By Lucy Chabot Reed
After a year of paperwork and permitting, a new megayacht marina is set to break ground in the coming weeks on property across the Dania Cut-off Canal from MarineMax, just west of Derecktor Shipyard and about a quarter-mile west of Harbortowne Marina.
The facility is designed to cater to large yachts with up to 24 slips for yachts 100-150 feet in about 2,400 linear feet.
“And it’ll have lots of power,” said Ken Edelman, president of Edelman Development Corp., a real estate development company in Weston, Fla., just west of Ft. Lauderdale. “We’re designing it for the future.”
Edelman and his father, Mike Edelman, hope to have the marina open by this time next year, in time for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Named Dania Beach Megaport on design documents last year, the marina’s developers said the project is still unnamed. Westrec Marinas is expected to be the marina operator.
Work to obtain permits and permission began about 20 months ago and were expected to be complete by the end of last year. The final piece is approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which Edelman hopes will come before the end of this year.
In related news, the company’s rebuild of the marine center near Haulover Inlet in North Miami Beach has opened. The three-story dry stack storage facility can haul and store 508 vessels up to 78,000 pounds or about 60 feet, according to John Louis, Westrec’s southern regional manager. It is hurricane rated for a Category 5 storm.
The new Haulover Marine Center will also serve as the staging and kick-off for this year’s Florida Powerboat Club’s poker run to Key West next weekend.
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