BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The Port of Palm Beach Saturday night transmitted a press release on behalf of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines, announcing a resumption of operations on Friday, May 8th, “welcoming travelers just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend.”
The announcement, however, seems to violate current orders in place by both the State of Florida and, in this case, more importantly, Palm Beach County. The stay-at-home order, for now, is indefinite. But more importantly, there’s an issue of common sense. With so hundreds if not thousands of cases of COVID-19 tied to the cruise industry, why is a quasi-governmental agency promoting a Mother’s Day cruise to the Bahamas?
We asked Port of Palm Beach spokesperson Yaremia Farinas who transmitted the release. Farinas would only say that we needed to speak with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s public relations agency. We asked why the Port of Palm Beach would send a release promoting something that seems to violate current CDC, Federal, State and County recommendations. We did not receive a response.