McKinlay Hosts Pahokee Marina Stakeholder Meeting

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay hosted an early morning meeting in Pahokee on Feb. 27 with representatives of various regulatory agencies to discuss improvements to the Pahokee Marina and develop a plan of action.

The objective of the meeting was to identify costs associated with repairing damage caused by hurricanes and storms since 2004. McKinlay and Legislative Affairs Director Todd Bonlarron will be bringing these issues to the attention of state lawmakers during the current legislative session.

One needed improvement is a wave attenuator to protect docked vessels from wave action within the marina. Restoration of the Pahokee Marina is a key component of the Glades Master Plan and long-term economic stabilization of the region.

“I’m very excited about the possibilities that await Pahokee with the recent Guy Harvey Outpost proposal for the marina,” McKinlay said. “This will be an incredible economic engine for the entire Glades area.”

Agencies represented at the meeting included Palm Beach County, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s office, the City of Pahokee and the Pahokee Chamber of Commerce. McKinlay is planning a follow-up meeting in April.