Norton’s Marina bought by Florida-based group

One of the longest family-owned and operated marinas in the city, Norton’s on Greenwich Cove, has been bought by the Florida-based Prime Marina Group for about $4 million.

“Marinas are very historical places with long-term customers and we love that about Norton’s,” said Brian Ferrara, director of marina operations for Prime Marina.

Ferrara was at the marina Friday morning, as were several industry sales representatives anxious to be first in line as the new owners look to make improvements to the operation with 186 wet slips accommodating boat lengths up to 300 feet plus 100 moorings and 170 winter storage spaces. The marina also has a store, launch, and haul service, as well as a dockside restaurant/pub.

Ferrara said immediate plans, which should be completed by the time the boating season recommences in the spring, call for professionally built docks to replace many of the existing docks without altering the current layout.

Customers would be able to keep the slips they have had for years, he assured.

In addition, Ferrara said, Prime Marina would replace the northerly dock with a “heavy-duty” dock that would serve as a wave attenuator, thereby offering additional protection to the marina from northeasterly storms. He said that dock would be capable of accommodating vessels up to 300 feet long, although he thinks boats in the range of 100 to 110 feet would be more likely.

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