NEW MARINA 30 MINUTES FROM EXUMA AIRPORT?
Exuma could be the home of a new US$10m marina/resort complex if government regulatory agencies on the Caribbean island give the go-ahead.
An Environmental Impact Study (EIA) conducted by Caribbean Coastal Services (CCS) indicates that when completed, The Marina at Hooper’s Bay would consist of 11 villas containing 30-35 hotel rooms, 27 wet slips for boats from 25ft-45ft and two dry boat storage facilities developed in two phases over five years, resulting in 35 permanent jobs.
“Other upland developments include a two-story marina club restaurant, bar and pool, office space located near the marina basin, and commercial space with retail shops,” the EIA said according to The Tribune. “The total square footage of the commercial space (inclusive of the Marina Club, office space, marina store and other retail shops) is an estimated 10,000 square feet and is not intended to exceed 17,000 square feet.”
Phase one, scheduled to begin with approval, involves the acquisition and preparation of the 5.6-acre project site followed by roads, infrastructure, and underground utilities then the construction of the marina, dry boat storage, restaurant, retail stores. Up to 50 local construction jobs will result from the 18-month first phase, estimated to cost US$2.5m.
Phase two consists of the construction of the marina villa accommodations, with the sale price of villas averaging between US$600,000 and US$900,000.
The marina would be located just 30 minutes from Exuma International Airport and close to a number of local businesses that would provide provisioning services.
“To further economically stimulate the Exuma community, the Marina at Hooper’s Bay concierge services will assist with local services that include coordinating taxi service by members of the Exuma Taxi Association, water taxi rides to Stocking Island (already in operation by local vendors), both in-room and on-boat food and drink service, private chef in-home dining, co-ordination of local tours and daily housekeeping and landscape services,” the EIA reads.
No word as to a decision date from regulators.