Scrap pile at Port of Palm Beach week of April 6, 2014
Riviera Beach — A scrap metal processing operation at the Port of Palm Beach is in violation of city ordinances and must cease operations by June 30, Riviera Beach officials told the port this week.
In a June 16 letter to the port’s executive director Manuel Almira, Riviera Beach City Manager Ruth Jones said that Stonerock Shipping Corp.’s scrap metal business is not allowed under the port’s general industrial zoning designation.
Riviera Beach City Council Chair Pro Tempore Dawn Pardo said Friday that she recently brought the scrap metal pile to the attention of city staff and her council colleagues.
“I understand the port is a business and needs income, but I cannot allow my residents or businesses to be negatively affected by a dirty industrial business. My issue with the scrap is health and safety-related,” Pardo said.
“Going into hurricane season and the rainy season, I was quite concerned about the scrap flying into neighboring properties and causing injury to residents and runoff of the metals into the lagoon,” Pardo said. “The unsightly heap of metal being blocked by cargo containers seemed like a haphazard way of hiding the heap from our sister cities, Palm Beach and Palm Beach Shores.”
Palm Beach Civic Association spokesman Mike Brown said, “Palm Beachers are concerned about the runoff and environmental impact. They are also concerned about the tourist and business aspects. Who would want to swim, dive, fish, sail…or kayak around a scrap heap?"
“We have an amazing active marine tourism and recreation area that is one of the best in the world. The port continues to want to industrialize it. That is not good for the environment or the greater Palm Beach County area,” Brown said.
Mayor Gail Coniglio, Town of Palm Beach
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