Jupiter, Florida


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Jupiter (population 40,000) is located along the Atlantic coast, 19 miles north of West Palm Beach. Palm Beach County offers a tremendous array of amenities with over 47 miles of sandy Atlantic Ocean beaches and over 200 hotels and resorts from Jupiter to Boca Raton.  There are water sports, many cultural attractions, great music, educational opportunities, family events, nighttime entertainment, an abundance of tennis and golf facilities and great natural beauty of the area. http://www.jupiter.fl.us/

Jupiter itself has the feel of a ìsmall townî while at the same time it allows easy access to the benefits of the other communities in the County.  Jupiter has the benefits of being on the Loxahatchee River, the Intracoastal Waterway, and it has an Ocean inlet.  The Tequesta, Juno Beach, Jupiter area alone has over 100 miles of waterfront.  The area has a strong economic base and has continued to grow.  It has outstanding medical facilities, cultural and entertainment opportunities, numerous parks and recreation facilities.  There are both fresh and salt water marinas and there are numerous dining choices from fast food to Italian, Chinese, steak houses, seafood, and there is upscale dining.  There are a wide variety of specialty stores and boutiques within a few minutes drive and there are four regional malls.  If you want world-class shopping youíll fined that too, on Palm Beachís Worth Avenue.

Arts & Culture

Jupiter Theatre, originally opened in 1979 as Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre, was shut down in 1996 when Mr. Reynolds declared bankruptcy.  In 2002 it was re-opened is a renovated 600-seat regional theatre called the Palm Beach Playhouse at Jupiter Theatre.  http://www.jupitertheatre.org/

Palm Beach Community College Eissey Campus Theatre is a 750-seat venue that presents a season of international artists in its ìArts In The Gardensî series, as well as regular performances by local companies.  The Ballet Florida, Palm Beach Opera, Choral Society of Palm Beaches, Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Palm Beach Gardens Concert Band and the New Gardens Band all perform here. http://www.pbcc.edu/Theatre.xml

Raymond F. Kravis Center for Performing Arts has is a 2,200-seat concert hall, a 300-seat black box theater, and a 1,100-seat amphitheater under the stars. Productions include top concert performers from country to classical, comedians, Broadway shows, opera, and ballet. http://www.kravis.org/

Ballet Florida – http://www.balletflorida.com/
Palm Beach Opera – http://www.pbopera.org/
Greater Palm Beach Symphony – (561) 655-2657

Sunfest is Floridaís largest music, art and water front festival held annually in downtown West Palm Beach.  http://sunfest.com/

South Florida Fair – http://www.southfloridafair.com/

Florida History Center & Museum,, on US Hwy 1 in Jupiter, presents Florida history through photographs, artifacts and memorabilia.  Tours of the nearby DuBois Home and Jupiter Lighthouse are also available. (561) 747-6639

Hibel Museum of Art  is located on the MacArthur Campus of Florida Atlantic University at Abacoa Town Center.   http://www.hibel.com/museum.htm

Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach, the largest art museum and major cultural attraction in Florida, is known for its permanent collection of 19th century and 20th century European and American art, Chinese, contemporary art and photography. http://www.norton.org/

Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center is a 466-seat theatre at Palm Beach Community College.  Its productions include drama, music, dance, lecture forums, festivals and art exhibits. http://www.pbcc.edu/arts/belleglade/dhover.htm

Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum has a collection of hundreds of artifacts, memorabilia, and cultural contributions from Burt Reynolds. http://www.museumstuff.com/rec/org320071069215981.html

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, built in the 1850s is still working and you can climb up the tower.  http://www.jupiter.fl.us/HistoryWeb/Jupiter-Inlet-Lighthouse.cfm

Flagler Museum in Palm Beach is located on the estate of Henry Flagler, a founder of Standard Oil and developer of the Florida East Coast Railway. http://www.flagler.org/

South Florida Science Museum in Palm Beach http://www.sfsm.org/

Recreation

The Parks & Recreation Department maintains 10 parks with a wide range of facilities. http://www.jupiter.fl.us/parksRecreation/

Nearby Roger Dean Stadium is the newest spring training complex in the state. This $28 million dollar facility is designed to support two Major League Baseball teams.  It is owned by Palm Beach County and managed by the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals.  This 7,000-seat facility includes a field box, loge box, bleachers, grass berm and luxury skybox seating.  During February and March It is used by the Marlins and Cardinals, and it becomes home to the Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals (Class A) from April through August. http://rogerdeanstadium.com/stadium/

Palm Beach County is home to more than 160 golf courses, and more than 1,100 tennis courts. There are miles and miles of beaches and Intracoastal waterways, and water temperatures are comfortable year-round.  There is kayaking, waterskiing, sailing, boating, and fishing along the Intracoastal, and there is a wide variety of deep sea fishing, either along the coast or out in the Gulf Stream.  Jupiter has its own ocean Inlet.

Nearby Jonathan Dickinson State Park offers nearly 11,500 acres of land and water teaming with wildlife.  The park offers camping, canoeing, hiking/biking, picnic sites, and both fresh and saltwater fishing.  There are also guided tours of the Loxahatchee River. http://www.floridastateparks.org/jonathandickinson/

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach has a boardwalk, beach, a visitorís center, nature trails and picnic sites. http://www.macarthurbeach.org/

Education

Florida Atlantic University is one of Floridaís 11 public universities.  It has 24,000 students overall, with campuses in Boca Raton (main campus), Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Dania Beach, Commercial Blvd, Port St. Lucie, and its John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter. http://www.fau.edu/

Palm Beach Community College http://www.pbcc.edu

Senior Programs

The town of Jupiter offers a great many activities for its senior citizens including social activities, trips, dances, bridge, softball, canasta, classes, and more. http://www.jupiter.fl.us/parksRecreation/

Hospitals

Jupiter Medical Center, with 276 beds, is an acute care facility with full emergency services and many medical specialties.  http://www.jupitermed.com/

Airport

Palm Beach International Airport – http://www.pbia.org/

Weather

The average high temperature for January is 75 degrees with a low of 55 degrees.  In July the average high temperature is 90 degrees and the low is 75 degrees. http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Jupiter.html

Newspaper

Jupiter Courier – http://www.tcpalm.com/tcp/jupiter_courier/

Property Taxes

Tax Assessor, Palm Beach County –
http://www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/PAPA/index.htm

State Taxes

http://www.myflorida.com/dor/taxes/

Chamber of Commerce

http://www.palmbeachcounty.com/directory/Chambers/13159.html

State Aging Agency

http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/english/aaa.php

Distances

West Palm Beach – 19 miles
Stuart – 24 miles
Boynton Beach – 30 miles
Port St. Lucie – 34 miles
Boca Raton – 43 miles

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