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Network with Marina Bay on March 20

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This month, we’re hosting a second networking event on the third Wednesday of the month, March 20, with Marina Bay in Ft. Lauderdale.

Join us as we enjoy the lovely clubhouse and pool deck of the marina and apartment complex on the northwest corner of State Road 84 and I-95. Networking is from 6-8 p.m. Everyone is welcome; no RSVP required.

Until then, learn a little more about Marina Bay from Manager Jason Taplin, son of the developer.

Q: Tell us about Marina Bay. You guys just might be the oldest, best-kept secret in town. (Include info about number of slips, size, depth in the basin, etc.)

In the 1970s and 80s, Marina Bay was the playground of the rich and famous. Back then it was a private club with a roster of 6,000 names including such famous members as Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan, Burt Reynolds, Paul Newman, Kenny Rogers, and Evil Knievel.

It had 40 exotic floating houseboat hotel rooms, which were still around until 2006.

Today Marina Bay is comprised of 168 slips and can accommodate vessels up to 150 feet.

Q: Is the marina and the upland development all part of the same property? Can marina guests use the pool and other amenities?

Yes, Marina Bay and Fall at Marina Bay are part of the same development. All marina guests, captains and crew have access to all of the resort-like amenities, including the pool, gym, sauna, tennis and racquetball courts, computer cafe, and complimentary coffee bar. And who can forget Rendezvous, the legendary waterfront restaurant overlooking the marina.

Q: What kind of clients do you have in the marina?

We cater to a wide range of boaters and to yacht brokers. Captains and crew love it because of our amenity package and Rendezvous. We also have quite a few brokers who keep listings with us because of the location and security.

Q: Tell us about the staff.

Marina Bay prides itself on costomer satisfaction. Our dockmaster, John Workman, has been in the industry 40 years. Our marina manager is Connie Schoen who wears many hats and is a favorite amongst marina guests.

Q: Is there anything tricky that captains need to know about getting to your marina?

We are located about 4 miles from Port Everglades up the New River. Before getting to Marina Bay, there are four bridges, the lowest being Third Avenue that has a 16-foot clearance. All bridges do open upon request, except during rush-hour traffic unless under tow.

Q: I understand that your dad developed the apartments and has been in South Florida real estate a long time. Can you share something you learned from him about waterfront property or about real estate in general?

My father developed Marina Bay and has been in real estate his whole life. He received his real estate education from my grandfather, who developed one of Miami Beach’s first luxury apartment buildings, the Harbor House in Bal Harbor.

I am extremely fortunate to have my father as my teacher. He has taught me so much about life and business. One of the most important lessons it to be persistent in everything you do.

Q: I also heard that you may be developing another Marina Bay-like project. Is that true?
We have no plans on the horizon

For more details, visit www.marinabay-fl.com. To arrive by land, take State Road 84 west of I-95, turn at the first right at the base of the overpass and head to the clubhouse near the end. If you get to Rendezvous Bar and Grill, you’ve gone one driveway too far.

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