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It is understood, Admirals Cove is one of the preeminent Platinum award winning waterfront golfing and yachting country clubs hidden in South East United States.  The Club at Admirals Cove also has a full service 72 slip marina, 12 Har-tru tennis court facilities, state of art fitness center, full treatment spa, hair/nail salon, physical therapists, and on-site private banking.

Golfing, as well as boating, is a stronghold activity at The Club at Admirals Cove, but members and their guests enjoy dining priveledges as well.  On occasion, an evening is scheduled for a behind the scenes look with Chef Tod, Master Chef of The Club, called “A Night in the Kitchen”.  You will tour the main kitchen facility and sample a lavish assortment of hors d’oeuvres,…
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The 10-bedroom Miami mansion, known as “Casa Casuarina”, was originally listed in June 2012 and then later reduced to $75 million.  Many expected the house to become the most expensive ever sold in Miami.   Bidding on the property has required very deep pockets.  It has required an opening offer of $25 million dollars.  A total of $3 million must be put in escrow and prospective buyers must show proof of a minimum of $40 million in funds.  

After more than a year on the real estate market, the estate once owned by legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace has sold.   Considered by most, at $41.5 million, the sale is a bit disappointing – 67% off the original asking in June 2012.  The estate was on FORBES’ magazine of "America’s Most Expensive Homes For

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This Saturday volunteers are needed on all Jupiter, Juno, Singer Island, and Stuart area beaches for International Coastal Cleanup 2013. The Ocean Conservancy sponsors the one-day event.  It is a part of a worldwide effort to clean up local beaches, rivers, lakes and canals.  Ocean Conservancy, the world’s largest organization focusing exclusively on the health of the marine environment, has sponsored this event for the past 27 years.

In 2012, more than 500,000 volunteers picked up 10 million pounds of trash during the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup.  For nearly three decades, this has been the largest volunteer effort to keep our ocean and waterways clean.  The cleanup volunteers together cover a distance of nearly 18,000 miles, 100 countries, and…
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Photo courtesy of South Florida Science Center and Aquarium.

After a yearlong construction and renovation project, the South Florida Science Museum has transformed into the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. The new science center is complete with an additional 6,500 square feet of new space and 6,500 square feet of renovated space.  The new and renewed science center include a 6,000 square foot traveling exhibit hall, 3,000 square foot Florida gallery which contains an 8,000 gallon “Aquariums of the Atlantic” and the room sized globe in “Science on a Sphere”.  

Changes abound at the new South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. A few of the most notable worth investigating:

•    Hurricane Simulator - Hop inside the hurricane capsule and

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“Jazz on The Palm” is a fabulous waterfront concert series under the stars produced by the City of West Palm Beach. It is a highly popular series of local, up and coming jazz artists.  Join fellow jazz enthusiasts every third Friday (next performance - September 20, 2013) for the free concert.  Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.
For this month’s upcoming concert “Kid Dutch’s Perseverance Brass Band” will perform.  They will play “brass roots jazz” – the music from which all other jazz forms arose.  Over 100 years ago, brass bands started playing in New Orleans with something called “ragging”.  The Preseverance Brass Band continues this tradition with tunes ranging from marches to spirituals and ragtime to rhythm and blues.  It is roots…
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Wednesday, September 12, 2013, marks the 12th anniversary of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center with events planned around the United States to commemorate the tragedy.

The official New York City tribute will take place at the National September 11 Memorial Plaza at the World Trade Center site.  The tribute will repeat this year with the ritual reading of the names of the 2,983 victims who died at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field near Shanksville, PA.

Numerous local cities like Jupiter, Tequesta, and Palm Beach Gardens are holding memorial ceremonies including moments of silence to honor those who lost their lives including police officers and first responders to save victims of the attacks. Please click on the highlighted city

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Photo courtesy of Lori Griffith/special to the Courier Weekly.

A swim coach for people with special needs named Megan Varner, was searching for a paddleboard company to sponsor her team.  She currently has a program for swimmers with Down’s Syndrome, Autism, and other disabilities. Her students have competed at the State level, National level, and in the World Special Olympics!

Varner met with Blueline Paddle Surf located in Jupiter’s “Funky Fishing Village”.   Alex Cotleur and Kim Depasquale, of Blueline, had done “a little bit of work with Surfers for Autism and it was such an incredible experience that we wanted to emulate that in the paddle community.”  It was a match made in heaven. Together they devised a paddle board program.

Depasquale and Cotleur

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The secret is out on area beaches.  USA Today released a list of the “Ten Least Known Florida Beaches” and Blowing Rocks Preserve, in Hobe Sound, was on the national publications list.  The list identifies these well-kept secret sanctuaries.  Very few people have the luxury of having the beauty of unspoiled nature so close.  

Living near a coastal preserve is perfect for nature lovers. Blowing Rocks Preserve is an environmental preserve on Jupiter Island in Hobe Sound. The Nature Conservancy owns Blowing Rocks.  It contains the largest Anastasia limestone outcropping on the U.S. Atlantic coast.  During extreme high tides and after winter storms, seas break against the rocks and force plumes of saltwater up through erosion holes up to 50 feet skyward. Thusly…
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This year’s Labor Day weekend is predicted to see more Americans hit the road than in the past five years.  IHS Global Insight and AAA Travel cite the country’s improved employment situation and recovering home values for the upswing in the economy and the spike in travel plans.  Their reports predict that 34.1 million people will travel 50 miles or more within the country this Labor Day weekend. Beaches and barbeques are the conjecture for most.

“AAA is forecasting a lift in Labor Day travel this year due to the increasingly positive economic outlook and optimism in the housing market,” said AAA President and CEO Robert L. Darbelnet.  He is also quoted as saying, “For many Americans, their home is their biggest asset, as home prices improve in many parts…
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Image courtesy of Palm Beach Post.

The Jupiter Town Council has unanimously approved a two-story retail/office building which will have a 60-seat restaurant.  Nestled above the quaint restaurant and office or shops will be six residential apartments.

The 2-acre piece of property calls for a 15,000 square foot, two story building on the east side of A1A in the heart of Jupiter’s “Funky Fishing Village”.
The Jupiter Inlet Village, casually known as the “Funky Fishing Village” is a gathering place for entertainment and relaxation while preserving and respecting Jupiter’s history and small town feel. The new property will complement the existing 5,300 square foot office building on the property already that keeps in character with the funky village feel.

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