Blue Flag Awarded to 4 Public Beaches
SAN JUAN – Sports and Recreation Secretary Ramón E. Orta lauded the annual re-certification of four of the department’s public beaches as Blue Flag, by the Organization of for Sustainable Environment (OPAS by its acronym in Spanish) and the Blue Flag program in Puerto Rico. The four beaches are Punta Salinas in Toa Baja, Seven Seas in Fajardo, La Monserrate in Luquillo and Sun Bay in Vieques
“We are satisfied to hold this important ecological award in four of the most visited public beaches in Puerto Rico,” Orta said. “We are thankful for our fellow workers at these beaches for their work and dedication in making possible the achievement of this re-certification one more year, and OPAS for their support.”
The Blue Flag award is a designation from Copenhagen, Denmark-based Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) program, which each year is given to beaches and marinas that fulfill the highest parameters of quality in terms of water, public infrastructure and safety, and environmental management, among others. The stringent environmental, educational, safety related and access-related criteria must be met and maintained.
In Puerto Rico, it is managed by OPAS as the sole representatives of FEE on the island. The Sports and Recreation Department manages beaches, parks and vacation centers throughout Puerto Rico through its National Parks Program.