Hurricane Matthew: ‘The calm before the storm’ through local pictures

Hurricane Matthew updates: Check our WeatherPlus blog. 

You’ve probably been bombarded with news, tweets and pictures regarding  #HurricaneMatthew as it goes through the Caribbean and possibly hugs the eastern United States over the next few days.

However, if you’re still not convinced by the latest media hype (even though you should), check out the local forecast from the Pelican Park Weather Station:

The coconut suggests that it’s still calm in Palm Beach county, and a few pictures from today actually prove it.

Weather so nice today, that many have been enjoying outdoor activities.

Or relaxing on their ocean view patios watching the skies change throughout the day.

On the other hand, as also stated by @dr.jakehyde on his caption above, “the only calm thing in town seems to be the weather.”

Take a look how people in the county are preparing for #HurricaneMatthew

Why not use your lunch break today to get ready? @bcathcart84 did!

Including myself as I was freaking out because I couldn’t find water since yesterday.

And there’s also a group of people (probably the smart ones) who are simply avoiding Hurricane Matthew at all costs.

@josephpauldavis is heading to DC.

@refined_fashion has no business doing in the island.

Even though the skies are crisp and blue today, this pool seemed completely empty.

No lines outside of the Gucci store. #Priorities

@thejenobrien seems to be hopeful still.

But @_Juniorsalas83 is not taking any chance… and he seems upset about his departure.


Once again, To get the latest updates on Hurricane Matthew check our WeatherPlus blog.

Top 8 hot spots for things to do in Jupiter, Tequesta, Lake Park

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Meghan Varner, of Blueline Paddle Surf, helps Sophia Saade, of Palm Beach Gardens, steer a paddle board during an event at Blueline Paddle Surf in Jupiter. (Madeline Gray/The Palm Beach Post)

Jupiter is known for its natural beauty and wealthy lifestyle. But along its pristine coast of river and ocean, the mansions and yachts, and expensive cost of living, the millennial emerges — cut from the strange, ever-diminishing cloth of (upper) middle-class suburbs.

Jupiter millennials — some high school grads with trade jobs and others back from college with no jobs — appear sporadically throughout the town. They may not always form a homogenous body of lumped behaviors, but there are a few places in Jupiter you should check out if you are a millennial or a millennial-at-heart:

North county hot spots: ’80s baby’s guide to best things to do in Tequesta, Jupiter and Lake Park

Honoring Labor Day: Interesting, unique tools used by local crafters, artisans

Georgette Pressler’s water-soluble paints for body painting. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)
Georgette Pressler’s water-soluble paints for body painting. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Today, on Labor Day, we hope these tools are at rest.

But tomorrow begins another day of labor.

Sometimes, work can be more than just a job. It can be an art form, a life mission.

Over the years, we have talked to local workers, crafters and artisans about their trades, and the tools they use. On Labor Day, we thought we’d share with you their life philosophies:

Labor Intensive – Tools of the Trade: Showcasing a Barber, Carpenter, Glassblower and Bodypainter



Visit the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse for free this Sunday!

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People watch the moon rise from the top of the Jupiter Lighthouse. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post)

This Sunday is National Lighthouse Day, and it’s time to celebrate our own historic landmark’s history by paying a visit to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. More than 150 years ago, Capt. Edward A. Yorke, of the U.S. Army, finished the tower of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, and today, after many hurricanes and tropical storms, it still stands.

Want to visit? Tickets to see the tower and museum are buy one, get one free for children 6-18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-18 (buy one, get one free) and free for children under 5. Children must be at least 48 inches tall to climb the lighthouse tower. Planning to visit? Don’t forget your camera! Snap a photo of the lighthouse and enter our Jupiter Lighthouse photo contest for chances to win Jupiter-friendly prizes!

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum: 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter. Info: 561-747-8380 or


National Nude Day: Remembering this nude beach in Palm Beach County

In honor of National Nude Day today, we are dialing the wayback machine to the late 1970’s, to revisit North Palm Beach’s former, though unofficial, clothing optional beach.

In 1980, a silhouetted couple(left) took a nude stroll on Air Force Beach, now MacArthur State Park. (Post file photo)
In 1980, a silhouetted couple (left) took a nude stroll on Air Force Beach, now MacArthur State Park. (Post file photo)

At the time, a nearly two-mile stretch of untouched beach hammock in North Palm Beach was known as Air Force Beach.  Then part of insurance billionaire John D. MacArthur’s vast north county holdings;  today it’s MacArthur State Park. 

The name dates back to the Korean War in the early 1950’s when the county’s beaches were segregated but the Air Force needed a place to train black and white servicemen together, according to the Palm Beach County Historical Society. The fly boys chose this beach, which at the time was a remote spot on the north end of Singer Island.

A 1980 view of Air Force beach, now MacArthur State Park, looking north. (Post file photo)
A 1980 view of Air Force Beach, now MacArthur State Park, looking south toward condos on Singer Island. (Post file photo)

MacArthur, who at one time owned most of northern Palm Beach County and plenty of Martin County as well, bought the land but didn’t develop it or care who made the long, hot trek through the sea grapes to visit it.

Some probably apocryphal stories say the crusty billionaire relished a skinny dip himself, including one once with a visiting Walt Disney. (Other stories say that MacArthur and Disney did strip down to swim once, but the incident occurred in a rock pit while the men were scouting property. Other versions of the story say the men jumped in the Intracoastal in their boxer shorts. In the 1960’s, Disney was considering buying a portion of MacArthur’s Palm Beach County holdings to build a large theme park. He and MacArthur couldn’t agree on terms and well, we all know what happened next.)

But when it came to his beach property, MacArthur had a laissez-faire attitude over who visited his beach or what they wore – or didn’t wear – while they were there.

It became common knowledge among visitors walking the path to the beach that a left turn led to the beach’s clothing optional area while a right turn led to a more conventional beach experience.

By the late 70’s, Air Force Beach had a reputation as one of the nation’s biggest nude beaches, something MacArthur seemed to relish.

Not so the local authorities, who periodically arrested naked swimmers and sunbathers.

Want more naked truth in honor of National Nude Day? See archived Palm Beach Post stories on SunSport Gardens, the nudist camp and community in Loxahatchee, including a 5K run held at the facility as well as columnist Frank Cerabino’s take on naked running

In this 1980 photo, police officers escort a couple arrested for nude swimming after the two put on their clothes. Although they were charged with disorderly conduct, the man (second from left) doesn't seem to take his arrest seriously. (Post file photo)
In this 1980 photo, police officers (far left and far right) escort a couple arrested for nude swimming after the two put on their clothes. Although they were charged with disorderly conduct, the man (second from left) doesn’t seem to take his arrest seriously. (Post file photo)

After MacArthur’s death in 1978, the State of Florida bought the land. Naturists and even the strait-laced MacArthur Foundation reportedly asked the state to set aside a clothing-optional portion of the beach.

The State of Florida stripped that idea from park plans, setting off years of cat-and-mouse skirmishes between park rangers and scampering nudists.

In 1982, the year the state park opened, a ranger stands near a sign warning beach goers that nudity will no longer be tolerated. (Post file photo)
In 1982, the year the state park opened, a ranger stands near a sign warning beach goers that nudity will no longer be tolerated. (Post file photo)
In May 1982, mounted park rangers armed with billy clubs prepare to patrol a scheduled nudist rally. (Post file photo)
In May 1982, mounted park rangers armed with billy clubs prepare to patrol a scheduled nudist rally. (Post file photo)

For years afterward, there were periodic requests that the state reassess the idea of allowing nudity at the park’s north end, but the idea was apparently never seriously considered.

A couple enjoys the beach near a sign proposing a nude beach at the park's north end. (Post file photo)
A couple enjoys the beach in 1988, near a sign proposing a nude beach at the park’s north end. (Post file photo)

However,  a few hold-out nudists can occasionally be found together in the altogether at the dune line at the park’s far north end, usually surrounded by a homemade privacy barrier.

But the most shocking part of the Air Force Beach saga isn’t that people regularly took off their clothes there.

The astounding part of the story is how close Palm Beach County came to having nearly two miles of ocean-to-lake land clothed in concrete.

The bare facts are these: The Palm Beach Post archives contain a 1980 survey from an area engineering firm, revealing a developer’s nakedly avaricious plans for a subdivision of 594 homes, a beach and racquet club and pool complex to be built on the undeveloped land, including 107 proposed homes for Munyon Island in the Intracoastal Waterway.

“The site is one of Florida as it was created by nature,” the firm’s senior vice-president was quoted as saying. “We propose a single-family development which will enhance the…property.”

If the state, encouraged by Palm Beach County, hadn’t stepped in, a wild and beautiful stretch of beach in Palm Beach County and one of the country’s most productive sea turtle nesting sites would have become private, “enhanced” with concrete, lawns and tennis courts.

That would have been a naked shame.

Best 14 things to do in Palm Beach County in June

Tito Puente Jr.

1) Tito Puente, Jr. will be rocking the Arts Garage in Delray Beach June 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. Puente and his Latin Jazz Ensemble have been called “a dazzling show filled with charisma, flair, and all the right dance moves.” Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.

2) Roar & Pour will take over the Palm Beach Zoo June 4 starting at 4:30 p.m. with food, drinks, and live music. The June event will feature San Francisco-infused food including grilled chicken on sour dough, chicken teriyaki, and burgers or hot dogs. The event will also feature a drink menu fueled by Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach with the band starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, and tickets, visit the zoo’s website.

3) The Everglades Experience is coming to West Palm Beach at the Grassy Waters Preserve June 4 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The event will feature a guided tour along the land and is intended for children 10 and older. Tickets start at $15 for adults and $7 for children with more information here.


4) Darius Rucker, Dan and Shay, and Michael Ray are jamming on the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater stage June 4 at 7 p.m. The Grammy-winning artist, Rucker, started with Hootie & the Blowfish in 1986, but has since gone solo with four albums, most recently “Southern Style” and “Home for the Holidays.” Tickets start at $33 and can be purchased here.

Related: Concerts you must see this summer in Palm Beach County 

5) “Weird Al” Yankovic is bringing his brand of music and comedy to West Palm Beach and the Kravis Center on June 4 at 8 p.m. The artists is currently in the middle of his “The Mandatory World Tour” and is known for hit parody songs such as “Eat It” and “Like a Surgeon.” He is also one of three people to have had top 40 singles in each of the last four decades, joining Michael Jackson and Madonna. Tickets start at $22 and can be purchased here.

6) Founder’s Day is back at the Flagler Museum with free admission at the gate on June 5 starting at noon and going until 5 p.m. Visitors are offered a self-guided tour of Whitehall through a museum that has been called “an absolute must-see.” For more information on what the museum will be offering, visit their website here.

7) Music in the Museum will be overtaking the Boca Raton Museum of Art on June 5 from 3 until 4 p.m. Performances include Antonio Rincón and David Block on piano and violin. Rincón was trained at the Peabody Conservatory of Music while Block studied at Florida Atlantic University. The concert is free with the cost of the museum’s admission. For more information, click here.


8) Cyndi Lauper just wants to have fun with guests of her concert June 11 at 8 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. The Grammy, Emmy, and Tony-winning artists is celebrating more than 30 years in the business and global record sales of more than 50 million. Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased here.

9) Journey and the Doobie Brothers will be rocking out with the small town girls living in a lonely world on June 11 at 7 p.m. in the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater in Wellington. Journey rose to popularity in the 1970s with hit songs such as “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Faithfully” with the former hitting number one on iTunes in 2009, becoming the top-selling track on the site not from the 21st century. The Doobie Brothers started in the 1970s with a brief split in the later portion of that decade. Tickets start at $32 and can be purchased here.

10) Beach Walk around Delray Beach on June 11 from 9 a.m. from 10 a.m. The event will feature a guided walk of the beach where participants will investigate plants, animals, and learn more about the ocean. The hour-long program costs $8 per-person with more information here.

11) The Lake Worth Mango Festival will be taking place on June 11 from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. around the city. The event will feature programs along Lake Ave. with food from Eat Da Bone BBQ & Jerk and Sherri’s Breads from the Heart, which will feature mango-infused additions to the timeless favorites. Artists such as TombiFlow and Charles Pan Vibes will be performing d the festival with other street performers showing up. For more information, visit the festival’s website.

12) The Don Quixote Spring Concert will be taking over the Wellington High School Theatre on June 11 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on June 12 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The concert promises to take audiences into the world of 19th century Spain “brought to life by beautiful costumes, exceptional acting, and vibrant dancing.” It will be performed by the Arts Dance Generation of Palm Beach County with guest artists Carlos Ignacio Galindez and Aaron Melendez, formerly with the National Ballet of Cuba, joining the group. Tickets start at $30, with a discounted price of $20 for students, and can be purchased here.


13) Food Truck Safari will be at the Palm Beach Zoo on June 18, starting at 4:30 p.m. With the truck windows opening at 5 p.m., the ones set to appear include Caribbean Cowboy, The Minivan Food Truck, Woody’s Burgers,  World Fusion Cuisine, and Melted Madness. Barrel of Monks Brewing will be providing drinks with admission starting at $10 for nnon-adultmembers, $8 for adult members, $7 for child non-members, and $6 for children members. Those under three get in for free with more information here.

Related: Food truck guide of Palm Beach County

14) Maks and Val Live On Tour: Our Way will be at the Kravis Center on June 19 at 8 p.m. The dance tour includes Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, two of the stars of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and will have the brothers bringing to life some of their childhood moments and life stories. Val and I have pushed each other to be better dancers every day since we were kids, and this show will fulfill a lifetime dream to perform on the same stage together across the country,” said Maksim on the event. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.

Gay church in Palm Beach Gardens a place of healing and tears

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Rev. Dr. Lea Brown at Metropolitan Community Church in Palm Beach Gardens. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Rev. Lea Brown keeps boxes of tissues under the seats at the Metropolitan Community Church in Palm Beach Gardens.

After years of feeling unwelcome at other churches, many LGBT people break down in tears during MCC services, she says, when they find a church that celebrates their sexuality from a Christian perspective.

The 150-member church is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with plans for expansion.

Read more.




Love food, beer? Two big festivals this weekend features both

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Friends of Jupiter Beach Food and Wine Festival is this weekend. (Contributed)

Need plans for the weekend? If you love beer, wine and food, these festivals are for you:

Jupiter Food & Wine Festival

Sample dishes and drinks at the seventh annual Jupiter Food & Wine FestivalThe Friends of Jupiter Beach event will feature food and drink from over 40 of Palm Beach County’s finest restaurants, cafés, brewing companies and beverage providers. Mo & Sally from KOOL 105.5 are honorary chairs.

The event runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. 6285 Riverwalk Lane, Jupiter. Tickets start $60 for adults, $15 children.


Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest

The fifth annual Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest takes place tonight (5/13)  from 6:30 to 10:30 at the Old School Square Pavilion. Tickets — $60 VIP, $40 general admission — are good for unlimited sampling of more than 100 craft brews and ciders as well as wines. 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach.



Big fun festivals this weekend in Jupiter, Delray

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Hatsume Fair, a Japanese spring festival held at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, returns this weekend for family fun and culture. Contributed by Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Hatsume Fair 2016

Time to dust off your kimono because it’s finally spring and that can only mean one thing: The Hatsume Fair returns to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. The Delray Beach landmark and cultural sweet spot, typically described as tranquil and calming, gets tossed into a fun frenzy of taiko drums, sake tastings and fashion shows for this annual spring festival. While you’re there, visit the adorable gift shop for fun gifts and special items for that family member or friend that enjoys the culture of the Land of the Rising Sun.

If you go: Hatsume Fair 2016Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids (ages 4-10) online and tickets at the gate are $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. Info: 561-495-0233.

A dancer for the Miami based group Showtyme Junkanoo entertains a young festival-goer Saturday, March 21, 2015 during Tropic Fest held at The Plaza Down Under on Jupiter's Riverwalk. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)
A dancer for the Miami based group Showtyme Junkanoo entertains a young festival-goer Saturday, March 21, 2015 during Tropic Fest held at The Plaza Down Under on Jupiter’s Riverwalk. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

Tropic Fest

Plaza Down Under Riverwalk

There will be music, including steel drums, the Junkanoo Band and the Floridian Band, along with dancing and kids’ activities. Enjoy fresh and delicious dishes and check out all the craft vendors.

If you go: Tropic Fest: The free event runs from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday. 25 S. Coastal Way, Jupiter. Information: 561-741-2400.

Florida’s best waterfront bar? It’s here in Palm Beach County

Guanabana's in Jupiter has earned another top honor. (Post file photo)
Guanabanas in Jupiter has earned another top honor.
(Post file photo)

It comes as no surprise to us locals but it’s still nice to be validated.

Guanabanas, Jupiter’s wildly-popular bar and restaurant tucked into a tropical rain forest, has been named Florida’s top waterfront bar by a website called

One of Guanabanas thatched roofs was built around existing trees. (Post file photo)

Citing Guanabanas lush landscaping, laid-back attitude, seafood-centric menu and live music, the website says the tiki-themed outdoor restaurant is “a taste of paradise.”

But we already knew that.

As our tourist season winds down, it’s also far easier to get a table this time of year.

Read:  More of our top picks for waterfront dining in Palm Beach County.