Sarasota Yacht Club receives Clean Marina designation

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Sarasota Yacht Club ©DEP

Sarasota Yacht Club ©DEP

Florida Travel Guide to Clean Marinas

Last night, the Sarasota Yacht Club received the Clean Marina designation from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). So far, 250 marinas throughout Florida have been recognized for their environmental efforts.

What makes a clean marina?

In order for a marina to demonstrate that they are protecting the waterways and natural resources that Florida has, they have to work through the Clean Marina program which includes best management practices, emergency planning and an action plan. Once the marina has completed necessary steps and completed a a DEP inspection, they will receive the designation if they have demonstrated environmentally conscious measures.

Sarasota Yacht Club’s Efforts

The Yacht Club has demonstrated their environmental stewardship in a number of areas, most notably when they built a trench drain at their boat ramp in an effort to maintain clean waters. The foresight to collect runoff from boats before it enters the waterway, contributed to reducing pollutants from the waterway. Gary Colecchio, DEP’s Southwest District Director added: “The Sarasota Yacht Club takes an active role in protecting Florida’s natural resources by hosting annual fundraisers to support oyster reef restoration projects in Sarasota Bay.”

Among the marina’s other efforts are:

  • initiated a recycling program
  • included a pumpout service
  • designated a pet sanitation area with waste collection bags
  • installed manatee signs

Clean Marinas within Sarasota County

Within the county alone, there are five other marinas that have received the DEP designation:

  • Crow’s Nest Marina
  • Gulf Harbor Marina
  • Hyatt Regency Sarasota Marina
  • Marina Jack
  • Venice Yacht Club

Tell us…

Do you support a marina based on their commitment to the environment?