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🌊 MIAPBC CrossCurrents Newsletter


I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day weekend and all our friends and family on the Gulf are safe from Hurricane Idalia.

August was full of member events, and we really had a good time at each one of them. Congrats to Visit Palm Beach on their 27th Anniversary and addition of their new vessel, Motunui. What better way to celebrate than with a luau!

Ballpark of the Palm Beaches had an ocean themed night, which MIAPBC sponsored and was in attendance for as the Jupiter Hammerheads played the Palm Beach Cardinals.

Sailfish Marina brought back Singer Island Spiny Lobsterfest, where MIAPBC was a sponsor and had a booth display. The lobster and live music were fantastic!

Chase’n Tailz KDW Fishing Tournament celebrated 10 years and MIAPBC was proud to again sponsor and attend both the kickoff party and awards.

We have more planned for members in September, so be sure to register early for the events. By now, you should have received sponsorship information about the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and Toy Drive. Please consider being part of our 29th year by either sponsoring, donating an item, or collecting toys.


Venue Marketing, 14 years

Visit Palm Beach, 7 years  

Hemingway’s Boatyard the Ways, 3 years

Nautical Marine Services, LLC, 3 years 

Boat Marketing Pros, 2 year

Gillen Yacht Services, Inc, 2 years 

DD214 Charters & More, 2 years

Canvas and Tower, 1 Year

Engineered Yacht Solutions, 1 year

Nova Southeastern University, 1 year

10th Annual Chase'NTailz KDW Classic

We have been long-time sponsors for Chase'NTailz and had a wonderful time at their 10th Annual KDW Fishing Tournament. Congratulations again to our Boater Member Guy Bartels, for catching the heaviest fish!


Photos provided by: Leonard Bryant

Visit Palm Beach New Catamaran "Motunui"

Happy 27th Anniversary to Visit Palm Beach! MIAPBC staff got to celebrate with them at their Luau party where they revealed their new catamaran MOTUNUI inspired by the movie Moana.

The catamaran is great for any corporate event or charter for any occasion, we highly recommend you check them out and book in advance!


Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade & Toy Drive

December 2, 2023

Save the date for our 29th Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade on Saturday, December 2nd! Sponsor opportunities are now available, and the boat entry application is live. 


Photos provided by: Sean Paul


Boaters, Take Survey to Inform Additional Sewage Disposal Needs in Florida

Vicki Gambale, Sea Grant Florida

August 4, 2023

Boaters, we want to hear from you! Take a survey to help determine what and where additional sewage disposal resources are needed in the state.

Whether your boat has a head or not, your input is important. By participating in Florida Sea Grant’s boater survey, you’re helping to shape and direct sewage disposal resources. Whether it’s less wait times at pumpouts, more port-a-potty dump stations, or the need for information, we’re listening.


WPB OKs Flagler jumbo dock over residents’ protests

Wayne Washington, Palm Beach Post

Aug. 10, 2023

West Palm Beach approved a request Monday night for a dock off North Flagler Drive that extends 183 feet farther into the Intracoastal Waterway than typically allowed by city code.

The approval was granted two weeks after the City Commission rejected a plan to have a $16 million marina built off Flagler and despite opposition from some residents who argued the new jumbo dock would block their views and depress home values.


Top Recreational Boating States by Economic Impact: Florida

8/21/2023 | Statistics


Closing out NMMA’s ‘Top 20’ U.S. states for recreational boating economic impact is Florida in the number one spot. Data from NMMA’s recently released 2023 economic impact study, which measured the U.S. recreational boating industry’s total economic activity as well number of jobs supported, is a helpful tool when meeting with decision makers or marketing the importance of recreational boating to local and national economies.

Florida has more than $31 billion in annual economic impact and supports over 109,000 jobs in the state. A detailed infographic for Florida can be downloaded by NMMA members and industry stakeholders here.

Click here to read the full study release.

Check it off your summer bucket list and become a Florida Friendly Angler today!

Become a Florida Friendly Angler today through this FREE online course perfect for anyone who enjoys saltwater fishing and wants to learn more about what they can do to help conserve Florida’s marine resources. Designed for both new and seasoned anglers wanting to up their game, the course includes videos, narrated slides and interactive quizzes that teach skills and practices to help ensure fishing opportunities for the future.

In just under two hours, you can become a certified Friendly Florida Angler regardless of previous experience.



Individual Giving Manager - Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Development Associate - Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Michael Rybovich & Sons is hiring


  • Boat Builder/Carpenters
  • Marine Electricians
  • Mechanics
  • Painters/Varnishers

Competitive salary and recently updated comprehensive benefits package.

Come join our family-owned and operated custom sportfishing operation in Palm Beach Gardens. Work with some of the best craftsmen in the business!

Call Monday-Friday for additional information:

(561) 627-9168, and/or send your resume to:

Gillen Yacht Services is hiring

Gillen Yacht Services is Hiring!

Please email your resume to:

**NEW** Service Manager (LMC) - Ft Lauderdale

Lead Marine Diesel Mechanic / Job Foreman – Palm Beach

Lead Marine HVAC Tech – Palm Beach

Marine Fiberglass Tech – Palm Beach

Lead HVAC Tech – Ft Lauderdale

Marine Electrician – Palm Beach

Marine Painter - Palm Beach


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.

Tamra Fitzgerald, Vice President 

Venue Marketing Group

Raymond Graziotto, Secretary

Seven Kings Holding 

Janet Zimmerman, Treasurer

Florida Inland Navigation District  

Mallory Doremus

Palmdale Oil Company

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

Martin Murphy, Jr.


Doug West

Willis Custom Yachts


Alyssa Freeman 

Executive Director

Paola Pineros

Marketing & Membership Manager

Stephanie Button

Administrative Manager

Rena Blades

PBIBS Director of Community Relations and Government Affairs

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