New SeaVault marina on Miami River will offer yacht owners unique homeport
by Risa Merl
A newly approved superyacht marina along the Miami River, called SeaVault, will serve as a home port to an owner's yacht, captain and crew in Miami, Florida.
The Miami River Commission has approved an updated proposal for the development from property owner and developer Homero Meruelo. Formerly called Miami Mega Yacht Marina, SeaVault is poised as a mixed-use facility that will provide everything yacht owner, yacht, captains and crew could need in one location, creating a tempting homeport option. But rather than a destination mega-sized megayacht marina, SeaVault offers only 14 slips, to be sold, and each of which comes with living quarters for its captain and crew. The 14 slips for sale include range from 45 to 70 metres long.
“The entire unit – it will come as a package,” says the developer’s representative Tony Rodriguez-Tellaheche. “The idea is to give them a homeport.”
Other amenities on the secured site include tennis courts, swimming pool, private parking, and a cold storage building for provisioning. The idea for a the new all-inclusive homeport marina was floated at last year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show to reportedly good feedback from yacht owners.
Since the Miami River Commission first approved the plan a year ago, cosmetic changes have been made to the design of SeaVault, including a new courtyard and adding more curves to the design of the buildings.
The Miami River has predominantly been home to working marinas and shipyards, and this new project represents Miami's desire to keep its connection with the yachting industry, which has a stronghold in Fort Lauderdale and has been migrating north to Palm Beach County in recent years.
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