The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Sustainable Initiatives welcomed Port St. Joe Marina into the Clean Marina family on Saturday, March 8. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the marina’s Customer Appreciation Day.
“The Clean Marina program is a collaborative effort between businesses and government,” said Northwest District Director Shawn Hamilton. “The program allows us to recognize marinas, like Port St. Joe, that commit to protecting Florida’s waterways and natural resources.”
Port St. Joe Marina has been designated as the 276th Clean Marina in Florida and is the second facility to be designated in Gulf County. The marina contains 114 wet slips and 79 dry storage slips, which will be added to the Clean Marina community.
“We at the Port St Joe Marina are thrilled to be a designated Clean Marina from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection,“ said Clara Landry, General Manager of the Port St Joe Marina.“This designation reflects the staff’s commitment and dedication to protecting our Florida waters.”
To become a designated member of the Florida Clean Marina Program, facilities must implement a set of environmental measures designed to protect Florida’s waterways. These measures address critical environmental issues such as protecting sensitive habitats, waste management, stormwater control, spill prevention and emergency preparedness.
Florida has more than 1 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 supplement a $67.2 billion tourism industry, an $18.4 billion boating industry and a fishing industry that injects more than $6.9 billion a year into Florida’s communities. Protecting Florida’s waterways is essential for the continued growth of our state’s aquatic industries.
For more information about the Florida Clean Marina Program, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/cleanmarina.