Marinas receive state recognition for keeping waterways clean
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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Pleasure Island is going green, one marina at a time. Three in Carolina Beach recently received the state's 'Clean Marina' distinction.

"We knew it was a must, because it's a natural resource, and without the proper care from our citizens, we're going to lose that resource, and I surely didn't want to be a part of that,” said Randy Simon, owner of Marine Management Support Services and dockmaster at Federal Point Yacht Club.

Simon is surely not part of that. He’s part of an effort to clean up our waterways. In fact, all three of the facilities he manages are now part of North Carolina's 'Clean Marina Program.' Becoming a ‘Clean Marina’ means you've got to go above and beyond regulations to keep the water clean.

"Our harbor here, which is Myrtle Grove Sound is such a vital aspect of our environment, our town,” Simon said. “We're based on tourism."

Visitors and residents alike agree a green marina is the way to go.

"It's a great thing,” said John Clark, who keeps his boat at Federal Point Yacht Club. “We've been on the water now for quite a long time, 18 or 20 years with my wife. We always are professing that you've got to keep the water clean. Whatever you bring into the water, you've got to bring out of it."

Simon agrees that boater education is key, but he says the storm-water drains, which pick up and dump pollutants like pet waste, pesticides and fertilizers into the harbor are the main issue.

"We're monitoring them really closely and trying to figure out ways that we can filter the water before it enters our harbor,” Simon said. “That has never been done before. It's a great undertaking. It costs a lot of money, and it's not going to be changed overnight."

Simon is proud to say that all three of his marinas are 'clean.' Federal Point Yacht Club, Mona Black Marina and Harbor Oaks Boataminium are three of the less than 30 marinas in the state to be able to fly the ‘Clean Marina’ flag.

The Town of Carolina Beach recently chose Simon to oversee its new mooring field. He hopes to get that to official 'clean' status soon.

More information on the Clean Marina Program, including a checklist can be found here.

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I applaud the dockmaster for his work but there's still a great deal of work & education to be done. I was cleaning a boat near the marina where the head boats & charter boats are docked 3wks ago & noticed a great stream of fuel floating by in the canal from their direction. Please pay attention to fuel spills. When I worked on a commercial fishing boat we kept a 20gl trashcan to deposit trash we pulled up from the waterways. We were emptying it almost daily. Wouldn't it be great if all boats did the same even the police boat. That would be a great education about the amount of trash people toss-out of sight out of mind. Please quit tossing cig butts in to the water also-nasty habit.