DAYTONA BEACH AQUA SAFARI EARNS DEP'S CLEAN MARINA DISTINCTION

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2013

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DAYTONA BEACH AQUA SAFARI EARNS DEP'S CLEAN MARINA DISTINCTION

~Marina named 17th Clean Marina in Volusia County~

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DEP Central District Director Jeff Prather (far right) presents Daytona Beach Aqua Safari staff with a Clean Marina flag Monday.

PONCE INLET The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Clean Marina Program is proud to designate Daytona Beach Aqua Safari as Florida Clean Marina, the 17th in Volusia County. The marina has demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship through implementing best management practices at its facility nestled in a small nook in Ponce Inlet, south of Daytona Beach.

"The efforts made by Daytona Beach Aqua Safari set them apart from the majority of marinas in the state,” said the Department's Central District Director Jeff Prather. “We’re always proud when another marina chooses to join the exclusive group of environmental stewards implementing practices to help maintain Florida’s resources for future generations.”

The Clean Marina Program recognizes marinas, boatyards and retailers for a commitment to the protection of Florida’s waterways and natural resources. Throughout the state, there are 270 Clean Marinas, as well as 40 Clean Boatyards and 17 Clean Retailers.

“We at Daytona Beach Aqua Safari are so happy to be the newest addition to the Clean Marina family,” said marina owner Matthew Dvorak. “We strive very hard to maintain the future of the working waterfront by practicing Clean Marina guidelines, and we hope to see more water sport facilities follow our lead and become Clean Marinas.”

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 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.