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ST. PETERSBURG ? The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), together with the Clean Boating Partnership, today recognized Snell Isle Marina as the 219th member of the Florida Clean Marina Program and the 25th in Pinellas County. The program, which recognizes marinas and boatyards for their commitment to the protection of Florida?s natural resources, now boasts 221 Clean Marinas, 33 Clean Boatyards and 10 Clean Marine Retailers statewide.
?Snell Isle Marina has made an important commitment to protecting Florida?s waterways and natural resources,? said Southwest District Director Deborah Getzoff. ?Clean Marina Facilities such as the Snell Isle Marina display the positive steps that can be taken to help preserve the marine environment for the enjoyment of all Floridians.?
The Florida Clean Marina Program is a voluntary designation program with a proactive approach to environmental stewardship. To become designated as a Clean Marina, facilities must implement a set of environmental measures designed to protect Florida?s waterways. These measures address critical environmental issues such as sensitive habitat, waste management, stormwater control, spill prevention and emergency preparedness.
The Snell Isle Marina opened in January of 2009 for the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. This full-service marina is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday and includes 36 wet slips, four dry docks and a pumpout facility.
?I have always been passionate about environmental sustainability and the preservation of our waters, so vital to our existence,? says Snell Isle Marina Manager Stewart DeVore. ?I wanted the Snell Isle Marina to set an example for both boaters and businesses alike.?
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 Snell Isle Marina 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.
"Snell Isle Marina has made an important commitment to protecting Florida?s waterways and natural resources."
Last updated: May 27, 2010