Once proposed for luxury properties, Fullerton Island was 12 acres of prime Jupiter real estate ready to be sold to the highest bidder. Fullerton Island is a piece of land right off Jupiter’s Sawfish Bay Park that remained vacant for many years over legal disputes. Before 2013, the island was infested with invasive species and required a major make over to dispose of the non-native plants like Australian Pines and Brazilian Pepper Trees. Fullerton Islands history begins in the 1920’s when the School District of Palm Beach County gave a selection of unsurveyed land to local attorney, B.F Hampton. In that selection, 2 spoil islands would be available to him, one of them being Fullerton Island. In lieu of legal fees, Hampton would choose Fullerton as his compensation. In the 1950’s, Hampton gifted the island to his grandson, Richard Fullerton as inheritance. The Island was named after Hampton’s grandson and until the 1990’s, it would remain practically untouched. As Jupiter began inhabiting more and more people between the 80’s and 90’s, Fullerton Island was noticed by local real estate as being a prime location for luxury homes on the water. Michelle Alexander, a Jupiter developer, proposed to buy the property for 2.2 million dollars but was intercepted by the Town of Jupiter stating that the land was designated for conservation and not for residential development. Alexander then filed a suit with the Town of Jupiter for refusing the permit which would last over a decade until the court favored the town and her contract with the Fullerton family was voided. In 2003, the island was bought by engineer Herb Kahlert and Ed Oliver for 2.6 million dollars and once again proposed for luxury residential homes, going against the islands conservation zoning designation. After much backlash from residents and the town, the two withdrew the plan for development. In 2008, the island was finally purchased by the Town of Jupiter for 2.9 million dollars in an effort to turn the island into a conservation land and increase eco-tourism in the area. Clearing of land, dredging, removing exotic plants, building docks and planting mangroves and other native plants would begin in 2013 with a hefty price tag of 3 million dollars. Backhoes were used to dig 3 foot deep channels meandering through the island, only deep enough for kayaks, paddle boards, and maybe a small skiff. This would make the island fully accessible from both sides by small watercraft. The 55,000 cubic yards of sand collected from the island would be hauled down to Lake Worth near Bryant Park to be reused for the construction of the Snook Islands preserve project. Mangroves and other native species were added to the island to create a flourishing environment for local sea and land creatures. The added foliage would create a perfect habitat for many different species of native birds, making it the perfect place for any ornithologist. Fish and other species to see at Fullerton Island include Florida manatees, Rays, Porpoise, Snook, Snapper, Sheepshead, and Mullet as well as birds like Blue Heron and Spoonbills. The island is now a thriving estuary promoting conservation as well as eco-friendly tourism in the Jupiter and has influenced locals, visitors, and businesses to utilize the hidden jewel. Jupiter Outdoor Center is proud to be the committed adoptive parents of Fullerton Island through Palm Beach County’s Adopt a Park Program.
RIVIERA BEACH, FL — Residents and visitors to Singer Island and the greater West Palm Beach area now have another outlet to get outside and enjoy the waterways that make the area so appealing in the first place. The Singer Island Outdoor Center, in a partnership with Under the Bridge Watersports, Little Deeper Dive Charters, and Scuba Ventures Management has, been awarded the Park Concessionaire rights for Phil Foster Park, one of Palm Beach County’s public parks and a jewel for the outdoorsman or outdoorswoman that is part fish! The new location will offer a plethora of activities including, kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling lessons, rentals and tours. The new retail shop located at the Northernmost end of Phil Foster Park, will also boast a fully outfitted dive shop along with daily dive trips on Little Deeper, a seasoned dive boat with veteran dive professionals. The amazing snorkeling and diving to be found under the Blue Heron Blvd bridge has already established Phil Foster Park as the go-to spot for divers, and now they have an official dive shop at their doorstep. The park’s close proximity to Peanut Island also offers paddlers the chance to paddleboard or kayak very easily to the historic and beautiful island, while exploring the other sites throughout the northern end of the Lake Worth Lagoon. If the Outdoor Center name sounds familiar, it is because the Singer Island Outdoor Center is the second location for it’s parent company, the Jupiter Outdoor Center located just 25 minutes north of the new location on the Jupiter Inlet.
Quote: “This was a very natural pairing of like-minded individuals, companies, and community resources, all coming together to really offer people in the area a safe and friendly one-stop-shop to experience the outdoors and marine life that abounds here! So come out and paddle, snorkel, or SCUBA with us, and see what it is all about for yourselves!” – Ryan Sullivan, Director of Operations. Singer Island Outdoor Center.
The Singer Island Outdoor Center will be open for rentals and lessons Thursdays through Mondays, 9:00am to 5:00pm and the retail shop, dive charters, and snorkeling tours are open 7 days a week, depending on the tides. For more information, you can call the Singer Island Outdoor Center at 561-839-5130, email them at singerislandoutdoorcenter@
About the Jupiter Outdoor Center
Founded in 1997, the Jupiter Outdoor Center provides quality outdoor adventures and a place to rent kayaks, paddleboards, and embark on guided eco-tours. Located at 1116 Love Street, Jupiter FL 33477, with its beach located directly across the waterway from the Jupiter Lighthouse, the Jupiter Outdoor Center is the perfect spot to launch a kayak, take a Stand Up Paddleboarding Lesson, enjoy a guided tour and even send your kids to camp. Contact the Jupiter Outdoor Center at 561-747-0063 or book your rentals and tours online at www.jupiteroutdoorcenter.
The Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River is an amazing untouched natural wonder located right here in Jupiter, Florida, and will allow those lucky enough to kayak down its waters a glimpse into how Florida looked thousands, if not tens of thousands, of years ago. In 1985 the river was the first waterway in Florida to receive the federal designation as a Wild and Scenic River, and is currently one of the only two rivers bearing this distinction in the state. Since no motorized watercraft are permitted on the upper section of the river, nor are there any true hiking trails running its length, the only way to see this amazing natural wonder is to paddle your way through by kayak or canoe. The Loxahatchee River Kayak Tours offered by the Jupiter Outdoor Center are a fun way to check it out safely.
Paddlers can explore 10 major freshwater and saltwater habitats along this peaceful slow moving river, which is home to an abundance of wildlife, including endangered and threatened species of animals. Bird watchers will enjoy seeing countless species of birds such as; blue heron, ibis, osprey, egrets, wood storks, sandhill cranes, owls, and peregrine falcons among many others. The river is also home to river otters, manatees, a variety of fish, alligators and of course turtles from which the river gets its name, “Loxahatchee” a Seminole Indian word meaning “river or creek of turtles”.
The true beauty of the river and its inhabitants can’t be summed up with words, and the only true way to experience the Loxahatchee River is to grab a paddle, get into a kayak, and float your way beneath the hundred year old cypress trees that line its banks. An eco-tour of this amazing place will transport you to a time forgotten, and immerse you in natural beauty.
A Paddleboard Tour Jupiter is a fun and exciting way to experience first-hand some of the beautiful views and incredible wildlife that Florida’s waterways have to offer. One problem a lot of people run into is choosing the right paddleboard tour for you or your family. You want to get the most out of the experience for the money you pay.
If you’ve already been on a paddleboard tour and had a less than perfect experience, you may be apprehensive about wanting to take another tour. The good news is: not all paddleboard tours are created equal. Having a guide that is experienced and knowledgeable can add fun and education to your tour, take you to the best spots, and knows where to find the wildlife. Having the right guide is essential to getting the most out of your paddleboard adventure.
Read these 3 essentials to look for in your next paddleboard tour guide:
Don’t end up in “deep water” with a tour guide that doesn’t know their way around. Make sure your tour is either mapped out ahead of time or is scheduled with a guide who has extensive knowledge of the area of your tour.
Ask before you go! Your guide knowing the safest routes or how close you can get to the Florida wildlife only comes from experience. Go on your Paddleboard Tour Jupiter with a guide who is experienced.
Not everyone can take paddleboard lessons before going on a Paddleboard Tour Jupiter. So, chances are your guide will have to teach you a thing or two before setting off on your adventure. They will not only need to be skilled enough to paddle, but understand enough to teach even the most novice paddler. All three of these essential qualities can be found in the guides and staff of Jupiter Outdoor Center.
When looking for your next Paddleboard Tour Jupiter, look no further than Jupiter Outdoor Center. Our skilled and knowledgeable staff headed by Ryan – The Director of Water Safety and Instruction – will take you on a Paddleboard Tour Jupiter unlike any other. Ryan has over 15 years’ experience kayaking in the waters of South Florida. He, and our other staff members, will not only make your next Paddleboard Tour Jupiter fun and educational, but they will make sure you and your family is safe and has a great time. For more information on a Paddleboard Tour Jupiter, call us at (561) 316-6203