Archive for December, 2010

Finding A Kid’s Desk Cleans Up My Mess

By Sam Lichtenstein - December 31st, 2010

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Brush Fire Darkens Beach Skies!

December 30th, 2010

The other day we had a large brush fire north of Jupiter that sent billowing clouds of smoke skyward and darkened the skies along our famous beaches. Fire conditions have been especially dangerous lately because it is so dry and the slightest spark can set off a fire. Couple that with the extreme winds we have had the last couple of days and the picture below is the result.

This shot was taken on the US-1 bridge looking north to Hobe Sound where the fire was threatening homes in the Hobe Sound Golf Club. The condo in the picture is Jupiter Cove, right on the Inlet.

Fires in the winter can be especially nasty since it is very dry this time of year and it can be very windy as cold fronts make their way through the state. The smoke from this fire was blowing to the southeast and out over the ocean. Here’s is what it looked like over the Village of Tequesta.

Several years ago the authorities set a ‘controlled burn’ loose in Jonathan Dickinson State Park on a day when the wind was blowing about 40 knots. Naturally, the fire got completely out of control and swept through the park, burning all of the once-famous leaning pines to the ground. What was once a forest of really cool pines leaning over from the pressure of constant sea breezes now looks like a moonscape. I guess once a controlled burn is on the calendar, no amount of common sense can get it stopped or postponed. Oh, when the fire reached the north edge of Burt Reynolds’ home, the fire department pulled out all the stops to keep his house from getting torched. Too bad the beautiful pines weren’t so lucky.

Trump Fights Airport!!!

December 29th, 2010

Fly the friendly skies…just not over Donald Trump’s club. Since Trump bought the Mar-a-Lago beachfront mansion of Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress to the Post cereal fortune, he has battled the City of West Palm Beach over the flight routes of Palm Beach International Airport.

Mar-a-Lago, which means Ocean to Lake, with its 9-hole golf course in the backyard, sits on the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Southern Boulevard on Palm Beach. The trouble is the Palm Beach International Airport also sits on Southern Boulevard, and with our prevailing ocean winds, jets take off and land into the wind, or right over Trump’s place.

Although planes had used this route for decades before Trump showed up with his checkbook, he has used the continuing threat of lawsuits to his advantage.

The Trump International Golf Course sits just south of the airport on reclaimed land once owned by PBIA. So Trump made the pitch, he would drop the lawsuit if they would sell or give him that land. They did and he built his famous golf club there. The club hosted the Tyco/ADT Classic for the LPGA for several years before Dennis Kozlowski raided Tyco for personal gain (remember the famous $15,000 shower curtain) by paying himself $81 million in bonuses and paying another Palm Beach resident, Jimmy Buffett, $250,000 to play for his wife’s birthday party. (On a side note, I guess the rate for wedding’s has gone up, since Rush Limbaugh just paid Elton John $1 million to play at his third wedding. His last wife, the lovely and gracious Marta, ex-aerobics instructor, moved to Jupiter Island to heal her wedding wounds). After Tyco went under and Kozlowski went to prison, the name was changed to the ADT Classic.

So the latest lawsuit once again pits Trump against the Airport Authority, who want to expand the runway….. you guessed it, right toward his place. Even though the last lawsuit was dismissed, with endlessly deep pockets, Trump can continue to refile lawsuits as needed to help his causes. So Trump Fights Airport!!!

570 Ocean Drive #602 | The Oceanfront at Juno | Juno Condos For Sale

December 29th, 2010

Breathtaking ocean views & a 189-ft continuous wraparound balcony highlight this 4BR/5½BA condominium in the premier The Oceanfront at Juno. The private foyer is magnificent with marble flooring and French doors. Wide & open with Saturnia floors & panoramic windows to enjoy the views. No expense has been spared, from marble-clad columns to automatic blinds. Centerpiece wet bar transitions the living and family rooms. A chef’s delight kitchen features granite, tumbled marble, storage, and top appliances including Bosch & Thermador. The split plan with each bedroom having its own bath lends privacy for all. The ocean bedroom can be a 2nd master. Huge master with tremendous closets & beautiful bath oasis. Hear the crashing of the waves. Watch the boat parades, sunrises & sunsets. Simply unforgettable!

377 Eagle Drive | Admirals Cove | Jupiter Homes For Sale

December 27th, 2010

377 Eagle Drive in Admirals Cove in Jupiter, Florida is a fabulous 4-bedroom home with 170 feet of deep turning basin for up to a 140-foot yacht along with a pool patio which is 130 feet wide. This custom Pertnoy home on a quiet cul-de-sac boasts 4 bedrooms, 5½ bathrooms, and a study, all in one story. An open floorplan features incredible 20′ ceilings, coveted southeastern exposure, and direct water views with floor-to-ceiling glass. There are beautiful marble floors throughout. There is a dramatic coral fireplace in the living room, a centerpiece wet-bar, and picturesque glass doors transitioning to the family room and kitchen. The kitchen is open with lots of granite. There is also an extra catering kitchen by the maid’s quarters. The master suite is spacious and has a fireplace with unique coffered ceiling depths. The master bath has an abundance of marble, His & Hers areas, steam shower, large walk-ins, and sculpted glass with private green garden views. Guest VIP suites all have marble bathrooms and will keep company coming.  The office has everything; built-ins, granite, coffered ceiling, and open views to the water. The outdoor living is simply sensational with .63 acres of grounds, exotic palms, a freeform waterfall pool & spa, all overlooking wide expanses of water. This is truly a place to call home!