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New Marina in Jacksonville Opens
New Technology Sets Ortega Landing Apart

Posted Monday, October 2, 2006

New Marina in Jacksonville Opens
The sun sets over the floating docks at the Marina at Ortega Landing in Jacksonville, FL

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Jacksonville, Fla. (October 2, 2006) -- Legend says that pirate Daniel McGirtt buried chests of treasure near here. Tradition has it that illegal rumrunners found this an ideal place to offload their valuable cargo. Hundreds of years of history are forever tied to this picturesque curve in the Ortega River.

However, the newest historical milestone for this beloved nautical sanctuary located in Jacksonville, FL was the recent completion of a 192-slip marina by MLG Communities. The Marina at Ortega Landing features four main concrete floating docks with state-of-the-art boat utilities, complete with electricity, cable TV and slip side pump out.

“One of the community’s greatest assets is the ideal location on the scenic Ortega River. It provides ready access to the St. Johns Rivers, the Intracoastal Waterway, the Atlantic Ocean and all the local ambience and charm offered by the surrounding neighborhood,” said John Graham, principal of MLG Communities, the developer behind Ortega Landing. “Naturally protected by land from severe storms, it is an attractive purchase for boaters looking for a world-class marina, empty-nesters wanting to live on the water or professionals with active lifestyles.”

"You can walk to the grocery store, the bank, marine services, marine supply stores and dozens of restaurants, without the congestion that so often occurs with those desired neighborhood amenities," said Graham.

Continuing a Fine Tradition

“As part of our planning, MLG did an extensive study of the previous marina. The study concluded that the site’s existing configuration unfortunately was too small to comfortably handle today’s large luxury vessels,” said Graham.

Rather than sinking new piles to expand the existing system, MLG’s marine engineering consultants and Bellingham Marine Group has transformed the existing marina into a thoroughly modern marina capable of providing superior infrastructure and utility services. Since 1997, Bellingham has been the largest designer and builder of floating docks in the world.

“A key feature of Ortega Landing,” said Captain Kristopher Schmid, the harbormaster and membership director for the Marina, “is the Bellingham floating dock system which was custom engineered for this site, and which offers the best in convenient and aesthetically pleasing harbor environment anyone could want. It is a highly desirable location for boaters, as it is only a leisurely 15 minute cruise from the Jacksonville Landing and Alltell Stadium, and a short cruise to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Ocean.”

The new marina uses floating docks that provide 192 wet slips for vessels 35 to over 70 feet in length. In addition, because this system is designed to rise and fall with the tides, it makes vessels easier to board and less vulnerable to a potential storm surge.

Memberships are now available and include a variety of high-end services, a clubhouse, pool, laundry, catering kitchen, slip side pump out service, complete dockhand assistance and a membership lounge area offering panoramic views of the river and the Jacksonville skyline. Ground has been broken on the Marina Clubhouse and completion is expected in summer of 2007. The beautifully designed clubhouse is the work of the well-known Rink Design Partnership. The design will maintain the historical “Ortega” riverside look with expansive glass, fine hardwood trim, stone fireplace, and catering kitchen and will be the focal point for membership gatherings and leisurely naps by the pool. A large second story wrap around porch will overlook the majestic Ortega River.

A Strong Draw

“Those that currently hold a membership reservation for the marina have come from South Florida as well as local yacht owners that feel fortunate to be a part of Jacksonville’s premier yachting club. Our ‘safe harbor’ ensures that Jacksonville is no longer Florida’s best kept secret,” said Schmid. “In contrast to our marketing plan the larger vessel memberships are going the fastest; we are now signing membership contracts daily.”

The second entity “The Riverhomes at Ortega Landing” is still in the planning stages. The Riverhomes will offer views of the marina slips as well as the Ortega River. “Ortega Landing offers a unique twofold capital appreciation opportunity. A home owner that also is a marina member with a yacht out their back door, will have a greater potential gain on their over all investment,” says Graham.

Now, with this magnificent new marina and waterfront condominium community, the modern era has begun. When MLG Communities began planning for Ortega Landing, they recognized that this cove is a rare property that will only become more valuable by preserving its natural beauty.

Ortega Landing is an attractive purchase for anyone who wants to enjoy the ultimate in a riverfront marina lifestyle in this historic spot. The size and scope of amenities are perfect for the serious yachtsman or luxury boat enthusiasts.

For more information about The River Homes and Marina at Ortega Landing, call (904) 381-8500, toll-free (800) 800-0895

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