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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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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Michele Jacobs is no longer director of marketing at The Gardens Mall

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Michele Jacobs is no longer listed as the corporate director of marketing at The Gardens Mall on the mall’s website.

Read a profile of Jacobs published in 2014 in The Palm Beach Post.

Jacobs in 2007 joined The Forbes Company, which owns the mall on PGA Boulevard.

Jacobs’ job was to oversee functions related to the company’s portfolio including facilities management, guest services, advertising and marketing, security and special events as well as corporate responsibilities supporting leasing and branding.

Mall management and Jacobs could not be reached for comment.

Before joining The Forbes Company in August 2007, Jacobs was vice president and general manager of Saks Fifth Avenue at The Gardens Mall.

Lindsay Leffler is now listed on the website as the special events and public relations director.

 

 

Vote on new condos ($900K each) on Jupiter waterfront is delayed

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Profile Art Gallery is located on Indiantown Road across from Harbourside Place in Jupiter (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

A final vote to demolish the three-story Profile Art Gallery across Indiantown Road from Harbourside Place and replace it with a five-story building with 15 condominiums, has been postponed and is scheduled to go before the town council on Sept. 19.

The condos would likely start at about $900,000.

Plans for the one-acre parcel, called Cornerstone, call for the first floor to be about 2,500 square feet of commercial space.

Parking for about 44 vehicles at Cornerstone would be below the building.

A public boat dock with about 14 boat slips is planned for the property on the southwest west corner of Indiantown Road and U.S. 1.

The plan calls for a pool and outdoor kitchen on the roof is being considered on a one-acre site across Indiantown Road from Harbourside.

If approved, the new Mediterranean-style building would be about the same height as Harbourside Place.

The council on first reading approved Cornerstone by a 4-0 vote on July 18. Councilman Ron Delaney was absent.

The final vote was scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 15.

The owners of the property, Jupiter Investments, are asking that the zoning be changed from commercial to mixed use.

The registered agent of Jupiter Investments is Richard Witham.

The plan unanimously was recommended for approval April 13 by the town’s planning and zoning commission.

The town council is not bound by the planning and zoning commission’s recommendation.

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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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Nick’s Tomatoe Pie, tradition in north county, closes doors

 

Nick’s Tomatoe Pie, a quarter-century fixture Italian food in Sims Creek Plaza on the northside of Indiantown Road, is closed.

The restaurant, which employed about 60 people just east of Center Street, shut down about two weeks ago.

A hand-written sign in the window next to the entrance door reads:

“Nick’s Tomatoe Pie is officially closed. Thank you for supporting us over the years. Try our new restaurant Nick and Johnnies located at 14133 U.S. 1, Juno Beach Loggerhead Plaza, also known as the old Classico.”

The owner, Nick Chiantese, had planned on opening a new restaurant in Sims Plaza, just north of the current location, in the Hobby Shop and three adjacent bays. Outdoor seating and a bar were planned.

That plan has been abandoned, say sources. Chiantese could not be reached for comment.

About a year ago, a plan was submitted to the town to demolish the current restaurant after Nick’s left and replace it with a Atlanta-based Chick-Fil-A restaurant.

The Chick-fil-A plan called for:

* Demolishing Nick’s current 8,000-square-foot restaurant.

* Building a new Chick-Fil-A about half the size with inside seating for 96 patrons.

* The new restaurant would have two drive-thru lanes. There would be no outdoor seating.

The town planning staff responded a month later with a “insufficiency letter” to Chick-fil-A calling for changes.

Chick-fil-A withdrew the plan.

Nick and Johnnies in Juno Beach – no connection to the Nick & Johnnie’s in Palm Beach — is owned by Chiantese with former Jupiter Inlet Colony Mayor John Zuccarelli.

What’s the latest with Harbourside vs. Jupiter lawsuit?

In a word, nothing.

The constitutionality of the town’s regulations of music from the waterfront entertainment center’s amphitheater was the subject of two days of hearings in September before U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Marra.

Almost a year later, no final ruling has been made in the lawsuit brought by Harbourside Place against the town.

The sound limitations at Harbourside Place are so restrictive that people in the back of the amphitheater area can barely hear the music from the stage, testified a Harbourside sound expert.

“The town controls the time, the volume, the instruments played and what kind of music. These rules shut us down,” testified Ryan Miller, the director of the entertainment center on the northwest corner of Indiantown Road and U.S. 1.

Jupiter contends Harbourside is not complying with town regulations.

Harbourside does not want to operate within the conditions of the development agreement. They think they are above the law,” Jupiter Town Attorney Tom Baird said during the hearing in West Palm Beach.

 

 

$8 M spent, Jupiter still waiting to bury new power lines over A1A

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Burying power lines over Jupiter’s A1A was part of $8 million project started in 2014 (Photo/Meghan McCarthy)

Burying the power lines above A1A was touted as a big improvement when Jupiter officials broke ground in November 2014 for the $8 million spiffing up of the three-quarter-mile waterfront roadway.

But the power lines were still there when officials celebrated with a ribbon-cutting last September.

And in late July, still no movement.

Why the delay?

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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Love Street opponents get setback in Jupiter

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A petition brought by a local citizens group to prevent 4 vacant acres of Love Street from becoming an outdoor marketplace was tossed out July 13 by a three-judge panel.

COOLS, the Citizen Owners of Love Street, iled the petition in Palm Beach County Circuit Court to quash the town council’s 2016 vote to approve the plan by developer Charles Modica.