The Town of Palm Beach, Florida, will be reopening its public marina this fall after a complete renovation of the facility. Although the number of slips has only increased by one, the 84 new slips will be significantly larger, ranging from 60 feet to 294 feet long. This will allow Palm Beach to accommodate the growing need for superyacht berths.
“The Town of Palm Beach has a unique situation, a beautiful location in one of the most iconic places in the United States” said Steve Ryder, senior project development manager at Bellingham Marine, which is building and installing the new docks. “The new marina epitomizes the growth of the type of facilities that these customers want – safe, structurally very sound, and with the power and services that these massive boats require.”
Planning for the renovation began several years ago with a market assessment. “The town has had a marina since the 1940s, and while the docks have had a couple of renovations, the wooden fixed docks that were last renovated in the 1990s had reached the end of their useful life. If we were going to go ahead with a renovation, it made sense to investigate and research doing a floating dock system,” said Carolyn Stone, Palm Beach’s assistant town manager.