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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2010
CONTACT: Rhonda Haag (239) 332-6975 Ext. 175 or (239) 707-0829 (cell)
  Kristin Lock (850) 245-2112

Snook Bight Marina in Fort Myers Designated a Clean Marina

~Marina implements sustainable practices to protect Florida’s waters~

FORT MYERS BEACH - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), together with the Clean Boating Partnership, today recognized Snook Bight Marina on Estero Bay as the 225th member of the Florida Clean Marina Program. This is the 7th Clean Marina designation in Lee County.

The program, which recognizes marinas and boatyards for their commitment to the protection of Florida’s waterways and natural resources, now boasts 227 Clean Marinas, 33 Clean Boatyards and 11 Clean Marine Retailers statewide.

“Snook Bight Marina’s Clean Marina designation demonstrates their understanding that continued enjoyment of boating in Florida depends on clean water,” said DEP South District Director Jon Iglehart. “They are setting an example for marinas throughout Florida.”

To further protect Estero Bay, Snook Bight installed a state of the art stormwater management system as well as a re-circulating boat washing system designed to collect, treat and store wastewater for reuse.

"We are very excited to be on the list of Clean Marina's for the State of Florida,” said Snook Bight Marina Manager Larry Sincoskie. “This designation was part of our overall plan in developing South Florida's finest marina. Our new facilities were constructed with the preservation and protection of our state’s beautiful bays and waterways in mind."

Florida has more than one million registered motorized vessels and more than 2,000 marinas - the largest number of marine facilities in the country. Drawing millions of visitors each year, Florida’s clear waters, world-class beaches and coral reefs support a $60.8 billion tourism industry, an $18.9 billion boating industry and a fishing industry that injects more than $7.5 billion a year into Florida’s communities. Protecting Florida’s waterways is essential.

“The Clean Boating Partnership applauds Snook Bight 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.”

About the Clean Boating Partnership
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.

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

Snook Bight Marina

"Snook Bight Marina’s Clean Marina designation demonstrates their understanding that continued enjoyment of boating in Florida depends on clean water."

Jon Iglehart
DEP South District Director

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Last updated: January 25, 2011

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