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Bradenton Yacht Club Dives Into DEP’s Clean Marina Program

~Marina implements sustainable practices to protect Florida waters~ 

PALMETTO – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), together with the Clean Boating Partnership, today recognized Bradenton Yacht Club as the 222nd member of the Florida Clean Marina Program and the 7th in Manatee County. The program, which recognizes marinas and boatyards for their commitment to the protection of Florida’s natural resources, now boasts 224 Clean Marinas, 33 Clean Boatyards and 11 Clean Marine Retailers statewide.

“By achieving the Clean Marina designation, the Bradenton Yacht Club shows that it has made important strides to implement measures that better protect Florida’s waterways and natural resources,” said Southwest District Director Deborah Getzoff. “Clean Marina facilities such as the Bradenton Yacht Club display sustainable practices that can be used 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 Bradenton Yacht Club was chartered in 1946 and is one of the original 13 Member Clubs of the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs. This new member of the Clean Marina community offers a 52 slip marina, 285 feet of transient dockage, fuel facilities, as well as permanent and portable pumpout capability.

“We feel it is important to be a designated as a Clean Marina to bring awareness to our members and visitors alike that we are doing our part to improve the beautiful waters that enhance our daily lives,” said Captain V.A. Craig, Dockmaster for the Bradenton Yacht Club. “Small, simple steps, undertaken by each of us can have a significant impact on what we pass along to our children.”

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 Bradenton Yacht Club 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

Bradenton Yacht Club

"By achieving the Clean Marina designation, the Bradenton Yacht Club shows that it has made important strides to implement measures that better protect Florida’s waterways and natural resources."

Deborah Getzoff
Southwest District Director



Last updated: July 11, 2011

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