miapbc logo
Crosscurrents Newsletter

a monthly publication of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc.  

February  2017
Quick Links



Boating South Florida Facebook 








In This Issue
Member Anniversaries
New Members
Marine Industry Career Expo
February Marine Mingle
Palm Beach show returns in March
Boat Show Booth Volunteers
PBIBS Passport
Boating South Florida Ad Rates
WPB Fishing Club announces Angling Trophy Winners
Bill looks to create passenger rail regulations ahead of All Aboard Florida
Boat sales rose 5 percent in 2016
Flagship Charter Group
New Captain Members
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


Raymond Graziotto, VP

Loggerhead Marina 


Bruce Grout, Secretary

New Port Cove Marine Center


Mike Samuels, Treasurer

Viking Yachts Service Center 





Jim Burg

Castaways Marina


Kendall Cheatham

Palmdale Oil Company


Mark Crosley

Florida Inland Navigation District


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
February Member Anniversaries 
Member Anniversaries
Berry, Bob (BOB)
Boat Yard Services, Inc(JASON)
Charles Charters(CHARLES)
Eastern Marine Services, Inc.(CAPT. ZACH)
Island Marine Electronics, Inc. dba Island Marine Electric(KRISTEN)
MarineMax Stuart(STEVE)
Mullin Marine Surveying(WILLIAM)
Murrelle Marine(JOHN)
Nautical Ventures Marine Superstore(RAY)
Oceans Allure(MONIQUE)
Offshore Connection Marine Electronics, Inc(STEFAN)
Pettit Marine Paint(MARGO)
Port Consolidated, Inc.(RICK)
Premier Yacht Sales(BRUCE)
Riviera Beach Municipal Marina(ED)
Sea Land Insurance Corp.(LORI)
Templeton & Company, LLP(JOHN)
Viking Yachts Service Center(MIKE)
West Palm Beach Plastics(FABRICE)
Yachting Promotions, Inc.(EFREM)

AHOY! Welcome New Members 

862 W. 13th Court, Riviera Beach, FL 33404

Christopher Lazzara
Office: 561-904-6798
Email: kruss@flotexfiber.com 

FloTex is a global manufacturing company that specializes in high performance carbon, glass, and other innovative fabric solutions.

Intrepid Oceans Marine

12039 169th Ct. N., Jupiter, FL 33478

Jasen Butler
Office: 561-596-3748

We are marine fuel brokers who handle many Navy/ Coast Guard contracts, but also hold local partnerships to assist our private yacht clients.

Marine Search Associates

2123 NW 45th Ave, Coconut Creek, FL 33066

Karen Litchfield 
Office: 954-969-9609
Email: karen@marinesearchassociates.com

Executive search firm focused on the Marine Industry nationwide. 

NPC Financial

2056 Vista Parkway, Suite 225, West Palm Beach, FL 22411

Jay Strauss 
Office: 561-864-8337
Email: Jay_Strauss@npcfinancial.com

Palm Beach Artisans

712 Eastwind Drive, North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Michelle Renner 
Office: 561-670-8117
Email: michellerenner@palmbeachartisans.com

Palm Beach Artisans Inc. is a licensed, bonded and insured painting and faux finishing company.

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

Palm Beach Artisans Inc. is a licensed, bonded and insured painting and faux finishing company.

Tethys Supply and Marketing 
954 W Washington Blvd, Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60607

Russell Stellman 
Office: 773-766-8073
Email: russell.stellman@tethysgrp.com
Website: www.tethysgrp.com   

Marine Gasoline and Diesel supplier to marinas and vessels in Florida. 

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.
Marine Industry Career Expo

We still have spots left for businesses who have job openings! 
There is no cost to attend. Tables, chairs, and electricity will be provided. 
February Marine Mingle 

Join us for a Marine Mingle at the Riviera Beach Marina Event Center rooftop terrace. 

There will be food stations, passed hors d'oeuvres, and an open bar with your favorite beer, wine, and signature cocktail. 

If you are interested in sponsoring this event contact Alyssa at alyssa@marinepbc.org

Tuesday, February 28th 
6 - 8 p.m. 

Location: Riviera Beach Marina Event Center 
(190 E 13th Street, Riviera Beach, FL 33404)

Members: $25

Non-Members: $35

Palm Beach show returns in March

Trade Only Today 

The 32nd annual Palm Beach International Boat Show will be held March 23-26 on the West Palm Beach waterfront along Flagler Drive in Florida.

Organizers said the show will feature more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts and accessories, including hundreds of boats ranging from 8-foot inflatables to superyachts of nearly 300 feet.

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, on-the-water boat handling sessions and long-range cruising clinics.

Visitors 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 south of the in-water displays.

Information, including parking and transportation maps, is available by visiting ShowManagement.com, downloading the show's free smartphone app MyBoatShow, or calling 954-764-7642.

Boat Show Booth Volunteers 

 We are in need of volunteers! Please email Alyssa, alyssa@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: 

DatesMorning/Afternoon Afternoon/Evening
Thursday, March 2311:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 249:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 259:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 269:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

2017 PBIBS Passport Sponsorship 

If you will have a booth at the Palm Beach International Boat Show and want to increase traffic we hope you consider participating in the passport for $500 (or $500 in product/service), which will be pooled for a grand prize and a few other smaller prizes. Your logo will be printed in the passport with your booth location, and participants will be asked to stop by your booth to receive a stamp in their passport (we will provide you with stamps). All sponsors and prize donors will also get exposure in our newsletter and social media pages. We had great participation last year with about 2,500 passports returned completed to the MIAPBC booth. Contact Alyssa Freeman for more details.  

Save the Date! The 2017 PBIBS will take place March 23-26. 
Boating South Florida Ad Rates 

Boating South Florida
(a special section of The Palm Beach Post)
Publishes: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Boating South Florida is an exciting Palm Beach Post special section designed to generate enthusiasm for boating, drive traffic to the Palm Beach International Boat Show, and promote the message of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County. Only members of the MIAPBC get special advertising prices saving you hundreds of dollars!
  • In print and online, The Palm Beach Post reaches 499,200 adults each week. 
  • PalmBeachPost.com averages 23.7 million page views and 6.8 million visitors every month.
  • Advertising at special rates will only be available to MIAPBC members on a first come, first served basis!
  • We can only accommodate six pages of advertising, so you will have to act fast.
  • Deadline for artwork is February 27.

File Format
A four-color, high-resolution PDF is required. Files must be submitted via e-mail to alyssa@marinepbc.org.
Advertising Terms and Conditions
All advertising is accepted on a prepaid basis only. Deadline for ads to be submitted is February 25. 

WPB Fishing Club announces Angling Trophy Winners

The venerable West Palm Beach Fishing Club (WPBFC) has announced the winners of its prestigious annual trophies for the 2016 angling year. The awards, some of which date back more than 50 years, are highly coveted honors recognizing outstanding angling achievements. 

The James P. Nora Award for the Heaviest Snook has been won by Fishing Club member Larry Wade, Jr. of Lake Worth. Wade caught, weighed and released a 34 lb., 7 oz. snook using casting tackle while fishing at the Lake Worth Spillway on August 10th of last year. The Nora Award has been presented annually since 1965. 

The Tracy M. Schneider Memorial Sailfish Release Trophy has been won by WPBFC member Jacob Lepera of Boynton Beach. Jacob posted 101 sailfish releases on live bait and 5 releases on dead bait to claim the club's top sailfish release honor. "All I wanted to do was break 100 releases for the year. I'm so glad the fish cooperated down the stretch," said Lepera.

Wayne Jenkins of Wellington has won the WPBFC's Beinecke Atlantic Blue Marlin Release Trophy. The award has been presented annually at the WPBFC since 1960. Jenkins released 3 blue marlin in the Bahamas and 1 off Jupiter last year fishing aboard his boat Reel Captivating with fellow club member Capt. Travis Timilty at the helm. Jenkins also earned the WPBFC's Richard Jeck Memorial Billfish Tagging Award. The club's top tagging trophy has only been won on a few select occasions. A minimum of 20 tagged and released billfish is required to qualify for the trophy. Jenkins tagged a total 25 Atlantic sailfish to win the award.

Longtime WPBFC member Nick Smith of Stuart has won the coveted Donald S. Leas III International Angling Trophy with a list of billfish catches on IGFA compliant Fly 20 tackle that is nothing short of remarkable. Nick was fishing aboard his boat the Old Reliable captained by Chip Shafer. His catches during the 2016 angling year included 135 Pacific sailfish releases off Guatemala, 64 blue marlin releases off Costa Rica and an amazing 233 striped marlin releases off Mexico. "It is safe to say that Nick has done something with a fly rod that has never been done before. He has set the bar incredibly high," said WPBFC President Tom Twyford when presenting Nick with his award.

To view more history on these prestigious awards and past winners visit: 


Bill looks to create passenger rail regulations ahead of All Aboard Florida

By Matt Dixon 

Legislation filed Tuesday looks to boost the state's ability to regulate high-speed rail ahead the beginning of All Aboard Florida, a passenger rail service that will eventually connect Orlando and Miami.

The legislation will be pushed by a handful of lawmakers from the Treasure Coast, a region concerned about the safety and cost of the project. 

The bill (SB 386) would require companies that operate high-speed rail services to pay for things like new required construction, safety upgrades, and maintenance on public rights-of-way. There is concern among local governments that they will have to foot-the-bill for upgrades required by the new service.

"Local governments should not have to absorb the costs of protecting their citizens for a private project," said Rep. MaryLynn Magar, R-Hobe Sound, in a statement. 

The bills specifically includes spending associated with things like safety fencing, culvert construction, roadbed repairs, and crossing signals.

The legislation would also give the Florida Department of Transportation regulatory powers over railroad companies not held by the federal government. It allows the state to obtain "all necessary" information needed to regulate the industry, but does not lay out specific duties it would have under the section of law.

Among the things railroad companies operating high-speed passenger rail services would have to provide is accident reports already compiled for the Federal Railroad Authority. In addition, the Florida Department of Transportation would have to annually publish data related to deaths, injuries and accidents that occurred in high-speed passenger rail corridors.

"I find it quite astounding that Florida does not have any measures in place to address high-speed rail when there is a statewide project underway that will crisscross through my community," said state Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Melbourne. 

The bill, titled the Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act, was sponsored by Mayfield in the Senate and will be filed by Magar, along with Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, and freshman Rep. Erin Gall, R-Vero Beach, in the House.

There is also a provision that would require the Department of Transportation to provide local governments training to handle train crashes invovling hazardous material.

Any violations of the proposed changes could result in a fine of up to $10,000.
Boat sales rose 5 percent in 2016

Trade Only Today
Recreational boat sales slipped in December, but full-year figures based on results from 27 early-reporting states, including Florida and Texas, showed that industry sales rose about 5 percent last year.

Statistical Surveys said today that 246,891 boats were sold industrywide in those states in 2016, 4.9 percent more than in 2015. In the main powerboat segments sales totaled 160,641, up 5.1 percent from the previous year.

The performance marks the industry's fifth consecutive year of sales gains.
"It's what we've been seeing, slow moderate growth continuing," Statistical Surveys sales director Ryan Kloppe said.

He predicted that the final 2016 sales increase will be between 5 and 5.5 percent once all 50 states have reported.

The 27-state total is already 2,775 ahead of the 2015 pace for all 50 states. In 2015 the industry sold 244,116 boats, a pace that was 6.8 percent higher than 2014.
In 2016, full-year outboard fiberglass boat sales were at 47,190 in the early-reporting states (up 4.7 percent), aluminum pontoon sales were at 46,434 (up 8.9 percent), and sales of aluminum fishing boats were at 44,955 (up 3.1 percent).

All but two categories among the main powerboat segments showed gains.
"You're seeing all types of boats contributing to the growth," Kloppe said. Read more.  
Flagship Charter Group 

AHOY! Welcome New Captain Members 

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


MIAPBC Text Alerts


Text MIAPBC to 84483 

and receive instant text alerts from MIAPBC!


The MIAPBC is constantly looking for ways to keep our members connected in an efficient and convenient manner.  RainedOut is a free, fast, and effective service that does all that and more. 


Once signed up you will be able to receive notifications instantly informing you about all the latest events, deadlines, calls to action, etc. without the bother of having to check your email. As soon as a new message is sent you'll receive it via text immediately. This is NOT the same thing as a group text. You can opt out at any time. Standard data and text messaging rates do apply. 


Simply text MIAPBC to 84483 to get started and see for yourself! 


You can also get started here: 


Old Port Cove

Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County | 1208 US Highway 1 | Suite B | North Palm Beach | FL | 33408