Marina operator helps revive Baltimore harbor

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The man who runs many of Baltimore's marinas, a former captain in the Israeli navy, is credited with helping to revive the city's downtown waterfront.

Dan Naor, 47, is the chief operating officer of Baltimore Marine Centers, and his passion is revitalizing Baltimore's harbor — making it a cleaner, more stimulating place to visit, live and do business, and perhaps to tie up a boat at one of his marinas, which make up nearly half of the city's recreational dock space, The Baltimore Sun says.

When Naor first came to Baltimore, the city's waterfront was a far grittier place, more industrial and less hospitable. Naor and his business partners bear significant responsibility for the waterfront's transformation, particularly in Canton, which has become one of the city's hottest destinations for affluent newcomers, the newspaper says.

"They've been instrumental in revitalizing the marina side of Baltimore," Stuart Amos told the newspaper. Amos has kept a boat at Baltimore Marine Centers' Lighthouse Point docks for about five years and is involved in the city's maritime community as vice chairman of the Pride of Baltimore II's board of directors.

Naor has spent years refreshing Baltimore’s marinas and is now turning his attention to cleaning the city’s downtown Inner Harbor and invigorating the local waterfront dining scene with a new floating seafood restaurant.

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