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Crosscurrents Newsletter
a monthly publication of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc.  
May  2017
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In This Issue
New Members
New Captain Members
Member Anniversaries
Palm Beach Paddlefest
Paddlefest Volunteers
PBIBS Update
Loggerhead Marinas Sold
Aqua Sol News
Play Day
KDW Classic
Full Moon Wahoo e-Tournament
Manatees no longer classified as an endangered species
Florida Reef Diving and Snorkeling Expenses Survey
MIAPBC Text Alerts

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



Join Our List
AHOY! Welcome New Members 
Sea Hawk Paints
Brad Kleinsasser
14805 49th St North, Clearwater, FL 33763
Office: 727-523-8053
Email: Brad@seahawkpaints.com
Business Website: www.seahawkpaints.com

Sea Hawk is a family owned and operated American company for over 30 years. All Sea Hawk products are made with care and attention to every detail. Every gallon is inspected before it leaves the facility to ensure that it meets our stringent quality control requirements. Sea Hawk works better!

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 

Tony Coates

David Counterman 

George Dohn 

Patti Dohn 

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

Member Anniversaries 
Member Anniversaries
Blueline Surf & Paddle Co.(KIM)
DRSA (Daniel R. Smith & Associates, Inc.)(CATHY)
Essentia - Natural Memory Foam Mattresses(JASON)
Exclusive Yacht Group(BILL)
Gentile Glas Holloway O'Mahoney & Associates, Inc.(GEORGE)
Jupiter Outdoor Center(MAX)
Offshore Marine Electronics, Inc.(JOHN)
Riverwatch Marina & Boatyard(BILL)
Strong Recovery(TRACY)
Visit Palm Beach - Lake Park, FL(BRIAN)
Whiticar Boat Works(JIM)

Palm Beach Paddlefest


Also, a big thank you to Dry Pro and La Croix for their sponsorship! 

Palm Beach Paddlefest Volunteers

We are still in need of volunteers! 

Volunteer Area Shift: AM (9 AM - 1 PM) PM (1 PM - 5 PM) 
Paddle Valet 
Welcoming Greeters 
Race Registration/ Awards 
Dock Volunteers 
Volunteer Refreshing Station 
LaCroix Booth
Raffle Sales
Paddlefest Races (Other) 
Please email Stephanie, stephanie @marinepbc.org, if you can work a shift! 
All volunteers will receive a free Palm Beach Paddlefest shirt! We can also sign off on community service hours for students. 

PBIBS sees 14 percent gain in attendance

Trade Only Today 

The 32nd annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, which ran from March 23-26, wrapped up with positive reviews from organizers and exhibitors, as both cited docks and exhibit tents filled with enthusiastic attendees on all show days.

Organizers said this year's display of boats was the largest in the history of the show. The number of boats in the water increased by 6 percent from the 2016 show. The most dramatic growth occurred in the 80-to-100-foot category, which was up 17 percent.

Organizers said overall attendance exceeded the 2016 show by 14 percent.

"Year over year this show continues to grow in exhibitor participation and guest attendance, which speaks to both the strength of the boating industry and the unique, global appeal of Palm Beach as its location,"  Show Management senior vice president and COO Andrew Doole said in a statement.
Show Management manages and produces the show. It was the first boat show since that company was purchased by Informa plc, a London-based company that is looking to expand its global exhibitions business in the United States.

The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County owns the show.

Ranked among the top five yachting events in the world, the Palm Beach show featured more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts and accessories, including hundreds of boats ranging from small inflatables and tenders, center consoles and sportfishers to some of the largest yachts in the world. Organizers said all categories reported robust interest from qualified buyers.

"We saw increased traffic at this year's show and positive activity between brokers and clients," Fraser Yachts COO Mike Busacca said.  "Overall, the show atmosphere was optimistic and was a good showcase for us heading into the summer season."

This year's event featured a lineup of new yacht builders that included Amels, Feadship, Heesen, Moonen and Palumbo in a new Superyacht Villas section at the center of the show.

"The Palm Beach International Boat Show was a great experience. We really appreciated the quality of the visitors, as well as the international press attendance," Heesen Yachts public relations manager Sara Gioanola said. "We believe this show is a fantastic display opportunity."

Loggerhead Marina News

Suntex acquires 11 Loggerhead Marina properties

Suntex Marina Investors LLC has acquired the Loggerhead Marina portfolio, the companies announced Tuesday. Under the terms of the agreement, 11 Loggerhead Marina properties located throughout Florida now join the Suntex portfolio.

"This transaction will be transformational for Suntex and our efforts to continue to provide an unmatched customer experience around the country," said Bryan Redmond, founding principal of Suntex. "The Loggerhead marinas greatly expands our ability to offer our Suntex customers access to prime marina locations and amenities throughout the state of Florida."

"Not only are the Loggerhead properties the perfect complement to our existing marina portfolio, they share our deep and driving commitment to the environment and clean and responsible boating," added Mitchell E. Jones, prinicpal of Suntex. "Every Loggerhead property participates in the Responsible Boating Initiative and we will apply those same practices to all of our Suntex locations."

With Loggerhead's combined 2,300 slips, located in locations stretching from Miami to Daytona Beach and on Florida's west coast, this purchase makes Suntex Marinas the largest marina operator in Florida. All Loggerhead marina locations are designated "Clean Marinas" under the State's Clean Marina Program. 

Aqua Sol News

Aqua Sol Yacht Sales is pleased to welcome Tim Daley to our team. Originally hailing from Long Island, NY he is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran as well as a 25 year licensed captain and a lifelong boater, offshore fisherman, and SCUBA diver. Being a South Florida resident for many years Tim looks forward to passing on his passion of boating and the South Florida boating lifestyle to all of our clients. His contribution to our team is already apparent having his first listing within a month of joining us. Congratulations Tim! Contact him at tim@aquasolyachtsales.com 
Palm Beach Sailing Club News

"THANK YOU" for coming out to help clean-up our Lake Worth Lagoon on Earth Day. 
89.1 pounds of trash was collected & removed from the South Cove Islands near downtown WPB. It was great to see our PBSC Club members, youth sailors and other community volunteers come together to improve our marine environment.

South Florida Marine Play Day

Palm Beach County KDW Classic 
SET FOR JUNE 2nd & 3rd

The 15th annual Palm Beach County KDW Classic, one of Florida's largest fishing tournaments, returns to the Riviera Beach Marina on June 2nd & 3rd. The popular contest, co-hosted by the venerable West Palm Beach Fishing Club (WPBFC) and the City of Riviera Beach, routinely attracts over 200 boats and nearly 1,000 anglers. The KDW Classic is a family & friends oriented event, offering a wide range of prizes for adults and kids. There will be a total of $34,000 in guaranteed cash awards presented to anglers catching the heaviest kingfish, dolphin and wahoo, and to the top ten Junior anglers.

The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County has been the KDW Classic's presenting sponsor since the beginning. Numerous other sponsors participate in the event by underwriting cash awards and providing over $30,000 in raffle items and tournament giveaways. A variety of food trucks will be a new addition to the tournament Captain's party on Friday night this year.

Broad based support from sponsors, a great value to anglers, fun entertainment for the public and an ongoing commitment to give something back to the local community are why the KDW Classic has developed such a loyal following. Tournament proceeds have been used to create new artificial reefs, install reef saving mooring buoys, support the City of Riviera Beach scholarship fund and aid youth fishing programs produced by the Fishing Club's charitable affiliate, the Palm Beach County Fishing Foundation.

The tournament entry fee is $225 per boat before May 19th and $300 after May 19th (WPBFC members and sponsor marina tenants qualify for an early entry discount). The general public is invited to take part in the fun by watching the tournament weigh-in on the Riviera Beach Marina waterfront. Free prize giveaways will be distributed to those guessing the weight of fish coming to the scale. The weigh station, located on the north end of the marina bulkhead, opens at 12 noon and closes at 4pm on Saturday, June 3rd. For additional information call the WPBFC at (561) 832-6780 or visit www.kdwclassic.com.
Full Moon Wahoo e-Tournament Series

Full Moon Wahoo e-Tournament Series
Summertime Fishing at its Finest

West Palm Beach, FL - The West Palm Beach Fishing Club (WPBFC) is launching its first wahoo tournament centered around the three full moons of summer. Three separate Saturdays: June 10th, July 15th, and August 5th with the weigh station set up at Sailfish Marina. Cash payouts will be awarded to the top three boats of each full moon fishing day, and to the boat with the most aggregate weight from all three full moons. Tournament sponsors Penn, Bluefin USA, and Boone Bait are providing additional awards for winning teams.

The idea behind this e-tournament series is angler convenience. The "e" meaning electronic, stresses a simplistic registration & format. Just signup & fish. Tournament entry is only $60 per team, per full moon, or $150 for the whole series. You must be a WPBFC member to register a team, but anyone can participate as team members. The captain's meeting is optional to attend & will be held at Twisted Trunk Brewery on Thursday, June 8th at 6pm. If craft beer isn't incentive enough to come out, Pig-Sty BBQ is catering the event, at no charge to registered teams. If you're fishing this summer, you can't afford to miss this tournament with free food, free craft beer, cash payouts, awesome prizes, and a hot bite thanks to the full moon. Follow @westpalmbeachfishingclub on Instagram & Facebook for tournament details, updates and standings.

Annual membership in the WPBFC costs $80 for adults, $25 for juniors (age 10 - 18) and $15 for pee wee's (kids up to 9 years old). Family memberships are available for $150. There's a $15.00 processing fee for new members. For info on other WPBFC events, phone (561) 832-6780 or go to http://www.westpalmbeachfishingclub.org/

Federal officials: Manatees no longer classified as an endangered species

Tampa Bay Times 
Craig Pittman 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that the federal government are taking manatees - which have long been considered endangered since the first endangered species list came out in 1967 - down a notch to merely "threatened."

Federal officials called it a success story for the Endangered Species Act. The action was driven by a lawsuit by the libertarian group Pacific Legal Foundation, representing a group in Crystal River that opposes new protections for manatees there.

This is a developing story. Check tampabay.com updates.
Florida Reef Diving and Snorkeling Expenses Survey

NOAA is conducting a survey to determine the economic impacts of Florida's coral reefs - you can help by taking a few minutes to complete the survey.

Divers and snorkelers know how important coral reefs are-they spend lots of money to experience the underwater world, creating jobs and sales for Florida. But how much of an economic impact do reefs really have, and why should we care?

Information gained from this survey can help answer this question and help decision makers prioritize coral reef management and research.

Make a difference. If you've been diving or snorkeling in Florida in the last year, please take the survey. Your information could help protect Florida's coral reefs and help NOAA sustainably manage our nations marine resources.

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