Florida marina rebuilds after being damaged by Hurricane Irma

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More than $8 million is being invested in the new marina.

More than $8 million is being invested in the new marina.

More than two years after Hurricane Irma devastated the seaplane base and marina on Lake Dora in Tavares, Fla., construction is underway to rebuild the facility.

Cooperative efforts among insurance companies, engineers and contractors have resulted in the reconstruction of the marina, with more than $8 million being invested to improve the facility.

According to the local ABC TV affiliate, nearby businesses are looking forward to the return of boat traffic.

Officials have reportedly said they will make the former marina site the seaplane ramp and move the marina farther down to make use of more shoreline. The town has said that more than 90 percent of the costs will be covered by insurance and it should be complete by next year.

One of the biggest events held on Lake Dora is the Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival, which is one of the largest collections of vintage powerboats in the country. It’s scheduled for March 20-21. It features The Festival of Speed, with more than 60 antique and classic cars on display to go along with all the Field of Dreams, where antique boats are for sale.

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