Coronado Island Marine Village: A Destination Community
A brand new development, Coronado Island Marine Village, is planned for a four-acre site located at 160 N. Causeway in New Smyrna Beach (NSB). The site is a riverfront vacant lot adjacent to North Causeway Marine and has been referred to in the past as the “Administrative Office Building” or “AOB site.”
Plans call for a 12-foot-wide public boardwalk, floating concrete dock systems, approximately 1,000 square feet of transient boat slips, a 120-room hotel, new dining opportunities and a fully operational marina with dry storage. Over half of the entire development will be for enjoying the waterfront views.
Mark Pernell, a longtime resident of NSB and president of North Causeway Marine and Coronado Island Marine Village LLC, is behind the vision. “This development will be a huge gain for the community and an asset for the city,” he stated. “The whole site will be open for the public to come and enjoy NSB’s waterfront. It completes the waterfront loop.”
The city has reviewed several proposals on what to do with the site. Pernell sees a unique opportunity to grow his business as well as take advantage of the waterfront and create a destination community. The redevelopment of the AOB site will also include the North Causeway Marine site, bringing the size of the project from four acres to seven and a half total.
The project’s showcase will be the waterfront public promenade with shade structures and a 30 to 50-foot bridge over the water. Boats, kayaks, paddleboards and other watercrafts can cruise underneath the bridge and wave at the observers. Visitors will be able to watch marina operations from the boardwalk. Pernell believes the promenade has the potential to host several types of events including art shows and wine walks.
“We’ve reached out to the community and had discussions over the past two years,” Pernell said. “In January 2018, we presented a revised plan at a sold out luncheon hosted by the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce. We’ve met concerns and included many suggestions the community brought to our attention. The concept was well received.”
Pernell stated the project is moving forward. A Planned Unit Development (PUD) application has been submitted and a variance within the PUD will be considered at an upcoming city commission meeting. Currently, the zoning has height restrictions for the proposed hotel. There are no set developers.
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