Oct 01, 2022


I am so thankful that our area dodged another hurricane, but also heartbroken for fellow Floridians on the Gulf Coast who took a big hit from Ian. If you are looking to give back, here is a list of community organizations providing aid to hurricane victims throughout the state: 

AccuDock is prioritizing customers with dock damage and those in need of a new dock. Their main goal is to get those affected by Hurricane Ian operational as soon as possible. Contact AccuDock at Info@AccuDock.com for more information. If any other members are offering similar services, please let us know and we will help spread the word. 

The past month was also a bit sad having to say goodbye to Stephanie Brown Lane. We had worked together for more than seven years, but she had a great new job opportunity that she decided to pursue. We will miss her but are very happy for her and wish her all the best. I am also excited to be welcoming a new staff member this month, so stay tuned for that exciting announcement.

We had a wonderful dinner on September 27 where MIAPBC recognized its business members with 10 years of membership. We also awarded member Andy Flack as Member of the Year (we pulled off another big surprise). Our Legislative Committee Chair Michael Kennedy and a representative from our lobbying firm Corcoran Partners gave an informative update on issues affecting our industry and what's coming up in the next Florida Legislative Session. There were many members and local and state leaders in attendance. Click here to see photos from the evening on Facebook.

Congratulations to Greg Reynold and LagoonKeepers for their proclamation at the Palm Beach County Commission meeting on September 13! We were happy to be in attendance to support all the great work he does removing derelict vessels from our beautiful waterways.

Planning for the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and toy drive is still going well. Sponsorships have been going quickly, so let us know soon if you would like to be a sponsor. If not, consider donating a prize or hosting a toy collection box at your business! Make sure you like our Facebook and IG pages to stay up to date on what's happening and please share with your network, too!

Lastly, we wish all our members displaying at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show at the end of the month much success! I hope to see some of you there.


Bluestar Marine, 1

Brown & Brown of FL, Inc., 1

Caloosa WaterWear, 1

Mainstreet Marketing, 1

Indiantown Marine Center, 2

Doyle Marine Management, 3

Palm Beach State College 3

Peanut Island Shuttle Boat, 3

Stealth Transport Group, 3

North Passage Yacht Club, 8

Lots of Yachts and Lots of Spots, 5

Sybrant Marine Services, 6

DeBond Corporation, 10

Canvas & Towers

Harold Warren

3500 MLK Blvd.

Riviera Beach, FL 33404


Phone: 561-319-0051

Website: https://www.canvasandtowers.com/

Engineered Yacht Solutions

Thomas McGowan

2010 Avenue B

Riviera Beach, FL 33404


Phone: 954-908-2920


Renny Insurance Group

TK Krumenacker

1300 Old Congress Ave.

West Palm Beach, FL 33409


Phone: 888-736-6950


Nova Southeastern University 

Sheriann Namer

11501 N Military Trail

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410



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The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County will no longer be using a PO Box.

Please send all correspondence to our physical address:

1208 US Highway 1, Suite B

North Palm Beach, FL 33408

MIAPBC announces the return of the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and Toy Drive along with a new presenting sponsor 

The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) is excited to announce its 28th annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and toy drive, benefiting Toys for Tots and Little Smiles, will be presented this year by Compass, a national real estate company with a large presence in South Florida.

For more information about Compass, visit https://www.compass.com/about/. 
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It's entertaining, free, and showcases a local treasure. LagoonFest celebrates everything Lake Worth Lagoon, one of the most picturesque waterways in The Palm Beaches.

LagoonFest Fest takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2022 along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach. Check out the exhibitor booths, see a live bird release, go on a kayak clean-up tour, do boat tours, have family fun in the kid's zone, plus there are local beers and food. Remember, it's free! Most of all, walk along Flagler Drive to see the stunning heart of Lake Worth Lagoon. 

The Lagoon is a 20-mile-long urban estuary, where beauty is above and below the waterline. It touches 13 cities in The Palm Beaches, from North Palm Beach to West Palm Beach to Boynton Beach. Lake Worth Lagoon is where you can go kayaking, boating, fishing, birdwatching, diving, sit back at waterfront restaurants, and find inlets leading to the Atlantic Ocean. 

Steppin' Out Steps Up: Full Moon Wahoo Series Concludes

Fishing at first light calls for an early morning. Covering a variety of depths and a lot of ground makes for a long day. When the moon is full and the wahoo are biting, these are willing sacrifices anglers make to target wahoo and capitalize on the opportunity to land this elusive fish. The West Palm Beach Fishing Club (WPBFC) concluded its 6th annual Full Moon Wahoo Series in early September, as teams once again dialed in their best trolling tactics, pushing each other to compete during the final leg of the three-part series.

WPBFC member Brian Komer and team BeachKomer went into the final full moon fishing day with points already on the board. They did not catch a fish in the first leg of the series in July, but landed a 17.8 pound wahoo in the second leg in August. BeachKomer followed this up with a special day offshore during the final September full moon fishing day. While docking to weigh-in at Sailfish Marina that morning, Brian jokingly announced, “I did a thing.� He was subtly hinting toward the fact they caught three wahoo that day, one being the single largest fish of the series at 52.1 pounds. Having caught a wahoo already in the series, BeachKomer logged a series aggregate of 69.9 pounds and put some serious pressure on teams competing for the title of Series Champions.

Catching three wahoo in one day is truly impressive; catching a wahoo on all three legs of the series is equally, if not more challenging. Teams were only eligible to weigh one fish each moon. The crew with the most weight logged from all three moons would be named Series Champions. WPBFC member Christian Mignano and team Steppin' Out logged a wahoo in both July and August. They were just one of two teams do to this. Entering the final leg with a well-earned lead over the rest of the fleet, it was up to them to seal the deal with one more fish toward their aggregate total.

In an unconventional fashion, they would hook their final wahoo trolling a simple blue & white Iland Jr. skirted over a rigged ballyhoo, fished from the rigger. Christian described this classic presentation as “old faithful.� This hungry wahoo eating this easy bait is testament to the theory behind the series, these fish bite around the full moons! Successfully landing this 16.1 pound wahoo was enough to bring their series aggregate total to 82.1 pounds, earning them the title of Series Champions! Steppin' Out got it done catching fish off a shotgun bait, one on the planer, and lastly out of the rigger in what they're calling a “spread slam.� A huge congrats goes out to these guys for consistently catching their targeted species each moon.

A total of 16 different teams caught a wahoo throughout the series, and more than 70 teams fished one or more legs of the series. It's always fun to get on the water to fish and compete as a club. Thank you to everyone who fished and to all our sponsors for supporting the Full Moon Wahoo Series and the historic West Palm Beach Fishing Club. Check out the series results here

Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast Caribbean Wind Event

The 9th annual JA Caribbean Wind event is being held to celebrate the new school year on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at the beautiful Safe Harbor Rybovich Marina. JA would love for you to join them, as guests enjoy an evening of cool breezes, Caribbean cuisine, cold cocktails, hand-rolled cigars, and live music from the One Tribe Band.

Click Here To Purchase Tickets

Youth Sailing Foundation of the Palm Beaches Announces 4th Annual Gala

Help fund sailing programs for children from the ages of 8 to 18. Sergio's Wayfinders teaches children on the autism spectrum how to sail and Adventure Sailing introduces at-risk children in Palm Beach County to sailing and other aspects of the marine industries to provide them more opportunities for growth and development. In addition to our programs, we support learn-to-sail, racing teams, and coaching clinics.


In addition to individual tickets, we offer sponsorship packages starting at $500. For more information on sponsorships Click Here. To purchase tickets Click Here. We are also accepting donations for our silent auction. For information on how to donate for the auction or questions on sponsorship contact foundation@ysfpb.org or phone 561.877.1304.

We are a Registered 501(c)3 Tax-Exempt Charitable Organization

Soverel Harbour Marina is hiring!

Responsible, reliable, self-starter wanted to join the staff of an upscale Marina Facility in Palm Beach Gardens.  Must have transportation and excellent customer service skills, Duties will include emptying trash receptacles, property access control, exemplary customer service to boat owners, minor maintenance, black water pumping, and landscaping related duties. Must be capable of working without supervision. Marina or boat handling experience a plus, RELIABILITY a MUST. Drug Free workplace. PART TIME: Shift Hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, days may be flexible. Holidays and weekends may be required as scheduled. Pay $14.00 / hr. Summer help considered. 18+ can apply in person or via email Tuesday through Saturday.

Soverel Harbour Marina
2401 PGA Blvd Ste 120
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

We are currently seeking a full time, motivated, self-starter with an eye for detail to join our team as a Bookkeeper / Administrator to provide customer service, day to day bookkeeping and administrative support in an upscale Marina environment in Palm Beach Gardens. This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. Candidate must have proven and demonstrable experience regarding all accounting functions using QuickBooks Pro Desktop Accounting System. Exceptional interpersonal communication skills, i.e. both verbal and written communication skills are essential, interfacing with unit owners, lessees, potential customers, and vendors, etc.

Soverel Harbour Marina

2401 PGA Blvd Ste 120

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410


Horizon Yacht USA
1201 U.S. Highway One, Suite 1, North Palm Beach, FL
Administrative Assistant Position
Horizon Yacht USA is looking to fill a full- time position for an administrative assistant in our North Palm Beach headquarters. The position reports to the President and the Marketing & Sales Director and is directly involved in day-to-day administrative tasks, including but not limited to: 

  • Receptionist duties including answering phones, greeting clients and printing documents
  • Assistance with compiling and mailing sales and sample packages
  • Inputting and updating contacts in our eblast system (MailChimp)
  • Creating and updating sales listings and packages, including work within MLS systems
  • Creating and updating select marketing materials
  •  Updating select areas of the company website

The position calls for a self-starter who can manage their time effectively, meet deadlines, and focus on detail-orientated tasks. The candidate should possess:
  • Proficiency with the computer, including Microsoft Office software (Excel, Word, Outlook) and internet searches
  • Proficiency with MLS systems is of benefit but not required, as candidate can be trained
  • Phone and in-person communication skills
  • Strong work ethic and drive to complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Sense of accountability, as there could be instances of minimal direct supervision

Experience in a similar position and/or other industry-related experience (including work as a crew member on a yacht) is of benefit but not required. Horizon Yacht USA offers competitive wages and an attractive benefits package, along with a fun and team-orientated work environment.

For more information or to send your resume in confidence, please contact Elise Caulder at elise@horizonyachtusa.com or 561-721-4850.

Showcase Recreational Boating on Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day (MFG Day), happening October 7, is a can't-miss workforce development opportunity for marine manufacturing. With events hosted around the country by a multitude of industries, this is the boating industry's chance to shine a spotlight on recreational boating, its local and national economic significance, and job opportunities.

Manufacturing Day provides a seamless way to open your doors to everyone from students and job seekers, to teachers and community leaders. NMMA encourages every manufacturing member to get involved. To learn more and register to host an event, visit https://creatorswanted.org/ 

Pumpout Nav Mobile App for  Boaters Expands to Florida

Florida Sea Grant, the University of Florida and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection are excited to announce that Pumpout Nav is available to Florida boaters. Boaters now have access to an interactive tool to locate more than 250 publicly available pumpouts, portable toilet dump stations, and mobile pumpout vessels throughout the state. Want to learn more? Click here.


CrossCurrents Newsletter is published by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. 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

Austin Burkett, President

E.J. Schrader Mattress Company, Inc.

Raymond Graziotto, Vice President 

Seven Kings Holding 

Janet Zimmerman, Treasurer/Secretary

Florida Inland Navigation District  

Mallory Doremus

Palmdale Oil Company

Tamra Fitzgerald 

Venue Marketing Group

Tino Garcia

Ferreira Construction Company, Inc.

George Gentile

2GHO, Inc.

William Gould

Intracoastal Marine Construction

Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy, Attorney

Dan Mueller

Viking Yachts Service Center

Charlie Nicklaus

C. Nicklaus Starling & Associates



Alyssa Freeman 

Executive Director


Stephanie Button

Administrative Manager

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