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DEP Recognizes 12th Marina in Duval County for Environmental Commitment

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), together with the Clean Boating Partnership formally recognized the City of Jacksonville Metropolitan Park Marina today with the presentation of the Clean Marina plaque and flag. Today marks the first day of National Pollution Prevention Week, a week dedicated to educating and recognizing the importance of stopping pollution at its source. Designation as a Clean Marina exemplifies the commitment of Jacksonville Metropolitan Municipal Marina to protect the environment and prevent pollution in Florida's waterways.

"Clean water is vital to Florida's environment and economy and Clean Marinas such as Metropolitan Park Marina lead the way in protecting this precious resource," said DEP Northeast District Director Greg Strong. "Receiving the Clean Marina designation exemplifies marinas that are taking the necessary steps to protect our waterways."

The Florida Clean Marina Program recognizes marinas and boatyards for their commitment to protect Florida's 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.

"The St. Johns River is one of our most treasured and valued resources," said Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton. "Receiving this Clean Marina designation reflects the diligent efforts of city staff and the many community partners they work with to protect this resource, and we are honored to receive this important recognition."

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 Metropolitan Park 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

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