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A new outdoor playground and pavilion is coming to the Lighthouse Cove mini-golf course in Jupiter.

“Our customers need a place for birthday parties and other gatherings,” said Patty Bartoli, who opened the course in 2013, told The Palm Beach Post.

Pavilion, playground approved for Jupiter mini-golf photo

The course, on the northeast corner of Jupiter Beach Road and A1A, has a signs marking the history of Jupiter along the 36-hole course.

An 18-foot-high replica of the red Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse stands near the center of the course. One plaque tells readers about the history of the lighthouse. Another tells the tale of a steam tanker sunk by a German submarine 12 miles northeast of the Jupiter Inlet during World War II.

The playground and pavilion are proposed for the northeast corner of the 2-acre parcel, walking distance from DuBois Park and attractions in the Inlet Village.

Another mini-golf course was approved in July in Abacoa on now-vacant property on the northeast corner of Main Street and Chancellor Drive.

— BILL DIPAOLO

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Sports Calendar | Sept. 23

Martin County Tennis and pickleball lessons: Various locations. To register go to 772-221-1419; www.treasurecoasttennis.com.

Martin County Pre-School Sports Program: T-ball Sept. 21-Oct. 26, 2016; Flag Football – Nov. 9-Dec. 14, 2016; Soccer – Jan. 1-Feb. 15, 2017; Kickball – March 8-April 12, 2017; Multisport – May 3-June 7, 2017; Basketball – June 28-Aug. 2, 2017. Halpatiokee Regional Park, 8303 S.E. Lost River Road, Stuart. Registration: 772-221-1419;  www.ignitesportsfl.com/program/martin-co-programs.

Vero Beach End of Summer Doubles Tennis Tournament: 6 p.m. Sept. 23-25. Boulevard Tennis Clubg, 1620 Boulevard Village Lane, Vero Beach. $40. Register: 772-778-4200; Joes@blvdtennis.com.

Girls Golf at Meadowood Golf and Tennis Club: Calling all girls …. Learn how to have fun with golf. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 24. Meadowood Golf and Tennis Club, 9425 Meadowood Drive, Fort Pierce. Ages: 4-18. $10. Register: 786-282-4566; Sloop613@yahoo.com; IRGF.org.

October

Stronger Than Cancer Young Hero 5K: Family oriented 5K or 1 mile followed by kids activities. 7:30 a.m. Oct. 1. Roger Dean Stadium, 4751 Main Street, Jupiter. All ages. $35 Aug. 31/$40 Sept. 1-30. Register: www.postfl.org/5k.

Beachside Half Marathon and 5K Walk/Run: Half marathon and 5K to support Healthy Start Coalition. 6:45 a.m. and 7 a.m. Oct. 8. Riverside Park, Riverside Park, Vero Beach. All Ages. $80 to $90 for half marathon, $25 to $30 for 5K. Register: 772-563-9118; info@irchealthystart.org.

Birdies for Bracelets: Charity Golf Outing. 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 8. Meadowood Golf and Tennis Club, 9425 Meadowood Drive, Fort Pierce. $100. Register: 772-828-1716.

Vero Beach Elks Lodge Charity Golf Tournament: 7 a.m. Oct. 8. Vero Beach Elks Lodge, 1350 26th St., Vero Beach. $65. Register: 772-562-8450; veroelks.com.

2016 Jupiter Inlet Veterans Family Fishing Classic: Free Sponsored Fishing Classic for Wounded, injured, ill, all campaigns. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 10. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter. Register: www.fishingcommunity.org/fl/ji2016.

City Golf Championship:  8 a.m. Oct. 15; 7:30 a.m. Oct. 16. The Saints Golf Course, 2601 S.E. Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Ages: 16+. $85. Register: 772-398-2901; www.cityofpsl.com/golf/index.html.

Fort Pierce Sportfishing Club: 7 p.m. social, 7:30 p.m. program, includes a guest speaker. Oct. 19. Fort Pierce Yacht Club, 790 Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce. 772-828-9769; www.ftpiercesportfishingclub.com.

Treasure Coast Charities Classic Golf Tournament: 18-hole scramble golf tournament with prizes and awards lunch. 7 a.m. Oct. 22. PGA Golf Club, 1916 Perfect Drive, Port St. Lucie. Ages: 18+. $125 per person, $500 per foursome. Register: 772-380-2225; www.TreasureCoastCharities.com.

November

Boys Girls Clubs Pro Am Golf Tournament: 8 a.m. Nov. 7. John’s Island West, 3 John’s Island Drive, Vero Beach. $600. Register: 772-299-7449; www.bgcirc.org.

Boys Girls Clubs Amateur Tournament: 11:30 a.m. Nov. 14. Vero Beach Country Club, 800 30th St., Vero Beach. $350. Register: 772-299-7449; www.bgcirc.org.

Fort Pierce Sportfishing Club: 7 p.m. social, 7:30 p.m. program, includes a guest speaker. Nov. 16. Fort Pierce Yacht Club, 790 Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce. 772-828-9769; www.ftpiercesportfishingclub.com.

18th Celebrities Fore Kids Golf Classic: Golf with a Celebrity to benefit children with cancer. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 28. Jonathan’s Landing Golf Course, Old Trail, Fazio Course, 18505 S.E. Clubhouse Drive, Jupiter. Ages: 18+. $1250 per player — includes two tickets to Moulin Rouge Party. Register: 772-781-7943; LMurtaugh@celebritiesforekids.org.

December

Fort Pierce Sportfishing Club: 7 p.m. social, 7:30 p.m. program, includes a guest speaker. Dec. 21. Fort Pierce Yacht Club, 790 Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce. 772-828-9769; www.ftpiercesportfishingclub.com.

2017

Marathon of the Treasure Coast: A high-profile, scenic full and half-marathon. 6 a.m.-2 p.m. March 5. Martin Memorial Park, 300 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart. www.treasurecoastmarathon.com.

31st Annual United Way Citrus Golf Tournament: 7:45 a.m. Registration 8:45 a.m. Shotgun May 20. Indian River Club, 800 Carolina Circle S.W. Vero Beach. $125 a person $500 a foursome. RSVP: 772-567-8900.

Surf Fishing for Snook Workshop: Introduces anglers to the art of Surf Fishing for Snook. 1-3:15 p.m. Aug. 19, 2017. Sebastian Fishing Museum, 14257 North A1A, Vero Beach. 772-388-2750; www.floridastateparks.org/park/Sebastian-Inlet.

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Suni Sands residents blast developer for fence that blocks water view

A 6-foot-tall chain link fence installed by the owner of Suni Sands mobile home park has some of remaining residents fuming.

“We no longer have access to the water. We can’t bring our kayaks to the beach. It blocks the view,” said Tom Ryan, president of the Suni Sands Homeowners Association.

The fence was installed with town permission by representatives of developer Charles Modica, who bought the park for about $16 million three years ago. Preliminary plans show Modica plans to move out the mobile homes and build an inn, restaurant, retail and offices.

“Some residents complained non-residents were coming on the property. It’s private property and we are protecting it,” said Jeff Collins, the project manager.

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+Suni Sands residents blast developer for fence that blocks water view photo

Sign at front entrance of Suni Sands in Jupiter (Photo by Bill DiPaolo)


Residents, who rent their lots, have received eviction notices. About two dozen remain in the the park that once had about 100 mobile homes. Saying the sale of the park should be voided on those grounds, some filed a lawsuit that is winding through Palm Beach Circuit Court.

Residents were not and should have been given first refusal to buy the property, according to the lawsuit.

The remaining residents say they won’t budge until the court case is settled.

Meanwhile, many of mobile home slabs are vacant. Other remaining mobile homes are abandoned. The dock is closed. So is the clubhouse and laundry. The pool is drained. A sign at the entrance with big red letters says “PARK CLOSED.”

A 1906-built boathouse has been demolished. Plans call replacing it with a new 6,000-square-foot building with boat storage and an open rooftop area overlooking the Jupiter Inlet.

The town council recently denied a proposal to pay Suni Sands residents $5,000 each to help them with moving costs.

But the remaining residents aren’t budging.

Six-year Suni Sands resident Tom Paquette, sitting on his wooden deck that’s close enough to the Jupiter Inlet to cast in a fishing line, says he’ll stay until he has to leave.

“This is a beautiful place. I’m going to stay here as long as I can,” Paquette said as feeding pelicans plop headfirst in the Jupiter Inlet and paddle boarders drift by.

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Slight property tax rate reduction approved in Jupiter

A slight decrease to the property tax rate was approved at Tuesday’s Jupiter council meeting.

A home with an assessed value of $350,000 and a homestead exemption of $50,000 this year paid a property tax bill of about $753. That same property owner’s bill under the same evaluation next year would be $738.

But even with the property rate decrease, the property owner could pay more. That is because property tax values in Jupiter increased more than eight percent this year compared to last year, from $8.9 billion last year to about $9.6 billion this year.

“We are keeping pace with a growing community,” said Town Manager Andy Lukasik.

The property tax rate does not include debt service, school, fire-rescue and county taxes and special taxing districts, such as the Jupiter Inlet District.

The new operating budget that starts Oct. 1 was increased to $83.4 million and includes:

* About $850,000 for merit pay increases for employees.

* 14 new town positions costing about $500,000. (Three for the water department; three camp counselors; two for police; two for public works and one each for code compliance, recreation, building and community relations.) The town has about 370 full-time employees, including police.

* About a four percent increase in water utility rates approved by Jupiter council.

Five new police officers were added last year, boosting the number of sworn Jupiter police officers from 111 to 116. The current police budget is about $20 million.

The town expects a 13 percent increase for demand for police service in the next five years, due to expected population increases and more commercial and entertainment establishments coming to Jupiter, according to Jupiter records.

The vote was 4-1, with the lone dissent from Councilman Jim Kuretski, who noted the annual budget has increased the past five years in a row.

“It’s time to let up on the annual increases,” said Kuretski.

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Playground, pavilion coming to A1A mini-golf in Jupiter

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Mini-golf course on A1A is 36 holes (Photo/Rich Graulich)

A new outdoor playground and pavilion is coming to the Lighthouse Cove mini-golf course in Jupiter.

The town council approved the plan Tuesday night by a 4-1 vote. Councilman Jim Kuretski dissented.

The playground and pavilion were approved for the northeast corner of the 2-acre parcel, walking distance from DuBois Park and attractions in the Inlet Village.

Jupiter residents Patricia and Greg Bartoli, owners of the golf course, have invested $3 million in their business, they said. The expansion, expected to start in about two months, will cost about $350,000, which includes a required $150,000 mitigation payment to the town.

The golf course employs about 20 full- and part-time employees.

The course, which opened three years ago on the northeast corner of Jupiter Beach Road and A1A, has signs marking the history of Jupiter along the 36-hole course.

An 18-foot-high replica of the red Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse stands near the center of the course. One sign tells readers about the history of the lighthouse. Another tells the tale of a steam tanker sunk by a German submarine 12 miles northeast of the Jupiter Inlet during WW II.

Another mini-golf course was approved in July in Abacoa on now-vacant property on the northeast corner of Main Street and Chancellor Drive.

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Fence up at Suni Sands; remaining park residents not happy in Jupiter

Tom Paquette and Tom Ryan, with his pet dog Jake, say the fence recently installed at Suni Sands blocks their views and prevents beach access. (Photo by Bill DiPaolo)

Tom Paquette and Tom Ryan, with his pet dog Jake, say the fence recently installed at their homes in Suni Sands mobile home park blocks their views and prevents beach access. (Photo by Bill DiPaolo)

A six-foot-tall chainlink fence is blocking access to the Jupiter Inlet for Suni Sands mobile home park residents still living on the property on the Jupiter Inlet, and they don’t like it.

“We no longer have access to the water. We can’t bring our kayaks to the beach. It blocks the view,” said Tom Ryan, president of the Suni Sands Homeowners Association.

The fence, which has a blue cloth blocking the view, was installed by by representatives of developer Charles Modica, who owns the 10-acre park. Modica plans to build a $30 million inn on the property.

Some of the remaining about two dozen residents of the park, that once had about 100 mobile homes, have filed saying the sale of the park should be voided. Residents were not and should have been given first refusal to buy the property, according to the suit pending in Palm Beach County Circuit Court.

The residents still living at the park have received eviction notices. They are still paying rent, and they say they plan to stay until the court case is settled.

“It sure makes it tougher to get to the beach,” said Tom Paquette,a  Suni Sands resident, noting how the fence comes right up to his mobile home.

A 1906-built boathouse has been demolished. Plans call replacing it with a new 6,000-square-foot building with boat storage and an open rooftop area overlooking the Jupiter Inlet.

The town council recently denied a proposal to pay Suni Sands residents $5,000 each to help them with moving costs.

The Suni Sands mobile home park, on A1A on the Jupiter Inlet, once had about 100 mobile homes (Photo by Bill DiPaolo)

The Suni Sands mobile home park, on A1A on the Jupiter Inlet, once had about 100 mobile homes (Photo by Bill DiPaolo)

 

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Jupiter Lighthouse: You’ve got to see these hilarious pictures!

Chas Leal, 14, points to the lighthouse while giving his relatives a boat tour. Contributed

Chas Leal, 14, points to the lighthouse while giving his relatives a boat tour. Contributed

BY JAN TUCKWOOD/Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Palm Beach Post readers love the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.

They love Palm Beach County’s oldest landmark so much, they cuddle it, poke it, hug it — and one reader even has it tattooed on his back.

He's got the lighthouse in his hands! Kevin Brown, 14, of Jupiter, was waiting in the parking lot of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, waiting for the rest of the Boy Scouts from Troop 132 of Palm Beach Gardens to arrive for the lighthouse tour. He got creative for dad Mitchell Brown's camera. Contributed

He’s got the lighthouse in his hands! Kevin Brown, 14, of Jupiter, was waiting in the parking lot of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, waiting for the rest of the Boy Scouts from Troop 132 of Palm Beach Gardens to arrive for the lighthouse tour. He got creative for dad Mitchell Brown’s camera. Contributed

The Post asked for readers’ photographs of the lighthouse, and we got more than 300 entries.

The winners of the contest and several other photos will run Sunday in a special “Hometown Destinations: Jupiter” section.

Bob Schooley wears the lighthouse on his head, May 5, 2016, while on an outing to celebrate his 26th wedding anniversary with wife Sandy. She took this photo with her Samsung Galaxy S5. Contributed

Bob Schooley wears the lighthouse on his head, May 5, 2016, while on an outing to celebrate his 26th wedding anniversary with wife Sandy. She took this photo with her Samsung Galaxy S5. Contributed

Glenn Salts III was raised in Jupiter and now lives in Palm Beach Gardens. He's had the Jupiter Lighthouse tattoo on his back for five years. Why? It's one of my favorite places in the world! Contributed

Glenn Salts III was raised in Jupiter and now lives in Palm Beach Gardens. He’s had the Jupiter Lighthouse tattoo on his back for five years. Why? “It’s one of my favorite places in the world!” Contributed

WANT TO SEE MORE READER PHOTOS OF THE JUPITER LIGHTHOUSE?

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Boater adrift off Lake Worth-Boynton coast for 24 hours-plus… | www …

A boater who had been adrift for more than 24 hours was rescued Wednesday near Lake Worth and Boynton Beach, according to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded to reports of a boater who broke down and was drifting 10 miles offshore. The man was in the Bahamas near Cat Cay when his boat broke down, Fire Rescue said.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Fire Rescue marine units and Broward County Fire Rescue Air Units searched the Atlantic Ocean and found the boater adrift 18 miles off the Palm Beach County coast, near Lake Worth and Boynton Beach.

The boater was reported to be in good condition and will be returning home to the Bahamas, Fire Rescue said.

Boaters have been adrift off our shores before, with varying results:

  • In 2015, Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, teenagers from Tequesta, set out on a boat from the Jupiter Inlet prior to a storm and have not been found despite a mammoth search of more than 50,000 square miles at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard and families.
  • In 2011, Michael Ayres and Steffon Moore were rescued after being found in a fiberglass dingy in Boca Raton. Ayres’ boat, which had left Islamorada three days before, hit something in the ocean and sank. He and Moore were at sea three days.
  • n 2015, Richard Ohrn of Boca Raton was reported missing after his boat was found off the coast of Boca. However, Ohrn was found to have faked his disappearance. He was ordered to pay $1 million for the Coast Guard’s search.

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Jupiter Lighthouse: You won’t believe how people pose by this …

Chas Leal, 14, points to the lighthouse while giving his relatives a boat tour. Contributed

Chas Leal, 14, points to the lighthouse while giving his relatives a boat tour. Contributed

BY JAN TUCKWOOD/Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Palm Beach Post readers love the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.

They love Palm Beach County’s oldest landmark so much, they cuddle it, poke it, hug it — and one reader even has it tattooed on his back.

He's got the lighthouse in his hands! Kevin Brown, 14, of Jupiter, was waiting in the parking lot of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, waiting for the rest of the Boy Scouts from Troop 132 of Palm Beach Gardens to arrive for the lighthouse tour. He got creative for dad Mitchell Brown's camera. Contributed

He’s got the lighthouse in his hands! Kevin Brown, 14, of Jupiter, was waiting in the parking lot of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, waiting for the rest of the Boy Scouts from Troop 132 of Palm Beach Gardens to arrive for the lighthouse tour. He got creative for dad Mitchell Brown’s camera. Contributed

The Post asked for readers’ photographs of the lighthouse, and we got more than 300 entries.

The winners of the contest and several other photos will run Sunday in a special “Hometown Destinations: Jupiter” section.

Bob Schooley wears the lighthouse on his head, May 5, 2016, while on an outing to celebrate his 26th wedding anniversary with wife Sandy. She took this photo with her Samsung Galaxy S5. Contributed

Bob Schooley wears the lighthouse on his head, May 5, 2016, while on an outing to celebrate his 26th wedding anniversary with wife Sandy. She took this photo with her Samsung Galaxy S5. Contributed

Glenn Salts III was raised in Jupiter and now lives in Palm Beach Gardens. He's had the Jupiter Lighthouse tattoo on his back for five years. Why? It's one of my favorite places in the world! Contributed

Glenn Salts III was raised in Jupiter and now lives in Palm Beach Gardens. He’s had the Jupiter Lighthouse tattoo on his back for five years. Why? “It’s one of my favorite places in the world!” Contributed

WANT TO SEE MORE READER PHOTOS OF THE JUPITER LIGHTHOUSE?

Go to MyPalmBeachPost.com/lighthouse

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Boater adrift off Lake Worth-Boynton coast for 24 hours-plus rescued

A boater who had been adrift for more than 24 hours was rescued Wednesday near Lake Worth and Boynton Beach, according to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded to reports of a boater who broke down and was drifting 10 miles offshore. The man was in the Bahamas near Cat Cay when his boat broke down, Fire Rescue said.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Fire Rescue marine units and Broward County Fire Rescue Air Units searched the Atlantic Ocean and found the boater adrift 18 miles off the Palm Beach County coast, near Lake Worth and Boynton Beach.

The boater was reported to be in good condition and will be returning home to the Bahamas, Fire Rescue said.

Boaters have been adrift off our shores before, with varying results:

  • In 2015, Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, teenagers from Tequesta, set out on a boat from the Jupiter Inlet prior to a storm and have not been found despite a mammoth search of more than 50,000 square miles at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard and families.
  • In 2011, Michael Ayres and Steffon Moore were rescued after being found in a fiberglass dingy in Boca Raton. Ayres’ boat, which had left Islamorada three days before, hit something in the ocean and sank. He and Moore were at sea three days.
  • n 2015, Richard Ohrn of Boca Raton was reported missing after his boat was found off the coast of Boca. However, Ohrn was found to have faked his disappearance. He was ordered to pay $1 million for the Coast Guard’s search.

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