MILFORD \u2014 Milford Landing Marina has been named a 2021 Elite Fleet Marina by Marinas.com The award by Marinas.com is a Boater\u2019s Choice award. The award recognizes marinas that consistently provided an excellent home for the boating community throughout the year. \u201cWe were excited when we found out, and it\u2019s something that is great for the marina, but is great for the city also,\u201d said Jim Donegan, operations director. \u201cOne of the things that Milford Landing does is that it brings a lot of people into the downtown area, and it\u2019s a great tourist destination.\u201d Donegan said hundreds of boaters come into the marina over the summer, and for many of them it is their first time visiting Milford. \u201cThey can walk up to the downtown area, visit the shops and restaurants, and it really is a great thing for the city,\u201d he said. To be named an Elite Fleet Marina, the marina must have 10 or more reviews in the previous year, and the reviews must average 4.7 stars or higher. \u201cThe award is based on ratings and customer feedback, and one of the things here is we pride ourselves in customer service,\u201d said Donegan. \u201cWe have a summer staff crew that does an excellent job, that goes above and beyond. By people seeing this award, it shows they will have a good experience.\u201d Donegan said the service begins the moment the visitor arrives. \u201cThe dock crew will meet them on the dock, help them get tied up and provide them information about the area and any events that may be going on,\u201d he said. \u201cWe always try to make everyone\u2019s stay as easy and as best of an experience as possible.\u201d Donegan said one thing that makes Milford Landing popular is that it is a transient marina and doesn\u2019t rent slips for the season. \u201cWe are renting slips by the night or weekend, so we have a lot of availability because we have 40 slips open. So we have the space to bring people in,\u201d he said. Also, the marina\u2019s location in the downtown area was an advantage, he said. \u201cYou can get off the boat and we have a great area for barbecue, picnics, (to) hang out and relax,\u201d he said. \u201cWe have Scoopy-Doo\u2019s ice cream, and every afternoon the patio is full with people relaxing.\u201d There aren\u2019t a lot of marinas on Long Island Sound with that kind of attraction so close, he said. \u201cA lot of times, the marina will be far away from anything else, and you would need to take a taxi or an Uber to get to restaurants and shops. So it makes it very convenient,\u201d Donegan said. This is the first time the marina has won the Elite Fleet Marina award.