The mooring facilities at the old 1770 Marina are to undergo an extension and a major revamp of the complex in the near future.
The mooring facilities at the old 1770 Marina are to undergo an extension and a major revamp of the complex in the near future. Rob Black

Marina gets a facelift, for now

THE 1770 Marina is an icon of The Discovery Coast, but it has grown a bit tired over decades of service.

Now it is about to get a facelift, and eventually completely redeveloped to include; a modern terminal, office space, retail outlets, a cafe overlooking the water plus accommodation.

Des and Betty Mergard first brought the marina to life almost a quarter of a century ago and now the family, including sons Mark, John, Neil and daughter Ruth Geck and husband Phil are going to continue the tradition in the new incarnation of the new-look 1770 Marina.

“First we are upgrading the existing marina, by extending the jetty and then hopefully soon will be able, with all the right approvals, get it up to a top-class marina facility,” Mark Mergard said.

“We are currently in discussions with the council, the DNR and the community about what would be good for Seventeen Seventy.”

Several tourism operators currently are based at the 1770 Marina including the Mergards’ big pink LARCs, which will continue in the proposed redevelopment.



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