To bring awareness to the effect marinas have on the livelihood and growth of boating, as well as the jobs and tourism boost they provide, Bellingham Marine launched a photo contest in 2007 to celebrate them on a global level.
Marinas offer docks, moorings, fuel, supplies and other facilities to vessels that range from small boats to large yachts. They can be found along riverbanks and coastlines and on inland lakes.
The former Lido Mar on the Adriatic Coast was refurbished and transformed into the new home of the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club.
The marine industry was built on a foundation of mom-and-pop shops nurtured by the same families over generations.
Whether it’s frugality in a new economy or a societal sea change about valuing experiences more than possessions, rentals and fractional ownership start-ups have clearly gained traction in the industry.
Freedom Boat Club franchise owner Lisa Almeida received Flagler College’s Professional Achievement Award for 2015 during the recent Alumni Weekend.
The Lake Norman (N.C.) Carefree Boat Club added a Bryant 233X wake sports boat with Volvo’s Forward Drive to its fleet.
A development partnership acquired a marine industry property on the Miami River and announced plans for a drystack facility and marina.
Freedom Boat Club held its first 20 Group meeting this week in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Freedom Boat Club is partnering with two organizations in southwest Florida in an initiative to support marine wildlife conservation, including the Mote Marine Laboratory and the Pine View School.
Marinas in the Northeast are scrambling to catch up after the weather finally shifted from the long, frigid winter into spring.