SOURCE: Marlin Bay Yacht Club

March 13, 2007 10:15 ET

Miami Team Redevelops Florida Keys, Sets Standards in New Construction

Marlin Bay Yacht Club Offers Best Quality Construction in Keys

MIAMI, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 13, 2007 -- Paving the way to quality new construction and a burst of luxury real estate and redevelopment in the Florida Keys is a Miami-based team including Southstar Development, Coastal Construction, Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates and the Howard Design Group. The team collectively is supporting the redevelopment of the Florida Keys' City of Marathon building its premiere luxury residential and marina project -- Marlin Bay Yacht Club.

Spanning seven acres and valued at $220 million, Marlin Bay Yacht Club is the Florida Keys' most luxurious waterfront community. The South Florida team of award-winning builders, architects, designers and developers sets unprecedented and superior construction standards for this marina community. This upscale oasis boasts 84 single-family style homes ranging from $1.9 to $4 million; with equity memberships offering private deepwater boat slips, state-of-the-art marina and 7600-square-foot clubhouse.

Concrete walls, impact glass, steel sills adorn this residential project.

"From a new construction perspective, you will not find another single-family home residential project in the Florida Keys built with this level of architectural detail, quality materials and craftsmanship," said Sean Murphy, Vice President of Coastal Construction. "Marlin Bay Yacht Club blends the best of both worlds in offering the quality of a custom built home with the convenience of care-free condominium style living. This is not a cookie cutter project, the homes have a level of detail that is unmatched in the Florida Keys."

With Marlin Bay Yacht Club's Phase One underway and properties available for purchase, Marlin Bay ensures its buyers the maximum protection envisioned by South Florida's strict building code.

"Today's vacation home buyer looks for quality assurance standards that will best protect real estate investments from the natural elements of tropical climates," said Thad Rutherford, project manager of Marlin Bay Yacht Club. "As the largest new construction project in the Middle Keys, the differentiating factor we offer is that our superior quality construction and building materials far surpasses the competition."

According to the Hurricane Construction Network, prior to the 2005 storm season, much of the coastal areas did not have or require building codes. Today that condition has changed, along with the standards.

The state of Florida's Building Code is customized to each county in Florida. Marlin Bay Yacht Club resides in Marathon, Florida, which is in Monroe County, the southernmost county in the United States. The building code for Monroe county requires residential areas to have windows and enclosures designed to withstand 150 mph winds. The code also requires all roofing systems to adopt high-velocity hurricane zone requirements, to ensure the roof stays intact in the event wind enters a home.

"Marlin Bay Yacht Club recognizes the concern for weather resistant homes and we assure our community offers superior construction, considerably higher than Florida's minimum building codes," said Rutherford.

Marlin Bay Yacht Club Superior Construction Details:

--  Concrete beams on all exterior wall openings, windows and door
    locations, to resist wind pressures up to 150 mph
--  Solid concrete roof slab, roof terraces, and interior stair
--  Impact resistant windows, without shutters, made with solid concrete
--  Steel reinforced window sills and CMU (Concrete Masonry Unit) exterior
--  Maximum stability against flood and moisture intrusion
--  Foundation cemented rock layer strata
--  Filled CMU walls to provide 4-hr fire protection between residences
--  Sprinkler system on all habitable levels
Not only are the construction standards over-the-top, Marlin Bay Yacht Club has the finest amenities in the most desired location with a first-class, modern marina. With on-site amenities that out-class any other development in the Keys, such as the sunset observation tower with panoramic views, business and fitness centers, spa, steam, sauna and locker rooms, beach-entry pool, and tiki bars.

The developer, Sandler at Greater Marathon Bay, LLC, is a real estate investment and land development company with over 20 years of demonstrated success in the marketplace. With more than 110 mastermind projects, L.M. Sandler & Sons illustrates extraordinary competence, integrity and qualification for real estate investment and land development.

For more information about the developers and construction progress please visit: or call 877-878-2762.

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