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Haulover Marine Center Opens

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The largest dry storage facility in South Florida, Haulover Marine Center, celebrated its grand opening and dedication last month. Officials from Westrec Marinas and Miami-Dade County Parks figuratively cut the ribbon on the facility following a $25 million renovation project. The Center is located on the Intracoastal Waterway at Bakers-Haulover Inlet, in North Miami Beach.

“Throughout the U.S., Westrec is a trusted resource for local governments and municipalities to undertake projects such as Haulover,” said Bill Anderson, Westrec president, in a release. “Westrec is highly efficient in developing workable deliverables and creative in finding solutions for architectural, engineering, logistics and use models. We meet the needs of all involved and ultimately achieve what is in the best interest of the communities a facility serves and its guests.

Haulover Marine Center now offers a new boat storage building with five-tier dry stack housing for 508 boats which nearly doubles the storage capacity of the former open rack system. An eye-catching pattern of blue waves and bubbles adorn the exterior walls of the new boat storage building, which is rated to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Special features include an innovative elevator lift system for retrieving and launching vessels and the capacity to hold larger multi-outboard engine boats, up to 60 feet long. The site also received a new boat launch area, a new bait-and-tackle shop, a new bath house, new landscaping, and a new 653-space lighted parking area for both marina and beach visitors. Funding for this project was provided by Westrec.  www.westrec.com

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Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.

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