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Crosscurrents Newsletter
a monthly publication of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc.  
September  2017
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In This Issue
Scam Emails
Member Anniversaries
Hurricane Harvey
New Members
New Captain Members
Membership Awards
Chase'n Tailz KDW
Frigibar News
United Yacht Sales News
Job Opening
NMMA Study
MIAPBC Text Alerts
Old Port Cove

Crosscurrents is published by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County in an effort to provide its members with information that will educate, while enabling members to increase networking with other marine industry businesses.



Board of Directors


Michael Kennedy, President

Ranger Construction


Mike Samuels, VP

Viking Yachts Service Center 


Bruce Grout, Treasurer

New Port Cove Marine Center


Mark Crosley, Secretary

Florida Inland Navigation District 





Jim Burg

Castaways Marina


Kendall Cheatham

Palmdale Oil Company


Lou Daniello

Barnacle Busters/Stain Busters


Tamra Fitzgerald

Venue Marketing Group


 George Gentile

Gentile Glas Holloway O'Mahoney & Associates, Inc.


Martin Murphy, Jr.

Murray Logan Construction


Jason Sprague



John Sprague

JH Sprague Consulting


Tyson Waters

Loggerhead Marina





Chuck Collins

Executive Director


 Alyssa Freeman 

Operations Director


Stephanie Brown

Administrative Assistant




Contact Info 


1208 US Highway One 

Suite B

North Palm Beach, FL  33408


P.O. Box 10576

Riviera Beach, FL 33419


(561) 863-0012



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Scam Emails 
Dear Members,

We would like to apologize for the influx of spam emails being disbursed to our members. We are working to rectify the issue by switching to a new, more secure server. The issue should be resolved in 30 to 60 days. In the meantime, we have removed the email portion of our website's membership directory. To protect your computer, please disregard all spam emails sent from a domain other than marinepbc.org or through Constant Contact. Refrain from opening any included attachments that look suspicious. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience. 

-MIAPBC Board of Directors & Staff

Member Anniversaries 

Member Anniversaries
Castaways Sailing, Inc.(ELIZABETH ANNE)
Cummins Cederberg - Coastal & Marine Engineering(JASON)
E. J. Schrader Mattress Company,Inc.(BLAIR)
JSM Brokerage, Inc.(JOHN)
Key Private Bank(RAYMOND)
Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.(ALFRED)
Marine Industry Education Foundation(ANDY)
Marine Vinyl Fabric .com(DAVID)
Mariner Marine(BILL)
Oasis Outsourcing Holdings, LLC(MIKE)
Palm Beach Marine Fuel, LLC(PHIL)
Pierson Grant Public Relations(DANIEL)
Refit Show(JAMES)
Venue Marketing Group(TAMRA)

In effort to support the people in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey, The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is accepting donations beginning August 29th, 2017.

Items can be dropped off at 5444 Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach Florida 33407 through Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Donations will be accepted from 9:00am to 6:00pm weekdays and 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday.

The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is being supported by Crane Worldwide who will provide transportation of the supplies to the Huston Astros for community distribution.

Any donations are welcome and appreciated. Please see a list of preferred items below:
* Non-perishable food items
* Bottled water
* Blankets
* Diapers
* Underwear and socks
* Toilet paper
* Small bottles of bath essentials
* Dental hygiene essentials
* Animal crates
* Dry animal food
* Baby food and formula
* Flashlights
* Batteries

Please dedicate all cash donations to approved organizations participating in hurricane relief efforts among others listed below:

* American Red Cross. To donate visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED Cross or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
* The Salvation Army: To donate visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769.

AHOY! Welcome New Members 
Ocean Currents Marine Inc.
4781 Congress Ave, Lantana, FL 33462
Rob Cote 
Website: oceancurrentsmarine.com   

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

Let us know if you would like to be our featured member in our next, or upcoming, newsletter. It's easy, and it's a great way to promote yourself (and your business) to other members who may not know you yet.   Email Alyssa at alyssa@marinepbc.org for the form.
AHOY! Welcome New Captain Members 
   Richard Baumgart 

Neil Borland

Austin Burkett

Michael Connell

Mike Iuanceuiz

Mike Mignore 

Eric Neidorf

CHris Shaffner
Scott Temple 


Members save more than  $4,000 in discounts for fuel, dockage, 
maintenance, accessories, and more!

Membership Awards 

It's time to honor YOU, our loyal members! 

Join us for an awards ceremony r ecognizing members with 10, 20, and 30 years of membership. In addition, MIAPBC will award a Member of the Year. 

 Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sandpiper's Cove
 116 Lakeshore Dr, North Palm Beach, FL 33408

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Members: Free

Non-Members: $40

Enjoy several delicious food stations and a cash bar. 


You have to come to the awards to find out! 
10 Years of Membership
Eastern Marine Services, Inc.
D.S.L.I., Inc.
FCM Yacht Sales/ Florida Coast Marine, Inc.
Mariner Marine
20 Years of Membership
C & L Insurance, Inc.
Florida Inland Navigation District
Loggerhead Marina
West Palm Beach Fishing Club

30 Years of Membership

Doctor Klear, Inc.

NEW: Why Port of Palm Beach OK'd second cruise ship despite concerns
Palm Beach Post 
By:  Susan Salisbury
A second cruise ship is slated to join the popular Grand Celebration at the Port of Palm Beach by May 2018. Plans call for the ships to sail on two-night cruises to Freeport on alternating days.

Another cruise ship is a logical way for the port to boost revenues. The $117 billion cruise industry is growing, with a record 24.2 million passengers cruising globally in 2016 and 25.3 million forecast to sail this year.

For the port, it's simply a way to boost business. That need was more compelling than concerns about traffic, noise, boating safety, manatees, or the potential need for dredging brought to the commission's attention.

On Aug. 17, the port commission unanimously approved a 10-year agreement for the addition of a second passenger ship. The port's executive director Manuel Almira and Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line officials have signed the contract.

The contract covers both the Grand Celebration, which already sails to the Bahamas every other day, and another ship being acquired by the cruise line, the NeoClassica.

All of this is to the chagrin of the Town of Palm Beach and several community and environmental groups that said they learned of the proposal to bring a second cruise ship to the port only a few days before the commission took it up on Aug. 17. The port moved too quickly and should have asked for their input, they said.

The Save Our Inlet Coalition, the Town of Palm Beach, the Sea-to-Shore Alliance, and the Everglades Law Center asked the commission to delay the decision to bring in another cruise ship until the potential impact on nearby residents, traffic, the port's 25 tenants, the safety of recreational users of the inlet and manatees could be thoroughly reviewed, but the elected body OK'd the agreement.
Commissioner Wayne Richards directed port staff to meet with the Town of Palm Beach in the upcoming months and said, "We have addressed their concerns."

Richards told cruise officials, "I am very excited that you are adding a second ship. I have always said if an entity does not grow, it is dying. That is true for the port and for your business. It's critical for me as well that the local community benefit." Read more.

Chase'n Tailz KDW

Frigibar Industries, Inc. Has Moved
Frigibar Industries, Inc. Has Moved to West Palm Beach After 46 Years in Miami Florida

Frigibar Industries, a manufacturer of marine refrigeration units, is moving their headquarters from Miami, Florida to West Palm Beach, Florida. The move brings the company closer to home for President and Owner Shuly Oletzky.

After more than 46 years, Frigibar Industries Inc., the manufacturer of premium American-made marine refrigeration units and freezers for boats and yachts, is relocating from Miami, Florida to West Palm Beach.

"The Frigibar team is looking forward to being part of the marine industry community in Palm Beach," says Frigibar President Shuly Oletzky. "We look forward to growing in our new home while continuing to provide excellent products and service to all of our customers-in all of South Florida and around the world." Oletzky has resided in Palm Beach County for over 16 years and is thrilled to bring the company "home" to their new location at 5770 Columbia Circle in West Palm Beach.

The new facility is located off of Hill Avenue on Columbia Circle, just south of Merchants Metals and east of Factory Direct Supply WPB. The move brings Frigibar closer to local marine industry staples, including Rybovich Marina, Suntex Marina at Riviera Beach, American Yacht Restoration, Gulfstream Marine, Beard Marine Group and numerous others.

Frigibar Industries, Inc. was established in 1971 by Oletzky's father, a twenty-one-year veteran of the United States Navy and aerospace engineer, Sheldon Oletzky. Shuly has led operations of the business since 2009. The Frigibar brand has continued to grow and remains a symbol of quality and dependability within the marine refrigeration industry.

Frigibar products, which include handcrafted and custom-built freezer/refrigerator units, fiberglass cockpit freezers, dock boxes, insulated fish boxes, ice chests, and more, are available online at Frigibar.com.

"My family and our team is incredibly proud to have called Miami home for decades and I'm grateful for all support we received in and from the community," says Oletzky. Oletzky plans to maintain Frigibar's involvement and support of the Miami marine industry community. Frigibar plans to continue to exhibit at the Miami International Boat Show.

To learn more about the move and Frigibar Industries, Inc. contact info@frigibar.com or call Frigibar at 305-757-7697. View the Frigibar product catalog at Frigibar.com/products.  
Newport International Boat Show 
"Marc Jobin, along with United Yacht Sales and Heritage Yachts, will be at the Newport International Boat Show this year, which runs from Thursday, September 14 through Sunday, September 17.  We will be introducing the Heritage Yachts 82 Palm Beach Motor Yacht, which will make its official US debut at the 2018 Newport Boat Show.  Please contact Marc at (561) 310-1360 or Marc@unitedyacht.com for more information, or click here to view the specifications of the Palm Beach 82.  We look forward to seeing you at the show!"

Job Opening: Cracker Boy Boat Works 
Administrative Assistant needed for busy boat yard office located in Riviera Beach. We are a working boat yard (not a marina).

We are open M-F 8-5 and Saturday 8-12, successful applicant should be available for Saturday hours.

Applicants should have:

General bookkeeping experience and good working knowledge of MS Excel, Word and Outlook
Exceptional phone, organizational and customer service skills
Dependable transportation and be on time and reliable.
Marine industry or boating background a plus.

Duties include but are not limited to:
Billing and accounts receivable.
Coding incoming vendor invoices & submitting for payment.
Data entry, filing, & customer service support.
Marine store sales and purchasing.
Scheduling and cost estimating.

Please submit resume with salary requirements and any personal information that would make you the perfect fit for our office. Feel free to call us or come by our office to learn more about the position.

NMMA Study: 142 million Americans went boating last year 
Trade Only Today 

An estimated 142 million Americans went boating in 2016 - 36 percent of U.S. households - according to the 2016 Recreational Boating Participation Study, which was released today.

Released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and Discover Boating, the study showed that of the 142 million, 17 million individuals were first-time participants, and half of these first-time participants were children under age 18.
Of those Americans who went boating in 2016, those who spent the most hours on the water or engaged in fishing and water sports were more likely to consider purchasing a boat.

"The results of the new Recreational Boating Participation Study illustrate the breadth of recreational boating in the United States and the opportunity for our industry to get more Americans on the water and ultimately buying boats - exploring emerging markets such as Hispanics, reaching younger boaters and encouraging those already active in boating to pursue boat ownership,"  said NMMA president Thom Dammrich in a statement.

"The study makes clear what we all know as boaters - the more time spent on the water, the more likely someone is to become a boat owner," Dammrich said. "As an industry it is our job to help people spend more time on the water and facilitate the boating and boat-buying process, whether that's through lobbying for improved access and infrastructure, nurturing active boaters through marketing or providing more accessible ways to try boating through such things as classes or rental opportunities." Read more.

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