Firm to upgrade Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia

Chalk up another development on St. Lucia, the island that currently is leading the Caribbean pack in terms of new builds, rebuilds and resort expansions.

Island Global Yachting, a firm that owns, develops and manages marina properties and yachting destinations, will redevelop its Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia.

Slated for completion in late 2008, the revamped marina will offer 252 reconstructed slips, including the addition of 30 berths dedicated to megayachts, and a refurbished land component with retail and restaurant facilities.

The existing marina will remain open and operational during the renovation.

Andrew Farkas, chairman and founder of IGY, said that the Rodney Bay Marina "already is the leading marina facility in the region and has been a cornerstone for IGY in the Caribbean. This renovation will continue to reposition St. Lucia as a major megayacht destination and enhance the tourism industry in Rodney Bay by serving as a port of embarkation to the southern Caribbean."

Megayachts departing St. Lucia from the marina will cruise through the southern islands towards Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago, according to Cuthbert Didier, general manager of the marina.

"Prior to this redevelopment, there were no first-class marina ports in the southern Caribbean which cater to the megayacht industry," Didier said.

The Rodney Bay Marina was established in 1986 by Arch Marez, a California-based entrepreneur who died in 2005.

For further information, visit www.igy-rodneybay.com.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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