Dear Jupiter Town Council,
The next week is huge when it comes to the direction Jupiter is heading. It would appear that direction has been already been determined as you have cancelled today’s planning and zoning meeting and publicly stated that no public comments will be heard next Tuesday when you vote on the proposed development of the Love Street parcel that according to public records is still partially owned by the Jupiter Community Redevelopment Agency.
The Town of Jupiter’s own website says we are one of the most desirable places to live in Florida. Your ethics page states you believe in earning and maintaining the public’s trust in a way that inspires confidence and prevents conflicts between private interests and public duties. Not allowing residents to speak on the vote of the future of a parcel that is still in the Town’s name certainly shows the ethics you speak about on line have apparently long been thrown out the window. With growth that does nothing to improve our quality of life you soon will throw the most desirable place to live description out the window as well.
No need to rehash the nightmare that we are all living in the press with Harbourside as it is a different project we are now talking about. Lets just say that Jupiter Councilman Jim Kuretski’s comments back then are very appropriate at this time on another project you are voting on next week. His quote on Harbourside’s own website is “It’s a significant project that’s under construction and I hope it turns out to be a success,” Mr. Kuretski said. “I see it as a significant change, like bringing CityPlace (of West Palm Beach) to Jupiter, and I don’t feel that’s a good fit for Jupiter.
In my humble opinion, it was not a good fit for Jupiter and does little to improve the riverwalk experience. An amazing parcel filled with tall buildings, not enough parking and even a road separating much of the development from the water which should have been the central focus.
Today, I was on US1 heading south waiting for the bridge over the Loxahatchee as a boat passed. As the bridge closed it was easy to see how northbound traffic was backed up well past Jupiter Island Park. Immediately my mind wandered to the traffic nightmare coming. Wait until you allow the over development on Love Street, Suni Sands let alone the other parcels along A1A in Jupiter’s Funky Fishing Village. This intersection can barely handle the traffic we have now. You speak of the public’s trust and confidence. Well trust me I am confident the over development of these parcels on A1A is not going to do anything to enhance Jupiter’s reputation as the most desirable place to live in Florida.
This is the western gateway to the most precious asset we have in the spectacular and amazing Jupiter beach. This is a two lane road that dead ends at an intersection that backs up at 10:00 on a Tuesday morning because the bridge opens on US1. This is before you give approval next week of over 30,000 square feet of retail space, over 27,000 square feet of office space, almost 13,000 square feet of restaurant space and over 23,500 square feet of vacation rental space. Never mind that this is the first of multiple parcels in a very limited area. Your partner in Love Street, which is 4 acres in size, will be back at your door in a few months with plans for the 10 acre Suni Sands property with a 200 room hotel, a dozen cottages, more retail and who knows what else.
We all see the parking battles along US1 near Indiantown. I took a client on Sunday to see Square Grouper and we parked in the lot you are now going to cram with buildings. It was full. There was not a single spot to be had. At 2:00 on a Sunday afternoon. Now you are going to eliminate the parking that is much needed and fill it with buildings with not nearly enough parking for the added development let alone the parking you are displacing with this action. Oh sure you are going to “trade “ this parcel with Mr. Modica for a parcel blocks away for parking. Go look at many of the restaurants and shops at Harbourside and see how great they are doing. Your claims of ethics are apparently false. And soon your most desirable place to live will be too.