Curt: Ah, Jupiter Island, natural, luxurious, quiet, perhaps the quietest community in coastal Florida, just the way the 800 or so permanent residents want it. The population more than doubles in season, but still quiet. The town is over 60 years old, but the town history probably dates itself to 1815 and a land grant by the king and queen of Spain that included a narrow barrier island that stretched 9 miles from the St. Lucie Inlet to the Jupiter Inlet in what is now Martin County. In the 1920s, plans were to develop this as a sort of Hollywood East, bringing filmmakers and movie stars here to what would be called Picture City. That land boom went bust and Jupiter Island evolved pretty much as you see it now, large homes with lush landscaping. Oh, there's a golf course and club, police and fire, and a few businesses, but just a few and just local. Sorry, there's no post office. The taxable value of Jupiter Island is placed at $2 billion. With only two and a half square miles of land between the Atlantic and the Intracoastal, that's a value of more than a million dollars an acre. By the way, if you want to see the homes of Jupiter Island, the best way to do it is right here on the Manatee Queen. If you go up each road, all you're going to see are guardhouses and trees.
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