Fort Lauderdale marina project gains approvals

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Late Wednesday evening in a 5-to-3 vote, the Planning and Zoning Board for the City of Fort Lauderdale approved the re-development plans for the 12-acre Marina and Boat Yard site called Ft Lauderdale BoatClub, formerly known as Jackson Marine, its parent company, BoatClubsAmerica, reported in a recent statement.

“This is a big win for us and it’s happening a week before the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,” said Ed Ruff, developer of Ft Lauderdale BoatClub. “We already have our state and federal environmental permits – this vote of confidence from the City of Fort Lauderdale was the third and final step in the process.”

“There used to be 19 ship or boat yards in the Ft. Lauderdale area and that number has dwindled to 13 in recent years,” said Ruff. “We are grateful to the City of Fort Lauderdale for understanding the importance of marina facilities to the overall economy of South Florida. We are thrilled to have a marina property in the Ft. Lauderdale market and believe this market is a perfect match for our BoatClub formula. Next week during the Boat Show we will begin taking $5,000 reservation deposits for the wet and dry slips.”

Ft Lauderdale BoatClub will include 300 dry slips available for purchase that will accommodate boats up to 49-feet LOA, according to the company. Fourteen wet slips are available for purchase and will range in size from 77 to 160 feet. There will also be 14 private executive offices designated for captain and crew management and 14 air-conditioned garages for storage and parking. There will be an amenities package for owners, and a Service Center and Boat Yard that will be open to the general public.

“We are redeveloping the entire property, down to every last seawall, floating dock, and including 25,000 yards of underwater dredging surrounding the marina,” said Ruff. “When completed, we will have over 300 combined wet and dry slips and over 80,000 square feet dedicated to service, repair and marine-related retail.”

Ft Lauderdale BoatClub is located off of I-95 from the Davie Road exit and by water is 30-minutes to the Atlantic via the New River, through downtown Ft. Lauderdale.

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