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General Manager of Crosswater Yacht Club and Hurst Harbor Marina Roland Adams (center) accepts the awards for 2014 Texas Marina of the Year and 2014 Texas Clean Marina of the Year from Marina of the Year Committee Chair Ken Criswell (left) and Marinas of Texas President of the Board Jason Cottingame.
General Manager of Crosswater Yacht Club and Hurst Harbor Marina Roland Adams (center) accepts the awards for 2014 Texas Marina of the Year and 2014 Texas Clean Marina of the Year from Marina of the Year Committee Chair Ken Criswell (left) and Marinas of Texas President of the Board Jason Cottingame.

Crosswater Yacht Club “Cleans Up” with Three Awards

Crosswater Yacht Club “Cleans Up” with Three Awards at 2014 Annual Marinas of Texas Conference

Suntex Marinas, the Dallas-based owner and operator of premier marina properties in the U.S. and Caribbean, is proud to announce that Crosswater Yacht Club (CYC) received three prestigious honors at the 42nd Annual Marinas of Texas Conference held from September 28 to October 2 in Clear Lake, Texas. A family-oriented, full-service facility on Lake Travis in Lakeway, Texas, CYC was recognized for:

  • 2014 Texas Marina of the Year
  • 2014 Texas Clean Marina of the Year
  • 2014 Best Environmental Education Campaign

“The [Marina Association of Texas] selection committee had been touring the property over the past month and was impressed with the design and functionality of the marina,” explained Roland Adams, General Manager of CYC and its sister facility, Hurst Harbor Marina. “Based on the graded criteria, our marina rose to the top and won!”

The criteria for becoming a Texas Clean Marina includes the marina owner/operator taking a pledge to help keep Texas waterways clean, completing a self-evaluation to determine facility strengths and weaknesses, implementing improvements and reaching a level of competencies, and an on-site evaluation by a Clean Marina consultant. When a facility meets all established goals, it receives its designation. The program is strictly voluntary but shows that a marina cares about clean water.

To be awarded Best Environmental Education Campaign, CYC first had to be confirmed as a Texas Clean Marina and then had to submit an application based on an event that 1) represents the theme of the National Clean Boating Campaign — “Boating is good clean fun. Let’s keep it that way,” 2) represents a positive approach to helping boaters appreciate the value of clean water and provides an environmental message, 3) focuses on clean boating practices that work and are affordable, and 4) is fun while providing boaters clean habits.

CYC’s winning event was a Clean Boater Pledge Drive hosted last May in cooperation with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas A&M Sea Grant Program. Here, attendees could register as “clean boaters” and have their marine sanitation devices checked and certified. In all, some 125 people attended the event, which also included a picnic with hot dogs and hamburgers. The drive resulted in 80 clean boater pledges and 33 registrations for sanitation devices.

“Many clients were not aware of either program and indulged us in learning why clean boating is so important and that not having their marina sanitation device certified could result in fines,” said Adams. “In addition, our staff has now received the proper education on clean boating. We enjoyed the process of educating our staff and our clients, who will some day be educating others. In my opinion, the legacy of this type of education is the most important factor.”

CYC is the first property built from the ground up exclusively for Suntex Marinas. Since its opening in May 2013, the marina has been dedicated to providing outstanding personal service to boaters and safe, fun, memorable experiences to its customers. Fittingly, testimonials also played a large part in the criteria to be chosen as a Texas Clean Marina and Texas Marina of the Year.

“It has been such a great year, and most of the credit goes to the best boaters ever,” said Adams. “Our staff truly appreciates our customers and will continue to strive to raise the bar and maintain the high level of service and the active marina lifestyle that has been so enjoyable. I’d especially like to thank everyone that took the time to write a testimonial. Your kind words, no doubt, played a heavy role in telling the committee that CYC is the place to be on Lake Travis.”

About Crosswater Yacht Club
Crosswater Yacht Club (CYC) is located in Lakeway, Texas, along the south shore of Lake Travis. It is approximately 10 miles west of Austin and just northwest of the Suntex Marinas property, Hurst Harbor Marina. CYC features 247 wet slips and can accommodate vessels up to 100 feet in length. Amenities include a ship’s store with fuel dock, golf cart access to the docks, an integrated wave attenuator, a paved 125-space parking lot, entry gates and a large common deck area for an unmistakable “club” feel. Many slips also have private patios. www.crosswateryachtclub.com

About Suntex Marinas
Suntex Marinas is a Dallas-based owner and operator of marina properties across the U.S. and in the Caribbean. It currently owns and operates a portfolio of 20 marinas and manages two additional marinas. The tools and principles that rank Suntex Marinas among the best in the marina industry include: superior customer service, experienced marina managers and staff, conscious contributions to marina communities and general enthusiasm for creating memorable experiences on the water. The Suntex vision is to be the preeminent resort marina company in the world, and it is actively seeking premier marinas around the world for acquisition. www.suntexmarinas.com

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