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Harvey Recovery: Cove Harbor Marina & Drystack reopens in Rockport

Posted at 5:25 AM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-24 08:04:52-04

Saturday marks the one year anniversary since Hurricane Harvey-one of the most powerful storms to hit the Texas coastline in decades.

One of the hardest hit areas was Rockport-Fulton, where 130-plus mph winds ripped through the seaside town.

The Cove Harbor Marina & Drystack facility, which housed about $30 million worth of boats, was hit by hard during Hurricane Harvey.

Cove Harbor Marina and Drystack
Cove Harbor Marina & Drystack was destroyed during Hurricane Harvey.

Rockport-Fulton received some of the worst wind and storm surge damage from the Category 4 storm that made landfall August 25th.

The Legend Communities have announced the reopening of Rockport’s Cove Harbor Marina & Drystack, which was destroyed during Hurricane Harvey and has undergone complete reconstruction.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for Friday, August 24, at 11:00 a.m., 121 Cove Harbor North, in Rockport, Texas.

“We have completely rebuilt all facilities at Cove Harbor, and we’re excited to reopen and resume serving the boating needs of the people of Rockport, Port Aransas and Corpus Christi,” said Haythem Dawlett, founder and principal of Legend Communities, the marina’s developer.

“We are anxious to resume old customer relationships and establish new ones. The beautiful new facility we’ve built is a concrete demonstration of our strong commitment to Rockport, and our continuing investment in making this community even stronger and better than it was before Harvey.” said Dawlett.

The ribbon-cutting will focus on thanking city leaders, members of the Rockport community and the Aransas County Navigation District (ACND) for their support, and welcoming existing and new customers to the marina.

He will also provide information on the many expanded services and amenities the newly built facility will feature. Dawlett will be joined at the podium by ANCD Harbor Master Keith Barrett.

Special invited guests include State Senator Lois Kolkhorst, State Representative Geanie W. Morrison, Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills Jr., members of the Aransas County Commissioners Court, Rockport Mayor Patrick R. Rios, Rockport City Manager Kevin Carruth, members of the Rockport City Council, Rockport Chief of Police Tim Jayroe, ACND Chair Malcolm Dieckow, ACND Vice Chair and Commissioner Judith Vlasek, ACND Secretary-at-Large Tommy Moore, ACND Precinct 2 Commissioner Tony Dominguez and ANCD Precinct 4-4A Commissioner Mickey Casterline.

Several members of Legend Communities’ corporate team who were involved in the rebuild project will attend, as well as a number of key contractors.

Legend Communities purchased Cove Harbor Marina & Drystack in September 2007 and has taken pride in providing excellent customer service ever since.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place a year, almost to the day, after Hurricane Harvey destroyed the facility when it came ashore at Rockport on August 25, 2017.

Cove Harbor Marina and Drystack after Hurricane Harvey.

Dawlett said it was important to rebuild Cove Harbor after Harvey’s destruction not only to preserve Legend’s investment, but also to maintain the bonds of friendship and business relationships Cove Harbor has developed over the years.

Cove Harbor Marina & Drystack represents one of the single-largest commercial fishing operations with almost 600 boats either stored in the drystacks or the wet slips.

The newly constructed Cove Harbor will be the largest full-service marina and drystack in the area.

When fully open, it will offer 143 monthly/yearly wet slip spaces and 30 daily wet slips.

Cove Harbor has expanded its ship store and is adding a lounge, which will be completed in about three months.

Amenities planned for the future include a 50- to 60-unit high-end “Airstream Hotel,” an event center, full-service boat mechanical operations and showroom, and other related boat services.

“We always try to go above and beyond our competitors. We are truly one of a kind when it comes to service. With our new, bigger and better marina, we’ll be able to provide the finest services on the Gulf to our Rockport family.” said Dawlett.

Those members of the public planning to attend should RSVP, including the number of people in their party, to Rhiannan Oxos at or call (512) 610-0511.

Dawlett encouraged guests to arrive 15 minutes early, as the ceremony will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m.

Parking is available in front of Drystack Building #1. Light bites and refreshments will be provided following the ribbon-cutting. For more information on Cove Harbor Marina & Drystack, visit: