Port of Palm Beach
Group 5 Democratic

Joseph Anderson

  • Age: 47
  • City: Riviera Beach
  • Family: Married, five children
  • Education: Bachelor's degree
  • Bachelor of science in accounting, Bethune Cookman College (1992)
    • Recent job: Operations manager (facilities), The City of Palm Beach Gardens (2017-present)
  • Operations manager (facilities), The City of Palm Beach Gardens (2017-present)
  • President/owner, JD Anderson Construction Inc.(2009-2017)
  • Specialist/Analyst, AT&T (1993-2012)
  • Previous races


    Port of Palm Beach Group 1 (2012)

    Port of Palm Beach Group 2 (2016)

    Committees appointed to and serving on

  • Board member, Palm Beach County Fair Housing Equal Opportunity
  • Palm Beach County Office of Small Business Assistance Advisory Board
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    Briefly highlight your key campaign issues and positions.
    Advocate for local participation in jobs created by the port, which directly impacts the quality of life for residents. Promote the need for environmental protection. Increased positive relationship with neighboring municipalities and continuing to NOT levy taxes and port competitiveness. Champion for the redevelopment of the Broadway Corridor and transparency. Foster a partnership with the Palm Beach County School District by creating a Port based Economics Curriculum for student’s preparedness and global competitiveness.
    Does the port have any obligation to try to create jobs for residents of Riviera Beach, where the port lies?
    Explain your position on jobs.
    The Port has an obligation to help and provide buy-in to assist with the revitalization of the Broadway Corridor, by luring distribution centers within the warehouse districts and marina. They should continue to work with the Business Development Board and North Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce to enhance strategies to identify, relocate or create businesses willing to work and generate jobs for all residents. Also, they should continue the conversation to promote the Inlet Port in the Glades.
    Do you favor dredging for the port to allow larger ships?
    Explain your position on dredging.
    I support the existing depth to continue to maintain our current businesses. Larger ships can't make the sharp basin turn around Peanut Island. I will continue requesting the US Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize placement of dry beach compatible sand onto Singer Island Beaches, Town of Palm Beach and Palm Beach County. Also, I support projects which will reduce the need for maintenance dredging and improve sand management at the inlet.
    Should the port shift its focus more toward cruise ships?
    Explain your position on cruise ships.
    First, the port is home to two cruise lines. Second, it is the 4th busiest container port of Florida’s 14 deepwater ports. It's also the18th busiest container port in the US. The Port of Palm Beach is an export port. Most of the exported cargo goes toward supporting the island nations of the Caribbean. The port supplies approximately 60% of everything consumed in the Bahamas. Due to limited space and the size of today's cruise ships, they are unable to navigate the turn basin.
    Should port commissioners be term-limited?
    Explain your position on term limits.
    I believe term limits already exist, which is carried out by constituents every four years when they vote. On the other hand, because of the complexities of the port, mandates from the state & federal government, various technologies needed in the port, the need for a working relationship with The Army Corp. of Engineers, the learning curve of a new commissioner and coupled with the new requirements coming down the pipeline, I would be in favor of a three, four-year term.
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