It has been just one year since the management at Rose Marco River Marina began its long journey on an estimated $15 million project to modern their facilities on Bald Eagle Drive.

Multiple meetings and public hearings before city advisory boards and the final approval from Marco Island City Council are now behind them – and the work is about to begin.

Some of the work began in the last quarter of 2014, with the removal and replacement of the existing fuel storage tanks. An upgraded storage tank for fuel has been installed and final work on that portion of the project is being finalized.

Dan High, general manager of the Rose Marina, was before the city's Planning Board for an informational session to update the committee on the anticipated start date the later part of the first quarter of 2015. A similar update will be given to city council when they next meet.

A temporary-use permit for construction staging was being processed by the city's growth management department and they had placed the item on the agenda to keep the board informed. Rose is in the process of interviewing a finalist to serve as the general contractor for the project.

Rose would be utilizing the property at 880 Bald Eagle Drive for a temporary parking lot and the lot at 900 Bald Eagle would be used for construction staging. The lots at Magnolia Court would be used for temporary boat storage, as the existing boat storage barn will be taken down and replaced with a new modern facility that will allow for the storage of larger craft.

At the Jan. 9 meeting of the Planning Board, residents of Anglers Cove Condos, located across the street from the proposed construction staging area, voiced their concerns about potential damage to their properties from dust and dirt. In an effort to find a compromise, Rose Marina agreed to power wash the exterior of the buildings that face the construction staging area if there is an excessive build-up on dust or dirt, with the exception of lanais, after completion of the project.

"We've spent a considerable amount of money to paint the exterior of our buildings and we want to protect that investment," said George Fonda, president of the Anglers Cove Condo Association.

Rose Marina will be updating the facility's drainage system.

"A portion of the project which many will not see on the surface entails the complete updating of the stormwater retention and treatment system, which dates back to the 1960s," said High. "This will be state-of-the-art and reflect the company's commitment to being a good environmental neighbor and continue throughout all the phases of the project."

Phase 1 of the project would deal with the removal of the present boat storage facility and replacement of that building with the larger 60-foot high structure. This structure would come with a number of enhancements such as full fire protection, improved noise abatement, hurricane protection, upgraded storm water control and treatment, and the ability to store up to 43-foot, high-end boats. New delivery traffic patterns also will be incorporated into this phase of the project.

Phase 2 of the project will replace the outdated service building with a state-of-the-art service and parts facility. This would also add new restrooms, showers and an owner's lounge in addition to a large conference room for meetings and classes. Pedestrian pathways and improvement in the stormwater and drainage will be continued in this phase of the project.

Phase 3 will involve the property across the street on the 900 Bald Eagle Drive lot, where a small marketing building will be erected for the sale of boats. Boats will be on display and appropriate parking provided for the boat dealership activities as well as expanding the other parking at 950 Bald Eagle Drive.

Phase 4 will see the overall site undergo a transformation in landscaping and parking. The enhancements in the landscaping will be significant with the addition of trees and shrubs along with continued improvements to pedestrian walkways.

Rose Marco River Marina is a full-service marina, serving residents and vacationers with deep-water access.

More information

Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Drive, call 394-2502

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