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  • View author's info Author Posted on Sep 21, 2005 at 08:50 PM

    I am considering a job oppurtunity in West Palm Beach. I have been on the west coast for most of my life and know nothing about Florida besides hurricanes. I've been in San Diego for years. What can anyone tell me about the place that does not show up on the chamber of commerce web site for West Palm Beach? I really know nothing about Florida. Thanks.
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  • View author's info Posted on Nov 03, 2007 at 04:19 PM

    I can't believe that I would be bringing this post back up! They are currently building the campus in West Palm Beach. When they re-started, I did not get the same offer to go. Now they have run into some issues and they are going to be sending me out there. For right now, it will be 2 weeks in West Palm, 2 weeks in San Diego, 2 weeks in West Palm, and so on. Except through the holidays, I'm not sure what the schedule will be.
  • View author's info Posted on May 03, 2006 at 05:13 AM

    Weenie write:
    I got's to wait that long??????????

    Port Saint Lucie is in the hunt for it now!.............
  • View author's info Posted on May 02, 2006 at 08:28 PM

    This has been going on soooooo long, at least a positive step has been made. I'm not getting too excited yet, but I am keeping my eyes on it.

    PBC commissioners approve Scripps headquarters in Jupiter
    By Jennifer Sorentrue

    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

    Tuesday, May 02, 2006

    WEST PALM BEACH ? Palm Beach County commissioners today approved a contract with The Scripps Research Institute that will put the biotech giant's Florida headquarters in Jupiter.

    "I want the governor and everybody in the world today to know that we approved this contract," County Commissioner Karen Marcus said before today's vote.

    The commission approval hinges on whether Gov. Jeb Bush agrees to reimburse the county up to $100 million for the construction of Scripps' headquarters should the research institute leave in the next 15 years.

    Scripps Chief Operating Officer Doug Bingham said he had received an e-mail from the Governor's Office indicating Bush and FAU President Frank Brogan would support reimbursing the county, pending legislative approval.

    County administrators and top Scripps officials returned to the negotiating table for two hours today to try to work out a compromise. They agreed to several changes that helped win the commissioners' support.

    Bingham had said earlier this morning that the research institute could not continue to negotiate with the county without looking at other sites around the state.

    "We have a window of opportunity to make this work in the state," Bingham told the commission. "I do not believe we, Scripps, can continue to negotiate exclusively with the county."

    Bingham said the institute had no other site lined up.

    "We have no other place we are negotiate in or around at this point of time," Bingham said.

    Scripps President Richard Lerner today had stressed his commitment to keeping the institute's Florida headquarters in the county.

    Lerner said he works every day to further the vision of creating a cluster of bioscience businesses in the county.

    Gov. Bush on Monday swiftly rejected a last-minute request for help from Commissioner Burt Aaronson, the county's lead negotiator.

    Aaronson wrote to Bush Monday morning asking the state to reimburse the county up to $100 million for the construction of Scripps' Florida headquarters at Florida Atlantic University, should the institute leave early.

    "The idea that because they haven't been able to figure out where they want their facility to be located, we then accept their financial requirements is just not going to happen," Bush said Monday. "We've made some suggestions and I know some others have made some suggestions, and I hope that they can reach some consensus (today) and move on."

    Aaronson called Bush's comments "completely off base."

    "I think that the county commission has done everything that they possibly could," he said, pointing to the county's selection of homes: first Mecca Farms, then its offer of Florida Research Park twice and most recently a 4-3 vote for a split north county site.

    Aaronson said he'll ask Scripps today for more time to negotiate a contract that would let its Florida campus be divided between Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter and the Briger tract in Palm Beach Gardens.

    Bingham had said that Mecca is no longer an option because too much uncertainty remains with the 1,919-acre former orange grove.

    Last year, environmental groups successfully challenged a permit the Army Corps of Engineers issued for Mecca Farms. A judge's order in November allowed construction of the institute's headquarters to continue at Mecca, but essentially nothing else.

    The county asked Scripps to stop construction until a full environmental review is complete. A revised application was submitted to the corps recently.
  • View author's info Posted on Feb 15, 2006 at 02:06 PM

    Cobalt write:

    Hey Weenie! I think its shakin! We have been here before though, but this time it appears there's no law suits pending. The Jupitor area is a great place, with exception to their noise laws. Can't wait to get back to the Square Grouper and hang out! The time table for us to start probaly will be the end of this year.

    I got's to wait that long??????????
  • View author's info Posted on Feb 15, 2006 at 12:58 PM

    Weenie write:
    hey "C"....how's it shakin dude!!!

    Hey Weenie! I think its shakin! We have been here before though, but this time it appears there's no law suits pending. The Jupitor area is a great place, with exception to their noise laws. Can't wait to get back to the Square Grouper and hang out! The time table for us to start probaly will be the end of this year.
  • View author's info Posted on Feb 14, 2006 at 12:19 PM

    hey "C"....how's it shakin dude!!!
  • View author's info Posted on Feb 14, 2006 at 12:02 PM

    They made a choice! Back to Palm Beach.

    PBC commissioners decide on Abacoa for Scripps
    By Hector Florin

    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

    Tuesday, February 14, 2006

    UPDATED: 2:19 p.m. February 14, 2006

    WEST PALM BEACH ? County commissioners this afternoon voted to move The Scripps Research Institute to northern Palm Beach County, ending for the time being the uncertainty of the project's future location.

    Commissioner Addie Greene proved to be the key vote, and she made the initial motion to place Scripps at Florida Atlantic University's Abacoa campus and across the street on the Briger parcel. Commissioners supported the decision with a 4-3 vote.

    "All the sites to me are good sites," Greene said moments before her decision, while crediting each proposal for incorporating programs to enhance minority involvement during the uncertainty over Scripps' future location. "It has made communities think out of the box as it relates to including diversity populations."

    County commissioners Karen Marcus, Jeff Koons and Chairman Tony Masilotti cast the remaining votes supporting FAU/Briger.

    During the anticipation leading into the vote, cast at about 1:45 p.m., Commissioners Mary McCarty and Burt Aaronson cast doubt whether the state would support Scripps in north county.

    The Scripps Research Institute and Scripps Florida Funding Corp. must approve contract changes to move the Florida campus from Mecca Farms to FAU/Briger.

    McCarty questioned the biotech spinoff cluster could indeed be captured in north county's plan, which identified available space within 10 and 20 miles of FAU/Briger.

    "I think that's a big risk there," McCarty said. "We have the most certainty with Boca."

    Prior to the vote, Aaronson called on Scripps Research Institute general counsel Doug Bingham to ask the company's stance.

    "I believe, without expressing a preference, that it would be very difficult to overlook the elements of a cluster that are already in place in Boca, or will be in place shortly," Bingham said.

    But when Aaronson asked about a January letter written by Bingham expressing support for any site the commissioners chose, Bingham said, "We wrote you a letter and we're standing by the letter."

    During the presentation period this morning, Abacoa developer George de Guardiola had outlined an education and economic plan to boost the black and minority communities.

    The plan includes a $1 million contribution a year for five years to be administered by a selected group of black leaders, with the money going to a menu of possibilities de Guardiola offered: scholarships; internships; mentor programs; services such as accounting, legal and financial; and gathering a yearly business expo for recruitment purposes.

    During questioning by McCarty, de Guardiola clarified that the board of black leaders would be created with Greene's advice.

    Also, de Guardiola said the ideas were a menu of possibilities, and that any or all of his proposed ideas could be funded, ultimately to be decided by the board.

    De Guardiola said the outreach would help take minorities "to the next level." Other ideas included redevelopment plans and having his business partners offer free office space in central and north Palm Beach County to minority business owners.

    The town of Jupiter on Monday night footed $3 million for similar economic development purposes.

    Abacoa beat out Florida Research Park and Boca Raton. Representatives of those sites also gave pitches this morning.

    Florida Research Park representatives had touted their location as the best to meet Gov. Jeb Bush's vision of a self-sustaining site to host Scripps and related biotechnology businesses.

    Attorney Cliff Hertz, speaking for the research park, called the location the "big tent site" because of all the businesses that could potentially be located at one place.

    Park officials had also dangled perks for minorities, including the creation of an enterprise research program, proposing $1 million up front and $100,000 each year for 10 years that would, among other things, offer minorities office space and fund expenses and create outreach programs.

    And Boca Raton officials had further sweetened their deal by offering to cut the county's potential costs by more than $6 million.

    Potential county costs to fit Scripps's 2 million square feet of buildings in Boca Raton initially came at just over $23 million, and the city offered to cover utility expansion and traffic impact costs while offering to pay nearly $3 million of the land costs, dropping the county's bill to $16,875,000, if Scripps were to come to the area.

    "Some have called this the Valentine's Day Massacre," Abrams said when introducing the south county's plan to cater to Scripps and spinoff biotech businesses. "All I'm here to do is give you a sweetheart deal."

    Delray Beach Mayor Jeff Perlman joined Abrams and Ahnell with the pitch, touting the city's workforce housing initiatives that could cater to scientists, and mentioned the $4 million Delray Beach and Boca Raton have offered to help minority and fledgling business owners.

    A 'momentous' decision
    Gov. Bush had made the case Monday for putting Scripps in Boca Raton.

    "The decision you make on Tuesday is a momentous one for our state," Bush had written to commissioners. "While no site is perfect, when we consider all the facts, some of the challenges are less acceptable than others."

    Though not explicitly ruling out any of the proposed homes for The Scripps Research Institute's Florida headquarters, Bush offered a detailed, 13-page analysis that rated Boca Raton's proposal higher than the others. Bush said the original site, Mecca Farms, and the Boca Raton proposal were the least problematic but conceded that Mecca's permitting and construction delays "greatly diminish the viability."

    "In short, the Mecca site can fulfill our vision, but its viability depends on the unwavering commitment of the county commission to do what is necessary to make it into reality," Bush said.

    In his letter, Bush said Boca Raton has what it takes to transform the state's Scripps investment into a biotechnology cluster on par with San Diego's. Bush has consistently expressed the need for any potential home to have 8 million square feet of space available for spinoff companies.

    Post staff writers Deana Poole, Stacey Singer, Susan R. Miller and Jennifer Sorentrue contributed to this story.
  • View author's info Posted on Feb 13, 2006 at 05:22 PM

    Tomorrow is D-Day. The Commissioners vote on which site to build on. With Bush picking Boca Raton, most so called experts expect the county commissioners to go along with him. Hopefully tomorrows vote will end this all and we can build!

    Boca gets Bush blessing as site for Scripps research park

    By Josh Hafenbrack
    Posted February 13 2006, 12:41 PM EST

    Gov. Jeb Bush said today that Boca Raton comes closest to meeting his vision for a Scripps Florida biotech cluster, giving the site a major boost on the eve of a crucial Palm Beach County Commission vote.

    Bush didn't specifically reject any of the three sites vying to replace the Mecca Farms orange grove as the home for a Scripps-anchored biotech development, but he raised concerns about both the Jupiter and Florida Research Park options.

    Commissioners are expected to pick a new home for the $600 million Scripps project on Tuesday.

    Boca Raton "can meet our shared vision for a very dense economic cluster surrounding a Scripps nucleus," Bush wrote to commissioners.

    The governor said Boca Raton's store of vacant land surrounding the proposed Scripps campus at the T-Rex Corporate Center is a key consideration. Also, there are relatively few obstacles to Scripps building its headquarters in Boca Raton, since no serious environmental issues have been raised, Bush added.

    Bush said the Jupiter option, which would put Scripps' offices at the Abacoa development and the Briger property in Palm Beach Gardens, doesn't have enough nearby land to meet his vision for a biotech cluster with at least 8 million square feet of research and development offices.

    The Florida Research Park poses too much uncertainty, the governor said. Environmental issues and planning permits could stall development at that site, he said.

    A federal judge stopped construction at Scripps Florida's original home, Mecca Farms, forcing the county to considering backup options. The process has mushroomed into a bidding war between Palm Beach County sites, which ends at Tuesday's landmark meeting.
  • View author's info Posted on Jan 03, 2006 at 12:45 AM

    Turtle_licious write:
    Whew...thought I was gonna have to return that snake bike kit!

    So what weekend you need help packing?! I'm ready for a road trip! PCH or Baja maybe???


    Not sure of the exact date, at least for a couple of weeks. Good thing that you still have the snake bite kit, boy was I shocked to find out water moccasins weren't some fancy shoe for the water!
  • View author's info Posted on Dec 30, 2005 at 01:39 PM

    I hope this is it! From todays Sun Sentenel:

    Scripps, FAU deal revealed

    Masilotti says Jupiter site costs only $7 million, ready to build

    By Josh Hafenbrack
    and Jennifer Peltz Staff Writers
    Posted December 30 2005

    The Scripps Research Institute and Florida Atlantic University have struck a deal that would place Scripps' headquarters on FAU's Jupiter campus at a deeply reduced $7 million price to Palm Beach County taxpayers, officials said.

    Scripps also would agree in writing to put a second phase of development anywhere the county chooses, Commission Chairman Tony Masilotti said Thursday -- including the county's two preferred sites, Mecca Farms or the Florida Research Park.

    With the slashed cost and speedy timetable, the compromise has the ingredients to jump-start the project, which is in line to get at least $600 million in taxpayer subsidies, Masilotti said.

    "I'm 100 percent behind the plan," said Masilotti, who participated in lengthy negotiations with Scripps President Dr. Richard Lerner and FAU President Frank Brogan.

    "Scripps can really start construction next week if they wanted to. This really solves all those [delay] issues, allows Scripps to move forward, and the scientists already at [Scripps' temporary labs in Jupiter] are extremely happy about it," Masilotti added.

    Rather than putting the California-based institute's Florida branch on the former Mecca Farms orange grove, Scripps would rise in Abacoa near Interstate 95, an urban development that has a baseball stadium, restaurants and upscale homes.

    Under the plan, Scripps would station its 364,000-square-foot headquarters on about 30 acres, leased from FAU for a nominal sum.

    Scripps and FAU also would share about 15 adjoining acres for natural and recreational space, such as jogging trails, Brogan said.

    In exchange, FAU would ask the county to forgive the $7 million to $8 million the school owes for construction of a 40,000-square-foot Scripps temporary lab. FAU gets that lab after Scripps scientists leave.

    The price marks a drastic discount from previous estimates, which placed the cost at $59 million when Scripps wanted to occupy 70 acres at the FAU site.

    "There are no other costs associated with it whatsoever," Masilotti said. "This is a huge change. [FAU] dropped the price from $60 million to basically nothing."

    Scripps' downsizing drove the price change, Brogan said.

    The original plan was far more expensive because FAU would have given up about twice as much land, forcing costly changes in plans to keep pace with campus growth, he said.

    "This most recent iteration gives us, we think, the most streamlined use of property, which allows us to continue our [growth] plan with far less reconfiguration," Brogan said. "... We think this is a very reasonable approach.

    "We're willing to look at this in any way, shape or form, as long as we can honor the [growth] plan of the university, and we can clearly do that under this plan."

    Brogan said the deal materialized over negotiations in the last several days, and comes as Scripps and FAU continue to forge academic and research ties.

    "This should not just be about a real estate deal," he said. "That's secondary."
  • View author's info Posted on Dec 12, 2005 at 07:38 PM

    Turtle_licious write:
    I just know the more work you put into it, the better it is!


    is that a voice of exerience?


    Turtle........., I never massage and tell!
  • View author's info Posted on Dec 12, 2005 at 05:15 PM

    Weenie write:

    UMMMMMM, Cobalt.....you consider that work!!!!!

    I just know the more work you put into it, the better it is!
  • View author's info Posted on Dec 12, 2005 at 01:22 PM

    Cobalt write:

    Work, work, work. I guess I'll do whatever it takes............

    UMMMMMM, Cobalt.....you consider that work!!!!!
  • View author's info Posted on Dec 12, 2005 at 12:47 PM

    Turtle_licious write:

    Of course I'll help...but I expect a long back rub after lifting all those boxes!

    Work, work, work. I guess I'll do whatever it takes............
  • View author's info Posted on Dec 12, 2005 at 08:03 AM

    Well congratulations then! I'm glad this is finally going through and you don't have to live in "limbo" anymore. Good luck to you sweetheart. Let's ride together once more time before you move. If you need help... you know where to find me :)
  • View author's info Posted on Dec 08, 2005 at 05:52 PM

    speedyjerry write:
    "Scripps chooses Abacoa for site"......Todays Headlines! log onto TCPalm dot com for complete story.

    Thanks Jerry. I check the PB Post everyday. Rumor has it that they want footings started in February. I just hope its not another ride on the roller coaster!
  • View author's info Posted on Dec 08, 2005 at 05:49 PM

    MIG_64 write:
    GovBush is talking about needing a "cluster to develop"? Well, I guess that's what happens in the progessive industrial world...1 big cluster uck! Well, if, You need help packing...looks like some injungirls & a turtle with help You, Cobalt! Probably help You unpack, too!!! Huh, girls??

    I think the the goverment have already created a cluster over the last couple of years. Thanks for the offer! Help unpacking would be great.
  • View author's info Posted on Dec 08, 2005 at 04:23 PM

    Jerry, so will we be seeing i 2 i ? Lol
  • View author's info Posted on Dec 08, 2005 at 09:07 AM

    "Scripps chooses Abacoa for site"......Todays Headlines! log onto TCPalm dot com for complete story.
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