Elin Nordegren walks the beach today

Life here along the Jupiter to Palm Beach Gardens corridor is full of celebrities and it is not uncommon to run into them. Once at the South Florida Fair, I found Andres Galarraga, The Big Cat, standing in the shadows holding a stuffed bear he won on the midway (maybe throwing baseballs?). And, I used to run into the Nicklaus boys, Jackie and Gary, quite frequently around Palm Beach Gardens.

Around the Jupiter Inlet, Alan Jackson showed up at the Square Grouper and filmed a video there with Jimmy Buffett who lives on the island of Palm Beach. Greg Norman used to travel through the Inlet aboard his sport fishing boat, "Aussie Rules". And Alan Jackson keeps his fishing boat, "Hullbilly" close to the Inlet for fast getaways.

While visiting on Jupiter Island one day, I was surprised to see Lee Trevino working on his golf clubs in the garage next door while his caddie, Herman, sat on a cart and I listened as they talked about the behind the scenes happenings on the PGA Tour. Joe Namath must like Burger King since I have bumped into him there a few times.

Other golf notables in the area include Nick Price, Briny Baird, Steve Marino and Rickie Fowler.

So when Tiger Woods scooped up $ 38 million dollars worth of Jupiter Island real estate to begin building his compound he joined the crowd who discovered our paradise before him. After his marriage crumbled, Elin Nordegren (ex-Mrs. Tiger Woods) began to hunt for a home and settled on a $ 12.3 oceanfront mansion in Seminole Landing. Ben Hogan once said that if he could only play one golf course for the rest of his life it would be Seminole. And Sean Connery has popped in for a round.

The house she purchased was reportedly not economically feasible to restore and since the value was really in the land, it was demolished after she donated $ 300,000 worth of furnishings to Habitat for Humanity in Martin County. All that's left is the real estate and the trees.

Today I found her walking the beach near the new home site with a couple of friends, her two kids and their two dogs. Yogi, the black and white dog seen in past Woods family pictures, came over to visit for awhile after he found something cool in the seaweed. I took this shot of the group returning up to the construction location.

So, even in an area filled with celebrities it is always a kick to run into another one. I hope Elin, Tiger, the kids, his mother along with Yogi and his buddy find this area as wonderful as we do.

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