Our beloved founders:
Anita and “Bonnie” Lankler
“She Made A Difference”
FJB Then and Now
We started in November 1994 with about 30 concerned people who loved the beach. Today we are 5,100 individuals, families and businesses. Our founding members…..Dick & Grete Fitzpatrick, John Turner, Vic Pisani, Barry Frank, Sandy & Anita Lankler..…together put up a total of $1,500 “seed money” to buy the first bags, boxes, poles, brackets, fliers, etc. Other “friends” sent generous donations to help. Since that beginning, we have been supported by hundreds of donations from local people who use our beach as well as from people all over the country who have visited Jupiter and send us letters and checks thanking us for this special beach. We have never received public funding. We would, however, like to express our appreciation to the officials and the employees of the Town of Jupiter who make it possible for us to contribute and function happily in this beautiful Town. We would like to thank the many members of the Press & Media who have helped us along the way. We have done our best to give back to this community by caring for our beach.
Our volunteers have cleaned Jupiter Beach on the first Saturday of each month since November 1994. We used to think we were doing very well if 15 of us showed up. Today, 100-200 of us show up! Today our schools are participating and we are teaching young people good citizenship by our example and their involvement. Today, local businesses and individuals are helping this effort with generous and enthusiastic support, making it possible for us to serve a beautiful breakfast under our 8 shade tents following each cleanup. Today, we donate 200,000 bags a year to keep our 25 boxes along the beach filled. At our inception, one person kept 10 boxes filled. FJB bags are also used at Jupiter Inlet Colony and F.I.N.D Park in the Bluffs, as well as in many neighborhoods in Jupiter. Today 25 different people each keep one box filled and very seldom is there an empty box. Today we send our 10 Team Captains with their groups of volunteers out all along the beach from the Jetty to the Pier. Today we patrol the beach; we offer Community Service credits to those who wish them; we reach out to the Community and work with other like-spirited organizations. Today, the County recognizes us as the official Adopt-a-Road organization and The Solid Waste Authority recognizes us as their OFFICIAL Adopt-A-Spot group of this stretch of Jupiter Beach. Today we have an outstanding Web-site, second to none! Today, our Newsletter goes out to our membership faithfully once a month. Today we use E-bulletins for quick communication. Today we hear from other communities asking to copy our ideas. Today we have evolved into a group of energetic volunteers who enjoy giving and sharing and doing this “happy work”. Today, the very best thing we have to offer is a most talented group of leaders who have come together, become involved, and in so doing, are giving something truly unique back to this community.
I would like to thank all of THE FRIENDS OF JUPITER BEACH who have helped along the way, in any and all ways, and to let you know that we are entering the new century with vim, vigor and the strength of a harmonious group. My wish for FJB is that this spirit will stay with us always.