Waiving permit fees in Jupiter expected to speed up Irma repairs

11:29 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 Local
The Lazy Loggerhead Cafe in Carlin Park was among the many buildings in Jupiter boarded up during Hurricane Irma (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Permit fees in Jupiter have been waived for up to six months to rebuild or repair houses and businesses damaged by Hurricane Irma.

The waiving of fees is expected to speed up the review process.

READ: Full coverage of Hurricane Irma in Palm Beach Post

The initial estimate from Jupiter officials in damage to the town from Hurricane Irma is about $3 million.

READ: Jupiter icons buckled up for Hurricane Irma

Town officials expect the elimination of permit fees to cost the town about $60,000 in lost permit revenue.

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Maximum winds during Hurricane Irma reached 77 miles per hour in Jupiter and 84 miles per hour in Juno Beach, accordinging to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Jupiter schools and parks were closed for a week. Sports activities with the Jupiter Tequesta Athletic Association were suspended. There was heavy erosion on Jupiter and north county beaches. Powerlines were downed along Military Trail, AlA and other roadways.

READ: About $40 million in erosion damage to Palm Beach County beaches from Hurricanes Irma and Maria

But overall, Jupiter officials agreed town residents were lucky they did not get the damage that other areas received from the storm.

— BILL DIPAOLO

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