Suntex Marina Investors have expanded their scope of ownership and operations to South Florida by acquiring eleven Loggerhead Marina properties, which are located from Daytona Beach to Miami as well as on the state’s west coast. This move makes the Dallas, TX-headquartered Suntex the largest marina operator in Florida, with a combined total of 2,300 slips.
“South Florida has one of the highest concentrations of marinas in the country. What that means is that boaters have a choice,” says Mitchell E. Jones, principal of Suntex. “Every marina in the Suntex family holds its staff to a higher standard with the intention of giving our members the best experience possible. By adding these 11 new locations to our portfolio, yachtsmen in South Florida don’t have to go too far to find the best service out there. Every Loggerhead property participates in the Responsible Boating Initiative and we will apply those same practices to all of our Suntex locations.”
As part of the purchase, Suntex has also committed to maintain a philanthropic partnership with Loggerhead Marinelife Center. A ‘from rescue to release’ non-profit facility focused on ocean and sea turtle conservation, the facility houses a variety of exhibits, other coastal creatures, and a working sea turtle hospital. Providing outreach programs and educational experiences for children, Loggerhead Marinelife Center hosts more than 300,000 guests annually, free of charge. Suntex is now one of the largest corporate donors to Loggerhead Marinelife Center.
“The donation to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center is something all of the staff at Suntex feel very strongly about. As a non-profit and free facility, they rely completely on donations. To do the vital work that they do, they need more room, equipment and classroom space. An expansion of the facility is in the planning stage, and these funds gets them closer to their goals,” says Jones. www.suntex.com