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Ocean Club Marina at Port Canaveral Receives Florida's Newest Clean Marina Designation

~Marina makes environmental stewardship top priority~ 

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 www.dep.state.fl.us/cleanmarina

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 Initiatives, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/green

Ocean Club Marina

"The Central District is proud to add Ocean Club at Port Canaveral as its 35th Clean Marina."

Vivian Garfein
Director of DEP?s Central District



Last updated: August 12, 2010

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