St. Petersburg Florida 11/04/2015
November 10th at 11:30 am the Honorable Mayor Rick Kriseman along with St. Petersburg Chamber President Chris Steinocher will join Harborage Marina owners Stan Johnson, Marshall Funk and Gregg Kenney in dedicating the completely rebuilt High and Dry Facility at 1500 Second Street South during a ribbon cutting ceremony. This massive facility cost upward of a million dollars to reconstruct to modern standards. It is capable of storing up to 396 boats of varying size and is the only facility of its type adjacent to downtown creating the unique ability for the Harborage Marina to store boats in or out of the water.
They will also be highlighting the multi-million dollar addition of mega yacht slips currently under construction at the Harborage Marina. This facility is unique to other adjacent marinas because of their floating docks capable of handling yachts up to 200 feet. This is Tampa Bay’s only marina with full service onsite amenities demanded by Owners, Captains and Crews alike of vessels of that size. This includes power, water, sanitation and communications in a secure and protected facility.
These modern full service additions will secure St. Petersburg as the premier yachting destination for yachts destined for Cuba and all parts of the Caribbean including Mexico in support of Mayor Kriseman’s vision for St. Petersburg – Cuba relations. There will be a presentation explaining the strategic reasoning behind our marketing plan to achieve that.
Lunch will be served following the dedication and the public is welcome.
For more information please contact:
Brian Sweeney 727 821 6347 Bsweeney@marinasintl.com
Additional Information on The Harborage Marina
The Harborage Marina is and has been a proud partner on the St. Petersburg waterfront since 1987. Since 2000, it has been one of the keynote properties of Marinas International. It is currently comprised of 309 wet slips and 396 racks in our Dry Storage facility with further expansion underway making it the gem of the West Coast of Florida Marinas with its full-service facilities.
Currently, The Harborage staff consists of 11 fulltime and 2 part-time employees with plans to hire additional staff upon completion of its expansion in December 2015. The economic impact in employment is far greater than those on staff with 187 contractors that represent all classes of marine services who perform regular repairs and maintenance on the hundreds of the marina member’s boats. The proximity of the Salt Creek Marine District who’s numerous boat yards capable of refurbishing and refitting boats and yachts of all sizes makes for a true epicenter of yachting.
Our members and guests due to our convenient proximity to St. Petersburg’s booming downtown area regularly frequent the stores, restaurants, entertainment venues and local businesses that comprise it and beyond. We value our partnership with the City of St. Petersburg and the mutual goal of making this one of the premiere boating destinations in Florida by continuing to make state-of-the-art improvements and working closely with city leaders to insure a seamless boating infrastructure.
To that point, The Harborage has embarked on two extremely ambitious expansion and renovation projects. It began with the complete renovation of our Dry Storage facility. All structural metal on the building has been replaced or painted with an epoxy system. The facility was also upgraded to better withstand any severe weather. Work was completed by United Roofing, and Lowes Commercial Painting;
both Pinellas County based businesses exemplifying our commitment to supporting the local economy.
Marinas International has already started the Mega Yacht dock expansion project in nearby Bayboro Harbor with the focus on market expansion with new destinations like Cuba. This will expand the marina with an additional 10,000 square feet of convenient modern floating dock space. These state of the art docks are being built by the Marinetek North America, located right in the heart of St. Petersburg’s Marine District. This will allow the Harborage to accept vessels up to 200’ without the inconvenience in embarking and disembarking with standard pier heads. This will open Tampa Bay to the mega yacht community with the areas only full service facility with all the amenities that the owners and crew expect including a state of the art dockside environmentally responsible sanitation system constructed by St. Petersburg based EMP Industries. The Harborage is proud of our Florida Clean Marina designation and being a good steward of the waterfront environment.
This latest expansion of facilities will increase the economic benefits to the local business community as the increased size of the crews and their service requirements spread into the local community. These two projects represent an additional multi-million dollar investment on Marinas International’s part in the Harborage and an increase of our revenue partnership with the City of St. Petersburg. The financial impact will be felt throughout the business community as a whole.
None of these projects would have been possible without the support and guidance of the office of the Mayor Rick Kriseman, our Councilman Karl Nurse with overwhelming approval of the entire St. Petersburg City Council, Chris Steinocher and our friends at the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce