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Vinoy marina makeover welcomes more boaters

After arriving by boat and docking for free, diners enjoy a meal at Marchand’s inside the Vinoy resort.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times

After arriving by boat and docking for free, diners enjoy a meal at Marchand’s inside the Vinoy resort.

ST. PETERSBURG — The Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, a 1920s-era Mediterranean-style luxury hotel in downtown St. Petersburg, has recently upgraded its docks to accommodate transient boaters.

In the summer of 2005, Hurrican Dennis roared through the Gulf of Mexico but spared much of the Tampa Bay area from major damage. Still, the storm's path sent 4-foot rollers into the Vinoy Basin, tearing apart the floating docks.

It took two years to rebuild the docks, but in the process, the hotel up graded the whole facility, and now the Vinoy has a new 74-slip marina that can accommodate boats up to 120 feet in length.

On a recent Monday evening, several friends and I arrived by boat for the dinner at Marchand's Bar and Grill restaurant inside the hotel. The Vinoy frequently has both lunch and dinner patrons arrive by boat. Diners get three hours free dockage at the marina; reservations are suggested (727-824-8072).

The Vinoy caters to two types of boaters.

The Vinoy Club Marina membership entitles members to full hotel services. In addition to the initiation fee and monthly membership dues, members pay $15 per linear foot based on the appropriate slip size.

Vinoy Marina transient guests may dock boats up to 49 feet at a rate of $2.50 per foot per day with a minimum charge of $90. Boats that measure 50 feet or longer pay $2.75 per foot per day. Seasonal boaters can stay up to two months at the rate of $30 per foot per month.

Dockage includes all amenities including access to the heated pool and hot tubs, four restaurants and bars, full-service day spa and salon, fitness room, steam, sauna, indoor whirlpools and shower facilities and room (boat) service on the dock.

Dock and dine

Boaters can dock at the Vinoy Marina for free for up to three hours when dining at Marchand's Bar and Grill at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. The marina gates close at 4:30 p.m., but boaters can call (727) 894-1000 to make arrangements for entry.

FAST FACTS

Dock and dine

Boaters can dock at the Vinoy marina for free for up to three hours when dining at Marchand's Bar and Grill at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. The marina gates close at 4:30 p.m., but boaters arriving after hours can call (727) 894-1000 to make entry arrangements.

Vinoy marina makeover welcomes more boaters 12/04/08 [Last modified: Thursday, December 4, 2008 3:30am]
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