In recent news from the two leading US marina operators Safe Harbor Marinas has acquired two more facilities and Suntex Marinas have been prevented from expanding an existing facility and developing a new one in New Jersey.

The two Safe Harbor acquisitions are in Michigan and are the Jefferson Beach marina and Toledo Beach marina in St. Clair Shores and La Salle, Michigan, respectively. With these purchases the company’s marina portfolio increases to 70 units across 18 states throughout the US. This reinforces Safe Harbor’s position both as the US’s largest marina operator and the most geographically-diversified one.

Safe Harbour point to these latest acquisitions being part of the company's ongoing programme to grow and diversify its portfolio.

Jefferson Beach and Toledo Beach marinas have been working together in a partnership deal. Jefferson Beach and Toledo Beach offer 800 and 550 wet berths respectively up to 26m (85ft) but both have the capability to berth larger craft up to 38m(125ft). In addition, Jefferson beach has 180,000ft2 of heated winter storage and a 70-ton travel lift, while Toledo Beach has a dry stack for craft up to 22 tons.

"We're pleased to welcome these properties into our portfolio," said Baxter Underwood, CEO of Safe Harbor Marinas. "As we continue to expand our network and tenaciously improve operations, we're in a unique position to serve boaters. We look forward to providing Safe Harbor Members at Jefferson Beach and Toledo Beach marinas with the very best in boating lifestyle."

Plans by Suntex Marinas to significantly expand its presence at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ, have been prevented by the local planning authorities. Suntex proposed last November to lease 10 additional acres to expand its existing 520-berth Liberty Landing marina sited at the northern end of Liberty Park as well take on other land at the southern end of the park to develop a new 300-berth or so marina.

The New Jersey state Department of Environmental Protection, which oversees the 1,200-acre state park, has recently rejected both proposals. Ray Bukowski, assistant DEP commissioner, told Suntex in a two-sentence letter dated May 24 that the DEP "has determined not to proceed further with this project." The letter does not offer any reason.

In response Ron TenEyck, a Suntex senior vice president, was quoted by the Jersey Journal newspaper saying: “While Suntex is disappointed in the state's decision, Suntex will work with the state to provide the services and amenities that will make Liberty State Park more enjoyable for the residents and visitors to the park."