PENSACOLA, Fla. – Pensacola’s Harbor View Marine has achieved a Florida Clean Marina Program designation, according to a release from the company. The voluntary state initiative recognizes marinas and boatyards for their commitment to the protection of Florida’s waterways and natural resources.
“It is wonderful to see businesses implement green practices that protect Florida’s marine environment,” Brad Stombock, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Sustainable Initiatives Director, said in the release. “By achieving this designation the marina is joining an elite group of environmental stewards leading by example through their commitment to Florida’s environment. The Florida Clean Marina Program is a great example of collaborative efforts between business and government to promote the sustainable use of materials and marina resources.”
To become a designated member of the Florida Clean Marina Program, facilities must implement a set of environmental measures designed to protect Florida’s waterways. These measures address environmental issues such as sensitive habitats, waste management, stormwater control, spill prevention and emergency preparedness.
“As an alternative to seawall construction, Harbor View Marine officials decided to partner with DEP to develop and construct a ‘Living Shoreline’ along its property waters. This living shoreline, which includes an oyster reef, is an asset to cleaning the waters of Bayou Chico,” DEP Northwest District Assistant Director Shawn Hamilton said in the release. “From the beginning, Darrell Robinson and his crew at Harbor View Marine made the effort and laid the foundation for other facilities to follow in their environmentally sound practices.”