Boating South Florida, through our sponsoring organization the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, is proud to support the following non-profit organizations:
FLORIDA FISHING ACADEMY
The Florida Fishing Academy (FFA) is a nonprofit, formed in 2006. The purpose is to empower 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. To date the FFA, has helped to change the lives of thousands of deserving children. They are constantly testing and improving their course and have recently adopted a proven, evidence-based life skills curriculum at the high school level, under the widely touted LifeSkills Training Program mode. This program has been shown to dramatically reduce drug use, risky sexual behavior, and unsafe driving habits. www.floridafishingacademy.com
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. They patrol the Intracoastal Waterway daily, in search of debris or debris sources that could adversely affect the health of our waters. They organize events and cleanups that allow others to participate in the care of the waters of Palm Beach County nurturing a sense of pride and ownership. Their ultimate goal Is to foster a sense of ownership in the Lake Worth Lagoon for the preservation and environmental health of the Lagoon.
ANNUAL PALM BEACH HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE AND TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE
Mark your calendar for the 21st annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade taking place Saturday, December 5, 2015. The parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. south of 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. Our 15th Annual On-the-Water toy drive, and toys collected by land, generated almost 9,000 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)