At the beginning of last month, we told you how the developers of the proposed megamarina in Coral Bay were facing a slew of new challenges that could very well put an end to their proposed marina for good. We were all happy and thought Coral Bay had finally been saved thanks to resident “badass” Mr. David Silverman and his efforts leading the Save Coral Bay movement. Well today Coral Bay faces a potential new challenge as plans for a second Coral Bay marina have just been released. This time it is a project by Sirius Development, LLC, also known as T-REX. Its plan is to create a marina, hotel and resort on the land owned by the Moravian Conference.
The following information has been taken directly from Save Coral Bay. You can follow their efforts and get the latest marina information at www.savecoralbay.com.
The project proposed by Sirius is located on the Coral Bay ball field and on land behind Skinny Legs restaurant, behind the Coral Bay fire house, and behind the Guy Benjamin school. Their stated goal is to build an 89-room hotel and marina complex with associated retail amenities. Since the land on which the hotel is to be located is not zoned for hotel use, the developers have made the unusual decision to file an application for the marina with the Army Corps of Engineers before receiving any local authorizations. Although perfectly legal, this route is very unusual.
The marina is proposed as a 92-slip project, built using precast floating concrete docks. It will require 420 pilings for the fixed main pier and guide piles for the floating sections. In addition to the 92 wet slips (including side-ties), the project proposes a “dry slip” boat garage. To support all of this marine infrastructure in the shallow waters of north Coral Bay Harbor, the developers are requesting permission to dredge approximately one acre of sea bottom to a depth of -6 feet.
The image below is a Google Earth overlay of the in-water marina project. The marina occupies approximately ten acres of the harbor, depending upon where you place the in-water boundaries.
In addition to the in-water marina, Sirius is proposing to construct a 3-storey, 30-position boat garage. In order to create sufficient level land near the water, the project calls for dredging approximately one acre in the “creek”, placing bulkheads seaward of the existing shoreline, backfilling the bulkheads and paving a roughly 1 acre “concrete apron” for the marina buildings. Additionally a parking lot for 60 vehicles will be created. These features are shown in the rendering below.
The project is currently in a Public Comment period with the US Army Corps of Engineers. The comment period extends until January 25, 2016.
Stay tuned for more information on the hotel/resort plans, as well as some concerns raised by the folks at Save Coral Bay.