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Conservation award

for Old Bahama Bay

Old Bahama Bay, a residential and marina community, received the Blue Flag award from the Foundation for Environmental Education during an award ceremony at the Marina at Old Bahama Bay Feb. 5.

FEE is a non-profit, non-governmental international organization consisting of members from 30 countries. The Blue Flag certification program is an eco-label awarded to beaches and marinas that have met strict criteria concerning water quality, environmental education, environmental management, and safety and service. The program was created in 1987 as an educational program to work toward sustainable development at beaches and marinas. The success of the campaign led the FEE to expand as a global organization, and in 2004 2,333 beaches and 605 marinas were awarded the Blue Flag.

As the first official port of entry to the island, Old Bahama Bay is one of the first marinas in the Caribbean to receive the environmental accolade. “The Blue Flag recognizes that Old Bahama Bay is doing all that it can to ensure that our beaches and marinas are kept environmentally safe,” said Peter Watson, dockmaster for the marina, who spearheaded the certification program for Old Bahama Bay.

Florida kids vie

for the perfect cast

The Bassmaster Casting Kids competition took place Jan. 22 at the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Dania, Fla. The event teaches children ages 7 to 14 to flip, pitch and cast.

There were two age categories, and the top angler for each group was given a rod and reel so they could practice for the state championship.

The event was coordinated by members of the Broward County Boys & Girls Clubs Davie Board; over 100 children attended.

The winners advancing to the state championship are Kyle Preston, 13, Pompano Beach; Alec Beranacett, 9, Davie; Wayne Brutton, 14, Fort Lauderdale; and Brett Molzen, 8, Davie.

Lauderdale boatyard

staggered, still standing

Like a cat with nine lives, Fort Lauderdale’s Dry Marina is still in business and expects to remain in business into the fall, and possibly longer after reaching agreement with its Port Everglades landlord.

“We were supposed to be out Feb. 12, 2004,” said Arlene Brochu, who helps manage the family-owned small-boat marina in the city’s port.

The port has been trying to shut down Dry Marina for five years, ostensibly to make way for a bridge over the FP&L discharge canal where the marina is located, and for new offices for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation marine unit that operates out of the port.

Brochu says she reached a settlement with the port in December for the marina to stay at least through September, possibly longer, depending on when — and if — the port decides to begin building.

The 300-slip dry-stack marina is one of the only dry stacks in the county that accommodates boats up to 33 feet with T-tops.

Several marinas and boatyards have closed recently in Fort Lauderdale, causing concern about a growing shortage of slips and repair yards.

“We still have no place for my boats to go,” she said.

Brochu has been pressing the county to let the marina stay where it is until the port makes a decision to actually begin building.

“Most people think we’re closed,” Brochu said. “We’re not.”

Joe Jerkesy and his family have leased the marina space in Port Everglades for more than 30 years. Dry Marina is less than a quarter-mile from the cut from the Intracoastal Waterway to the ocean.