Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Dinner Key Marina Renovation

Here in Miami, things at Dinner Key Marina are really improving. The marina itself is the largest wet slip marina in Florida, with 582 slips on site, none of which are empty at this time. It is really busy here already, as boats keep coming in for the winter sailing season. There are also 225 mooring balls in the Dinner Key Mooring facility, and those are filling up fast too. This totals up to about five thousand or so boats that call Dinner Key home during the winter months, and there is always something going on. There has been construction going on since we originally got here last December, and it is pretty much, though not completely, finished. The marina has a new office, a jumbo sized, 3 story building with nice showers, new washers and dryers ( the old dryers did not work, these do!) and several outside seating areas with great views of the marina and the bay.

The old facility was built a long time ago, and was small and cramped, but it worked. As the marina grew, and added the mooring facility, the facilities needed to be enlarged, and so the new building was built directly behind the old one. All that is left to do now, is to demolish the old building. A bit of history, no doubt, but it has got to go.

We have moved Saltrun to our old slip, side tied along the seawall, but we are moving again, to a different slip because they are eliminating our current slip to construct a floating dingy dock for the morning field folks. This will really help them, as they have to dingy a long way away from the facilities, and dock at the city ramps, then walk to the office. The new dock will put them in the middle of things, and be a lot easier for them. But, we have to move the boat again, and this is a problem because we have to reconnect our internet every time we move. Comcast is our provider, and they are REALLY service oriented. That is why we have not had any service for three weeks, because they REALLY care a lot about the customer. Nice to know. Appreciate that, Comcast.