By Dorie Cox
The north end of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will look much different in 2020, according to Suntex Marinas Investors during a press conference on Thursday at the show.
Suntex was selected by the City of Fort Lauderdale to redevelop the Las Olas Marina and will work with Edgewater resources, a marina development firm. The company was also awarded a 50-year lease to operate the property.
During the show, a fence separates attendees, and the boats on display on the existing docks, from construction on the upland area. The land housed the former marina building which has been razed for a parking facility for more than 600 spaces.
The project’s new design includes a full lot of green space, currently a paved parking lot, on on the south side of Las Olas Bridge, as well as green space between the future parking facility and the Intracoastal Waterway and marina docks.
The new marina configuration is set to include 6,300 linear feet of dockage and will be able to accommodate yachts more than 300 feet in length, according to David Filler, principal investments with Suntex. He said the north end of the current marina will be excavated.
“This will almost double the marina space and will support this show,” Filler said. “The marina will be reverting back to history. This area used to be the Intracoastal Waterway before it was filled in.”
Founding principle of Suntex Marinas, Bryan Redmond, said next year the company will announce a new acquisition in south Florida.
Dorie Cox is editor of Triton Today. Comments are welcome below.