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Old 21-02-2010, 04:42   #1
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Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico - What Happened to the Marina ?

I know the US Navy closed the base in 2004 and part of it is now run by the PR Port Authority as an airport.

The base used to have a fairly large & well-equipped marina. Does anyone know what happened to that?
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The Navy decided to relocate U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (USNAVSO) from Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, to Naval Station Mayport, Florida; and closed Roosevelt Roadsin 2004.

"Roosey Roads" is For Sale:

The Department of the Navy is selling approximately 2,900 acres within the total 8,650-acre former Naval Station Roosevelt Roads.
Parcel III - Forrestal, is approximately 895 acres and potential reuses include “Reuse of Potential Expansion of Existing Private Boat Marina” (Ensenada Honda Bay).

More Here ➥ http://www.roosey-roads.com/content/...ii_exhibit.pdf

Contact the Roosevelt Roads Bidder Support office at (800) 434-5880 or via e-mail at info@Roosey-Roads.com with any questions or requests for support or information.

Goto ➥ Roosevelt Roads: 2900 acres of land for sale in coastal Cieba, Puerto Rico; brought to you by Colliers International
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Thanks Gord - I'd seen that info too. Was wondering if anyone local can tell me if the marina is open at all?
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I think it's open...

Mark,

Maybe you'll get a more defintive answer, but I can tell you that I was sailing by Roosevelt Roads last October, and a fellow sailor was trying to hail their marina via VHF for about an hour. I was a bit surprised, as I didn't think the marina was still operating. He never got a response, but he did motor up into the Roads, and, as I watched for the half-hour or so before I turned north, he seemed to have settled in there somewhere, so I guess he found something.

If you dont hear anything further, try calling Puerto del Rey Marina in nearby Fajardo. They can probably give you the latest info, or, worst case, get you dockage.

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Current Info on Roosevelt Roads

We have been at Roosevelt Roads (Pigeon Toe) Marina since 4/6/2010. The marina is operating with about 80% of the slips filled. Most of the clientelle appear to be Puerto Ricans who apparently have ties to U.S. Military service. The first question I was asked is whether I had a military ID card. After showing that, we were welcomed with open arms by the friendly and very helpful staff. Maria is the marina manager and shares the office in the store. Ricardo is the dock hand and general go-to man.

Because their "big boat" slips are on loan to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for their high speed launches and since we were only planning to be here a week, the marina allowed us to moor to the service dock, even though we blocked one side of the fueling pier. At least two boats in the marina have live aboards. Shore power (30A, 110V) and water are included in the $20/day transient slip fee. A mooring with paper thin chain links would have been $15/day so that choice was easy to make. The concrete docks are in good shape and have rubber fenders covering their full length. The cleats are really hefty and solidly mounted.

The facilities include two bathrooms with showers and free laundry. A small AAFES Troop Store (exchange mini-mart) in the marina building seems to be the hub of activity. They carry a few snack foods, a wide assortment of beer and hard liquor, boat parts, oil, television sets, and even washers and dryers. No internet is available in the marina but our AT&T Air Card fills that gap.

I was told that the base itself is owned by BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure), is no longer operational, but has not yet been fully closed. Homeland Security and Coast Guard are using parts of it.

The only down side of the location is the voracious and viscious mosquito population, something common in tropical areas.
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I was stationed at Roosevelt Roads for five years, and I had my Westsail 32 in the Marina. When I was there we had an old beat up marina that was falling apart. Calling it quaint would be generous.

After a hurricane decimated the Marina, they rebuilt a new facility that was really nice by comparison. Then the Navy shut down the base.

I couple of years ago I got on the base when I was cruising in Puerto Rico, and there were a smallish number of yachts in the slips. Most of them were associated with the military establishment in Puerto Rico.

While we were walking the docks, we saw that the Puerto Ricans were using hoses to give manatees a drink of fresh water. I later found out that it's a bad idea of have manatees drink from hoses.

Check out the manatees of Roosevelt Roads.
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Added Info

A couple of points I neglected to include in my last (Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico - What Happened to the Marina ?) post in this thread:

1) The marina does NOTmonitor VHF Channel 16. Incoming and departing vessels are required to get permission from Port Control on VHF Ch 12.

2) Avis has an agency just outside the main gate of the base and will come pick you up at the Troop Store. From Avis.com their phone number is 787-885-0505 and their location code is C8P. You can get a good discount through USAA if you have insurance with them.
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We have been at Roosevelt Roads (Pigeon Toe) Marina since 4/6/2010. The marina is operating with about 80% of the slips filled. Most of the clientelle appear to be Puerto Ricans who apparently have ties to U.S. Military service. The first question I was asked is whether I had a military ID card. After showing that, we were welcomed with open arms by the friendly and very helpful staff. Maria is the marina manager and shares the office in the store. Ricardo is the dock hand and general go-to man.

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Are you ex- or retired? What about us old, "I did my 4 years way back then" types?

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Are you ex- or retired? What about us old, "I did my 4 years way back then" types?

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I'm in the same boat. I think I had to give up my Navy ID card when I left the Reserve, so all I have now is a DD-214. Wish I still had that ID card.
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I'm retired. Don't think a DD-214 will cut it.
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Last I heard (this Spring) Roosevelt Roads was to be auctioned off to private developers. Don't know if there were any bids.
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Re: Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico - What Happened to the Marina ?

For those interested in the marina at Roosey Roads (NAS Roosevelt Roads) - I drove down there from Fajardo and could not get into the area. You have to be military or retired military and have an ID card from the Department of Defense.
- - The private marina is now called Pelican Roost Marina. You can email them at pelicanroostmarina@gmail.com
- - Basically, there is nothing around or in the marina/Roosey Roads area unless you are military or retired military. It is a long way from Fajardo and any other shopping area in eastern Puerto Rico.
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Re: Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico - What Happened to the Marina ?

Dear friends, to keep you up to date with what happen at Pelican Roost Marina, I first will tell you that I was at that Marina since May 1996 until 30 September 2011 (30-"9-11"), Fifteen years. We have a Face Book page called Pelican Roost Marina and our email is pelicanroostmarina@gmail.com

Many of you communicated with me about the facilities at Pelican Roost.

After the base closed in 2004, we stayed at the Marina, just a little group of boaters. In 2005, we created a non-profit organization called "Asociacion de Reservistas, Guardias Nacionales y Veteranos Nautas, (A.R.G.N.V.N.), wich it means Association of Reservist, National Guards Men and Nautic Veterans, for the purpose of saving the Marina, for all Military personnel, Active, Reserve, National Guard, Dissable American Veterans, their Family Members and Survivors.

For the last 6 years we fill the Marina form just a few boats to 122 vessels. The Marina was only for personnel with DoD ID card, but, as we went along, we included Department of Homeland Security, (ICE, CBP, FEMA), Deparment of Justice (FBI, DEA) and Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The fight was fear, but as the auction to sale the Base failed, the Government of Puerto Rico requested the transfer of the land to them. Parcel III, Forestal, where the Airport, Marina and the Piers were located, was finally tranferred to them effective TODAY, 1 October 2011.

We, the boaters of Pelican Roost Marina where "kicked out" effective yesterday, 30-"9-11" for good, out of our Marina. Unfortunatelly, as much as we tried to have the Marina transferred first to MWR Fort Buchanan, then the new Combined Armed Center, located in the same parcel III, first as part of the U.S.A.R. and then to the Puerto Rico National Guard, the money of the Big Investors, was more powerful than the Military Personnel presently serving the US in Kwait, Iraq, Afganistan, and around the World.

Personally, I serve in the Regular Army (Active Duty), for 20 years, form 1 April 1975 to 31 March 1995; In March 1995, two weeks before retiring from the Army, I was hire by U.S. Customs Service, Office of Investigation. After 9-11, we became Department of Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. As of today I have over 16 years with the Agency, still serving the USA in the fight against Drugs, Money Laundering, Child Porn, Trade with the Enemy, etc. I am also a Dissable American Veteran (D.A.V.), for services in the U.S. Army.

Is too sad that all these sacrifies that we did for the Nation, did not help us keep that little pice of land called Pelican Roost Marina. Some of our boaters friend still in Afganistan as we where kicked out, and we had to move their boat in their absence, with the the Combat Zone.

For the future, as far as we know, a group of Civilian Investor will be taking over, since they had the "big mone", and by next year, hopefully will re-open as a private Marina. Time will tell.
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Re: Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico - What Happened to the Marina ?

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Alberto Delucca.

Thanks for sharing your (sad) information.
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