PORT CANAVERAL ? The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
together with the Clean Boating Partnership today recognized the Ocean Club
Marina at Port Canaveral as the 215th member of the Florida Clean Marina
Program. 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.
?The Central District is proud to add Ocean Club at Port Canaveral as its
35th Clean Marina,? said Vivian Garfein, Director of DEP?s Central District.
?Their outstanding efforts serve to help protect and preserve Florida?s valuable
water resources, and I applaud the staff for implementing green initiatives and
best practices in their facility.?
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.
?In this day and age of energy conservation and environmental protection, it
is extremely important for everyone in the boating industry to become involved.
With the assistance of DEP and others who have already received the Clean Marina
designation, the process went smoothly,? said Bill Norris, Manager of Ocean Club
Marina at Port Canaveral. ?We are honored to receive this designation and will
continue to honor its tenets in the future. We will also continue our efforts to
keep Florida beautiful.?
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 Ocean Club Marina at Port
Canaveral 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 environmental education
and alternatives the Florida Clean Marina Program helps ensure a sustainable
future for the environment and the billion dollar marine industry. For more
information about the Florida Clean Marina Program, visit
DEP?s Office of Sustainable Initiatives is comprised of three voluntary,
non-regulatory programs that assist Florida industry and citizens in protecting
the environment. The Florida Clean Marina Program, the Clean Vessel Act grant
program and the Florida Green Lodging Program offer a variety of services
including on-site assessments, consultations, speakers and workshops, all at no
cost to citizens or organizations. The goal of the Sustainable Initiatives
programs is to meet the needs of the present population without compromising
resources for future generations. To learn more about DEP?s Sustainable