Downtown Beaufort Marina to get $7.5 million in upgrades

Dated: November 2 2021

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Big things are happening here in downtown Beaufort. The company that manages the City of Beaufort’s downtown marina, Safe Harbor Marinas, plans to invest more than $7.5 million on a marina expansion over the next two years, City Council was told at its Oct. 26 meeting.

Safe Harbor has leased the marina from the City since July 2019. In its presentation last week, it detailed various expenses it has incurred to bring maintenance up to date, including $124,500 to replace 30 moorings.

Safe Harbor outlined an ambitious plan for future improvements that would include:

  • A new floating dock system that would contain a welcome center, pump-out station and diesel and gasoline fuel dispensers
  • Resized slips to accommodate larger vessels
  • A new ADA-compliant gangway
  • 2,496 linear feet of flexible side tie berthing to host transient vehicles

Earlier this year, the company was awarded a $1.5 million federal grant through the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. It matched that with $2.4 million, for a total of $3.9 million to go toward its proposed improvements at the marina.

Safe Harbor Marinas manages 125 marinas, including Charleston and Skull Creek on Hilton Head Island. In 2019, it signed a 10-year lease with the City of Beaufort. The City receives a percentage of the revenues generated at the marina, and is not responsible for maintenance or improvements to the marina.

We're excited about the new upgrades coming to the marina here in downtown. One of the many things there is to love about Beaufort SC is the fun that locals have on our waterways. With the area made up of 68 islands, there is lots of water to enjoy. 

If you're an avid boater and thinking of relocating to the southeast, then you should consider relocating to Beaufort SC. Century 21 Carolina Realty can help make your dream a reality by helping you find your forever home here in the Lowcountry. Call us at 843-521-2121, and one of our professional experienced agents can assist you in becoming a Beaufort local. 

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Downtown Beaufort marina photo courtesy Palmetto Aerial Imagery

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