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~Astor Bridge Marina becomes 256th clean marina in the state, 14th in Volusia County~

Astor Bridge

ASTOR – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Clean Marina Program is proud to designate Astor Bridge Marina as DEP’s 256th clean marina in the state, the 45th in the Central District, and the 14th in Volusia County. Astor Bridge Marina is being recognized for its commitment to environmental stewardship and implementation of best management practices, including a pumpout service for boaters. Astor Bridge Marina is unique in that it sits on the shores of the St. Johns River, and recent renovations allow more than 60 deep-water cruisers and houseboats to dock in a protected lagoon.
“We’re very proud of Astor Bridge Marina and appreciate their efforts to become Florida’s newest Clean Marina,” said DEP Central District Director Jeff Prather. “Achieving this designation provides more protection for Florida’s waterways and sets them apart as a leader within their industry.”
The Clean Marina Program recognizes marinas, boatyards and retailers for their commitment to the protection of Florida’s waterways and natural resources. In addition to Clean Marinas, the program consists of 38 Clean Boatyards and 17 Clean Retailers as of August 31, 2012.
“Astor Bridge Marina is proud to be awarded the Clean Marina designation in a program that is instrumental to the future of Florida,” said Hugh Upton, Managing Partner of the marina. “We received this certification with the invaluable assistance and support of our staff and boaters who have enthusiastically embraced the environmentally-friendly practices we have put into place.”
Florida’s Clean Marina Program awards designated marinas with increased exposure as a good environmental facility, assistance for installing pumpout facilities, as well as access to technical assistance from the Florida Sea Grant, United States Coast Guard Program (USCG), USCG Sea Partners, USCG Auxiliary, Marina Mentors from other designated Clean Marinas, the Clean Boating Partnership and staff from the Florida Clean Marina Program before, during and after the designation process and more.
There are seven steps to designation, which are verified in a confirmation visit from a team of Florida Clean Marina Program and Clean Boating Partnership representatives once criteria have been met. 
Established in 2000, The Florida Clean Marina Program is a voluntary, non regulatory program that acknowledges and reward environmentally-conscious marine facilities..