Westrec Marinas has begun construction on a five-story dry storage facility in North Miami Beach to replace existing open storage at Haulover Park.
To be called Haulover Marine Center, it is expected to open in the spring with 508 spaces for vessels up to 53 feet. It is designed specifically to hold larger, multi-outboard engine boats common on megayachts.
The marina management company has leased property north of the boat ramps to build the facility, which will be rated for Category 5 hurricane winds (175 mph) and include a bait shop, retail and a launch waiting area.
Forklifts will stack and haul vessels, including the largest forklift built by manufacturer Wiggins Lift Company, according to John Louis, a regional manager for Westrec Marinas.
“Harbortowne can take 165 boats up to 50 feet and we have a waiting list, so we know this is needed,” he said. “We’ve been working on it 12 years, with permitting and everything. It’s going to be a great facility.”
The existing open-stack storage will be replaced with parking for trailers.
Lucy Chabot Reed is editor of Triton Today; email@example.com.
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