Florida Sea Grant Extension in Collier County

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This blog is an opportunity for me to share with you my extension outreach efforts and useful information to make you a more informed coastal citizen. If you have any questions about what you see, feel free to contact me at fluech@ufl.edu.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Clean Marina Program Walk Through

(From FDEP website) "The Florida Clean Marina Programs are designed to bring awareness to marine facilities and boaters regarding environmentally friendly practices intended to protect and preserve Florida’s natural environment. Marinas, boatyards and marine retailers receive clean designations by demonstrating a commitment implementing and maintaining a host of best management practices. The 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 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 habitat, waste management, stormwater control, spill prevention and emergency preparedness. Designated facilities and those facilities seeking designation receive ongoing technical support from the Florida Clean Marina Program and the Clean Boating Partnership."

Promoting proper boat cleaning BMPs
among vendors, sub contractors, and
 yacht club members is an integral part of
 the Clean Marina Program
Florida Sea Grant is an active partner in supporting and promoting the Clean Marina Program. Typically agents help provide technical advice and support for facilities interested in becoming certified by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the lead agency in the program. Yesterday, I assisted Laura Comer who is the regional Clean Marina Coordinator review designation process paperwork with the Naples Yacht and Sailing Club who is working towards designation. We wet the the Yacht Club's dockmaster to follow up on recommended actions we made several months ago. I'm proud to say they have made considerable progress and are in deed on their way to becoming a designated Florida Clean Marina.

Clean Marina Coordinator Laura Comer looks over some new
educational oil spill prevention signage put up by Naples
Yacht and Sailing Club

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