Port of Palm Beach
Group 5 Democratic

Scott Holtz

  • Age: 34
  • City: West Palm Beach
  • Family: Married, no children
  • Education: Doctorate degree
  • Law degree, University of Florida Levin College of Law (2009)
  • Bachelor of arts in international affairs and history, The George Washington University (2006)
    • Recent job: Shareholder, Prestia Holtz P.A. (2014-present)
  • Shareholder, Prestia Holtz P.A. (2014-present)
  • Assistant state attorney, Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office (2009-2013).
  • Previous races

    This candidate has not previously run for office.

    Committees appointed to and serving on

  • Nuisance Abatement Board, City of West Palm Beach
  • Audit Committee. Port of Palm Beach
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    Briefly highlight your key campaign issues and positions.
    I want to spread the economic benefits of the Port throughout the Port District such as supporting revitalization of the Broadway corridor and the commercial distribution center in the Glades. By focusing on maximizing the potential uses of the existing space available in the Port's current footprint, while seeking to enlarge that footprint through land acquisition to the north and west and looking for niche markets on which to capitalize, we can keep the Port a sustainable economic engine while maintaining its character as an urban port.
    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.
    I believe the port has an obligation to try and create jobs throughout the entire Port District, including Riviera Beach, by supporting local business through promoting trade, and providing opportunities for District residents to work for the Port as staffing needs arise.
    Do you favor dredging for the port to allow larger ships?
    Explain your position on dredging.
    While I support maintenance dredging, I do not support dredging to allow for larger ships. None of the current tenants have raised this as an issue. More importantly, I believe that the Port's greatest potential for generating sustainable success is to focus on smaller container ships that can get better service and priority at the Port of Palm Beach than they can at our neighboring ports as well as increasing tourism by attracting luxury cruising, which also utilizes smaller ships.
    Should the port shift its focus more toward cruise ships?
    Explain your position on cruise ships.
    Cruising is a highly lucrative business for the Port; therefore, I am in favor of focusing on ways to increase cruising opportunities at the Port and believe there are creative ways to do so in a way that allows the Port capitalize on its location and urban character. However, we should not overlook the importance of our industrial tenants, who supply such a large percentage of food and supplies to the Caribbean, while also providing thousands of high paying jobs to our county.
    Should port commissioners be term-limited?
    Explain your position on term limits.
    I believe that fresh blood helps maintain the vitality of our democracy, so I support term limits for Port Commissioners.
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