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March  2017
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In This Issue
MIAPBC Board Members
Member Anniversaries
New Members
New Captain Members
PBIBS Kickoff Party
Boat Show Volunteers
32nd Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show
PBIBS Passport
Show Management News
USSA Superyacht Summit
Under Blue Waters News
Temporary Change to Bridge Operations
Port of Palm Beach News
WPB Invitational
ICW Analysis
Florida Fishing Academy News
Fishing line and tackle disposal
FWC encouraged by 2017 manatee survey
ABBRA's Certified Marine Service Managers Course
SeaKeepers is hiring!
"Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"
Congressional Boating Caucus has new leaders
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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MIAPBC 2017 Board of Directors
The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. announces its 2017 Officers: President Michael Kennedy (Ranger Construction.); Vice President Mike Samuels (Viking); Treasurer Bruce Grout (New Port Cove Marine Center); and Secretary Mark Crosley (Florida Inland Navigation District). 

The 2017 Directors are: Jim Burg (Castaways Marina); Kendall Cheatham (Palmdale Oil Company); Lou Daniello (Barnacle Busters); Tamra Fitzgerald (Venue Marketing Group); George Gentile (Gentile Glas Holloway O'Mahoney & Associates, Inc); Martin Murphy, Jr. (Murray Logan  Construction); Jason Sprague (Rybovich); John Sprague (JH Sprague Consulting); and Tyson Waters (Loggerhead Marina).

The MIAPBC would like to thank outgoing Vice President and Past President Raymond Graziotto (Loggerhead Marina) for his invaluable service and dedication to the Association and Board over the past nine years.    

(Pictured: President Michael Kennedy (left) and outgoing Vice President Raymond Graziotto (right).)
Member Anniversaries 
Member Anniversaries
Atlantic Filter Corporation(JAMIE)
Atlantic Underwater Diving(RICHARD)
Boat Dynasty, Inc.(MARK)
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Executive Meeting Center(LISA)
Glacier Society, Inc. (501c3)(BERNARD)
Murray Logan Construction, Inc.(MARTIN)
Palm Beach Town Docks(MIKE)
Port of Palm Beach Seafarers' Center, Inc.(AARON)
Sevenstar Yacht Transport USA Agency(UTA)
Ward's Marine Electric(KRISTINA)

AHOY! Welcome New Members 
American Custom Yachts
Dominick LaCombe, Jr.
6800 SW Jack James Dr., Stuart, FL 34997
Office: 772-221-9100 
Email: domjr@acyinc.com
Website: americancustomyachts.com 

Ferreira Construction
Stacey Hetherington
100 SE Salerno Rd, Stuart, FL 34997
Office: 772-263-0025 
Email: shetherington@ferreiraconstruction.com
Website:  ferreira.com 

Ferreira Construction is a first-rate company built on a foundation of integrity. We have experience and expertise in all facets of transportation infrastructure, utility/power, marine construction and construction management. We are a nationally-recognized leader in the construction industry due to our proven track record of successful project execution, effective planning and emphasis on safety.

Ranger Construction Industries, Inc
Michael Kennedy
101Sansburys Way , West Palm Beach, FL   33411
Office: 561-784-3517 
Email: Michael.Kennedy@rangerconstruction.com
Website: RangerConstruction.com

Ranger Construction is a major road building, site work, asphalt paving, and excavation contractor serving northeast, central and southeast Florida. Ranger operates from six strategically located facilities and asphalt plants and provides services to governmental agencies, developers, homeowner associations and commercial owners. Ranger is part of the Vellellio Grouo.
SYS Yachts
318 US Hwy 1 S, Suite 103, Jupiter, FL 33477
Paul Flannery
Office: 561-300-7406
Email: Paul@sysyacht.com
Website: SYSyacht.com

SYS Yachts is a 30 year old company that has its origins in Sarasota, Florida. SYS Yachts Palm Beach is established to serve the East Coast with new and brokerage motoryachts.

TooJay's Restaurant and Deli
Bill Bochnia
3654 Georgia Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL   33405
Office: 561-659-9011 
Email: Bill.Bochnia@toojays.com
Website: toojays.com

TooJay's began with a single location on the island of Palm Beach in 1981. The brand was born out of the passion for creating the classic recipes and flavors of a New York deli served with lots of love and amazing hospitality. Now, with almost 30 locations, our focus is still the same - serving hearty portions of homemade comfort foods, handcrafted sandwiches, and made from scratch soups, salads and baked goods. TooJay's also offers a catering menu packed with crowd-pleasing favorites for any size group.
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 

Jason Sprague 

Pamela Cherry 

Patricia Counterman

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

Boat Show Kickoff Party 

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Boat Show Booth Volunteers 

  We are still in need of volunteers! Please email Stephanie, stephanie @marinepbc.org , if you can work a shift. All volunteers will receive credentials to attend the show all four days, plus a shirt.  We will have drinks and snacks in the booth for you. 
You will be responsible for your own parking. 
Shifts are: 

Dates Morning/Afternoon  Afternoon/Evening
Thursday, March 23 11:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.  3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 24 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 25 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 26 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

32nd Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show to Host More Large Yachts and European Exhibitors than Ever Before

  More Large Yachts and European Exhibitors than Ever 
Before at 32nd Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show
With robust demand for superyacht space, satellite exhibit is planned at Rybovich

The 32nd annual Palm Beach International Boat Show is set to take place from March 23-26 along Flagler Drive in Downtown West Palm Beach, directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm Beach Island. Ranked highly among the top 10 yachting events in the world, the show will feature more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts and accessories, including hundreds of boats ranging from small inflatables and tenders to superyachts nearly 300 feet in length.

Building on the momentum of continued growth, the Palm Beach International Boat Show has earned recognition by many renowned European shipyards for the special audience it attracts to one of the world's most popular destinations for the global elite. Among the prestigious builders joining the roster of exhibitors at the 2017 event are Amels, Feadship, Heesen, Moonen and Palumbo.

"Exhibitors are reaching a different and very sought-after buyer at the Palm Beach show," said Andrew Doole, senior vice president and COO of Show Management, the company that manages and produces the show. "Palm Beach attracts an affluent audience of boat and yacht owners who typically do not visit the shows in Fort Lauderdale or Miami Beach. Palm Beach is their show of choice."

To accommodate the number of superyachts larger than 200 feet at this year's event, a satellite location will be held at Rybovich. Private water tenders will transport interested buyers and charter clients to and from the additional show locale to the north.

"The Palm Beach show is exceptional in terms of the number of large yacht sales transactions and charter bookings that take place during the show,"said Doole.

In addition to the large selection of boats and exhibits, the show offers fun and educational activities, including free youth fishing clinics by Hook The Future, IGFA School of Sportfishing seminars, long-range cruising clinics and on-the-water boat handling classes. Attendees also can enjoy live music and refreshments at the show's world-famous floating cocktail lounges. Guests are invited to come by boat and may tie up to free docks located south of the in-water displays.

The 2017 Palm Beach International Boat Show owned and presented by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. (MIAPBC) and managed and produced by Show Management. For more information including parking and transportation maps visit ShowManagement.com, download the show's free smartphone app MyBoatShow, or call 954-764-7642. To make travel arrangements contacts the show's official travel partner, BoatShowHotels.com.

12 p.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23
10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday, March 24
10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday, March 26

Social Media: #PBIBS2017
Twitter: @BoatShowUpdates
Snapchat: BoatShowSnaps
Periscope: @BoatShowUpdates

Win thousands of dollars in prizes with the PBIBS Passport

Do you love a good scavenger hunt? The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County is bringing back its PBIBS Passport and all the great prizes that come with it. 

Attendees can pick up a passport at the MIAPBC booth 909 at the intersection of Flagler Drive and Datura Street, or at any of the information booths, entrances, or participating exhibitors located throughout the show. Attendees will need to get a stamp in their passport from each participating exhibitor, and then turn the passport in at the MIAPBC booth by Sunday, March 26 at 5:00 p.m. at which time winners will be drawn. 

Prizes include resort stays, marina fuel certificates, TowBoat U.S. member
ships, and a grand prize of a $1,000 gift certificate to Nautical Ventures Marine Superstore!

Participating exhibitors are: C2Shore, Loggerhead Marina, Old Port Cove Holdings, Sailfish Marina, Canvas Designers, Ward's Marine Electric, Nautical Ventures Marine Superstore and TowBoat U.S. Palm Beach.

Also at booth 909, don't miss out on daily business card drawings, a prize wheel, and corn hole contest.
New owners plan continuity with Florida boat shows

Trade Only Today 
People should not expect big changes to five of Florida's largest boat and yacht shows organized by Show Management after the company's sale to London-based Informa, which is among the largest yacht and boat show organizers in the world with the acquisition.

That's according to former Show Management CEO Efrem "Skip" Zimbalist III and Informa global exhibitions division chief executive Charlie McCurdy, who spoke to Trade Only Today about the transaction Thursday afternoon.

Active Interest Media sold Show Management to Informa in a sale that was announced Thursday; Zimbalist announced his retirement concurrently with the sale.

"As you may know, Informa organizes the Monaco Yacht Show," McCurdy said. "When I joined the company years ago, I asked [Skip] if there was any chance at some point we could talk about Show Management. The yachting and boating industry is growing and it's a good strategic fit for Informa. We are very committed to the Florida yachting industry and think we will continue to see growth there."

"The plan is to not do anything dramatically different," Zimbalist said. "Informa has a lot of expertise in running shows around the world, so I think Show Management can benefit from their experience, and vice versa. Show Management has a lot of experience running boat shows, as well. I think it's all good. You won't see major changes at the boat shows in Florida. If anything, they will be better and stronger and more dynamic." Read more.

Superyacht Summit

Under Blue Waters News

Temporary Change to Bridge Operations


This temporary regulation will be in effect whenever the President of the United States will visit Mar-a-Lago. Mariners may assume that once the news media announces that the President of the United States will be visiting Mar-a-Lago that Flagler Memorial and Royal Park Bridges will be on an hourly schedule. The following temporary bridge regulations will be in place Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays and includes tug and barge traffic while the Security Zones are in effect. Flagler Memorial Bridge will be allowed to open at 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., weekdays. The Royal Park (Middle) Bridge will be allowed to open at 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., weekdays. The Southern Boulevard Bridge will be allowed to remain closed until the motorcade passes.
Port of Palm Beach News

The Port is soliciting proposals for the Highest  and  Best Use  of "Berth #1".   Berth #1 is located adjacent to the Port of Palm Beach Cruise Terminal and its Maritime Office Complex. Click Here for more information. 


West Palm Beach Invitational

Waterway Analysis and Management System Study

The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System
(WAMS) study of the Intracoastal Waterway in Florida from Mile 1005 to 1089, including Boca Raton and Hillsboro Inlets. The study focuses on the area's aid to navigation systems, waterborne commerce, marine casualty information, port/harbor resources, and future development projects. Any interested company or individual wishing to provide comments or participate in a user survey should use the following link:
Comments can also be emailed to D07-SMB-DPWPublicComments@uscg.mil

Hard copy comments can be mailed to U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Miami Beach, Attn:Waterways Management, Miami Beach, FL, 33139.

The comment period will end on 31 March, 2017.

Florida Fishing Academy News

Fishing line and tackle disposal 

By Jill Christopherson
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 

Fishing is a key component of the Florida lifestyle as well as the state's economy. But fishing line and other fishing tackle frequently enter Florida's aquatic systems as a result of incidental snags or improper disposal. When left in the aquatic environment, fishing line and tackle create potential traps for unsuspecting wildlife that can become entangled and snared, leading to injury and death.
Monofilament is the most common type of fishing line, however, modern advances have produced several other varieties with higher tensile strength, reduced visibility and greater abrasion resistance. These newer, non-monofilament lines, such as braid and fluorocarbon, are fairly popular but not all of them can be recycled like monofilament fishing line, and they are commonly disposed of improperly.

How you can help
To help reduce the negative environmental impacts from improper disposal of all fishing line and tackle, anglers can follow these general guidelines:
* Check line frequently for frays that may break easily.
* Don't leave bait unattended since pelicans, herons and other birds may attempt to take the bait from the line, which may result in entanglements.
* Cast away from trees, utility lines, wildlife and areas where line may get caught.
* If you see improperly discarded fishing line while you are out, pick it up and stow it to be disposed of later.
Anglers can purchase or make their own fishing line storage bins to keep with them while they are fishing so that line can be stored securely and out of the way. Products such as the Monomaster and Line Snatcher are designed to help anglers store their unwanted fishing line; however, homemade versions can also be made by cutting an "X" in the lid of something as simple as a tennis ball container or coffee can.

Monofilament recycling
Once on shore, monofilament and fluorocarbon line can be recycled in designated bins found at most boat ramps, piers and tackle shops. However, anglers should not use these bins to discard any other type of fishing line or leader material such as braid or wire. Also, the bins should not be used to discard any type of tackle, such as hooks, lures or soft plastics, which can injure other anglers discarding their fishing line or the individuals who empty the bins for recycling.
You can learn how to make your own monofilament recycling bin by visiting our FWC Saltwater Fishing YouTube channel or by participating in the statewide Monofilament Recovery & Recycling Program. For more information on the statewide Monofilament Recovery & Recycling Program, visit MRRP.MyFWC.com. Read More. 

FWC encouraged by 2017 manatee survey 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported a preliminary count of 6,620 manatees in Florida waters. A team of 15 observers from 10 organizations counted 3,488 manatees on Florida's east coast and 3,132 on the west coast of the state. The FWC is encouraged by a third straight year of a minimum count higher than 6,000 manatees in Florida waters.
Researchers conduct synoptic surveys annually, weather permitting, to count manatees that are visible in Florida waters at the time of the survey. These surveys are conducted after a cold front and cover all of the known winter habitats of manatees in Florida. This year's counts were aided by warm, sunny weather with low winds and good visibility.

"Successful conservation of manatees is a product of the commitment made by many different organizations over multiple decades. The relatively high counts we have seen for the past three years underscore the importance of warm water habitat to manatees in Florida. The FWC will continue to work diligently with our many partners to ensure the long-term viability of these habitats and the well-being of the manatee population," said Gil McRae, FWC biologist and head of FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

Aerial surveys provide information about manatee distribution throughout the state. Manatees use warm water sites, like springs and power plant discharges, during the winter. Sustaining adequate winter habitat for manatees remains a statewide conservation goal and a key factor in the long-term recovery of manatees.

FWC biologists, managers and law enforcement staff work closely with partners to evaluate current data and identify necessary actions to protect this iconic animal. Florida has invested more than $2 million annually for manatee conservation, and the FWC will work toward continued success for manatees in our state.

You can support manatee research and conservation by purchasing a manatee license plate at BuyaPlate.com and a manatee decal at MyFWC.com/ManateeSeaTurtleDecals. 

For more information about manatees and synoptic surveys, visit MyFWC.com/Research and click on "Florida Manatee." To report a dead or distressed manatee, call the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

ABBRA's Certified Marine Service Managers Course 

Certified Marine Service Manager Course 

March 27th to 30th 2017

Join ABBRA's widely respected industry experts, for a 4-day training course designed for individuals working in management or leadership roles, in today's boat building and repair facilities.

The course is being held at the Hotel Viking, Newport, Rhode Island.
Course Content:
* Leadership Skills and Time Management
* Human Resources and Team Building
* Safety, Health and Emergency Response
* Financial Management
* Project Management
* Maritime Law
* Contracts
* Marketing and Social Media

Instructors include:

Dennis Nixon, University of Rhode Island - Maritime Law
Pamela Lendzion, MarineTec Mgt Co. - Effective Leadership
Kellie Crete, The Gowrie Group - Environmental, Health and Safety
Shirley Adams, Adams & Assoc. - Human Resource Management
Nicole Jacques, Rhumbline Communications - Marketing

An important feature of the Certified Marine Service Managers (CMSM) course, is its intensive participatory characteristics that help attendees establish strong and lasting networks of contacts in the industry and throughout the country.

Who Should Consider CMSM?

This certification is designed for individuals who are currently employed in a boatyard or marine service business in a leadership role, or display the potential for such a role. Candidates for this certification should have a working knowledge of the boatyard business as it relates to refit, repair, and servicing of boats, their systems, and overall operations. The individual who wants to advance and demonstrate proven leadership and management skills in the operation of a boatyard, a service department or marine service and repair business, is the ideal candidate for the CMSM designation. For boatyard operators, the CMSM is a unique opportunity to professionalize your staff and improve the efficiency and profitability of your business.

SeaKeepers is hiring!

Position: The International SeaKeepers Society, Associate Development Director

Description: The Associate Development Director will focus on support to the organization consisting of two primary functions. The first is financial: selling sponsorships for our events and donation opportunities for corporations/individuals. The second is DISCOVERY Yacht membership: recruiting yacht owners and captains to participate in our DISCOVERY Yachts Program. Base salary plus commissions will depend on qualifications and will begin at $43K per year. Paid travel is part of the job as SeaKeepers holds events globally in Monaco, Barcelona, Singapore, San Francisco, and several in Florida. This year in particular, we have events in Singapore, Bermuda and Florida.
We are seeking the most well connected candidates in the yachting industry who are personable team players and terrific at closing sales.

Contact Richard Snow at 305.448.7089 or rsnow@seakeepers.org

"Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" 

 "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" Hosts Juno Beach Surf Fishing Clinic March 25

Ladies, Let's Go Fishing will host a surf fishing clinic conducted by Pompano Rich Vidulich from 7:30 a.m. to noon, March 25 at Loggerhead Park 14200 US-1, Juno Beach, FL 33408. The event
 includes more than four hours of hands-on instruction and fishing on the beach. Anglers can learn the most effective techniques for catching and releasing fish found along the beaches such as pompano, whiting, croaker, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, black drum, flounder and more. Registration is $55. Women are welcome to register male guests and teens. Participants should register in advance as the class is limited. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Ladies Let's Go Fishing Foundation. Information and registration: www.ladiesletsgofishing.com , email info@ladiesletsgofishing.com, phone 954-475-9068.

Congressional Boating Caucus has new leaders

Trade Only Today

The National Marine Manufacturers Association said Reps. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., and Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., are the new co-chairmen of the Congressional Boating Caucus in the House of Representatives.

The NMMA said Frankel is on the House Infrastructure and Transportation Committee and has been a big supporter of boating, co-sponsoring the deferred importation bill in 2016 and pushing the Coast Guard to fix model-year and update engine regulations in the 2015 Coast Guard authorization bill.

MacArthur is an avid boating enthusiast and a strong supporter of recreational boating and angling.
"I am thrilled to join as co-chair of the U.S. House Boating Caucus,"  MacArthur said in a statement. "As a shore resident and active boater in the great state of New Jersey, I have seen firsthand just how much beauty and value the waters bring to our state. The tourism industry on the shore relies on recreational boating, and I look forward to protecting access for my fellow boaters."

Frankel echoed MacArthur's sentiments about joining the caucus, emphasizing the significance of the recreational boating industry to the Florida economy.

"The recreational marine industry creates thousands of jobs in South Florida and contributes more than $10 billion in economic impact to our state," Frankel said.

The NMMA said its staff has reached out to new members of Congress to encourage them to join the caucus and support the industry, which the trade group said drives $121.5 billion in economic impact annually, 650,000 jobs and 35,000 U.S. businesses.

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