New Marina Facility Officially Opens

Members of Gulfport’s City Council cut the ribbon, officially inaugurating the new marina facility. From left are council members Dan Liedtke, Christine Brown, Mayor Sam Henderson, Michael Fridovich and Yolanda Roman.

The long-awaited expansion and renovation of Gulfport’s Municipal Marina was officially unveiled Tuesday, January 17 with scores of admiring members of the public in attendance.

“This has been a long time coming,” Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson told those assembled for the 5 p.m. ribbon cutting.

Harbormaster Denis Frain, who has worked in the marina for more than three decades and oversaw the development of the project, told the gathering the marina would serve as an anchor for the city of Gulfport and surrounding communities.

The new two-story facility, which took about a year to complete, includes an upstairs dayroom, bathrooms, showers and observation area for overnight patrons and an open area below for tour-boat guests. The old marina office and retail space next door have been overhauled into one open 500-square-foot store with new countertops and shelving.

Among those present for the inauguration was Doug Fuller of St. Petersburg, a 16-year member of the Boca Ciega Yacht Club who said he has seen the marina improve steadily over the years.

“I think it’s great,” he said of the new facility. “It modernizes everything. Every bit of money the city of Gulfport has put into the marina has come back three- and four-fold monetarily.”

Added Yacht Club Commodore Lee Nell: “This is now a building Gulfport can be proud of.”

Attendees chat at a table in the new upstairs day room, which also includes a TV, conference table, sitting area and library.

 

 

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