PIER SOUTH DEVELOPMENT: CREATING A COMMUNITY ASSET
PIER SOUTH MARINA ENHANCEMENTS
The Pier South Marina is among the City’s most prominent Marinas and its unique location on the south side of the 17th Street bridge is an especially attractive feature for larger vessels staying in our City, which is known worldwide as the yachting capital. Tavistock is currently working on plans to enhance the existing face dock so that this berth can accommodate larger vessels.
The existing dock at Pier South is not the ideal configuration to accommodate large vessels. While it is 400 feet long, there is a kink in the center of the dock that prevents boats larger than 200 feet from docking at this location without hanging over the dock. The new, modern floating dock would allow for vessels 300+ feet in length (or 92 meters) to dock comfortably, while taking another step toward efforts to enhance and revitalize this iconic waterfront property.
Proposed plans, include:
Installation of a new, modern floating dock
The new dock is straight
The new dock will accommodate larger vessels
The new dock further extends westward into the Intracoastal waterway 25’ beyond the property line, which requires a waiver of limitations
Pier South Marina slip count remains same (37)
Tavistock continues to work on plans and hopes to present before the City of Fort Lauderdale and Marine Advisory Council in the Fall 2019. Construction is not scheduled to begin until summer 2020.
PIER SIXTY SIX TO HOST NEW SUPERYACHT VILLAGE AT 2019 BOAT SHOW
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE — Superyacht Village-related infrastructure improvements to Pier South are scheduled to begin end of summer 2019. Permits are currently pending with the City of Fort Lauderdale.
In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show announced the debut of an all-new Superyacht Village at Pier South. One of the only venues in Fort Lauderdale that can host vessels up to 400 feet, the 3.5-acre Superyacht Village at Pier South will be framed by some of the world’s most spectacular superyachts and exhibits by renowned shipyards along with helicopters, personal submarines, and more. Plans also include a destination restaurant, reserved parking, valet, and private water tender services. The 2019 Boat Show will take place October 30 – November 3.
While these plans do not replace our more permanent plans for activating the currently vacant Pier South property, it is a very exciting event opportunity for us to attract the very best of the best at the world’s largest in-water boat show.
Beyond the Boat Show, we are continuing review options to activate Pier South temporarily while we work toward permanent plans. Tavistock wants the space to create a benefit for the community.
In an interim proposal, Tavistock envisioned Pier Sixty-Six South as a waterfront indoor-outdoor recreational venue with an evolving weekly program that could include happy hour and brunch in addition to community programming with activities for the entire family from farmers markets to local artist displays and musical performances. The venue would also be available to reserve for private gatherings and events.
While temporary in nature, the intent of this project is to build something that can activate the space quickly as we continue to develop a thoughtful, long-term plan for the full property. This interim plan reflects what we believe is the best possible short-term use for the site – activating a rare waterfront location and opening it up for the public to enjoy.