How can the Port of Palm Beach rethink and set forth the new Port vision to ensure its commercial commitment by 2042?

This is the central question posed by the Port of Palm Beach and its consultants as it embarks on the strategic Master Plan update for the Port. We invite you to be a part of this important conversation.

INTRODUCTION TO THE PROJECT AND PORT

Located in Riviera Beach, Florida, the Port of Palm Beach is a full-service, diversified landlord port with marine cargo and cruise passenger operations of significant impact on the local area and the State of Florida; it is the fourth-busiest container port of Florida’s 14 deepwater ports and the 18th busiest in the continental United States.

In addition to intermodal capacity, the Port is a major modal point for the shipment of bulk sugar, molasses, cement, utility fuels, water, produce and breakbulk items. Additionally, the Port provides for cruising operations via the passenger terminal. The Port processes more than $14 billion in commodities, 2.5 million tons of cargo, and 700,000 cruise passengers annually.

The Port is an independent special taxing district, covering a land area of 971 square miles or roughly fifty percent of Palm Beach County. The Port has a five-member board of commissioners elected at large by voters within the district. The Port’s administration is through an Executive Director and staff. The Port is one of the largest employers in Palm Beach County and is an economic engine for the county. Relatively small, the Port is comprised of 165 acres with little growth opportunity to expand in Riviera Beach, Florida.

The Port is embarking on a significant redevelopment and upgrading of intermodal facilities and other improvements funded in part through various government grant programs. As such, the Port seeks a forward-looking Strategic Master Plan focusing on and coordinating of the following requirements: economic development; infrastructure development and improvement; intermodal transportation facilities; physical, environmental, and regulatory barriers; and intergovernmental coordination. Public engagement opportunities are woven into the strategic master planning process to inform, educate, and collaborate with senior staff, stakeholders, public, and intergovernmental agencies throughout the planning process.

PORT HIGHLIGHTS

Port of Palm Beach highlights fact sheet

Source: Port of Palm Beach 

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PROJECT SCHEDULE

This project schedule outlines the general overview of the Port of Palm Beach Strategic Master Plan effort.

Project Schedule

Source: Moffatt & Nichol, 2022

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GET AND STAY INVOLVED

Your involvement is critical to the success of this planning effort. Below are several ways for you to get involved with the Port of Palm Beach Strategic Master Plan: 

1. Visit the Project Website

Over the course of the Strategic Master Planning effort, this project website will be updated with the latest information on the project and plan, including links to all presentations and project materials. 

2. Complete the Community Surveys

There will be one survey offered during each of the two Public Engagement Periods. The surveys are designed to collect feedback on the future of the Port of Palm Beach. The first survey will consist of gauging the community’s priorities and preferences while focusing on the economic impact of the Port, the Port’s role in the community, and how to overcome social equity issues and concerns. The second survey will request community input and opinions on various proposed concepts for the draft Strategic Master Plan. Feedback will be used to generate ideas and shape options for the Marina and adjacent areas.  

3. Subscribe to our Mailing List

Subscribe for the latest updates by entering your email and zip code at the link above. The Team will communicate project and plan updates to subscribers during key milestones in the planning process.

4. Participate in our upcoming Hybrid Public Meetings.

There will be two engagement period opportunities for the public to engage with the Team to learn more about the Strategic Master Plan process. Each engagement period will have one hybrid meeting during the evening, and the second in the morning and/or early afternoon of the following day. Each meeting session will last between one-to-two hours in length, dependent on content and participation. Meetings will be designed to be highly interactive – not a static presentation of results – allowing the attendees to interact with the planning team to start the process of outlining early solutions to address the strategic port master plan. All are invited to attend the hybrid public meetings scheduled for June and October. Meetings will be recorded and available for viewing on this project website.​

  • Public Meeting #1:
    • June 1, 2022: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
      • ​In-person meeting location: Port of Palm Beach, One East 11th St., Suite 600 Board Room, Riviera Beach, FL 33404
      • Virtual meeting location: livestreaming on our project website, www.planportofpalmbeach.com 
    • June 2, 2022: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
      • ​​​In-person meeting location: Riviera Beach Event Center, 190 E. 13th Street, Riviera Beach, FL 33404
      • Virtual meeting location: livestreaming on our project website, www.planportofpalmbeach.com 
  • Public Meeting #2 – Week of September 5, 2022 (Date/Time TBD)

5. Get Social

Follow the project on this website and on the Port’s social media channels:

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6. Email Questions

Please email the Team at any point during the planning process with your questions and concerns. We will respond to your request at our earliest convenience.

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