Jupiter Inlet Commission
District 4

Gail P. Whipple

  • Age: 67
  • City: Jupiter
  • Family: Domestic partner, no children
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Bachelor of science in math/education, State University at Albany, NY
    • Recent job: Retiree (2009-present)
  • Retiree (2009-present)
  • Executive consultant, Whipple Associates (2006-2009)
  • Executive, IBM Corp. (1973-2006)
  • Previous races

    This candidate has not previously run for office.

    Committees appointed to and serving on

  • Chairman, Beach Committee, Town of Jupiter
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    Briefly highlight your key campaign issues and positions.
    Want to keep the Jupiter Inlet safe for navigation. Believe the waterways, including the Jupiter Inlet, Intracoastal Waterway and the Loxahatchee River should support living shorelines and contribute to healthy recreation for those who use them and the adjoining beaches.
    Should the inlet district push for changes to Brightline to try to prevent backups for boaters at the Loxahatchee River bridge?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your position on Brightline.
    Brightline can and should work with local authorities to optimize their rail business while helping to mitigate the effects of the increased train traffic on the communities along their routes.
    The Jupiter Inlet District most of its multimillion-dollar budget for dredging of the Jupiter Inlet. Are you satisfied with the dredging?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your position on dredging.
    The hotspots south of the Jupiter Inlet jetties show increased beach erosion. The Jupiter Inlet District mitigates the effects of the jetties by dredging sand from the Inlet and placing it on the beach to replace most of that which is lost from the jetties. As long as the quantity of sand replaced is approximately equal to that displaced by the jetties, the annual dredging is achieving its objective.
    Do you support the inlet district contributing its tax revenue to beach renourishment to make up for state and federal cuts to renourishment?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your position on beach renourishment.
    The beaches are constantly eroding. Since Jupiter's beaches are a mainstay of its attraction to tourists, visitors and residents, the beaches must be maintained and enhanced to preserve their appeal. Periodic renourishment is necessary to replace sand on the beaches and the dunes that protect property, facilities and access for beachgoers. This renourishment activity should be shared among Federal, State and local agencies as is maintenance of other infrastructure such as roads and bridges.

    Competitors for this race

    Shawn Ray Lopez

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