ValvTect names Marina of the Year


North Carolina-based Southport Marina received the 2014 ValvTect Marina of the Year award.

In 2006, Preston Development Co. of Cary, N.C., purchased an aging marina in Southport on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. What started as a simple remodeling project grew into a multimillion-dollar, multiyear rebuild of the entire location.

The result is a marina with 225 wet slips and 240 dry slips that can dock and service vessels from 20 feet to 100 feet.

“To recognize Southport Marina’s accomplishments for customer service excellence, environmental stewardship, community involvement and marketing of ValvTect Marine Fuels we are pleased to present the 2014 Certified ValvTect Marina of the Year award,” ValvTect founder Jerry Nessenson said in a statement.

The award was presented at the ValvTect Marina of the Year award dinner last month at the International Marina & Boatyard Conference in Tampa, Fla.

“By striving to exceed our customers’ expectations we have been able to develop strong loyalty from both transient and local boaters,” Southport marina manager Hank Whitley said.

“Throughout the renovation process, our effort to build a top-notch facility was accompanied by a focus on environmental impact. Our efforts have earned us Certified Clean Marina status by North Carolina and the appreciation of our customers,” said Thad Moore, of Preston Development.

Southport Marina was recently named one of the top 25 marinas in North America by Power & Motoryacht magazine. It also earned the 2013 Marina Dock Age Marina of the Year award and received the Southport Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Pineapple Award for customer service.