October 1, 2011

Tierra Verde Resort and Marina Plans

A redevelopment project for the former Tierra Verde Resort includes a 90 room hotel, 208 more high and dry boat storage slips, 12,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and 11,000 square feet of marina facilities.
Tierra Verde Resort Marina LLC bought the former marina resort and timeshare property, which includes an existing high-and-dry facility with about 60 occupied slips, in January for $14.4 million. The Tierra Verde investment group includes Gary Boesch, owner of other commercial property in Pinellas County. Boesch was involved with another recent project, Fisherman’s Paradise, a 385-foot floating resort in the Gulf of Mexico off Clearwater.

The property on Madonna Boulevard is on a protected canal with access to the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway. The site includes 10.3 acres of upland property and 5.3 acres of submerged land leased from the state. The existing high-and-dry facility will remain.The planned hotel will be the first along the Pinellas Bayway between U.S. 19 South and St. Pete Beach. Groundbreaking could take place early next year.

June 28, 2011

Clearwater Celebrates National Marina Day

The City of Clearwater will celebrate National Marina Day on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clearwater Harbor Marina, 210 Drew St.

At the Open House, learn more about your local marina, take a tour of the new Clearwater Harbor Marina, participate in a free fishing contest from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and win prizes as well as get a voucher for one free Pier 60 fishing admission. Have your vessel safety checked by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and see boats from the Clearwater Fire Department, Clearwater Police Department, U.S. Coast Guard and Pinellas County Sherriff s Office. Learn more about boating and downtown Clearwater from informational booths and register for door prize giveaways. There will be children s activities, including face painting. Free hot dogs and refreshments will be available while they last.

National Marina Day is managed by the Association of Marina Industries, a non-profit membership organization representing marinas and marina businesses throughout the U.S. Keep Pinellas Beautiful will be hosting a clean-up of the Clearwater Harbor Marina at 7:30 a.m. the day of the event.
The event is free. Free parking is available. For more information, call (727) 462-6954.

March 12, 2011

Clearwater Harbor Marina Receives BoatUS Award

The city s downtown boat slip project, recently renamed Clearwater Harbor Marina, is honored to have received a 2010 BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award. The award is made in recognition of the city's ability to bring much needed boating access to Clearwater, that includes 126 permanent slips, more than 1,500 feet of side-tie docks for overnight stays and 650 feet of free side-tie dockage for day use.

BoatUS (Boat Owners Association of the United States) created the award program in 2007 to highlight successes in protecting water access as boaters and communities were losing marina slips, service yards and boat launching areas. The goal is to draw national attention to innovative solutions and share success stories so that others may help to solve their own waterway access challenges.

BoatUS is the nation s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing more than half a million members with government representation, programs and money-saving services.
For more information on the award winners for 2010, call D. Scott Croft at (703) 461-2864, or visit www.BoatUS.com/AccessAwardWinner.

Clearwater Beach Boat Ramp Open

Construction is complete on the Clearwater Beach Boat Ramp and it is open to the public again. The ramp is at the east end of Bay Esplanade Dr, next to the Recreation Center at 69 Bay Esplanade Drive.

The old ramp was replaced with a safer one, as well as the boarding dock to the south, providing additional launch width. The new ramp has new railings, sidewalks, and an erosion prevention feature. Portions of the seawall and seawall cap were also replaced.

March 10, 2011

Treasure Island Safe Boating Class Offered

The Boca Ciega Sail and Power Squadron is offering a safe boating class designed for boaters using all types of watercraft and satisfies the Florida state boating law requirements. The course covers general information about boats, personal watercraft, maintenance, boating safety, laws and regulations. Upon completion students will be eligible for a free six months membership in the United States Power Squadrons and take advantage of the other educational opportunities afforded to members. The class will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7 - 9 pm March 22 thruMarch 31, at the squadron building at 130 126th Ave. at Lagoon Lane, Treasure Island. The cost for materials is $35. For information and to reserve a seat, call the course chairman Nick Miller at 424-1810.

January 23, 2011

Tierra Verde Resort & Marina Purchased By Investors

An investment group has purchased the Tierra Verde Resort. The 50-year-old property features boat slips, a restaurant, and the former Tierra Verde Yacht & Tennis Resort timeshare and hotel buildings.

The marina portion features 114 wet slips and 151 high-and-dry slips. The new marina business model will focus exclusively on rentals. The group rebranded the facility as the Tierra Verde Marina Resort.

The investors plan to demolish the existing structures, except for the high-and-dry building. It then plans to develop a second 151-slip high-and-dry building and a 10,000-square-foot restaurant building.

The investor group already owns four marinas on the Gulf Coast and hopes to acquire several more in the region in the near future.

January 22, 2011

Historic Yacht Docked At New Clearwater Harbor Marina

The "Highlander", Malcom Forbes' first large yacht, is docked at the new Clearwater Harbor Marina in downtown Clearwater. The 116 foot Highlander is the largest vessel at the marina, and will make Clearwater home until spring. The historic yacht has recently been restored to its original condition by current owner, Victor Muller of Holland, owner of Spyker and Saab. The vessel will stay in Clearwater until April, when Muller participates in the Honda Grand Prix.

The Highlander was built in Holland in 1967 for publisher Malcom Forbes, and the interior holds many memories of the Forbes family, including pictures of them on the boat. The yacht is equipped with satellite TV, conducts its own electricity, and makes its own fresh water. “If we could make our own diesel, we would never have to come in to dock,” says Highlander Captain Craig Cannon. When not in use by the owner, The Highlander will be chartered for functions, with rates starting around $60,000 per week.

January 20, 2011

Downtown Clearwater Boat Slips Named "Clearwater Harbor Marina"

After opening 4 months ago, the new new Clearwater city boatslips finally have a name: "Clearwater Harbor Marina". There are slips still available, ranging from 30 - 65 feet. While the marina is only 38% full, the slips were at capacity during special events like the Jazz Holiday and Super Boat race.

The public can use the slips for free during the day but have to pay for overnight use. There are security gates, 24-hour security and security cameras, restrooms, showers, electricity, pump-out service, laundry facilities and water. The Jolley Trolley will be adding the marina to its route.

January 7, 2011

Clearwater Beach Boat Ramp Being Replaced

The boat ramp on Bay Esplanade is closed and should be open next month. The ramp is being replaced with concrete extending below the water line, and the boarding dock will be moved south to create more launching room. The ramp is the only one in Clearwater Beach and work is scheduled to be complete February 14th.

January 1, 2011

2011 Florida Boat Show Schedule

Naples Boat Show, Naples, Jan 27 - Jan 30

Miami International Boat Show, Miami Beach Feb 17 - Feb 21

Palm Beach International Boat Show, West Palm Beach Mar 24 - Mar 27

Central Florida Boat Show, Orlando Feb 3 - Feb 6

Ft Myers Spring Boat Show, N. Ft Myers Mar 10 - Mar 13

Pensacola Boat Show, Pensacola April 1 - April 10

Daytona Fall Boat Show, Daytona Beach Sept 9 - Sept 11

Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show, Ft Lauderdale Oct 27 - Oct 31

2011 Tides


Boat Slips and Marinas For Sale

There are currently boatslips for sale at the following marinas:
Turtle Cove - Tarpon Springs, Island Yacht Club at Island Estates, - Clearwater, Pasadena Yacht & Country Club - St Petersburg. Prices range from $35k to @250k. There are also marinas for sale from $1 Million. For more information on Pinellas County Real Estate visit PropCo Real Estate or call toll free 888-499-5454.

Boat Ramps, Marinas, Yacht Clubs, and Storage


Belleair Causeway Boat Ramp 10 Ramps, 108 Parking Spaces
Park St. and Elbow Lane North, St. Petersburg

Jungle Prada Park 2 Ramps, 16 Parking Spaces
Park St. and Elbow Lane North, St. Petersburg

Madeira Beach Municipal Marina 1 Ramp, 0 Parking Spaces
503 150th Ave., Madeira Beach

Maximo Park 5 Ramps, 47 Parking Spaces
34th St. and Pinellas Point Dr. South, St. Petersburg

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Dunedin City Marina 1 Ramp, 0 Parking Spaces
51 Main St., Dunedin

Bay Vista Park 1 Ramp, 15 Parking Spaces
4th St. and Pinellas Point Dr. South, St. Petersburg

Coffee Pot Park 1 Ramp, 20 Parking Spaces
1st St. and 31st Ave. Northwest, St. Petersburg

Crisp Park 2 Ramps, 30 Parking Spaces
Popular St. and 35th Ave. Northeast, St. Petersburg

Demen's Landing Park 2 Ramps, 15 Parking Spaces
Bayshore Dr. and 2nd Ave. South, St. Petersburg

Grandview Park 2 Ramps, 40 Parking Spaces
6th St. and 39th Ave. South, St. Petersburg

Safety Harbor Marina (Municipal) 1 Ramp, 0 Parking Spaces
Tampa bay, 750 Main St, Safety Harbor

St. Petersburg Municipal Marina 2 Ramps, 0 Parking Spaces
300 Second Ave., SE, St. Petersburg

Sunlit Cove Park 1 Ramp, 5 Parking Spaces
Sunlit Cove Dr. and Bay St. Northeast, St. Petersburg

Park Boulevard Boat Ramp
18651 Gulf Boulevard Indian Shores

War Veterans' Memorial Park
9600 Bay Pines Boulevard, St. Petersburg

Ft. De Soto Park - 3500 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde

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Bay Pines Marina, St Petersburg 727-392-4922
Blind Pass Marina, St Pete Beach 727-360-4281
Boca Ciega Yacht Club 727-321-7295
Clearwater Harbor Marina 727-462-6954
Clearwater Municpal Marina 727-462-6954
Clearwater Yacht Club 727-447-6000
Carlouel Yacht Club 727-446-9162
Hubbards Marina, Johns Pass Madeira Bch 727-392-0167
Isla Del Sol Yacht Club, St Petersburg 727-906-4752
Island Yacht Club, Clearwater 727-461-2315
Island Harbor Marina, Palm Harbor 727-784-3014
Lighthouse Point Marina, St Petersburg 727-384-3625
Madeira Beach Municipal Marina 727-399-2631
Madeira Beach Yacht Club 727-393-0778
Maximo Marina, St Petersburg 727-867-8087
Pass a Grille Yacht Club 727-360-1646
Pirate's Cove Marina, Dunedin 727-733-1102
Pasadena Yacht Club 727-381-7922
Pass a Grille Marina, St Pete Beach 727-360-0100
Royal Yacht Club 727-736-4001
St Petersburg Municpal Marina 727-893-7329
St Petersburg Yacht Club 727-896-7212
Tierra Verde Marina 727-866-0255

Treasure Island Yacht Club 727-367-4511

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Lighthouse Yacht Services 727- 937-0327
527Anclote Rd Tarpon Springs, FL

Florida Trailer Storage 727- 533-8111
1700 Palm Way Largo, FL

Stanford Storage 727- 546-9646
7950118th Ave Largo, FL

Ozona Boat Storage & Repairs 727- 789-9497
211 Hedden Ct Palm Harbor, FL

Buccaneer Bay Storage 727- 549-8980
6675 114th Ave Largo, FL

Snug Harbor Marine Inc 727- 398-7470
13625 Gulf Blvd Madeira Beach, FL

Lightning Bay Performance 727- 578-0880
10900 Gandy Blvd N St Petersburg, FL

Gulf Marine Ways Inc 727- 937-4401
950 Dodecanese Blvd Tarpon Springs, FL

Viking Boat Works Co Inc 727- 576-1094
10121 Snug Harbor Rd NE St Petersburg, FL

Neptune Marine-Pinellas County 727- 934-2370
1046 Island Ave Tarpon Springs, FL

Progressive Marine Svc Inc 727- 822-2886
1351 Bay St SE St Petersburg, FL

Salt Creek Marine Ctr 727- 895-4481
107 15th Ave SE St Petersburg, FL

Sailor's Wharf 727- 823-1155
1421 Bay St SE St Petersburg, FL

Bay Area Rv & Boat Storage (813) 837-2132
7215 S Germer St Tampa, FL

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