Florida dealerships announce merger

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Marine Connection, a dealership in West Palm Beach, Fla., was sold to Danny Goldenberg and John Kutuk, owners of Fort Lauderdale-based Super Boats & Yachts.

The new ownership team plans to consolidate all of its operations under the Marine Connection brand.

Marine Connection founder and president Mark Lassila and general manager Timo Turkki will remain with the company for the transition period. The staffs of both companies will be merged.

The new owners said they plan to expand their new-boat offerings beyond the existing Stingray and Glasstream lines, adding to the used boats, service, export and brokerage operations already in place.

"The new-boat market has begun to grow again and our goal is to be at the forefront of that growth," Goldenberg said in a statement. "Having the opportunity to acquire a company of Marine Connections' caliber and to gain their proven systems and state-of-the-art infrastructure places us years ahead in the realization of those goals."

Founded in 1987, Marine Connection has sold more than 8,000 used boats for export and in excess of 6,000 new and boats in the U.S.

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