Mega-Yacht Marina Proposed For Miami River


To put a Miami spin on the 1975 classic Jaws: “We’re gonna need a bigger…marina.”

That’s right; boats in Miami are getting so big, that they are running out of deep water marinas to put them. In the city where luxury reaches far beyond the shoreline, HCD Developers of Doral have drafted up a solution to Miami’s chronic shortage of mega yacht space.

A long-standing marina has held its place on the Miami River for over 60 years and property owner Homero Meruelo is ready to revamp it into a sleek private marina. The project includes covered slips for 16 mega yachts up to 200 ft., spacious parking arrangements and unique living quarters for captains and crewmembers— a new concept in marina design. It wouldn’t be Miami if it didn’t cover all the bases, so naturally owners, their guests and crew will have access to a clubhouse, coffee shop, dining area, spa, exercise room, media room and pool.

Although not yet approved, the plans would do more than help the city’s most affluent seafarers find a place to put their yachts. According to the Miami River Commission, the plan is consistent with the Miami River Greenway Action Plan and would help the city gain more presence in the $732 million industry that is dominated by Broward and Palm Beach. The plan will be reviewed and considered by the full City Commission on March 3.