Fort Lauderdale’s old Summerfield Yard to be given new lease of life as luxury marina

New plans for the old Summerfield Boat Works site along Fort Lauderdale’s New River have emerged – with a view to making the location a luxury megayacht hub. It is hoped that the once-long-running yacht facility, founded in 1930 and in business for over 70 years, will be transformed into a true megayacht destination by 2020.

Hix Snedeker of Daphne, Alabama, will be meeting with Fort Lauderdale authorities in November to resurrect the plans on the South Fork of the New River. If approved and completed, the facility will be the easternmost of its kind on the river’s north edge; it will be located directly opposite the Lauderdale Marine Center and, reportedly, boast 34 slips for yachts and megayachts up to 47.2 metres (155 feet) in length.

The destination – to be named South Fork Marina – is hoped to also include land storage units, a clubhouse and a marina management office. The marina will also boast water, power, pump out and fire suppression capabilities along a floating dock system spanning nearly 4,000 linear feet. Permits are also being requested for new seawalls, docks and site buildings.

Colby Cooper, South Fork project director and COO of Hix Snedeker, said in a statement, “We expect that once South Fork is open and operating, it is where megayacht captains and crew will choose to call home. We have worked hard with the adjacent neighbourhood and the city to finally realize the possibility of a brand new megayacht marina in Fort Lauderdale. Our goal is to add inventory to the shortage of megayacht slips in the tri-county area.”

If all goes to plan, construction is expected to begin in the first months of 2019.

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