Mega-yacht servicer Rybovich announced plans Friday to build a new yacht-repair centre on private land in Riviera Beach, abandoning its proposal to build the facility at the Riviera Beach-owned marina.
The $45 million project is expected to bring 1,000 on-site jobs and another 2,400 in trickle down employment, said Wayne Huizenga, Jr. of Rybovich.
Riviera Beach City Council Chairwoman Dawn Pardo said she approached Huizenga three years ago about expanding to her city and eventually won him over.
Wayne Huizenga, Jr. of Rybovich,West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel, Riviera Beach City Council Chair Dawn Pardo, U.S. Reps. Alcee Hastings and Allen West at the news conference at Rybovich Marina.
Note the two members of the U.S. House of Representatives present: both black, on opposite sides of the aisle, together for economic development with a yacht centre.
My family, being very involved in yachting, spent its time at Rybovich’s West Palm Beach facility. In 1965, having almost sent our own boat to the bottom in the Bahamas, we got it back to Florida and had it repaired at Rybovich. Below is a video of the relaunching of our craft from their marina.
We also did some work for these people. Below is a yard crane which our West Palm Beach facility built for Rybovich. Palm Beach is in the far background.