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When not under COVID19 Limitations; Jupiter Farms Residents holds monthly meetings (at the pavilion at Jupiter Farms Park) so they may better keep the community informed on various local topics, events, and matters of interest affecting them. The group also holds many events in the community, such as Movie Nights, the Family Hoedown and Spring Family Fun Day, Candidates Events, Charity Clay Shoot, and Christmas Tree Sale.  Plus, at the end of the school year, JFR awards scholarships to local graduating seniors.  Please, plan on joining us for our 2021 meetings and events.  

You can always check for agendas at the Jupiter Farms Residents Website.

Jupiter Farms Residents Virtual Meeting
April 13, 2021, at 7 PM
The Virtual Waiting Room Will Open at 6:30
To Login Click HERE


At this time, while the interior area of the Jupiter Farms Park Pavilion remains closed, JFR has decided to hold virtual community meetings once every other month.

The Informational and Virtual Link above will be posted on our social media the week before and sent out in our e-Newsletter.

* Please Note:  Jupiter Farms Residents does not hold monthly meetings in the months of July and December.

To be reminded of JFR meetings on your Facebook feed, click HERE and mark interested.

Check out the new Jupiter Farms video that tells the story of Jupiter Farms and its uniqueness.
 
Why awareness and protection are key to preserving the rural lifestyle in Jupiter Farms.
 
When COVID19 hit and JFR & JFEC had to take meetings with all seven Board of County Commissioners, we realized that many commissioners had never even been to The Farms and had no idea what our area looks like and how we became The Farms.

We approached local filmmaker Cliff Gordon to see if his production company (Blue Sky Productions) could create a film, recording some of the history of Jupiter Farms and what makes us unique.

This is the product of all our efforts. We hope you enjoy it.


Our entire episode library is available FREE simply CLICK HERE to listen on any interface; computer, phone, tablet, etc.

The JFR Podcast is 100% FREE, simply subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts. 

We're even on your Smart Speaker or home system.  Just ask your device for the "Jupiter Farms Residents Podcast."


From March 1 - April 15 graduating Jupiter Farms seniors can apply for the Jupiter Farms Scholarship

Just click HERE to be taken to our online Application Interface!

 

Jupiter Farms Lost a Local Hero

It is with the deepest regret we announce that on February 17, 2021, Steve Hinkle passed away due to cardiac failure. We have lost a truly good man with an incredible community spirit and drive; a man who has made a profound difference in the lives he touched. Jupiter Farms has lost a wealth of institutional knowledge and a terrific advocate for our area.

Steve grew up in North Central West Virginia where he received his BS in Resource Management and MS in Agricultural Economics from West Virginia University. He arrived in the Jupiter area via a transfer from the U.S. Virgin Islands. His family moved to Jupiter Farms in 1994 and fell in love with the community. His move turned into a commitment to make our community a great place to live.

Steve was not just a landowner and resident in Jupiter Farms, he graciously volunteered his time to help improve our community. He was a past Cub Master for Pack 157, Assistant Troop Leader for Troop 109, and a Director of Jupiter Horsemen’s Association and former Director/Advisor to Jupiter Farms Residents. In addition, he was a Director for Jupiter Farms Community Parade and Events; the Land Liaison for Northeast Everglades Trail Association; President of DuPuis Horsemen’s Association; member of the Martin County Greenways and Trails Committee; member of the South Florida Water Management District – Water Resources Advisory Commission – Recreational Issues Committee and sat on the North County Land Managers meetings.

And of course, Steve was most recently known for his service as the President of the South Indian River Water Control District (SIRWCD).
Steve Hinkle’s loss will be felt throughout our community. Our deepest condolences to Steve’s family and to all the lives he touched. Jupiter Farms is a better place because of Steve’s passion and involvement. He will be sorely missed.

We will be celebrating Steve’s life in the April issue of The Jupiter Farmer. We are collecting photos and memories to create a community memorial to remember our friend and honor his many contributions. Please share photos of or with Steve through the years, and write down your fond memories of time with Steve, and send them to us by email: JFResidents@gmail.com Please send us your memories by March 12, 2021.
The family has asked for their privacy at this time and will be announcing a date for a Celebration of Life for Steve in the coming weeks. The JFR Board is remaining in close contact with the family and will let the community know of their needs as they arise. Please feel free to email us at JFResidents@gmail.com with any questions.

A Go-Fund-Me has been set up for Steve Hinkle's family. Jupiter Farms is a better place because of Steve's dedication. Let's give back to his family as he gave to us as a community.  You can get to the Go Fund Me by CLICKING HERE
 

“Walking through a Florida swamp is like walking back in time. …People can go their whole lives living five miles from the Everglades, never having been there.” – Alex Freeze

Ditching their social feeds for a source-to-sea, three South Florida students bike, hike, and paddle 70 miles over seven days through a wilderness that they never knew existed. Going beyond the homes and freeways of suburban Palm Beach County, they explore the incredible
network of swamps, scrub, and waterways. Stream Hidden Wild now at 
hiddenwildfilm.com


Don't forget to tune into Jupiter Farms residents, Nina and Brendon Shirley's New Design Network TV show, Farm to Table

Tune in on Samsung TV Plus, the Roku Channel, TDN.tv, and a few other channels!

If you missed it,
you can watch full episodes for free,
HERE


Help keep the farms beautiful and clean!
Many thanks for your support - see you there!


Jupiter Farms Parade and Event is looking for volunteers for the 2021 Christmas Parade and Craft Fair.
Click the graphic to email them!



Resurfacing; Alexander Run Rd.

Resurfacing (RSF) of Alexander Run from Randolph Siding Rd. to Indiantown Rd. (Atlas pgs. 3 & 11) is/was scheduled with a tentative start date of 2/19 (weather permitting). RSF will occur during day time hours and last about 10 days. This is a ‘Sales Tax’ project.
Note this is in conjunction with the RSF of Alexander Run from Sandy Run to Randolph Siding (non-Sales Tax funding).

 
    
Thursday, Mar. 25 – 6:00 pm - Monthly Meeting 


Thursday, Apr. 1 – 6:00 pm - Workshop

  Jupiter Farms Re-engineering Project

Meetings will be held in the District Office. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the meeting will be a combination of Zoom video/audio conferencing and in-person attendance. Supervisors and staff will be the only ones allowed to attend in person at this time. 

Landowners may only attend via Zoom/audio conferencing. 

Please contact the District office at sirwcd@sirwcd.org or 561-747-0550 for Zoom meeting information.

If any landowner wishes to speak during the Mar. 25 meeting, please send your comments to the District Office by Mar. 23, so they may be reviewed by the Board of Supervisors. Please check the website for ongoing updates.

Watch for updated details HERE as they become available.

Specific directions regarding meetings are always posted on the District’s website https://www.sirwcd.org or can be obtained by calling the District office. Participants are strongly encouraged to submit questions and comments to the District office at rigsby@sirwcd.org or by calling (561) 747-0550.

One week before any meeting, the agenda for the meeting may be found HERE.

Annual SIRWCD Landowners Family Day Canceled

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, the South Indian River Water Control District Board of Supervisors has decided to cancel this year's Family Day in an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of the landowners, staff and vendors.



At last month's JFR Meeting, Land Planner George Gentile informed the community of the updated plans for Busch Wildlife Sanctuary's move to The Farms.
All 4 natural wetlands are being preserved as almost every native tree found on the property. 

You can see the plan planning rendering HERE

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PBC COVID-19 Vaccine banner image

Click here for Vaccine Summary in Palm Beach County

For the most updated Vaccine information, click HERE

PBC Food Resources

Food Finder Map
United Way offers an Interactive Food Finder map to assist in locating free food and hot meals throughout Palm Beach County.

Palm Beach County Food Bank
To find food distribution sites through the Palm Beach County Food Bank, please click here.

Feeding South Florida
To find food distribution sites through Feeding South Florida, please click here.

School District of Palm Beach County
Breakfast and lunch is free to all students attending school in person on campus. The district also offers free grab-and-go curbside meal pickup on Tuesdays and Thursdays for those who have remained in distance learning. All sites will be closed for Winter Break (December 20, 2020 – January 4, 2021) and will resume the Tuesday and Thursday distributions starting on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.
Please click here for updated times and locations.
 

Pandemic Fatigue

Hope is on the horizon with the COVID-19 vaccines expected to be available soon. However, we must remain vigilant while we continue to mitigate the virus’ spread and follow the recommendations of medical professionals:
  • Avoid the three Cs: crowded places, close-contact settings, and confined/enclosed places
  • Frequent handwashing
  • Facial coverings
Unfortunately, with the holidays coming and the pandemic still upon us, many of us are experiencing pandemic fatigue, depression, and isolation. One advantage of living in Palm Beach County is our wonderful sunny weather. 

Seeking enjoyable outdoor activities maybe even more important now since it can offer an emotional boost and help you feel less tense, stressed, angry, or depressed.

Moreover, by allowing plenty of space between you and others, outdoor activities pose a lower risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus than indoor activities. 

Palm Beach County offers over 8,000 acres of parks and
­­­­­­­­31,000 acres of natural areas with lots of amenities that feature mostly free or low-cost getaways right in our own backyard! 
From our pristine eastern beaches to the western Everglades region, there are wonderful and unique options worth exploring. Activities include canoeing/kayaking, nature trails, fishing, exercise courses/stations, disc golf, pickleball courts, skate parks, water skiing, walking trails and so much more.

The county’s Environmental Resources Management Department manages over 31,000 acres of conservation lands, the county’s last wild places, that are open from sunrise to sunset.  The natural areas offer passive, nature-based activities such as hiking, bird watching and environmental education. 

There are also volunteer opportunities in the county’s parks and natural areas. More details can be found at:     Reach out to someone you know who may need some company and explore the beauty of nature that abounds in our area.

211 Palm Beach

While it may be a difficult time, we will get through this together. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance concerning mental issues such as depression, 211 Palm Beach is a valuable local resource.  It’s a confidential community helpline and crisis hotline providing immediate guidance and support. 

211 Palm Beach offers an array of support and assistance including information, assessment, advocacy, referral and linkage to appropriate community agencies. They also provide telephone counseling, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention. As the central gateway to health and human services, 211 collects, maintains and provides up-to-date resource information via phone, text, email, website, printed guides and directories.
 
   
 

Covid App Available

All CombatCOVID app users who have been in close proximity to a COVID-19-positive person will receive a push notification recommending they get tested immediately, without revealing anyone’s personal identity. Suggested locations for testing are also provided.
 
Unlike other apps, CombatCOVID doesn't use GPS or location notification in its architecture. The app user’s privacy and identity are protected. No names, email addresses, locations, or personal identifying information is required or acquired by the app.
 
Your device’s phone number is encrypted and never shared with anyone, including local health officials. All data and information about a device in close proximity to another device is ONLY stored on the device.

COVID-19 Testing

For a comprehensive list of over 115 testing sites (public and private) please click here.

COVID-19 Reminders


The county is currently in Phase 3 re-openings, all capacity limitations have been lifted, and businesses may operate at 100% capacity while adhering to CDC guidelines. For more information, click here.

Facial coverings (Emergency Order 2020-012) are still in place.

Additionally, all individuals, businesses, and establishments are required to adhere to:
  • social distancing guidelines issued by the CDC, and
  • enhanced cleaning protocols, such as those in guidelines issued by the CDC (relating to enhanced cleaning and disinfecting guidance for reopening).
The COVID-19 Education Compliance Team will continue to inspect establishments, and education remains the team’s primary focus. The public comment line is 561-24COVID, and the email is covidcompliance@pbcgov.org.

FPL Continues to Offer Direct Relief

FPL residential and small business customers may be eligible for a one-time bill credit based on the status of their account and how long the account has been overdue.

FPL is also continuing to offer payment extensions, waive late, reconnection, and collection fees, and help connect customers with financial assistance.

To apply or request more information, please call 800-226-3545.

In-Person & Virtual Mental Health Services

The Palm Beach County Youth Services Department has resumed in-person mental health services following CDC guidelines. Telehealth services will continue to be offered based on client preference.

Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. with locations in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Delray Beach and Belle Glade. Mental health services are offered in-person or virtually via Zoom video and are available in English, Spanish, French, and Creole. Please call 561-625-2540 to schedule an appointment.

For a full list of mental health services provided by Palm Beach County Youth Services, please click here.
 

County Department Newsletter Links

To sign up for Parks and Recreation Monthly Highlights newsletter, please click here.

To sign up for the Environment Resources Management newsletter, please click here.

To sign up for the County Library newsletter, please click here.

To stay up to date on current information about the county's news, events, programs, and services, sign up for the Count-e-News newsletter here.

For a full list of county department newsletters, and official social media sites and mobile apps, please click here.

  
Please, Help Jupiter Farms Residents

ask us how!

JFR is always looking for sponsors and volunteers to help us continue our community events. JFR's annual student scholarship is weighted heavily on volunteer hours spent benefiting our community. For more information email us at JFResidents@gmail.com
For the full-year calendar of JFR events - click HERE



 We may not  progress...
But we CAN  it down!

Over the past several decades, varying groups of concerned citizens, just like JFR, have taken up the banner to protect where we live and to try to keep development, and the ‘inevitable Western sprawl’ of Palm Beach County, at bay.  Has that been a success?  You be the judge.

In the graphic below, we have taken a present-day map of the Jupiter Farms area (seen on the left side of the graphic) and created a juxtaposed image of what the area would look like if no one stepped up to protect our area (seen on the right side of the graphic). The juxtaposed image represents actual projects that were proposed and either stopped, changed, or mitigated because people spoke up.

Without groups like JFR, the Loxahatchee River would not have gotten its “Federal Wild and Scenic” designation. Riverbend would have been an RV Park. The Jupiter Farms Village Shopping Area would have been 150 acres.  The natural areas surrounding Jupiter Farms (Cypress Creek [North and South], Pine Glades), would have all been Planned Unit Developments (gated communities). There would be a power plant in the PBC Park of Commerce.  Also, keep in mind, the original path for I-95 was to have been right through the Indiantown Rd and Jupiter Farms intersection – miles west of where it is now. This list names just a few… the list goes on.

  • RISE FC Soccer Complex
  • Power Plant in the Park of Commerce to our West
  • 6 lanes –  Indiantown to Pratt Whitney – lined with strip malls
  • 4 lanes  –  Jupiter Farms Road
  • RV Park in Riverbend
  • Country Club Style Gated Communities (and golf courses) all along the north-side
  • Jupiter Country Club would be three times the density
  • I-95 would have an interchange at Indiantown Road and Jupiter Farms Road
  • Middle/High School at Reynolds Ranch (as many as 50 Buses, twice per day, on Jupiter Farms Road)
  • Publix Shopping Development would be 150 Acres
  • The Loxahatchee River would not have been designated “Wild and Scenic”

There would be no dirt roads whatsoever. The entire area would have city water and sewer. You can bet that if it weren’t for fighting the good fight, Jupiter Farms would have said goodbye to its livestock rights and AG zoning a long time ago.  In fact, we’d look a lot more like South County than we’d ever like to think. Your taxes and assessments would probably be more than double what they are now.

Are we done?  No.  As Jupiter Farms is a part of unincorporated Palm Beach County, we are a moving target. Preserved lands are only preserved as long as someone says they are preserved. It takes constant diligence to stay on top of proposed projects and to fend off the eye of a county that seeks to always increase its tax base.

This is why JFR does what it does.
See how our area would look without people volunteering their time, attending meetings, and fighting for Jupiter Farms and our rural agricultural designation.

To see the above maps in greater detail

CLICK HERE and use the slide feature.


Jupiter Farms Residents could truly use your help.  Special event insurance, general liability insurance, legal review, vendors, scholarships, web hosting, professional services, etc. are all mounting expenses.  Please donate what you can to help us grow a stronger and better-protected community and help us to keep Jupiter Farms, Jupiter Farms.  Year after year, it's getting more difficult to maintain what we have; so please, don't take it for granted.  

To donate through the fundraising site, please click the button above 
Send checks to:
Jupiter Farms Residents
10152 Indiantown Road, Suite103, Jupiter, FL 33478


JFR Sponsorship

Jupiter Farms Residents does its best to sponsor as many community events as possible throughout the year.  We also sponsor an annual scholarship award.  It is a 100% volunteer-run organization.  In addition to smaller sponsorship opportunities throughout the year, we are looking for Annual Sponsors to help us offset our costs and lend us the ability to offer better and more frequent community events.  For more information on becoming an annual sponsor;
Click here for the information and form.   Thank you.
Jupiter Farms Residents welcomes their partnership with Jupiter Bounce!
"Bottled in 2006, aged 13 years. Brewed in Jupiter, FL - Jupiter's Original Bounce House Company

JFR thanks Truly Nolan for partnering with JFR this year. Helping community is their style!

 At PNC, Darlene Shaw and her staff can help you gain the confidence you need to make important financial decisions for you, your family, or your business.

Our sincere thanks to Dr. Mautner and his staff at Riverbend. It is partnerships with neighbors like you that lets JFR keep doing what we do!  Thank you!

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JFR thanks The Jupiter Farmer for all its help throughout the year, 
 by keeping our community aware of local news and events.

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