RFYC Press Release

February 5, 2008


River Forest Yachting Center held a ground breaking ceremony for its new West Coast facility on Monday, with many prominent Floridians in attendance. Joseph Charles, owner and developer of River Forest Yachting Center, gave a welcome speech and overview of the building site and boat basin, located


 on the Caloosahatchee River at 12385 Williams Road, Ortona. 
Charles then recognized many local business and government dignitaries in attendance. Distinguished guests included Kim Hamilton, assistant to State Rep Denise Grimsley; Wendell Taylor, Glades County Manager; Lynn Topel, Executive Director of FHREDI; Joe Flint, Clerk of the Circuit Court; Tracy Whirls, Executive Director of the Glades County Development Council; Tommy Perry, President of the Glades County Economic Development Council; Janice Groves, Executive Director of Hendry County Economic Development Council; and John L. Smith, General Manager of River Forest Yachting Centers. Also in attendance were Economic Development board members and County Commissioners. Lunch was served for guests in the newly constructed office and clubhouse located on the premises. 
groundbreaking2Following the overwhelming success of the first River Forest Yachting Center location opened in 2005 in Stuart, Florida; owner Joseph Charles chose Ortona for his second location. River Forest Yachting Center's West Coast facility will feature Florida's largest (at 200,000 square feet) indoor, climate controlled boat and motorcoach storage space, as well as a 10,000 square foot covered service and maintenance building. All buildings are specially designed to withstand hurricane force winds. When completed this second facility, located on the freshwater Okeechobee Waterway, will serve West Coast boaters with convenient access to Fort Myers, Naples and the Gulf Coast. 
River Forest Yachting Centers are long-term storage facilities notable for both the comfort and safety they provide to area boat owners. Climate-controlled storage buildings, on-site service and repair, Clean Marina certification from the Florida DEP, and an exclusive members only Hurricane Club ® boat storage plan are all hallmarks of the River Forest Yachting Center experience, which has lead to over 98% occupancy at the Stuart site and heavy demand for advanced reservations at the Ortona site.