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Captains, crew and industry professionals are invited to put their feet in the sand on the beach in Fort Lauderdale for Triton networking with IGY Marinas. We regularly join together during the summer to collect school supplies to help the Marine Industry Cares Foundation fill backpacks for charities. Please bring donations such as pens, pencils, notebooks and other school items. IGY will provide the backpacks.

No RSVP is required for the event which runs from 6-8 p.m. at South Beach Park at 1100 Seabreeze Blvd (33316) across from Bahia Mar Resort and Marina. There will be hot dogs on the grill, as well as water and soft drinks.

Until then, learn a little more about IGY from Bert Fowles, vice president of sales and marketing.

  • Tell us about your company. What does IGY Marinas do?

IGY Marinas was founded in 2005 and our network includes 15 marinas operating in seven countries (United States, Colombia, Mexico, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Panama, and Turks & Caicos); more than 8,000 unique vessels serviced annually and approximately 100,000 customers each year.

Our impressive collection of marina facilities is setting new standards for service and quality in nautical tourism throughout the world, with more than 2,000 slips under management that cater to a variety of markets, including sportfish, leisure cruise/charter, sail and megayacht. Our marinas are also leading destination ports for some of the world’s largest yachts, as we service more than 900 superyachts per year. IGY also participates in 12 of the world’s largest and best sport fishing tournaments, making our marinas in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and St. Thomas, USVI, highly sought-after destinations.

We also take pride in the development of one of the world’s leading large-vessel support networks, our IGY Anchor Club Strategic Partners. This exclusive program encompasses an array of services from provisioning to crew training, along with health and maritime travel.

  • Some news for yachts in South Florida is your recent opening of One Island Park in Miami Beach. Anything new or plans for upland development?

One Island Park – Miami Beach enjoyed great success during its first season in operation, and we were very fortunate to have hosted many of the world’s largest yachts. Throughout the summertime, we will be enhancing our amenity offerings, aesthetics, and features to provide a more memorable experience for our guests and crew. One new service we are excited about is our partnership with mobile technology application Boatyard. Through this mobile concierge portal, guests are able to conveniently request virtually any type of service, and our staff will be able to seamlessly and punctually attend to their needs. We believe this to be an innovative way to provide a higher level of service.

Additionally, our marina team is exploring numerous in-market opportunities that will appeal to travelers even more, including art and entertainment events. We also plan to enhance our docks and create an inviting feel for yachts to be on display to prospective charter guests and buyers.

  • There’s been some buzz from St. Petersburg on Florida’s West Coast, too, with the port renovations and your redevelopment. Do many large yachts visit there?

We have seen vessels over 100 feet frequently visit the downtown St. Petersburg area, and at Maximo Marina, we’ve recently booked a reservation for a 92-foot vessel. While the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay tend to have shallow waters, our team is responding to the needs for accommodating larger vessels, which is why we are developing four 100-foot covered wet slips to attract a new market.

  • We see that your St. Thomas property is hosting the new VICPA boat show. Is that in addition to the VICL show or a replacement? Are you planning any changes to the show?

The Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association (VIPCA) is the recently established charitable organization that represents the interests of charter yachts in the U.S. Virgin Islands. As host of the U.S.V.I. Charter Yacht Show, the association has joined forces with our team at The Marina at Yacht Haven Grande, which will serve as the backdrop for the event taking place November 11-14.

One new feature we are excited about is the introduction of Schools Open Day, which will encourage the Virgin Islands youth to join the marine industry, as well as provide them with industry development opportunities.

  • Your summer event always collects school supplies for kids in Broward County that you then stuff in backpacks IGY provides. Why do you do that?

When it comes to corporate social responsibility, IGY Marinas has seen first-hand the tremendous value it brings to not only the charitable organization, but also our company’s long-term sustainable growth and the growth of our industry. We have always looked for ways to support the local communities in which we have a company presence, and in 2016 we decided to implement a more structured approach, launching our philanthropic arm – Inspire Giving through You. This new platform allows us to bring in multiple participants to our initiatives, better coordinate our efforts and gain even more exposure for the charities and entities we are seeking to support.

Through philanthropic projects, we are able to bring awareness to our industry. We have seen our volunteers rise up and want to do more, and we have also seen those who have received support get excited about opportunities that might exist for them in the future. This has really resonated with us, as we’ve seen how our rapport becomes personal, creating memories that will ultimately extend beyond the initiative and into friendships, future business ventures, increased company morale and new career paths.

For more information, visit www.igymarinas.com and join us on Aug. 3 from 6-8 p.m. at the northern end of Ft. Lauderdale’s most southern park, Fort Lauderdale Beach Park at 1100 Seabreeze Blvd. (33316). No RSVP required, just bring business cards to share. Soft drinks, water and a light barbeque will be provided. Ft. Lauderdale city law prohibits alcoholic beverages on the beach.

 

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