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.

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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Juno Beach Pier is a great place to watch tonight’s rocket launch

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Looking for a local spot to view tonight’s rocket launch of the Falcon 9 at Kennedy Space Center?

North County residents can head to the Juno Beach Fishing Pier.

The launch window for tonight is scheduled to begin at 7:37 p.m. Eastern time.

The rocket will be carrying an Intelsat satellite, intended to enhance communications in Caribbean, trans-Europe and African markets.

Skies are supposed to be mostly clear and free of rain at Kennedy Space Center, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

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Juno Beach Fishing Pier is about 990 feet long. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

 

Jupiter’s Cinebowl developer may be booted from CityPlace

Jupiter-based Frank Entertainment, who won Jupiter town council approval on June 20 to build a 73,000-square-foot fun center in Abacoa, may be getting tossed out of their digs in CityPlace.

Read Alexandra Clough’s story in The Palm Beach Post.

CityPlace filed a Palm Beach County Circuit Court lawsuit on June 23, alleging Revolutions owes $429,801 in past due rent.

Frank Entertainment rents Revolutions Bowling Bar & Grille in CityPlace.

The $22 million Frank Enteetainment plan approved in Jupiter, CineBowl & Grille, calls for restaurants, bowling lanes, pool tables and a movie theater.

The 73,000-square-foot CineBowl & Grille includes:

  • 12-screen movie theater with 1,035 reclining seats
  • 20 bowling lanes
  • A billiards/arcade area totalling about 2,000 square feet
  • Two restaurants
  • Valet parking and drop-off area

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Movies, bowling and more approved in Jupiter’s Abacoa

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Despite concerns about parking, the town council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a $22 million plan for CineBowl & Grille, an Abacoa entertainment center with restaurants, bowling lanes, pool tables and a movie theater.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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Art, culture of Guatemala on display in Lake Worth

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With about 55,000 former residents of Guatemala now living in Palm Beach County —  about 7,000 in Jupiter and about 8,000 in the Lake Worth/Greenacres area — there is a growing cultural connection.

The OneJupiter project is celebrating that connection through art at an exhibition at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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Arrests made in deaths of two Jupiter first responders

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Lahiri Garcia (left) and Paul Besaw

The man accused in the Jupiter crash that killed two paramedics on June 1 was arrested Thursday, town police said.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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Allison Besaw, 6, at her father’s Celebration of Life (Photo/Bruce Bennett)

 

Service planned Thursday for two med techs killed in Jupiter crash

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Lahiri Garcia, (left) and Paul Besaw

A celebration of life for Paul Besaw and Lahiri Garcia, the two medical technicians killed in a vehicle crash, is planned Thursday at 10 a.m. at Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens.

Garcia and Besaw worked for American Medical Response.

Garcia, a 23-year employee who lived in Port St. Lucie, was a critical care supervisor. Besaw, a 17-year employee who lived in Lake Worth, was a critical care paramedic and supervisor, according to AMR.

The two men were alone in the ambulance and on their way to the AMR station on Indian Creek Drive west of Central Boulevard on June 1 when the crash occurred at about 3 a.m.

For information, contact Daniel.southwick@evhc.net.

Fire rescue and emergency medical technicians from around the county and state are expected to attend the celebration of life service.

A procession for agencies to participate is being arranged by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and AMR.

All units will be going from Jupiter Station to Christ Fellowship at 5343 Northlake Boulevard.

The celebration of life is free and open to the public.

The procession is planned to start at 9 .m. at the AMR Station at Courtyard Gardens of Jupiter at Indian Creek Drive West and Central Boulevard in Jupiter.

The planned route is:

  • South on Central Blvd to Indian Creek Parkway.
  • East on Indian Creek Parkway to Military Trail.
  • South on Military Trail to Northlake Blvd.
  • West on Northlake Blvd to Christ Fellowship Church.

 

Crash was on Indiantown Road, west of Military Trail

Locals at Harbourside in Jupiter react to Woods arrest

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The woods restaurant in Harbourside Place in Jupiter (Photo/Bruce Bennett)

Sympathy and disdain were among the emotions from patrons to Tiger Woods’ restaurant and visitors to Harbourside Place the day after the golfer was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

Thunder, lightning picking up in Jupiter

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(Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Steady rain is continuing, occasional lightning and thunder and bursts of wind Thursday about noon are picking up here at the Palm Beach Post office in Jupiter.

North county escapes major damage from storm so far.

See Kim Miller’s Latest update.

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