Marina concept in Blowing point

Extract from The Anguillian newspaper :

marina anguillaThe Blowing Point Concept

The proposed Blowing Point location is centrally located on the southern side of Anguilla’s main island, and is home to the existing ferry terminal docks, where travelers arrive when coming to Anguilla by sea. The Country’s Security Customs building is located immediately upland of the existing ferry terminal docks. Westward of the existing ferry terminal docks is a beach extending roughly 427 meters (1,400 feet) in length with the remains of a former dolphin exhibit observatory sanctuary that was destroyed in the 2017 recent hurricanes last year (Hurricane Irma, September 2017). There are several existing structures that line the beach westward of the ferry terminal docks. The beach also extends eastward roughly 305 meters (1,000 feet)’ in length, where it meets the landward end of a coral reef formation. Two reef formations extend outward from either end of the beach creating a somewhat natural harbour/ basin. Within this natural harbour is a mooring field where locals use mooring buoys to secure smaller [(less than 12 meters/ (40 feet)] vessels while they are not in use. Approximately 76 meters (250 feet) inland of the eastern beach is a roughly 2 hectares (5 acres) existing salt pond. The site’s coral reef and salt pond were surveyed and summarized as part of the environmental considerations section of this report. Existing water depths are favorable at this location; however, it is anticipated that dredging will be required to create an entrance channel and outer mooring basin.

The conceptual site plan for Blowing Point, utilizes the observed natural wave break that is present due to the existing reef formation, as well as the inland salt pond. This location encompasses a much smaller footprint when compared to Sandy Ground; however, it introduces the idea of two large rubble mound breakwaters that will enhance the existing natural harbor and create a marine climate that is suitable for mooring megayachts. The concept plan includes the creation of an outer mooring basin for megayachts up to 91 meters (300 feet) and an inner marina basin that utilizes the existing salt pond. The inner basin would handle vessels up to 31 meters (100 feet) in length, in addition to a number of smaller slips ranging from 12 to 24 meters (40 to 80 feet) in length. Development of the uplands should also include the addition of a maritime museum to preserve, and celebrate the legendary captains, boat builders, regattas, and maritime heritage from Anguilla’s rich history.

marina anguilla rendez-vous bayRendez-Vous bay project on the left offers more places for yachts of all sizes. It would just replace the existing 60 acres pond.

The five proposed superyacht marina sites identified by Edgewater Resources are Sandy Ground, Blowing Point, Rendezvous Bay, Little Harbour and Scrub Island. It is estimated that each project ranges in cost from US$26 million to US$81 million. Chief Minister Banks noted that two other marinas were under discussion in Anguilla – one in the area of Altamer Resort at West End; and the other, part the Conch Bay Development Project in The Forest Bay area.