For Immediate Release: Sept. 20, 2011
HOLIDAY HARBOR MARINA ACHIEVES FLORIDA
CLEAN MARINA PROGRAM DESIGNATION
~Environmental stewardship high priority for marina~
Ceremony attendees included Jeanne A. Williams, Northwest District Director Shawn Hamilton, owners Tom Bizzell, Allen Bizzell, Dockmaster Bill Davis, facility employee Chris Ledet, owner Steven Bizzell.
PENSACOLA - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), together with the Clean Boating Partnership, welcomes the Holiday Harbor Marina to the Florida Clean Marina Program. This voluntary state initiative recognizes marinas and boatyards for their commitment to the protection of Florida’s waterways and natural resources.
“Congratulations to Holiday Harbor Marina on becoming a designated Clean Marina,” said DEP Northwest District Director Shawn Hamilton. “Their dedication to environmental stewardship, including implementing water quality improvements and recycling, among other initiatives, will help protect the area’s natural resources for future generations.”
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 critical environmental issues such as sensitive habitats, waste management, stormwater control, spill prevention and emergency preparedness.
“We are pleased to be chosen as part of Florida’s Clean Marina Program. Our company is very concerned about the environment and we are proud to take part in helping to keep the waterway clean,” said Thomas Bizzell, owner of Holiday Harbor.
Florida has more than 1 million registered motorized vessels and more than 2,000 marinas - the largest number of marine facilities in the country. Drawing millions of visitors each year, Florida’s clear waters, world-class beaches and coral reefs support a $60.8 billion tourism industry, an $18.9 billion boating industry and a fishing industry that injects more than $7.5 billion a year into Florida’s communities. Protecting Florida’s waterways is essential to the health of the state’s environment and economy.
“Holiday Harbor Marina has come a long way since its early days in the 1980s,” says John H. Naybor, Chairman, Clean Boating Partnership. “It is now a top-notch modern facility which represents all that the Clean Marina program stands for. We are proud to welcome Holiday Harbor into the Clean Marina family of Florida marinas.”