Though it was already operating, the new Stock Island Marina Village is now officially open.
Friday, various officials turned out for a ribbon-cutting -- machetes were used -- at the Shrimp Road complex. The marina -- which the state Department of Environmental Protection has certified as "green" for its business practices -- once was known as Old Island Harbor.
When complete, it will consist of 128 floating docks, a dog park, community garden, high-speed fuel pump, gym, laundry facilities, bathrooms with showers, lounge area, bar and restaurant, pool, nature trails, retail fish house and an 80-room 'boutique fish camp.'
The waterfront along Shrimp Road leading into Hawk Channel was bought up piecemeal by developers, often at above-market prices, for about $100 million in the early and mid-2000s before foreclosure wiped the slate clean.
New Stock Island Properties LLC, headed by principal Matthew Strunk, in 2010 bought a portion of the site for $16 million and began construction on the Stock Island Marina Village.
Robin Smith-Martin, director of business development for Stock Island Marina Village, has said 30 percent of the approximately 34-acre property would be dedicated to working waterfront.
He said that means the goal is to attract commercial fishermen to the cooperative fishhouse and market, plus incorporating Stock Island's nautical industry, including shipwrights, canvas fabricators, carpenters and other tradesmen.