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2017 ANNUAL REPORT AND 2018 PREVIEW Staying “Uniquely Jupiter” While Embracing Thoughtful Change The term “small-town feel” has become essential in describing Jupiter’s identity. It can certainly be argued that Jupiter is no longer physically small, but the concept that we can always hold on to certain small-town characteristics is strong. It guides a philosophy of understanding that we need change to move forward, but must consider it with a thoughtful eye toward our past, and those things that have made Jupiter the community it is today. What are those tangible and intangible “small-town” characteristics? How can they endure, even as we face necessary change? One important aspect is how we maintain and enjoy our area’s natural beauty. Parks and open spaces have long been a key element of Jupiter’s community. Not only do they off er recreation and appreciation of our natural world, they help to lessen traff ic and balance development. In a similar way, preservation of our history enhances quality of life by off ering a glimpse of the past, mixed thoughtfully with a look to the future. Preserving historic lands and structures so that they may be appreciated for history and revitalized for new uses is one way to do so. An exciting example of this commitment to parks, open spaces and history will open in spring of this year, in the form of the new Cinquez Park. Cinquez Park, located at the corner of Center Street and Indiantown Road, will feature a dog park; a lake and natural area surrounded by a walking path and gazebos; a future playground and a treehouse. The site’s history includes early Jupiter homesteads, a town gathering spot, as well as agricultural uses, so off ering it to the community as a place to gather, enjoy furry friends and enjoy nature seems like the perfect solution for a property so centrally located. Our sense of community and “neighborliness” is also an important aspect of our small-town heritage. Jupiter has many volunteer organizations that have grown organically over time, simply because it is the kind of place where neighbors help neighbors, and communities band together to solve problems and address needs. The Jupiter Tequesta Athletic Association (JTAA) is a long-standing, excellent example of one of these organizations, bringing together hundreds of volunteers each year to guide, coach, and mentor our children as they enjoy recreational sports. Healthier Jupiter – a coalition of community members and partners – formed more recently, but has had a tremendous, quick impact on our community’s overall health. In 2018, we will be embracing additional change by welcoming Matt Benoit as our new Town Manager. Matt was selected from a pool of highly-qualified applicants identified by a national search firm. We are excited about the opportunities that face the Town in the coming years, and look forward to the accomplishments that will be achieved by the Town’s organization under Matt’s leadership. Another key change initiative that the Town will address in 2018 will be developing a master plan for its municipal complex. The need for a new, hardened police headquarters and town hall facility will be discussed, along with future needs for additional recreation and indoor gym space. Careful consideration of the community’s needs will drive the phasing for these investments, so a well-thought-out master plan is a critical first step in this multi-year project. There may never be just one definition for “Uniquely Jupiter.” Each of us views diff erent small-town characteristics as essential to its meaning. But we know there is an intangible aspect of life in Jupiter that we want to enjoy, celebrate, and preserve. In 2018 we move thoughtfully forward with opportunities that enhance our quality of life, and preserve what is most uniquely Jupiter. ─ The Jupiter Town Council Follow Us: @TownofJupiterandPolice Become a Fan: JupiterTownandPolice Follow Us: @TownofJupiter Town Council Webcast: www.jupiter.fl.us/Live 210 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL 33458-5784 • (561) 746-5134 • www.jupiter.fl.us Watch Comcast: Channel 18