By Noelle H. Lowery
Paradise Property Management is expanding its footprint in Collier County.
In February, the Marco Island-based firm was awarded a 10-year contract with the county to operate the marinas at Cocohatchee River Park Marina, Caxambas Boat Park, Port-of-the-Islands Marina and Goodland Marina. Cindy Blatt, owner of Paradise Property Management, managed the Paradise Grill at Residents’ Beach for the Marco Island Civic Association until February 1, when she turned it back over to MICA to focus on the new county contract.
“We are excited about the changes that have been implemented in such a short period of time,” says Blatt. “As local business owners and experienced boaters, we are excited about managing these ship stores and look forward to bringing in new products and services to provide a pleasurable experience for boaters, fisherman and guests.”
It’s a win-win situation for the county, local boaters and fishermen, according to Nancy Olson, a regional manager for Collier County Parks and Recreation Department. The county has spent the last several years buying these four marina locations in order to the boating public with access to area waters throughout Collier County. Paradise Property Management answered the county’s Request for Proposals for the retail operations of the marinas, and was selected by a committee to run them.
“We decided to outsource the retail end of the marina operations in order to better serve the boating publics needs. Those needs included extending shipstore hours and providing a wider variety of amenities,” explains Olson.
Currently, all of the locations are being stocked with inventory to meet the last minute needs of local boaters and fisherman. Each location carries live and frozen baits, tackle, ice, sandwiches, snacks, beverages, ice cream, sunscreen, cameras, shirts, hats, sunglasses and gift items. Goodland Marina is stocked with beer, wine, cigarettes and convenience food items.
Blatt has special plans for Port-of-the-Islands Marina, which now is stocked with souvenirs, shirts, hats, convenience store items, beer, wine and cigarettes. “Our goal there is to not only meet the needs of the local fisherman, hotel and tour boat guests, but we would also like to provide a place where the community can gather for coffee and social or pick up forgotten grocery items from the ship store,” she notes.
Three of the marinas — Cocohatchee River Park Marina, Caxambas Boat Park and Port of the Islands Marina — are now Certified ValvTect marinas. This means ValvTect marine grade, non-ethanol fuels, which are specially formulated for marine use to prevent fuel and ethanol related problems, are available at all three locations. Certified ValvTect Marinas also must have their diesel and gasoline storage tanks tested and certified to be free of contamination from bacteria, algae and water twice a year.
Further, Goodland Marina and Cocohatchee River Park Marina have specials running on wet slips for short- and long-term leases. Port-of-the-Islands is also offering specials on dry storage space for trailered boats. Each marina can be contacted directly for more information and current lease rates.Email This Post