Harbour Towne Marina

Harbour Towne Marina

Harbour Towne Marina is located on Dania, Florida, on Muskegon Lake, just south of the channel connecting Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan. Immediate neighbors are the Harbour Towne Condominiums, Harbour Towne Yacht Club, and Docker’s Fishouse and Lounge. This marina invested in a wash-down filtration system and relocated its hull-cleaning area for environmental compliance. [http://oaspub.epa.gov/enviro/pcs_det_reports.pcs_tst?npvalue=1&npvalue=2&npvalue=3&npvalue=4&npvalue=5&rvalue=12&npvalue=6&npvalue=7&npvalue=9&npvalue=10&npvalue=11&npdesid=FLR05F345 U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY - Detailed Reports ] Retrieved 12-08-2008]

Harbour Towne Marina is a full-service marina with 243 slips, 365 racks in two large buildings, and 35 dry-land spaces for boats. It operated at 100% of capacity in the 1995 boating season and has 35 full-time employees year-round. Of the boats kept in slips, only five are liveaboards. Ninety-five percent of the boats kept in the marina are powerboats. The boats range in size from under 21 feet up to 80 feet; the average sizes are 45 feet in slips and 24 feet in racks. The largest boat is a 200-foot LOA commercial gambling ship that takes daily cruises offshore.

Within a 2-mile radius there are eight other marinas and five boat/shipyards, all servicing an estimated population of 4,000+ recreational vessels. While South Florida has year-round boating weather, the peak season starts in October and runs through April. [http://www.epa.gov/OWOW/NPS/marinas/ch14.html Polluted Runoff (Nonpoint Source Pollution) Harbour Towne Marina] Retrieved 12-08-2008]


Among the services available to boaters are transient dockage, launch/haulout, boat rentals, charter boats, new and used boat sales, retail store, fuel dock, pumpout, laundry, food and beverage, and repair services for fiberglass, hulls, engines, sails, rigging, paint, canvas, electronics, and welding. Westrec does all boat hauling and launching with a travel lift and forklifts. Harbour Towne is the international headquarters of Club Nautico, a small boat rental franchise business. A newly renovated dockside restaurant helps make Harbour Towne a fine marina. [http://www.epa.gov/OWOW/NPS/marinas/ch14.html Polluted Runoff (Nonpoint Source Pollution) Harbour Towne Marina - Services] Retrieved 12-08-2008]

Management measures

Harbour Towne Marina complies with the marina management measures for storm water runoff control and solid waste, as well as shoreline stabilization, fueling station design, sewage facility, maintenance of sewage facilities, fish waste, liquid materials, petroleum control, boat cleaning, and public education. [http://www.epa.gov/OWOW/NPS/marinas/ch14.html Polluted Runoff (Nonpoint Source Pollution) Harbour Towne Marina] Retrieved 12-08-2008]

Environmental improvements

Broward County required Harbour Towne Marina, particularly the boat wash-down area within the working boatyard, to comply with its best management practices or to close down that part of the business. To reduce the chance of spray and bottom debris reaching the marine waters, the washing pad was relocated 100 feet inland from the travel lift well used for haulouts. When the new pad and filtration system were being built, an unanticipated abandoned foundation had to be removed, and a storm water drain tie-in was built . Westrec installed a Nova Chem wastewater filtration system to clean the power wash water sufficiently to meet the county's gray water standards for discharge into the municipal sewer system.

The fuel and pumpout dock were recently modernized, and extra fire and spill control equipment was added. Boaters are required to have oil absorption pads in the bilge. Hand washing of vessels is permitted in slips only if biodegradable soap is used in minimal amounts. [http://www.epa.gov/OWOW/NPS/marinas/ch14.html Polluted Runoff (Nonpoint Source Pollution) Harbour Towne Marina - Environmental improvements] Retrieved 12-08-2008]


External links

* http://www.htownemarina.com/ Official Site - Harbour Towne Marina

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