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The Grand Celebration, the only passenger cruise ship based at the Port of Palm Beach, is back from its 3-month hurricane relief mission to the Virgin Islands. Cruising begins again on December 23rd to the Grand Bahama Island. 

Since September, the ship had been chartered by FEMA and was providing housing to first responders and National Guard members who were rebuilding the islands after the damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The chief officer of the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, which operates the 1,900-passenger Grand Celebration, said they were happy to help and are excited to return and offer cruises to guests. They will also be adding another ship to the Port of Palm Beach in April called the Grand Classica. The Grand Classica

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One of the awesome things about Florida is how close we are to the Bahamas. From Stuart to the Grand Bahamas is only about 70 miles and from the Palm Beach Inlet just 55 miles. Take a trip down there and stay for the weekend your own yacht, say this 49-foot Gulfstar:

This boat has a cleverly-designed layout that is well-equipped with countless upgrades and offers much more than yachts in its price range, which is why the "Pandora" will be featured in the upcoming Stuart Boat Show next month. Here's a look at the inside:

A fully enclosed, air conditioned aft deck/living room looks just like your one at home. A sofa, coffee table, ottoman, and lamps make up a comfy living space to enjoy a cruise on the Atlantic. 


The flybridge is

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A holiday-time event that is unique to Southern Florida is the Boat Parade. All throughout southern Florida’s waterways local boat owners decorate their vessels with millions of lights to celebrate the holiday season. The glistening boats line up and parade throughout the waterways for local spectators to watch. This year is the 45th Annual Boynton Beach Boat Parade. 

The parade will begin on Friday, December 8th at 6:00pm. “This flotilla of brightly-decorated boats will line up at the Lantana Bridge near Old Key Lime House and motor south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the C-15 canal in Delray. The event at the Boynton Harbor Marina starts at 6:00 pm with live music setting the stage for the parade to start at 6:30 pm. Other viewing areas are

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Image Courtsey of the Marine Industries Association: Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade

The holidays are a time for festive celebrations and joyful moments with friends and family, but more importantly the holidays are a time for giving. Every year events in our community bring everyone together to donate and help those in time of need.

This year and for the past 23 years, the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) hosts its annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade. Where residents and neighbors decorate their boats with holiday lights, decorations, holiday music, and of course some holiday cheer.

The parade will be led by fireworks as the boats cruise along the intracoastal waterways from North Palm Beach to the Jupiter Lighthouse

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Loggerhead MarineLife Center, a staple to our community, is home to the many sea turtles that inhabit our beaches. The center undertakes long term research to rehabilitate and conserve the various sea turtle species, as well as educate the public on how they can help protect the sea turtles.

The center has grown in popularity among the locals, with its state of the art facility that is free and open to the public, seven days a week.
Earlier this year, Loggerhead MarineLife Center launched an expansion campaign called the “Waves of Progress”, with a mission to expand the facility. The center wants to expand to increase the number of rehabilitation hospital and tanks, classrooms, exhibits, research laboratories, and enhance the facility with more

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 Fort Lauderdale is often known as the “Yachting Capital of the World”, being home to the two largest cruise ship ports in the world, as well as being home to the world’s biggest boat show.

This November, Fort Lauderdale is hosting their 58th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

The show will take place at 7 locations throughout Fort Lauderdale, on November 1st through November 5th, featuring over 1500 boats from over 1200 exhibitors from around the world.

A large variety of boats will be on display in the water and on land ranging from runabouts, high performance boats, center consoles, sailing yachts, cabin cruisers, motor yachts, catamarans, canoes, super yachts and much more.

The show will feature exhibits from yacht builders, exotic car

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We are talking about scuba diving, not snorkeling. While both are fun and take you on voyages through marine environments so beautiful, it will change your view on our oceans, but both are very different. Here, we are talking about scuba diving. An activity that is extremely popular amongst native Floridians, and even more popular amongst Jupiter natives. 

Our waters off the coast of Palm Beach are full of life and beauty. There are tons of reefs and rocks teaming with life. For those who love to scuba dive, here is a list of the most popular diving spots for locals according to www.JupiterDaily.com: 

BREAKERS REEF
45-60 feet; two miles of reef with a five to fifteen foot ledge absolutely packed with fish. Large sea turtles are often seen here with

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Image courtesy of Town of Jupiter

Explore and enjoy natural South Florida by canoeing or kayaking and getting a workout at the same time.  Quietly glide through the calm and cool waters of Jonathon Dickinson State Park, 16450 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, on a kayak or canoe. This is a relaxing journey, ideal for observing a manatee in its natural habitat. white tail buck, turtles, varieties of birds as well. Imagine observing water lilies, air plants, Spanish moss, turtles sunning on the bank, and varieties of birds such as great blue heron or osprey.

As we’ve been told, location is everything! Kayak through the magical setting of mangroves where you can catch pelicans nesting. A stroll back in time to experience what the early pioneers of

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The Andrew “Red” Harris Reef Foundation is a Jupiter based foundation dedicated to enhancing the marine environment. Memories of Andrew “Red” Harris are of a promising, vibrant and loving young man. The native Jupiter resident loved his family and friends dearly, as well as fishing and diving in ocean waters. Tragically, Andrew was struck by a boat while saving a friend's life snorkeling June 8, 2014.

The Andrew "Red" Harris Foundation hopes to assist protecting the wellbeing and vitality of our local ocean waters by building artificial reefs. The artificial reefs are donated to the Palm Beach County Artificial Reef Program. The Army Corps of Engineers have already issued the permits for placement sites in the ocean off Jupiter’s coastline.

The

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Stuart is a community with a population just under 16,000, the beautiful little coastal town of Stuart has made quite a name for itself. In 2008, Stuart was awarded the "Most Beautiful City in America" designation. Visit Stuart and observe the people, places and properties which make up the “Most Beautiful City in America". Members of the community are openhearted and the kind of people who enjoy time spent outdoors.

Rock’N Riverwalk is an outdoor concert takes place each Sunday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm all year round. Every week there is a diverse line-up with bands playing their top tunes on the gorgeous waterfront. The al fresco concert stage is at the Historic Downtown Stuart Riverwalk.

Sunday is a great day for family and togetherness.

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