MarineMax Pensacola at Bahia Mar is Seeking Volunteers for Bayou Chico Cleanup

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PENSACOLA, Fla., (June 8, 2016) – MarineMax Pensacola at Bahia Mar is asking for volunteers to join the MarineMax team at the Bahia Mar Marina on Saturday, June 25, 2016, where they will lead a Bayou Chico Trash Round-up event in conjunction with the Bayou Chico Association. The event will kick off at 9:00 a.m. with boats leaving the marina at 9:30 a.m. Trash bags and dip nets will be provided for each boat. At 11:00 a.m. MarineMax will host a cookout for all the participants as they return.

“We are all excited to have this opportunity to help restore Bayou Chico to a more natural state,” offered Mark Breton, General Manager MarineMax Pensacola at Bahia Mar. “It’s a chance to give back to the community we serve and the beautiful environment we all share.”

The Bayou Chico Association is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Bayou Chico. A community-based, non-profit organization, the Bayou Chico Association is made up of area residences, businesses and boat owners working together to effectively identify and solve environmental problems threatening Bayou Chico. They strive to accomplish these goals through public education, action and advocacy.

“Cleanup supplies will be provided. If you do not have a boat, please call to reserve a spot to participate in the cleanup. Lunch will be provided at the docks following the cleanup,” added Breton.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Mark Breton at 850-477-1112 or email mark.breton@marinemax.com.

MarineMax to Host USCG Safety Couse in Panama City Beach Store

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The course is designed to familiarize a novice or intermediate boater with boat handling and boating safety. It can also serve as a refresher course for those more experienced boaters. The cost is $35.00 per participant, $20.00 for each additional family member. This includes all classroom materials and lunch.

“This informative, hands-on course is a seminar version of the U.S.C.G. Auxiliary’s popular online course,” said Bob Fowler, sales consultant and broker, MarineMax Panama City Beach. “We try to have fun while interacting with personal instructors by sharing important safety practices, operational skills and maintenance advice that will keep you and your family protected while having fun on the water.”

Topics that will be covered include general boating basics and knowledge, boating restrictions and regulations, required and recommended safety equipment, how to safely operate and navigate your boat, and how to handle issues that may arise. The seminar will also cover trailering, storing and protecting your boat, and how to properly operate when hunting, fishing, waterskiing or operating on a river.

The course is intended to impart the knowledge and confidence you need to safely enjoy your vessel on the water with friends and family. To attend this event, RSVP no later than June 3, 2016 by email to julie.eliasen@marinemax.com, or RSVP for the class on the MarineMax Panama City Beach store website under the “EVENTS” tab.

MarineMax Clearwater Expands Their Commitment to the Tampa Bay Boat Show

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CLEARWATER, Fla., (May 16, 2016) – MarineMax Clearwater announced today that they will be expanding their footprint at the Tampa Bay Boat Show May 20 – 22, 2016, featuring a larger booth and displaying more and larger boats.

“We are excited to have more space to display the many brand-new models that have just arrived,” stated Jack Ezzell, MarineMax Clearwater General Manager. “Some of the new models include the recently introduced Sea Pro 208 and 228 Bay Series models. And, we have several more models on their way. Best of all, these premium boats are exceptionally well priced.”

Along with the “Next Wave” of Sea Pro, the MarineMax display will include larger boats from Sea Ray and Boston Whaler as well as the Scarab 165 and 215 Jet Boats. At the show MarineMax will feature the Sea Ray 19 SPX outboard and the Sea Ray 260 Sundancer. MarineMax Clearwater also offers boats from Sailfish, Nautique, Galeon Yachts, Azimut, Ocean Alexander, Hatteras, Aquila Power Cats and Harris Pontoons.

Presented and produced by Tampa Bay Times, The Tampa Bay Boat Show is at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa, FL 33610. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Hours are Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 22, from 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“This is a very popular show. To avoid the lines and to receive the personal attention you deserve, call ahead and make an appointment with a MarineMax sales consultant to tour the boat that fits your boating passion,” concluded Ezzell.

For more information or to make an appointment, call Diana De Carvalho at 727-536-2628 or email diana.decarvalho@marinemax.com.

MarineMax Expands into the Palm Beach Area

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CLEARWATER, Fla., (May 3, 2016) – MarineMax, the nation’s largest and most trusted recreational boat and yacht retailer, announced today that they are celebrating opening a new location at the PGA Marina in Palm Beach Gardens. A Grand Opening event will be held May 21, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The event is open to the public at the new waterfront location.

“Join us for an incredible afternoon of exquisite boats, live music, light fare and cocktails on the water,” said Paul Cummings, MarineMax Regional President. “You will have the chance to preview the latest from Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Azimut, Galeon and Scout Boats. These dream machines provide a combination of exceptional comfort and performance unmatched by other boats in their class. Celebrate with us the boating lifestyle!”

MarineMax Palm Beach at PGA Marina is conveniently located at 2361 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, on the Intracoastal Waterway between the Jupiter and Palm Beach Inlets.

For more information contact Corey O’Kelley or Kyle Roney by emailing to corey.okelley@marinemax.com or kyle.roney@marinemax.com or call 561-494-7267.

Jeff Ellis Named General Manager at Two MarineMax Georgia Locations

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LAKE LANIER, Ga., (April XX, 2016) – MarineMax, the nation’s largest and most trusted recreational boat and yacht retailer, announced today that Jeff Ellis has joined the MarineMax team as General Manager for both MarineMax Cumming and MarineMax Buford. Jeff has a strong boating background and extensive experience to lead the two Georgia stores with including 28 years with Sea Ray, becoming Vice President for Sport Yacht and Yacht Sales, followed by nine years with Chris Craft as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

“I am excited and pleased to be leading both teams in the beautiful Lake Lanier area,” declared Ellis. “In addition to offering the fabulous Sea Rays and Boston Whalers we also offer top-brands such as Nautique, Scarab Jet Boats, Crest Pontoons, Supreme Towboats and Azimut Yachts.”

Jeff Ellis is joined in Georgia by his wife Cheryl; they have been married for 32 years.

MarineMax Buford is located at 5800 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, Georgia 30518. MarineMax Cummings is located at 1860 Bald Ridge Marina Road, Cumming, Georgia 30041.

For more information contact Melanie Cody by emailing to melanie.cody@marinemax.com or call 770-614-6968.

MarineMax Wrightsville Beach Receives Master Dealer Certification

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C., (April 28, 2016) – MarineMax Wrightsville Beach was awarded the coveted title of “Brunswick Master Dealer.” Brunswick is a longstanding leader in dealer certification. The Brunswick Dealer Certification program recognizes Brunswick (Sea Ray, Boston Whaler and others) boat dealers who have proven to provide superior customer experience through operational excellence.

“The team at MarineMax Wrightsville Beach is extremely proud of achieving this important milestone,” explained Thom Cross, MarineMax Wrightsville Beach Store Manager. “The whole team is focused on the customer experience assuring timely and effective sales, service and after-the-sale engagements. We are all boating enthusiasts and want our customers to truly enjoy their boating lifestyle.”

Brunswick works with the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) to assure that all Marine Industry Program requirements are met in all the certification programs. This allows MarineMax stores to become Marine Industry Certified through the Brunswick certification program.

MarineMax Wrightsville Beach is located at 130 Short Street, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, 28480. For more information contact Graham Norton at 910-256-8100 or by email at graham.norton@marinemax.com.

MarineMax Expands in Northeast

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CLEARWATER, Fla., (April 18, 2016) – MarineMax, the nation’s largest and most trusted recreational boat and yacht retailer, announced today this it has acquired the Boston based Russo Marine, New England’s largest, privately held, powerboat dealer. Now in its third generation, Russo Marine operates from four sales and service facilities serving Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

“Larry Russo, Sr. is well respected in our industry and we are very proud to welcome him, Larry Jr., Alex, Bee and the entire Russo Marine team into the MarineMax family, explained Bill McGill, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of MarineMax. “With Russo’s similar commitment to customer service, we firmly believe that together we will be even stronger in providing the very best boat ownership experience for our customers in this exceptional boating environment.” “With Russo Marine now joining the MarineMax team, we gain a valuable presence in Boston and coastal New England. With the addition of Russo Marine, we further strengthen our position to serve the many boaters that migrate along the Atlantic seaboard from the Northeast to Florida.”

In response, Larry Russo, Sr., stated, “On behalf of the Russo family and our entire team, we are all energized and excited to join forces with the nation’s premier marine retailer. Russo Marine, founded by my parents in 1940, has served the New England market for generations. Our culture, beliefs and customer-centric approach are directly aligned with those of MarineMax. It is a natural evolution for Russo Marine to combine forces with the foremost marine retailer in the country. For many years, our two companies have shared a common vision for operational excellence and for improving the customer’s experience. This is an exceptional opportunity for us to take the marine business to the next level in New England.”

For more information contact Mark Kellum by emailing to mark.kellum@mainemax.com or call 727-531-1700 ext. 10166.