FLIBS 2014: Westrec Marinas plans overhaul of Miami facility

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FORT LAUDERDALE — Westrec Marinas, the Encino, Calif.-based marina management and development company, is undertaking a $20 million redevelopment of Miami’s Haulover Inlet Marine Center, company executives said during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

“It’s taken us 10 years to get the plans, permits and approvals together,” Westrec Marina Management president William W. Anderson said. “Now it’s happening.”

Westrec took over management of the Dade County-owned facility in Haulover Beach Park in 1995 after the marina filed for bankruptcy.

“We’ve been trying to rebuild that crappy old outside dry-storage building for years,” Westrec Southern area vice president Capt. Gary Groenewald said.

Westrec negotiated a new 25-year management lease with the county, which helped pave the way for the investment.

The company is building a new state-of-the-art drystack building on the other side of the cove from where the current drystack is. The new one will have five levels and rack storage for 508 boats from 25 to 50 feet, Groenewald said.

The storage building will be served by a forklift with a 60,000-pound capacity, he said.

“This building will be designed specifically to hold the large multi-outboard engine boats that are popular in today’s market,” Groenewald said.

Groenewald said the redevelopment includes new parking lots for both the park’s marina and trailer-boat customers, moving the drystack across the cove from the current building and replacing that building with trailer parking for the park’s five launch ramps. All this is part of a county redevelopment of the park that includes new wet slips, which are in place, and a Seasons 52 restaurant, Groenewald said.

Designed in a “Florida Modern” motif, the new drystack and other upgrades will create the gem of the county marina system, Anderson said.

“If you had to put your finger on the best spot on the East Coast [of Florida] for a drystack building, it would be right there at Haulover Inlet,” he said.

The marina is just eight-tenths of a mile from the inlet.

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