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Nationwide marina company buys Rockland properties

By Stephen Betts | Jan 08, 2021
Photo by: Stephen Betts Safe Harbor Marinas has acquired properties in Rockland owned and leased by Yachting Solutions.

Rockland — A company that owns about 100 marinas across the country has bought Yachting Solutions properties, including four acres it leased along Rockland Harbor, where an expanded marina has been proposed.

Safe Harbor Marinas of Dallas, Texas, purchased Dec. 30 nearly five acres owned by Rockland Harbor Park LLC that Yachting Solutions was leasing on the Rockland waterfront. Safe Harbors also acquired properties owned by Yachting Solutions Dec. 31 on New County Road and Pleasant Street in Rockland.

The property off Ocean Street includes the marina pier, the building where Archer's on the Pier is located, the parking lot next to Archer's, the gazebo and part of the concrete section of the boardwalk.

Lynn Archer said Jan. 7 she will continue operating Archer's on the Pier.

Bill Morong of Yachting Solutions said Archer has created a fantastic business that everyone loves and that the restaurant will remain.

Stuart Smith, an owner of Rockland Harbor Park LLC, said the sale included an easement that will ensure continued public access along the entire boardwalk. He said he was adamant that public access be preserved along the boardwalk.

Rockland Harbor Park LLC will continue to own the large office building, originally built by MBNA, the remainder of the boardwalk and adjacent parking lots.

The sale price for the Rockland Harbor Park parcel was $5 million, the sale price of the Yachting Solutions property at 56 New County Road property was $4 million, and the price for Yachting Solutions adjacent parcel at 183 Pleasant Street was $140,000.

Yahcting Solutions employs 35 people and is actively hiring, Morong said Friday.

Morong said the proposed expansion of the marina is still on track "with all the public input, comment and changes in harbor channel layout taken into consideration."

Rockland Harbor Park LLC also transferred its submerged land rights to Safe Harbor Marinas.

Back in 2018, Yachting Solutions proposed to expand its marina. That was met by strong opposition from many residents, who said it would reduce the view corridor from Rockland Harbor Park and could impact the south channel in Rockland Harbor. There was also support voiced by other residents for the development. A series of meetings were held in late 2018 and in 2019.

There has been no public discussions on that expansion plan since the pandemic struck.

A spokeswoman with the submerged lands division of the Maine Agriculture, Forestry and Conservation department reported Jan. 7 that there has been no application sought to expand the marina.

Nothing has been filed with the city for an expansion on the land side nor with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

Safe Harbor is a subsidiary of Sun Communities, which is a real estate investment trust involved in manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities. Sun Communities acquired Safe Harbor Oct. 30 for $2 billion.

Safe Harbor owns and operates 107 marinas across the country, which serves about 40,000 boats across 22 states. The nearest other marina owned by Safe Harbor is in Harpswell, which it acquired last year.

A telephone message was left Friday, Jan. 8, with Safe Harbor.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: James York | Jan 09, 2021 21:55

The harbor has fed this city one way or another for years, lets make sure whoever the stakeholders are, they recognize and they respect the importance of commercial activity that one of the most dynamic harbors north of Boston provides.  The city needs to double down on their commitments to our investments in our fish pier find ways to pull revenue from the harbor.



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