Jupiter Tag

    Harbourside Place in Jupiter has welcomed a new way for the community to enjoy the waterfront with Pontiki Boat Cruises. The third boat of Pontiki, named Shaka, is their largest boat, yet, holding around 40 passengers. Those gathering for birthday parties, reunions, wedding showers, and more will enjoy live music, televisions, as well as food and drinks as they cruise out of Harbourside Place.   JUPITER —With two wide-screen TVs, a bar for beer and wine and hot running water in the bathroom, landscaper Tom D’Alessandro says the 45-foot aluminum catamaran he partly owns and rents out in Jupiter is a dream come true. [caption id="attachment_8746" align="aligncenter" width="788"] The Pontiki, also known as SHAKA, is guided down the intracoastal waterway by Captain Chip Sandt and general manager Jonathan Rios Tuesday, March 6, 2018. The boat launches out of Harbourside for private charters and open cruises. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post[/caption] “Landscaping is my blood. I’ll never quit. And I love boating. How blessed am I to do the two things I love?” said D’Alessandro, sitting on a bar stool on the deck of the Shaka, docked at Harbourside Place. Equipped with an inflatable water slide and bright orange floating “lilly pads,” the Shaka — Polynesian for “Friendly Island Spirit” — opened for passengers last month. Customers pay $30 per person/per hour for rides north to the Jupiter Inlet, along Jupiter Island and back to Harbourside. The 51-year-old Jupiter resident has spent most of his life working with his father Tom in the family landscape business his grandfather started in the 1920s in West Palm Beach. The company did the lush landscaping at Guanabanas waterfront restaurant in Jupiter before it opened in 2009. On the side, the younger Tom started operating two six-passenger pontoon boats for rental. They docked at Guanabanas. The colorful pontoon boats, with stereos and refreshments, were a hit. Locals see them anchored at sandbars and near Cato’s bridge. Billboards posted on the side advertised for D’Alessandro Landscaping. “Our phone rang off the hook. But people weren’t interested in landscaping. They wanted to get on the pontoon boat,” said D’Alessandro. [caption id="attachment_8747" align="aligncenter" width="816"] Interior of the Pontiki, also known as SHAKA, that launches out of Harbourside for private charters and open cruises,Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post[/caption] D’Alessandro and the other two owners are confident their $260,000 floating investment will be a success. “We were turning down customers every week. They wanted a boat larger than the six-passenger crafts we were operating,” said co-owner and Jupiter resident Chris Nielsen. The other part-owner is Ray Pronto, a part-time Jupiter resident. The Shaka gives non-experienced boaters access to the water, said Nielsen. “Many people do not feel comfortable renting and driving a boat,” said Nielsen. Sightseeing isn’t the only activity on the boat powered by two outboard 15o horsepower engines. There’s live music with dancing on deck on weekends. Birthday parties, wedding parties and class reunions are popular. The two TVs attract sports fans. The crew removes the deck tables for yoga classes. Besides private charters, the public can board the Shaka on a first-come, first-served basis. “If there’s room, anyone can come for a ride,” said Nielsen.

By Julio Poletti - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer It’s hard to believe 2017 is basically over. Whether you had a “ehhh” year or an amazing one, it’s time to let it all behind and celebrate BIG. Here are several options from free events to pricey extravaganzas to ring in 2018!
PALM BEACH COUNTY - NORTH
Jupiter
HARBOURSIDE PLACE COUNTDOWN TO 2018: Head to North Palm Beach County at 9 p.m. and experience this free New Year’s Eve event. The “Times Square” ball drop on the waterfront amphitheater — streaming live on a 16-foot screen — will have a live musical performance by Wildfire. For info: Harbourside Place. NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH 2018: Celebrate the 8th annual New Year’s Bash at Guanabanas Island Restaurant and Bar in Jupiter. You know what’s good? No reservation and no cover all night. Listen to live music by Spred The Dub and Savi Fernandez Band. The party starts at 9 p.m. Dec. 31, and you must be 21 or over. Information: 561-747-8878.
Palm Beach Gardens
DOWNTOWN'S NOON YEAR'S EVE: Nothing says Happy New Year like a free event. Get your kids ready and head over to Downtown at The Gardens for an afternoon full of activities: carousels, face painting, games and more. The party is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 31, 2017 at the Carousel Courtyard. Information: 561-799-4100.
PALM BEACH COUNTY - CENTRAL
West Palm Beach
MASQUERADE BALL ON THE WATERFRONT: This Black & White Affair promises to be an enchanting evening of music, food and merriment. The $150 per person price tag will get you a live dj, an open bar, an horderves buffet, a dinner buffet, a dessert buffet and a champagne toast. Don’t have a party mask? Visit Uptown Art to make one. SUBCULTURE GROUP’S 5 VENUES, 1 PRICE PARTY: The 500 Block of Clematis in West Palm Beach aims to please: no velvet ropes, no hassels, no fancy pants. Just you, the rest of the city and ringing in the new year together. There are options for everyone, from $45 to $80 and access to Subculture’s hottest block, which includes Hullabaloo, Kapow, Respectable Street, Lost Weekend and Voltaire. IL BELLAGIO’S NEW YEAR’S EVE: Start the new year with an Italian Feast at 5 p.m. or 9 p.m. on December 31, 2017. According to their Facebook page, “The first seating will be $65 and include a 3-course meal. The second seating will include the 3-course meal and NYE party favors for a cheerful celebration.” Buy tickets here or fill out the reservation form and either drop it off at the restaurant or email back to: manager@ilbellagio.com to confirm your evening. NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION AT BANKO CANTINA: The celebration at Banko Cantina has the charm of a Mexican cantina with an American twist. It features open bars, entertainment, dancing, dining and bottle packages. This year’s theme is “Blue & Gold.” Countdown on large screens, complimentary champagne toast and New Year’s balloon drop. For information, call 561-355-1399 or email: info@bankocantina.com. CHEERS TO YOUR HEATH WITH A VEGAN BUFFET: No better time to start eating right than on the first night of a new year. So grab the fam and your appetite and head over to Hippocrates Health Institute for a tasty, raw living foods buffet, starting at 6 p.m. It’s $45/person and $22.50 for kids 12 and under. Enjoy the raw snacks and toast to the new year with sparkling apple cider on December 31, 2017. Oh, there will be live music and dancing, and of course fireworks at midnight. RSVP is required: Call 561-471-8876. NOON YEAR’S EVE AT SCIENCE CENTER: Celebrate the new year with family activities at the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium in West Palm Beach. The party kicks off at 11 a.m. on December 31, 2017 with face painting, crafts, DIY confetti launchers  and more. Activities included with General Admission.
Palm Beach
PARTY LIKE A PALM BEACHER: OK, you’re not likely to get into the exclusive Cocoanuts Ball at the Flagler Museum on New Year’s Eve. But you can check out the fireworks display for free on either side of the Intracoastal December 31, 2017. TIDELINE OCEAN RESORT & SPA’S TRIBUTE TO BEATLEMANIA: Enjoy the original cast of Beatlemania singing and performing as you indulge in dinner at Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa in Palm Beach. There are two dinners: at 6 p.m. for $125 in advance or $150 at the door featuring a 3-course dinner and wine pairing, and at 9 p.m. $150 in advance or $200 at the door with a 3-course dinner, wine pairing, Mizu sushi and champagne toast. $45 for children 11 and under.
 
PALM BEACH COUNTY - WEST
Wellington
A NIGHT AT MOULIN ROUGE: Watch the ball drop on a big projector and party all night with DJ Gabriel on December 31, 2017. There’s a 4-course fixe menu, $50 for 6 p.m. seating and $80 for 8:30 p.m. Reservations required: 561-793-2110.  
PALM BEACH COUNTY - SOUTH
Delray Beach
NEW YEAR’S EVE 2018: Celebrate the new year with "It Was All A Dream," a party at SALT7 on December 31, 2017. The celebration goes from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. For dinner and bottle service reservations, email Kembrell@SALT7.com. There is no cover charge. NEW YEAR'S EVE DOWNTOWN: Visit Delray’s Old School Square Park and enjoy a free New Year’s Eve event starting at 5 p.m and ending with fireworks at 9 p.m. The carousel, mini-golf and ice skating has a cover of $3. There will be food trucks on site and live music starting at 5 p.m. with a surprise band and DJ from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 31, 2017. Information: Visit Delray Beach website. BOSTON’S ON THE BEACH NYE: Enticing edibles and live entertainmnet by Victor Wainwright and The Train welcome you to this party by the beach. The celebration is from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. featuring two buffets, champagne at midnight and a breakfast buffet. Tickets are $80. Buy tickets here.
Boca Raton
NEW YEAR'S EVE 2018: Head over to Blue Martini Boca Raton starting at 8 p.m. and party with live music all night long. It's an elegant, attire-required kind of night. You get live entertainment, open premium bar and hors d’oeuvres until 10 p.m. on December 31, 2017. Countdown and champagne toast at midnight. Information: 561-350-9643 or email Trishap@bluemartinilounge.com. Reservations requiered. ROCK THE BLOCK 2018 : Ring in the New Year with the hottest party in Boca featuring Salt N’ Pepa & DJ Spinderella, Wang Chung and A Flock of Seagulls. Event starts at 8 p.m. on December 31, 2017 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.  And there's even more depending on what ticket you purchase — an event for everyone's taste. The  New Year’s countdown is followed by a midnight fireworks show on the 18th fairway. Prices range from $75 to $150. To find out the details, contact 561-447-3000 or click here for reservations. CIRQUE DREAMS 2018 SHOW: Head to the Cathedral Room at the Boca Raton Resort & Club at 5:30 p.m. on December 31, 2017. for a special Cirque Show for all ages. It’s a blend of world-renowned imagination and theatrical innovation. Tickets start at $150 per person at bocaresort.com/events. FUNKY NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY!: Ring the new year in a funky way at Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery. You’ll get five bands, craft beer,  music, a beer toast at midnight and a complimentary, late-night breakfast before closing. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. on December 31, 2017, and show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets available here.