Time to sell that marina?

With the post-recession market for South Florida marinas heating up, real estate appraiser Walter Duke is counseling marina owners to look carefully at the future.

The era of the destination marina

A marina is not just a place to store your boat these days. It’s a destination, which means restaurants, shopping, entertainment and cultural attractions — if not on-site, then close by. It also means modern docks, superyacht-size electrical hookups, pools, a captains’ lounge and, for sure, Wi-Fi.

The face dock at the Bahia Mar and the convention center lobby were crowded with boats and people.

A ‘fantastic’ FLIBS

The mood was buoyant, the days were sunny (if a bit too warm), and sales were hot — blisteringly so — at the 56th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

FLIBS 2015: Parents of lost teen advocate EPIRB law

FORT LAUDERDALE — The parents of 14-year-old Austin Blu Stephanos, who was lost at sea with a friend July 24 in a squall off Jupiter, Fla., are working with two Florida lawmakers to introduce a bill that would give boaters an annual 25 percent discount on their boat registration fee if they own a properly…more

FLIBS 2015: Pininfarina unveils design for 279-foot yacht

FORT LAUDERDALE — Celebrating its 85 birthday, Pininfarina — the Italian design firm that has made Ferarri, Alfa Romeo and Maserati automobiles synonymous with high styling — unveiled drawings for the 279-foot, or 85-meter yacht Ottantacinque (85 in Italian) on Friday at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

FLIBS 2015: Westrec Marinas plans new drystack in Miami

FORT LAUDERDALE — Westrec Marinas plans to open a 500-slip drystack for boats to 50 feet in Miami’s Haulover Park next spring and has started managing two marinas on Florida’s west coast, the marina operator/owner said Thursday at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

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