Jupiter’s Top Five

Homes for sale

Things appear to be getting better, at least in the luxury end (which surprised me). To illustrate, according to Martin County Tax Assessors, the number of homes sold on Jupiter Island, Hobe Sound did increase year over year, with 22 homes sold in 2010, as compared to 17 homes sold in 2009. Prices, ranging up to $8 million, appeared consistent. Also, though, a home at 25 N Beach was bank-owned, showing that even the top strata of real estate properties are not immune to problems caused by the real estate bubble.

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Greg Norman’s house – – Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.

The Corcoran Group’s agent, Suzanne Frisbie, has listed one of the most expensive houses in the country. Priced at $65 million, Tranquility, owned by golfer Greg Norman, is at 382 South Beach Road on Jupiter Island. The eight-acre parcel has 370 feet of lake front and 172 feet of direct ocean frontage. The property is comprised of seven buildings, including a main house, grilling pavilion, two guest houses, office and gym, along with a 17-car garage. All together, there are nine bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and five half-baths. Other amenities include 140-foot deep-water dock with lifts, a tennis court, media room, game room, wine room and kennel.

According to Frisbie: “Golf lovers will appreciate the potential on the sprawling west lawn for reestablishing the 5,500-square-foot putting green, with one bunker and one tee set up for 80 yard-yard pitch shots.”

Total square footage is hard to say, Frisbie said, because there have been a number of restorations and expansions to the home’s core, which was originally built in 1902. According to the MLS, there are 17,825 total square feet and 15,826-square-feet under air conditioning.

The property is valued by the Martin County Property Appraiser at $20,761,840. Norman bought the property in 1991 for $4.9 million.

Next up is a home at 254 SE Beach Road on Jupiter Island, which was listed for $19 million on August 10, 2010. It is offered for sale by Allan Meyerson, of Admirals Cove Realty Co Inc.

“This is basically a land deal,” Meyerson said. “The existing house is the former caretaker’s home, but it’s 6.2 acres and has 320 feet on the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s Jupiter Island, and they are not creating more land, or more waterfront on the Intracoastal. There are very few parcels available.”

This Jupiter Island property is owned by an Admiral’s Cove resident, said Meyerson who specializes in Admiral’s Cove real estate sales, which have “definitely improved,” he said. “It just feels very exciting. Our December was terrific compared to the previous five years, and traffic is strong, as far as prospects. In large measure, this has got to go to the sellers, who recognize that it’s 2011, not 2007.”

The third most expensive home on the list is 416 South Beach Road, Jupiter Island. It is listed for $17.8 million by Adrian Reed, a realtor with Fenton Lang Bruner & Associates. This ocean-to-river 6,540-total-square-foot home has six bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms and was built in 1959.

Celine Dion’s previous home

An Admiral’s Cove estate at 370 Eagle Drive is next on the list. Corcoran Group realtor Lynn Feuerman represents the sellers. This home has 17,761 total square feet, eight bedrooms, ten bathrooms and four half-baths. It also has five fireplaces. Other features include two winding staircases, tiered-seating theater room and performance stage, exercise room, covered terraces and third-floor sundeck.

Meyerson knows some details concerning the Eagle Drive residence. “That was originally Celine Dion’s house and then it was sold to Richard Santulli, the founder of NetJets (fractional program), a company he sold to Warren Buffet.”

Finally, the home at 148 Bears Club was just listed January 10 for $11.95 million by Mark Griffin of The Bear’s Club Sotheby’s International Realty. This 13,000-square-foot-home-under-air custom estate home on the 14th hole, offers nine bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, two half-baths, a library, theater, game room,
gym and expansive resort style pool.

“I see a real stabilization of our markets,” said Griffin. “I’m extremely optimistic about 2011, based primarily on the activity we’ve seen in the fourth quarter of 2010.”

Discover Local Artists: at the fair

Some local, some not so local. Here are some images and thoughts from artpalmbeach, our first fair this season.

Kudos to West Palm Beach artist Cheryl Maeder, whose work was exhibited at Galerie Mark Hackem, Paris, New York!

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Far & Away II
Cheryl Maeder

How little we are in the cosmos, Maeder said. “We think we are the only ones, here. But we are part of a much larger realty.”

Even so, she said, each one of us is important unto him or herself…

About her work, she likes to quote Leonardo daVinci.

“The eye sees clearer in dreams, than the imagination awake.”

Her “Cloud Nine” and “Far & Away” series really capture that effect, and are quite other-worldly. A dream can be an illusion, or an expression of our hopes.

She makes her people soft and gentle, an interesting contrast to other artists’ works that are supersized and startling with people who look more real than real.

Miami artist Danilo Gonzales installed his “Forest” along with his thoughts about what a forest means, its disappearance, and what that will mean.


“Everything is in the forest,” he said. “And you’ll find everything in there.” He’s put toy solders, painted white,

Danilo Gonzales

because children play with these toys, and he wanted to counteract the violence that they symbolize for him.

Also hidden within his forest are little animals, as well as interesting shapes.

The wall caption accompanying his work does not contain the title and dimensions, but chronicles the forest from the beginning of the earth. Gonzales has something to say about the fragility of earth and the disappearance of its precious treasures. He is concerned about what is really an important part of the earth. What he has to say is not just an artist’s statement. He doesn’t offer a political viewpoint, and this is not actually environmental art, but rather, it’s about consciousness raising. The people who come to this art fair and wander through his forest — will they understand?

A small part of Paley’s zoo installation

Obviously, zoo animals are not the first things that come to mind when you think about fine art, but Albert Paley’s metal sculpture created for the St. Louis Zoological Park features animals he’s fashioned out of steel, managing to keep them looking feathery and fragile.

And then, this one.

The Queen’s Staircase at Versailles

At first glance, it recalls the work of M.C. Escher, and, sure enough, that was what the artist, Jean-Francois Rauzier,  intended. “A play on Escher” was noted on its wall caption.

Anybody who has seen Escher’s impossible drawings will be confounded by the similarity. Here’s an artist, Rauzier, who took a real place, “The Staircase of the Queen at Versailles” — and made an Escher-like photo montage. Clever of him to use Versailles, a place that Louis XIV “made up” to overwhelm his nobles and keep them occupied so that they would not plot against him and overthrow him.

artpalmbeach, at the Palm Beach Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, continues through Monday, January 24. Hours are noon until 7 p.m. on Sunday and noon until 6 p.m. on Monday. Tickets are $15 for a one day pass.

Coming up soon are the American International Fine Art Fair, February 5 through 13, the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, February 18 through 22.

The Palm Beach Fine Craft Show will be held March 4 through 11.

PB Post article link, Jan. 22, 2011

Pill Mills northern Palm Beaches


WEEK OF JANUARY 13, 2011, Palm2Jupiter

It’s a fairly typical day at North Palm Pain Management.

A burly security guard in black, armed with a nightstick, ushers visitors in and out of the clinic door. His name is Larry, and he is there for the safety of the staff, because sometimes a pain patient “has waited too long to get their refill and gets out of hand” from the urgency of withdrawal symptoms, says a receptionist named Beth.

In the parking lot, there are cars and trucks with Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina plates. Customers drive a long way to get prescriptions for addictive pain killers, testosterone and human growth hormone here.

The clinic doesn’t accept health insurance. What is required is $250 cash – VISA and Mastercard are accepted, too — for an appointment, along with a photo I.D., an MRI report, and a printout of the customer’s prescription history from their pharmacy of choice, Beth said.

She would not name the doctor a patient would see, when a P2J reporter called.

“We have several different doctors working for us,” she said.

Presently, licensed by the Florida Department of Health, there are eight pain clinics in Palm Beach Gardens, one in North Palm Beach and three in Jupiter. Ten pain clinics closed county wide in 2010.

Meanwhile, a short drive south, a Palm Beach Gardens man is on trial for murder, accused of stabbing his roommate to death and dismembering his body. Over a handful of opiate pain pills.

South Florida’s struggle with addictive prescription drugs, with unorthodox “clinics” like North Palm Pain Management — as much a convenience store as a medical practice – and with the wreckage of human lives, is not finished.

Prescription drugs kill seven Floridians every day. And that dwarfs the death rate caused by illegal drugs, said past director of the Office of Drug Control, Bruce Grant.

“That’s a tremendously high number. Florida has had a serious problem with the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs for some time.”

The availability of drugs drives their use, he said, and there is currently nothing in place that will mitigate the problem.

“Florida Medical Examiners Commission Report on Drugs Identified in Deceased Persons,” January through June 2010, notes that out of 89,800 deaths in Florida, 4,150 people were found to have died with one or more drugs in their bodies.

The top four that caused the most deaths were Oxycodone (715), all Benzodiazepines (597), Methadone, Ethyl Alcohol and Cocaine.

Note that the top two of these are prescription drugs…

In Palm Beach County, Oxycodone caused 68 deaths. While deaths caused by Methadone and Cocaine declined by 1.2 percent and 11.3 percent, respectively (and Heroine, the most lethal, decreased 40.5 percent) deaths caused by Oxycodone increased 10.9 percent over the last six months in 2009.

“The Medical Examiners Report continues to show the lethal consequences of the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs,” Grant said. “This new drug crisis rivals the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s. We must get agencies at all levels of government, along with our communities and our medical professionals to step up and take action.”

The growth of pain clinics, often called “pill mills,” has made Florida a source state for other states along the East Coast and Appalachia, Grant said. “They operate on a cash only basis. You can get the drug right there, if the doctor has a dispensing license, and if not, you can go and get your prescription filled elsewhere.”

Drugs for cash, with no valid medical reason, foster addiction, he added. “Some purchase the drugs to sell them, some to use them, and, for others, it’s a combination of the two. And if you talk to pain seekers from other states, and ask them why they come to Florida, they’ll tell you it’s because they can’t get these drugs in their own home state.”

“I know for a fact, an individual will go for a doctor’s appointment and walk out with 100 to 200 pills. They’ll sell half of them at a great markup to pay for the doctor’s appointment. That’s standard medical procedure,” said Stephen Gumley, the addiction-treatment manager of Recover Resources, a drug- and alcohol-treatment center in North Palm Beach.

More than 75 percent of his center’s current clients and 90 percent of those in residential treatment, came because they are addicted to prescribed opiate or narcotic medications, he said.

“If a person takes five 150-milligrams of Oxycodone a day for a month, he or she is addicted.”

And then what? “We are shaking our heads. Our jobs, as counselors in addiction treatment, is to get our clients off those drugs.

“My big contention is, what do those doctors think they are doing?”

Pill mills are a booming business, he noted. “If a doctor sees ten pain management patients a day, he makes a lot of money, $2,500 to $5,000 just on those ten people.”

Pain clinic doctors say they administer these drugs as their duty having taken the Hippocratic Oath, he said. “They say they don’t want their patients to suffer, but I would like to know how they plan to address the fact that once they get the patient on that regiment, how are they going to get them off of it?

“They are demonstrating a lack of understanding of the addictive nature of narcotic pain medication or they have a laissez-faire attitude.”

Board-certified pain-management doctor, Louis J. Raso responds similarly and asks the same question. He owns and runs a licensed pain-management clinic in Jupiter. He is also on staff at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and practices at Jupiter Medical Center.

“Prescription mills are a big problem,” he said. “People who are addicts have found out that if they went to one of those clinics and paid an amount of money, they would get a prescription where the drug was pure.

“These clinics operate on a strictly cash basis, and are owned by people who aren’t physicians. The physicians who work there couldn’t make a living in private practice and all they do is write prescriptions. They have pharmacies within their offices, so now they are making cash money for the office visit, and for handing out the prescriptions themselves.

“People are driving here from other states because we have so many clinics, and they can get more drugs cheaper, go back and sell them, and make money to pay for the trip.

“It’s all driven by the almighty dollar,” he said.

Raso, who has been called as an expert witness in malpractice cases, recalled a lawsuit concerning the death of a 24-year-old man.

“He had gone to one of those places because he had knee surgery ten years ago. They did not do an MRI and they gave him Methadone, Roxicodone and Xanax.

“The young man’s family settled for the limits of the insurance policy and we brought the physician to the state, who is taking his license away.

“Any physician, not board certified in pain management should cease and desist practicing pain management. Prescription mills should be shut down and dispensing out of the office should be stopped.”

Raso, as part of his practice, drug screens his patients to make sure they are taking only what is prescribed and at the prescribed dosage. He also insists that a new patient submit records and has an MRI.

“I’ve had people walk into my office, clammy and shaking, clearly going through withdrawal. I don’t see them. I can’t contribute to that. I tell them to go to the emergency room.”

Raso draws a distinction between being drug dependant and drug addicted.

“Addiction is a behavioral problem. Those people have a craving. But if a person with a bad chronic illness takes a pain drug as it is prescribed, they’ll do well and are less likely to develop a tolerance to the drug.

“We have to be very careful whenever we prescribe any of these medicines. These drugs don’t work over the long term. The Number One job of a pain management physician is to find out what part of the body is generating the pain and find the best way to treat that. It’s not just about medication.”

Not all pain management doctors are willing to talk about their practices. The receptionist who took our call to North Palm Pain Management on 10th Street in Lake Park, for example, said that the supervising physician listed on its license no longer worked there, refused to name the clinic’s doctors and hung up when we requested a call back.

Starting in March 2010, Palm Beach County and some of the county’s cities have either put a moratorium in place for a year on the licensing of pain clinics or have added stricter regulations in their city ordinances.

They did that because pain clinics were opening at the rate of one new clinic every three days from August 2008 to November 2009, in Broward and Palm Beach Counties and doctors in Palm Beach County had dispensed the second highest volume of Oxycodone pills in the United States in 2008.

Presently, the county has extended its moratorium, said Barbara Alterman, Palm Beach County’s director of planning and zoning. “And we are working with the cities for a more universal approach.

“IPARC (Intergovernmental Plan Amendment Review Committee) came up with recommendations, but they asked the county to draft an ordinance,” she said. “At this point, probably starting in January or February, the county will draft a model ordinance picking and choosing from the IPARC menu and bring that back so the cities can see what we have done.”

Apart from these local actions, Florida’s Senate Bill 462 was passed during the 2009 Legislative Session. It requires the registration and inspection of pain management clinics by the Department of Health.

Also, Senate Bill 2272 was signed into law in June 2010 and its provisions became effective October 1, 2010.

It stipulates the following:

The clinic must designate a physician to register the clinic and the designated physician must practice at the clinic. The clinic must be owned by an MD, DO, or group that has MD and DO licenses, unless it is licensed as a health care clinic with the Agency for Health Care Administration under Part X Chapter 400.

Annual inspections, with medical records review, must be conducted annually.

Sections 458.3265(2)(c) and 459.0137(2)(c), Florida Statutes, provides that if a physician prescribes or dispenses more than a 72-hour dose of controlled substances for the treatment of chronic non-malignant pain, the physician must document in the medical record the reason for prescribing or dispensing that quantity.

Further, Section 465.0276, Florida Statutes, provides that a practitioner registered under this section (pharmacist or a dispensing practitioner) may not dispense more than a 72-hour supply of a controlled substance listed in Schedule II, III, IV, or V of s. 893. 03 for any patient who pays for the medication by cash, check, or credit card in a clinic registered under 458.3265 or 459.0137 except in certain instances as set forth in that section.

Sections 458.327 (1)(e) and 459.013(1)(e) are amended to provide that knowingly operating, owning, or managing a non-registered pain management clinic that is required to be registered with the Department of Health pursuant to Sections 458.3265(1) and 459.0137(1) is a third degree felony.

Following 458.3331 (1)(pp), and 459.013(1)(rr), a physician or osteopathic physician can be disciplined for failing to timely notify the department of the theft of prescription blanks from a pain-management clinic or a breach of other methods for prescribing within 24 hours, as required by Sections 458.3265(2) and 459.0137(2).

Problems continue to crop up, though. For example, authorities believe some pain clinic owners and investors are getting around the new restrictions by opening pharmacies away from the clinics, so that they can continue making money off the pills. In addition, a group of physicians has filed a lawsuit in federal court with an injunction against the Department of Health regarding SB 2272.

And the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), supposed to have gone into effect December 2010 has been slowed down by House Bill 1565 due to a bid protest.

Currently, 34 states have operational programs and five states (including Florida) have enacted legislation to establish a prescription drug monitoring program. The purpose of this database is to track prescriptions, reducing the chances for patients to doctor and pharmacy shop and to repeatedly and illegally divert prescription drugs.

“Prescription drug abuse is a tough area to police,” said Laurence Poston, sergeant at Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, assigned to the narcotics unit.

“They go in and say they have pain and the doctor gives them an examination. The doctor has a medical degree and is licensed, writes a prescription that the patient takes to Walgreens and has it filled. A lot of people are getting these drugs who don’t need them.”

There is no one solution, he said, noting that education, enforcement and regulation combined are helpful. “This is just another form of drug abuse. It just happens to come from a pharmacy and not a jungle in Colombia. It’s no different, though, and people get hooked. It’s a savage cycle they get involved in.”

Discover Local Artists: Laurance Rassin

Laurance Rassin, a New York snowbird who winters with relatives in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, aims to produce art in zero gravity on Virgin Galactic. To that end, he will undergo space training at the Nastar Center in Pennsylvania to get him ready for a suborbital flight, and has been exhibiting his works offering them for sale in order to finance his trip. See some of it before he blasts off at Paul Fisher Gallery, January 19 to February 19, and at Lamborghini Palm Beach, January 21.

“Night Landing,” oil on canvas, 48 by 60 inches, $20,000

The NASTAR Center,a Federal Aviation Administration safety-approved training facility, prepares passengers for Virgin Galactic’s specific flight profile, which takes passengers up 50,000 feet before releasing them in the SpaceShipTwo suborbital craft. SpaceShipTwo then ignites its rocket boosters and the vehicle jets toward space before descending back to about 70,000 feet The total flight time is about 2.5 hours, during which passengers experience approximately four minutes of weightlessness. The cost of the two-day training program is $6,000, and currently, seats on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo are commanding $200,000 each.

“We are all part of something bigger, or least we hope so,” he said. “This is what drives me to paint, sculpt, make fashions and music with my blue rider rock band.”

His collection for “Into Space” spans a decade of  his work and reflects his love of the modern era, space travel and romance. Proceeds will be shared between support for his flight and Autism Speaks.

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Laurance Rassin

Rassin calls his large-scale impasto oil paintings, sumptious and color filled. These add up to more than 500 original works along with his bronze scultpures, ceramics, tapestries and textiles, which he weaves together, creating characters and scenes to tell a whimisical story.

His work is featured regularly at Bonhams & Butterfields, 20th Century in Manhattan and his women’s fashion line, Laurance Rassin Signature, has been featured at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Rassin grew up outside Washington, DC and Palm Beach, Fla. and graduated from American University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1991.He has fronted a rock band since the early 1990s and is presently recording a rock album with Doc Allison, James Brown’s famed percussionist in “New Blue Riders: Art Dreams.”

“The Crystal Ball Foretold Space Travel,” oil on canvas, 60 by 72 inches

Paul Fisher Gallery is located in the Flamingo Building, 433 Flamingo Drive, in West Palm Beach. The gallery is open by appointment Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  An opening event is planned for January 19, 6-10 p.m. For information, call  (561) 832-5255  or go to info@paulfishergallery.com

On Friday, Jan. 21, an event to benefit Autism Speaks featuring Laurance’s works will be held at Lamborghini of Palm Beach, 2345 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, at 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It will be hosted by the Barron Group at UBS Financial.

Discover Local Artists: Arnold Levine

Wellington resident, Arnold Levine’s photography, “Arrivals and Departures,” will be exhibited at the Jan and Gary Dario Gallery, Lake Worth Campus, Palm Beach State College, Jan. 20 – Feb. 24.

An  artist and graphic designer, Arnold Levine is a three-time Grammy award-winning art director and designer for Columbia Sony Records and former senior V.P. creative director of Sony Music. This installation exhibits the current directions of Levine’s lifetime of work.

Arrivals and Departures Exhibit

“Arrivals and Departures” features 45-by-30-inch black and white images of Levine’s 26-hour Amtrak ride from New York to West Palm Beach. For this installation, the gallery will be transformed into an actual train station, complete with constructed sets from the theater department, large standing photographs and an Amtrak ticket booth. This photographic display documents the narrative of constant travelers moving quickly from one place to another.

The exhibition’s opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20. Palm Beach State College is located at 4200 S. Congress Ave., Lake Worth. Gallery hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. For more information, contact Kristin M. Hopkins at (561) 868-3909.

Discover Local Artists: Adrianne Hetherington

Egrit with Hibiscus

The Wellington Art Society’s first meeting of the new year will be followed by a collage demonstration by one of its member’s, local artist Adrianne Hetherington.

Hetherington  began her career in 1972 as a textile designer in Miami. Her wallpaper books and hand-painted fabric designs were parts of collections in interior design showrooms in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and the DCOTA building in Dania, FL. She also paints murals and has recently added to her repitoire,  handmade tiles with her own carving and glazing technique.

She was a tile-art instructor at the Ceramic League of Miami for three years, 1998 to 2001, before moving to Royal Palm Beach. She also worked as art director of an 8 by 20 foot  tile mural at Baptist Children’s Hospital in Miami. Her work has been on display from Miami to Palm Beach in exhibitions that include Art in Public Places in both Wellington and PBIA. Among her awards are the People’ Choice Award.


Founded in 1981, The Wellington Art Society is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, providing both local and regional artists the platform to share their work, learn more about their craft and serve the community through their art. The Wellington Art Society is open to any resident in Palm Beach County. Membership forms will be available at the Open House if you would like to become a member. A 501(c)(3) charitable organization, its mission is to educate and encourage originality and productivity among its members and area youth through programs designed to further the advancement of cultural endeavors in the western communities. For more information, visit their website, http://www.wellingtonartsociety.org, or call W.A.S. president Suzanne Redmond at (561) 791-2194.

The January meeting and Hetherington’s demonstration will be at the Wellington Community Center, 12165 West Forest Hill Blvd. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. The general meeting begins at 7 p.m.,  followed by the collage demonstration.