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.

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

Marina firms were dealing for growth

Marina operators made their presence felt at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, announcing a host of new plans and contracts that look ahead to flusher times. Westrec Marinas says it will be managing the Fernandina Beach Harbor Marina, a municipal facility on Amelia Island on northeast Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway. “We think Westrec’s management skills…more

Two Virginia marinas gain Clean Marina designation

The Waterside Marina and Nauticus Marina, both in Norfolk, Va., were recently awarded Clean Marina status. The marinas were the first to receive Clean Marina status since the Clean Marina Program and the Elizabeth River Project’s River Stars Program joined together with the goal of reducing pollution and improving habitat of coastal areas. Waterside and…more

National Marina Day moves to June

June 12 is the new date for National Marina Day. The decision was made after members of the National Marina Day committee thought it would be better to hold it closer to the start of the boating season and away from the worst heat of the summer. Previously, it was held the second Saturday of…more

Water-access symposium seeks submissions

Organizers of the Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium on Water Access are seeking presentation submissions for the event, set for Sept. 27-30, 2010, in Portland, Maine. Submissions are due 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…more

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