Todd Wodraska becomes Jupiter’s new mayor


Todd Wodraska, standing with his wife Tracy and sons Jackson and Tanner, takes the oath of office Tuesday night at the Jupiter council meeting. (Photo by Bill DiPaolo)

Wodraska replaces Karen Golonka, who served eight straight three-year terms.


Karen Golonka steps down after a quarter-century as Jupiter mayor


In a tearful address to a crowded council chambers, Karen Golonka stepped down as mayor of Jupiter on Tuesday night after serving eight straight three-year terms.

“I never set out to be mayor…Leadership is about accomplishing goals and standing up for what’s right…I thank you for allowing me to pursue my dream of helping this community,” said Golonka.

The council began Golonka’s last meeting as mayor with announcing a Top 10 list of Golonka’s accomplishments.

They included bringing Scripps Research Institute to Jupiter, controlling growth along Indiantown Road, preserving Fullerton Island and bringing Abacoa to Jupiter.

Number one?

Riverwalk, the town’s 2.5-mile pedestrian/bicycle lane that is planned to run from the Atlantic Ocean at Ocean Way to the Jupiter Inlet.

Where is Amanda the sea turtle?


Amanda, an adult loggerhead sea turtle was rescued by a group of divers about a mile offshore from the Lake Worth Inlet on December 28, 2014. She was brought to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center for treatment.

Amanda’s latest position is 130 miles (211 km) south of Key West.

To track Amanda and other sea turtles that have been released from LMC, go to

Amanda suffered from mechanical trauma to both front flippers. The wounds were healed at LMC and she was medically cleared for release.


A cell phone-sized radio transmitter is attached to her shell that allows LMC officials to track her location.

The 300-pound sea turtle was successfully let go back into the Atlantic Ocean off of Juno Beach on June 11, 2015.


New coffee shop coming soon to Abacoa in Jupiter


New coffee shop in Abacoa expected to open later this month (Photo by Bill DiPaolo)

The owners of Crux Coffee Roasters, a coffee shop in Abacoa that plans to roast its own coffee, hope to open at the end of this month.

“We’ll have 10 single-origin coffees from countries such as Colombia, Costa Rica, Bali and other locations,” said Dan Rudden, who is opening the coffee shop with his wife Victoria.

The couple, who live in West Palm Beach, both have restaurant backgrounds. Dan grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Victoria in Bogota, Colombia.

Along with coffee, Crux plans to sell pastries and snacks. The store will be open seven days. The exact hours have not been determined.

The shop, on Main Street near the Copacabana restaurant, will have seating for about 40, including seats on an outdoor patio.

FLF ATC LLC  paid $5.1 million in 2014 for Abacoa Town Center property that includes the former Rooney’s restaurant, Civil Society Brewing Company and JJ Muggs Stadium Grill.

Since then, new development has been growing in and around the property.

The Allure apartments in Abacoa are opening, with businesses on the bottom floors. The town finished a $4 million renovation of the nearby Abacoa Community Park. The Marriott Hotel opened across from Roger Dean Stadium. The Abacoa Golf Course finished a $1 million renovation.