City officials are looking for residents to provide ideas for updating the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina.
They’re holding a public session from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N.
“We’re taking the first baby step,” project manager Rick Hermann said. “We’re at the very beginning of this.”
The docks at the marina were built in the 1960s and 1970s and are starting to show their age, Hermann said. Also, the demand for docks has changed to meet changes in boat styles. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, he said, people had smaller boats. Nowadays, the boats are larger and wider so larger docks are needed to accommodate them.
The city is creating a new master marina plan to upgrade worn out infrastructure and to meet boatowners’ needs and interests. The actual implementation of that plan will take years and likely be done in phases.
The master plan is expected to include replacement of the Central and South Yacht Basin docks. And other upgrades, such as the inclusion of Wi-Fi, snack bars, public showers and restrooms are also likely to be included in the master plan.
That’s what Tuesday’s meeting is about, to give residents an opportunity to learn about current conditions at the Marina and hear an overview of the regional market. Residents will also be able to offer suggestions and ideas on improvements to boating conditions and efficiency at the Marina, in keeping with the city’s Downtown Waterfront Master Plan.
This will be the first of three meetings on updates to the Marina master plan. Two other community meetings are planned. The dates will be announced.