Changes on the way for Love Street in Jupiter

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Changes on the way for Love Street in Jupiter (WPEC)

This weekend brings change and sadness to one spot in Jupiter.

Love Street is about to undergo a makeover, a construction project that will bring a commercial development to the quiet two lane street.

It's name says it all.

Some people have fallen in love with this part of Jupiter. And for them, saying goodbye isn’t easy.

“It kinda breaks my heart,” said Max Park, a Jupiter Outdoor Center employee.

Park came here from Chicago four years ago. She’s a certified paddleboard instructor and tour guide at Jupiter Outdoor Center, which sits on the on the Intracoastal Waterway right across from the Jupiter Lighthouse.

The business is run out of a thatch-roofed tiki hut, and Sunday will be their last day at this location.

“You fall in love with something and it changes and you know, you wish it didn’t have to,” Park said.

The hut rents out kayaks and paddleboards, and has been at the end of Love Street for four years.

They have to close to make way for construction of a development, which includes office space, restaurants, and retail shops.

“Where else do you get to just walk on, park, get in a boat and get on the water? It’s like old Florida, it’s quaint, rustic,” she said.

Those who make a living running commercial fishing boats also have to pack up and leave.

For years, they’ve tied up at a dock at the end of Love Street, but were told they had to be out of there by Friday.

The owner of a boat called Reef Rat, says he doesn’t like it, but change is gonna happen. He said you’ve gotta go with the flow, as he headed out to sea from the Love Street dock for the last time.

This quiet spot on the water has a charm and personality that some say is irreplaceable.

“There is a bit of sadness and frustration that comes with the fact that we have to move from this fabulous location,” said Rick Clegg, Jupiter Outdoor Center owner.

“I think it’s one of the last unique little spots in Jupiter that isn’t covered in cement,” Park said.

As for the fishing boats, some have gone to Port Salerno, south of Stuart.

The Jupiter Outdoor Center will stay in business, but operate out of another building down the street.

They hope to come back here, after the new retail project is finished in about a year and a half.