Westrec Marinas Press Release
Contact: Joe Springer
[email protected] or (904) 310-3303
June 28, 2020
Fernandina Harbor Marina has been recognized for the 9th year in a row as a Florida Clean Marina. This designation has been obtained by only 301 of all marinas in the State of Florida. The 301 marinas that qualify for this environmental designation represent approximately 10% of all Florida marinas. “In Fernandina Beach, the environment and how we treat it is one of our top priorities,” comments John A. Miller, Mayor of Fernandina Beach. “As Florida’s First and Last Stop with over 14,000 transient boat nights each year, we appreciate the hard work that the Westrec Marina staff continues to provide in keeping with this designation.”
Administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Clean Boating Partnership, The Florida Clean Marina Program is a voluntary designation program with a proactive approach to environmental stewardship. Participants receive assistance in implementing Best Management Practices through on-site and distance technical assistance, mentoring by other Clean Marinas and continuing education. To become designated as a Florida 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 habitats, waste management, stormwater control, spill prevention and emergency preparedness. Designated facilities and those facilities completing the application process receive ongoing technical support from the Florida Clean Marina Program and the Clean Boating Partnership.
“When Westrec was awarded the management of the Fernandina Harbor Marina in 2010, we understood the value of bringing this designation to Fernandina,” said John Louis, Westrec Regional Manager. “Most boaters are aware of the importance of the Clean Marina designation and will choose a Clean Marina when they dock for the night”.
According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection website; There is a direct link between Florida’s water quality and the marina industry, making clean water essential to the livelihood and well-being of communities. By becoming a designated location, facilities pledge to maintain and improve the state’s waterways by reducing or eliminating the release of harmful substance and phasing our practices that can damage aquatic environments. With thousands of recreations boating facilities, mariner vessel and ecotourism opportunities in the state of Florida, the implementation of environmental Best Management Practices within the marina community is crucial to preserving the state’s natural resources.