--Bayside Marina Receives ‘Clean Marina’ Status--
ISLAMORADA – A quiet marina on the bayside in Islamorada is the first marina in the Florida Keys to be recognized by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as a ‘Clean Marina’. On Wednesday, August 2, at 10:00 a.m. DEP will be at Bayside Marina at Worldwide Sportsman to present their ‘Clean Marina’ designation. This designation recognizes Bayside Marina’s commitment toward protecting and preserving the valuable ecosystems of the Florida Keys. The ceremony will include the presentation of a Clean Marina flag and plaque. It will conclude with a tour of the facility.
There are nearly 2,000 marinas operating in Florida today and hundreds of thousands of boater’s use Florida’s waters every day. The effects of year-round boating activities contribute to constant and growing pressure on the state’s fragile aquatic and marine ecosystems. Clean water is essential to this multi-billion dollar industry. This designation recognizes marinas that are operating their facility in an environmental conscientious manner. Also, it provides boaters the opportunity to look for a marina displaying the clean marina flag and use their marina. By doing so boaters pledge to conserve Florida’s water environment.
DEP’s director of the Division of Law Enforcement, Thomas S. Tramel, III will be presenting the designation, along with DEP’s district director, Richard W. Cantrell. George Hommell, Jr., general manager of Worldwide Sportsman will accept the designation on behalf of Bayside Marina.
To achieve designation marina staff must attend a daylong workshop to become familiar with the clean marina program requirements. The marina then performs a self-audit and completes an action plan to implement the components of the program. Then they contact the local district office to have an environmental survey completed. Mr. Hommell, Jr., DEP, and a representative of the Marine Industry Association conducted an onsite survey and recommended the marina for designation.
The designation will be held on the waterside porch area attached to the main store, located at 81576 Overseas Highway, in Islamorada. The phone number for Worldwide Sportsman is (305) 664-4615.
Last updated: November 03, 2005