CMM In the Press:

Marker 1 Marina Announces Significant Expansion September 9, 2018 (READ)
Q & A with Scott Burt - By Jim Cox, May 21, 2018 - Marlin Magazine (READ)
Creative Thinking, Innovative Solutions, Experience ...the Coastal Marina Management Difference

Scott has over 45 year's professional experience in the marina business. He is well versed in dry storage, harbor and marina management, yacht and commercial vessel operations and special event promotion. Scott believes in the integration of upland amenities with marina operations and the connectivity of marine components such as comparable marinas and yacht clubs, boat dealerships and marine service centers.

He has:
  • Served on the steering committee with the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection to create the widely recognized and acclaimed certified Clean Marina Program.
  • Been recognized as a Certified Marina Manager.
  • Maintained an active membership of the Association of Marine Industries since 1985
  • Served as Director of the North West Florida Marine Industries Association.
  • Past Chairman of the Northwest Florida Marine Trades Association. During his term as Chairman, membership in the Association grew by 20%
  • In 2006 Scott created Coastal Marina Management which offers effective and creative management solutions for today's waterfront marine developments. CMM's mission is to be an active and passionate advocate of the boating lifestyle by delivering across-the-board service, dynamic marina management, innovative consulting for waterfront development and design, and exciting special events.

    Presently CMM operates seven marinas, five of which are located in Florida, one in Alabama and one in Texas. The CMM managed marina family represents a combined excess of 3500 racks/slips under management consisting of upland amenities, nationally recognized fishing tournaments, boat shows, boatyard repair facilities and major transient yacht destinations.



    Chris serves as President of Wheels Up Events LLC, a subsidiary of CMM. Chris is responsible for all CMM special events including The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show, The Blue Marlin Grand Championship and The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Series.

    A native Floridian, Chris grew up around boats. His knowledge is based upon years of Gulf Coast experience. He began his career as Marina and Property Manager for Zeke's Marina, a 250 dry rack, 60 wet slip, retail, restaurant and commercial complex in Orange Beach, Alabama. The eight years of hands on experience in all levels of operations served Chris well as a foundation for his growth in the marina industry.

    Chris left Zeke's to become the Director of Marina and Beach/Pool operations at the highly acclaimed and internationally renown Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Florida. He quickly put his organizational skills to work and had an immediate affect on the 100 slip yacht harbor building a reputation based upon high-end concierge level service and impeccable operations management. Very quickly, Sandestin's Baytowne marina became known as the most sought after large yacht transient destination of Florida's Gulf Coast.

    As President of Wheels Up Events, Chris believes in:
    • Careful planning, thorough execution and meticulous event operations.
    • Today's events must be exciting, high-energy and most importantly, fun for the whole family.
    • He re-thinks and re-invents everything we do everyday.
    • First impressions are everything. No detail is too small.
    • Connectivity and transparency. Each event requires a dedicated group of actively involved stakeholders with genuine commitment to the overall success of the event.
    • He understands the big picture. Boating today is a lifestyle centered on the entire family.

    During his five year tenure at Sandestin, Chris was responsible for bringing many new events to the property including boat dealer conferences, multiple boating rendezvous, boat shows and the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic which has grown into one of the largest Billfish Tournament on the Gulf Coast.

    Chris and his wife Christine live in Niceville with their four family dogs.


    Donnie Chesscher

    (850) 481-9093
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    Operations Manager
    Donnie grew up on the water along the Alabama Gulf Coast before joining the Navy and serving our country overseas as a Corpsman in Iraq. Those five years taught critical thinking skills, in a very high pressure environment that he still relies on today. After spending ten years in the private medical sector in California, he missed his Alabama family, as well as the salty sea breezes and joined our team in 2015 at the Wharf Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama. He oversees our day-to-day operations and with his hands on experience Donnie is able to provide Coastal Marina clients with project management in the areas of:
    • New Fuel System Installations
    • Upgrade/Repair/Replace Dock Utilities and Support Structures
    • Customized Slip Configuration
    • Master Planning for Dockage to Maximize Revenue
    • Office Technology, Networking, IT and Property Fiber Infrastructure

    Donnie is also responsible for on-site operations during all Wheels Up special events including:
    • Pre-Event Logistics
    • Set-Up and Breakdown of Event Displays and Structures
    • Schedule/Manage Event Team Members
    • Site Inspection Both Pre and Post Event
    Although operations are his specialty, Donnie's management style also ensures all team members feel valued while being held accountable to Coastal Marina Management's highest industry standards in both marina management and special events.