April 21, 2023

Think Blue, Keep It Green

April is a month dedicated to celebrating our planet and its natural wonders. Let's take a moment to recognize the importance of Earth Day, April 22, and our efforts at the Town of Palm Beach Marina to be environmentally conscious. Our commitment to sustainability and protecting the oceans, especially our Florida’s waterways, is a year-round mission. 

We are proud to be a member of the Clean Marina Program, which is a voluntary initiative that encourages marinas to adopt best practices for protecting the environment. We've worked closely with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to implement their recommended clean guidelines, which include everything from waste management to pollution prevention to water and energy conservation. Keep reading to learn more about how we maintain our Clean Marina status. 

In Case of Emergency, We Are "Knot" Unprepared:

Our Town of Palm Beach Marina is always prepared with a spill containment kit and clear signage throughout the area indicating who to contact in case of a spill or other environmental emergencies such as hurricanes and fires. We also have a first responder team who can quickly arrive by boat or truck to provide immediate assistance.

Netting a Cleaner Marina: Our Staff Takes Debris Removal Seriously:

We understand the importance of keeping our facility’s water clean and free of debris. Whether it's fallen leaves, plastic bottles or other waste, our staff can quickly remove it using our specialized nets. This not only keeps our Marina looking clean and pristine, but it also helps to protect marine life and prevent water pollution.

Paint and Grind? We're Refined: 

While we understand the importance of maintenance and upkeep for vessels, we also recognize that products, paints, and other materials used in these processes can have a negative impact on the environment. That's why we've taken steps to limit certain activities, such as painting and grinding, that can result in contamination of the air, soil, surface waters and bottom sediments. 

Clean Seas Ahead: Our Marina Says Goodbye to Used Oil and Filters:

Motor oil and filters can be harmful to the environment if they are not disposed of properly. They both contain harmful contaminants like heavy metals, chemicals and other harmful substances. Therefore, we have made a decision to no longer accept used motor oil or filters at our Marina. 

The Clean Marina Program has helped provide our facility with guidance and education on best management practices that reduce pollution and protect Florida's waterways. “We take pride in our Marina's beauty and strive to ensure that it, and our oceans, remain pristine for generations to come,” says Mike Horn, Town of Palm Beach Marina Manager. “Our dedicated staff works diligently to maintain our Clean Marina status. We believe being proactive and prepared is the best way to minimize our environmental impact.”

Of course, being eco-friendly doesn't mean sacrificing luxury and sophistication. From the moment you dock your vessel, you'll be greeted with unparalleled service, a range of first-class amenities and state-of-the-art facilities. Our Marina is truly in a league of its own – it's a premier location for boat enthusiasts and residents who demand the best. So next time you're planning a trip, think blue but keep it green by choosing the Town of Palm Beach Marina. Happy Earth Day! 

For general inquiries about long-term dockage, storage and other services, visit TownofPalmBeachMarina.com. For more information on the project or for slip lease information, contact Marina Manager Mike Horn at dockmaster@townofpalmbeach.com or by calling 561-838-5463.

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