By October this year, a multi-million renovation project at Pier 66 Marina in Ft Lauderdale will be completed, adding 10 more superyacht berths to the six it already offers. This project will be completed in time for Pier 66 to become the seventh venue of the Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Sun Sentinel reports.
The Hyatt Regency Pier 66 facility, to give it its full name, was last used for the show in 2009. The marina, which dates from the 1950s, is able to accommodate yachts up to 91m (300ft) or more.
“Plans to renovate the marina had been in the works for about five years but were put on hold when the recession hit,” Kevin Quirk, vice president of marinas for LXR Luxury Marinas, told the Sun Sentinel. “Work finally started last summer. Everything will be new,” Quirk added. “It’ll be a brand new facility. About $15m to $20m has been spent so far on the improvements.”
The renovation project for the 127-berth marina include new floating and fixed docks, new foundation walls and new berth pedestals providing electrical power of enhanced capacity and other services. Phase 1 of the scheme, located on the Mercedes River, is completed and some 25 boats now occupy this space.
For superyachts of 46m (150ft) or more, a boost in the number of berths from six to 10 is nearing completion. Quirk commented: “That’s big for Ft Lauderdale and the boat show – part of a push among local marinas to add space for the pricey big boats.”