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Marine Connection boat dealer to open Fort Lauderdale location in October

Longtime South Florida boat dealer Marine Connection will soon drop anchor in Fort Lauderdale with a new 27,000-square-foot dealership site along the Marina Mile corridor.

The facility at 17 W. State Road 84 will have indoor/outdoor space for up to 40 new and pre-owned boats, sales offices, a fuel station, parts area and multiple bays for servicing vessels, co-owner John Kutuk said Thursday.

Located directly across from a West Marine superstore, Marine Connection is slated to open in October after the Fort Lauderdale site is converted from an auto retail business, Kutuk said. It’ll join the company’s other locations in West Palm Beach, Miami and Vero Beach.

Marine Connection has been selling and exporting boats since 1987. It specializes in brands such as Cobia, Sportsman, Pathfinder and Hurricane, with boats typically ranging in length from 17 feet to 35 feet.

Henry T. Finch Jr., former president and owner of Wild Dunes Yacht Harbor Inc., dies

Henry Taylor Finch Jr., a former president and owner of Wild Dunes Yacht Harbor Inc., died Aug. 17. He was 65.

Finch was born Jan. 30, 1952, in Columbia, the oldest son of Frances Rodgers Finch and the late Henry T. Finch. He attended Western Carolina University and graduated from Baptist College at Charleston, now known as Charleston Southern University, in 1974.

In 1972, Finch’s father and uncle purchased property on Isle of Palms and developed it as Isle of Palms Beach Racquet Club. The property was later renamed Wild Dunes and the resort occupies 1,600 acres of oceanfront real estate, home to the world-class Links Course and Harbor Course, both designed by golf course architect Tom Fazio.

In 1984, Finch was named vice president and general manager of Wild Dunes Yacht Harbor at the Isle of Palms marina, where he was in charge of the day-to-day operations of boat charters and rentals, the dry storage yard, boat sales and service, slip rentals, yacht brokerage and the general store. He previously had been a sales associate with Wild Dunes and was in charge of plans and permits for Wild Dunes Yacht Harbor.

Wild Dunes was sold in 1987, but ownership of Wild Dunes Yacht Harbor was maintained until a portion was later sold to the city of Isle of Palms, which ultimately became the island’s municipal marina.

Finch also was a former owner and president of Finch Enterprises and former president and member of the Charleston Restaurant Association.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife, Nancy Judson Finch; one son; one daughter; two sisters and two brothers. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 at Stuhr’s Mount Pleasant Chapel. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 25 at Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church on Sullivan’s Island.

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