New & Improved Marina at The Seafood Shack New Owner Revitalizing Iconic Marina Property in Cortez, FL

Cortez, Florida – July 17, 2015 – The beloved Seafood Shack is completing a massive upgrade to its marina facilities to better serve the boating community of locals and visitors enjoying the area’s sparkling Intracoastal Waterway.

Marina renovations began immediately after the acquisition of the property by Toronto, Canada-based development firm VANDYK group of companies in October of last year. Owner and CEO, John C. Vandyk’s vision was to bring the local treasure back to life and the marina has been just one step of the process.

Upgrades to the 68-slip marina include new pilings and decking, enhanced electrical capacity and new power pedestals and lighting. Complimentary WiFi is offered to boaters as well as access to the newly renovated private shower and bathroom facility. Plans for additional marina enhancements are in place and include the option for seaplane dockage.

Did You Know? The wood from the old docks was reclaimed and used in the design of the new bar in The Neptune Room, The Seafood Shack’s new 7,000 sq.ft. private banquet space.

Other marina perks include boat trailer storage as well as gas nearby at Annie’s Bait & Tackle shop. Boaters also have the convenience of the on-site bar & grill, which offers a breakfast menu (served from 7-10 a.m. everyday) and a daily menu that features fresh, local seafood.

Additionally, several businesses call the property home, providing guests a variety of ways to experience the area’s waters, including fishing excursions, boat and jetski rentals, charters and eco-tours. The lovely “Island Pearl” launches twice daily from The Seafood Shack Marina for dolphin-watching and sunset cruises, accommodating up to 49 passengers.

The deep water and sailboat safe marina offers dockage for boats, yachts and mega yachts up to 120 feet. The marina offers complimentary dockage for daytime dock & diners. Reservations are suggested for overnight boaters as well as boaters who prefer docking for a longer period of time.

The Seafood Shack Marina has already hosted some great summer events on the new docks. On June 28th, participants of The Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix’s Suncoast Fun Run stopped by the marina for lunch on their way along the 60 mile round trip. The Seafood Shack also celebrated 4th of July with live music on the docks and cool cocktails and delicious seafood on the outdoor waterfront patio.

Open since 1971, the marina is conveniently located at Marker 49 on the Intracoastal Waterway in Cortez, Florida, just north of the Cortez Drawbridge. For more information on The Seafood Shack Marina and to reserve overnight slip space, visit or call  Harbourmaster Darrell Kee, at 941.920.5692.