Jupiter Islander John Payson, prominent art lover and collector with ties to Maine, dies at 76

From The Portland Press Herald: “Payson attended Bowdoin College and received a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University in California. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the Maine College of Art and an honorary doctorate of laws from Pepperdine. In addition to his devotion to the arts, Payson loved vintage cars and organized several car shows in Florida … Click here to read more

Did Ponce de Leon really land at Jupiter Inlet?

TCPalm’s Eve Samples details the “Viva Florida 500” arguments for several different landing sites: Jupiter Island almost was omitted from the debate about Ponce de Leon’s arrival — until longtime island resident John Payson spoke up. “I said, ‘I’m here to make a claim for the town of Jupiter Island and the Jupiter Inlet,'” recalled Payson, an art dealer who is planning a daylong celebration on Jupiter Island for April 2. … Click here to read more

AgTec, Extreme Water Sports, Patrick Hayes: big losers with Martin residents

Stuart News columnist Eve Samples interviews Jupiter Island resident John Payson, conservationist and famed art dealer, who has little respect or sympathy left for Martin County Commissioner Patrick Hayes, who cast one of three votes in support of the Extreme Sports park. The park is planned for 111 acres on Bridge Road between I-95 and Florida’s Turnpike — what is now a largely agricultural parcel. … Click here to read more