Palm Beach Paddlefest
Palm Beach Paddlefest, produced by the MIAPBC, is a free, family-friendly event featuring a variety of exhibits, vendors, races/relays, water-based demos, and live entertainment. The festival caters to both new and experienced paddlers, and everyone with a love of the water! Paddle races include both one and five mile courses. Other events will include a pet paddle and family paddle. Attendees can sign up for guided kayak tours through Visit Palm Beach, or participate in several demonstrations throughout the day like paddleboard yoga. For more information, visit www.palmbeachpaddlefest.com.
Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and Toys for Tots Drive
The parade will begin the first Saturday of December at 6:00 p.m. near North Palm Beach Marina and travel north, up the Intracoastal Waterway to the Jupiter Lighthouse led by a traveling fireworks display. Thousands of spectators will line our waterways to ring in the holidays in true Palm Beach County tradition and we invite you to join us in celebrating the spirit of the season. The Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade benefits Toys for Tots. Last year, we generated 11,000 toys for kids in Palm Beach County! Help us keep the tradition alive by entering your boat in the parade for free, becoming a sponsor, and donating toys. www.palmbeachboatparade.org
Riviera Beach Maritime Academy
Riviera Beach Maritime Academy's mission is to provide a career pathway development through marine industry education and employment opportunities and to improve and expand the marine industry's labor force. It is a four-year charter high school.
Offering both classroom and hands-on instructions, the Riviera Beach Maritime Academy gives students the necessary education in order to develop a successful career in the marine industry. Riviera Beach Maritime Academy provides lessons in boat building, vessel research, operational procedures, environmental stewardship, and navigating through classroom presentation, guest speakers, and field trips. After graduating, students can choose to continue their studies through VO-tech, a six month, on the job apprentice-training program, or search for employment in the marine industry. www.rbmaritime.org
Lagoonkeepers.org is dedicated to the waters of Palm Beach County, by removing floating debris on a daily basis therefore improving the quality of the water for everyone’s benefit and environmental health. Daily We patrol the Intracoastal Waterway in search of debris or debris sources that could adversely effect the health of our waters. and remove such debris and/or work to eliminate the sources of debris that have been identified. On Call LagoonKeepers.org performs a community service by responding to calls by the local marine law enforcement units to remove boating hazards from the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach County. Events Organized cleanups allow others to participate in the care of the waters of Palm Beach County nurturing a sense of pride and ownership. Ultimate Goal Is to foster a sense of ownership in the Lake Worth Lagoon for the preservation and environmental health of the Lagoon so that it may continue to be an economic and recreational source for all to enjoy.
Florida Fishing Academy
The Florida Fishing Academy (FFA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2006 for the purpose of empowering at-risk youth with positive life skills, alternatives to destructive or antisocial behavior and a sense of responsibility for shaping the world around them. FFA uses fishing as a vehicle for delivering these lessons, weaving effective life, environmental and social skills into a youth-oriented, hands-on sports angling curriculum. We have, to date, helped to change the lives of thousands of deserving children. We are constantly testing and improving our course and have recently adopted a proven, evidence-based life skills curriculum at the high school level, under the widely touted LifeSkills Training Program model, which has been shown to dramatically reduce drug use, risky sexual behavior and unsafe driving habits.
We strongly believe that engaging Florida’s children in the joys, responsibilities and opportunities of ethical angling is a critical mission. In Florida, fishermen outnumber golfers 2-to-1, and 85 percent of freshwater anglers start fishing at age 12 or younger. And yet, in South Florida — the fishing capital of the world — a local landscape filled with gymnastics camps, Little League programs, chess teams, golf classes and adult fishing clubs has no school-based fishing curriculum for kids. There is little if anything out there that engages children — tomorrow’s anglers, boaters, marine biologists, charter boat captains and environmental stewards — in fishing as a sport and livelihood taught in a comprehensive fashion or that involves them in the effort to preserve our fragile marine environment. That’s the void we strive to fill, one child at a time. http://www.floridafishingacademy.com/Florida_Fishing_Academy/Home.html
Kids Fishing Day
It’s all about introducing kids to fishing and our marine environment! Since 1988, the Palm Beach County Fishing Foundation, along with the assistance of volunteers and important community partners like the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County has conducted an annual Kid’s Fishing Day Program. Each year, hundreds of less fortunate, at-risk and special needs children from throughout Palm Beach County experience what most of us take for granted, a day of boating and fishing on the ocean. It takes three days and 12 separate drift boat trips to get all the kids on the water. More importantly, because of this program’s strong educational component, the kids learn all about our marine environment and why we need to protect it. This is accomplished through a variety of hands-on educational stations based on land, which includes the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Marine Touch Tank.
To date, over 10,000 special kids have participated in this heartwarming community outreach event. The program is free of charge to those who participate and is made possible each year through the generosity of many sponsors and volunteers. Each child receives an event t-shirt, lunch, drinks, dessert, and an official certificate of participation. If that wasn’t enough, every kid goes home with a brand new fishing rod and reel. ‘Big fish’ awards are presented to those lucky enough to catch the largest fish on each drift boat trip. Of course, each child walks away with special memories of a fun day on the water and a better understanding of our unique marine environment. For many, this ocean adventure is a first time experience. Seeing flying fish, sea turtles and large oceanic predators like sharks is a thrill not soon forgotten! We believe programs like our Kid’s Fishing Day help build better citizens and environmental stewards for the future.
Palm Beach County KDW Classic
The West Palm Beach Fishing Club annually produces one of the largest and most popular "KDW style" tournaments in South Florida. The event is called the Palm Beach County KDW Classic and is headquartered at the Riviera Beach Municipal Marina each year on the first Saturday following the Memorial Day holiday weekend. This one-day tournament is fun, affordable and very family oriented. There are cash payouts eight places deep for the heaviest kingfish, dolphin and wahoo, plus ten cash prizes for junior anglers! There are plenty of other ways to win and the event also features a huge raffle.Tournament proceeds support the marine conservation and youth education initiatives of the non-profit West Palm Beach Fishing Club and the Palm Beach County Fishing Foundation. www.kdwclassic.com.
The Castaways Sailing Club Annual Castaways Cup
A two-day point-to-point regatta dedicated to fellowship, fun, and friendly racing! When the St. Lucie Inlet is deemed safe after emergency dredging is completed, it is our intention to resume our traditional Castaway Cup Weekend at the Hutchinson Island Marriott.
Hospice of PBC Horizons Fishing Tournament
International Coastal Cleanup/Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful
The mission of Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, Inc. is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County through programs and partnerships that encourage public agencies, private entities, residents and visitors to reduce litter and waste, increase recycling, beautify and maintain public spaces, and inspire generations of environmental stewards.
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association
The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association proudly represents the interests of commercial and recreational users of the waterway. AIWA is the only organization dedicated to ensuring the future of the AIWW and, as such, we have earned the reputation of being “The Voice of the Waterway.”Our members hail from 39 states and Canada and include both commercial and recreational users.
Palm Beach County Diving Association
Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative
The LWLI is a partnership-driven effort to support increasing awareness of Palm Beach County's largest estuary and implement solutions to protect and enhance this valuable natural system. We invite you to learn more about our work and to join us in supporting efforts to enhance fish and wildlife habitat, improve and protect water quality, and increase public awareness of the Lagoon. http://www.pbcgov.org/erm/lwli/index.asp
PBC Artificial Reef and Environmental Enhancement Committee (AREEC)
Created in 1985 by the Board of County Commissioners, local government officials, commercial and recreational anglers, SCUBA divers, scientists, and conservationists review, discuss, and make recommendations for artificial reef and estuarine enhancement projects. http://pbcgov.com/erm/coastal/reef/
Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council
A nine-member, county-appointed board, chaired by the county commission chairman, which uses bed tax dollars paid by visitors staying less than six months to promote county attractions, natural features, events and accommodations. Tourism marketing targets leisure travel, eco-tourism, beach and water activities, sports, cultural interests, business groups/conventions, events, and meetings.
Discover Palm Beach County
Tourism is Palm Beach County's number one industry, generating over $2.6 billion dollars annually in our area's economy. The Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau is charged with the promotion and marketing of the tourism industry in the State of Florida, the United States and international markets.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau services include the development of an annual tourism marketing plan and the implementation of the plan through advertising, public relations, tour package development, online/electronic means, attendance at consumer and trade shows. Our well-trained team conducts familiarization tours and sales missions, participates in trade shows in foreign markets, conducts special projects, and other marketing initiatives agreed upon with the County to promote the destination.
These important programs are funded by the collection of a "bed tax" paid by lodging guests for short term stays in Palm Beach County.
Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches
Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce
Leadership Palm Beach County
Leadership Palm Beach County's Mission is to educate and unite leaders to build a better community. We achieve this through:
• 3 core educational programs (Adult, Youth, FOCUS)
• 2 strategic initiatives (Palm Beach County Ethics Initiative and our partnership with the Palm Beach County Career Academies)
• A host of events and activities (family-friendly alumni events, robust class projects, educational seminars and much more)