Corpus Christi invests $6 million in its marina

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Corpus Christi is investing $6 million in its marina in hopes of attracting more boaters to the area and more regattas, The Denton Record-Chronicle reported in an article Sunday.

The investment will allow the marina to add more, larger slips and to upgrade its 60-year-old facilities, which city officials admit were “awful.”

Five new docks will add up to 240 slips to the 600-slip marina, some of which will be able to accommodate boats up to 150-feet in length, according to the newspaper.

One new building for boaters has been completed and construction on another is scheduled to begin this month, the newspaper reported. They will offer boaters a library, Internet access, a lounge, navigation charts, National Weather Service information, cable and satellite TV, a laundry and family-style bathrooms.

The city hosted two races in 2002 – the World Optimist Preliminary Championship and the World J22 Sailboat Regattas – and plans to host the World J80 Championships next July. With a larger, updated marina, Corpus Christi hopes to attract more races that contribute to the city’s economy.

The two 2002 races had a combined economic impact of $4.5 million, the newspaper reported.

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