Fernandina Harbor Marina announced in a statement that it reopened this week after sustaining significant damage during Hurricane Michael in October 2016.
“I’ll always remember where I was on October 7, 2016,” Joe Springer, general manager of Fernandina Harbor Marina, told Trade Only Today.
Springer added that the reopening already has had a positive impact on the merchants of Amelia Island in northeastern Florida, where the marina is situated. “It’s Florida’s first and last stop, and [the marina closure] was really harmful to the city and its merchants,” he said.
Located in Fernandina Beach, the marina is the northern-most transient facility in Florida, Springer said. “The pent up demand [for dock space] was there already, and I have about 30 boats waiting to come in.”
Springer said the cost of the repairs was $10 million and that a fuel dock will go in later this year.
The southern basin docks were removed, and the area was dredged to an average depth of 8 feet, Westrec Marinas said a statement. Also 1,500 feet of side-tie floating docks were installed, with new pilings.
“The things that we accomplished because of the storms were things we were going to do anyway,” Springer said. “We’re going to be much more functional with what we have and letting the traffic go back and forth.”
Work also included replacing the wave attenuator and dredging 45,000 cubic yards of silt from the marina. Westrec also said in the statement that 804 feet of Marinetek floating dock was installed, along with 80-foot steel pilings and 1,608 feet of side-tie dockage. New shore power pedestals have 30-, 50-, 100- and 440-amp service.