, 2022-11-18 11:59:40,
Imagine an open-air entertainment village surrounded by passing yachts, where a handful of food and drink vendors mingle on the promenade along Fort Lauderdale’s waterfront.
Be honest: You’re picturing The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, right?
Think again: This is the under-construction project Marina Village at Bahia Mar, and if you ask developer James Tate, the differences could not be more profound.
For starters, instead of Wharf food trucks along the New River, Marina Village will boast a giant ferry on the Intracoastal, stocked with 10 food and drink kiosks. The ferry will be permanently moored against a new 35,000-square-foot promenade, where celebrity DJs will play under pavilions strung with market lights.
Expected to open in fall 2023, the nautically minded project at 801 Seabreeze Blvd. will be anchored on the southern tip of the sprawling Bahia Mar peninsula that includes a 1,200-space parking lot, the marina and the iconic resort, according to renderings. The $16 million project comes from Tate, the president of Tate Capital, and his partners, brother Kenny Tate and Sergio Rok, who have ambitious plans for the taxpayer-owned Bahia Mar property.
“There’s no competition in my mind,” James Tate says of the downtown Wharf. “We’re marina-based. We’re more part of the beach atmosphere, and we’re going to be open every day of the week.”
The food-hall ferry has already signed its first food tenant, he told the South Florida Sun Sentinel this week, though he…
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