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Jupiter's Arti Gras!

Sunshine Artist Magazine has nationally recognized the Town of Jupiter’s very own fine arts festival, better known as “ARTI GRAS”.  The publication is one that brings you a comprehensive list of the best art and craft shows throughout the United States and Canada.  Thousands of shows are submitted for consideration. Jupiter, Florida’s “ARTI GRAS” Fine Arts Festival ranked #56 in the top 200! www.sunshineartist.com 

Located in the Abacoa Town Center the 27th annual ARTI GRAS Fine Arts Festival will “showcase a juried exhibition of outstanding fine art and feature activities which include live entertainment, artist demonstrations, and interactive art activities for all ages, a youth competition, and the opportunity to meet more than 300 of the top

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The Hobe Sound Festival

The Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts is now in its 12th year and the juried arts festival consists of over 200 sculptors, painters, jewelry makers, iron creators and other talented artists. Artisans from Palm Beach, Martin County and farther come to beautiful South Florida to display their wares. 

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Since the early 1920’s, the quiet Atlantic Ocean seaside town was hopeful it would be destined for a life in the arts. The Olympia Improvement Corporation announced intricate plans to create a Grecian inspired town and to produce majestic films. Streets bore names paying homage to Greek mythology such as Zeus, Mercury, Olympus, Apollo, and Athena.  For a short-lived time Hobe Sound was renamed “Picture City” and plans for the movie production company

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Whether you are looking for a stunning piece of sunny, Florida real estate to call home or just to reside in for a few months, look no further than Jupiter. The charming city of Jupiter has been nationally recognized by publications like the Travel Channel. Not only does it boast world-class real estate, fine shopping, exquisite dining and the best in fun, it is a top vacation destination!

What is your style? Are you looking for a home or a vacation spot: oceanfront, riverfront, golf course front or interior? These are some of the questions you may ask yourself when planning a visit to south Florida. 

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For the Vacationers:  

For your next vacation, pick Jupiter! Sites like TripAdvisor.com and TheTravelChannel.com have given the seaside town,

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Seafood Festival

You are cordially invited to Port Salerno Seafood Festival. “The fish is fresh, the beer is cold, and the smiles are always warm!”  The Port Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority, Inc. hosts this seafood festival each year, which is a not for profit in the Stuart area on January 26, 2013.  Seven years ago, it started as a humble fish fry and it has evolved into one of the tastiest events on the waterfront! Along with the Boys and Girls Club of Martin County, and others, this year’s organizers are anticipating 40,000 visitors to the festival.  www.bgcmartin.org/ 

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Located around the Manatee Pocket area of Stuart and along the water near Pirate’s Loft, the festival is accessible by free water taxi or free trolley service.  Water taxi service will

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Social Security Deadline Approaching!

Uncle Sam wants the over 5 million households to remember if you are still getting Social Security checks by means of paper, you have until March 1, 2013 to switch to electronic delivery.  The Treasury Department is phasing out paper check payments and requiring federal benefit recipients to get their money electronically.  You have the choice to switch to direct deposit or the U.S. government’s Master Card debit card.  The modification is not optional.  All new Social Security recipients since 2011 have been required to use the electronic system.  Remaining Social Security recipients must choose one of two options by March 1.  If this applies to you, here is how to sign up:

Don't Miss the Deadline!

DIRECT DEPOSIT:

  • - Go to www.godirect.org. The Federal Reserve and the
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Rolls Royce

South Florida is known for its abundances in real estate – gorgeous Atlantic Ocean and other waterfront properties, elegant country club and golf course community properties and stunning equine communities. Many are exclusive private, members-only clubs and communities.

Palm Beach PoloThe International Polo Club Palm Beach is a private club, with members-only privileges.  During Polo season (January – April) the matches are open to the public.  Polo matches are free on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Just pull your car right up to the field, set up your tailgate party and watch the action.  Sunday matches tend to be more formal than those earlier in the week.  A Sunday match entry price begins at $15.  This priced ticket will get you a seat along the field and champagne…
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Better Your Home!

One of the biggest misconceptions many homeowners have when the time comes to sell their home is they just put it on the market and hope for the best.  Actually NOT putting any money into it could be very costly!  Often times, many sellers want to be out of theirs homes quickly, and forget that marketing the home is crucial.  Here are a few ways that can boost you above your competition.

Better Your Home!

  1. Paint.  A fresh coat of neutral paint will attract many homebuyers. Do not forget baseboards, trim, outdoor shutters, and the front door.
  2. Curb Appeal.  Did you know that a majority of homebuyers make up their mind about a home before they even enter a home?  Ensure landscaping, flowers, lawn, trees and scrubs are all free of weeds and fallen branches.  Remove
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Look No Further! Beautiful Condos Await!

You’ve been searching for that perfect oceanfront Juno, Jupiter, or Singer Island condominium and now you are picturing yourself on the beach with swaying palms and the Atlantic Ocean breeze in your face.  Hold everything!  There are a few important questions you need to ask before buying a condo and a Waterfront Properties and Club Communities condo specialist can help you get the answers.

First, take a moment and look at the minutes of the condominium association board meetings and see what owners are discussing with the board. Reading the minutes will reveal any projects that may be underway at the complex, owner observations and or complaints.

Secondly, get a copy of the certificate of insurance.  This is a summary of the association’s policy. 

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The Fiscal Cliff

The House approved a Senate bill and our country has avoided the dreaded “fiscal cliff”.  As anticipated the vote, held Tuesday evening, fell along partisan lines, but how does this affect you or your family in 2013?  

The following items are key concerns to most Americans:

-  Income taxes for Americans earning less than $400,000 (joint filers earning less than $450,000) will NOT go up. “Bush-era” tax cuts are staying. 

-  Payroll Tax for Social Security is INCREASING back 6.2% from 4.2%. For every $30,000 earned anticipate taking home $50 less per month (approximately $600 per year).

-  Unemployment has been EXTENDED for a year. 

-  Child Tax Credit has been EXTENDED.  

-  Research and Development Tax Credit EXTENDED.

-  Tuition Tax

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The gorgeously hand-carved, Florida-theme carousel at Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens’ premier shopping destinations, has turned 2. To celebrate the development near The Landmark condominiums for sale will have a joint birthday / holiday celebration thought Dec. 30 featuring the “Gifts of the Season” campaign.

The campaign, conceived by developer Berman Enterprises, funds more than two dozen local charities through proceeds from carousel rides, which, in two years, have amounted to more than $20,000.

Kendall Rumsey, director of marketing for Downtown at the Gardens, said “Gifts of the Season” enables the Palm Beach Gardens property to give back to the city and the community at large by helping charitable causes.

In addition to “Gifts

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