15 Last Minute Labor Day Weekend Getaways From Miami


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By Shayne Benowitz | shayne@shaynebenowitz.com

Labor Day Weekend is just over a week away and you still haven’t made plans. Whether it’s an escape from the summertime blues or the Zika blues, here are 15 destinations you can reach in four hours or less from Miami by plane, train (okay, not really), automobile—or yacht, of course.

1. Naples

Head west across Alligator Alley for a tranquil weekend escape to Naples and the Gulf of Mexico. The Naples Grande Beach Resort is the perfect hideaway for Miamians with its secret beach accessed through a mangrove estuary, the casual-chic Catch of the Pelican restaurant and a luxurious design that would be at home in South Beach.

2. New Orleans

Make it a foodie weekend in New Orleans zig-zagging across the city from the French Quarter to the Garden District to the Central Business District. Don’t miss a meal at John Besh’s groundbreaking August, absinthe frappes at Lafitte’s and live music on Frenchman Street.

3. Bimini

With the newly opened Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, the Bahamian island 50 miles due east of Miami is continuing to develop as a tourist destination catering to South Floridians. While the Super Fast ferry from PortMiami is no longer in service, 45-minute direct flights are available via Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport—or you can always charter a yacht or seaplane.

4. Jupiter

With its laidback waterfront tiki bars like Guanabanas and a burgeoning brewery scene spearheaded by Tequesta Brewing, Jupiter is the perfect escape for a chilled out Labor Day Weekend filled with plenty of rum punches and microbrews.

5. Fort Pierce

Whether it’s catching a wave at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park or visiting the surf-themed Endless Summer Vineyard Winery and Al’s Red Barn Grill, funky Fort Pierce is a great escape for nature lovers and those after an only-in-South-Florida experience.

6. Palm Beach

From luxury shopping on pristine Worth Avenue to a lavish Sunday brunch at The Breakers, Palm Beach is a spoil of riches. Book dinner and a show at The Colony’s Royal Room for a Broadway-caliber cabaret and killer after party at the Polo Lounge.

Photo by Sel Cisneros.

7. St. Kitts Nevis

The Caribbean West Indies isle of St. Kitts is lush with rainforest peaks and craggy oceanside bluffs. From down-to-earth dining at local spots like Fredo’s to the upscale Spice Mill at Cockleshell Beach where the lights of Nevis twinkle on the horizon, it’s a foodie and beach lover’s paradise. A visit to the island nation’s sister island of Nevis is a must whether it’s a day trip aboard a catamaran or an overnight at the lux Four Seasons.

8. Orlando

From Disney World to the dining scene at nearby Winter Park, Orlando has plenty to offer families over Labor Day Weekend.

9. Anguilla

One of the most luxurious escapes in the Caribbean, Anguilla is filled with sublime oceanfront resorts perched on craggy cliffs. Check into the newly reopened Malliouhana and unwind underneath frilly yellow umbrellas by the tiered infinity pool with nothing but the endless Caribbean Sea on the horizon.

10. Clearwater Beach

Head to the sugar white sands of Clearwater Beach and unwind in the greater Tampa Bay area. With its sunset celebration at Pier 60 and beachfront Frenchie’s Restaurant, soak up a weekend on the Gulf Coast.

Photo by Nick Doll.

11. Key West

Take a road trip to the Southernmost Point over Labor Day and bar hop around the local spots on (and off) Duval Street: Two Cents, The Other Side, The Porch, Waterfront Brewery. Grab dinner at new restaurant Thirsty Mermaid. End your night with live music, root beer barrels and free popcorn at the Green Parrott.

12. Islamorada

Get a taste of The Keys and cut your drive time in half by spending the weekend in Islamorada. Amara Cay is a peaceful and stylish resort nestled on the other side of the Florida Bay making for the perfect escape for both anglers and beach bums.

13. Aruba

From Arikok National Park’s wild desert terrain to the relaxing beaches at the northern end of the island, Aruba is a dynamic destination with plenty of natural wonders to observe.

14. Barbados

From rum tastings at St. Nicolas Abbey to snorkeling through nature preservesand a night out at St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados is a slice of heaven in the Caribbean.

 

Photo by Ed Lederman

15. New York City

Who says you can’t soak up the sun in New York City? Indulge in oysters and negronis aboard Grand Banks’ schooner docked on the Hudson in TriBeCa, cruise the High Line above West Chelsea or take in the scenery at the newly reopened Whitney museum’s outdoor gallery terraces in the Meatpacking District for a cosmopolitan Labor Day Weekend.

Shayne Benowitz is the travel editor at Miami.com. Sign up for her monthly newsletter at ShayneBenowitz.com or follow her on Twitter @ShayneBenowitz.

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Rain chances remain elevated Wednesday evening

Occasional late-afternoon and early evening heavy downpours will result in as much as one-half to one inch of rainfall in the most intense storms, from Barefoot Bay to the Jupiter Inlet.


Aug. 24, 2016


Aug. 24, 2016


Aug. 24, 2016


Aug. 24, 2 am

By Staff Report

This evening, there’s a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. It’s mostly cloudy, with a low around 76 expected Winds are east-northeast around 10 mph.

Sunrise was at 6:57 a.m. Sunset was at 7:50 p.m.

EXTENDED FORECAST

Source: National Weather Service

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 79. East northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Friday: A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. East northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Friday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a slight chance of showers between 9pm and 1am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 78. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. Windy, with an east wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Sunday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. East wind 10 to 15 mph.

Monday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. East wind 10 to 15 mph.

Monday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. East wind 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. East southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

TROPICS

Source: National Hurricane Center

Atlantic:

  • 11 p.m.: Tropical Storm Gaston is 1,205 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. Maximum sustained winds are 70 mph. Weakening is forecast during the next two days.
  • 8 p.m.: A tropical wave is centered about 100 miles north of Puerto Rico. This system could become a tropical depression during the next day or two.

Formation chance through 48 hours: 50 percent.

Formation chance through 5 days: 80 percent.

Pacific:

  • 9 p.m. MDT: Tropical Depression 13-E has formed. It’s centered about 455 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, with top winds of 35 mph as it moves west-northwest at 14 mph.
  • 5 p.m. PDT: Showers and thunderstorms associated with an area of low pressure about 1,300 miles southwest of Baja California peninsula continue to show some signs of organization. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for slow development of this system, and a tropical depression is likely to form by this weekend while the low moves westward or west-northwestward about 15 mph.

Formation chance through 48 hours: 40 percent

Formation chance through 5 days: 80 percent

TODAY’S TIDE FORECAST

Source: National Weather Service

Sebastian Inlet Bridge

  • High tides: 12:53 a.m. and 1:37 p.m.
  • Low tides: 7:15 a.m. and 7:47 p.m.

Fort Pierce Inlet, South Jetty

  • High tides: 1:10 a.m. and 1:54 p.m.
  • Low tides: 7:21 a.m. and 7:53 p.m.

MARINE FORECAST

Source: National Weather Service

Today: Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet with a dominant period 5 seconds. A moderate chop on the intracoastal waters. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.

Tonight: East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with a dominant period 7 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.

Thursday: East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.

Thursday Night: Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.

Friday: Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet. A moderate chop on the intracoastal waters. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.

Friday Night: East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.

Saturday: East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.

Saturday Night: East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.

Sunday: East winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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Memory of snorkeler featured in Gardens couple’s children’s books

The memory of a young man killed in a snorkeling accident off Jupiter lives on through children’s books authored and illustrated by a Palm Beach Gardens couple.

Scott and Karen Lamberson began working on their “Professor Clark the Science Shark” series for children in kindergarten through fifth grades about five years ago. They write the books spotlighting topics such as pollution and ecosystems together, and Karen, a former art teacher, illustrates them.

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After 26-year-old Andrew “Red” Harris was killed by a boat while snorkeling in the Jupiter Inlet two years ago, Karen re-imagined the boy who grew into a young man in the books as him. The books are set around a reef off the coast of Jupiter, where the Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation started in his memory is helping create an artificial reef.

The Lambersons created Professor Clark the Science Shark at the urging of a friend who is a professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. The character is inspired by Emma, a famous tiger shark in the Bahamas.

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Palm Beach Gardens residents Scott and Karen Lamberson shared their Professor Clark the Science Shark books and concept at an event … read more

“He said the oceans need a Smokey the Bear,” Karen Lamberson recalled.

Each book features a vocab lab that includes words commonly used on the Florida Standards Assessments and “fin facts” the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium helps compile. Kids create different aquatic creatures out of recycled water bottles. The activity teaches them about movement, propulsion and engineering, Karen Lamberson said.

Andrew’s mom, Martha Harris, has read to children during three or four of the Lambersons’ programs, including one at Limestone Creek Elementary School where Andrew attended.

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Scott and Karen Lamberson have readings of their Professor Clark the Science Shark books at Palm Beach County schools. Photo courtesy … read more

“Andrew loved the ocean and the sea. That the Lambersons want to write about him in that way is amazing,” she said. “To me, it’s special that I can go read about my Andrew.”

Scott Harris, Andrew’s dad, said their primary goal along with helping the environment is to assure Andrew is remembered in a way that benefits the community as his life would have. The books are one of the education initiatives they’re pursuing, he said.

“I see the books as being consistent with that — teaching marine environmentalism,” he said. “We’re grateful to the Lambersons for their hard work and loving presentation of Andrew.”

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Palm Beach Gardens residents Scott and Karen Lamberson are writing and illustrating a Professor Clark the Science Shark series of children’s … read more

The Lambersons hope to have 20 books in the Professor Clark the Science Shark series when it’s completed. They recently ordered their fifth story about how a hurricane affects a reef and marine life. Through a partnership with the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, Professor Clark the Science Shark-related programming reaches about 2,000 school children a year.

Carla Duhaney, director of education for the center and aquarium, said the Lambersons read the books, and educators will teach kids about sharks’ teeth and anatomy. The students get to take home a necklace they make.

Duhaney said she looks forward to the publication of a STEM project guide for educators and the Lambersons reaching more schools each year.

The fourth book in the series features Reada, an endangered hawksbill turtle who is rescued by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center with help from Ray the Remora (a suckerfish), Holt the Seahorse and, of course, Andrew.

The Lambersons were finalists for the Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Go Blue Awards in 2013 and 2014, and their books are available in the center’s gift shop. But their endeavor isn’t about them.

“What we’re concerned about is saving the seas and helping educate the next generation,” Scott Lamberson said.



For more information or to assist the Lambersons go to professorclarkthescienceshark.com, ProfessorClark on Facebook, professor_clark_ on Instagram or email lambersonconsulting@yahoo.com.

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Scattered storms impact Treasure Coast | Tropics, Radar – TCPalm

Heavy rain seen near the Martin/St. Lucie County line Sunday afternoon. (LEAH VOSS/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS)


Aug. 21, 2016


Aug. 21, 2016 5 a.m.

ADVISORIES

4:46 p.m.: A flood advisory has been issued for rural southwestern St. Lucie County and Okeechobee County until 6:15 p.m.

At 4:45 p.m., radar indicated heavy rain falling due to stationary thunderstorms in the advisory area. Radar indicates that a little over 1 inch of rain has already fallen in some locations, and another inch or two will be possible before the rain tapers off.

Some locations that will experience flooding include: Treasure Island, Okeechobee, Taylor Creek, Four Seasons Estates and Country Hills Estates.

3:45 p.m.: A significant weather advisory has been issued for eastern Martin County until 4:30 p.m. Gusty winds and heavy rain are occurring in this storm. At 3:41  p.m., radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near Port Salerno moving east at 10 to 15 mph.

Winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with this storm. Locations impacted include: Stuart, Jupiter Island, Palm City, Port Salerno and Hobe Sound. 

5:31 a.m.: Another day of above-normal temperatures can be expected, with highs reaching the mid 90s inland and along come coastal areas too. Lower 90s are expected along the Treasure Coast beaches.

The record of consecutive days of 90 degree or greater temperatures will likely reach 58 days at Melbourne and 54 days at Daytona Beach today.

Compared to Saturday, a lower coverage of isolated storms are forecast for areas from Orlando to Melbourne northward, with a greater coverage of scattered storms farther south, inland from the immediate coast.

5:11 a.m.: Scattered lightning storms will develop this afternoon over inland portions of Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties as the Lake Okeechobee breeze collides with the east coast sea breeze about mid afternoon.

There’s a moderate risk of rip currents.

Isolated to scattered lightning storms will have the potential to produce gusty winds of 35 to 40 knots this afternoon. Storm motion will be slow and erratic so most of the activity will remain over land. However, portions of the intracoastal and near shore Atlantic waters south of Sebastian Inlet may be impact by gusty winds and lightning.

TODAY’S FORECAST

Keep an eye on conditions with our live weather radar.

There’s a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon today. It’ll be mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Light and variable wind becoming east northeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 75. South wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest after midnight.

Sunrise will be at 6:56 a.m. Sunset will be at 7:53 p.m.

EXTENDED FORECAST

Source: National Weather Service

Monday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Heat index values as high as 101. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 73. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 77. North northeast wind around 10 mph.

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 78. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Northeast wind around 10 mph.

Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

 

TROPICAL UPDATE

Source: National Hurricane Center

Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico

Formation chance through 48 hours: 30 percent.

Formation chance through 5 days: 60 percent.

 

  • 3. 5 a.m.: An area of low pressure, associated with another tropical wave, has moved off the coast of Senegal in western Africa. A tropical depression is likely to form in a few days. 

 Formation chance through 48 hours: 50 percent.

 

Formation chance through 5 days: 80 percent.

Eastern Pacific Ocean

 

  • 11 a.m.: Tropical Storm Kay is located about 325 miles west-southwest of Baja California. Maximum sustained winds are at 45 mph and it’s moving northwest at 7 mph. Weakening is expected by Monday, and Kay is forecast to become a remnant low on Tuesday.

 

TODAY’S TIDE FORECAST

Source: National Weather Service

Sebastian Inlet Bridge

 

  • High tides: 10:51 a.m. and 11:11 p.m.
  • Low tides: 4:31 a.m. and 4:55 p.m.

 

Fort Pierce Inlet, South Jetty

 

  • High tides:11:08 a.m. and 11:28 p.m.
  • Low tides: 4:37 a.m. and 5:01 p.m.

 

MARINE FORECAST

Source: National Weather Service

5:11 a.m.: Isolated to scattered lightning storms will have the potential to produce gusty winds of 35 to 40 knots this afternoon. Storm motion will be slow and erratic so most of the activity will remain over land.

However, portions of the intracoastal and near shore Atlantic waters south of Sebastian Inlet may be impact by gusty winds and lightning.

Today: West to northwest winds 5 knots becoming east 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Tonight: South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming west after midnight. Seas 1 foot with a dominant period 8 seconds. Mostly smooth on the intracoastal waters.

Monday: Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Monday Night: Southeast winds 5 knots becoming west 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Mostly smooth on the intracoastal waters.

Tuesday: North winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night: Northeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.

Wednesday: Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night: Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Thursday: Northeast winds 10 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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Scattered storms impact Treasure Coast

Heavy rain seen near the Martin/St. Lucie County line Sunday afternoon. (LEAH VOSS/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS)


Aug. 21, 2016


Aug. 21, 2016 5 a.m.

ADVISORIES

4:46 p.m.: A flood advisory has been issued for rural southwestern St. Lucie County and Okeechobee County until 6:15 p.m.

At 4:45 p.m., radar indicated heavy rain falling due to stationary thunderstorms in the advisory area. Radar indicates that a little over 1 inch of rain has already fallen in some locations, and another inch or two will be possible before the rain tapers off.

Some locations that will experience flooding include: Treasure Island, Okeechobee, Taylor Creek, Four Seasons Estates and Country Hills Estates.

3:45 p.m.: A significant weather advisory has been issued for eastern Martin County until 4:30 p.m. Gusty winds and heavy rain are occurring in this storm. At 3:41  p.m., radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near Port Salerno moving east at 10 to 15 mph.

Winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with this storm. Locations impacted include: Stuart, Jupiter Island, Palm City, Port Salerno and Hobe Sound. 

5:31 a.m.: Another day of above-normal temperatures can be expected, with highs reaching the mid 90s inland and along come coastal areas too. Lower 90s are expected along the Treasure Coast beaches.

The record of consecutive days of 90 degree or greater temperatures will likely reach 58 days at Melbourne and 54 days at Daytona Beach today.

Compared to Saturday, a lower coverage of isolated storms are forecast for areas from Orlando to Melbourne northward, with a greater coverage of scattered storms farther south, inland from the immediate coast.

5:11 a.m.: Scattered lightning storms will develop this afternoon over inland portions of Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties as the Lake Okeechobee breeze collides with the east coast sea breeze about mid afternoon.

There’s a moderate risk of rip currents.

Isolated to scattered lightning storms will have the potential to produce gusty winds of 35 to 40 knots this afternoon. Storm motion will be slow and erratic so most of the activity will remain over land. However, portions of the intracoastal and near shore Atlantic waters south of Sebastian Inlet may be impact by gusty winds and lightning.

TODAY’S FORECAST

Keep an eye on conditions with our live weather radar.

There’s a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon today. It’ll be mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Light and variable wind becoming east northeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 75. South wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest after midnight.

Sunrise will be at 6:56 a.m. Sunset will be at 7:53 p.m.

EXTENDED FORECAST

Source: National Weather Service

Monday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Heat index values as high as 101. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 73. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 77. North northeast wind around 10 mph.

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 78. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Northeast wind around 10 mph.

Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

 

TROPICAL UPDATE

Source: National Hurricane Center

Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico

Formation chance through 48 hours: 30 percent.

Formation chance through 5 days: 60 percent.

 

  • 3. 5 a.m.: An area of low pressure, associated with another tropical wave, has moved off the coast of Senegal in western Africa. A tropical depression is likely to form in a few days. 

 Formation chance through 48 hours: 50 percent.

 

Formation chance through 5 days: 80 percent.

Eastern Pacific Ocean

 

  • 11 a.m.: Tropical Storm Kay is located about 325 miles west-southwest of Baja California. Maximum sustained winds are at 45 mph and it’s moving northwest at 7 mph. Weakening is expected by Monday, and Kay is forecast to become a remnant low on Tuesday.

 

TODAY’S TIDE FORECAST

Source: National Weather Service

Sebastian Inlet Bridge

 

  • High tides: 10:51 a.m. and 11:11 p.m.
  • Low tides: 4:31 a.m. and 4:55 p.m.

 

Fort Pierce Inlet, South Jetty

 

  • High tides:11:08 a.m. and 11:28 p.m.
  • Low tides: 4:37 a.m. and 5:01 p.m.

 

MARINE FORECAST

Source: National Weather Service

5:11 a.m.: Isolated to scattered lightning storms will have the potential to produce gusty winds of 35 to 40 knots this afternoon. Storm motion will be slow and erratic so most of the activity will remain over land.

However, portions of the intracoastal and near shore Atlantic waters south of Sebastian Inlet may be impact by gusty winds and lightning.

Today: West to northwest winds 5 knots becoming east 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Tonight: South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming west after midnight. Seas 1 foot with a dominant period 8 seconds. Mostly smooth on the intracoastal waters.

Monday: Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Monday Night: Southeast winds 5 knots becoming west 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Mostly smooth on the intracoastal waters.

Tuesday: North winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night: Northeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms.

Wednesday: Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night: Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Thursday: Northeast winds 10 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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Adventure Awaits: Four North County excursions you’ll want to take

The Sandhill Crane Access Park in Palm Beach Gardens offers views of the Loxahatchee Slough and has a trail that connects to Riverbend Park in Jupiter.

The Sandhill Crane Access Park in Palm Beach Gardens offers views of the Loxahatchee Slough and has a trail that connects to Riverbend Park in Jupiter.

One of the perks of living in Palm Beach County is the natural beauty that surrounds us.

It can be difficult to fully appreciate, however, without a guide. An expert will show you the way around and teach you about the critters that share our home through the Adventure Awaits series offered by the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management. 

The department announced 15 new events Thursday that are aimed at getting people to explore the natural areas. The programs are free, but registration is required. You can see the full list of offerings and register hereAdventure Awaits Final_Fall2016_Page_1

Here are four in northern Palm Beach County to check out. The details are from Palm Beach County ERM.

Meet South Florida’s Butterflies: 8 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Delaware Scrub Natural Area, Northeast corner of Indiantown Road and Delaware Boulevard in Jupiter

Experts from the local chapter of the North American Butterfly Association during a leisurely hike along well-maintained trails will explain native butterflies and the habitats they depend on for survival.

Sunset Paddle to the Jupiter Lighthouse: 5 p.m. Sept. 28 at Coral Cove Park, Tequesta

Kayak about three miles with ERM staff from the park to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Natural Area to see the sun setting over the restored maritime hammock island with a newly created seagrass and mangrove habitat. The Loxahatchee River District River Center will provide 15 kayaks for free. Five other spots are available for people who bring their own canoes or kayaks.

Meet Our Snowbirds: 8 a.m. Oct. 9 in Frenchman’s Forest Natural Area, 3/4 mile north of PGA Boulevard on Prosperity Farms Road in Palm Beach Gardens

Experts from the Audubon Society of the Everglades will explain native birds and the habitats they depend on for survival during this leisurely hike along well-maintained trails.

Loxahatchee Slough Bike and Hike: 8 a.m. Oct. 22, Karen T. Marcus Sandhill Crane Access Park on west end PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens

Discover the trails of the slough with help from ERM staff. It will start with a five-mile bike ride along the Bluegill Trail, which will be followed by a one-hour, 1/3-mile hike. The program will end with a five-mile bike ride back to the park. The hiking could go through water that’s knee deep.

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#TCFishing weekly report: Yahoo for wahoo

PATRICK PRICE/CONTRIBUTED PHOTO This photo of a big catch of big wahoo is from a DayMaker charters fishing trip to The Corner on the east side of the Gulf Stream a few years ago.


CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Wahoo are a crowd pleaser, both for their blistering fast runs, and for their flavor on the dinner table.

By Ed Killer of TCPalm

Fish of the week: Wahoo

Why we love them: Along the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches, during the summer months and into early fall, the full moon is the time to target wahoo. They come in to the deep submerged structure like sea mounts and deep reefs for spawning activity. It’s common for bluewater anglers departing Sebastian, Fort Pierce, St. Lucie, Jupiter or Palm Beach inlets to head to sea before dawn, and run to the areas along the 27 Fathom line. Troll big lures with and without large baits like horse ballyhoo or a big split-tail mullet, fitted with an Ilander or similar lure. For best results, deploy baits using a downrigger or a lead sinker to get the bait as deep as 40 feet down. Then, when the reel starts making a sound like the hook just caught the bumper of a Maserati, it’s a good bet there’s a wahoo on the end of the line.

After the catch: Here, we can catch them up to 120 pounds, but a 40-pounder is a good sized wahoo. One way to clean them is to cut them like steaks. It makes a perfect portion for grilling or broiling basted with a little olive oil, thyme, basil, pepper and lemon.

Fishing regulations: Minimum size: None. Bag limit: 2 per person per day. For complete fishing regulations, go to www.MyFWC.com.


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Florida record: 139 pounds, George Von Hoffman, May 18, 1960, Marathon.

Best Bets: Offshore sailfish, kingfish, wahoo; Inshore snapper, snook, tarpon

SALTWATER INSHORE

Indian River County Inshore: Capt. Brian Williamson, of Vero Tackle and Marina, said the fishing has improved this week as the water has cleaned up from last week’s rain. Large trout are taking live mullet and jerk baits. Redfish are along the shorelines eating shrimp and gold spoons. The snook bite has been best around structure on the incoming tides. Mullet and topwater plugs in the mullet colors have been producing best. Tripletail are hanging on the channel markers eating free-lined shrimp. In the surf it has been a mixed bag of pompano, whiting, jacks, permit, snook and tarpon..

St. Lucie County Inshore: Geoff Quatraro, of White’s Tackle in Fort Pierce, said the night time fishing around dock lights has been pretty steady for catch and release snook. For best results, use small-sized live white baits. On the beaches, the snook, tarpon and big jacks are providing plenty of light tackle fun. He said to find the fish, find the bait first. That’s where the most action has been, and it moves every day.

Martin County Inshore: Capt. Justin Rieger, of Just-IN-Time charters out of Snook Nook Bait and Tackle in Jensen Beach, said the inlet bite for catch and release snook has been red hot. His anglers caught big fish Wednesday with about 15 up to about 40 inches. Live bait was a little tough to get. Sardines can be found, but are hard to get to bite sabiki rigs. Rieger said there are still tarpon in the Crossroads, and up the Intracoastal Waterway channel.

SALTWATER OFFSHORE

Atlantic Ocean

Indian River County Offshore: Williamson said the snapper fishing offshore has been hit and miss. When anglers find warm water, the snapper has been very good. When the water runs cold, the bite is slow to none. An occasional dolphin is still being caught, but there are more sailfish around with the best depth being near that 120 foot zone. Look for current rips and obvious signs of floating objects for better odds of action.

St. Lucie County Offshore: Capt. Tris Colket, of Last Mango charters out of Fort Pierce City Marina, said angler Howard Nelson enjoyed his birthday fishing trip Wednesday with his son Jasper, Drew Hurley and friends. The action was fast and furious with a limit of 10 kingfish, a 5-pound Spanish mackerel, sharks, bonitos and a sailfish release for Nelson who displayed cunning skill and masterful angling in his first ever battle with a “mighty big summer sail,” as Colket put it. The fish were caught in 60 feet on live sardines.

Martin County Offshore: Rieger said the best action going has been the sailfish. Some boats are getting five or six shots a day at sailfish either live baiting or trolling in 80 to 160 feet of water. There are some kingfish, bonito and wahoo in those depths, too. Anglers targeting wahoo will do best by being in position to high speed troll at daybreak. The bottom fishing has been less reliable lately due to cold water upwellings.

Freshwater

Bass: Capt. Mike Shellen of Okeechobeebassfishing.com said the bass fishing is still very good for anglers using wild shiners for bait. Anglers can plan to catch 25 to 40 bass per trip on shiners. Artificial lures are also working well as anglers using spinnerbaits can start the day catching 10 or 12 fish before the sun gets up, then switch over to senkoes and flukes where they can catch at least as many and more through the morning hours.

Panfish: Shellen said local tackle shops are having a hard time staying stocked up on live crickets and red worms since the panfish bite has been so good. Anglers are fishing a lot of the spots in the grass along the north and western shores of the lake. Bluegills are feeding aggressively and shellcrackers, too.

Blue Cypress: Jeanne Middleton, of Middleton’s Fish Camp at Blue Cypress Lake, said the bass fishing has been hard to get a good read on since the heat has the fish feeding in low light and low temperature conditions. Saturday is the second annual Trash Fish Tournament which promises to be a lot of fun. For registration details and eligible species, go to the Middleton’s Fish Camp Facebook page.

WEATHER

Thursday: East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Slight chance of showers.

Thursday night: East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet with a dominant period 8 seconds. Mostly smooth on the intracoastal waters.

Friday: East winds 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Friday night: Southeast winds 5 knots becoming south after midnight. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Smooth on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening.

Saturday: South winds 5 knots becoming east 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. A light chop on the intracoastal waters. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Saturday night: South winds 5 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Sunday: South winds 5 knots becoming southeast in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Friday-Saturday: Treasure Coast Bonito Blast out of Twisted Tuna and Manatee Island Bar Grill, 4290 S.E. Salerno Road, Port Salerno. Cash prizes for heaviest and most bonito. Entry: $100 per boat. Benefits: Wounded Warriors of South Florida. Information: Treasure Coast Bonito Blast on Facebook or email TCBonitoBlast@gmail.com.

Through Aug. 31: Snook season is closed on the Atlantic coast of Florida, Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. All snook must be released after they are caught. For complete fishing regulations, go to www.MyFWC.com.

Through Dec. 31: Grouper season is open in South Atlantic waters (from North Carolina to Key West). Based on state and federal regulations, anglers can keep allowable limits and sizes of species of grouper including gag grouper, red grouper, black grouper, scamp and more. Information: www.SAFMC.net.

Through March 31: Lobster regular season opens. Size limit: 3-inch minimum carapace length measured in water. Bag limit: 6 per person statewide. License required. Lobster stamp required. Dive flag required. Information: www.MyFWC.com.

To file a report: Contact Ed Killer at ed.killer@tcpalm.com, call 772-221-4201, text at 772-285-1666 and follow him on Twitter @TCPalmEKiller.

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Martin County Community Calendar August 18 – TCPalm

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL EVENTS

Biologist Beach Walk: Public insight into LMC’s research department. 6:45-8:30 a.m. Aug. 8.-Sept. 30. Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. 1, Juno Beach. Ages: 8+. $12. Ticket: 561-627-8280; www.marinelife.org/beachwalk.

Required Minimum Distribution Workshop: What you need to know about RMD’s if approaching 70½. 2-3 p.m. Aug. 18. Indian River State College — Wolf High-tech Center, 2400 Salerno Road, Building C, Room C102, Stuart. Adult. RSVP: 888-710-1002; www.peakcapital.fixedincomecounsel.com.

Treasure Coast Macintosh Users Group: monthly meeting. Learn about iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, Apple Watches, iMacs. 5 p.m. Aug. 18. Children’s Services Council of Martin County, 101 S.E. Central Parkway, Stuart. 772-283-5646; tcmug.net.

Estate Long-Term Care Planning: Estate Long-Term Care Planning. 3 p.m. Aug. 18. Kane Center, 900 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart. Ages: 60+. RSVP: 772-223-7800; www.kanecenter.org.

Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic Ranch: Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic® Pre-party and fundraiser. 5 p.m. Aug. 18. Guanabanas Waterfront Restaurant, 60 N. Highway A1A, Jupiter. Donation. RSVP: 561-737-5311; www.furryfriendsadoption.org.

Democratic Women’s Club of Martin County: Candidate forum for state and local candidates to present platform. 6-8 p.m. Aug. 18. East Stuart Recreation Center, 724 East 10th Street, Stuart.

Dancing with the Martin County Stars Fundraiser for Healthy Start Coalition: Fundraiser for the Healthy Start Coalition of Martin County. 6-10 p.m. Aug. 18. Terra Fermata, 26 S.E. 6th St., Stuart. $5 suggested donation. 772-286-5252; www.terrafermata.com

Lighthouse Moonrise Tour: View the Full Moon from atop the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. 7:15 p.m. Aug. 18. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter. Children must be at least 48″ to climb tower. $20 or $15 for Members. Reservation: 561-747-8380; www.jupiterlighthouse.org.

THURSDAY’S RECURRING EVENTS

Art/Crafts

Alizarin Crimson Art Studio: Over 30 years of Fine Art Instruction Painting Classes-All Levels. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Cedar Pointe Plaza, 2611 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart. All ages. 772-287-7030; Alizarincrimsonstudio.net. Professional Teaching Staff: Georgia Abood, Kate Wood Jennifer Pollack.

Imaginative Drawing Class: 4:30-7:30 p.m. The Artists Nook, 43 S.E. Kindred St., Stuart. Ages: 15+. $30-$360. paradigm_shiftin@mac.com.

Rendering in Mixed Media: Learn to Draw colorfully with more than just a pencil. 7:30-10:30 p.m. The Artists Nook, 43 S.E. Kindred St., Stuart. Ages: 16+. $30-$360. paradigm_shiftin@mac.com.

Watercolor Classes: Class taught by two award winning area artists. 1-3 p.m. MCPR Log Cabin Senior Center, Langford Park, 2369 N.E. Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach. Multigenerational. $15. 772-334-2926; zcarter@martin.fl.us.

CHILDREN/TEENS

“Music Movement”: Parent/child classes designed to enhance child’s growth and development. Ages: 27-60 months. 9:30-10:30 a.m. The Children’s Museum, 1707 N.E. Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach. 772-225-7575.

“Music Movement”: Parent/child classes designed to enhance child’s growth and development. Siblings. 10:45-11:45 a.m. The Children’s Museum, 1707 N.E. Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach. 772-225-7575.

“Music Movement”: Parent/child classes designed to enhance child’s growth and development. Ages: 3-11 months. Noon-1 p.m. The Children’s Museum, 1707 N.E. Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach. 772-225-7575.

“Music Movement”: Parent/child classes designed to enhance child’s growth and development. Ages: 12-18 months. 1:15-2:15 p.m. The Children’s Museum, 1707 N.E. Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach. 772-225-7575.

CLUBS

Rotary Club of Stuart/Sunrise: 7:30-8:30 a.m. Monarch Country Club, 1801 Monarch Club Drive, Palm City.

DANCE

Adult Summer Dance Camp: Classes and Social Parties for Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Country Dance. 4-10 p.m. Jensen Beach Ballroom, 881 Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach. Ages: 18+. $100 to $300 per month per person. Register: 609-356-2973; gloriana@jensenbeachballroom.com.

Belly Dance with Helia: A complete workout. 5:45 p.m. Jensen Beach Ballroom, 881 N.E. Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach. Ages: 14+. $11-$45. 772-460-7971; www.movingharmonies.com.

Crystal Ballroom: Come learn to dance! Private lessons and group classes. 7-9 p.m. Crystal Ballroom, 2051 N.E. Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach. All ages. $10. Open for students. RSVP: 772-334-4900; Ballroomdanceclassesinstuart.com.

Dance Classes: Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Country and Club group and private classes. 1-9 p.m. Jensen Beach Ballroom, 881 N.E. Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach. Discounts available. Register: 609-356-2973; www.JensenBeachBallroom.com.

Group Dance Lessons: Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Country. 6 p.m. Jensen Beach Ballroom, 881 N.E. Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach. $10 per person. 609-356-2973; jensenbeachballroom.com.

EXERCISE/HEALTH

Basic Yoga for Inner Peace: One hour of yoga poses and half-hour of guided meditation. 10-11:30 a.m. Unity of Stuart, 211 S.E. Central Parkway, Stuart. Adults. $10. Register: 772-214-0892; www.unityofstuart.org.

Carioboxing and Kickboxing: All skill levels. 6-7 a.m.; 8:30-9:30 a.m.; 5:30-6:30 p.m.; 7-8 p.m. Twelve Rounds Boxing Club, Bruner Plaza, 688 S.E. Monterey, Stuart. Ages: 18+. 772-919-2441; www.facebook.com/twelveroundsboxing/.

Gentle Chair Yoga: 11:15 a.m.—12:15 p.m. Kane Center, 900 SE Salerno Road, Stuart. Ages: 55+. $8/$10. 772-223-7800; www.kanecenter.org.

Senior Fitness: 1-2 p.m. Class using weights, balls stretch bands. Kane Senior Center, 900 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart. Ages: 55+. $4-$6. 772-223-7807; www.kanecenter.org.

Tai Chi for Arthritis: 10-11 a.m. April 21. Kane Center, 900 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart. Ages: 60+. $8/$10. 772-223-7800; www.kanecenter.org.

Total Body Workout: 4-5 p.m. Kane Center, 900 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart. Ages: 50+. $4/$6. 772-223-7800; www.kanecenter.org.

Yoga for Inner Peace: $10. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5150 S.E. Railway Ave., Stuart. 4-5:30 p.m. Register: 772-286-5455; stlukes@stlukesfl.org.

Zumba Gold: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Kane Center, 900 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart. Ages: 50+. $4/$6. 772-223-7800; www.kanecenter.org.

OTHER

Drop in Workshop: Learn, play and get messy at our drop in workshops: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, 1707 N.E. Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach. 772-225-7575; www.ChildrensMuseumTC.org.

Piano Instruction: Beginners to concert level. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Shirley Heifetz, Jensen Beach. Ages: 8+. Registration: 772-934-6812.

FRIDAY’S SPECIAL EVENTS

Ocean Exploration Equipment Exhibit: FAU/HBOI Exhibit Features Ocean Exploration. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 19-Nov. 28. Opening reception: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 15. Elliott Museum, 825 N.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart. $14 (Museum members free). Ticket: 772-225-1961; www.elliottmuseum.org.

Beach 2 Beach 5k: Run/walk to benefit South Fork High’s cross country team. 6:45 p.m. Aug. 19. Jensen Sea Turtle Beach, 4191 N.E. Ocean Blvd., Jensen Beach. $18-$25. Register: 772-521-3548; www.active.com/jensen-beach-fl/running/distance-running-races/beach-to-beach-5k-2016?int.

FRIDAY’S RECURRING EVENTS

ART

Alizarin Crimson Art Studio: Over 30 years of Fine Art Instruction Painting Classes-All Levels. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Cedar Point Plaza, 2611 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart. All ages. 772-287-7030; Alizarincrimsonstudio.net. Professional Teaching Staff: Georgia Abood, Kate Wood Jennifer Pollack.

CHILDREN/TEEN

“Music Movement”: Parent/child classes designed to enhance child’s growth and development. Ages: 27-60 months. 9-10 a.m. Florida Arts Dance Studio, 938 S.E. Central Parkway, Stuart. 772-288-4150.

“Music Movement”: Parent/child classes designed to enhance child’s growth and development. Ages: 12-18 months. 10:15-11:15 a.m. Florida Arts Dance Studio, 938 S.E. Central Parkway, Stuart. 772-288-4150.

“Music Movement”: Parent/child classes designed to enhance child’s growth and development. Ages: 19-26 months. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Florida Arts Dance Studio, 938 S.E. Central Parkway, Stuart. 772-288-4150.

“Music Movement”: Parent/child classes designed to enhance child’s growth and development. Ages: 3-11 months. 12:45-1:45 p.m. Florida Arts Dance Studio, 938 S.E. Central Parkway, Stuart. 772-288-4150.

CLUBS

Rotary Club of Hobe Sound/Port Salerno: Rotary and Prospective Members Invited to attend weekly breakfast meeting. 7:45 a.m. Champions Club at Summerfield, 3400 S.E. Summerfield Way, Stuart. Ages: 18+. $15 for breakfast. RSVP: 772-263-0529; www.hsprotary.com.

DANCE

Adult Summer Dance Camp: Classes and Social Parties for Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Country Dance. 4-10 p.m. Jensen Beach Ballroom, 881 Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach. Ages: 18+. $100 to $300 per month per person. Register: 609-356-2973; gloriana@jensenbeachballroom.com.

Broadway Style Tap Dance Classes: 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Dance Academy of Stuart, 333 Tressler Drive, Stuart. 772-286-9671; rbetteboo@aol.com.

Dance Classes: Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Country and Club group and private classes. 1-9 p.m. Jensen Beach Ballroom, 881 N.E. Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach. Discounts available. Register: 609-356-2973; www.JensenBeachBallroom.com.

Friday Dance Party: Music mix is Smooth, Latin, Swing and Country. 7-10 p.m. Jensen Beach Ballroom, 881 N.E. Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach. $12 per person. Reservation: 609-356-2973; www.JensenBeachBallroom.com.

EXERCISE/health

Aerobic Sitting Exercises: 9-10 a.m. MCP R Log Cabin Senior Center, Langford Park, 2369 N.E. Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach. Ages: 50+. $2. 772-334-2926; zcarter@martin.fl.us.

Carioboxing and Kickboxing: All skill levels. 6-7 a.m.; 8:30-9:30 a.m.; 5:30-6:30 p.m.; 7-8 p.m. Twelve Rounds Boxing Club, Bruner Plaza, 688 S.E. Monterey, Stuart. Ages: 18+. 772-919-2441; www.facebook.com/twelveroundsboxing/.

Zumba Gold: 9-10 a.m. Kane Center, 900 S.E Salerno Road, Stuart. Ages: 50+. $4/$6. 772-223-7800; www.kanecenter.org.

GAMES

Bingo: St. Luke’s Friday Bingo always prizes. 10:30 a.m. St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 5150 S.E. Railway Ave., Port Salerno. 772-286-5455.

MEALS

St. Monica’s Famous Fish Fry: Includes hush puppies, choice of salad, two sides and dessert. A sandwich special also is offered for $7 and includes coleslaw or potato salad. 4-7 p.m. St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, 800 Central Ave., Stuart. All ages. $7-$10. 772-286-0156; stmonica800@gmail.com.

OTHER

Ladies Night with DJ Turn UP and DJ Beatnox: 8 p.m. 360 Tiki Bar and Lounge, 1200 Southeast U.S. 1, Stuart. 772-287-6917; Kathleenickes@gmail.com.

Piano Instruction: Beginners to concert level. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Shirley Heifetz, Jensen Beach. Ages: 8+. Registration: 772-934-6812.

Reggae with the Floridan Band with Steel Drums: 6-9 p.m. Mulligans Beach House, 2019 N.E. Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach. www.thefloridianband.com.

Seniors Vs. Crime: Group to assist senior citizens. 9 a.m.-noon. St. Lucie West Courthouse Annex, 250 Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie. 772-871-5350; SeniorsVsCrimePSL@gmail.com.

Social Bridge: Very friendly group for rubber bridge. 1 p.m. PSL Community Center, Airoso Blvd. PSL Blvd., Port St. Lucie. All ages. $2. 772-332-8200; PSLSocialBridge@gmail.com.

LOOKING AHEAD

CF Climb Challenge For Cystic Fibrosis: Can you climb a 50 story building? Challenge yourself. 7 a.m. Aug. 20. Roger Dean Stadium, 4751 Main St., Jupiter. $30. Register: 561-683-9965; http:fightcf.cff.org/palmbeachclimb.

Parent University: 9 a.m.-Noon. Aug. 20. Martin County High School, 2801 Kanner Highway, Stuart. martinschools.org.

Girls Learn More About Archery: Introducing girls ages 9-18 to the sport of archery. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 20, 27. Martin County Fair Grounds, 2616 S.E. Dixie Highway, Stuart. Girls 9-18. Register: 772-341-4962; cljochem@aol.com.

Volunteer Open House: Noon-4 p.m. Aug. 20. Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter. 561-972-6105; brafkin@jupitertheatre.org.

A Different Political Convention: Martin County Democratic and Republican Club members will QA. 3:30 p.m. Aug. 21. Treasure Coast Unitarian Church, 21 S.E. Central Parkway, Stuart. 772-621-6741; www.tcuuc.com.

Wings Swings Benefit for Hibiscus Children’s Center: Fundraiser for playground Butterfly garden at Hibiscus Children’s Center. 4-9 p.m. Aug. 21. Terra Fermata, 26 S.E. 6th St., Stuart. $5 suggested donation. 772-286-5252; www.terrafermata.com.

Hearts at Home: Hearts at Home, Congestive Heart Failure-Focused Care. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 22. Kane Center, 900 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart. Ages: 60+. RSVP: 772-223-7800; www.kanecenter.org.

Hearing Health Event: Get your free hearing checked out by an expert. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 23 25. Professional Audiology Associates, 1045 Southeast Ocean Blvd., Ste. #4, Stuart. Reservation: 772-220-8354; www.hearinghealthusa.com/event/free-hearing-health-event-stuart-fl/.

Human Trafficking Coalition of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee: Guest Speaker: Representative Gayle Harrell. 10-11 a.m. Aug. 23. Martin County Sheriff’s Office, 800 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart.

Meet the Veterans: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 24. Road to Victory Museum, 319 Stypmann Ave., Stuart. Donations appreciated. 703-835-4166; www.roadtovictorymilitarymuseum.org.

Brain Boosting Workshop: Four Week Brain Boosting Workshop. 3-4 p.m. Aug. 24. Kane Center, 900 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart. Ages: 60+. RSVP: 772-223-7800; www.kanecenter.org.

The Florida Chamber Foundation/Town Hall Meeting: Will roll out their 2030 plan. 8:30 a.m. Aug. 25. Indian River State College, 2400 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart. Register: floridaflcoc.wliinc25.com/cwt/external/wcpages/wcevents/eventregistration.aspx?LK=BD8P5F7I704R1Q4L7Y4W4C2R48EventID=674F5P.

Summer Beach Party: Social Dance Party and Dinner. 7-10 p.m. Aug. 26. Jensen Beach Ballroom, 881 N.E. Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach. Ages: 18+. $12 per person. 772-444-7003; JensenBeachBallroom.com.

Club Scrub River Paddle II The End of Summer: Fundraiser that will benefit JDSP Camp Murphy Mountain Bike Trails. 8 a.m. Aug. 27. Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Swim Beach River Area, S.E. U.S. 1, Hobe Sound. Clubscrub.org.

Treasure Coast Yard Sale: Community yard sale auction. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 27. Martin County Fairgrounds, 2616 S.E. Dixie Highway, Stuart. All Ages. $0-50. Register: TreasureCoastYardSale.com.

SEPTEMBER

Bankruptcy and Fair Debt Collections — Know Your Rights: Clinics on Bankruptcy and Fair Debt Collections. 6 p.m. Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 7, Dec. 5. Port St. Lucie Civic Center, 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie. Register: 772-466-4766; www.FRLS.org.

Tips for Unlocking Your Creativity workshop: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 9. Arts Council of Martin County, 80 S.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and workshop $40-$45. 772-287-6676; www.martinarts.org/.

Night at the Museum: Movie, dinner, popcorn and fun. 6-9:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2, 16. The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, 1707 N.E. Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach. Ages: 4-12. $10-$12. Register: 772-225-7575; www.ChildrensMuseumTC.org.

Creating Dynamic Artistic Compositions: 9 a.m.-Noon Sept. 10. Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Kimbell Education Center, 16450 U.S. 1, Hobe Sound. $40. 561-745-5551; friendsjdsp@gmail.com.

Crary Buchanan 9-11 Memorial Blood Drive: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 10. Crary Buchanan Law, 759 S. U.S. 1, Stuart and Jetson Appliance and Electronics, 4145 S. U.S. 1, Fort Pierce.

Historic Program by Stuart Heritage Museum: Historic St Lucie and Indian Rivers photos with guest speakers. 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 13. Flagler Place, 201 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart. 772-220-4600; stuartheritage1@yahoo.com.

9-11 Memorial Concert: Memorial Concert, Faure Requiem. 3 p.m. Sept. 11. North Stuart Baptist Church, 1950 U.S. 1, Stuart. 772-692-1616; www.northstuart.org.

Aging Without Dignity: Addressing Senior Poverty in Martin County: A discussion on senior poverty and how we can help. 8-9:15 a.m. Sept. 13. The Kane Center, 900 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart. Register: 772-489-3034; www.stophunger.org.

Lighthouse Moonrise Tour: View the Full Moon from atop the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. 6:15 p.m. Sept. 16. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter. Children must be at least 48″ to climb tower. $20 or $15 for Members. Reservation: 561-747-8380; www.jupiterlighthouse.org.

International Coastal Cleanup: Residents are encouraged to take action to improve our waterways. 8-11 a.m. Sept. 17. Martin County, Beaches and Waterways. Register: 772-781-1222; events@keepmartinbeautiful.org.

Club Havana, Molly’s House 20th Anniversary: 6-10 p.m. Sept. 17. Sailfish Point Clubhouse, 2201 S.E. Sailfish Point Blvd., Stuart. Ages: 21+. $100 each until August 17; then $125 each. Ticket: 772-223-6659; www.eventbrite.com/e/club-havana-mollys-house-20th-anniversary-tickets-25598112644?ref=ebtnebtckt.

Day for Kids Event: Free family fun day — food, music, games. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 17. Stuart Boys Girls Club, 1300 SE 10th St., Stuart. 772-545-1255; www.bgcmartin.org.

Road to Victory Military Museum: Meet the veterans say thank you military trade event. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 24. Road to Victory Museum, 319 Stypmann Ave., Stuart. All ages. Donations appreciated. Register: 703-835-4166; www.roadtovictorymilitarymuseum.org.

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A laid-back beach escape north to Jupiter


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By Priscilla Blossom

Life in Jupiter is worlds away from the hustle and bustle of places like South Beach. Time moves by just a little slower, folks are just a wee bit friendlier, and the splendor of nature is just that much closer. This quaint beach town attracts both affluent snowbirds and easygoing nature lovers looking for a quiet place to hike or surf. Jupiter’s flavor is unique: relaxed but a bit conservative, ideal for families and couples who want to leave the noise behind for a while. 

 

What To See Do

Get up close and personal with sea turtles at the Loggerhead Marine Life Center.

Aside from swimming, surfing, and sunning, you’ll want to spend some time with the sea turtles while you’re in town. Just a short trip south of the resort is the Loggerhead Marine Life Center, a fully-equipped sea turtle hospital that allows visitors to encounter recovering turtles in large, outdoor tanks for a small donation. Visitors can also view veterinarians caring for sick and injured turtles through that large windows of the hospital itself. And for a special treat, sign up for a guided turtle walk to help young hatchlings making their way toward the ocean on cool, summer nights.

While plenty of smaller parks can be found in and around Jupiter, nature lovers will definitely want to make the 15-minute drive north to Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Climb the Hobe Mountain Tower, a wooden look-out point that’ll give you the best view of the Atlantic as well as the Intracoastal, or do a little mountain biking over the sand dunes. Canoes and kayaks are also for rent here, as are small motorboats, which, at just $50 per two hours (plus $10 per every additional hour) are the cheapest way to go boating in the area.

For those looking to indulge in a bit of history, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum (pictured at top) is the perfect place to brush up on the area’s past. Built in 1860 in the midst of the Civil War, visitors can tour the lighthouse throughout the day and then stop in the museum to learn about the history of the Jupiter Inlet and Loxahatchee River over the last 5,000 years.

 

Where To Eat Drink

Dig in at one of Little Moir’s restaurants.

Local restaurant group Little Moir’s has the bases covered when it comes to a delicious and fun night out in Jupiter. Their Food Shack is a hidden gem nestled inside a shopping center and delivers a different menu daily, often a combination of American, Asian, and Caribbean cuisine. Right beside the Food Shack is Maxi’s Lineup, an ideal spot to go for a post-dinner drink and some good tunes. The Leftovers Cafe is even more eclectic, with craft beers, creative cuisine, and work from local artists on the walls, plus live entertainment from local bands happening nightly.

If the tiki bar scene is more your thing, you can’t go wrong with Guanabanas. Once a simple sandwich shop, this oceanfront restaurant has blossomed into a local’s favorite thanks to its flavorful (and affordable) dishes like the macadamia coconut fresh catch and the shrimp and grits. Laid-back attitudes abound here, so make sure to sport some flip-flops and a smile.

Beer pyramids at Tequesta Brewing Company.

Jupiter and the surrounding area boasts a number of breweries. The Tequesta Brewing Company’s dark interiors are perfect for getting lost in a few rounds of craft beer. Civil Society Brewing has only been open since last year, but already has a reputation as a stellar brewery with some of the greatest IPAs in South Florida. Before leaving the area, make sure you also stop in at Twisted Trunk Brewing, a hip spot in Palm Beach Gardens.

Where To Stay 

A guest room with ocean views at Jupiter Beach Resort Spa.

The Jupiter Beach Resort Spa, an OPAL Collection property, stands out as the only hotel with private beach access in the area. After all, if you’ve come this far to unwind, you’ll want to be able to walk from your room to the sand without the hassle of driving. Each of their 168 rooms and suites boasts a black marble walk-in showers, comfortable bedding, and private balconies with resort or ocean views. Decorated in dark wood furnishings with tropical accents, like framed images of palm trees, every room perfectly captures its existence between Old Florida and the tropical islands beyond.

The elegant dining room at Jupiter Beach Resort’s Sinclair’s restaurant.

Enjoy ocean front dining at Sinclair’s, refreshing cocktails poolside and a bit of pampering at the spa. And if that doesn’t leave you completely relaxed, swinging in the adults-only hammock garden certainly will. 

Logistics

  • Jupiter Beach is a two-hour drive from Miami via the I-95 or Florida Turnpike.
  • Nightly rates at the Jupiter Beach Resort and Spa from $130.

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Nearly one year since two local teens lost at sea; parents of Austin …

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla – Blu Stephanos and Carly Black walked along the Jupiter Inlet Wednesday where their son, Austin, and his friend, Perry Cohen, headed out fishing last July 24, never to be seen again.

Blu told me, “ I don’t know if it will get easier, you know, to be honest. First thing I think about in the morning and when you lay your head down the last thing you think about. I don’t know if that will ever change.”

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Carly said, “I mean he was only 14, (but) it was like we grew up together. We were young when we had him and he’s been a very huge part of our lives for a very long time. And that is something you don’t ever forget, you never get over it.”

Grief has no end for a parent who loses a child, but Blu and Carly also spoke to me about their boundless love and pride for Austin. Blu said, “How do you sum up the greatest thing in your life?”

A community came together in the days and weeks after Austin and Perry disappeared — searching, praying, embracing their families.

“We owe it to each other,” Blu said, “we owe it to Austin, we owe it to the community to do something with this.”

And so they have by starting the AustinBlu Foundation. Their work prompted state lawmakers to offer boating registration discounts to boaters who buy location beacons for their vessels.

Blu and Carly added that the foundation has already helped 300 children complete boating safety classes.

Carly said, “It is all very important and coming from this love we have for our child who is no longer here. Now he is smiling down on us, and he is proud of us, and he loves what we are doing because this is what he loved.”

Austin’s motto, Carly said, was “never give up.” His parents are heeding that call. She concluded by saying, “I will always call him my angel baby and now he really is an angel. He is going to protect us and look over us and keep us safe.”

Article source: http://www.wptv.com/news/region-s-palm-beach-county/nearly-one-year-since-two-local-teens-lost-at-sea-parents-of-austin-stephanos-speak-to-wptv

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