News and announcements

June 6, 2019


Growing Marina Portfolio Adds Second Florida Location in the Past 30 Days
Bradenton Boat Club

North Palm Beach, Fla. – Southern Marinas Holdings, LLC, a partnership between a New York-based private investment firm and Southern Marinas, announced today the purchase of Bradenton Boat Club in Cortez, Florida.

Bradenton Boat Club is conveniently located just off of the Intracoastal Waterway on Florida’s west coast with direct, deep-water access to the Gulf of Mexico. It is nestled between Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key in the historic village of Cortez. The marina features 345 slips with valet boat service, an on-site service department, a fuel dock, and a boat brokerage. Given the marina’s convenient location and the quality of amenities and services it provides, Bradenton Boat Club is an ideal marina for boaters that want to be centrally located between Sarasota and the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.

“As Southern Marinas continues to expand its presence in the Florida market, we view the acquisition of Bradenton Boat Club as a welcome addition to our growing portfolio of best-in-class marinas,” said Andrew Gendron, chief investment officer with Southern Marinas.

Skip McPadden, an accomplished leader in the marina industry, will continue as the property’s general manager. Skip, who has been instrumental in the growth of Bradenton Boat Club, is supported by a talented team of professionals who will continue to diligently serve their customers.

This acquisition marks Southern Marinas second acquisition in Florida in May 2019. Over the past six months, Southern has developed a strong pipeline of assets and, in 2019 and beyond, will be acquiring a select number of best-in-class marinas in the Southeast and other strategically located geographic regions of the country.

For more information on Southern Marinas Holdings, LLC or its current portfolio of marinas, please contact or visit 

Jim Behun’s experience spans more than 30 years in the Southern California boating industry. He served on the board of directors of the Marine Recreation Association and as past president of the San Diego Dockmasters Association, and is an active member of the San Diego Port Tenants Association and an affiliate member of the California Yacht Brokers Association. Immediately prior to joining the Southern Marinas team, Jim served as the general manager of Sunroad Resort Marina & Yacht Center in San Diego, a facility with over 600 slips, leased commercial space, and three well-known restaurants. During his 13-year tenure as the marina’s chief operating officer, Jim developed and produced the renowned San Diego Boat Show, which grew from a small, local gathering of boat dealers to a major, annual event attracting more than 100 dealers, brokers, and vendors, and 13,000+ boating enthusiasts.

Jim, a native of Annapolis, Maryland, has logged many hours sailing and boating on both coasts, including boat deliveries and charters to various coastal areas. In the early ’90s, he was the general manager of the 444-slip San Diego Marriott Marina. From there, Jim moved to a position with the National Marine Manufacturers Association to manage boat shows on both coasts and in Canada. He also developed and produced the first Mexico National Boat Show in Puerto Vallarta. Jim is a firm believer in managing facilities to ensure boating is safe and enjoyable for all!