Ever have that problem where you simply cannot find a suitable slip for your 200-ft. yacht? That's exactly the problem that HCD Developers out of Doral is looking to solve with their proposed design for the "Miami Mega Yacht Marina" on the Miami River, across from Curtis Park. The project includes covered slips for 16 mega-yachts of up to 200 feet in length, each of which include covered parking for 3 vehicles, indoor storage, and captain/crew quarters – a relatively new and unique concept in private marina design. Each vessel is also provided with covered storage for tenders, an owner's vault for storage of valuables, and a "flex" space that could be used as a repair shop or additional storage. But wait, it gets better. Owners and crew members would also have access to a clubhouse, dining area, spa, exercise room, and pool.
The site formerly known as Florida Yacht Basin has been home to a long-running marina with structures dating back to the 1940's and 1950's, so no zoning changes or variances would be required for implementation. According to the Miami River Commission, the plan is consistent with the Miami River Greenway Action Plan and would fulfill a current shortage of dock space for vessels of this size in Miami-Dade County, helping the city tap into a $732 million industry that is dominated by Broward and Palm Beach. Finally, relief for Miami's chronic shortage of mega yacht dockage. And that's not an ironic statement. The plan will be reviewed and considered by the full City Commission on March 3rd.—Margina Demmer
· River mega yacht marina unveiled [Miami Today]