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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2010
CONTACT: Sheena Chin, (904) 807-3208
  Kristin Lock, (850) 245-2112

City of Jacksonville Metropolitan Park Marina Receives Clean Marina Designation

~DEP recognizes 12th marina in Duval County for environmental commitment as part of National Pollution Prevention Week~

JACKSONVILLE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), together with the Clean Boating Partnership formally recognized the City of Jacksonville Metropolitan Park Marina today with the presentation of the Clean Marina plaque and flag. Today marks the first day of National Pollution Prevention Week, a week dedicated to educating and recognizing the importance of stopping pollution at its source. Designation as a Clean Marina exemplifies the commitment of Jacksonville Metropolitan Municipal Marina to protect the environment and prevent pollution in Florida’s waterways.

"Clean water is vital to Florida's environment and economy and Clean Marinas such as Metropolitan Park Marina lead the way in protecting this precious resource," said DEP Northeast District Director Greg Strong. "Receiving the Clean Marina designation exemplifies marinas that are taking the necessary steps to protect our waterways."

The Florida Clean Marina Program recognizes marinas and boatyards for their commitment to protect Florida's natural resources. Florida Clean Marina Program facilities are required to meet a variety of best management practices to receive designation. These practices include, but are not limited to, properly storing and disposing of used oil, using fertilizers and pesticides according to directions and using cleaning methods that prevent the release of pollutants.

"The St. Johns River is one of our most treasured and valued resources," said Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton. "Receiving this Clean Marina designation reflects the diligent efforts of city staff and the many community partners they work with to protect this resource, and we are honored to receive this important recognition."

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 Metropolitan Park 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. For more information about the Florida Clean Marina Program, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/cleanmarina.

About the DEP’s Office of Sustainable Initiatives
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 Clean Marina Program, the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program and the Florida Green Lodging Program offer a variety of services including 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.

About National Pollution Prevention Week
National Pollution Prevention Week (P2 Week) is an annual event highlighting the importance of pollution prevention. Pollution prevention is a proactive approach that eliminates or reduces pollution at its source - through water conservation, energy efficiency, minimizing the usage of raw materials and green cleaning. Recognizing P2 Week is an opportunity for government to join with schools, businesses and citizens to protect the environment and work toward a sustainable future, by providing education and outreach to promote conservation and pollution prevention. For more events scheduled throughout the state for P2 Week, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/EasyAsOne.

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"Clean water is vital to Florida’s environment and economy and Clean Marinas such as Metropolitan Park Marina lead the way in protecting this precious resource."

Greg Strong
Northeast District Director

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Last updated: May 23, 2012

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