Mitchell Creek Marina recognized by Coast Guard for boating safety, environmentalism
Mitchell Creek Marina was recently recognized by the district U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for their efforts in recreational boating safety and environmental protection.
“This is special recognition for one of our most valuable and effective recreational boating safety partners,” said Phil Mammano, operational specialist of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-05 in Nashville.
Mammon and two colleagues presented a special plaque to Mitchell Creek Marina owner April Patterson in September, in “recognition of their commitment to excellence in boating safety and environmental protection.”
“From the day she took over at Mitchell Creek Marina, Patterson leaned forward into promoting recreational boating safety and environmental stewardship of our precious natural resources,” Mammano said.
Mitchell Creek has also been recognized as a Clean Marina by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“They inform boaters about the prevention of oil, plastic and sewage pollution, as well as providing educational literature in their storefront,” Mammano said.
“They have hosted us many times for vessel safety checks, public affairs programs, public education and operational patrols over the past decade,” he said. “The marina has fostered a safe and family-friendly lake resort and has been there to assist us with our missions whenever we are at Dale Hollow Lake. We are very proud to have their friendship and gracious support.
“Mitchell Creek Marina has demonstrated exceptional support of the statutory missions of the United States Coast Guard in terms of boating safety and the marine environment,” Mammano said.
“We’re very grateful to be recognized by the Coast Guard Auxiliary in this way,” Patterson said. “We strive to support safe boating practices and to be a part of keeping our environment at Dale Hollow Lake as clean and sustainable as possible.”
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-04, through the efforts of all-volunteer, uniformed civilian members, conducts safety patrols on Cheatham, Cordell Hull, Old Hickory, Percy Priest, Center Hill and Dale Hollow lakes, as well as a significant portion of upper Lake Barkley. The group also conducts patrols on the Cumberland River.
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was established by Congress in 1939, to assist the Coast Guard in promoting boating safety. It has nearly 33,000 members from all walks of life, who receive special training to be a functional part of Team Coast Guard.
COAST GUARD RECOGNITION – Mitchell Creek Marina in September was recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-04 of Nashville for its promotion of boating safety and the environment. On hand for the presentation were (l-r) Rosemary Halldorsson, Operational Specialist of Flotilla 11-04; Mitchell Creek owner April Patterson; Phil Mammano, Operational Specialist; and Buell Noteboom, Division Staff Officer. (Photo submitted)