-Environmental commitment a top priority for marina-
MIAMI - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), together with the Clean Boating Partnership today recognized Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department’s Matheson Hammock Marina as the 193rd member of the Florida Clean Marina Program. The program now boasts nearly 200 Clean Marinas, 30 Clean Boatyards and eight Clean Marine Retailers statewide.
“Florida’s Clean Marinas are key to protecting the state’s waterways,” said Jack Long, Director of the DEP’S Southeast District. “DEP is pleased to welcome Matheson Hammock to the Clean Marina family. The staff at Matheson Hammock truly recognizes the value in protecting our natural resources.”
Florida Clean Marina Program facilities are required to meet a variety of best management practices to receive designation. These practices include, but are not limited to, properly storing and disposing of used oil, using fertilizers and pesticides according to directions, and using cleaning methods that prevent the release of pollutants.
“We are committed to the conservation and protection of our natural resources, and strive to provide recreational services to the public, while still maintaining clean, eco-friendly requirements,” said Jack Kardys, Director of Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department. ” We are proud of the hard work displayed at Matheson Hammock Marina to earn the Clean Marina designation and join the ranks of our other designated Clean Marinas- Pelican Harbor, Black Point and Herbert Hoover Marina at Homestead Bayfront Park.”
The Clean Boating Partnership is a consortium of industry leaders who contribute time and input to the Clean Marina, Clean Boatyard, Clean Marine Retailer and Clean Boater programs which DEP administers to protect Florida’s waterways. The partnership includes DEP, Marine Industries Association of Florida, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, University of Florida Sea Grant Program, United States Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary.
“The Clean Boating Partnership applauds the Matheson Hammock Marina for its commitment to Florida’s environment,” said the Partnership’s Chair Mark Leslie. “The dedication and hard work in becoming a Clean Marina is an accomplishment this facility can be proud of and we welcome it to our growing Clean Marina family.
With more than one million registered motorized vessels in Florida, environmental education within marine industries is the first step toward safeguarding the state’s natural resources. By providing “green” education and alternatives the Florida Clean Marina Program helps ensure a sustainable future for the environment and a billion dollar marine industry. For more information about the Florida Clean Marina Program, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/cleanmarina
DEP’s Office of Sustainable Initiatives is comprised of three voluntary, non-regulatory programs that assist Florida industry and citizens in protecting the environment. The Clean Marina Program, the Florida Green Lodging Program and the Florida Pollution Prevention Program offer a variety of services including on-site assessments, consultations, speakers and workshops, all at no cost to citizens or organizations. The goal of the Sustainable Initiatives programs is to meet the needs of the present population without compromising resources for future generations. To learn more about DEP’s Sustainable Initiatives, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/green