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FLIBS19: Suntex takes over Bahia Mar marina

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Photo and story by Dorie Cox

The changes are subtle in the marina at the center of this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. 

Suntex took over operations at Bahia Mar Yachting Center, also known as Bahia Mar Marina, in a sale that was announced in early October. The Bahia Mar hotel and upland property will continue to be owned, managed and operated by Jimmy and Kenny Tate of Tate Capital. 

So far there are new employee shirts, fresh coats of paint and several new titles. Jorge Rodriguez and Jeff Stukel have been named interim general managers of the marina, Andy Schell has been named dockmaster, and Stephanie Fot is the marina administrator.

Out on the water, Bahia Mar Yachting Center has 250 slips for yachts up to 300 feet, including 3,000 feet of side-to dockage. The property offers high-speed fueling, in-slip sanitary pump-out, a marine store, a dive shop and a marine maintenance provider. 

Yacht captains and crew on boats in the marina are given access to use Bahia Mar Resort hotel amenities, which have recently seen multimillion-dollar upgrades, including renovations to the fitness center, the restaurants and the property’s 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space.

Suntex is also owner of several larger yacht facilities, including Miami Beach Marina in Miami Beach and Liberty Landing in New Jersey. The city of Fort Lauderdale selected Suntex to redevelop the municipal docks at Las Olas Marina just north of Bahia Mar.

Suntex recently sold its majority stake in the Loggerhead Marina portfolio, allowing it to focus on wholly owned marinas and diversify geographically, according to a company statement. 

Suntex owns marinas along the U.S. East Coast in Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey; in the central U.S. in Tennessee, Iowa, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Texas; and in California.

For more information, visit www.suntex.com.

Original post: Oct. 24. Suntex recently took over operations at Bahia Mar Yachting Center, also known as Bahia Mar Marina. The sale was announced in early October. The Bahia Mar hotel and upland property will continue to be owned, managed and operated by Jimmy and Kenny Tate of Tate Capital. 

The change takes place as the facility is at the center of set-up for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which runs Oct. 30- Nov. 3.

Jorge Rodriguez and Jeff Stukel have been named interim general managers of the marina, Andy Schell has been named dockmaster, and Stephanie Fot is the marina administrator.

Suntex took over Bahia Mar’s marina in early October. Photo by Dorie Cox

Suntex is also owner of Miami Beach Marina in Miami Beach and Liberty Landing in New Jersey. The city of Fort Lauderdale selected Suntex to redevelop the municipal docks at Las Olas Marina just north of Bahia Mar. 

Suntex recently sold its majority stake in the Loggerhead Marina portfolio, allowing it to focus on wholly owned marinas and diversify geographically, according to a company statement. 

Bahia Mar Yachting Center has 250 slips for yachts up to 300 feet, including 3,000 feet of side-to dockage. The property offers high-speed fueling, in-slip sanitary pump-out, a marine store, a dive shop and a marine maintenance provider.

Suntex owns marinas along the U.S. east coast in Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey, in the central U.S. in Tennessee, Iowa, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Texas, and in California.

For more information, visit www.suntex.com.

Dorie Cox is editor of The Triton. Comments are welcome below.

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