The City of St. Cloud received the Clean Marina Award April 8 during a brief ceremony at the Marina Building. Representatives from Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) presented the award to the Parks and Recreation staff. St. Cloud’s marina is the 227th in the state of Florida, the 38th in the Central District area, and the first in Osceola County to achieve this designation.
“This award emphasizes our efforts in keeping our city safe, clean, and environmentally friendly” said Parks and Recreation Interim Director Stephanie Holtkamp. “The preservation of our natural environment is very important to us all. As a municipality, we implement several environmental measures that are designed to protect our waterways and habitat. We provide waste management and stormwater control, and we prepare for emergency situations that may arise. We look forward to our association with the Florida Clean Marina Program and we thank FDEP for this recognition.”
The Florida Clean Marina Program is a voluntary designation program with a proactive approach to environmental stewardship. Several of these programs are designed to help bring awareness to marine facilities and boaters regarding environmentally friendly practices intended to protect and preserve Florida’s natural environment. Marinas, boatyards, and marine retailers receive clean designations by demonstrating a commitment to implement and maintain a host of best management practices.