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Vinoy Marina Construction Started in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida

When Hurricane Dennis came through in July 2005, the Tampa Bay area was basically spared, but a unique combination of winds and tides created havoc in the Vinoy basin, and the floating docks of the marina at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, were destroyed.

Many of the condominium owners at Vinoy Place kept their boats at the marina, and had to relocate them. Slip rentals at the Vinoy marina are available only to Vinoy Club members (memberships in the Vinoy Club are not limited to owners at Vinoy Place). The hotel only leases 49 of the 74 slips, keeping the others for hotel guests and short term rentals.

The Vinoy hotel has been ready and anxious to rebuild, but the permitting process through the state has been long and slow. The permits issued require the Vinoy to be a "clean marina". The 74 slips approved are the same number as before, but the slips will be larger, in order to accomodate larger boats.

Russ Bond, General Manager of the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, expects some of the Vinoy slips to be occupied by July, and that the entire project will be finished by October. 

Downtown St Pete residents and visitors will be happy to see the marina completed and the yachts back. The new pilings without the floating docks attached has had a desolated look.  Rental rates have not yet been set for these slips, but are anticipated to be competitive with other marinas in the area.

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