Williams Island Marina completes upgrades as new laws take effect

By Lynn Carroll….

William Island Marina

Williams Island Marina recently completed more upgrades to its facilities, constructing 600 feet of new dockage for larger vessels as it prepares for new laws that will make using marinas in the state more inviting.

The upgrades, says Bill Draughon, marina manager for Williams Island Marina, also include changes to electrical services.

“We’re now providing three-phase power to 1,000 feet of the docks,” Draughon says. “Also new is a pump-out system at 22 slips in our North Marina area and one designated slip.”

The improvements, he says, make Williams Island Marina ready for expected increases in the number of vessels that will be registered in Florida.

State tax laws, which cap sales taxes at $18,000, also should boost volume at future boat shows.

“We believe,” Draughon says, “that these new regulations will encourage owners to register vessels in Florida or with U.S. rather than offshore documentation to save on taxes. Offshore registration limits the time a vessel can reside here. State law should encourage owners to stay longer at in-state marinas and use other marinerelated businesses.”

Draughon says the lifestyle members enjoy at Williams Island, The Florida Riviera, is unique, putting the marina in the forefront of the competition for those who plan to register vessels here rather than abroad.

“The marina,” he says, “is spread around the 80-acre island. Boaters have access to all club facilities and amenities. Club membership is free and allows access to three restaurants, spa, tennis courts and swimming pools.”

Vessels up to 160 feet in length are welcome at Williams Island, and those under 60 feet can expect reduced rates.

Call or stop by for a tour of Williams Island, The Florida Riviera, 305-937-7813 or visit williamsislandmarina.com

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