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The following Emergency Order 2020-012 issued June 25, 2020 has been re-posted verbatim to prevent misinterpretation.

“Palm Beach County Emergency Order 2020-012 has been issued requiring face coverings in Palm Beach County. This order applies in all incorporated and unincorporated areas of Palm Beach County and will be effective Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 12:01 A.M.

Facial coverings must be worn by all persons, other than those specifically exempted, while obtaining any good or service or otherwise visiting or wfaceall persons in public places where social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines is not possible or not being practiced. 

All persons utilizing the County's Palm Tran transit services including fixed route, Palm Tran

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On January 14, 1914, the very first scheduled passenger airline took off from South Florida.  The airline was based between St. Petersburg and Tampa. This commercial airline service began offering flights between the two cities.  The airline carrier was known as the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line.

The St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line was a very brief lived venture.  However, the very first paying passenger was the notable Mayor of St. Petersburg, Abram C. Phell.  Reportedly, the flight lasted 23 minutes and spanned 21 miles.  The aircraft made use of an airboat that could take off and land in the water. Just four short months later the airline venture shut down but smoothed a path for what would become daily transcontinental flights.


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Get around Palm Beach with a fresh new approach with a historical bicycle tour of the island. Riding or strolling along the famed Bike Trail is a most beloved thing to do. Now add a friendly, knowledgeable local insider with all the dirt and you have the Guided Historical Bicycle Tour. These tours are fun, friendly, and healthy way to learn about the iconic island while still observing social distancing guidelines. 

Gently glide through the palm-lined paths along the lake and travel the streets along the Atlantic Ocean with the warm breezes keeping you comfortable. The two-hour bike tour travels along mega mansions, amazing architecture, greenspaces, flora, fauna, and famous landmarks that make Palm Beach iconic. The Historical Palm Beach Bicycle

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The Club at Ibis has a very special connection with the Jack Nicklaus family.  It is the only private country club that features three Nicklaus family designed golf courses. Additionally, Ibis Charities has donated $15,000 to the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.  The presentation was made at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center in Palm Beach Gardens.

Ibis Golf & Country Club is a secure, gated community situated in West Palm Beach, only 7 miles west of I-95 on Northlake Boulevard. Entailing 33 distinct communities, homes within the community differ from Florida-contemporary to Mediterranean styles. Residences in Ibis Golf & Country Club rest on either a natural preserve, or golf course, and range in price from the $300's

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Offshore the coastal Town of Jupiter, it is recognized for its impressive fishing. As a matter of fact, the town holds a solid reputation for much more than just fishing. Check out the golf, real estate, shopping, dining, and entertainment too. If you are seeking a new adventure and do not have access to a big ‘ole sportfish, try chartering!  There are endless opportunities for you and friends and family to go out on a fishing charter here in Jupiter. 

Because Jupiter has been proclaimed one of the best sport fishing areas in Florida, the business of fishing charters has flourished. Here are two highly recommended local captains who know the waters of Jupiter like the back of their hands.  

Adrenaline Rush Charters

  • Captain Timothy Mackay
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From just about any point in Florida you can access a body of water, or the ocean in about 90 minutes or less. The southern peninsula state has 8,436 miles of coastline, second only to the state of Alaska which has 33,904 miles of coastline. Due to Florida’s unique shape and size, it offers easy access to beaches and magnificent waterfront living.  

South Florida is the ideal place to live, work and play. The laidback, luxurious lifestyle is at its best here in Palm Beach County with an incredible mix of natural beauty, great weather, cultural attractions, and entertaining activities. Beautiful waterfront homes, opulent yachts, sparkling turquoise waterways and waterfront dining are not the only things Florida has to offer its residents.


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Mounts Botanical Gardens, 531 North Military Trail, in West Palm Beach reopened Tuesday, June 16, 2020.  The 14-acre wonderland will operate at 50% capacity with only 100 people at a time allowed inside.  It is Palm Beach County's oldest and largest public garden with plants from six continents.

Mounts features over 2,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants including plants native to Florida, exotic trees, tropical fruit, herbs, citrus trees, and a variety of palms. Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County offers all sorts of flora to discover. Themed areas, referred to as gardens, include a butterfly garden, a Mediterranean garden, and a tropical forest.

The Mounts Botanical’s mission is “to inspire and educate through nature. Its

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The climate in South Florida can be tricky when trying to maintain a beautiful exterior. Perhaps you are an avid landscape gardener or a weekend warrior, fitting it in what you can. Low maintenance succulents are an easy fit.  Whether your goal is just maintaining a healthy landscape or creating an ever-changing tropical paradise. Knowledge is the key when it comes to Florida friendly plants.

Succulents are an interesting trend in contemporary South Florida gardening.  Try the modern design floras and turn your space into a tranquil Zen Garden with little effort and maintenance. Gardeners interested in recent trends recognize the sculptural qualities of succulents. It could be a great time to reflect on adding succulents to your garden as delicate

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 Join local Palm Beach area residents with “shelter in place” cocktails, aka S.I.P. Happy Hour! Many locals have been missing out with social interaction but also wish to shelter in place. No need to miss out on happy hour…

Residents should not have to go without great cocktails just because the bars are adhering to restricted capacity guidelines. Liz Petoniak, dining editor of Palm Beach Illustrated is hosting Instagram Live on Fridays at 5 p.m. The series began Friday, May 1, 2020 was the first-ever “SIP with PBI virtual happy hour!

Each week PBI has welcomed mixologists from local bars and eateries.The experts teach you how to craft delicious cocktails using ingredients you can find in your own kitchen. The next happy hour in the series is

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The Town of Jupiter and Palm Beach County have issued an update regarding beaches and beach parks. Effective Monday, May 18, 2020 all public, private, and municipal beaches and beach parks in Palm Beach County will conditionally re-open after being closed for nearly two months due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.  

Beachgoers will be allowed to sunbathe, and concession stands for beach chairs and umbrellas, along with food and beverage stands, will be allowed to operate.The beaches and beach parks will open to the public under the following conditions and restrictions:

• Beaches will be open between sunrise and sunset only.

• Parties accessing the beaches shall follow CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10

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