Marina Spotlights

Port Personality: Justin Harris


Justin Harris

Director of Facilities
The Perry Hotel & Marina, Key West, FL

What brought you to The Perry?

I’ve been in hospitality management for 20 years but when COVID-19 hit I was laid off and started a consulting business. As the world works, the moment it was up and running an old friend called and asked if I’d come help with the marriage of The Perry marina and hotel property. It’s been a joy working with ownership to create a beautiful, seamless experience for our guests.

Justin Harris, the director of facilities at The Perry Hotel & Marina in Key West, FL.
Justin Harris | The Perry Hotel & Marina

What are your hobbies?

I try to get on the water as often as possible. My fiancé Abbey and I have a great boat (obviously named Abbey Joy). Exploring the backcountry is a great way to unwind. I also keep around 40 orchids and have a 70-year-old Willys Jeep that always needs attention. Have you ever met a 70-year-old that wasn’t a little temperamental?

What famous person would you most like to meet?

While impossible, it would have to be Chef Anthony Bourdain. I started my career as a cook in fine dining. His books told the dirty truth of fast-paced food service. If you can keep up with that kitchen printer, you can do anything.

What is the nicest compliment a boater has said about your marina?

Honestly, saying the words “thank you.” It makes me truly happy when people are grateful for your efforts. Sure, I get paid for what I do, but humble, down-to-earth boaters make our days a pleasure.

What is one of your proudest accomplishments?

Now, that’s a hard one. I’d have to say the transition from the kitchen into facilities management. I’ve been fortunate to earn the highest certification in my field as a hospitality facilities executive. My heart will always be in the kitchen, but I do enjoy organizing a property as a whole.

Describe yourself in three words.

Not Finished Yet.

What is the top attraction you recommend to visitors to your area?

Hands down, a back country sand bar day. To see someone’s face when they walk along a sand bar for the first time is like a child’s first taste of ice cream.

What new upgrades will The Perry have for guests to look forward to soon?

We merged the marina with the hotel area two years ago and slowly developed a world-class experience that provides our marina guests with a full-service resort while staying on their yacht. We are pleased to announce the redevelopment of our three on-site restaurants culminating in the grand reopening of Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen. Our new chef Jonathan Mitchell has developed a wonderful menu celebrating locally sourced seafood.

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