Jupiter struts its stuff to attract a new town manager


“Pristine beaches, unmatched recreational offerings, stunning scenic vistas, a high quality of life,” reads the national advertisement seeking a new town manager in Jupiter.

About 50 candidates from across the country sent in their resumes, seeking the position that Andy Lukasik vacated.

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.



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.


Trump care is target of rallies planned at Rubio’s office in PBG

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, center, heads to a vehicle after arriving on Air Force One with President Donald Trump at the Palm Beach International Airport on Mar. 3.

Candlelight protests against President Donald’s Trump’s health care plan are planned starting tonight at U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s office, 4580 PGA Blvd (PGA Commons Plaza) in Palm Beach Gardens by Palm Beach Indivisibles.

The protestors plan to be at Rubio’s office from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Friday, June 26- June 30.

This statement is from the Indivisibles:

“Senator Rubio recently stated that he wants input from Floridians but won’t hold a town hall for his constituents. Instead, he spoke with Governor Rick Scott, a well-known opponent of ACA.  TrumpCare, or the recently recrafted American HealthCare Act, is projected to throw at least 24 million Americans off their insurance plans. It makes deep cuts to Medicaid in order to give a giant tax cut to the wealthiest Americans.”

This statement is from Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who supports Trump’s plan:

“There seems to be a lot of people advocating for more government and higher costs in Washington and not a lot of people advocating on behalf of taxpayers. I look forward to traveling to Washington to fight for Florida families and ensure there is a health care proposal that dismantles the terrible, expensive mess of Obamacare. Let’s remember, costs have skyrocketed under Obamacare and we need a new health care policy that allows patients to have access to quality healthcare at an affordable price.”


Out with old, in with new buildings on Center Street in Jupiter



Current buildings would be demolished. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

A application to redevelop about a dozen acres on the south side of Center Street just west of Alt. A1A is scheduled to be heard by the town council on Thursday.

The application for the project called Center Park, located behind Miller’s Jupiter Ale House restaurant, calls for a storage building and offices/warehouse.

A portion of the property at 114 Datura St. would be rezoned from commercial to industrial.

Artist rendition of new buildings

The town’s planning and zoning commission recommended approval by a 4-3 vote in November.

Opponents said the buildings would not fit in with the nearby commercial and residential area.

Six existing buildings would be demolished and replaced with four buildings that would be used for self-storage and office/warehouse.

The final town council hearing on the proposal is scheduled for May 16.

For information, go to jupiter.fl.us



Wendy’s: Our plan will cut traffic backups on Indiantown Road in Jupiter


Eastbound traffic turning into Wendy’s restaurant sometimes backs up on Indiantown Road (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Renovating the Wendy’s restaurant on Indiantown Road, where lunchtime bottlenecks are common, is scheduled for a vote at the May 16 council meeting.

The plan calls for redesigning the parking lot and drive-through for better circulation of vehicles. The renovations will make coming and going into the restaurant safer for motorists, Wendy’s representatives told Jupiter officials.

The Wendy’s restaurant is adjacent to two vacant acres next to Jupiter High School.

The town is  considering paying $2.8 million for the two acres.

Increasing traffic in the area is a hazard for drivers and walkers, Colleen Iannitti, principal at the 3,000-student school, said at a recent town council meeting.

Jupiter High has about 400 student drivers and about 1,500 students are dropped off daily. The school has about 200 employees, according to the town.

 “Anything we can do to relieve traffic would be beneficial for families and students,” said Iannitti.
The Wendy’s proposed renovations include slightly expanding the restaurant, alteractions to the drive-through design, increasing the number of off-site parking spaces, new landscaping, removing the exterior cooler and placing it inside the restaurant and improving the outside appearance of the restaurant on the south side of Indiantown Road, just west of Military Trail.

At peak hours, eastbound motorists on the right lane of Indiantown Road turning south into the Wendy’s sometimes are stacked up on Indiantown Road when traffic backs up in the drive-through window.

Wendy’s restaurant property is outlined in red.

The property Jupiter may purchase is outlined in blue.

Slowly, Harbourside vs. Jupiter case moves forward


Neighbors have complained about noise from amphitheatre (Photos/Bill Ingram)

Eight months after a federal court hearing on the constitutionality of playing outdoor music at Harbourside Place, the trial has been delayed.

Meanwhile, outdoor music continues at the $150 million entertainment complex at the northwest corner of Indiantown Road and U.S. 1.

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.


Outdoor amphitheatre is on the Intracoastal Waterway


Public hearing on Jupiter’s Fisherman’s Wharf postponed

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Artist rendition of Fisherman’s Wharf

Tonight’s public hearing on a plan for three six-story residential buildings on Jupiter’s waterfront has been postponed at the request of the property owner.

No date has been set for a new hearing.

Denial of the plan is recommended by the town’s planning staff said.

“The proposed building mass, height and scale are not compatible with the surrounding buildings,” according to the planning staff’s report.

Fisherman’s Wharf planners counter the project will enhance the neighborhood on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway just north of the Indiantown Road bridge, across from Harbourside Place.

“(Fisherman’s Wharf) will serve to better protect the adjacent residential property and provide additional interest and a stimulation to the adjacent commercial plaza and compliment the commercial base,” according to the proposal.

The buildings would be about as tall as Harbourside Place and about twice as high as the town code allows.

Each building would have 12 residential units, two per floor, on the five-acre vacant parcel.

No commercial space is planned.


Fisherman’s Wharf property outlined in red

Here’s the scoop on the new dog park in Jupiter


Fenced-off areas for big and little dogs, a dog-drink station, landscaping, 2-acre wetlands area, a gazebo with picnic tables, bicycle racks, a restroom and lighted walkways for pedestrians are planned .

“It’s not just a dog park. It will be a central park for the whole town,” Stephanie Thoburn, assistant director of the town’s planning and zoning department.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.



Three new Gardens Council members take office tomorrow

Matthew Lane, Rachelle Litt and Mark Marciano will be sworn in at the Palm Beach Gardens City Council meeting Thursday, April 5, 2017,

Palm Beach Gardens residents, meet your new City Council.

Three new City Council members will be sworn in at the 7 p.m. meeting Thursday at City Hall, 10500 North Military Trail.

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The new officials are: Mark Marciano, a 46-year-old optometrist; Matthew Lane, a 61-year-old family law and divorce lawyer; and Rachelle Litt, a 61-year-old pharmacist at Jupiter Medical Center.

READ: Litt touts organization, experience in defeating Gardens race

They replace Councilman Bert Premuroso, Mayor Marcie Tinsley and Vice Mayor Eric Jablin, none of whom could seek another term in office because of retroactive term limits voters approve in November 2014.

The newly-elected officials join Councilwoman Maria Marino and Councilman Carl Woods. Marino was unopposed in the March 2016 election after Takeata King Pang dropped out of the race because of a family emergency.

All participated in a daylong City Council orientation Monday that was live-streamed on the Palm Beach Gardens website. You can watch it here.

Woods was sworn into office last summer after a lengthy court fight that ended when Judge Martin Colin declared him the winner as the only eligible candidate in a court-ordered runoff election. A higher court had previously ruled Woods’ opponent, David Levy, shouldn’t have been allowed to seek re-election because of the term limits.

We don’t want a wave pool, say some Jupiter Farms residents


(Photo/Wayne Washington)

Opponents to the the wave pool at the Palm Beach Park of Commerce say they fear the same problems that happened at a similar wave pool in Austin, Texas.

See Wayne Washington’s story in The Palm Beach Post.