Streamline Boats’ move to Pensacola, Fla., will have to wait a bit longer.
The City Council of Pensacola, Fla., was set to vote on a proposal that would bring Streamline Boats to the city’s port warehouses. But after questions were raised about the project, the company and its operations, the vote was withdrawn.
According to Pensacola News Journal, council members and mayor Grover Robinson said that more time was needed to evaluate the initial 10-year lease, and that future business proposals for the port should be subject to at least two public hearings.
Streamline Boats currently builds custom center consoles — 24-, 34- and 45-foot models — out of Hialeah, Fla., and has been on the lookout for another location.
Streamline provided detailed information about the company, its manufacturing process, material safety and more. The lease details, plans and all requested information can be seen here.
But concerns about the length of the lease, the company’s financials and odors coming from the facility put a hold on the vote. The mayor said that the company assured the city council that its manufacturing process produces significantly less odors that a production facility and that a city representative would tour Streamline’s Hialeah location.
Last year, the city put forth a plan to redevelop the port with Streamline’s proposed site, warehouses #9 and #10 to be used for "offshore industries support or other maritime use."
Port of Pensacola director Amy Miller said that the proposed site was abandoned in the middle of construction when a previous tenant went bankrupt.
"It doesn't have HVAC," Miller said. "It doesn't have water. It has electricity but just barely. Part of it doesn't have a floor…Streamline is going to come in and finish out that partially completed facility into a manufacturing facility that meets their requirements for custom boat building," Miller told PNJ.
When approved, Streamline would have 24 months to complete construction of the facility.