PS: 9/19/13 Committee meeting

After further considering the position of Tropical, and the Port. It was also stated that Tropical does not use all of the Maritime Office Building(MOB) that they have under lease. In order for them to remain in the PORT. Maybe they could lease only the area of the building they use, and the rest could be leased out to others. This would save them money, and The PORT could keep them in the building at the same price/sq. while making a profit on the rest of the building.


Army Corp of Engineers take core samples of the bottom of our freshly deepened channel for potential future development of our channel and turning basin.

Army Corp of Engineers take core samples of the bottom of our freshly deepened channel for potential future development of our channel and turning basin.



On September 19, 2013 the official board meeting was opened at approximately 4:04 pm (EST) by Chairman George Mastick. There was a quorum with all required officers were present. The pledge of allegiance was given to the respect of our country and flag, and the meeting proceeded. The minutes of the proceeding meeting were unanimously accepted ant then some of the items of the consent agenda modified. This was also unanimously approved.

The meeting quickly moved through additions and deletions one issue concerning community grants and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sponsorship. The meeting then moved to an award presentation to Mr. Richard Laird, for 10 years of outstanding service to the Port. This type of outstanding service is commendable. The award was presented by the Port Commissioners, and the Port’s Executive Director Mr. Manual Almira. During the award a quick photo session by the Port’s Public Relations Specialist Julie Huston Trieste was performed, and the meeting resumed.

The other issues of this September meeting are not necesstily in order or complete as the meeting was roughly 2 ½ hr. long, and to go into complete  detail would be writing a chapter in a book so I have chosen to touch upon the topics that I feel are most important, them being, not  necessarily in this order, the power plant coming online, the County code violation that has been cited against the Port, and the Maritime Museum on Peanut Island, the renewal of Tropical Shipping’s lease of the MOB, Power line easements and improvements, A change order in construction, and the extension of time to sell the Bahamas Celebration. These issues being presented to the Board of Commissioners by Port Executive Director Manuel Almira and his assistants.

The Port of Palm Beach has been cited along with the Peanut Island Maritime Museum for failing to obtain a permit for a specific event that was held at the Museum on Peanut Island. The preliminary hearing on the alleged violation is to be held on October 2, 2013. It is now necessary that both the Port as property owners, and the Museum “Maritime Business” have legal representation at this hearing. It was decided by the commission that the Port’s attorney Greg Pickens is to be present at that meeting along with Anthony Miller “Maritime Business” and their legal council. The Port of Palm Beach Post will try to keep you informed upon this issue. Eventually the Port must decide who is to pay for the Port’s representation of this action, and whether if the Maritime Museum has committed a violation, will the lease to “Maritime Business” lease be terminated?

There was also discussion concerning the Legal Services of Lewis, Longman, and Walker PA reviewing, and possibly modifying the Port’s Charter, both bringing it up to date and codifying it.

It appears from the Port’s Executive Director Manuel Almira’s report both the tonnage and the number of cargo shipments were up from a year to date. This brings to question in my mind, If Tropical is our largest customer and is shipping more product, how can they expect to get a lower rate on their soon to expire lease of the MOB if they are doing more business. I think they should show us their Tax Statements to prove they need the much lower price that they are requesting on the MOB or they should be fair, and pay the Port at least their current rate or more due to inflation upon the termination of their old lease agreement which has been extended by our commission until March 31st.

According to Commissioner Jean Enright she would not approve anything less than $10.75 to $11.00/ sq. Ft. It is understood by this writer that there has been a study done approximately four years ago that suggests that comparable property values of a property located with the facilities we provide such as rail service, fueling service, trucking accommodations with scales, and the other amenities that our International Sea Port should be getting $14 to $15/ sq. Ft. for the lease that Tropical currently maintains. Obviously we do not want to lose our largest tenant that has been a friend to the Port for a long time;  however, if Tropical is shipping more and making more money than before, why should the tax payers loose their Port’s income, and risk being taxed themselves for Tropical’s business? My compromise would bring the matter to $11.50 to $12.00/ Sq Ft. assuming the figures I have heard are correct.

If I understood the statements correctly, Commissioner Mastics said the Port would have a $1.5 million dollar write off, if the MOB was destroyed for parking purpose, and that we would make more than the $8.00/ square foot. That Tropical is proposing now just in acquired parking space.

Aside from the Tropical lease issue we have an issue of the negotiation and sale of the Bahamas’ Celebration sale in progress, and a couple of issues with FP&L aside from them soon to be going on line with their new power plant. It seems in order to properly clean and prepare the electrical generator’s steam emission towers there will be a pink cloud emitted from the steam towers until the system is properly scrubbed.

The points I have reported are in my opinion the most important issues being discussed currently as the normal routine of business occurs at the Port. There were more issues discussed; however, I feel these are the highlights. Again the formal minutes of this meeting have not yet been approved so there is room for errors and omissions in my highlight section.







Article from one of our Jupiter contributers

“Tell Me All About it!”
A comment on the Importance of Discussing a Child’s Art
            Watch a child’s face light up and transform to a sweet, shyness, or to an excited, earnestness when you focus only on him or her and say “Tell me all about it”.
            There are times when a new preschool teacher or child care center caregiver does not recognize the importance of every minute spent with a child as a child creates a new work of art. His or her creative expression must be acknowledged.
            He or she leans in for a special closeness, while sharing the finest details of a drawing, a painting, or a collage. One may be fortunate enough to feel a warm glow of reward and say to yourself, “Now this is why I am here, in this place, at this time, with this child!”
            The caregiver at hand has an immense responsibility to help the child’s development of self – confidence, self – esteem, and a sense of security. A child must think someone really cares about what he or she says, thinks, and does. It is not a caregiver’s place to critique the art, but to offer a personal brief reaction with “Oh I really like that!”, or “I think that is very interesting!” Save “That’s good.” for writing a letter or numeral correctly.
            Open – ended questions keep a discussion going with, “What is this little character doing over here?”, or “Why did you choose this color?” (or shape, size, etc.) More questions could be “What is your favorite part?”, “Why did you choose this pattern?” The reward for the caregiver is the obvious awakening of the child as he or she sits up straight with a new look of enthusiasm on his or her face to answer such questions and have individual time to tell someone about his or her creation.
            Encouraging building blocks as an art form is fun for everyone involved. Sometimes children create intricate structures with simple wooden blocks of many shapes and sizes. The designs of beauty and practical use lead to lengthy discussions “What did you build over here?” “How can it be used?” “Where might this be found outside?”
            Some children find sitting at a table with paper boring and stifling until he or she develops an interest in fine motor skill art with small pieces or simply crayons or paintbrushes. Collage materials such as snips of colored paper, small leaves, feathers, pom – poms, small pieces of twigs, cut up pipe cleaners, small buttons, etc. may lead to a scene or a pattern, or just a random creative piece. A child’s imagination can provide a great deal of discussion after using such choices of materials!
            Use of different tools and different forms of paint provide an endless realm of art possibilities. A tooth brush with tempera paint, a Q – tip with water colors, a cotton ball, a feather, a string, or a marble (in a pie pan closely supervised by the caregiver!) all dipped in tempera paint would provide many unique creations to amaze the artist! Even the use of fingers and finger paint provides a pleasure for the sense of touch as more topics for discussion are appearing. “How did that feel on your fingers?” (cold, wet, smooth, sticky, etc.) “What did you see when your red paint mixed with your yellow paint?”
            The development of drawing is just as much fun, though not as messy and time consuming as paint – related projects. When in doubt for a few brief segment of time, say, “Let’s draw!” Some plain white paper and a basket of crayons provide materials necessary for more fascinating art! The caregiver could write the child’s remarks on papers as dictation. “This is a boat. The sharks are close to it.” Or “This is my mom. She is cooking dinner.” There may be just a crooked line, an irregular circle, a zigzag, or some other little marks, but, he or she see it as whatever it is that you’ve been told. Write it down to also delight the parents. Date it to compare to more sophisticated drawings in the future. But, most important, always remember to say, “Tell me all about it!”
Kathy Collier
ABC Learning Garden Monessori
Jupiter, Fl.