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South Florida Creates Superyacht Access

The Florida Inland Navigation District is looking to gain a permit to dredge several miles (two and half to be exact) of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). The digging would begin at the 17th Street Bridge and go to Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.

Dredging would take the current depth of 10 feet to 15 feet, allowing owners of Superyachts easier access to shipyards such as Las Olas Marina and the Bahia Mar Yachting Center.

Similarly, Palm Beach County would like to receive a permit to dredge the ICW to create open access to Viking Yachts, the Rybovich shipyard and Riviera Beach Marina.

Director of Business Development at Rybovich, Jason Sprague, believes the dredging is needed due to the increase in Superyacht sales this year. “We’ve grown rapidly, but the limit now is space.”

The multimillion-dollar projects would allow Florida shipyards to compete with those in Europe. 

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