

Read the latest on the eclipse in The Palm Beach Post.

Turtle lovers and shoppers meet at The Gardens Mall

Hundreds of sea turtle lovers and shoppers gathered Saturday at The Gardens Mall to learn about and contribute to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center to help sea turtles.

The free event was from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Grand Court of the mall.

Some merchants donated a portion of their sales on Saturday to LMC.

Marian is a sea turtle patient at Loggerhead Marinelife Center

 

 

Making a pin-hole projector for eclipse – Learn how in Lake Park

Want to learn how to safely watch the eclipse through safety glasses? Or how to build a pin-hole projector?

That’s the subject of a Saturday, Aug. 19  gathering at 1 p.m. at the Lake Park Library, 529 Park Avenue, said Lake Park Librarian Judie Cooper.

READ: 1918 solar eclipse — what was Palm Beach County like then?

On Monday starting at 1 p.m. an eclipse gathering is planned at the Lake Park library. Light refreshments will be served. Viewers can either watch the eclipse outside or from inside the library. A monitor will be streaming the NASA station showing the eclipse.

Cooper, who has friends in Columbia Missouri which is in the area of totality, plans to call her friends during the eclipse. Listeners will get a play-by-play description.

“I’m hoping they can tell us give us how dark it is, how the animals react and other reactions,” said Cooper.

Both Lake Park events are free and open to the public.

Outhouse out, new bathroom in at Jupiter’s Sawfish Bay Park

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Current portable bathroom at Sawfish Bay Park (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Good news for fishermen, lunchtime brown baggers and kayakers at Sawfish Bay Park: A new, bigger — and cleaner — bathroom is on the way.

The Jupiter council unanimously approved spending up to $60,000 to build a bathroom at the north end of the town’s waterfront park.

The current portable bathroom is next to a picnic table sheltered by a gazebo that is often used by fishermen, folks eating their lunch and kayakers who launch from the park.

The new bathroom, which will be in the same location, will have facilities for men and women and a drinking fountain.

“It’s about time. Lots of people won’t use that outhouse. They use other locations,” said Dan Ponton, nodding towards the bushes and under the Alt. A1A bridge at the park.

Ponton, 33, construction worker and a lifelong Jupiter resident, regularly fishes at the park on the east side of the Alt. A1A bridge just north of Center Street.

Drinking water and toilets are part of the $3 million improvements underway at Riverbend/Battlefield Park.

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This a model of the new bathroom to be built at Sawfish Bay Park (Town of Jupiter)

 

Photographers often stop by Sawfish Bay Park to take images of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse across the Loxahatchee River. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

The new bathroom, like other public bathrooms in Jupiter, will be cleaned at least five days a week, said Tom Driscoll, the town’s director of engineering, parks and public works.

The new building to be supplied by Spokane Valley, Washington-based CXT Inc.  will be simulated wood lap siding, simulated cast concrete metal roofing and will meet ADA requirements.

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Sawfish Bay Park is outlined in red. The new bathroom is planned on the north end.

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:

https://vimeo.com/229650439

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)

Tough day for lionfish Sunday in Juno Beach

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Nancy Pham Ho holds two lionfish during the Second Annual Lionfish Festival at Loggerhead Marinelife Center on Sunday, Aug. 13. (Loggerhead Marinelife Center)

 

About 150 people attended Sunday’s second Lionfish Festival at Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

The LMC event included lionfish cooking lessons and tastings, live music and a beer garden.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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Learn about lionfish on Sunday at Loggerhead Center in Juno Beach

Lionfish are non-native to Florida (File photo)

The Second Annual Lionfish Festival is planned Sunday, Aug. 13 at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach.

Lionfish, fluttering fish that gulp up sea life from offshore reefs, were first found in off the Jupiter Inlet and into the Loxahatchee River in 2010.

Researchers call lionfish voracious predators that eat tiny shrimp, one of the food sources for juvenile grouper, snook, mullet and other sealife, as well as the small fish themselves.

The LMC event includes lionfish demonstrations and tastings, live music and a beer garden and more.

 

 

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)

 

Loggerhead Triathlon to close A1A in North County on Saturday morning

(Photo/Jennifer Podis)

North county drivers: Stay away from A1A from Carlin Park south to Donald Ross Road on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 5.

About 600 athletes plan to compete in the annual Jupiter Medical Center Loggerhead Triathlon.

The event will begin at approximately 5:30 a.m. with race participants and volunteers gathering at Carlin Park.

The race, run annually since 1985, is scheduled to start at 7 a.m.

The race course consists of a 3/8 mile ocean swim, 13 mile bike and flat 3.1 mile run.

Awards will be given to the top 3 overall in each division.

The event is expected to conclude around 9:45 a.m.

The park and roads should be cleared of volunteers and participants by 11:00 a.m.

AIA from Carlin Park to Donald Ross Road will be closed

 

  • A1A closed from the main entrance to Carlin Park (Van Kessel Parkway) south to Donald Ross Road from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • A1A and the road to the Inlet Park from Van Kessel Parkway closed from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 

For more information about the Jupiter Medical Center Loggerhead Triathlon contact the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce by going to pbnchamber.com or calling  561-746-7111.

(Photo/Damon Higgins)

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