FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2012
DEP NORTHEAST DISTRICT AND FLORIDA MARINE CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION HOLD MINI-EXPO
~Product fair focused on sustainable waterfront development~
JACKSONVILLE - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Northeast District and the Florida Marine Contractor’s Association (FMCA) today co-hosted a free product fair which focused on sustainable waterfront development in Northeast Florida. The agenda included environmentally friendly alternative product displays and demonstrations, in addition to discussions by state and federal regulatory specialists, stakeholders and industry representatives from several states.
“Today’s mini-Expo provided participants with an opportunity to learn about environmentally sustainable solutions for waterfront development in Northeast Florida,” said DEP Northeast District Director Greg Strong. “A first-of-its-kind for the DEP Northeast District’s Environmental Resources Program, this product fair brought together industry specialists and representatives who share a common goal – the protection of our natural resources.”
The product fair was attended by 31 representatives of the marine industry and operators and owners of marinas and waterfront property. Demonstrations included innovative solutions and environmentally safe products that can help support sustainable waterfront development.
“The Florida Marine Contractor’s Association is proud to work with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to promote environmentally safe products and procedures,” said FMCA 2nd Vice President/Treasurer Kelly White. “We strongly value the DEP including us as a stakeholder in this endeavor. The FMCA has campaigned on these issues in the past and we welcome DEP’s efforts to further the cause and increase public awareness. The FMCA stands behind its motto – “If sound science supports it, so do we!”
Sustainable initiatives assist Florida industry and citizens in protecting the environment. The mini-Expo educated marine contactors on ways to navigate the regulatory process, share best management practices, and meet their clients’ needs while including environmentally sustainable design, materials and construction methods in their projects.