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Life in Jupiter

Jupiter is a serene, residential community in the northern part of Palm Beach County. Part of what is commonly known as Florida's Treasure Coast, the sunshine and warm weather make it possible to enjoy Jupiter's beautiful beaches year-round. Especially pleasant is the lack of tourist traffic found elsewhere in coastal Florida, on both the roads and the beaches. The last decade has brought a steady increase of residents, resulting in a population growth of approximately twenty-five percent. New residents have created a demand for carefully planned new home communities. One of these communities is Abacoa – home to FAU's Jupiter campus, Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute.

Florida is quickly on its way to becoming a mecca for bioscience research. In addition to Max Planck Florida Institute and Scripps Florida, there exists a wealth of organizations devoted to research in the area of life sciences. BioFlorida is one such organization. A self-proclaimed "trade association for the bioscience industry," BioFlorida encompasses over two hundred companies and research organizations.



Jupiter's history is rich in folklore. It is reported that several Indian tribes inhabited Jupiter and the surrounding areas upon the arrival of the first Spanish visitors, led by the infamous Ponce de Leon, in 1513. One of these tribes was the Jobe, pronounced "HO-bay" by the Spanish. As a result, the local river received the name Rio Jobe. In 1763, Spain ceded Florida to Britain, and upon examination of a map dated 1742, the British found the name of the river written as Rio Jove. When naming the area surrounding the river, the British anglicized the name Jove (the Roman name for Zeus) to their version of Jupiter.

According to Roman mythology, Jupiter is the chief Roman god and husband of Juno. This inspired the neighboring village to adopt the name 'Juno Beach'.


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