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.

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.

 

 

 

Jupiter baseball fans: Tim Tebow coming here this weekend

Former University of Florida and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow and the St. Lucie Mets are playing this weekend at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

Orange and blue number 15 Tebow T-shirts were more common than hot dogs as dozens of fans lined up along first base for a pre-game autograph the last time Tebow played in Jupiter in July.

Fans waited in four lines each about 60 deep to get into the Abacoa park to watch the former University of Florida and Heisman Trophy winner play left field for the St. Lucie Mets against the Jupiter Hammerheads.

Game times at Roger Dean Stadium:

  • Fri., Aug. 25: Game time 6:30 p.m., gates open 5:30 p.m.
  • Sat. Aug. 26: Game time 5:30 p.m.. gates open 4:30 p.m.
  • Sun., Aug. 27: Game time 1 p.m., gates open noon

 

Fans waited in line in July to see Tim Tebow play at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter

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

Michele Jacobs (File Photo)

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.

 

 

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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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)

 

 

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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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.

 

 

What’s the latest on the two paramedics killed in crash in Jupiter?

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Allison Besaw salutes her father Paul Besaw at Celebration of Life ceremony at Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens (Photo/Bruce Bennett)

The man accused in the fatal crash that killed two paramedics is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail without bond.

Genaro De La Cruz Ajqui, 39, a citizen of Guatemala living in Jupiter, is accused in the June 1 crash that killed emergency-medical technicians Lahari Garcia and Paul Besaw. De La Cruz has had a detainer placed on him by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Jupiter Police declined to comment on the specifics of the case.

“We are waiting for the case to go to trial,” Vince said.

The fatal crash occurred shortly before 3 a.m. near West Indiantown Road and Philadelphia Drive. Authorities say De La Cruz was driving under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his 2000 Chrysler convertible into the ambulance occupied by Garcia and Besaw.

Jupiter police arrested De La Cruz on multiple charges, including DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and driving without a license on June 15. De La Cruz was taken into custody when he was released from St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Any criminal court proceeding would take priority over an immigration hearing, according to ICE spokesman Nestor Yglesias.

If De La Cruz is convicted, he would serve whatever time is imposed by a judge before being turned over for deportation proceedings. If he is charged with a crime, but acquitted, they could still face deportation hearings. He could also negotiate a plea agreement, according to ICE regulations.

Palm Beach County records show De La Cruz was cited several times for traffic violations over the years.

Dawn Besaw, the widow of Paul Besaw, said she does not understand how De La Cruz could be driving after being cited several times for traffic violations.

“How can you explain that to me?” she asked.

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Genaro De La Cruz Ajqui makes his first appearance in West Palm Beach Friday, June 16, 2017. The 39-year-old was arrested Thursday on two counts of vehicular homicide and of DUI manslaughter in the deaths of Lahiri Garcia, 51, and Paul Besaw, 36, two drivers for the American Medical Reponse ambulance company. (Photo/Bruce Bennett)