The Rose Marina is putting the final touches on the first phase of their project to update and modernize the only water direct marina on the island. Many on the island have marveled at the progress of the replacement of the old and outdated enclosed facilities that were formerly used for enclosed boat storage.
The new facility, which replaces the former structure, is the most state-of-the-art marine facility of its kind here in southwest Florida according to Dan High, the general manager. “We really do pride ourselves in what this will bring to the boating public here on the island,” said High in a recent interview.
The new building is rated for wind speeds up to 175 mph to provide for hurricane protection. The structure would provide a number of enhancements such as full fire suppression protection, improved noise abatement, upgraded storm water control and treatment, and the ability to store larger vessels. New delivery and traffic patterns will also be incorporated into this phase of the project to enhance safety.
“Our customers have been extremely understanding during this entire process as have our neighbors who have been great,” said High.
The next step in the process will involve upgrading all the infrastructure to provide for the next phase of improvements which will be the construction ofa state-of-the-art service facility. “We recognize the growing need for enhanced service demands in this marketplace and are making the commitment to provide those services to both our present and potential customers,” High explained.
Remaining infrastructure upgrades will be done first: An updated storm water collection system including onsite treatment of that water and new sanitary sewer provisions. Enhancements to pedestrian access throughout the complex, improvements to material loading zones, and changes to lighting and pedestrian crosswalks will also be done.
The new building, which will house the upgraded service and parts facilities, will also see the addition of new restrooms, showers and an owner’s lounge for the convenience of boaters storing their vessels there or in transit. There will be a large conference room for meetings and classes which will be available to the general public.
Contractors are presently working on punch lists that include final work on the offices which are part of the new storage facility. Final paving and landscaping for this portion of the project are also in their final stages of work.
Those passing by the facility can see many boats now resting comfortably on their new perches inside the new building. High and his staff are preparing for the holiday rush and the next phase of their $15 million investment in the marina.