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T OWN OF J UPITER 2011 ANNUAL REPORT AND 2012 PREVIEW Jupiter’s ‘unique-ness’ comes in many forms. Certainly our beautiful waterways and beaches, our history and heritage, and our quality of life all distinguish us from other communities. Less tangible - but no less important - is the optimism, fl exibility, and community spirit held by Jupiter residents and businesses. We all have a stake in preserving the ‘unique-ness’ that is woven into our local community. “Uniquely Jupiter”: Investing in a Sustainable Future Members of the Jupiter Town Council Mayor Karen Golonka, Vice Mayor Jim Kuretski, Councilor Robert Friedman, Councilor Wendy Harrison, and Councilor Todd Wodraska VISION: Jupiter is a distinctive coastal community committed to preserving its unique character and history and vibrant, small-town feel. DEPARTMENTS/SERVICES & CONTACTS Building Department/Building Business Registration Business Development (JBiz) Citizen Action Offi ce (resident inquiries) Code Compliance Community Center Community Redevelopment Agcy; Riverwalk Community Relations Engineering Finance and Property Tax Information Human Resources & Staffi ng Hurricane & Storm Information Line Information Systems Neighborhood Services Open Space Program (Natural Areas) Recreation Division Planning & Zoning Police Department Parks & Public Works Town Clerk Town Council and Mayor Town Manager’s Offi ce Water and Stormwater Utilities 741-2669 rogerh@jupiter.fl .us 741-2319 angelac@jupiter.fl .us 741-BIZJ (2495) jbiz@jupiter.fl .us 741-CALL (2255) action@jupiter.fl .us 741-2381 frankm@jupiter.fl .us 741-2400 741-2261 brendaa@jupiter.fl .us 741-2575 katem@jupiter.fl .us 741-2225 jenniferb@jupiter.fl .us 741-2218 michaelv@jupiter.fl .us 741-5134 741-2520/24-Hour Job Line 743-7013 www.jupiter.fl .us/storm 741-2351 kingw@jupiter.fl .us 741-2278 bettyd@jupiter.fl .us 741-2565 shawnn@jupiter.fl .us 741-2400 summerm@jupiter.fl .us 741-2323 cathyr@jupiter.fl .us 746-6201 www.jupiter.fl .us/jpd 741-2766 lauriev@jupiter.fl .us 741-2352 debrag@jupiter.fl .us 741-2214 towncouncil@jupiter.fl .us 741-2214 andyl@jupiter.fl .us 741-2270 winfo@jupiter.fl .us Keeping the core elements of our vision in mind has been important when facing the diffi culties of recent years. Economic uncertainty, declining home values, and rising unemployment have presented us all with tremendous challenges, and also tremendous opportunities. In Jupiter, we’ve tried to answer the call by creating a more sustainable, responsive local government. With the core elements of our vision in mind, we’ve developed a fi nancial plan and organizational structure that will serve Jupiter residents and businesses now and into the future. Reducing the size of our organization has reduced costs, but so has “doing things diff erently.” Re-engineering processes, restructuring fi nancial plans, and re-evaluating how and what services are delivered have all substantially contributed to creating a more sustainable local government. Our country continues to struggle with high unemployment, a challenging housing market, and economic uncertainty. But local signs of recovery and growth make us optimistic for the future. Local unemployment remains slightly lower than in other areas, new businesses are establishing in Jupiter, and local home values are stabilizing. We will emerge from these challenges a stronger and sounder government organization - indeed a stronger community - so that we can continue to chart the course to our vision of remaining “uniquely Jupiter.” Photo by Bob Murnane JUPITER AT A GLANCE To serve the diverse needs of Jupiter’s residents in the best, most effi cient way, the Town Council has identifi ed a “Financially Sustainable Town Providing Exceptional Municipal Services” as a key component in the community’s strategic plan. Being accessible to residents’ needs and providing excellent customer service is critical, and Town departments can be contacted in a variety of ways. Population 55,156 Households 23,920 Median Household Income $70,280 23.1 square miles, or Land Area approx. 14,782 acres Land Area Devoted to Parks, 2,646 acres Natural Areas and Greenspace Sources: BEBR Florida Estimates of Populations; U.S. Census Bureau and Town of Jupiter. On the web: Follow us: @TownofJupiter Become a fan: JupiterTownandPolice On television: Comcast Channel 18 Subscribe to eNews: Click to receive eNews Click the eNews icon in the top left corner. 210 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL 33458-5784 • (561) 746-5134 • Fax (561) 575-7785 •