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For many local golfers, Friday's US Open Qualifying event at Admirals Cove signified the beggining of their life long dream of being able to compete in our golf National Championship. For five lucky golfers, the dream is now one step closer to a reality.

As it has for many years, the East Course at Admirals hosted the first Local Qualifier for the US Open, officially kicking off qualifying season. Over the next several weeks, thousands of golfers from all over the world will compete in local qualifiers in the hopes of advancing to sectional qualifiers. From there the lucky few that continue to advance will earn spots in the 2014 U.S. Open held at Pinehurst Number 2 in North Carolina.

Adam Long and Paul Scaletta of Jupiter, Bobby Collins and Richard

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The April 2014 issue of Jupiter Inlet Magazine polled the readers for a “2014 Best of the Area…Outdoors”

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     BEST PLACE TO TAKE A DATE for LIVE MUSIC:

            GUANABANA’S/SQUARE GROUPER TIKI BARS
     
    BEST PLACE TO HIKE:

            JONATHON DICKINSON STATE PARK

    BEST  BEACH:

               HOBE SOUND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE (north end of Jupiter Island)

    BEST PADDLING:

                LOXAHATCHEE RIVER

    BEST SURF BREAK:

                JUNO PIER

    BEST SNORKELING:

             CARLIN PARK

    BEST BOATING:

        INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY
 
    BEST BIRD WATCHING:

            JONATHON DICKINSON STATE PARK
       
      BEST BIKE RIDE:

           

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Realtor.com recently released its National Housing Trend Report for March 2014.  Data suggests year over year growth in inventory and days on the market.   These indicators are welcome signs for spring homebuyers.  These trends indicate that the real estate market is more balanced now than the 2013 housing market.

Last year the shortage of inventory led to bidding wars on property.  The additional burden created another barrier to new home ownership and elevating offer prices.

Housing prices are anticipated to rise this coming year but at a slower, steadier stride compared to past trends.  According to the Home Buying Institute, one of eight housing predictors, “Florida’s real estate market will move into the media spotlight…housing demand is rising across…
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South Florida Tourism

Now that the sun is warming up the northeast, the south Florida ‘season’ for tourism begins to wind down. Our winter season (which isn’t super wintery) has just been bustling and as it ended it set records. Across the nation hotels and resorts boasted 90 percent occupancy in February. This astonishingly high percentage rendered $5.1 million in bed taxes, as documented by the Tourist Development Council. March’s numbers clocked in at 87 percent. A few percentage points in occupancy can mean a gain of 10 percent in revenue because hotel owners can charge harder rates. 

The chief marketing officer for Visit Florida, the tourism agency for the state, Paul Phipps, noted that Florida’s hotel occupancy was 80 percent in March of 2014.  This is 20 percent

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Palm Beach County Commissioners gave approval this week for the old Burt Reynolds Ranch to become a development of 30 homes.  

The property located at 16133 Jupiter Farms Road in Jupiter has a long and interesting history.  It is rumored to have been a gangster hideout in the 1920’s.  Notorious gangster Al Capone is said to have built the original home on the property in 1923.  Capone mostly hung out in Miami, but he did not particularly like it there.  A news report places Capone in Palm Beach County in 1930.  At the time, West Jupiter and West Palatka were the moonshine capitals of the world. Capone also took the name of Al Brown and lived in a summer cottage in West Jupiter off Italian Farms Road (now Jupiter Farms Road, SR#3).  There are foundations of…
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Gardening is a favorite pastime for many people.  If your have a green thumb but unfortunately have no room to grow.  Grow your own organic fruits and vegetables in Jupiter’s first community garden.  The outdoor community garden will give you the opportunity get your hands dirty.  It contains 28 plots including a children’s garden and all organic – organic fertilizer and compost, organic seeds when available, organic pesticides!  Plots are only $35 a year.

The Abacoa Community Garden, which grows fruits and vegetables using organic and sustainable gardening principles, features a Sharing Garden, Individual Plots and a Children’s Garden. Everyone is welcome to join - residency in Abacoa/Jupiter is not required. The garden is nestled within the Abacoa…
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The Tom Fazio II designed Tequesta Country Club golf course will play host to the Hannah's Home Charity Golf Classic May 16th and 17th.

The event, which is being put on by Hannah's Home of South Florida, will feature a dinner and auction by the sea at the Marriot on Singer Island on Friday night May 16th, and the Golf Classic at Tequesta Country Club and Saturday the 17th.

The dinner and auction will be held at 6pm on the 16th and auction items include a President's Cup Collage autographed by Greg Norman and several international players, a signed NASCAR helmet of Greg Biffle, and a 7 night stay in a two-bedroom townhouse at the Divi Beach Resort in Aruba.

The Golf event will be held the following morning with a 9am shotgun start and will feature

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1. Jimmy Buffett comes to the Cruzan

Palm Beach resident Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band are sure to please the legions of Parrot heads Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach.  Buffett, whose Margaritaville state of mind was inspired by Key West, most likely include hits like “Margaritaville,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, “Fins”, “5 o’clock Somewhere”, and the new album entitled “Songs from St. Somewhere”.  Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets start at $36. Please visit www.cruzanamphitheatre.net for tickets and information.

2. Register for Turtle Trot Run

The Town of Jupiter is inviting all runners to join the 24th Annual Turtle Trot 5K Run. The 3.1-mile run will take place at a new location – Ocean Cay Park, Jupiter along…
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RING OF FIRE TO OCCUR NEXT WEEK!

Next Tuesday, April 29 a rare, solar eclipse will transform the sun into a ‘ring of fire. This unique solar eclipse occurs when the moon gradually passes between Earth and the sun, which is called a new moon 

This ‘ring of fire’ occurs during an ‘annular eclipse’. The annual eclipse is as rare a ‘total solar eclipse’, which can only be observed during the new moon period. They can only be observed during New Moon, when:

  • The Sun is near one of the nodes of the lunar orbit. (When the Earth, Sun and Moon form a straight line). 
  • The Moon is at apogee (the point of the moon’s orbit where the moon is farthest away from Earth). 
  • The observer is located in the path of the Moon's antumbra (part of the moon’s shadow). 

There are many different

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Photo courtesy of LuxuryRealEstate.com.

Congratulations to our respected associates within the Luxury Real Estate network for handling the biggest single-family home sale in U.S. history!  An undisclosed buyer, through the “Conservation Institute, LLC”, purchased the $190 million (asking price) Cooper Beech Farm in Greenwich, Connecticut.  Cooper Beech Farm first came to the market in May with an unprecedented asking price of $190 million.   Built in the late 1890's, Cooper Beech Farm became the most expensive home for sale in the United States. By September the staggering asking price was reduced to $140 million.

According to listing Realtor, David Ogilvy & Associates, “the home has been a landmark in Greenwich for generations. Originally built in 1896 by

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