Grand opening: George Dowling III, the former Mayor of St George, Nyon Dowling, David Burt, the Premier, David Chew, Corporation of St George Councillor, Mark Soares, owner of St George’s Marine development Ltd, Candy-Lee Foggo, Corporation of St George town secretary, Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the Minister of Public Works, and Renée Ming, a St George’s MP, do the honours yesterday (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Politicians, dignitaries and members of the community gathered for the official opening of the St George’s Marina and Superyacht Dock, which will pave the way for a “thriving and prosperous future”.

Mark Soares, owner of the marina’s operator St George’s Marina Development Ltd, said at yesterday’s unveiling that the dock could accommodate about ten superyachts and was expected to significantly boost the economy.

While no figures were provided on the expected economic impact of the marina, Mr Soares said only two superyachts visiting the island would have about the same economic impact as one visiting cruise ship.

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