Free tours at Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

“We  want to thank the public for supporting the lighthouse and also celebrate getting through Hurricane Irma,” said Jamie Stuve, president and chief executive officer of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Museum.

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Tuesday vote: Will property taxes be going up or down in Jupiter?

Homeowners would pay slightly higher taxes next year if the Jupiter town council approves the proposed property tax rate at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. 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 $739. That same property owner’s bill under the same evaluation next year would be $757.

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.

Next year’s proposed new annual operating budget for Jupiter is about $89 million. That’s an increase from this year’s annual $84 million budget.

Proposed increases to the 2017-2018 budget that starts Oct. 1 include:

- A 3 percent increase in water rates approved by the town council in August.

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

- A total of 12 new town positions. (Three for the police department, one for engineering, one for planning and zoning, three camp counselors in recreation, two for building, one for information systems and one for the water department.)

The town has about 370 employees, including the police department, which has about 116 sworn officers. The police department’s budget is about $20 million.

Health insurance costs are expected to increase by 17% with a 10% increase passed on to town employees. The town clinic provided by Jupiter Medical Center will remain available for town employees and their families.


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Hurricane Irma: Lights out for Jupiter Lighthouse during storm

The light will not be turned back on until the storm passes, according to Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse President and Chief Executive Officer Jamie Stuve.

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After Hurricane Irma: Jupiter learned it needs another shelter

Boaters, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, waterfront restaurants, hotels, drivers, doctors at Jupiter Medical Center, animals at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, nursing home residents, beachgoers, students — Irma’s winds that peaked at about 90 miles per hours touched everybody in Palm Beach County.

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After Hurricane Irma: Jupiter needs one more shelter, mayor says

Boaters, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, waterfront restaurants, hotels, drivers, doctors at Jupiter Medical Center, animals at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, nursing home residents, beachgoers, students — Irma’s winds that peaked at about 90 miles per hours touched everybody in Palm Beach County.

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Huricane Irma: Shutters going up at Jupiter Lighthouse & Museum

Lighthouse officials will decide today on whether to install protective wrapping on the lighthouse,, according to Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Museum President and Chief Executive Office Jamie Stuve.

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Shark Bites Diver Near Jupiter Inlet – NBC 6 South Florida

A diver said he was bitten by a shark while spearfishing in Jupiter Friday afternoon, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said.

The diver said the shark bit his hand while underwater.

Paramedics responded to the 1100 block of Love Street to transport the injured adult male to the hospital.

His condition is unknown.

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BREAKING: Juno Beach orders mandatory evacuation as Irma nears

Juno Beach, a waterfront, seasonal town north of PGA Boulevard, now has about 3,500 residents. Many of the single-family homes were built prior to Hurricane Andrew in 1992, before the stronger building codes were required.

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Hurricane Irma: Jupiter customers welcome back waterfront camaraderie

“Out on the road, the gas is expensive. In here, the drinks and food are half-priced. This is the place to be,” said Jupiter resident Wade Gamache, 28, a cook who lives in Jupiter.

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What is storm surge? Areas in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma pummeled parts of Florida with ferocious winds and heavy bands of rain as the eye of the storm climbed north up the coast packing a punch. The U.S. National Hurricane (NHC) advisory rates Hurricane Irma as a Category 1 storm early Monday with maximum sustained winds around 85 mph.

A Category 3 storm begins with sustained winds of 115 mph and that’s what made landfall on Florida on Sunday.

Areas on Florida southwest coast can expect a storm surge as high as 15 feet and Fort Myers and Tampa braced for Irma’s ferocious winds. There were wind gusts of 142 mph reported in Naples, according to our CBS affiliate WINK-TV.

In fact, Hurricane Irma could leave nearly 455,000 Tampa Bay homes damaged by storm surges, according to a report by CoreLogic, a global property data firm. They say the destruction could be more than any major U.S. metro area other than Miami and New York — and rebuilding those homes could number around $81 billion.

Hurricane Irma Storm Surge

The NHC’s 5 p.m. advisory issued a storm surge warning for:

  • South Santee River southward to Jupiter Inlet
  • North Miami Beach southward around the Florida peninsula to the Ochlockonee River
  • Florida Keys
  • Tampa Bay

The NHC says a storm surge warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations.

This is a life-threatening situation, NHC says. They add that persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.

An interactive website shows you general areas that could be affected by storm surge:

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The National Weather Service and NOAA provides a look at general areas in Florida that can experience storm surge and flooding as seen on Sun., Sept. 10, 2017. Red areas can see storm surge great than 9 feet above ground, the NWS says.

NHC said that a federal tide gauge in Naples reported a 7 foot rise of water in just 90 minutes.

Tampa Bay is most vulnerable because the bay acts as a funnel for storm surges, the Associated Press reports. It forces water in narrow channels with nowhere else to go.

Gov. Rick Scott: “We’re going to do everything we can”

Florida Gov. Scott said Sunday that “we’re going to do everything we can to keep every person in our state alive and protected,” as Hurricane Irma began to travel up the Florida coastline.

“I know the winds are going to be very devastating and life threatening. But I’m also very concerned about the storm surge,” Scott said on “Face the Nation.”

Speaking from Tallahassee, Florida, Scott said his hometown of Naples, Florida, is going to see a “10 to 15 foot above ground level of storm surge.”

“People don’t realize it’s going to come into your house, it’s going to fill up maybe your entire first floor, and then it’s going to flow out. So I don’t know how you’re going to survive that. So you just have to think about, you know, you’ve got to get as high ground as you can and, and, and just pray,” Scott said. 

He said the storm “is like” Hurricane Andrew, which hit South Florida 25 years ago. But he called Irma “Andrew for a whole state.”

He said he’s called up 7,000 members of the National Guard and that the moment first responders can get out to save people who are stuck, they will. But he highlighted a challenge. 

“It didn’t just impact one coast where we could position assets on the other coast. And so it’s going to … take us a little bit longer to do everything we care to do after a storm because we have to bring the assets south. Some of them are even out of state because we couldn’t … pre-position them here,” he said.

The Republican governor said volunteers will be needed to help clean up and distribute food and water after Irma. He also said he’s been receiving regular updates from President Trump, FEMA Administrator Brock Long and Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke on how the federal government can best support his state.

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