By Dorie Cox
After breaking ground last summer, Port 32 Fort Lauderdale has opened for fueling and in-water slips for yachts up to 150 feet. Parent company, Port 32, of Charleston, South Carolina, hired EnviroCare in Fort Lauderdale as general contractor in charge of building the local development.
“We got the certificate of occupancy to open, have upgraded and redesigned, and are ready to help the growth of the marine industry,” said Susan Engle, president of EnviroCare by phone on May 6. The previous property, developed in the 1960s, has been upgraded with electric, the basin has been dredged for better water quality, and state-of-the-art in-water service has been installed, she said.
“The fuel tanks are full with 8,000 gallons of diesel and 4,000 gallons of REC90 gas,” said Capt. Dale Parker, project manager with EnviroCare.
The company hosted a soft opening to the public on May 16 under the new gazebo. Mike Vinson, vice-president of operations with the company, said it serves as a place for crew and workers to take a break, have lunch, and get out of the sun.
Formerly Fort Lauderdale Boatyard & Marina and Jackson Marine, and previously home to National Liquidators, the site is just west of I-95 on the north side of the river across from Marina Mile Yachting Center, near Lauderdale Marine Center. With Phase 1 complete, the property will undergo more construction for the next stage of development.
“Another good thing, we also have received approval for upland development,” Engle said. Phase 2 will include mixed-use dry racks, commercial units for businesses, storage, and upland repair. A 150-ton travel lift is in the plan for vessels up to 120 feet in length.
Fuel dock attendants Joey Marrone and Justin Jerome said they are happy to be on the job and are fueling and running golf carts for visitors. Capt. Parker expects the marina will fill a need for boat space in Fort Lauderdale.
“For yachts and yacht tenders, this facility will be amazing,” Capt. Parker said. “We’re good to go, we’re up and running.”
For more information, visit port32fortlauderdale.com.