FLIBS 2019: Westrec provides updates on Florida facilities

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Joe Springer said Fernandina Harbor Marina is planning to open in March 2020.

Joe Springer said Fernandina Harbor Marina is planning to open in March 2020.

Westrec Marinas provided updates on its properties and announced a partnership with high-performance center console builder Midnight Express during a press conference at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show yesterday.

Hall of Fame Marina in Fort Lauderdale has doubled its space for megayachts, according to marina manager Scott Solomon. The facility removed 400 feet of wooden docks and added 600 feet of concrete docks. The marina can now accommodate five yachts up to 170 feet and has full power and utilities on the docks.

In 2016, Fernandina Harbor Marina was wiped out during Hurricane Matthew. Two years later, Westrec received authorization to rebuild, and manager Joe Springer said that the marina plans to reopen in March 2020. “The number of calls we get from transient boaters who can’t stop on their way north or south is incredible,” Springer told Trade Only Toda.

Midnight Express co-owner Harris Glaser said the company will provide delivery and concierge service at Haulover Marine Center.

Midnight Express co-owner Harris Glaser said the company will provide delivery and concierge service at Haulover Marine Center.

There are new concrete docks in place, and the facility was dredged to a depth of 8 feet.

One of Westrec’s newest locations, Haulover Marine Center in Miami Beach, signed an agreement with high-performance center console builder Midnight Express. It will provide concierge service and delivery, occupying four bays at Haulover Marine Center. Midnight Express’ headquarters is about four miles away. “You can’t beat the location,” co-owner Harris Glaser told Trade Only Today. “Everything there is first class.”

John Louis, marina manager at Haulover, said the relationship with Midnight Express evolved over time. “Every day I saw him at the ramp, and I said, ‘Why don’t you just come over here?,’ ” Louis said. “We have so much foot traffic that it feeds sales.”

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