- Published: Tuesday, 17 May 2016 14:12
- Posted by R. Michael Brown
> Study Committee Formed for Testa’s Overlay Plan
Port Engineer and Deputy Executive Director Tom Lundeen reported at the Port of Palm Beach District Board Meeting on February 18:
A report was just released from the State of Florida concerning the Future Land Use Amendments to the Palm Beach County Comprehensive Plan. In that report, the Florida Department of Community Affairs, Division of Community Planning, objected that there wasn't a complete justification of need for an Inland Port in the western part of the county.
Members of the Civic Association and invited guests gathered to discuss the issues involving the deepening and widening of the Lake Worth Inlet channel and Intracoastal Waterway for Port of Palm Beach operations.
According to the Palm Beach Post, the new owners of the Palm Beach Princess is having difficulty raising the $500,000 security deposit required to operate out of the Port of Palm Beach. The cruise ship is the second biggest tenant, behind Tropical Shipping. The Princess has a $185,000-a-year lease.
The council told Port of Palm Beach officials that it cannot support their estimated $2 million feasibility study to deepen and expand the Lake Worth Inlet and Intracoastal to accommodate larger and fully loaded ships.