May 14, 2015
MARATHON, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is pleased to recognize Naval Air Station Key West Boca Chica Marina as a Clean and Resilient Marina. As part of the successful Clean Marina Program, this designation represents the marina’s commitment to environmentally responsible practices and emergency preparedness. DEP presented Naval Air Station Key West Boca Chica Marina, the seventh marina in the state to receive this recognition and first in Monroe County, with a Florida Clean and Resilient Marina flag and plaque.
“The Naval Air Station Key West Boca Chica Marina is leading the initiative for clean and resilient boating operations in the Florida Keys,” said DEP South District Director Jon Iglehart. “The Clean and Resilient Marina designation is earned by marinas protecting Florida waterways and the boating community they serve. Best management practices by Boca Chica Marina help create and sustain a vibrant, safe and healthy community.”
Naval Air Station Key West Boca Chica Marina, a 120-slip marina with 20 moorings located in the Florida Keys, is designed to withstand a 150 mph horizontal wind load and storm surge. The marina is constructed with concrete and green board walls, and electrical receptacles and A/C equipment are placed above surge levels, where possible. The marina also features roll down shutters on doors and windows and has a thorough hurricane standard operational procedure.
“We have been recognized as a Clean Marina for many years, and it is an honor to receive this designation for our efforts at Boca Chica Field,” said Capt. Steve McAlearney, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Key West. “I would like to recognize our excellent marina staff, as well as the boaters for their efforts in recycling, pumpout procedures and being stewards of the environment. We are proud to make this a great place for boaters to visit and call their home port.”
In partnership with DEP and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA), the Florida Clean Marina Program encourages a proactive approach to environmental stewardship. To be designated as a Clean Marina, facilities must implement a set of environmental best management practices designed to protect Florida’s waterways. These practices address critical environmental issues such as sensitive habitat, waste management, storm water control, spill prevention and emergency preparedness. Participating facilities receive assistance with best management practices through on-site and long-distance technical support by DEP, as well as mentoring by other Clean Marinas.
The Clean and Resilient Program improves and complements GOMA’s proven Clean Marina Certification Programs already in place. Facilities like Naval Air Station Key West Boca Chica Marina employ practices that achieve an additional level of sustainability and environmental responsibility. Additionally, this program provides recommendations to strengthen local marinas’ ability to withstand natural and man-made disasters.