Virtual Realty Enterprises, owner of Pineland Marina, has announced the purchase of Island Girl Charters.
Pineland Marina, already known as the Gateway to the Islands, will now operate the water taxi and charter service that provides the most convenient access to the outer islands. Island Girl Charters previously was a commercial tenant at the marina.
Headquartered in Saint Louis, Virtual Realty Enterprises, LLC, commonly referred to as VRE, became the sole owner of Pineland Marina in 2011. Since that time, they have made substantial investments in the property including the recent acquisition of Island Girl Charters.
The Handing over the Helm Ceremony included, from left, Kirby Cay Scheimann, Marinas International; Josh Johnson, VRE; senior captain Tim Ingaliod; Michael Flinn, former owner; Jeff Wilson, Pineland Marina general manager.
Josh Johnson, VRE vice president, expressed the parent company's commitment to upgrading the marina as a long term investment.
"Pineland has become an asset we plan to continue to invest in and hold on to," Johnson said. "With our new kayak launch station, fuel docks and fueling stations, the new patio & dry stack staging areas, plus other planned improvements, we see Island Girl Charters as a natural marriage for our long term plans at Pineland and our commitment to Pine Island community and the barrier islands."
According to general manager Jeff Wilson, "Our Island Girl customers will continue to see the same great customer service essentially handled by the team they have gotten to know with Island Girl Charters. We brought the entire crew onboard with us and we will continue to operate all current routes and schedules without interruption. As our current customers know, we have ample parking right at the marina."
Wilson added, "For Island Girl customers who have existing punch passes with trips remaining on them, just bring them by the marina and we will re-issue a new punch pass that will be valid with the new operation."
Pineland Marina is managed by Marinas International, a professional marina management company based in Dallas, Texas, with the Southeast Regional Office in St. Petersburg. Kirby Cay Scheimann, CMM, regional manager for Marinas International, is particularly pleased with the current Island Girl staff and equipment.
"At literally every position we find the Island Girl staff to be team players with a constant eye on customer service. In addition, they've done a great job of maintaining the fleet. We are happy to have them in the Marinas International family," Scheimann said.
Pineland Marina and Island Girl Charters are located at 13921 Waterfront Dr., Pine Island. Both are open seven days a week. For more information regarding Pineland Marina or Island Girl Charters please call (239) 283-3593.