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News Notes Florida & the South April 2007

Advisory board approves S. Florida marine project

The City of Fort Lauderdale Marine Advisory Board has unanimously approved plans for The Harborage Club–Fort Lauderdale to proceed with its developers’ innovative high-tech marina concepts.

Offering a departure from traditional rack storage facilities, the modern building design by Chicago architectural firm RTKL, The Harborage Club – Fort Lauderdale combines contemporary architecture with distinctive characteristics that are the signatures of this international firm.

The computerized lift and launch system was created by Dallas-based engineering firm Ace World Companies, which designed precision crane and hoist technology for the space shuttle program and defense department.

Using a bar code system, the automated intelligence system locates and delivers boats up to 45 feet and 15 tons. The fully automated, robotic parking system emits a tenth of the noise level of a conventional diesel fork lift system.

“In a market with a scarcity of slips, The Harborage Club–Fort Lauderdale offers an ideal location, stylish design, unparalleled service & amenities, and technologically advanced boat storage,” says Dunston Powell, senior vice president of acquisitions and sales for the developers, Atlantic Marine Holdings.

The Harborage Club provides a hurricane resistant, climate-controlled, dry storage facility with deep-water access from its 16th Street Seminole Canal location, in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. An array of yacht club amenities will include a rooftop infinity pool, spa, women’s and men’s locker rooms and concierge services. Light snacks and beverages will be available at the poolside bar with dining in the grill and clubroom. A ship’s chandlery will be on site.

The concierge service will stock and fuel boats for an extended stay or day cruise, while the on-site service center will guarantee that vessels will be ready to set sail. A professional rental management service will be available for owners interested in leasing their slips.

Yachting center’s new look nearly complete

Construction is under way for a major marine expansion project at RoscioliYachtingCenter. The new multimillion-dollar, full-service facility will sit on four acres adjacent to their current 8-acre Fort Lauderdale location and is expected to be complete by midsummer.

The expansion will include new corporate headquarters that, in addition to new executive work places, will provide clientele with state-of-the-art offices allowing them to conduct their business around the globe while visiting to check on their yachting project. Other amenities such as a captain’s lounge, commissary, fitness room, laundry facilities, restrooms, showers and a conference center will be on site.

Retail space with a central reception area will be available to marine related businesses.

When complete, the new yard will add about 100,000 square feet of fabrication, refit and painting facilities; accommodate luxury yachts up to 155 feet; and add approximately 100,000 square feet of dry dock space. In total more than 100 luxury yachts can be housed. Complementing an existing 220-ton Travelift is a new 165-ton travel trailer, the first of its kind in the United States, according to Roscioli. The new facility will comply with the State of Florida’s Clean Marina Program.

Florida yacht broker relocates to Fort Pierce

Hal Jones & Co. has relocated its office from Vero Beach to Fort Pierce, Fla.

The new office is at Harbortown Marina. The marina is near the Fort Pierce inlet at mile marker 965 on the Intracoastal Waterway.

The Fort Pierce location incorporates three office bays at the marina, which will be used for the company’s Grand Banks Yachts and Pursuit Boats dealership, as well as yacht brokerage and Yamaha service center.

The company’s new phone number is (772) 489-9007. The toll-free number remains (877) 533-6680.

NOAA adds fisheries survey vessel

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration took delivery recently of Henry B. Bigelow, one of a new class of fisheries survey vessels being built under contract with VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Miss.

Henry B. Bigelow will support NOAA research efforts in conservation and management of fisheries and marine ecosystems primarily in northeastern U.S. waters, replacing the 45-year-old Albatross IV. The ship will be home-ported in New England, although a permanent base has not been named. The ship is based temporarily at Naval Station Newport, in Newport, R.I. Henry B. Bigelow is the second of four 208-foot fisheries survey vessels to be delivered by VT Halter Marine, with the third ship, Pisces, and the as-yet-unnamed fourth ship in various stages of construction.

The FSVs will have the ability to perform hydro-acoustic surveys of fish, and will also be able to conduct bottom and midwater trawls while running physical and biological-oceanographic sampling during a single deployment — a combined capability unavailable in the private sector.

Henry B. Bigelow is the first NOAA vessel to be named by students through a NOAA educational outreach contest. A team of five students and their marine biology teacher from WinnacunnetHigh School in Hampton, N.H., won the contest.

Tow service added in Florida’s Cudjoe Key

TowBoatU.S has added a location in the Florida Keys with the opening of TowBoatU.S. Cudjoe Key.

Located at Cudjoe Key Marina at Mile Marker 22, the new port is the second for Capt. Kevin Freestone, who also operates TowBoatU.S. Big Pine Key. Both ports provide assistance to recreational boaters in the lower Key region and bring the total number of TowBoatU.S. ports in the Keys to nine.

Freestone rotates three on-the-water response vessels between the ports that include a 28-foot Bertram, 24-foot Proline and 20-foot Shamrock.

Boaters in need of towing assistance can reach TowBoatU.S. Cudjoe Key or TowBoatU.S. Big Pine Key 24-hours a day, seven days a week by VHF radio on channel 16; by calling the company directly at (305) 872-3092; or through the BoatU.S. toll-free dispatch service at (800) 391-4869.