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Crosscurrents Newsletter
a monthly publication of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc.  
July  2017
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In This Issue
Member Anniversaries
New Members
New Captain Members
Movers and Shakers
LMC Donation
Riverbend Park
Rowing to New York from Miami
South Florida Marine News
United Yacht Sales News
Local Reefs
KDW Classic Post-Event

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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Member Anniversaries 
Member Anniversaries
C & L Insurance, Inc.(MIKE)
CareerSource Palm Beach County(STEVE)
Marine Construction, Inc(DANIEL)

AHOY! Welcome New Members 
Blue Heron Docks LLC
Ryan Nagel 
389 East Blue Heron Blvd, Riviera Beach, FL 33404 
Office: 561-844-3573
Email: ryan@blueheronfishing.com 
Website: blueherondocks.com 

Blue Heron Docks LLC is conveniently located minutes from the crystal clear waters of Palm Beach Inlet and Peanut Island. We have deep water draft slips accommodating vessels up to 110 feet with finger piers. No fixed bridges. 24-hour security with fenced in parking, and security cameras throughout the facility. 50/30 amp power stations with fresh water and WIFI. Bathrooms with showers for Men and Women. Custom built shaded fish fillet table. Publix Supermarket and laundry facilities within a 2-minute walk. Palm Beach International Airport is a 15-minute drive.

Blue Heron Fleet LLC
Ryan Nagel 
389 East Blue Heron Blvd, Riviera Beach, FL 33404 
Office: 561-844-3573
Email: ryan@blueheronfishing.com 
Website: blueheronfishing.com 

Blue Heron Fleet LLC was established in 1955 by Capt. Harry Nagel. The fishing fleet has been family owned and operated with the third generation currently at the helm. Blue Heron offers excellent year round offshore reef fishing at a great price. Corporate fishing,intracoastal cruises, and offshore transactions a specialty.

MJ Yacht Sales 
Marc Jobin 
719 Manatee Bay Drive, Boynton Beach, FL 33435 
Office: 561-310-1360 
Email: jobinmarcmsn@gmail.com
Website: PBYachtBroker.com 

I work as Yacht Broker with United Yacht Sales of Palm Beach. We are the exclusive US Dealer/Distributor for Heritage Yachts - www.heritageyachts.org.

Northwestern Mutual 
Rich Miller 
3300 PGA Blvd, #400, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 
Office: 561-685-5154
Email: rich.miller@nm.com

I am a Certified Financial Planner. My clients come to me for offensive and defensive financial planning; both personal and for the business. We help with tax planning, investment planning and insurance planning. I strategize with clients to reduce their financial stress so they can concentrate on the things they truly enjoy in life.

Marina, Dockage 

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 


Guy Bartels
Robert Fountain
George Bingham
Tom Hollandsworth 
Jeffrey Bishop
Cliff Jansen
Cindy Brown
Carl Lombrdu
Ed Crawford 
Tim Massey
Billy Davis 
Bonnie Schaufele
Blythe Denny
Angie Sherlock 
Michelle DePotter
Mark Smith 
Butch Farrell 
Kari Townsend
Kris Farrell 
Billy Velix
Tim Fickling
Scott Weiss

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

Nominations open for 2017 Movers & Shakers

Boating Industry is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Movers & Shakers. We're looking for leaders who haven't been afraid to take chances, to rethink the way they do business, to embrace the challenges facing the marine industry.

Nominees can be from any company, group or association in the industry.

You can nominate yourself, someone from your company or any other individual you feel is improving the industry.

The Mover & Shaker of the Year, along with finalists and other selected nominees, will be featured in the October issue of Boating Industry and recognized at the IBEX Industry Breakfast, September 19 in Tampa.

Click here for more information or to make a nomination.

Applications are due July 10.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center 

Loggerhead Marinelife Center  hosted our June Marine Mingle. We were thrilled to present them with a check for $10,000! The MIAPBC will continue to support LMC, the turtles, and the health of our ocean and planet! Find out how you can help at  www.marinelife.org

New, detailed look at Jupiter Riverbend Park's $3M overhaul

By: Bill DiPaolo
Palm Beach Post 

The  $3 million in improvements of Riverbend/Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park, which many park users say are long overdue, is on schedule to roll out in late August.

Many are looking forward to what they say is the biggest step forward - drinking water and toilets at the 1-square-mile  county park on the south side of Indiantown Road about a mile west of Florida's Turnpike.

"It's going to be so nice to fill my water bottle here in the park and not have to use an outhouse. That was getting a little old," said Betsy Gunn, a Lake Worth resident who was unloading her bicycle for a ride down the trail with several friends on a recent afternoon in the park.
Riverbend is  becoming a recreation hub and the current improvements will give kayakers, hikers, bicycle riders and equestrians an alternative to driving, Palm Beach County officials say. Riverbend connects to Northeast Everglades Natural Area,  Northeast Everglades Trail, Bluegill Trail and Ocean-to-Lake Trail systems.

Five more miles of the  Bluegill Trail opened in November. Pedestrians, hikers, cyclists and equestrians now have access from Riverbend south to Grassy Waters Preserve in West Palm Beach.
Palm Beach County's Bluegill Trail follows the eastern side of the C-18 Canal between Riverbend Park in Jupiter and Karen T. Marcus Sandhill Crane Access Park in Palm Beach Gardens.

The first 5-mile section from Riverbend Park south to Sandhill Crane Park on the north side of PGA Boulevard, just west of Mirasol, opened about three years ago. The 10-foot-wide trail is made of asphalt rock that is especially popular with mountain bikers. Read More.
Rowing to New York from Miami - What a Daunting Journey!

By Sue Morgan, Marketing Director, Old Port Cove Holdings, Inc.

Last Thursday, on a hot and sticky June evening, Old Port Cove Marina had the pleasure to host Greg Dougherty, President of the Covington Diocese World Apostolate of Fatima Division in Kentucky and his 18' rowboat. You see Greg, is on a rowing excursion, a mere 1400 or so miles, from Miami to New York in an 18' rowboat named the "Santa Maria de la Fatima."  
Upon meeting Greg, of course, my first question was "Why would you undertake such a monumentous trip.? In a gentle voice filled with purpose he explained a great desire to raise awareness, show his dedication to and inspire children and families to have a relationship with Our Lady of Fatima. His desire was born following an event that occurred while in the tail effects of Hurricane Bertha in an ocean row boat 100 miles off the coast of Barbados. I can only imagine...or maybe I can't! 
I found Greg to be an inspirational man with humor and wit and we joked about how skinny he'd be at the end of the trip. Suffice it to say, we were thrilled to contribute albeit it in a very small way his big journey. While the row boat was docked for the night, Greg stayed at the Passionist Monastery Retreat nearby. I'm certain he was much more comfortable there than the previous when circumstances led up to him sleeping onboard in West Palm Beach. Greg does have a rowing partner Gerald Sargent, a British Catholic but he had been delayed due to his duties with the Royal Marine. They trained together in the English Channel. 

I'd like to take the opportunity to encourage our marina neighbors along the eastern seaboard, to welcome Greg and his team with open arms to help them along their way. Also,  please take pictures and post them to your social media channels to help spread the word! 

The entire crew here at Old Port Cove Marina wish Greg & Gerald fair winds and calm seas for the remainder of their inspirational rowing adventure! 
To learn more, click the following website, Rowing4Fatima.co 

South Florida Marine 

South Florida Marine (formerly South Florida Mastercraft) just took on the Proline Center Console and Bay boat line. For years our passion was water sports and in the last few years started to sell Pontoon boats as well. As our sons get older their passion for fishing and being out in the big blue waters of South Florida have inspired my husband and I to tackle the Proline Center console and bay boat brand. We are proud of the brand and have gotten to know the product and feel passionate about selling it. We are still a Mastercraft and Premier pontoon dealer and will continue to be along with the Proline's. Check out  www.southfloridmarine.com for more information! 

United Yacht Sales

United Yacht Sales is excited to announce that we have recently entered into an agreement with Heritage Yachts, designating United Yacht Sales as the exclusive dealer/distributor for the U.S. market.  Heritage Yachts is a new line of semi-custom classic American motoryachts, ranging from 60 to 156 feet.  The first model to be built is the Palm Beach 82 Flushdeck, which is due to arrive in the U.S. by the Fall of 2018.  These beautiful yachts are designed by C. Raymond Hunts Associates and built in the same factory as Selene Yachts.

We are also the U.S. distributor for the semi-custom center console brands Gulfstream Yachts and Chaos Boats, built by MHM Marine of North Carolina.  These two lines represent boats from 16' to 52' in length, including the brand-new Michael Peters design Gulfstream 52 with enclosed and climate controlled helm deck, due to be released later this year from the Sea Force IX facility in Tampa, FL.

For more information, please visit PBYachtBroker or contact Marc Jobin directly at (561) 310-1360 / Marc@UnitedYacht.com.  Happy boating!

Interested in helping our local reefs? 

Interested in helping our local reefs? Participate in the 7th Annual Southeast Florida Reef Cleanup, hosted by our local dive shops!

Palm Beach County Opportunities

* Paradise Below Diving

o Saturday, July 22nd
o Dockside Check-in: 7:30 AM
o To register, call 855-968-3483
o Riviera Beach Marine
200 E 13th St.
Riviera Beach, FL

* Loggerhead Dive Charters

o Saturday, July 22nd
o Dockside Check-in: 7:30 AM
o To register, call 561-588-8686 or email charters@loggerheadcharters.com
o Boynton Harbor Marina
735 Casa Loma Blvd
Boynton Beach, FL
 * Starfish Enterprise

o Saturday, July 22nd
o Dockside Check-in: 7:30 AM
o To register, call 561-212-2954 or email divestarfish@gmail.com
o Boynton Harbor Marina
735 Casa Loma Blvd
Boynton Beach, FL

* Narcosis Dive Charters

o Sunday, July 23rd
o Dockside Check-in: 12:30 PM
o To register, call Cpt Van at 561-630-0606 or email divenarcosis@hotmail.com
o Riviera Beach Marina
200 E 13th St.
Riviera Beach, FL

* Jupiter Dive Center

o Sunday, July 23rd
o Shop Check-in: 12:30 PM
o To register, go to www.jupiterdivecenter.com and choose "book a dive" or call 561-745-7807
o 1001 North Hwy A1A Alternate
Jupiter, FL

* Pura Vida Divers

o Sunday, July 23rd

o Check-in: 7:45 AM
o To register, call 561-840-8750
o Lake Park Marina
105 Lake Shore Dr.
Riviera Beach, FL

* Calypso Dive Charters

o Sunday, July 23rd
o Dockside Check-in: 7:30 AM for morning dive, 12:30 PM for afternoon dive
o To register, call Cpt Luis Roman at 561-222-3822
o 200 E 13th St.
Riviera Beach, FL

KDW Classic Yields Nice Catches & Great Stories

Light rain may have blanketed this year's Palm Beach County KDW Classic headquartered out of Riviera Beach Marina on June 3rd, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the 236 registered teams. The KDW Classic, hosted by the venerable West Palm Beach Fishing Club (WPBFC) and the City of Riviera Beach, is among the largest one-day saltwater tournaments in Florida. Despite the soggy conditions, participation was excellent and teams caught some very respectable fish. Calm sea conditions in the morning allowed boats to easily venture offshore in pursuit of kingfish, dolphin and wahoo.

One of the first fish to hit the scale this year ended up being the tournament winning wahoo, a 46-pound torpedo landed by thirteen year old Dillon Duchrow aboard the Fishician. Dillon made his fantastic catch on a Penn spinning reel, using a live sardine with mono leader from a 20-foot bay boat. Not exactly the standard approach to catching big wahoo. "We poured water on the reel because line was going out so fast we were afraid it was going to burn up. When we got the fish in the boat the mono leader was jammed in between its teeth like dental floss. It was a miracle catch. This was such a special day for us," said Dillon's family friend Rusty Wilkerson who was boat number 236, the last to register. It was also Dillon's first ever wahoo. "You just can't make this stuff up! It goes to show you that one bite, one fish is all it takes. Dillon will be telling that story for a long time. He's a wahoo fisherman for life now!" said WPBFC Chairman and tournament weigh master Pete Schulz of Fishing Headquarters in Jupiter. The second heaviest wahoo was a 21.5 pound fish landed by Austin Burkett on Second Wind.

The heaviest dolphin this year weighed 22.2 pounds and was caught by angler Rob Svenson aboard the boat To The Point. The second heaviest dolphin of the tournament, a 13.7 pound mahi, was landed by Breeana Porcelain aboard the Strictly Business. Each year the KDW Classic collects gender, weight and length data on dolphin caught in the tournament. The data is sent to the Dolphinfish Research Program based in Charleston, South Carolina, to aid studies related to age, growth and distribution of the species. Over 50 dolphin were sampled this year.

Tony Greaton, fishing aboard Seapremacy, was this year's big winner in the KDW Classic. Greaton landed a 47.0 pound kingfish that took top honors, based on time, in the kingfish category. He also claimed the Ande Monofilament Big Fish Bonus for the heaviest fish of the tournament and the WPBFC member bonus award. In total it was a $4,500 catch for Greaton and his team. Ironically, the second place kingfish caught by Mike Oxley aboard Angler Management also weighed 47.0 pounds. Ties are broken by time of weigh in. "Tenths of a pound matter, that's why we see a lot of people carrying their fish in insulated fish bags. They want to preserve fish the best they can," commented Schulz. Angler John Manera aboard the Change Order, who earned the fifth place kingfish award, also took home the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County Captain's level member $1,000 bonus award. "His membership expires tomorrow, he just got in under the wire. I guess we'll be seeing his $20 renewal after this," laughed MIAPBC Executive Director Chuck Collins, who presented the award.

The top Junior angler this year was lifetime WPBFC member Beau Lamb who claimed the first place trophy with an impressive 38.8 pound kingfish. It was his biggest kingfish catch ever. WPBFC member Peyton Zuloaga, fishing aboard the Soggy Bills, landed a 25.6 pound kingfish to claim second place. The third place junior angler was Logan Clevenger, fishing aboard the Sword-A-Broke, with a 19 pound kingfish. Ironically, Logan has earned the third place Junior award for three years in a row at the KDW Classic. "Three must be that kid's new lucky number," joked one of the tournament volunteers.

This year's Queen of the Classic was WPBFC member Skylar Vallancourt who fished aboard Angler Management. Skylar weighed in a 30.6 pound kingfish for the top lady angler title. Tony Greaton aboard Seapremacy earned King of the Classic honors with his 47 pound kingfish. While there are no cash awards attached to the King & Queen of the Classic, serious bragging rights go with the title, including their names being engraved on the KDW Classic perpetual trophy.

This year's tournament was dedicated to WPBFC board member and KDW Classic committee member Bud Tyska, who passed away earlier this year. "Bud was incredibly instrumental in the KDW Classic's success. He enjoyed being a part of all the fun and felt strongly about the Fishing Club's positive role in the community. We sure do miss him," said WPBFC board member Donn Colee. The Palm Beach County KDW Classic raises money for marine conservation and youth fishing programs conducted by the WPBFC and its charitable affiliate, the Palm Beach County Fishing Foundation. Community outreach programs like the annual Kids Fishing Days and the Rods & Reels for Kids program, marine habitat initiatives in the Lake Worth Lagoon, offshore artificial reef projects, marine research support, and scholarships at the City of Riviera Beach and at several local high schools and universities also benefit from this event. "The support we receive from our dedicated volunteers and sponsors is what makes all this possible. We are so very grateful to have them on board," concluded Schulz. Visit KDWClassic.com to view photos and complete results from this year's tournament.

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