Member News December 20, 2018

Pierson Grant Public Relations has announced the opening of its new 3,757 square foot office at Bayview Corporate Tower in Fort Lauderdale. Located at 6451 North Federal Highway, the newly renovated Bayview Corporate Tower is Broward County’s largest office building, offering a distinguished address with panoramic views reaching the ocean. The building features a modern on-site café, newly constructed state-of-the-art tenant amenity center including a conference facility and fitness center, and a covered parking garage.

Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC) won Marina Dock Age’s Marina of the Year Hospitality Award. The award is in response to the focus on the customer experience at LMC over the past year, including upgrades to the facility, state-of-the-art gym, new docks to better accommodate customers’ needs, and the soon-to-open restaurant and bar. LMC was also recognized for its customized employee training program in partnership with Broward College that uses real-life examples that apply to customers and situations that employees may encounter.

Congratulations to FB Marine Group for once again being named one of the Top 100 Boat Dealers for 2018. Boating Industry magazine announced the winners at a black-tie gala earlier this month.

ACR Electronics was recently honored by Broward County. Commissioner Beam Furr led a meeting of recognition, which proclaimed December 4, 2019 as “Broward County ACR Electronics Day.” ACR Electronics Vice President Gerry Angeli, who is a Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Circle member, was on hand along with several colleagues to accept the proclamation.

With Huey Lewis as the Grand Marshall, The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade celebrated its 47th year on Saturday, December 15th with a procession of vessels that sailed a 12-mile route from downtown Fort Lauderdale to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. Many vessels won awards that night, but the voting is still open for the People’s Choice Award. You can vote for your favorite entry once a day until January 12th for a chance to win Southwest Airlines tickets. Votes are being accepted on the Winterfest Boat Parade App, at, or by texting the boat entry number at 23000, for example: Boat24.

Westrec Marinas announced that two Florida marina projects with large yacht facilities are underway at the Hall of Fame Marina in Fort Lauderdale and Fernandina Harbor Marina in Fernandina Beach. Hall of Fame Marine renovations are slated to begin this summer and the north dock will remain open during the work. The power will be upgraded, and 400 feet of wood dock will be replaced with 600 feet of concrete Bellingham Marine docks. The company expects the changes to be made ahead of next year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

The Fernandina Harbor Marina in Fernandina Beach has been closed for the past two years after it was severely damaged in a direct hit from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. The city-owned marina on Amelia Island is also managed by Westrec Marinas. Plans are underway to reopen with transient dockage for yachts from 20 to 280 feet. The restoration work is expected to begin by the end of the year and completed in late May 2019.

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