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🌊 MIAPBC CrossCurrents Newsletter


The first month of 2024 is now behind us and it’s not slowing down!

If you attended the South Florida Fair this year, hopefully you were able to see our booth in the expo center along with other marine organizations in our community. The theme this year was “Dive into the Fair.” We taught people of all ages how to tie basic fishing knots (thanks to supplies provided by the WPB Fishing Club) and handed out Boater’s Directories.

We have several announcements to share with you this month. The first being that membership dues are now PAST DUE if you have not yet renewed. Work has commenced in putting together the new Boater’s Directory (our membership directory that goes to print prior to the Palm Beach International Boat Show). A proof will be circulated prior to the final printing of the publication, so please make sure to check your email and make sure your listing is accurate. We do our best to check for mistakes, but with 250+ business members we do sometimes miss things. If you would like to purchase an ad in the directory let us know!

Our member awards dinner last week was wonderful! Make sure to check out the photos we posted from Susan Speaks McGirt Photography. Congratulations to all the award winners and those celebrating milestone anniversaries. I was extremely grateful (and surprised) to receive an award for my 15 years at MIAPBC, so thank you for all the love!

We are excited to announce that later this month the Palm Beach International Boat Show Gives Back grant program will be awarding $500,000 to 25 non-profit organizations with projects and programs in Palm Beach County. Stay tuned for more information on who the recipients are and how you can get involved!

The boat show comes to town March 21-24 and we hope to see all of our members there! We will have a members-only kickoff party aboard the South Beach Lady on March 20 (invite to come) and have many wonderful sponsorship opportunities available. We are also partnering with the Palm Beach Post to publish a boat show section again. Advertising is available at excellent rates for members, but very limited!

Lastly, it’s career fair season! MIAPBC staff recently attended a career showcase at the Palm Beach County Convention Center where we met with about 1,000 high school students from all over Palm Beach County. Many were interested in learning more about the marine industry and had no idea of all the possibilities that existed! All the copies we brought with the list of internships and job shadow opportunities were taken, so we collected about 100 more emails to send afterwards. If you have an opportunity that you would like us to share at upcoming career fairs let us know! This is another member benefit that we are happy to provide.

I know that was a lot of information! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out. 


Brownie's Yacht Diver Stores, 15

Sea Land Insurance Corp., 15

Florida Fishing Academy, 15

Informa Markets, 11

Port Consolidated, Inc., 11

Nautical Ventures, 11

Michael Kennedy, Attorney, 7

Port of Palm Beach Seafarers Center Inc., 6

Genius Promos, 5

Palm Beach Fuel Barge, 5

Glidecoat a Division of Onan Technologies Inc., 5

Palm Beach Yacht Sales, 5

Reverse Osmosis of South Florida, 5

Youth Sailing Foundation of the Palm Beaches Inc., 5

Lewis Marine Supply, 4

First On Deck Marketing, 4

Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, 4

Town of Jupiter, 2

KnowWake, 2

Ocean Wraps, 2

DeAngelo Marine Exhaust, 1

Bolchoz Marine Advisors Inc., 1

Attention Members:

This is the LAST CHANCE to renew your membership to make it into the 2023-24 Boaters Directory! All members receive a FREE listing! Login to our website to update your listing or your description will be left BLANK. We extended the deadline to February 15, don't wait until the last minute.

Please call the office 561-863-0012 or email with any questions.

Click here to login and renew your membership online!

Click here to advertise in the 2024-25 Boaters' Directory!

MIAPBC Annual Member Awards Dinner

Our Annual Member Awards was held Tuesday, January 23rd at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Thank you to everyone who joined us and congratulations again to all the award recipients!

Lifetime Achievement Award: Mark Crosley

Environmental Steward Award: ANGARI Foundation

Marine Business of the Year: DRSA

Marty Murphy Sr. Member of the Year: Ryan Daniello

15 Years of Service with MIAPBC: Alyssa Freeman


Claim Your Future Showcase


We were able to meet with a thousand high school students from all over Palm Beach County at The Claim Your Future Showcase and share about the Marine Industries and all the career opportunities available within the industry. The more opportunities we have for young people in our community the higher success we will have for our workforce needs in the future!

We have more upcoming career fairs, so be sure to send us info if you do (or would) offer internships or job shadowing opportunities. Please email Feel free to elaborate if there is a certain timeframe, age requirement, or any other requirements. 

South Florida Fair 2024

Thank you for diving into the fun with us this year!

We had a wonderful time promoting MIAPBC and the Palm Beach International Boat Show with attendees in the expo center.

We taught people of all ages how to tie basic fishing knots (thanks to supplies provided by the WPB Fishing Club) and handed out Boater’s Directories.

Sailing Scholarships for Underserved Youth

Dedicated to breaking down barriers for underserved youth, the Youth Sailing Foundation of the Palm Beaches, in collaboration with the Palm Beach Sailing Club, proudly announces sailing scholarships tailored for young enthusiasts this spring and summer. Beyond being a mere sport, sailing is a transformative experience, and these scholarships are designed to be a gateway for all youth to explore the boundless possibilities it offers.

Our mission is clear: We are dedicated to removing barriers so all youth can experience the joys of sailing. Sailing seamlessly blends physical activity and mental stimulation, fostering fitness, agility, and coordination while enhancing mental well-being by promoting focus, resilience, and adaptability. Beyond the deck, sailing imparts essential life skills crucial for personal development.

For those eager to embark on this maritime journey, applying for scholarships is straightforward – visit the Youth Sailing Foundation's website HERE or EMAIL for eligibility and application details.

For information about the youth classes visit Palm Beach Sailing Club’s website HERE.

Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast

Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast needs companies like yours to exhibit at JA Inspire® Career Fair to mentor students and open their eyes to a future full of career possibilities with your company.

🚀 Why Participate?

- Showcase your company's passion and career opportunities.

- Engage with enthusiastic students through hands-on exhibits.

- Make a lasting impact on the future workforce of Palm Beach County.

📝 Register Today:

Register for your preferred JA Inspire event, contact Katelyn Bates at

Let's inspire and shape the future together!

The Silver Sailfish Derby has been hosted by the West Palm Beach Fishing Club since 1935 and continues to be the organization’s marquee event. The WPBFC is proud to continue this tradition that represents an important part of its region’s unique identity. 

A total of 149 Atlantic sailfish were released over the duration of the 2024 Derby and 13 sails were tagged.  Calm conditions offshore and light rain showers on the first day weren’t ideally suited for flying kites and presenting live baits.  Participants and spectators alike who follow the tournament each year have a great perspective on the fleet’s sailfishing prowess. It seems Derby boats have always managed to catch sailfish despite the conditions. Click the button below to read all about the 87th Annual Silver Sailfish Derby.


BoatUS: Be Vigilant When Renewing Your Boat's US Coast Guard Vessel Documentation

Official-looking vessel documentation renewal notices can lead to confusion and higher costs.


FWC conducting technical assistance sessions for interested boating access grant program applicants 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering technical assistance to potential applicants interested in the Florida Boating Improvement Program and the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program. 

The FWC works to improve boating access by evaluating potential sites for new boating access facilities and those in need of renovation or expansion; funding construction and renovation of boating access facilities; and administering grants programs for boating access and boating-related activities. 

The FWC will host four online technical assistance sessions for potential applicants interested in the Florida Boating Improvement Program and the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program in January. Applicants already familiar with the programs should still attend a technical assistance session to learn about recent guideline changes. 

FBIP provides funding through competitive grants for boating access projects and other boating-related activities benefiting motorized vessels in Florida. Eligible program participants include county governments, municipalities and other governmental entities of the state of Florida. 

BIGP provides funding through competitive grants for tie-up facilities for transient recreational boats 26 feet or longer. The program is funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Eligible participants include local governments, Native American tribes, Port districts, nonprofit organizations, private organizations, state agencies and some special purpose districts, if legally authorized to acquire and develop public outdoor recreation facilities. 


The FBIP application period will open on January 19 and close March 20, 2024. The BIGP application period will open April 1 and close July 1, 2024. 

Interested parties can visit the Boating Grants Programs website to attend one of the following sessions via Microsoft Teams: 

·       Monday, Jan. 8, 10–11 a.m.

·       Wednesday, Jan. 10, 10–11 a.m.

·       Tuesday, Jan. 16, 10–11 a.m.

·       Thursday, Jan. 18, 10–11 a.m. 

For more information, email the Boating and Waterways Section at or call 850-488-5600.

Boaters encouraged to be on the lookout during right whale calving season 

If you plan to boat or fish in the Atlantic Ocean this winter, be on the lookout for North Atlantic right whales that are calving in state and federal waters off Florida, Georgia and South Carolina from November through April. This endangered species is extremely hard to spot and collisions with vessels put passengers and crew at risk and could cause injury or death to right whales. With approximately 360 individuals remaining, right whales are one of the world's most endangered large whale species.

The first right whale mother-calf pair of the season was spotted on Nov. 28 off South Carolina. Several more adult females have been sighted from North Carolina to Georgia since Nov. 15, all potential mothers this winter. Aerial survey efforts will increase off Florida and Georgia heading into December.

Follow these boating safety tips during right whale season:

  • Go slow, which can give you time to react.
  • Post a lookout! Watch for black objects, unusual or persistent whitewater, and splashes.
  • Avoid boating in the dark, when visibility is poor or in rough seas.
  • Use or the Whale Alert app to monitor the seasonal presence of right whales in your area.
  • Check for signage at your local boat ramp or marina as a reminder of what to look for and how to identify and report right whale sightings.
  • If a whale is spotted, slow down, operate at a slow speed or put your engine in neutral if possible. Assess the scene and slowly leave the area while keeping watch. Never pursue or follow a whale. Keep at least 500 yards from right whales (it’s the law).
  • Report whale sightings and collisions immediately to the U.S. Coast Guard on marine VHF Ch. 16 or call 1-877-WHALE-HELP (942-5343). 

Learn more about what you can do to prevent right whale collisions at by clicking “Wildlife” then “Mammals” and select “North Atlantic Right Whales.”

Follow @FWCResearch on Facebook and Instagram for updates throughout the calving season.

For more information about right whales visit NOAA Fisheries website, click on Species and then North Atlantic Right Whale. NOAA Fisheries website, click “Find a Species” then “Whales.”



Marine Service Technician

This position requires mechanical and electrical boat repair experience. Marine technicians inspect, maintain, and repair boats of all kinds. Using diagnostic equipment, they test and repair boat engines, hulls, propellers, rigging, and navigational equipment. They may also install and test sanitation and refrigeration systems, cabinetry, electrical systems, steering gear, and accessories. This position requires mechanical knowledge or background from marine, automotive, motorsports or heavy equipment repair. Pay is based on experience. Technical experience is preferred. To be successful as a marine service technician, you should have excellent attention to detail and strong self-discipline. An outstanding marine service technician demonstrates great hand-eye coordination and should be able to follow written and verbal instructions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Inspection of boats and motors as they are received.
  • Troubleshoot and repair boats & engines for customers and dealer stock.
  • Outboard engine installation and rigging of new boats and repowers.
  • On water testing of new and repaired boats to verify proper operation.
  • Installation of accessories and electronics.
  • Complete Warranty repairs in a timely matter.
  • Scraping away old paint, barnacles, and debris from vessels.
  • Keep a clean and safe working area.
  • Follow procedures with attention to detail.
  • Prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Communicate with customers in a professional manner.
  • Good customer service skills.
  • Reading through repair and installation orders to determine the material, time, and equipment required.
  • A willingness to learn and accept constructive feedback.
  • The ability to carry heavy loads and to stand, sit, and stoop for prolonged periods.
  • Data entry of time and parts used.
  • All other responsibilities as assigned by management.

Marine Service Technician Requirements:

  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED.
  • Relevant certificates may be required.
  • Certified Yamaha and Mercury outboard Technician preferred.
  • Practical experience with tools and equipment used in marine maintenance.
  • Ability to read and understand technical manuals.

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:

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.

Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy, Attorney

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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