Ocean Key Resort and Spa Receives Clean Marina Designation

Nov. 7, 2014

~Ocean Key Resort and Spa becomes Monroe County’s 25th Clean Marina~

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Environmental Education and Sustainable Initiatives welcomes the Ocean Key Resort and Spa into the Clean Marina family today. This voluntary state initiative recognizes marinas and boatyards for their commitment to the protection of Florida’s waterways and natural resources.

“We’re proud to honor Ocean Key Resort today in recognition of their environmental stewardship,” said Clean Marina Program Administrator Brenda Leonard. “I am honored to look around the state and see these marinas serve as environmental leaders within their local communities.”

Ocean Key Resort and Spa has been designated as the 287th Clean Marina in Florida. The Ocean Key Resort and Spa has six slips that will be added to the Clean Marina community. Built in the mid ’80s, the slips are available for lease for water-sport companies that offer activities like day-boating or jet-ski rental. Additionally, Ocean Key Resort is in discussion to partner with the city of Key West to compost all seaweed in the marina.

“Ocean Key Resort & Spa is proud to be in collaboration with DEP in order to promote ecological awareness and sustainability for the waters surrounding Key West,” said Assistant General Manager Johan Amneus of Ocean Key Resort and Spa. “Educating ourselves and our guests regarding better boating and marina practices is an important step to preserving the beautiful and historic waters that we all enjoy.”

The Clean Marina Program was launched as a voluntary partnership program between the department and marinas to promote the health of Florida’s vitally important water resources. To earn the Clean Marina designation, marinas must implement a set of environmental Best Management Practices designed to protect Florida’s waterways. These Best Management Practices address serious environmental issues such as sensitive habitats, waste management, stormwater control, spill prevention and emergency preparedness.

Florida has nearly 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. To date, 287 marinas have been recognized by the Clean Marina Program in addition to 44 boatyards and 19 designated clean retailers.

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

 

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