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Jupiter Spotlight, Page 9
      Commissioner’s Update



      Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse                           natural  areas  in  the  entire  United  States.  Designated   Rivers,  JILONA  bears  archaeological  evidence  of
                                                         by Congress in 2008 to protect, conserve, and enhance
                                                                                                           continuous Native American habitation from 3000 B.C.
      Outstanding Natural Area                           the unique and nationally significant historical, natural,   until 1763 A.D. The site earned a place on the National
                                                         cultural, scientific, educational, scenic, and recreational   Register of Historic Places in 1973. It is home to four
      By Commissioner                                    values of the federal land surrounding the lighthouse for   sensitive habitats and 26 special status species.
      Hal Valeche                                        the benefit of present and future generations of people     Through  a  partnership  with  the  Loxahatchee  River
        T he   Ju pi t e r  I nl e t                     in the United States. It is the only unit of the national   Historical Society, JILONA offers interpretive exhibits,
      Lighthouse is an iconic                            conservation lands east of the Mississippi River and the   tours, and programs to over 75,000 visitors annually,
      symbol of the town as well                         only site managed by the Bureau of Land Management’s   enjoyed  by  students  and  ecotourists  from  around  the
      as an identifying feature                          Eastern States. A celebration on May 8 honored the 10th   globe. Another of the featured structures is the Tindall
      in northern Palm Beach                             anniversary of this designation.                  house, Palm Beach County’s oldest known residence. A
      County, and there is not a                           The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area   walk along the hardened trail and boardwalk will take
      festival around where an                           (JILONA) preserves over 5,000 years of Florida history,   you through native and restored Florida coastal habitats
      artist has not depicted the                        Native American heritage, early river pioneer settlements,   and tropical hardwood hammocks.
      majestic  red  brick  edifice                      U.S. Lighthouse Service era, and World War II. The 156-    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection
      in a painting or photograph.                       foot lighthouse is the oldest existing structure in Palm   Greenways and Trails and the Florida Parks Service report
        This historical beacon of light  and  the surrounding   Beach County, dating from 1860, and continues as an   that outdoor recreation is a major economic driver in this
      126 acres of natural lands on which it sits holds the   active U.S. Coast Guard aid to maritime navigation.   state, employing more than information technology and
      proud designation as one of only three outstanding     Sitting at the convergence of the Indian and Loxahatchee   aviation/aerospace industries combined. This industry
                                                                                                           contributes $58.6 billion annually for our economy and
                                                                                                           generates $3.5 billion in state and local tax revenue.
                                                                                                             The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area
                                                                                                           is a unique and historically significant site, contributing
                                                                                                           an annual local economic impact of more than $5 million.
                                                                                                           I encourage you to visit and enjoy this jewel in North
                                                                                                           County.
                                                                                                             As always, please contact me if I can be of assistance
                                                                                                           at (561) 355-2201 or by email at hvaleche@pbcgov.org.
                                                                                                           Book Review




                                                                                                           Book Of Ages: The Life And
                                                                                                           Opinions Of Jane Franklin


                                                                                                           By Nils A. Shapiro
                                                                                                             When we learn history, it
                                                                                                           is almost always by reading
                                                                                                           about the events and lives
                                                                                                           of the most famous people
                                                                                                           of their times and their
                                                                                                           achievements. There  are
                                                                                                           rare  exceptions,  and  I
                                                                                                           have reviewed one or two
                                                                                                           such books in past  review
                                                                                                           columns; A Day in the Life
                                                                                                           of Ancient Rome comes to
                                                                                                           mind.
                                                                                                             This month’s selection is another – a book I came upon
                                                                                                           strictly by chance while browsing through a local bookstore,
                                                                                                           which is where I discovered what turned out to be this
                                                                                                           remarkable literary treasure.
                                                                                                             What led me to select it from the thousands of other
                                                                                                           volumes on this store’s shelves I have no idea. I had never
                                                                                                           heard of the book, nor of the woman whose life story it
                                                                                                           tells. Indeed, I never even knew that Benjamin Franklin
                                                                                                           had a sister!
                                                                                                             But that fact did surprise and intrigue me. And the
                                                                                                           excerpts of glowing reviews on the back cover, together
                                                                                                           with the fact that the book was a finalist for the coveted
                                                                                                           National Book Award when published in 2013, was enough
                                                                                                           to convince me to make the purchase. And so,  Book of
                                                                                                           Ages came home with me, where it has rested among my
                                                                                                           personal library shelves ever since, almost forgotten ...

                                                                                                           Book Review on page 10

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