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No decision on $300,000 in fines for Harbourside Place at Wednesday hearing

Posted at 8:00 PM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 19:10:26-04

JUPITER, Fla. — No resolution or decision in the dispute over music and events at Harbourside Place in Jupiter means the development’s amphitheater will stay quiet until at least mid-July.

Lawyers representing the development and the Town of Jupiter argued for almost two hours Wednesday morning in municipal court over whether the town can impose fines approaching $800,000 for events that were held at Harbourside Place without a permit.

"It’s a little frustrating because the town does want Harbourside to succeed, but we would like them to comply with the conditions of the development order," said Jupiter town attorney Tom Baird.

"We don’t really know what we're allowed to do," said Harbourside Place attorney Paul Fig.

Both sides will meet in court against July 10.

Meanwhile, the centerpiece of Harbourside Place, the amphitheater, remains quiet and businesses said it’s starting to hurt their bottom lines with restaurants reporting about a 20 percent drop in sales.

"I have friends in Boca dying to come up here, and missed opportunities because things have been canceled or no longer available," said Jupiter resident Marina Derry.

There is one event on the schedule at Harbourside Place that does have a permit: a fireworks show on July 4.