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City of Leesburg Achieves First Clean Marina Designation in Lake County

~Environmental stewardship high priority for city marina~

LEESBURG - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), together with the Clean Boating Partnership, recognized the City of Leesburg’s Venetian Cove Marina, located on Lake Harris, as the 217th member of the Florida Clean Marina Program and the 32nd Clean Boatyard. This is the 1st Clean Marina and the 1st Clean Boatyard designation in Lake County.

The program, which recognizes marinas and boatyards for their commitment to the protection of Florida’s waterways and natural resources, now boasts 228 Clean Marinas, 33 Clean Boatyards and 11 Clean Marine Retailers statewide.

“We are excited to welcome Venetian Cove as the first Clean Marina and Clean Boatyard in Lake County,” said DEP Central District Director Vivian Garfein. “By achieving this designation the marina is joining an elite group of environmental stewards leading by example through their commitment to Florida’s environment.”

Located on one of the largest freshwater chain of lakes in Florida, Venetian Cove Marina grants access to Florida’s abundant lake systems. Venetian Cove Marina’s large dry stack and enclosed boat maintenance shop reduces the possibility of fluid releases outdoors or in the water. The marina offers waste management stations to keep used oils, cleaners and solvents out of the water and provides boaters with environmental education.

“The Venetian Cove Marina is located on Lake Harris in Venetian Gardens, one of Leesburg’s most valued natural resources,” said Bruce Ericson, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Leesburg. “We are proud to receive the Clean Marina and Clean Boatyard designation as it reinforces our commitment to the environment, our community and protection of this valuable resource.”

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 the City of Leesburg and Venetian Cove Marina for its commitment to Florida’s environment,” said Clean Boating Partnership 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.


"We are excited to welcome Venetian Cove as the first Clean Marina and Clean Boatyard in Lake County."

Vivian Garfein
DEP Central District Director



Last updated: May 23, 2012

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