Star Fleet Marina

Star Fleet Marina in Kemah is planning an expansion that includes a parking garage and a multistory mixed-use facility.

Star gazing: A Kemah company known for offering private corporate and group cruises around Clear Lake aboard its fleet of yachts has big plans on the horizon. Star Fleet Marina, 280 Grove Rd., plans to build a parking garage and a five- or six-story mixed-use development for dining, office and commercial users, the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership reports. Star Fleet, in business for about 20 years, did not return calls. Stay tuned.

Benno’s is back: After closing a few weeks for renovations, Benno’s on the Beach is back with a fresh look. Crews renovated walls, ceilings and added new lighting at the popular island restaurant, 1200 Seawall Blvd. And new tables are on the way, Elaine Deltz, catering manager for Benno’s Enterprises, said. Benno’s on the Beach, which opened in 1983, specializes in Cajun seafood, offering such fare as jambalaya and shrimp étouffée. The last time the restaurant had a makeover was in 1999, Deltz said. “It was just time,” she said. The restaurant this week also has begun serving crawfish.

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