Marina Spotlights

Dean Kubitschek - Fort Pierce City Marina

Port Personalities


Marina Director, Fort Pierce City MarinaFort Pierce, Fla. (772-464-1245,

What inspired you to work on the water?

Joining the USCG at the age of 15 gave me the opportunity to leave a small town after graduation. I traveled the oceans and experienced new adventures, including Antarctica. I enjoyed assisting others as part of the seven missions the Coast Guard had tasked me to do. My dad told me when I was young, when you have to work, make sure you do something that you can enjoy and don't get stuck with a job you don't like.

They say everyone has 15 minutes of fame, what are yours?

I believe my 15 minutes of fame will come with the completion of the Fort Pierce Waterfront Protection Project. It will have 12 barrier islands and a peninsula, providing a habitat for birds and sea life while protecting the marina from future storms and hurricanes.

What was your all time worst day at the marina? What was the best?

No question My worst day was when Hurricane Frances hit Fort Pierce on September 5, 2004 and devastated the town and city marina. My best day will be the opening day of the new facility and seeing my kids graduate.

Where did you grow up?

In a small mountain community called Palmer Lake in Colorado. We had a general store, post office and the freedom to explore the mountains.

What (besides your cell phone and wallet) is always with you on the docks?

Friendly boaters they all have common interests of being on the water no matter what part of the world they are from.

Do you have a pet?

Yes, I have a dog that we got from the shelter and we have chickens and fish in our pond.

Where was your last vacation?

Breckenridge, Colo. to spend time with my family. I also had the opportunity to visit other marina facilities while I was there.

What is your favorite movie?

Eddie and the Cruisers because of the soundtrack and a famous line in the movie that said, If you are going to write music you need to make it live forever not just make music.

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