FPL: New Jupiter building will speed up response time after storms

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Artist rendition on new building (FPL)

As South Florida approaches the height of the 2017 hurricane season, Florida Power & Light’s new service center on Indiantown Road is almost done

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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FPL building is under construction (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

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What’s that new building at Indiantown Rd and Delaware Blvd in Jupiter?

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New FPL building is being constructed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane (Photos/Bill DiPaolo)

That construction on the southwest corner of Delaware Boulevard and Indiantown Road in Jupiter is going to be a new FPL service center.

The new two-story building will be four times as large as the former center. The new 25,000-square-ft building is designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane.

Opening is planned for later this year.

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

A driveway for trucks and other service vehicles is planned on Delaware Boulevard.

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There will be no gas stored at the new building. After a storm, company fuel trucks will provide gasoline to the trucks staged there.

Up to about 100 “storm riders” will be able to stay at the new building. They will be immediately dispatched to needed areas to make repairs following a storm, according to FPL.

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What’s going on at Delaware Blvd. and Indiantown Road in Jupiter?

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Land clearing has started for new FPL building (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

That construction on the southwest corner of Delaware Boulevard and Indiantown Road is going to be a new FPL building adjacent to the current service center.

The new two-story building will be four times as large as the current center. The new 25,000-square-ft building is designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane.

Opening is planned for the fall of 2017.

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

A driveway for trucks and other service vehicles is planned on Delaware Boulevard.

There will be no gas stored at the new building. After a storm, company fuel trucks will provide gasoline to the trucks staged there.

Up to about 100 “storm riders” will be able to stay at the new building. They will be immediately dispatched to needed areas to make repairs following a storm, according to FPL.

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UPDATE: Donald Ross Road to remain closed Monday night due to damage

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(Photo: Bill DiPaolo)

8 p.m. UPDATE: Florida Power and Light officials say they were misinformed earlier and eastbound traffic between Alternate A1A  and Prosperity Farms Road will remain closed to traffic Monday night due to “extensive” damage from the storm.

At this time, it’s unclear when the road will reopen, according to FPL spokesperson Dave McDermitt.

McDermitt said there was an “extensive amount of wind damage” to power lines and other FPL equipment that workers are still cleaning up and securing.

7 p.m. UPDATE: Eastbound Donald Ross Road has reopened after Florida Power and Light workers spent a majority of the day cleaning up and restoring power after a storm that came through the area during the early hours of Monday.

Officials say power has been restored to 99 percent of people in the area as of 6:30 p.m.

Traffic was closed since about 1 a.m. Monday morning.

The tornado damaged the power lines and caused other damage to a trailer park, the Juno Beach Fishing Pier, schools, and gates at Juno Beach Park.

Juno Beach mobile home park is slammed by Monday’s tornado

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One of damaged mobile homes at Juno Beach Condo mobile home park (Photo/Rich Graulich)

“My whole house pulsated and shook,” said one resident. See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

Jupiter residents: The best King Tide photo wins $100!

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This erosion just south of the Jupiter Civic Center was following Hurricane Matthew (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

King Tide is Tuesday, Nov. 15 and the town is sponsoring a contest to award prizes for the best  photos.

The best times to take photos at the Jupiter Inlet will be at 8:42 a.m. and 8:54 p.m.

Submissions are due by Friday, November 18 at midnight.

E-Mail

Take a photo of Jupiter’s November 15 high tide and email to photo@jupiter.fl.us.  Include your name and photo location.

Instagram or Facebook

Post a photo of Jupiter’s November 15 high tide and use #KingTideJupiter.  Include your photo location.
The photos will also help the town monitor areas of flooding concern and provide valuable insight into future sea level rise.

 

Student Category
The top submission receives a $100 gift certificate to Guanabanas or Jetty’s, plus a $100 donation to your school’s science program.
Adult Category
The top two submissions receive a $100 gift certificate to Guanabanas or Jetty’s.

Winners should be announced in early December.
See last year’s winning photos by clicking here.

 

For information about King Tide, visit www.jupiter.fl.us/kingtide.
For questions, contact Jupiter Utilities 561-741-2270.

 

 

Repairs coming soon to Jupiter Inlet fence downed by Hurricane Matthew

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Fence on north side of Jupiter Inlet was damaged by Hurricane Matthew (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

A section of fence on the the north side of the Jupiter Inlet damaged by the strong winds and waves from Hurricane Matthew is expected to be mended by the end of next week.

The estimated cost of repairing the about 40-foot-long section, on the Jupiter Inlet Colony side of the Inlet, is about $3,600.

The work will be done by West Palm Beach-based Murray Logan Construction, said Jupiter Inlet District Chairman George Gentile.

 

Jim Kelly, North Palm Beach village manager, is asked to leave

 

Agreeing that Village Manager Jim Kelly’s relationship with the public and his staff is broken, the council voted unanimously Thursday night to have the village attorney negotiate Kelly’s separation from the village.

“We didn’t care if he resigned or was terminated. We want him out. He just didn’t get the village,” said North Palm Beach resident and former Palm Beach County Commissioner Karen Marcus.

Kelly, who earns about $140,000 and has been manager for about two years, defended his record. He said he had overseen the development of a master plan, progress at Anchorage Park and helped village residents through Hurricane Matthew.

“We had a great team effort to keep services before, during and after the storm,” said Kelly, 61.

Kelly, a former Palm Beach County School District Police Chief, came out of retirement to take the position as village manager. An attorney, Kelly was School District chief for 23 years and oversaw a staff of about 180 sworn officers with an annual budget of about $18 million.

A Rockland County, N.Y. native, Kelly was hired by the school district in 1978 as one of the county’s first school-based police officers. He became chief in 1989. When he retired in 2012, the county school district had 175,000 students and 21,000 employees. North Palm Beach, with about 12,000 residents, has about 240 full- and part-time employees.

Kelly was not fired. Village Attorney Leonard Rubin was instructed by the council to meet with Kelly to work out details of his departure. Kelly could resign.

The town council will meet in about a week to determine the next action, said Mayor David Norris.

Flying high on Jupiter Beach!

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(Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Kiteboarder soars above 2-4 foot waves here Thursday afternoon in Jupiter, just north of the Juno Beach Fishing Pier.
NE winds are gusting up to 25 MPH.

FPL gets green light for new service center on Jupiter’s Indiantown Road

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