Haulover Beach Park completes $25 million in marina enhancements

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, took place the grand opening of the new “Haulover Marine Center” at Bill Bird Marina at Haulover Beach Park, located at 10800 Collins Ave., Miami. The Center, located at the northernmost end of the marina, is part of a $25 million marina renovation project that will enhance the customer experience and meet patron demand for expanded services.

The Center contains a new boat storage building with five-tier dry stack housing for 508 boats and personal watercraft, which nearly doubles the storage capacity of the former open rack system. An eye-catching pattern of blue waves and bubbles adorn the exterior walls of the new boat storage building, which is rated to withstand a category five hurricane. Special features include an innovative elevator lift system for retrieving and launching vessels and the capacity to hold larger multi-outboard engine boats, up to 50 feet long. The site also received a new boat launch, a new bait-and-tackle shop, a new bath house, new landscaping, and a new 653-space lighted parking area for both marina and beach visitors. Funding for this project was provided through a public-private partnership with Westrec Marinas, the facility operator.

“I am pleased to see this new development at Haulover Beach Park’s Bill Bird Marina. Thanks to our Parks department’s partnership with Westrec Marinas, we are raising the bar even higher for this world-class iconic beachfront-park and for Miami-Dade’s future sustainability,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

“These are exciting times for Northeast Miami-Dade’s Haulover Beach Park and Bill Bird Marina. This marina project represents the great commitment of our county and cities in making Haulover more appealing and accessible to water-loving and boating families to enjoy the park by land or sea,” said Commissioner Heyman.

“Miami-Dade Parks is proud of its partnership with Westrec Marinas and the Bill Bird Marina renovations. We look at this new facility as a revitalized park space and its completion moves our community closer towards creating a parks and open spaces system that is more accessible, seamless, beautiful, equitable, and sustainable, with multiple benefits to better neighborhood living which are the guiding principles of the Open Space Master Plan. We invite everyone to visit Haulover Marine Center and see all that this park has to offer,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director George Navarrete.

Nestled in Haulover Beach Park between the Atlantic Ocean and the Inter-coastal Waterway, the marina is minutes away from spectacular fishing. It is home to the largest charter/drift fishing fleet in South Florida. The full-service marina also features a dock master building, additional boat ramps, a retail store, a gas and diesel fuel dock, sanitary pump out, boat and jet-ski rentals, boat repairs, and the adjacent restaurant, Café Azul.  There is gated entry to 152 wet slips, accommodating vessels from 35′ to 120′. Each slip provides access to electricity and water. The dock master building offers marina patrons a laundry room with coin-operated washers and dryers, vending machines, ice, and restrooms with showers.

Founded in 1987, Westrec Marinas is one of the world’s largest operators of marinas and marine-related businesses. The company manages marina facilities located both in fresh and salt-water environments, handling vessels ranging in size from personal watercrafts to large yachts.

The 258-acre Haulover Beach Park is a designated Miami-Dade “Heritage Park,” for its vital role in this community’s history, environment and recreational and cultural experiences.  The Park is touted as one of South Florida’s most beautiful beaches. A mile-and-a-half stretch of pristine white sand shores, dunes and open ocean surf, make it the ideal spot for sun-bathing, swimming or surfing. The entire beach is guarded by trained lifeguards. Other amenities include shaded picnic facilities, seaside concessions, a dog park, and a kite shop.

For directions and park information, visit the Haulover Beach Park web page or call 305-947-3525.