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NAPLES ? The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), together with the Clean Boating Partnership, today recognized The Marina at Naples Bay Resort as the newest member of the Florida Clean Marina Program. The statewide program now boasts 221 Clean Marinas, 33 Clean Boatyards and 10 Clean Marine Retailers statewide.
?We are pleased to welcome the Marina at Naples Bay Resort to the Clean Marina Program,? said DEP South District Director Jon Iglehart. ?The increasing number of marinas becoming designated demonstrates the industry?s commitment to protecting Florida?s waters, for the environmental benefits and also because it makes good business sense.?
Florida Clean Marina Program facilities are required to meet a variety of best management practices to receive designation. These practices include, but are not limited to, developing environmental policies and emergency preparedness plans, properly managing waste and using cleaning methods that prevent the release of pollutants.
The Marina at Naples Bay Resort is the 44th Clean Marina in the South District and the 13th Clean Marina in Collier County. The marina adds 97 wetslips and a sewage pumpout to the Clean Marina community.
?Here at Naples Bay Resort, we feel it is important not only to think globally but act locally by engaging in environmentally sound operating and maintenance procedures and promoting practices that preserve our coastal waterways,? said Captain John Donaldson. ?It is an honor to be designated as a Clean Marina and we are proud of this achievement.?
The Clean Boating Partnership is a consortium of industry leaders who contribute time and input to the Clean Marina, Clean Boatyard, Clean Marine Retailer and Clean Boater programs which DEP administers to protect Florida?s waterways. The partnership includes DEP, Marine Industries Association of Florida, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, University of Florida Sea Grant Program, United States Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary.
?The Clean Boating Partnership applauds the Marina at Naples Bay Resort for its commitment to Florida?s environment,? said the Partnership?s Chair Mark Leslie. ?The dedication and hard work in becoming a Clean Marina is an accomplishment this facility can be proud of and we welcome it to our growing Clean Marina family.?
With more than one million registered motorized vessels in Florida, environmental education within marine industries is the first step toward safeguarding the state?s natural resources. By providing ?green? education and alternatives, the Florida Clean Marina Program helps ensure a sustainable future for the environment and a billion dollar marine industry.
Easy As One ? Ordinary actions, Extraordinary results, is an environmental awareness campaign by DEP that highlights easy actions each one of us can take to make sustainable practices part of our daily lives at home, at school, at work and at play. As the lead agency in state government for environmental management and stewardship, DEP encourages citizens to adopt green habits that protect Florida?s air and water quality, conserve water and reduce waste. A sustainable Florida depends on the collective efforts of citizens, groups, businesses, industry and government.
For more information about the Florida Clean Marina Program, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/cleanmarina. To learn more about Easy As One, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/EasyAsOne or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/EasyAsOne.
"We are pleased to welcome the Marina at Naples Bay Resort to the Clean Marina Program."
Last updated: May 26, 2010