DDJ Marine, LLC Purchases Pensacola Shipyard
For Immediate Release: May 2, 2022
Contact: Jim Cox (251) 802-2664
David Finkelstein of DDJ Marine, LLC today announced the acquisition of
the historic Pensacola Shipyard Marina and Boatyard, located on Bayou
Chico in Pensacola, Florida. With eighteen years of marina ownership
experience, Pensacola Shipyard marks the second marina Finkelstein has
purchased and operated in Florida.
"When this opportunity first presented itself, it immediately brought back
so many wonderful memories of spending time on Pensacola Beach as a
child with my family," said Finkelstein.
Originally opened in 1917 to build warships and vessels, Pensacola
Shipyard became an essential part of the local marine community. While
military ships are no longer built on the property, it is still a vital part of the
local recreational and industrial boating communities serving as the area's
"It felt like in addition to buying the real estate; we were also purchasing a
part of Pensacola history," said Finkelstein. "The Long family has
operated, grown, and served area boaters for more than 50 years. With the
team they have built and our marina management experience, we look
forward to continuing their tradition while expanding our service offerings
to serve our current and new customers best."
After five decades of ownership, Chris Long said the time was right for his
family to find new owners that would be good stewards of Pensacola
Shipyard while also having a vision of growth for the property's future.
"We wanted to ensure the new owners would have only the best intentions
for Pensacola Shipyard, our employees, and our customers. Our team is
excited at the experience and expansion plans the new group brings to a
place that has been so special to our family for such a long time," said
Long. "This is an exciting time for Pensacola Shipyard, our community,
and everyone involved."
Pensacola Shipyard Marina and Boatyard is a full-service marina and
boatyard that provides fuel, protected dockage, in-water and out-of-water
repairs, maintenance, and service.
As he has done at his other marina properties, Finkelstein also announced
the hiring of Coastal Marina Management, based out of Panama City
Beach, Florida, to manage the marina.
"Scott Burt (the owner of Coastal Marina Management), his team, and I
have a very long, successful history of marina management together. Once
again, partnering with the absolute best marina management group was
essential for me to make this deal work."
Coastal Marina Management specializes in marina operations for dry
storage facilities, yacht clubs, boatyards, large yacht harbors, special
events, and pre-construction design consultation.