FORT MYERS, FL — Legacy Harbour Marina has been awarded a distinction for its marine and environmental practices. The marina, located at 2044 W First St. in Fort Myers, recently received the Clean and Resilient Marina designation in Southwest Florida by the Department of Environmental Protection and the Clean Boating Partnership.
This designation is in addition to the marina’s Clean Marina designation it has maintained for the past 10 years. To celebrate this, the marina is hosting an event to recognize that decade-long distinction and the addition of the Resiliency portion to be held on April 22nd (Earth Day) at 11:30 a.m. at the marina site.
The Resilient Marina Program, introduced in 2013 by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), builds on Clean Marina practices already in place and provides additional recommendations to strengthen local marinas’ ability to withstand natural and man-made disasters.
Legacy Harbour’s Harbourmaster, Eric Ravenschlag, is pleased with the new designation bestowed upon Legacy Harbour. “We’ve had a Clean Marina designation for over 10 years, so it’s nice to have the added recognition for our efforts. I would also like to recognize the boaters for their efforts in recycling, pumpout procedures and being stewards of the environment. We are proud to make this a great place for boaters to call their home port.”
The DEP added the resiliency part of the Clean and Resilient program with the April 20, 2010 explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, also known as the BP oil disaster. That major spill impacted the entire Gulf of Mexico and caused more marinas and DEP agencies in those Gulf Coast states to have a sustained plan in place.
“Unforeseen crises can really threaten our way of life in this part of the country and we have a vested and moral interest in keeping our environment safe,” said Ravenschlag. “It sounds like common sense but you’d be surprised how uncommon it can be,” he added.
Legacy Harbour Marina is a 131-slip marina featuring state-of-the-art floating docks that accommodate boats up to 140 feet. Surrounded by one of the largest ‘floating breakwaters’ on the Gulf of Mexico, its open layout and large fairways make its slips easily accessible to almost any size craft. Situated just east of Marker 49 on the Okeechobee Waterway, its central location along the Caloosahatchee River makes it the ideal spot for stopovers or extended stays.
For more information, visit www.legacyharbourmarina.com.