October 2012

There are 20 blog entries for October 2012.



Despite Hurricane Sandy, vigil was maintained at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  The United States Army handed out the above photo on Monday morning, October 29, 2012, in the face of Hurricane Sandy.  The photo was taken before Arlington National Cemetery closed because of the storm.   The U.S. Army’s 3rd. Infantry Regiment has kept continuous watch over the marker in Northern Virginia since 1948 without ever missing a second!

The marker memorializes an unknown World War I soldier who was laid to rest in 1921.  Frequently, visitors overlooked the marker and stepped upon it or set up picnic blankets on top of it.  The military eventually stationed a guard at the site.  Soldiers who stand guard at the memorial undergo nine months of synchronized

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Mark your calendars for the historic 50th Annual Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament. Since 1963, the “Buc Cup” has been a mainstay of South Florida’s energetic and lively sport fishing tournament scene. This year’s tournament marks the fiftieth anniversary of the “Buc Cup” being the one of the oldest continuously run billfish tournaments in the world!




The dates for the event are January 23-26, 2013. Beginning with the captains meeting to be held at the Buccaneer Restaurant on Singer Island and concluding with the awards banquet to be held at the Sailfish Club in Palm Beach! Sign up for three days of world-class fishing and support a worthy cause! All details, information and sign up is available online at www.buccaneercup.com or

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Homes in the Florida Keys

What comes to mind for you when you think of Florida, the beaches, warm ocean, sunny weather? Most of south Florida’s real estate posses all of these fabulous qualities, but no one can deny the pinnacle is the Florida Keys! 

With over 1,700 small islands, the Florida Keys is a myriad of beauty, wildlife and the ideal Florida lifestyle. The world famous chain of islands cascade down the eastern coast of Florida and begin with Key Largo to Islamorada, Marathon to Big Pine Key and finally Key West.  

Key Largo is the northernmost key and is just an hour drive south of Miami. This key is renowned for having some of the most incredible wildlife in the state. Key Largo is home to America’s first undersea state park, The John Pennekamp Coral Reef State

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The Palm Beach Gardens Recreation & Parks Division will make a splash Oct. 27 when it sponsors the fourth-annual Family Pumpkin Dive.

Those who want to take home a traditional orange gourd in time for Halloween are invited to come to the Aquatic Complex at 4404 Burns Road at 3 p.m. to dive in and claim a pumpkin. There will be 100 pumpkins available.

Participants are welcome to carve and decorate their jack o’lanterns-to-be before taking them home.

Cost is $5 for residents and $6 for nonresidents. For information, call 561-630-1100.

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 Housing Prices Are Up 8%

South Florida home values were up nearly 8% in the third quarter of the year from the same time in 2011!  They are expected to outperform the national price hikes through 2013 according to the online real estate firm Zillow (www.zillow.com) . Three counties in Florida (Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade) are forecasted to experience a 3.8 percent rise in value over the next year compared to a national increase of 1.7 percent, as reported by Zillow on October 23, 2012.  

Zillow is a Seattle base real estate analysis firm which released its third quarter home value report which included South Florida.

Any inquiries you may have about the current state of the real estate market in the Loxahatchee Riverfront, Jupiter Island, Abacoa, or any of the

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Matisyahu Coming to Jupiter! AEG  LIVE presents Matisyahu live in concert beginning at 6:30 pm, doors open at 5:30pm.  Grammy nominated reggae and alternative rock musician Matisyahu will be headlining Saturday night Halloween Fest at the Seabreeze Amphitheatre.  Other artists to be performing that evening will be The Constellations, Fresh Catch and DJ Lance of Kulcha Shok.

The concert kicks off Matisyahu’s fall tour for his latest album.  Interestingly, he grew up in White Plains, NY as Matthew Paul Miller, attending Hebrew school at the local synagogue.  He rebelled for a bit, dropped out of high school, took a wrong turn and ending up finishing high school at a wilderness program in Oregon.  Eventually he reconnected with his Jewish roots and adopted Orthodox Judaism.  At 19, he

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If you have had the privilege to own a piece of south Florida real estate, then you can attest to its superiority!  When you purchase a home in south Florida, whether it is Palm Beach, Hutchinson Island or Miami, you expose yourself to a better quality of life. Floridians have a way of enjoying the fun things in life, but who wouldn’t when you live in a year round paradise? With 6-month summers and cool winters, south Florida’s beaches are accessible all year. World class shopping, impeccable dining and five star restaurants are a plenty. Entertainment options are unlimited; you can see miles from the top of the famous Jupiter Lighthouse or go deep-sea fishing. If art is more your thing, there are wonderful museums from Palm Beach to the Keys,

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Are you prepared to vote in the upcoming November 6, 2012 elections? This November’s ballot is the longest in South Florida’s history.  Part of the reason is that there are 11state constitutional amendments on the ballot.  Some of proposed amendments are quite lengthy and complex. Floridians should be prepared and know what they are voting in favor for or against in regard to these controversial amendments.  


The following amendments will appear on the General Election ballot in November. 

Amendment 1:  Health Care Services…This would add an amendment to the state constitution that attempts to prohibit the government from requiring individuals to purchase health insurance.

Amendment 2:  Veteran’s Property Tax Discount…This amendment would

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The world’s best offshore boats convene right here in beautiful Jupiter, Florida October 18-21, 2012 for the Palm Beach World Offshore Championships.  This four day racing event and festival is brought to you by the Offshore Powerboat Association along with Powerboat Palm Beach.  The reigning World Champions, Miss Geico Race Team, will be back to defend her title off one of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast.  Boats range in length from 24 – 50 feet in length and travel up to 170 mph!


Bring the family! Vendors and exhibitors will be in Carlin Park and open to the public 10am – 6pm.  All boats will be stored and worked on in the “dry pits” located in Carlin Park.  Spectators will have the opportunity to observe the boats and crews of each

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On October 15, 2012, victims’ families of 9/11 were given the opportunity to watch pre-trial hearings in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Only military installations in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Massachusetts were given the opportunity to share the feed via closed circuit television.  The hearings are the first since the May 5th arraignment in which the defendants refused to cooperate.  They have been delayed because one of the defense attorneys was defending a man about to be executed in the States, a power outage on the islands’ courthouse postponed the next scheduled proceedings, religious observations, and then Tropical Storm Isaac churned up.  This session is closed to the public.

Khalid Sheik Mohammed, and his four co-defendants, allegedly

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