FEES WAIVED TO SPEED UP REPAIRS
Town’s damage from Irma estimated at $3 million
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.