Response To BocaNewsNow.com Report On Cruise Promotion Is Stunning
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — In a stunning response to BocaNewsNow.com’s article late Saturday night about the Port of Palm Beach promoting a “Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines” cruise in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, we received this incredible response from the Port’s spokesperson via Facebook.
“As I stated in an email I sent you at 10:01 PM before you published this story, we post ALL BPCL news releases on our website and distribute the releases to the media.”
That comment, from Yaremia Farinas, shows the level of incompetence and ignorance that Palm Beach County and State of Florida officials are dealing with as they try to effectuate executive orders trying to get people to stay at home.
Farinas promoted the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Saturday night with a press release announcing that the cruise line will “welcome travelers just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend!” The problem: the Port, for all intents and purposes, is shut down. There’s no recreational boating allowed in Palm Beach County. The State of Florida remains under a “stay at home order” which followed orders executed by Palm Beach County officials.
Why would a quasi-Palm Beach County agency be promoting a cruise when Palm Beach County is shut down in an effort to keep people alive?
Social media users have turned on the Port, calling Farinas’ comments inappropriate, irresponsible and proof that the Port is more interested in money than safety.
It’s no secret that cruise ships have played a significant role in the spread of COVID-19, with deaths and infections traced back to cruise ships on an almost daily basis.
No official word yet from Palm Beach County commissioners, but we’re expecting to hear something soon. We’ll have more on BocaNewsNow.com TV in our morning report which will post before 10 a.m. Monday morning.