Michigan Clean Marinas celebrate National Marina Day
Two Michigan Clean Marinas hosted National Marina Day celebrations in Southeast Michigan.
National Marina Day, which was created in 2001, is celebrated on the second Saturday of June every year in an effort to showcase the marina lifestyle to community members who live near marinas. Two marinas in Southeast Michigan, Belle Maer Harbor and Sundog Marina (both in Harrison Township) held successful Marina Day activities. Belle Maer Harbor hosted courtesy vessel safety checks conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, provided a bounce house and fishing contest for kids, had live music and a barbecue dinner. Sundog Marina also had a barbecue, and ceremoniously raised their Michigan Clean Marina Flag that they received when they were certified as the most recent Michigan Clean Marina in December 2012.
Participation in National Marina Day by two Michigan Clean Marinas in Southeast Michigan exemplifies the triple bottom line of services that marinas provide to Michigan. Marinas not only provide recreational opportunities to society, but contribute to the $3.9 billion annual economic impact boating provides to Michigan. Michigan Clean Marinas also understand how adopting environmentally-sound practices can protect habitat and reduce water pollution, which feeds back into increased recreational opportunities.