FORT LAUDERDALE — Chicago may be hundreds of miles and many degrees removed from South Florida, but Westrec Marinas was at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show to tout its new marina, which is scheduled to open next spring in the Windy City.
With 1,000 planned slips and space for yachts up to 200 feet, Chicago’s newest marina will bring much-needed space and amenities to Lake Michigan boaters, Westrec executive vice president C. Scott Stevenson told Soundings Trade Only.
The company already manages nine harbors in Chicago, with a more than 95 percent occupancy rate. Stevenson said the newest marina — the 31st Street Harbor — should be at capacity in three to four years.
There’s a waiting list of about 800 boats at the city’s other Westrec-managed marinas.
The new marina, with its 3,000-foot breakwater, will include about 5 to 10 percent transient slips. Amenities include heated winter storage, a fuel dock, garage parking, a playground and beach.
“We want people to come down and enjoy the atmosphere of the marina,” Stevenson said.