Local officials in West Palm Beach call for tighter gun controls

Hannah Karcinell, a survivor of the shooting last Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, said that in the days following the massacre, her emotions went up and down.

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“I just sat in my room and cried or watched TV, or was numb or in shock, and then was getting flashbacks,” she said.

So she invited friends over for comfort. “We had a couple of laughs and would go back and forth, talking about what happened, then shifting the subject to what happened, and then back to having a few laughs.”

But she didn’t vacillate about how the community and country need to react in the days ahead.

“Thoughts and prayers are too late,” she said. “Thoughts and prayers are not going to change anything. Legislators, you need to do something.”



The strain remained on her face, as she spoke at a Community Engagement Forum Tuesday night, hosted by City Commissioner Shanon Materio at the South Olive Community Center to discuss school safety.

The Parkland massacre echoed through West Palm Tuesday as about 30 residents heard from Hannah, fire and police and 211 HelpLine representatives. And the issue rose earlier in the day at city hall, where Mayor Jeri Muoio, Congresswoman Lois Frankel and more than a dozen local officials, candidates, city staffers and activists gathered to urge immediate action by state and federal lawmakers for “common-sense gun laws.”

“Enough is enough,” Muoio told the gathering in the city hall courtyard.

“We’re losing our children. Our children are going to school and we don’t know if they’re going to come home,” she said, noting that 96 Americans die from gunfire each day.

Most Americans are for laws that would keep guns out of the wrong hands, she said. They’re saying, “ban assault weapons, ban bump stocks — is that what they call it?,” she said, referring to equipment used to make semiautomatic weapons fire like automatics.

The public is saying, “This is important to us,” the mayor said.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to draft regulations that would ban bump stocks, which were used by the shooter who fired on a country music concert crowd in Las Vegas last October. Last Friday, Trump visited Broward Health North Hospital, where many victims of the Parkland shooting were treated.

Among those in the West Palm Beach group Tuesday were students Mitchell and Drew Pinsky, along with other fellow student founders of an anti-violence group, 535 Letters for Change. The Pinskys said they’d sent that many letters to members of Congress urging change. They planned to spread their organization to high school and college campuses nationwide, they said.

Frankel encouraged them. “I was part of a student movement that helped stop a war. So you’re on the right track,” said the congresswoman and former mayor of West Palm Beach.

Students are demanding adults not just shed a tear or wring hands but adopt measures that aid conflict resolution and mental heath care and ban assault weapons, she said.

“We don’t want to see another child come home in a body bag,” said Angela Williams, of Mothers Against Murderers Association, founded in memory of her nephew, Torrey Donnell Manuel, shot and killed in 2003.

Muoio, who was joined by the five West Palm Beach commissioners, city administrator, police chief and assistant fire chief, said she planned to bring forward a resolution at the next commission meeting, to ask state and federal legislatures “to take action now.”

Among the other officials at the press conference:

Mayor Myra Koutzen, of Palm Beach Shores; Mayor Thomas Masters, Riviera Beach; Chip Block, Vice Mayor, Jupiter Inlet Colony; Town Commissioner Monica K. Oberting, Manalapan; Councilwoman Jan Rodusky, Royal Palm Beach; Councilwoman Elvadianne Culbertson, South Palm Beach; Town Council Member Julie Araskog, Palm Beach; and Executive Director Richard C. Radcliffe of the Palm Beach County League of Cities.



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Artists work on display in Jupiter

An exhibition at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta that features the multi-media art work of five Florida artists is open until Saturday. The displays feature cultural, historic and environmental issues of Florida. The artwork is from Xavier Cortada of Miami, Sarah Crooks of Jacksonville, Mary GrandPre’ of Sarasota, Cheryl Maeder of West Palm Beach and Margaret Ross Tolbert of Gaineville. For information, call 561-746-3101 or go to lighthousearts.org

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Jupiter Inlet Foundation Conservation and Clean Up Paddle


DuBois Park


Feb 15, 2018


04:00 PM

Jupiter Inlet Foundation Conservation and Clean Up Paddle

Discover the abundant marine life in the Jupiter Inlet through this leisurely 1 1/2 hour guided paddle. Also, learn about the archeological significance of this area. During the paddle, we are conducting a clean-up of the area and will provide bags to collect any trash we encounter along the way. All proceeds benefit the Jupiter Inlet Foundation. 

Meeting Place: Dubois Park Kayak Launch

$25.00 donation Includes any rental of kayak or paddleboard.

Limit: 8 kayaks/paddle boards per tour

Space is limited. RSVP now!

Location: 19075 Dubois Rd Jupiter, FL 33477, Jupiter, Florida



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Strong fishing throughout South Florida

Last week, there was a window of calm seas and anglers looking for swordfish took full advantage. Traveling out to 1,400 to 1,500 feet of water, there were multiple hook-ups and several of the big fish landed.

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Third Annual Sea Fest For Kids to Take Place in Late February

JUPITER, FL – February 5, 2018 – Ahoy! The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is getting ready its third annual maritime festival Sea Fest For Kids, Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 11:00 am -5:00 pm. With sea-inspired fun, education, vendors, land-based activities, and demonstrations plus a bounty of adventures, Sea Fest For Kids celebrates our unique coastal heritage with nautical style.

Meet lively characters from Jupiter’s past, including the Lighthouse Keeper and his wife, pioneers at the Tindall Pioneer House and displaying artifacts on the homestead. Meet a real mermaid and a pirate or two on their pirate ship. Discover the Seminole culture and create crafts to take home with our friends from the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum! Learn to make bead necklaces and keychains, weave your own bookmarks and color in historic Seminole scenes all under the Seminole Chickee. 

They’ll be plenty of live music on stage with headliner Chris Kahl, native Floridian and troubadour highlighting Florida’s history through his six-string catchy songs. Chris toured Florida with the Florida Humanities Council and really knows how to capture the Sunshine state with his vibrant tunes. Sing along to sea shanties with our favorite Peg Legs, and join in an underwater dance party for all ages with DJ music. Also in the line-up is amazing children’s story-teller Mij Byram spinning tales that touch the heart.

Join in activities geared for the very young and young at heart: paint a lighthouse mural, visit a pirate ship and take a hike through the Outstanding Natural Area. This year, Sea Fest kids will have hopping-good times learning all about teamwork from the Lighthouse Keepers, through gunny sack and clacker board races. They can also try their little hands at creating Lighthouse decorations the old-fashioned way.  

New to Sea Fest is a phone app adventure tour led by a young “Charlie Pierce” specially made for children. Can you find what Charlie spies on the Lighthouse property? Come dressed for the event and participate in a costumes contest whether you’re a Light Keeper, pioneer, pirate or mermaid!

Participants already on board for the 2018 event include the Jupiter Community High School Drama students, Pirates of the Treasure Coast, Miss Mermaid, Ah-tah-thi-ki Museum, Austin Blu Foundation, We Rock The Spectrum, Just Dance Inc, Bureau of Land Management, Lighthouse ArtCenter, Florida Public Archaeology Network, Kula Yoga, Baby Boot Camp, River Center, Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue, US Naval SeaCadets, Dive In Snorkeling Adventure Camp, Papa Chiropractic, WRMF, Civil War Living Historians, Lighthouse Radio Group, Blue Water Surf Camp, Jupiter Medical Center, Jupiter Outdoor Center, PBC Environmental Resources, USCG Auxiliary, and WRMF.

Fest-goers can chow down on kid-friendly food truck favorites featuring BBQ, chicken, seafood sushi, burgers, dogs, wings, nachos, sandwiches and soft serve ice cream, shakes, malts, floats, sundaes and cones at your favorite hometown Lighthouse. Children ages 18 under are admitted free and adults are $10 per person, tickets are available online and at the door. Outside food and drinks, coolers, and pets are not permitted at this event.

For your convenience free parking at the following locations: Lighthouse Park; Paradise Park in Tequesta-Tequesta Drive and Main Street; Jetty’s Restaurant parking lot in Jupiter. Free Shuttle service from Molly’s Trolleys runs from 11am-6pm to and from both Paradise Park and Jetty’s Restaurant to Lighthouse Park. The entrance to Sea Fest For Kids is at the Museum Gate in Lighthouse Park.

Presenting sponsors for Sea Fest For Kids are Best Version Media and Jupiter Medical Center; event sponsors include Papa Chiropractic, Ocean Magic Surf Shop, 97.9 WRMF, 103.1 WIRK, Sunny 107.9, X 102.3, Beatz 96.3, 850WFTL, FoxSports 640AM, The Palm Beach Post, Jupiter Minuteman Press, Bureau of Land Management, United Site Services, Microwgraphics, Discover The Palm Beaches, Palm Beach County, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

Don’t miss this waterfront festival for Kids celebrating our maritime heritage! Visit our facebook page and our website for updates at  www.jupiterlighthouse.org/special-events-tickets/sea-fest-for-kids/ . For event and sponsorship information contact Belle Forino, Director of Development at bforino@jupiterlighthouse.org.

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Shore towns use sand dredged from inlets to widen beaches

BEACH HAVEN, N.J. (AP) — Two common problems in coastal areas – eroded beaches, and clogged inlets hazardous for boat traffic – have a mutual solution.

Coastal areas around the country are dredging clogged inlets to make them easier and safer to navigate, and using the sand they suck from the bottom to widen beaches damaged by natural erosion or serious storms.

It’s not cheap – one project in New Jersey will cost more than $18 million – but it is popular from Cape Cod to Florida, the Gulf of Mexico and along the Pacific coast.

New Jersey has two such projects underway. One is deepening the Little Egg Inlet, one of the widest in the state that has never been dredged. The U.S. Coast Guard last March removed navigational buoys because sand buildup was so severe that no safe channel could be marked.

“This project is designed to have the multiple benefits of restoring beaches that are economically vital for shore tourism and storm protection, while making it safe for boaters to again use Little Egg Inlet,” said David Rosenblatt, an assistant commissioner with the state Department of Environmental Protection.

A smaller project is dredging the Brigantine Inlet between Brigantine and Atlantic City. Although that waterway is generally used only by small craft, the sand built up there is being pumped to the north end of the island, which was severely eroded by a January 2016 nor’easter. It’s also the area where Superstorm Sandy made landfall in October 2012.

Unlike other dredging projects, such as those from heavily industrialized rivers where bottom sediment may include pollutants, these inlet dredging projects involve clean sand that can easily be transferred ashore.

“That material is just as good as anything on the beach already,” said Stewart Farrell, founder of the Coastal Research Center at New Jersey’s Stockton University, and one of the nation’s leading coastal experts.

Concerns that have arisen from inlet dredging include possibly disturbing wildlife habitat, or affecting the shape of nearby shorelines. In the Little Egg Inlet, some conservationists are concerned about destroying nursing grounds for sand sharks. Farrell said the amount of the 4-square-mile inlet to be dredged is a small portion of the sharks’ habit and the potential concerns will be monitored during the project.

Concerns about sand mining that could change the shape of coastlines has led the San Francisco Baykeeper group to file numerous lawsuits against California and sand mining companies seeking to reduce the amount of sand removed from the mouth of San Francisco Bay.

Despite those concerns, inlet dredging and beach restoration have gone hand-in-hand along much of America’s coastline.

In Massachusetts, Cape Cod had such a frequent need to dredge dozens of small harbor inlets every year that towns were competing for the few dredges available and paying a premium for them, said Jeff Benoit, president of the Arlington, Virginia-based Restore America’s Estuaries. Barnstable County, which covers all Cape towns, purchased its own dredge in 1994 and provides dredging service to towns for about 70 percent below the market rate, Benoit said.

In North Carolina, sand buildup is so recurrent in the Hatteras and Oregon inlets that dredging is a way of life, providing sand for beaches including South Nags Head. Sand from the Carolina Beach Inlet helped replenish the adjacent beach of the same name, and sand from the Shallotte Inlet helped widen Ocean Isle Beach.

Dredging in Virginia’s Rudee Inlet helped widen the sands of Virginia Beach, and numerous inlet dredging projects provided sand for wider beaches in Florida’s Boca Raton, Jupiter, and New Smyrna Beach, among others.

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NEW: Luxury condos proposed in Jupiter across from Harbourside Place

A revised plan for the latest luxury residential development on Jupiter’s waterfront — this one with onsite affordable housing — goes before a town board on Tuesday.

The tallest condominium for Fisherman’s Wharf would be about 64 feet, higher than the town code allowance of 40 feet. By comparison, the parking garage and hotel at Harbourside Place, located across the Intracoastal Waterway from the proposed Fisherman’s Wharf, are about 65 feet.


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“This is not a giant, massive building. There are other buildings in the area just as tall,” said Fisherman’s Wharf planner George Gentile.

Denial is recommended by the town’s planning and zoning staff. Denial was also recommended by the staff when the first Fisherman’s Wharf plan was submitted last April.

“It is clear that adding more residential across the (Intracoastal Waterway) from Harbourside will exacerbate the existing incompatible uses and introduce additional code compliance responsibilities for the Code Compliance Division and Police Department,” according to the planning staff report.


Fisherman’s Wharf calls for three condominium buildings, one six stories tall with 12 units. The other two would be five stories, each with 10 units.

A fourth building, which would be two-three stories, would have four townhouses and three live/work units. The live/work units would be similar to those in Abacoa, where residents have their businesses on the first floor and live on the second floor.

If approved, the $40 million Fisherman’s Wharf project would be the third luxury condo approved in Jupiter since December.

Inlet Waters, a 33-unit complex on A1A north of Beach Road, and Cornerstone, a 15-unit complex on Indiantown Road and the Intracoastal Waterway, are expected to have starting prices at about $700,000.

READ: Two more luxury waterfront residential condos approved in Jupiter

The 2,400-square-foot Fisherman’s Wharf condos are expected to start at about $1.3 million, said Jeff Spear, president of the Fort Lauderdale-based Spear Group, the developers. Building the project would cost about $40 million, he said.

VIEW: The site plan for Fisherman’s Wharf

The four affordable housing units — the prices would be regulated by the town based on median income — would be between $152,000 and $195,000.

“Teachers, police officers and many others who normally wouldn’t be able to afford it could buy them,” said Gentile.

Fisherman’s Wharf would have a private dock for about four boats. A 2,400-square-foot clubhouse and underground parking for 74 vehicles is planned. The clubhouse would be for condominium owners only.

The three condominium buildings would be gated. The building with the affordable housing and live/work units would not be gated.

Restaurants, hotels and office buildings are among plans that have been proposed — but not approved — for the vacant five-acre waterfront parcel on the north side of Indiantown Road on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Two residents of Waters Edge Estates, a gated residential community just north of the proposed Fisherman’s Wharf, said most residents of the community support the plan.

Residential beats commercial, they said.

“Residential generates less traffic than commercial. This is the best plan we have seen,” said Waters Edge Estates resident Paul Chaney.

The town’s planning and zoning commission meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. to recommend whether to approve or deny Fisherman’s Wharf. The town council is scheduled to vote on March 20. The council is not bound by the commission’s recommendation.



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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these staycation deals

The Flagler Museum Invites couples to celebrate Valentine’s at Whitehall on Wednesday, February 14, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Henry Flagler built the magnificent Whitehall estate as a wedding present to his wife and it remains one of America’s most romantic destinations. ‘Tea in the Cocoanut Grove’ was a popular pastime for those visiting Palm Beach and Henry Flagler’s lavish resort hotels during the Gilded Age. Join us in commemorating the return of this historic tradition with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. Each couple will indulge in a special ‘tea-for-two’ under the palms in the restored Cocoanut Grove, while listening to the romantic sounds of a classical harp. A token Valentine’s keepsake is also included in the package price. (In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors). The Tea-for-Two Package is $80 per couple for Museum Members, includes tax and gratuity, and $120 for non-members, which includes Museum admission, tax and gratuity.

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Michael Jordan, wealthy partners try their hand at fine dining

Hoops legend Michael Jordan, who’s just months away from opening his own golf club near Stuart, is in the process of opening a restaurant and private club in Jupiter.

1000 North — that’s the name of the joint — is set to open to the general public Monday evening after several quiet VIP openings over the past two weeks.

The six-time NBA champ with the Chicago Bulls isn’t the only boldfacer involved in this vanity project. South African golfer Ernie Els, a former World No. 1 expected at the ATT Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament over the weekend; former New York Giants running back Tucker Frederickson; vintner Bill Terlato and Wine Spectator and Cigar Aficionado publisher Marvin Shanken are among the 16 investors.

Els said in a statement he, Jordan and the others all have homes in the area and came together because they share a love of good food in a clubby atmosphere.

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“We collaborated with a group of talented, like-minded people to create a club and dining experience,” Els said. “We love having homes here but wanted to give this area a place it truly deserved — the type of destination people would normally travel to Miami or New York to find.”

So, what’s it like?

First, the joint’s location is prime, with views of the historic Jupiter lighthouse, the Jupiter Inlet and the Atlantic in the background.

And then, there’s an ultra-luxury private club on the second floor of the building. Don’t ask to join, it’s by invitation only! And then, it’s $3,500 in initiation fees and another $3,500 a year after that, plus food and drinks. Believe it or not, there’s a lengthening waiting list.

The public will be able to choose from among an elegant dining room, a terrace and a more casual tavern. The décor is consistent throughout with arched wood beams on the ceilings and rich, dark wood accents on the walls and floors.

As for the food, look for Southern fare from South Carolina Executive Chef Lee Morris: Charleston she-crab soup, hay-roasted oysters and prime steaks aged for a minimum of 21 days are on the menu.

Jordan and his gang join a field of celebrities opening eateries in the small town north of West Palm Beach. For one, golfer Tiger Woods’ The Woods Jupiter is in its third year about one miles down the street.

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Six-time NBA champ Michael Jordan opening upscale club …

Hoops legend Michael Jordan, who’s just months away from opening his own golf club near Stuart, is in the process of opening a restaurant and private club in Jupiter.

1000 North — that’s the name of the joint — is set to open to the general public Monday evening after several quiet VIP openings over the past two weeks.

The six-time NBA champ with the Chicago Bulls isn’t the only boldfacer involved in this vanity project. South African golfer Ernie Els, a former World No. 1 expected at the ATT Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament over the weekend; former New York Giants running back Tucker Frederickson; vintner Bill Terlato and Wine Spectator and Cigar Aficionado publisher Marvin Shanken are among the 16 investors.

Els said in a statement he, Jordan and the others all have homes in the area and came together because they share a love of good food in a clubby atmosphere.

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“We collaborated with a group of talented, like-minded people to create a club and dining experience,” Els said. “We love having homes here but wanted to give this area a place it truly deserved — the type of destination people would normally travel to Miami or New York to find.”

So, what’s it like?

First, the joint’s location is prime, with views of the historic Jupiter lighthouse, the Jupiter Inlet and the Atlantic in the background.

And then, there’s an ultra-luxury private club on the second floor of the building. Don’t ask to join, it’s by invitation only! And then, it’s $3,500 in initiation fees and another $3,500 a year after that, plus food and drinks. Believe it or not, there’s a lengthening waiting list.

The public will be able to choose from among an elegant dining room, a terrace and a more casual tavern. The décor is consistent throughout with arched wood beams on the ceilings and rich, dark wood accents on the walls and floors.

As for the food, look for Southern fare from South Carolina Executive Chef Lee Morris: Charleston she-crab soup, hay-roasted oysters and prime steaks aged for a minimum of 21 days are on the menu.

Jordan and his gang join a field of celebrities opening eateries in the small town north of West Palm Beach. For one, golfer Tiger Woods’ The Woods Jupiter is in its third year about one miles down the street.

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