Francis Suárez, mayor of the city of Miami, along with local leaders, inaugurated the renovation of the Dinner Key marina in Coconut Grove.
At the initiative of Francis Suárez the city invested 22 million dollars in its renovation, as well as in the realization of important improvements in the facility, which is also the largest municipal marina in Florida.
Dinner Key Marina suffered significant damage during Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Miami's flagship marina is located south of the city, in historic Coconut Grove.
It now has 400 boat ramps and facilities in a park-like environment for users.
Dinner Key originally served as the base of operations for the famous Panamerican Airways seaplanes.
Francis Suárez in favor of the increase in marinas
Employees explained that with berthing rates increases of around 50%, the city of Miami would receive an estimated $ 7 million in new revenue.
Commissioner Ken Russell indicated that the monthly rate increase that has been proposed for those who live aboard their vessels in Dinner Key Marina, which contemplate a value between $ 24 per linear foot each, up to $ 39 per linear foot, can they signify a heavy load.
“Not all of these people are wealthy yacht owners (…) some people are just a local photographer who lives on his boat in this marina and pays us the rent. There are people who run a small business or retire. Some of them have a fixed income and this is their home, " he said.
The employees were in charge of setting a temporary monthly rate as proposed in all marinas, which would be from $ 18, from $ 42 per linear foot to $ 60 per linear foot, while the long-term one for commercial vessels should be increased at $ 6, from $ 25 per linear foot to $ 31 per linear foot. Other increases are estimated for MiaMarina at Bayside Marketplace and Dinner Marina .
To set the rates, a market study was conducted in which the private and administrative marinas by the city in counties located in southern Florida were analyzed, which would mean a starting point for the conversation.