Much of Florida is defined by water. With coastline on three sides, 50,000 miles of rivers, streams and the huge Everglades National Park, Floridians depend on water more than any other natural resource. The continued success of Florida’s tourism, boating and fishing industries are reliant on clean waterways and coastline. Since 2000, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has encouraged clean boating through the development of the following designation programs: Clean Marina, Clean Boatyard, Clean Marine Retailer, Clean Boater & the Clean Vessel Act, which recognize facilities engaging in environmentally friendly practices, above and beyond regulatory requirements in and around Florida’s waterways.
Here at Lookout Lodge, we have long understood the importance of taking care of our beautiful ocean for generations to come. That is why we were the first Florida Keys Resort with a Clean Marina on Islamorada! We were the only ones for
quite some time, but a few of our neighbors are starting to catch up with the trend!
What is a Clean Marina?
According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, The Florida Clean Marina Program is “a voluntary designation program with a proactive approach to environmental stewardship. Participants receive assistance in implementing Best Management Practices through on-site and distance technical assistance, mentoring by other Clean Marinas and continuing education. To become designated as a Clean Marina, facilities must implement a set of environmental measures designed to protect Florida’s waterways. These measures address critical environmental issues such as sensitive habitat, waste management, stormwater control, spill prevention and emergency preparedness. Designated facilities and those facilities seeking designation receive ongoing technical support from the Florida Clean Marina Program and the Clean Boating Partnership.”
So when you are planning your trip to the keys, think about what kind of environmental practices you want to support with your tourist dollar. We are also a pet friendly resort in Florida, so we hope to accommodate all your needs here at Lookout Lodge! See you soon!