New Texas marina breaks ground

SURFSIDE BEACH, Texas — Ground was broken yesterday on a 67,000-square-foot facility in Surfside Beach, Texas that will include storage for 260 boats up to 40 feet in length, according to a story on thefacts.com this morning.

“There’s a great need for this type of business in town,” Surfside Mayor Jim Bedward said of the facility. “This will bring good tax revenue for the city and is a welcome addition.”

Initial planning for the Surfside Marina began in July 2005. When completed between late July and September, it will encompass 54,000 square feet for boat storage and 13,000 square feet for retail space. A marine-service store already is planned, along with bathrooms, showers and perhaps a restaurant, said marina co-manager Marc Grosz of Houston.

“As far as deep water and access to the Gulf, this property is unique to the coast,” Grosz said. “This parcel can’t be duplicated.”

Plans are for a 144-by-370-foot enclosure for boats and up to eight retail spaces. The marina is designed to serve boat owners, many who will be from out of town, according to the story.

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