Bridge Marina Named National “Marina of the Year” for Second Year in a Row

April 4, 2012

Cited for Outstanding Customer Service and Environmental StewardshipBridge Marina - Marina of the Year

For the second year in a row, Bridge Marina received national recognition at the annual International Marina and Boatyard Conference in Orlando, Fla., this time winning ValvTect Petroleum’s 2011 Marina of the Year award.

The ValvTect Marina of the Year Award is presented annually by ValvTect Petroleum, leading supplier of marine fuels, to a ValvTect Certified Marina for outstanding operation, total commitment to customer service and environmental stewardship.  Bridge Marina is one of nearly 600 ValvTect Certified Marinas across the U.S. and the Caribbean that provide ValvTect Marine Gasoline, specially-formulated for marine engines to prevent fuel related problems from ethanol blended gasoline.

This is the second year in a row that Bridge Marina has earned national recognition for its efforts; last year, Bridge Marina earned Marina Dock Age magazine’s “Marina of the Year” award in recognition of its innovative business practices and environmental protection efforts.

“We are proud to award the prestigious ValvTect Marina of the Year Award to Bridge Marina, which exemplifies the high standards of the Certified ValvTect Marina program for outstanding customer service, environmental stewardship and commitment to their community," said Jerry Nessenson, President of ValvTect Petroleum.

“We are pleased to be recognized with another national award for the services we provide to boaters and the community,” said Ray Fernandez, the third-generation family operator of Bridge Marina.

Environmental stewardship is one value that has earned Bridge Marina national recognition for the second year in a row.  As the state’s only freshwater Clean Marina, Bridge Marina has implemented practices that control pollution, enhance the surrounding environment and encourage responsible boating practices.  For example, Bridge Marina recycles all waste fluids and materials, has designed its service department to limit potential spills or exposures of waste fluids, and has installed the lake’s only waste wash water treatment system to avoid contaminated water from entering the environment.

Exceptional customer service has also warranted Bridge Marina its national attention. “We truly focus on the customer experience,” said Fernandez.  “Many businesses can sell a boat, turn a wrench or rent a slip; we believe that providing an incredible experience and great product results in a truly positive experience for the boater.  And this is what sets us apart.” To ensure patrons get that and more, Fernandez employs a well-trained staff that is committed to providing exceptional customer service down to the very smallest details. 

Bridge Marina will launch its 2012 boating in April.

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