NEW: Missing divers off Jupiter coast reported safe

An orange and white Coast Guard helicopter was seen circling just east of the Jupiter Inlet about 11 a.m., said Matt Martin, who was standing on the walkover at Jupiter Beach Park.

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Coveted location: Here’s what’s replacing Rustic Inn on Jupiter Inlet

The company, started in 1890 by the Lessing family, operates 14 wedding and catering venues, nine full-service restaurants and a historic hotel built in 1751 in the northeast United States. The company caters about 1,000 weddings a year, said Lessing.

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Gov. Scott signs legislation for boater safety in Florida after Austin & Perry tragedy

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed HB 711, which further reduces registration fees for boats equipped with safety features, such as an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). This legislation is an extension of a boater safety bill signed into law by Scott last year.

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“Just two years ago, we suffered the heartbreaking loss of two teenagers after sailing from the Jupiter Inlet. This important legislation encourages the use of safety measures to ensure this kind of tragedy never happens again. I’m proud to continue our efforts to keep Florida’s families and visitors safe by signing HB 711 today,” said Scott.

To view a copy of the transmittal letter, click HERE.

The tragic disappearance at sea of two teenagers off Jupiter Inlet has spurred state government into reducing fees for boat registrations.

Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, took a boat out of Jupiter Inlet July 24, 2015 and were never seen again.

Last session, that inspired the Florida Legislature to offer a limited-time discount in registration fees for boaters who have a locator beacon in their vessel.

This year, that discount was increased and made permanent in a bill passed out of the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday.

Registration fees vary depending on boat length, from the smallest 12-foot-and-under category to the largest, 110-foot-and-over. The normal fees range from $5.50 to $189.75, according to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Under the new law, the fees for boats with a position-indicating radio beacon, or whose owner has a personal locator beacon, will now pay $2.95 to $141.15. The reduced fees are meant to encourage boaters to buy life-saving equipment without requiring them by law. Such government mandates are anathema to many in the Republican-controlled Legislature, and passage of a bill requiring safety equipment on boats could be difficult.

“Just two years ago, we suffered the heartbreaking loss of two teenagers after sailing from the Jupiter Inlet,” Scott said in a statement. “This important legislation encourages the use of safety measures to ensure this kind of tragedy never happens again.”
 

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Rustic Inn Crabhouse out on Jupiter Inlet, new upscale business …

Lessing’s Hospitality Group executive says this view will draw customers for weddings and other events (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Now that the Rustic Inn Seafood Crabhouse is closed, what’s going to happen to that building on some of the primest waterfront property in north county?

Refurbishing is underway for a fall opening of the former Park Avenue BBQ Grille on U.S. 1 in Tequesta. The new restaurant will be called Lou’s Bar Grill.

“We’re putting a lot of work into the inside of the building,” said Modica, a Hobe Sound resident.

The one-acre property was purchased by Hobe Sound-based 236 US Highway One, llc for $960,000 in November, according to Palm Beach county property records. Modica is listed as the title manager of the company, according to state records.

Lou’s Bar Grill, which will feature worldwide foods that suit coastal Florida, is expected to open in late summer. Indoor and outdoor seating, including a tiki area, are planned.

“We’ll be offering fresh, clean, and health-conscious food with a menu that is family-friendly and designed to suit all occasions. We’ll be offering a casual fine dining experience with lunch and dinner served daily, and Sunday brunch,” according to an e-mail from Kareem Kablouti, who is handling the public relations and social media for the restaurant.

“We’ll have space for parties of all sizes. There will be craft beer, wine, and daily happy hour food specials offered at our bar and in our relaxed lounge area,” according to Kablouti’s e-mail.

The other three parcels owned by Modica, all on the Jupiter Inlet, are:

Love Street. The town has approved a plan for retail/offices, restaurants, a boardwalk for the four-acre parcel overlooking the Jupiter Inlet.

Suni Sands. An historic-style inn is planned for the 10-acre Suni Sands property, along with a boathouse. Modica bought the property for about $16 million in 2014. No plans have been submitted.

Rustic Inn Crabhouse restaurant. Modica bought the four-acre restaurant property last November for $8.3 million. The Rustic Inn closed Saturday.

Modica wants to link the properties on the Jupiter Inlet into an ecotourism destination.

“I want to get away from the cement, dining and drinking on the waterfront. We’re going to keep the kayak rental, the beach and the fishing boats. There will be a connection to Riverwalk. Love Street will set the stage to get this theme going,” Modica has told The Palm Beach Post.

Park Avenue BBQ in Tequesta closed the fall of 2015 at the location, on the west side of U.S. 1 , south of Tequesta Drive.

After closing the Tequesta PA BBQ, owner Dean Lavalee in April, 2016 opened a new PA on the north side of Indiantown Road in Jupiter West Plaza, just east of I-95 in Jupiter.

The new menu at Lou’s Bar Grill is expected to be more upscale than PA BBQ. That’s a smart move, said Lavalee.

“Tequesta is a more affluent area when we opened our restaurant. I expect they will do well,” said Lavalee.

Lavalee, who started PA BBQ in Lake Park in 1988, now has seven restaurants. He plans to open his eighth restaurant in the Palm Palm Beach Gardens Mall this summer.

A PA BBQ in Jupiter Farms closed in 2009.

 

New York catering company plans major refurbishing to inside of the former Rustic Inn Seafood Crabhouse restaurant in Jupiter (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rustic Inn Crabhouse out on Jupiter Inlet, new upscale business coming in

Lessing’s Hospitality Group executive says this view will draw customers for weddings and other events (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Now that the Rustic Inn Seafood Crabhouse is closed, what’s going to happen to that building on some of the primest waterfront property in north county?

It’s going to be a upscale hospitality destination for exclusive wedding venues, distinctive catering, and skillfully executed food service management, says the chief executive officer of The Lessing’s Hospitality Group, which plans on leasing the property.

“The location, you can’t beat it. It’s on the Jupiter Inlet. There’s the Loxahatchee River. There’s the view of the Jupiter Lighthouse. It’s a phenomenal opportunity,” said Michael Lessing, CEO of the Great River, New York-based company.

Jim Taube, who owns u-Tiki and Jetty’s restaurant next to the former Rustic Inn, said Lessing’s has the right idea.

“We get lots of calls asking to rent space for weddings and other big events. The demand is there. They have a big restaurant. They have lots of parking. A place like that is needed in north county,” said Taube.

The company, started in 1890 by the Lessing family, operates 14 wedding and catering venues, nine full-service restaurants and a historic hotel built in 1751 in the northeast United States. The company caters about 1,000 weddings a year, said Lessing.

The Lessing’s company has signed a lease for the former Rustic Inn with Charles Modica, who owns the four-acre Jupiter Inlet parcel. Modica bought the property for $8.3 million last year.

The property is just west of Modica’s 4-acre parcel on Love Street. There, Modica wants to build a $30 million outdoor marketplace featuring restaurants, offices and shops.

Major changes are planned for the inside of the Rustic Inn building, but the outside will remain pretty much the same, said Modica.

Catering weddings and other events at country clubs, mansions and other upscale venues in the northeast is the major portion of the company’s business, said Lessing.

The company expects to employ about 100 people when they open in coming months, said Lessing.

“We’ll reorganize the interior. We want to improve the view. We”ll create more natural light. It’s going to be a first-class facility,” said Lessing.

Customers will be able to rent out portions of the building for weddings and other events. There will not be a restaurant, said Lessing.

Company research showed there is a lack of rental space in the north Palm Beach County area for weddings and other events, said Lessing. Another reason the Lessing family selected Jupiter for expansion is they own land and vacation in the area, he said.

“There’s lots of private clubs and hotels available. But we plan to create a destination that will be unique for the area,” said Lessing.

Modica also owns the nearby 10-acre Suni Sands property. Combining Suni Sands, Love Street and the Rustic Inn properties to form an ecotourism destination on The Jupiter Inlet is the goal, according to Modica.

“Once all these places are tied together, people will be able to come for a week’s vacation and never have to use their car,” said Lessing.

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A bad day fishing on the Jupiter Inlet is better than…





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Jupiter Florida Surfing Guide

Jupiter Florida is home to many surfers, surf spots and great waves. To the south is Juno Beach Pier, Ocean Reef Park and Pump House surf breaks. The Juno Pier breaks both north side and south side depending on season, swell direction and sandbar movement. To the north of the Juno Pier, there are quite a few “numbered” spots. All the palm beach county beach entrances and shower heads are numbered. You will find some good beach breaks and outer sand bar breaks through the numbers. Getting closer to the Jupiter Inlet heading north, you have the Xanadu/Ocean Walk break toward Carlin Park, Civic Center and Finally the inlet marks the northernmost break in Jupiter. Jumping to the north side of the jupiter inlet, you move through a few breaks, coral cove and blowing rocks until you hit the very private Jupiter Island, where the is no public access until you hit Hobe Sound beach, several miles to the north.

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This waterfront restaurant in Jupiter closes tonight

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The restaurant is on the Jupiter Inlet (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

The Rustic Inn Seafood Crabhouse restaurant on the Jupiter Inlet will close Saturday night, May 20, according to Jupiter officials and the manager of the restaurant.

“The employees were devastated. But they saw it coming,” said the manager who asked not to be named.

A memo from Jupiter Interim Town Manager Lori Bonino also said the restaurant is closing.

Rustic Inn opened in January, 2015 in the former location of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. on the Jupiter Inlet just south of U.S. 1, next door to Jetty’s restaurant.

Rustic Inn Crabhouse, famous for its garlic crabs, has been located on a canal on Griffin Road west of I-95 in Broward County for decades.

Rustic Inn in Jupiter employs about 50 full- and part-time employees, the manager said. Closing will be after regular hours Saturday night, he said.

Jupiter developer Charles Modica last November bought The Rustic Inn Crabhouse property in for $8.3 million, more than doubling Modica’s land holdings on this section of A1A along the Jupiter Inlet.

The 3.7-acre Rustic Inn site, at 1065 State Road A1A, is just west of Modica’s 2-acre parcel on Love Street. There, Modica wants to build an outdoor marketplace featuring restaurants, offices and shops.

The $30 million project has been three years in the making.

Modica has said he plans on keeping the Rustic Inn building as a restaurant.

The Love Street project has been scaled back in size because of residents’ complaints about traffic and parking.

But some residents still oppose development of the land.

Business has been strong at Rustic Inn, which has outdoor seating with a wide view of the Lighthouse, docks and boats drifting to and from the Inlet.

“People around here like local restaurants, like Guanabanas. They don’t like chain restaurants,” said the manager.

Staff Writer Alexandra Clough contributed to this story.

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Rustic Inn owner Charles Modica



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Developers turning golf courses, farm land into homes west of Boynton

In Boca Raton, the 64,000-square-foot Park Place shopping center on Military Trail, south of Clint Moore Road, started construction at least two years ago. On 16 acres, it’s now home to restaurants and retail including the Habit Burger chain, a Chipotle and Burton’s Grill. Also, Moderne Boca, a luxury townhouse community, was built at the northeast corner of Military Trail and Spanish River Boulevard.

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This waterfront restaurant in Jupiter closes tonight | Northern Palm …

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The restaurant is on the Jupiter Inlet (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

The Rustic Inn Seafood Crabhouse restaurant on the Jupiter Inlet will close Saturday night, May 20, according to Jupiter officials and the manager of the restaurant.

“The employees were devastated. But they saw it coming,” said the manager who asked not to be named.

A memo from Jupiter Interim Town Manager Lori Bonino also said the restaurant is closing.

Rustic Inn opened in January, 2015 in the former location of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. on the Jupiter Inlet just south of U.S. 1, next door to Jetty’s restaurant.

Rustic Inn Crabhouse, famous for its garlic crabs, has been located on a canal on Griffin Road west of I-95 in Broward County for decades.

Rustic Inn in Jupiter employs about 50 full- and part-time employees, the manager said. Closing will be after regular hours Saturday night, he said.

Jupiter developer Charles Modica last November bought The Rustic Inn Crabhouse property in for $8.3 million, more than doubling Modica’s land holdings on this section of A1A along the Jupiter Inlet.

The 3.7-acre Rustic Inn site, at 1065 State Road A1A, is just west of Modica’s 2-acre parcel on Love Street. There, Modica wants to build an outdoor marketplace featuring restaurants, offices and shops.

The $30 million project has been three years in the making.

Modica has said he plans on keeping the Rustic Inn building as a restaurant.

The Love Street project has been scaled back in size because of residents’ complaints about traffic and parking.

But some residents still oppose development of the land.

Business has been strong at Rustic Inn, which has outdoor seating with a wide view of the Lighthouse, docks and boats drifting to and from the Inlet.

“People around here like local restaurants, like Guanabanas. They don’t like chain restaurants,” said the manager.

Staff Writer Alexandra Clough contributed to this story.

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Rustic Inn owner Charles Modica



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