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2017 May June Marina World

The magazine for the marina industry



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Upon application, permission may be freely granted to copy abstracts of articles on condition that a full reference to the source is given. Printed in the UK by Stephens & George © 2017 Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd Views expressed by individual contributors in this issue are not necessarily those of Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. Equally, the inclusion of advertisements in this magazine does not constitute endorsement of the companies, products and services concerned by Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising. Ancient footsteps Carol Fulford Editor FROM THE EDITOR If the hottest news in our March/April issue was the Safe Harbor Marinas acquisition of Brewer Yacht Yards, the hot spot for May/June goes to Suntex Marina Investors and its purchase of the eleven Loggerhead Marina sites (see p. 7). Together, the two US entities now own in excess of 100 American marinas and I imagine the quest to expand these portfolios is far from over. Suntex, which also slipped in the purchase of The Ridges Marina on Lake Chatuge in North Georgia in March, has committed to maintaining a philanthropic partnership with Loggerhead Marinelife Center as part of the buy-out agreement. Both Suntex and Loggerhead claim that preserving the environment is one of their core values, and support for the Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida will reinforce the Suntex role of environmental stewardship. The centre focuses on the conservation of ocean life with special emphasis on threatened and endangered sea turtles. Our industry’s effort to preserve and protect the environment is a theme that runs through every issue of Marina World. In May/June, we read that work halted during the build of Motuoapa Marina on Lake Taupo in the North Island of New Zealand for the nesting season of black-billed gulls and that the entire project, which had a zero cut to fill balance for dredged material, resulted in pristine water and improved habitat for trout. In the heart of a big city, the fate of birds and fish isn’t uppermost in most people’s minds. But at St Katharine Docks in London, the ecosystem was taken very seriously. Care was taken not to disrupt flora and fauna around the docks including fish, ducks and other birds during the recent refurbishment. Fish spawning brushes were also installed to encourage more fish species within the marina. But when it comes to newbuild or refurbishment, planners are not always confronted with the need to preserve living species as I read in a recent ABC Kimberley news report posted by Ben Collins. Collins reports that National Heritagelisted dinosaur footprints could disrupt plans to build a new marina in Broome, Western Australia. The sauropod footprints on the proposed marina site are part of important track sites, some of which were described in the report by University of Queensland palaeontologist Dr Steve Salisbury as being ‘quite rare and scientifically significant’. Sauropods had whiplash tails, stocky limbs and long necks, and were the biggest vertebrates ever to walk the earth. They travelled in herds munching foliage and the Broome brontosaurs were blissfully ignorant of the fact that in around 65 million years’ time the impact of their footfalls would cause marina planning problems. As Rob Vrancken CMM says (p. 36), when it comes to building marinas - “nothing ever goes according to plan.” - May/June 2017 5

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