CORPUS CHRISTI — As the new year rolls in, so will new renovations to the marina.
This summer, the City of Corpus Christi is hoping to repair some of the damages caused by storms in recent years and add features such as a concierge service. The concierge service will aid boaters in getting groceries and laundry done.
The city is also hoping to attract tourists to the marina by adding new businesses.
“Our goal is to improve their businesses, make them even more marketable and have even more traffic come to their places,” said Peter Zanoni, City Manager of Corpus Christi.
The city will not be increasing property or sales taxes to fund the project.
“The rental fees that come from the slips will be one way to fund these improvements,” Zanoni said.
Wifi and renovations to the boaters facilities and docks will also be a part of the project as well as a new boaters facility on Coopers Alley.
“One big thing is floating docks and moving away from wood docks to concrete floating and composite docks…something that lasts a lot longer in our environment,” said marina manager Jonathan Atwood.
The marina has an operating budget of over two million dollars and has fifteen full time employees. The city says the marina is the only major downtown marina in our gulf coast area.
Officials of the City of Corpus Christi say they will try and limit traffic and construction along the marina so that it won’t disturb day-to-day activities of people and businesses.
The renovation of the marina will be completed in one to five years with an extended timeline for some of its amenities.