Hurricane Season Funtimes

Wow, Irma was intense!

As we enjoy our first week of normalcy, after that whole Irma incident, we’ve got Jose, Maria and Lee hanging out in the Atlantic Ocean. You guys remember 2004, right? Do the names Charlie, Francis, Ivan and Jean ring any bells? Let’s hope 2017 isn’t a repeat of 2004! So many hurricane Season funtimes to remember! (queue major eyeroll)

2017 Hurricane Names List

There’s really no need to panic. If you’re from Florida, you realize that even though the Official Hurricane Season is from June 1st – November 1st, it doesn’t really get interesting until September-ish. With that said, I’d like to give you guys a list of things you may want to consider.

Features you want to look for when shopping for a new home/ or updating your current home:

  1. Does the home have impact glass windows and garage door and/or a full set of hurricane shutters? Not only is this an investment that will keep you safe, you can also get discounts on your homeowners insurance! Win, win!
  2. Is there lots of big trees on the property? Are you prepared to keep up the landscaping on your own or will you hire a landscaping company? It’s important to keep your landscape safe by having your trees pruned regularly and keep dead branches cut.
  3. Does the home have Gutters and Downspouts? They should always be clean, especially during a storm. Blockages in these drainage systems can cause the water to back up onto your roof and into your attic, causing a lot of damage.
  4. I need to say something about the roofs here. Miami Dade building codes and what to do if the home was built before 1997.
  5. Is the home located in an evacuation area? Most homes on waterways and in low lying areas are. Be prepared to leave, and have to stay gone until the area is deemed safe again, by county officials.

Things to keep stocked, during hurricane season and year round:

  1. Water. I can’t stress enough about having water on hand during and after a bad hurricane. The suggested amount is a gallon per person, per day, for seven days. If you accumulate this over the winter months, you won’t have to worry about the stress that comes with trying to find water right before the storm hits.
  2. It is suggested that you keep at least a three-day supply of items such as candles, batteries, and foods that don’t require refrigeration. (Also, try not to eat all your hurricane snacks before the storm, like my family did. Ha!)
  3. You may be out of power for days or even weeks after a hurricane. Owning a generator can be very comforting when the power is out. There are all different types, from a whole house generator to a small generator that can run the fridge and a few fans. This is another purchase that would be better made before hurricane season. Once everyone knows a large storm is coming, generators sell out quickly! Be sure to do your homework, and get the one that’s best for you.
  4. A battery powered or hand crank radio is also a good item to have on hand, if the power goes out. It can help you stay up to date on whats happening throughout the storm.

Important Links To Help Keep You Up To Date During Hurricane Season:

  1. NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  2. FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency
  3. American Red Cross – Hurricane Prep & Safety
  4. Town Of Jupiter Website
  5. City of Palm Beach Gardens Website
  6. Village of Tequesta Website
  7. Palm Beach County Hurricane Survival Guide
  8. Palm Beach County – Public Safety & Emergency Management
  9. Mike’s Weather Page – My Personal Fave Storm Season Facebook Page

Please let me know what your favorite information resources are as well. I’d love to keep this list current & updated.

Myself and the entire Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would love to answer any questions you may have about purchasing or selling a home in Palm Beach County. We have all lived here our whole lives and are proud to call ourselves locals. We’ve weathered many hurricanes and are happy to share what we’ve learned over the years with you. Please reach out to us, we are here to help!

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I hope you have a wonderful week! ❤ Nicole

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Jupiter Florida News

There is so much going on in our beautiful community right now.

Here is this week’s Jupiter Florida News Brief to help you keep up.

One of the most amazing places in Jupiter Florida is expanding!

The Loggerhead Marinelife Center opened in 2007. Since then they have saved countless endangered seaturtles and helped educate the public on the importance of our local marine life. They are now setting their sites on an expansion that will include expanding their sea turtle hospital and sea turtle hospital tanks, expanding their research laboratory, providing new classroom space, providing presentation spaces for guest lecturers and visiting scientists and expanding their exhibit spaces! Visit their site to see more details on the project and find out how you can help them reach their goal: https://www.marinelife.org/about/expansion/

Tuesday, March 14th is Election Day in Jupiter Florida!

Get to know the candidates running for Town Council here. Teri Grooms has got my vote!

There is always so many fun things to do in Jupiter Florida.

Did I miss something awesome? Do you know of a future event I should post about? Let me know in the comments.

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I hope you all have some amazing, South Florida weekend!

Are you or someone you know thinking of buying or selling a home in the Jupiter area? Have questions on how to even begin? I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole

 

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Things To Do In Jupiter Florida

Happy Friday, y’all!

I hope you all had an amazing week. It’s been a busy one for myself and the entire Sean Underwood Real Estate Team. I’ll be showing property for a little while this weekend, but hope to catch of few of these fun activities around town. As always, in the spring & summer, there are a ton of things to do in Jupiter Florida (and surrounding areas) in the next few days!

Saturday, February 25th: 11AM-5PM Sea Fest for Kids at the Jupiter Light celebrates all things Maritime, Music and Fun! Enjoy a family day on the waterfront with sea-inspired education & adventures for kids to celebrate the Jupiter’s areas coastal heritage and history…and so much more! Children 18 and under FREE, Adults $10.

Saturday, February 25th: 10AM-8PM The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is coming to Downtown at the Gardens! Find them between Carl’s Patio and Golf Galaxy and pick up some supercute treats, while supplies last!

Saturday, February 25th: 11AM-8PM The 4th Annual Iron & Clematis Vintage Motorcycle Festival, Downtown Abacoa. This family oriented event attracts vendors, bike builders, and spectators from around the globe. The streets are filled with over 300 vintage motorcycles of all makes and models ranging from restorations, custom builds, bobbers, to cafe racers. You can prepurchase raffle tickets on their website: http://vintageironclub.org/

Saturday, February 25th – Sunday, February 26th: 23rd annual Lake Worth Street Painting Festival has more than 600 artists on the pavement, music on the mainstage, restaurants, shops, festival food court and bistro! This event is not in North County but so worth the drive!

Sunday, February 26th: 11AM-2PM Touch A Truck – This family-friendly event allows children and their parents an opportunity to see, touch, and learn about a wide variety of vehicles and how they service our community. Held at the Jupiter Community Center. This is a FREE event.

There is always so many fun things to do in Jupiter Florida. Did I miss something awesome? Let me know in the comments.

While you’re here, check out our latest listing in Jupiter, Florida: 6454 Drake St. Jupiter | $349,900

This gorgeous CBS constructed 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2-Car Garage, single family home is upgraded throughout. Inside this beautiful home you will enjoy the enhanced open feeling from the high vaulted ceilings, large tile flooring, updated kitchen, and inviting floor plan. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to see this beautiful home!

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I hope you all have some amazing, South Florida weekend!

Are you or someone you know thinking of buying or selling a home in the Jupiter area? Have questions on how to even begin? I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole

 

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See The Manatees At The Manatee Lagoon

HI friends! I had to post about a really cool, local spot I just got to visit last week. I’ve been wanting to make it over there for what seems like FOREVER! I told my husband, today is the day! It’s chilly and we need to go see the Manatees at The Manatee Lagoon!

It was great!!

If you don’t know, Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center, is a new, FREE Palm Beach County educational attraction with a dedicated area for viewing manatees up close. I was a little worried we wouldn’t see any manatees. From their website ” The most ideal manatee viewing opportunities at Manatee Lagoon occur when cooler temperatures are sustained over a period of two to three days with minimal cloud cover.”

The day we went was only our fist cold day, but…there were about 8 or 10 in the water when we got there.

I took a few videos. (PLEASE excuse my nasal voice and my lack of video taking skills).

It was a pretty chilly day and the wind was blowing like crazy!

The day we went, the lagoon was mostly shaded except for the side away from us. So, we could see the manatees, but not up-close.

Even from far away, you can see their scars from boat propellers 🙁

We are so lucky to have Manatee Lagoon in our area. Education is key in trying to protect these gentle creatures. I highly recommend you visit!

Can’t make it to Manatee Lagoon today, but still need a manatee fix?

They have a web cam! You can watch right from your computer.

Have you been to the Manatee Lagoon? Let me know how many manatees you got to see that day!

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Mother’s Day in Jupiter Florida 2016

It’s time to celebrate Moms everywhere, no matter if you are a Mom (to a human baby or a fur baby), are soon to be a Mom or plan on celebrating your Mom. My Mom is a wonderful lady and we all love her to pieces! Trying to find a gift that adequately describes my love for her is often difficult. So, I thought I’d put this list together for all of you, who still may be struggling to find something for your Mom!

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My Mom & I, a few moons back.

 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas From Local Makers

Handmade Soaps from local Brook Linn’s Bees of Tequesta, Florida.

Unique, Stylish Fashion from the Ileen Girl Boutique in Downtown Abacoa.

Hand Lettered Goodies (with a dash of snarky) from local artist Cory Morrow of Ink Letter Love.

Sparkly & Lovely Accessories from local maker Alexandra Gioia.

 

Where To Brunch On Mother’s Day In Jupiter

Sunday, May 8th: Enjoy the Mother’s Day Buffet at the Jupiter Beach Resort.

For suggestions a little further south try this link.

 

Mother’s Day Weekend – Fun Things To Do With Mom

Saturday, May 7th: Bring your Canoes, Kayaks, and SUP’s and participate in The 14th Great Loxahatchee River Race (Registration is required) – Jonathan Dickinson State Park – Register 8-9:30am, Race at 10am

Sunday, May 8th: Enjoy Free Yoga at Harbourside Place 10:30 am11:30 am

Sunday, May 8th – Catch Zach Deputy LIVE at Guanabanas – at 4PM

 

No matter how you celebrate or who you share the day with, I hope you all have a wonderful & relaxing time.

Cheers, Nicole.