About Us

 

 


 

Early History

 

 

This facility has been a marina since the 1940’s or earlier. Prior to 1979 the New York State Parks Commission leased the marina to operators on a yearly basis which did not encourage long term investment in the facility. The land is part of a 2,500 acre parcel leased to the Town of Greece in 1979 for 100 years. Currently the marina is operated by a private company under long term License from the Town of Greece, creating a public – private partnership. Braddock Bay Marina, Inc. is a private company formed by five partners in 1982 to renovate and rebuild the facility. This company removed the existing docks; dredged the dock area; installed 300 new docks; constructed the Marina Office building and Service building. The marina enjoyed full occupancy and a long waiting list for its slips until the Irondequoit Bay opened and the channel depth filled in with sand in the late 1980’s. Low occupancy and lack of funding allowed the marina to fall behind on upkeep during the early to middle 1990’s.

 

 

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Latest Developments  

 

 

Interest by the Town of Greece in the mid 1990’s resulted in ownership of the company in 1997 and the new owner made improvements to the marina in the form of: a cleanup of the marina’s grounds; removal of abandoned boats; re-decking of the docks; electrical improvements to the docks; and dredging of Braddock Bay Channel. More staff was hired and the Service Department began offering factory approved service for MerCruiser, Mercury and Volvo Penta products. The Town pursued State grant funds resulting in channel dredging; a new restroom and shower building; and hand-carry boat launch for the marina. Fees the marina paid the Town during this time were also reinvested in the marina in the form of paving for the marina’s road, and replacing the underground fuel tank for the fuel dock which is owned by the Town. The marina’s occupancy steadily increased during this time until 2006 when two years of low water levels made the channel difficult to navigate, forcing many boaters to relocate to other ports. Lack of public assistance, despite a lot of interest from the public in maintaining the Braddock Bay Channel, prompted the company’s owner to pursue ownership of facilities with deep water access to the Lake. This resulted in his operation of River Street Marine under long term License for the City of Rochester offering 112 slips, and ownership of adjacent Gibbs Marine on the Genesee River offering 238 slips. Braddock Bay Channel's website is expected to be launched soon, providing boaters a resource for channel conditions, proposed improvements, and contact information for the soon to be formed Braddock Bay Community Development Corporation.