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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 meeting, Nominations will be held for four (4) seats that are up for election. Nominations will open at this meeting and close in one month on May 11.  Nominations may be made live/online at this meeting or via email to JFR HERE.  The nominations will be voted on at the June 8 Zoom Meeting. Election criteria and information can be found in the JFR Bylaws 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.

The new Jupiter Farms video has been receiving rave reviews.  If you have not seen it yet, please take a few minutes and learn about Jupiter Farms' past.  The video tells the story of Jupiter Farms and its uniqueness and why awareness and protection are key to preserving the rural lifestyle in Jupiter Farms.


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."


Scholarship Application Deadline
April 15 
Graduating Jupiter Farms seniors can apply for the Jupiter Farms Scholarship!

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

 
Just like all community groups, this past year has been especially difficult for Jupiter Farms Residents to fundraise. Since the start of the COVID Pandemic, we have had to cancel our Annual JFR Shootout, Spring Family Fun Day, Hoedown, and it is still uncertain when we will be able to resume our event programming. Despite all this, JFR is committed to maintaining our level of Scholarship giving to Jupiter Farms'  graduating seniors.

“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


The entire season of Jupiter Farms residents, Nina and Brendon Shirley's Design Network TV show, Farm to Table is available to stream FREE.

You can watch all the 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!



At the March 25, 2021 South Indian River Water Control District Board of Supervisors meeting, three landowners, Susan Kennedy and Aaron McDaniel of Jupiter Farms, and Bob Kalb of Palm Beach Country Estates, were nominated to fill an interim seat on the Board due to the untimely passing of President Stephen Hinkle. Susan Kennedy was appointed by the Board to fill the position until the election in September. She was sworn in by Office Administrator Holly Rigsby.

In addition, Tom Powell was named President and Michael Howard as Vice President. The Secretary and Committee positions are to remain the same.


South Indian River Water Control District (SIRWCD) Board of Supervisors will hold the following workshop:

Thursday, Apr. 1 – 6:00 pm

Workshop to address Jupiter Farms Re-engineering Project

Thursday, Apr. 15 – 6:00 pm
Board of Supervisors Meeting


 Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the workshop and meeting will each 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 workshop information.

If any landowner wishes to speak during the workshop or meeting, please send your comments to the District Office by Mar. 30, so they may be reviewed by the Board of Supervisors. Please check the website for ongoing updates.

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

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.

Land Planner George Gentile will be presenting the plans for Busch Wildlife Sanctuary'sproject in Jupiter Farms at the PBC Zoning Commission on April 1, 2021.  Information on the hearing may be found HERE.

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

 

Homebound Vaccination Program

We have been instructed by the State of Florida for homebound seniors requesting a vaccine to send an email to homeboundvaccine@em.myflorida.com 

Upon receipt, the requestor will receive a return email with a survey link to register. 
 

Vaccine Location Updates

Vaccine locations in Palm Beach County and the surrounding area For more information on COVID-19 including testing sites, click here.

Veterans' Vaccines

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center is now offering vaccines for eligible veterans of all ages who receive care at the VA. The vaccine is offered by appointment and on a walk-in basis at Building 14 on the main campus in West Palm Beach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday - Friday. For more information, call 561-422-5200.

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 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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