Old Naples Seaport Marina designated as a Clean Marina

May 9, 2014

 

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, together with the Clean Boating Partnership, welcomes the Old Naples Seaport Marina to the Florida Clean Marina Program. This voluntary state initiative recognizes marinas and boatyards for their commitment to the protection of Florida’s waterways and natural resources.

“It is wonderful to see the Old Naples Seaport Marina joining an elite group of environmental stewards that implement green practices,” said Brenda Leonard, program administrator for the DEP’s Office of Environmental Education and Sustainable Initiatives. “Protecting Florida’s marine resources is instrumental to the continued health of both the state’s natural and business environments.”

The department’s South District Director Jon Iglehart joined Naples Mayor John F. Sorey III and Donn Schulte, president of America Marine Management in celebrating Old Naples Seaport Marina’s new designation during the facility’s grand opening celebration.

“We are extremely pleased to receive the Clean Marina designation. All of the marinas using America Marine Management have now received this valuable recognition,” said Schulte. “A very special thank you to Pat Flanary who from our side made this happen.”

Old Naples Seaport Marina is Florida’s 280th Clean Marina and is being recognized today for their commitment to environmental stewardship by initiating best management practices, including emergency preparedness and pumpout services for boaters. Located in Naples historic district, Old Naples Seaport Marina offers quick access to the Florida Gulf. The marina is equipped with floating docks accessible to larger vessels and is part of a waterfront community supporting the boating lifestyle.

“We are excited to celebrate Old Naples Seaport Marina as Florida’s next Clean Marina,” said Mayor Sorey. “This clean marina designation will help Naples Bay return to its original water quality one drop at a time.”

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 sensitive habitats, waste management, stormwater control, spill prevention and emergency preparedness.

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 $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.

For more information about the Florida Clean Marina Program, click here.

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