Peninsular in shape, the state of Florida has over 15,000 miles of beaches, shorelines, rivers, streams and waterways. As there is a direct link between Florida and the marine industry, clean water is essential to the livelihood and well-being of local communities.
Since 2000, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has encouraged clean marina and boating activities through the Clean Marina Program’s (CMP) designation process. This initiative recognizes facilities engaging in environmental Best Management Practices, exceeding regulatory requirements, in and around Florida’s waterways. Consisting of three different target areas, CMP contains elements that are tailored to fit the varying aspects of marina operations.
Many locations in the state of Florida operate as a combination of marina, boatyard and/or marine retailer. As such, the Florida Clean Marina Program recognizes these efforts, and designates for each specification as requirements are met. It is possible for an applicant facility to receive designation in all three of the program areas detailed below.
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.
In line with the provided Best Management Practices, the Florida Clean Boatyard Program is a non-regulatory designation program that promotes and celebrates voluntary adoption of measures to reduce pollution. By maintaining environmentally-responsible business practices, Clean Boatyards identify opportunities and implement practices to control pollution such as using dustless sanders, oil and solvent recycling and re-circulating pressure wash systems to recycle wastewater. These measures help to preserve the state’s natural resources for future generations.
As a derivative of the Florida Clean Marina Program, this initiative encourages marine retailers to educate boaters by providing information on clean boating practices to those who purchase vessels and visit their facilities. A Clean Marine Retailer employs environmental Best Management Practices in their boat, engine service and facility operations. These locations sell and service recreational vessels, and include service shops run by a brokerage, group or independent owner.
August 28, 2019 - 9:47am
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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.