Why the Port of Palm Beach needs to make Money instead of Change

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FP&L Keeping up with the Future! Photo by George Black Jr. Port of Palm Beach Post. http://www.portofpalmbeachpost.com

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I shot this video footage on June 19, 2011 of the demolition of the Florida Power and Light Plant in the Port of Palm Beach. It became necessary to demolish it to build a new Plant for the future as it had become structurally obsolete.
Our Port itself has become structurally obsolete as well, and if we do not catch up to the future, we will be left in the past, and our county’s infrastructure will collapse.
I have also included some current photos of our failing sand pump that seems to be continually struggling to keep the shores of Palm Beach from washing away see: http://www.portofpalmbeachpost.com Army Corp. of Engineers.

I have also included photos of some of the recent repairs that are simply bandages for growing problem rather than a cure for the disease of our International Sea Port! We continue to have ongoing dredging in our sea port area just to maintain a reasonably functional sea port.
The new Panama Canal is scheduled to open in less than two years. We do not intend to ship with the new super ships; however, I believe we must plan for the future growth of our current customers or they will go somewhere else.

See continuing dredging photos:

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See sand pump repair photos:

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Note that the  wall of the pump house has recently been repaired as the new pipe was just connected to the old one. The old one was wearing and rusting out.

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Note the Polyethylene pipe that is exposed on the surface of the beach. This was used to connect other bad and deteriorating steel pipe as in the previous photo.

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As you can see from these photos, a new sand screen, and boom have recently been added to the old turret that siphons up the sand and pumps it over to Palm Beach Island. Will that turret last another 50 years? I think not.

Article by George Black Jr, Port of Palm Beach Post, http://www.portofpalmbeachpost.com

Thanksgiving on Singer Island, Florida

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Thanksgiving in Palm Beach Shores
Thanksgiving in Palm Beach Shores was a joyous occasion. It is a time to reflect on all those things that the Lord has given us, and to share with others that my not be as fortunate.
Our day started off with my normal bicycle ride, and breakfast. Then I attended the annual walk, run, and jog event at the MARRIOT’S OCEAN POINT in PALM BEACH SHORES, FL.
This event started about the same as the Macy’s Thanks Givings Day Parade. There were 145 contestants in the race.

To see the  race video (CLICK HERE).

After the walk, run, and jog event I joined the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was covered by NBC, and was an excellent event including such notables as The Rockets, Lucy Hale, Becky G, The Sesame Street cast, Ronald McDonald for his Charity, Nick Jones, The Smurfs, the Pillsbury Dough Boy, KISS, and many many more.

Thanksgining

Thanksgiving

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This article is about the holiday in several nations. For the holiday in the United States, see Thanksgiving (United States). For the holiday in Canada, see Thanksgiving (Canada). For other uses, see Thanksgiving (disambiguation).
Thanksgiving Day
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Saying grace before carving a turkey at Thanksgiving dinner in Neffsville, Pennsylvania, 1942
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History

Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times.[1] The Thanksgiving holiday’s history in North America is rooted in English traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation. It also has aspects of a harvest festival, even though the harvest in New England occurs well before the late-November date on which the modern Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated.[1][2]

In the English tradition, days of thanksgiving and special thanksgiving religious services became important during the English Reformation in the reign of Henry VIII and in reaction to the large number of religious holidays on the Catholic calendar. Before 1536 there were 95 Church holidays, plus 52 Sundays, when people were required to attend church and forego work and sometimes pay for expensive celebrations. The 1536 reforms reduced the number of Church holidays to 27, but some Puritans wished to completely eliminate all Church holidays, includingChristmas and Easter. The holidays were to be replaced by specially called Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving, in response to events that the Puritans viewed as acts of special providence. Unexpected disasters or threats of judgement from on high called for Days of Fasting. Special blessings, viewed as coming from God, called for Days of Thanksgiving. For example, Days of Fasting were called on account of drought in 1611, floods in 1613, and plagues in 1604 and 1622. Days of Thanksgiving were called following the victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588 and following the deliverance of Queen Anne in 1705. An unusual annual Day of Thanksgiving began in 1606 following the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 and developed into Guy Fawkes Day.[3]

In Canada

Main article: Thanksgiving (Canada)

While some researchers state that “there is no compelling narrative of the origins of the Canadian Thanksgiving day”,[4] the first Canadian Thanksgiving is often traced back to 1578 and the explorer Martin Frobisher. Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean, held his Thanksgiving celebration not for harvest but in thanks for surviving the long journey from England through the perils of storms and icebergs. On his third and final voyage to the far north, Frobisher held a formal ceremony in Frobisher Bay in Baffin Island (present-day Nunavut) to give thanks to God and in a service ministered by the preacher Robert Wolfall they celebrated Communion.[5]

Oven-roasted turkey

The origins of Canadian Thanksgiving are also sometimes traced to the French settlers who came to New France with explorer Samuel de Champlain in the early 17th century, who celebrated their successful harvests. The French settlers in the area typically had feasts at the end of the harvest season and continued throughout the winter season, even sharing food with the indigenous peoples of the area.[6]

As settlers arrived in Canada from New England, late autumn Thanksgiving celebrations became common. New immigrants into the country, such as the Irish, Scottish and Germans, also added their own traditions to the harvest celebrations. Most of the U.S. aspects of Thanksgiving (such as the turkey), were incorporated when United Empire Loyalists began to flee from the United States during the American Revolution and settled in Canada.[6]

Thanksgiving is now a statutory holiday in most jurisdictions of Canada, with the exception of the Atlantic provinces of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.[7]

In the United States

Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, 1914,Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts

In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly, but not universally, traced to a poorly documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. Pilgrims and Puritans who began emigrating from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England. Several days of Thanksgiving were held in early New England history that have been identified as the “First Thanksgiving”, including Pilgrim holidays in Plymouth in 1621 and 1623, and a Puritan holiday in Boston in 1631.[8][9] According to historian Jeremy Bangs, director of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, the Pilgrims may have been influenced by watching the annual services of Thanksgiving for the relief of the siege of Leiden in 1574, while they were staying in Leiden.[10] In later years, religious thanksgiving services were declared by civil leaders such as Governor Bradford, who planned a thanksgiving celebration and fast in 1623.[11][12][13] The practice of holding an annual harvest festival did not become a regular affair in New England until the late 1660s.[14]

Thanksgiving proclamations were made mostly by church leaders in New England up until 1682, and then by both state and church leaders until after the American Revolution. During the revolutionary period, political influences affected the issuance of Thanksgiving proclamations. Various proclamations were made by royal governors, John Hancock, General George Washington, and the Continental Congress,[15] each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes.[16] As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God”.[17]

In modern times the President of the United States, in addition to issuing a proclamation, will “pardon” a turkey, which spares the bird’s life and ensures that it will spend the duration of its life roaming freely on farmland.[18]

Debate about first celebrations in the United States

The traditional representation of where the first Thanksgiving was held in the United States has often been a subject ofboosterism and debate, though the debate is often confused by mixing up the ideas of a Thanksgiving holiday celebration and a Thanksgiving religious service. According to author James Baker, this debate is a “tempest in a beanpot” and “marvelous nonsense”.[8]

Local boosters in Virginia, Florida, and Texas promote their own colonists, who (like many people getting off a boat) gave thanks for setting foot again on dry land.(Jeremy Bangs[10])

These claims include an earlier religious service by Spanish explorers in Texas at San Elizario in 1598, as well as thanksgiving feasts in the Virginia Colony.[19] Robyn Gioia and Michael Gannon of the University of Florida argue that the earliest Thanksgiving service in what is now the United States was celebrated by the Spanish on September 8, 1565, in what is now Saint Augustine, Florida.[20][21] A day for Thanksgiving services was codified in the founding charter of Berkeley Hundred in Charles City County, Virginia in 1619.[22]

According to Baker, “Historically, none of these had any influence over the evolution of the modern United States holiday. The American holiday’s true origin was the New England Calvinist Thanksgiving. Never coupled with a Sabbath meeting, the Puritan observances were special days set aside during the week for thanksgiving and praise in response to God’s providence.”[8]

Fixing the date of the holiday

The reason for the earlier Thanksgiving celebrations in Canada has often been attributed to the earlier onset of winter in the north, thus ending the harvest season earlier.[23] Thanksgiving in Canada did not have a fixed date until the late 19th century. Prior to Canadian Confederation, many of the individual colonial governors of the Canadian provinces had declared their own days of Thanksgiving. The first official Canadian Thanksgiving occurred on April 15, 1872,[24] when the nation was celebrating the Prince of Wales‘ recovery from a serious illness.[23] By the end of the 19th century, Thanksgiving Day was normally celebrated on November 6. However, when World War I ended, the Armistice Day holiday was usually held during the same week. To prevent the two holidays from clashing with one another, in 1957 the Canadian Parliament proclaimed Thanksgiving to be observed on its present date on the second Monday of October.[6] Since 1971, when the AmericanUniform Monday Holiday Act took effect, the American observance of Columbus Day has coincided with the Canadian observance of Thanksgiving.[25][26]

Much as in Canada, Thanksgiving in the United States was observed on various dates throughout history. From the time of the Founding Fathers until the time of Lincoln, the date Thanksgiving was observed varied from state to state. The final Thursday in November had become the customary date in most U.S. states by the beginning of the 19th century. Thanksgiving was first celebrated on the same date by all states in 1863 by a presidential proclamation of Abraham Lincoln. Influenced by the campaigning of author Sarah Josepha Hale, who wrote letters to politicians for around 40 years trying to make it an official holiday, Lincoln proclaimed the date to be the final Thursday in November in an attempt to foster a sense of American unity between the Northern and Southern states.[27] Because of the ongoing Civil War and the Confederate States of America‘s refusal to recognize Lincoln’s authority, a nationwide Thanksgiving date was not realized untilReconstruction was completed in the 1870s.

On December 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a joint resolution of Congress changing the national Thanksgiving Day from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday. Two years earlier, Roosevelt had used apresidential proclamation to try to achieve this change, reasoning that earlier celebration of the holiday would give the country an economic boost.

Observance

Canada

Pumpkin pie is commonly served on and around Thanksgiving in North America.

Main article: Thanksgiving (Canada)

Thanksgiving (French: l’Action de grâce), occurring on the second Monday in October, is an annual Canadian holiday to give thanks at the close of the harvest season. Although the original act of Parliament references God and the holiday is celebrated in churches, the holiday is mostly celebrated in a secularmanner. Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday in all provinces in Canada, except for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. While businesses may remain open in these provinces, the holiday is nonetheless recognized and celebrated regardless of its status.[28][29][30][31][32]

Germany

A food decoration for Erntedankfest, a Christian Thanksgiving harvest festival celebrated in Germany

The Harvest Thanksgiving Festival, Erntedankfest, is an early October, GermanChristian festival. The festival has a significant religious component to it, but also, like its North American counterpart, includes large harvest dinners (consisting mostly of autumn crops) and parades.[38] The Bavarian beer festival Oktoberfest generally takes place within the vicinity of Erntedankfest.

Japan

Labor Thanksgiving Day (勤労感謝の日 Kinrō Kansha no Hi?) is a national holiday inJapan. It takes place annually on November 23. The law establishing the holiday, which was adopted during the American occupation after World War II, cites it as an occasion for commemorating labor and production and giving one another thanks. It has roots in an ancient harvest ceremony (Niiname-sai (新嘗祭?)) celebrating hard work.

See also

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Associated press and AOL (Ferguson)

FERGUSON, Missouri (AP) – Some witnesses called it a tussle. Others described it as a tug-of-war. Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson testified that they were fighting over his handgun.None of the witnesses who testified, other than Wilson, could say exactly what was happening inside his police car, but by almost all accounts, Michael Brown was physically struggling with the officer through his open window moments before he was fatally shot on Aug. 9.

Wilson blamed it on Brown, saying the teenager reached through his driver’s side window, hit him in the face, called him a “pussy” and grabbed his gun. Wilson told the grand jury that he pulled the trigger twice in his own defense, but no shots went off.

“At this point I’m like, why isn’t this working? This guy is going to kill me if he gets ahold of this gun. I pulled it a third time, it goes off.”

Wilson’s description of his state of mind during that initial confrontation may help explain why jurors decided not to indict. One of the legal standards for justifiable use of deadly force in Missouri is whether an officer reasonably believed his life was in danger.

Thousands of pages of testimony reviewed by The Associated Press show the encounter between the white police officer and the black 18-year-old started off badly, and very quickly spiraled out of control.

Wilson had just wrapped up a call about a sick child. Brown had just stolen a pack of cigarillos from a convenience store. Wilson spotted Brown and a friend walking down the center of a residential street, and told them to move aside. They refused, and Brown responded with an expletive.

That was the moment when Wilson said he realized Brown matched the description of the robbery suspect, and decided to confront the young men singlehandedly, backing up his vehicle to block Brown’s path.

What happened next was witnessed by people in at least two passing vehicles and residents watching from the porches and balconies of nearby apartment buildings. They told their accounts either directly to grand jurors or to FBI interviewers, whose recordings were played for the jury. Wilson and Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, also recounted their versions of the struggle, sometimes with conflicting details.

Many of the eyewitnesses from the nearby buildings were older, had never been interviewed by the news media in the months since the shooting, and accused younger residents of circulating false stories about Brown having been shot while lying defenseless on the ground.

Wilson said he tried to open his vehicle door, Brown pushed it shut, and then he pushed Brown with the door before Brown reached in and hit him in the face.

Johnson saw it differently: He said Wilson had pulled his vehicle so close to them that when the officer tried to open the door, it hit Brown hard and bounced back. Then, Wilson’s “arm came out the window, and that’s the first initial contact that they had. The officer grabbed, he grabbed ahold of Big Mike’s shirt around the neck,” Johnson said.

Other witnesses then noticed the commotion.

“I don’t know if he had grabbed him or what, but you could see them tussling in the car, they were moving around,” said a witness watching from a porch whose taped interview was played for grand jurors. Though Brown was on the outside of the vehicle, his hands appeared to be inside it, the witness aid.

It was “just like some kind of tug of war or something was going on,” the witness said.

A passing driver told the FBI that it appeared as though Brown’s head was poking through the vehicle’s window. The driver couldn’t see the officer’s hands, “But I did see a wrestle … like a tussle back and forth.”

Another motorist also described them grappling.

“The young man was standing outside the window and the police inside the window. And he had ahold of the young man, and the young man had ahold of him, and they are struggling with one another,” the motorist said. “I saw Michael punching a couple times through the window.”

Wilson testified that at that moment, he was thinking: “What do I do not to get beaten inside my car?”

“I drew my gun,” Wilson told the grand jury. “I said, “Get back or I’m going to shoot you.”

“He immediately grabs my gun and says, ‘You are too much of a pussy to shoot me,'” Wilson added.

The officer said he felt the gun twisting down on his hip, “and that point I thought I was getting shot.”

Wilson then got off a shot that went through Brown’s hand from a distance of 6 to 9 inches, a pathologist at the St. Louis County medical examiner’s office determined. It was the only bullet that hit Brown at close range, spilling blood that stained Wilson’s pants leg and the interior driver’s side door handle. DNA from both men was found on the gun, said the DNA technical leader at the St. Louis County crime lab.

The fatal shots came moments later. Johnson fled, then Brown, and the officer left the car in pursuit.

Wilson testified that Brown then reversed course and approached him. He fired a round of shots, and said Brown paused, then came at him again, “just coming straight at me like he was going to run right through me.”

“And when he gets about … 8 to 10 feet away, I look down, I remember looking at my sites and firing, all I see is his head and that’s what I shot.”

Brown fell to the ground, fatally wounded by the last of the seven bullets that struck his body.

Wilson then got his police radio and said “give me a supervisor and every car you got.”

Public attention to this killing has frequently focused on the fact that Brown was unarmed. But whether or not Brown had a weapon makes little difference under Missouri law. State law says officers can act with deadly force when they believe it is necessary to arrest a person who has committed a felony or who may “endanger life or inflict serious physical injury.”

The jurors asked about this deadly force standard Friday shortly before they began deliberating. One asked whether a person’s hands could be considered a weapon, and was told yes. Another asked whether Brown himself could be seen “as being a weapon” because of his “size and demeanor.”

Prosecutor Kathi Alizadeh then interjected: “Those things that you are asking is, could a person reasonably believe that their life was threatened? That’s the crux of what you all have to talk about.”

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Associated Press writers Phillip Lucas, Michael Kunzelman, Catherine Lucey, Nomaan Merchant, Garance Burke, Jeff Donn, David B. Caruso and Paul Weber contributed to this report.

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From the Military Magazine “STARS AND STRIPES”

Army Corp of Engineers survey the inlet of the Port of Palm Beach

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Photo of the Army Corp of Engineers surveying the inlet to the Port of Palm Beach/ photo by GeorgeBlack Jr.

This video is of the Army Corp of Engineers surveying the inlet channel of the Port of Palm Beach. I met with some members of the Army Corp of Engineers on 10/20/2014. This was in response to an emergency call from the Port District on 10/17/2014 concerning shoaling in the channel of our sea port.

At that time the concern was both environmental, and commercial.

Environmental, from the perspective that sand washes from north to south along our sea shore while the Gulf Stream travels from south to north. This southward movement of sand along our sea coast threatens both to close our channel, which, in essence would put this International Sea Port out of business, and with the closure of the inlet, the sea grasses and marine life as we know it, would be threatened due to the drop of the salinity of the lake water, and because of the backup of the run-off from the common elements of an industrialized population of an agricultural community.

In addition to these problems, our power plant may not be able to sustain the cooling of its generators which may cause electrical shortages within our growing population if our vintage sand pump does not continue to work. In this video you will note the sand pumping dredge, the servicing ships to carry equipment for the sand pumping and dredging operation, and the divers surveying the inlet channel of our international sea port.

I have written these documentations because if we do not keep up with the future we will be left in the past. Quite frankly, our sand pump and Sea Port is becoming structurally obsolete. Our channel is also becoming functionally obsolete compared to today’s standards. We have been dredging on a regular basis for the last couple of years. Our sand pumping equipment has been patched in two, three, or more areas since the Hurricanes of 2004 and 2005.

Eventually things wear out, and if we become unable to support the expected growth of Tropical Shipping, Florida Crystal, and other business concerns of the Port District, and the continental growth of the United States that ship through our Sea Port we will lose our business, our jobs, and wellbeing to Port St. Lucie, Port Miami, or Port Everglades.

Therefore it seems essential to me to renew our sand pump, deepen our channel, and turning basin, and build the prospected Inland Port for the future, our people, and our Country.

The last time our channel was deepened was in 1963 taking the mean water depth to 33″. Since then our improvements have kept up with the times, but have not prepared for the future. The proposed new depth which I also proposed when I ran for Commissioner of the Port of Palm Beach is 39 feet, and with a proposed width increase of 50 feet. I also proposed to connect I-95 to Martin Luther King Jr. St. also known as the Purple Heart Highway, and Beeline Highway.

These improvements along with the construction of the Inland Port also proposed by both Commissioner Wayne Richards, and myself should insure the continued existence of the shores of Palm Beach, the sea life of Lake Worth, more jobs in the Port’s district, plus a bright future for Palm Beach County.

George Black Jr. (editor/staff writer of the Port of Palm Beach Post, Politician, business man.)

The information for this report was obtained primarily from documents of the Port of Palm Beach, and also sources such as the Army Corp of Engineers, whether data, marine studies, economic studies, etc.

Crazy Mad Fishing!

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Crazy Mad Fishing by George Black Jr./Port of Palm Beach Post. http://www.portofpalmbeachpost.com

This video was taken on Singer Island, Florida yesterday 11/19/2014. There were many fish being caught, and a good time was had by all. The Cold snap of the evening brought the bait fish in and they were trapped against the shore by a large school of larger fish. Most every fisherman left with their share of fish.

Squirrel eats cabbage palm seeds

This video is of a squirrel eating cabbage palm nuts.

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REPAIR RUSTED ELECTRIC BOX

From time to time home repairs become a necessity. When buildings get in excess of twenty years old if the building is not well maintained, they start becoming structurally obsolete. Garbage disposals, air conditioners, well pumps, electrical fixtures and the like start needing maintenance. Such is the case with the exterior electric boxes. Here is what we did on one of our building that had rusted out electrical boxes that would have cost $3,500.00 to $5,000,00 by estimate to repair.

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Old rusted out electrical box.

Old rusted out electrical box.

MORNING RIDE

 

 

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This video was taken on my morning ride to check our one of my cameras.

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