breaking news

Motorcyclist, 67, killed in Acreage wreck

Jupiter boat parade organizers hoping for better weather, turnout

Decorated in lights for the holidays, about 50 boats ranging in size from 20-foot fishing vessels to 100-foot yachts are scheduled to cast off in north county for Saturday night’s 22nd annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade.

“We have families who have done this for 20 years. It’s a family tradition for them,” said Alyssa Freeman, the parade spokesperson.

About 40 boats so far have signed up. More are expected to join at the Captain’s Meeting planned at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Season’s 52 Restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens. That is the deadline for registration, which is free.

To read the latest headlines from Jupiter, go to

Fireworks launched from boats heading north along the Intracoastal Waterway are planned for the parade starting at 6 p.m. in North Palm Beach at the north end of the Lake Worth Lagoon.

The parade, sponsored and produced by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, ends about three hours later at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.

Extended fireworks are planned at the North Palm Beach Marina, Jupiter’s Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk at Indiantown Road and Harbourside Place, plus a grand finale at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse courtesy of Square Grouper Tiki Bar, Jetty’s and U-Tiki.

As usual, the thousands of spectators lined along the route will be waving their flashlights for boats to stop and collect their donations for U.S. Marine Reserves Toys for Tots Program. Volunteers in marked boats will pick up the toys.

Toy donations also can be dropped off at dozens of local businesses. For a list of donation locations, go to

Last year, the MIAPBC collected about 5,000 toys for needy children in Palm Beach County. That was down from about 8,000 the previous year, said Freeman.

“The weather last year was windy and rainy. That reduced the crowds. Hopefully, we will have better weather this year and more people will attend and make donations,” Freeman said.

Boat entries will be accepted through Wednesday. Boat entry is free and open to boats of all sizes.

The top three boats in each size category, plus “Best of Parade,” win a total of more than $10,000 in cash and prizes. Judging is based on three factors: lights, enthusiasm and overall effect.

For information and a list of all our sponsors and supporters, go to, email, or call (561) 863-0012.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

Sources: US to ban Americans’ travel to N. Korea
Sources: US to ban Americans’ travel to N. Korea

U.S. officials Friday said the Trump administration will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea. >> Read more trending news The Associated Press, citing anonymous sources, said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson decided to implement a “geographical travel restriction” for North Korea, which would make the use...
BREAKING: Motorcyclist, 67, killed in Acreage wreck
BREAKING: Motorcyclist, 67, killed in Acreage wreck

A 67-year-old motorcyclist was killed Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records state. John Butrico was heading west along Key Lime Boulevard on a 2015 Honda motorcycle at about 10:30 Thursday morning, the sheriff’s office said. He crashed with a 2005 Lincoln Town Car heading north on Hall Boulevard...
VIDEO: Florida teens recorded, laughed at man drowning in pond
VIDEO: Florida teens recorded, laughed at man drowning in pond

A group of teens in Central Florida will not face charges after they filmed and made fun of a man who drowned in a pond last week, Cocoa police said.  Officials released what is called an “extremely disturbing” video, that shows the teens cursing and laughing at a 32-year-old disabled man drowning in a fenced-off pond, Florida...
JUST IN: Child calls 911 to tell PBSO man had hit, choked woman
JUST IN: Child calls 911 to tell PBSO man had hit, choked woman

Even after threats of being hit, a 14-year-old child called 911 to say a man was punching and choking a woman, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Following the 911 call, Edvin Lopez, 33 of Greenacres was arrested Saturday on multiple charges, among them domestic battery and child abuse, according to the affidavit showing probable cause...
Connecticut girl mauled by pit bull
Connecticut girl mauled by pit bull

A 10-year-old Connecticut girl was in serious condition at Bridgeport Hospital after being mauled by a pit bull, News12 Connecticut reported. >> Read more trending news Glaribel Rodriguez had to undergo extensive plastic surgery to her face, leg and abdomen, according to her father, Alberto Rodriguez. Police said the 70-pound pit bull, which...
More Stories