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       Commissioner’s Update



      Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse                           in the entire United States. Designated by Congress   history,  Native American
                                                         in 2008 to protect, conserve, and enhance the unique
                                                                                                           heritage, early river
      Outstanding Natural Area                           and nationally significant historical, natural, cultural,   pioneer settlements, U.S.
                                                         scientific, educational, scenic, and recreational values of   Lighthouse Service era,
      By Commissioner Hal Valeche                        the Federal land surrounding the lighthouse for the benefit   and World War  II. The
         The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is an iconic symbol of the   of present and future generations of people in the United   156-foot lighthouse is the
      town as well as an identifying feature in northern Palm   States. It is the only unit of the national conservation lands   oldest existing structure in
      Beach County, and there is not a festival around where   east of the Mississippi River and the only site managed   Palm Beach County, dating
      an artist has not depicted the majestic red brick edifice   by the Bureau of Land Management’s Eastern States. A   from 1860, and continues
      in a painting or photograph.                       celebration on May 8, honored the 10th anniversary of   as an active U.S. Coast
         This historical beacon of light and the surrounding   this designation.                           Guard aid to maritime
      126 acres of natural lands on which it sits holds the proud      The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural   navigation.
      designation as one of only three outstanding natural areas   Area (JILONA) preserves over 5,000 years of Florida      Sitting at the convergence of the Indian and
                                                                                                           Loxahatchee Rivers, JILONA bears archaeological
       ROgeR deAN stAdiUm ROUNd-UP                                                                         evidence of continuous Native American habitation from
                                                                                                           3000 B.C. until 1763 A.D. The site earned a place on the
       2018 National Night Out In Jupiter                                                                  National Register of Historic Places in 1973. It is home
                                                                                                           to four sensitive habitats and 26 special status species.

                                                                                                              Through a partnership with the Loxahatchee River
                                                                                                           Historical Society, JILONA offers interpretive exhibits,
          Join the Jupiter Police Department for this annual,   enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.   tours, and programs to over 75,000 visitors annually,
       nationwide event at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.  Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police   enjoyed by students and ecotourists from around the
          Tuesday, Aug. 7, gates open at 5:30 p.m., game starts at   and neighbors together under positive circumstances.  globe. Another of the featured structures is the Tindall
       6:30 p.m.                                            Admission is free. The Jupiter Police Foundation will be   house, Palm Beach County’s oldest known residence. A
       Event Includes:                                   accepting donations.                              walk along the hardened trail and boardwalk will take
       • Free admission to the game                                                                        you through native and restored Florida coastal habitats
       • K9 and SWAT demo                                                                                  and tropical hardwood hammocks.
       • Police displays                                                                                      The Florida Department of Environmental Protection
       • Vendors                                                                                           Greenways and Trails and the Florida Parks Service report
          National Night Out                                                                               that outdoor recreation is a major economic driver in this
       is an annual community-                                                                             state, employing more than information technology and
       b u i l d i ng  c a m pa i g n                                                                      aviation/aerospace industries combined. This industry
       that promotes police-                                                                               contributes $58.6 billion annually for our economy and
       community partnerships and                                                                          generates $3.5 billion in state and local tax revenue.
       neighborhood camaraderie                                                                               The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area
       to make our neighborhoods                                                                           is a unique and historically significant site, contributing an
       safer, more caring places                                                                           annual local economic impact of more than $5 million. I
       to live. National Night Out                                                                         encourage you to visit and enjoy this jewel in North County.
       enhances the relationship                                                                              As always, please contact me if I can be of assistance
       between neighbors and law                                                                           at (561) 355-2201 or by email at hvaleche@pbcgov.org.
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