FEES WAIVED TO SPEED UP RE­PAIRS

Town’s dam­age from Irma es­ti­mated at $3 mil­lion

The Palm Beach Post - - IN YOUR COMMUNITY - — BILL DIPAOLO FILE

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.

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

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

Max­i­mum winds dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Irma reached 77 miles per hour in Jupiter and 84 miles per hour in Juno Beach, ac­cord­ing 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.

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

More than 600 shut­ters were placed on the Jupiter In­let Light­house and nearby his­toric build­ings ahead of Hur­ri­cane Irma. A tem­po­rary waiver of per­mit fees is ex­pected to cost the town about $60,000.

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