If you’ve ever been involved in a laborious permitting and funding process you know all too well the feeling of victory and the heavy sigh of relief that comes once you receive your final OK to proceed. You’ll also know that without an iron will and a true passion for what you’re doing you’ll likely be eaten alive.
Anyone who’s spent much time at all with Mark Sandoval, Long Beach Marine Bureau Manager knows he’s a man of integrity and determination. After 10 years of planning and three years of delays, Sandoval received his final OK from Long Beach City Council to move forward with the first phase of his planned $90 million dollar renovation of Alamitos Bay Marina in Long Beach, CA.
Boaters and visitors to Canada’s Powell River are enjoying the city’s new marina facility at the North Harbour. The harbour was completely renovated to address failing infrastructure and a growing waiting list for larger berths. Bellingham Marine, world renowned marina builder, supplied its Unifloat, concrete floating dock system, for the project.
The Unifloat system was selected by committee members for its quality, performance and proven service life. “The committee is very pleased with the aesthetics of the final product and feedback from the community has been positive. User’s are very impressed with the stability of the entire float network.” said the Chair, Councillor McNaughton, of the Waterfront Committee.
For the project, everything from the top of the gangway down was replaced and upgraded including a new dock system, potable and firefighting infrastructure, power centers and security services. Bellingham shipped the new floats to the job site in March and construction was completed by early July.
The project also included reconfiguring the harbor to increase the number of berths from 278 to 315 and to provide a greater number of slips for boats over 25 feet. According to the City of Powell River, there had been an increasing demand for larger berths and there was a large waiting list of boat owners with vessel 28 feet and larger wishing to moor at North Harbour.
The new reconfiguration allowed the marina to increase its available moorage space by 19% from 7,943 feet of chargeable moorage space to 9,500 feet. The improvements and greater moorage area will result in increased revenues for the marina.
Powell River’s marinas cater to a range of boaters who enjoy fishing, scuba diving, kayaking and cruising through the many islands that dot the coastline of the Pacific Northwest. The waters around Powell River offer some of the world’s best cold-water diving and fishing.
As the world’s leading marina design-build construction company, Bellingham Marine produces Unifloat® concrete floating dock systems as well as timber and metal frame systems. The company also produces Unistack® dry stack systems for marinas worldwide.
Contact: Bellingham Marine, P.O. Box 8, Bellingham, WA 98227; www.bellingham-marine.com.
On September 2, 2011, Bellingham Marine, world renowned marina builder, entered into a two year agreement with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to participate in a program titled IMAGE. This is a voluntary program to promote compliance to prevent the hiring or continued employment of people who are not authorized to work in the United States.
As part of the IMAGE program BMI voluntarily agreed to enroll in the Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify program and process all future employees through the agency’s E-Verify program. Bellingham will also provide ICE with a hiring and employment eligibility verification program that includes at least one annual internal Form I-9 audit as well as companywide hiring procedures to prevent the employment of unauthorized workers.
The goal of IMAGE is to curtail the employment of unauthorized workers through outreach, education and training. The IMAGE program also promotes employment eligibility programs such as E-Verify, which fosters compliance through this partnership. “As a federal contractor, the IMAGE program and E-Verify are instrumental in assisting BMI with building a comprehensive immigration compliance program,” remarked Beth Vonnegut, Director of Human Resources for Bellingham Marine.
As the world’s leading marina design-build construction company, Bellingham Marine produces Unifloat® concrete floating dock systems as well as timber and metal frame dock systems. The company also produces Unistack® dry stack systems for marinas worldwide.
The 5,000-slip Marina del Rey in Marina del Rey, Calif., is the largest man-made basin for pleasure boats in the nation. The basin is owned by Los Angeles County and managed by the county’s Department of Beaches and Harbors, which leases its approximately 60 parcels to marina operators, hotels, restaurants, shops and other businesses. It’s the only significant yacht harbor other than Long Beach and Redondo Harbor for 18 million people in the five-county Los Angeles Metropolitan area.
MAGAZINE: Marina Dock Age
ISSUE: September/October 2011
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