Marinas and Boatyards

Marinas and boatyards offer the vital services, ranging from repairs to slips and seasonal storage, that boaters require. Because they're in regular contact with boat owners, these businesses can take the pulse of the recreational boating industry every day. Developments such as new facilities and new services at these sites help to drive the industry forward.

Westrec Marinas debut new Florida location

The Fernandina Beach (Fla.) City Commission unanimously approved Westrec Marinas to manage and operate the Fernandina Harbor Marina. “After a number of years renovating and adding new features to the marina, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on [Nov. 6, 2009], we officially opened the Marina Welcome Center,” Fernandina Beach mayor Susan Steger said in a statement.…more

ABBRA to hold marine-service seminar

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association will hold its Marine Service Management program March 28-31 at Roscioli Yachting Center in Fort Lauderdale. The program presents participants with pointers in such non-technical topics as human-resource development, financial controls, customer relations, codes and standards, marketing and sales and more. The program is a prerequisite to obtain…more

Loggerhead Club & Marina adds Florida location

Loggerhead Club & Marina added a new marina in Jupiter to its Florida roster of branded marinas. Formerly known as Jonathan’s Landing Marina, Loggerhead Club & Marina-Jupiter is located within the residential community in a storm-protected harbor that is a short cruise to the Jupiter Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean. With the addition of the…more

Groups seek submissions, proposals

Submissions for presentations for The Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium on Water Access 2010 are due Jan. 22. The conference is set for Sept. 27-30 in Portland, Maine. The symposium will provide a forum to help communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals address waterfront access challenges by showcasing successful models and tools from around the…more

Georgia marina permit includes tight restrictions

Georgia’s Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee last week issued a marina and dock permit for the state’s largest planned marina complex, but the approval comes with strict conservation conditions. Point Peter LLC, the bankrupt developer of St. Marys’ Cumberland Harbour, a luxury gated community of more than 1,000 homes, received the permit for up to 700…more

Florida’s oldest shipyard lays off its work force

The Merrill-Stevens shipyard in Miami laid off the remainder of its work force, effective immediately, as it attempts to restructure financially. Several sources at the yard confirmed the closure to The Triton newspaper. No one answered the phone this morning at the shipyard. Merrill-Stevens was established in 1885, according to its Web site, and is…more

Waterfront access symposium seeks submissions

The Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium on Water Access 2010, set for Sept. 27-30 in Portland, Maine, is seeking abstract submissions. The deadline for submission is Jan. 22. The symposium will provide a forum to help communities, organizations, businesses and individuals address waterfront access challenges by showcasing successful models and tools from around the…more

New work buoys Maine’s marine industry

During the last few winters, Custom Float Services on Portland, Maine’s Union Wharf has had to lay off a few full-time employees because of a lack of work. But the company has landed the biggest job in its 21-year history – constructing a replacement marina in the boating haven of Newport, R.I. – and its…more

Marina owner given tourism award

Craig Perry, general manager of Delin Docks and the Dock Street Marina in Tacoma, Wash., was recognized as the 2009 Tourism Professional of the Year by the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau. A former Superfund cleanup site, the Thea Foss Waterway and Dock Street Marina were part of a massive redevelopment and economic revitalization…more

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In search of tomorrow’s work force

Companies showcase their businesses with an eye toward recruiting top local marine talent When the boating business turns around, there will be jobs to fill, and companies will be looking for skilled workers. That means it’s a good time to get the necessary training to be ready when businesses start hiring. That was the message…more

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