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DEP Celebrates National Marina Day

~Clean Marinas statewide highlight clean boating and family fun on the water~

TALLAHASSEE ? Florida Governor Charlie Crist recently signed a proclamation honoring today as Marina Day in Florida. Designated members of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection?s (DEP) Clean Marina Program are hosting events throughout the state to encourage clean, safe and fun boating. Clean Marina, Bill Bird Marina in Miami Beach has been named National Marina of the Year by the Association of Marina Industries and is the official site of the national kick-off event for National Marina Day 2010.

?With more than 1,350 miles of coastline and 50,000 miles of inland and coastal rivers supporting a $14 billion marine industry, Florida?s water resources are crucial to the state?s economy and our environment,? said DEP Director of Sustainable Initiatives Deas Bohn. ?Celebrating National Marina Day brings attention to the importance of green boating and allows our Clean Marinas to be recognized for their commitment to protecting Florida?s environment.?

With the primary mission being public education, National Marina Day emphasizes the importance of the marine industry as a family-friendly gateway to rivers, lakes and oceans, and highlights the importance of being a steward of the environment. Boaters are reminded to practice clean safe boating while enjoying Florida?s waterways and oceans.

Clean Marinas throughout the state will provide clean boating outreach and information along with events and activities. The official national kick-off event at Bill Bird Marina not only celebrates their designation as National Marina of the Year, but is also a grand re-opening after repairs from hurricane damage and honors their recent Clean Marina designation. In addition, Crandon Park Marina will be recognized as a new member of the Florida Clean Marina Program. With these two Clean Marina designations, all six Miami-Dade County marinas are now designated clean facilities. The Florida Clean Marina Program designated its first member in 2000 and now has 222 Clean Marinas, 33 Clean Boatyards and 11 Clean Marine Retailers.

?National Marina Day is an excellent time to recognize the hard work of Florida?s Clean Marinas in protecting the environment, especially the newly designated marinas? said Clean Boating Partnership Chair Mark Leslie. ?Members of DEP?s Clean Marina Program stand out as environmental leaders.?

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, administered by DEP?s Office of Sustainable Initiatives, 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. 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. For more information about the Florida Clean Marina Program, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/cleanmarina.

DEP recently launched an environmental awareness campaign, Easy As One - Ordinary actions. Extraordinary results. to highlight easy actions each one of us can adopt 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 Easy As One, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/EasyAsOne or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/EasyAsOne.
View the Marina Day proclamation signed by Governor Charlie Crist.


"With more than 1,350 miles of coastline and 50,000 miles of inland and coastal rivers supporting a $14 billion marine industry, Florida?s water resources are crucial to the state?s economy and our environment."

Deas Bohn
DEP Director of Sustainable Initiatives


Last updated: June 14, 2010

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