Fort Lauderdale yachty spots moving, changing

Sep 26, 2018 by Triton Staff

For all those yachting professionals heading back into Fort Lauderdale after a summer away, a few buildings and companies may look a little different, so we offer this update to the goings on around town:

Whole Foods coming to 17th Street

The old Denny’s restaurant on the northwest corner of U.S. 1 and Southeast 17th Street is cordoned off as developers await permits to build a Whole Foods grocery store and apartment complex.

Dubbed the 501 Seventeen project, the development is slated to include about 240 apartments ranging from 1/1s of 750 square feet to 3/2s of 1,600 square feet as well as a parking garage.

It is projected to open in the winter of 2020.

Waxy’s renovation underway

After 20 years, Waxy O’Connor’s Irish Pub on Southeast 17th Street is expanding into the building it owns to the north, creating a new kitchen and bathrooms, and allowing for a larger seating area and bar.

Waxy’s planned to reopen in time for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which begins Oct. 31, but by mid September, the roof was still missing.

Quarterdeck to open in new spot

The Quarterdeck restaurant and bar on Cordova Road is relocating a couple hundred feet west to the 17th Street Annex plaza (behind Smallwood’s and directly across from The Triton offices). Construction on the shell of the new building, site of the old Holland Garden Nursery, was nearly complete in mid September. It was unsure when it is scheduled to open.

Treasure Trove

The popular yacht bar on Fort Lauderdale beach in front of the entrance to Hall of Fame Marina closed on Sept. 22 after 23 years. The building is being razed to make way for a boutique hotel.

Marando Farms has relocated

Marando Farms, the family-run farmer’s market tucked behind Andrews Avenue and 17th Street, has closed after nearly 10 years but Chelsea and Fred Marando have moved the downtown operations to another location, Marando Ranch out west in Davie (5151 SW 64th Ave., 33314).

Southport has new decks

Southport Raw Bar on Cordova closed its exterior seating to renovate the deck. The interior is still open. The new deck was expected to be open in time for the boat show.

Elite moved

Elite Crew International, the crew placement agency previously on 17th Street, has relocated to 112 Rose Drive (33316).

Crew4Yachts moved back

Crew4Yachts crew placement agency has returned to the 17th Street Annex complex behind Waxy’s bar. It had moved from the plaza to Miami Road a few years ago, but returned in September.

NMS toy service center open

National Marine Suppliers’ 12,000-square-foot ToyShop Service Center is fully operational. Located just west of its headquarters on Southwest Second Avenue, the facility offers a showroom for yacht toys; service on PWCs, Seabobs, tenders, scooters and more; storage; and consignment. Max Rash is the director of the ToyShop; Sam Powell is sales manager.