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Alabama boatyard wins environmental award

Saunders Yachtworks' new boatyard in Gulf Shores, Ala., is receiving environmental accolades even before it has hauled the first boat.

White-Spunner Construction and the entire construction team were recognized by the Partners for Environmental Progress with an Environmental Stewardship award for their impact on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Partners for Environmental Progress is a non-profit organization that provides an opportunity for individuals and companies to join with others in promoting the need for business growth while enhancing the environment and quality of life. The group presented the award last week to White-Spunner, Saunders Yachtworks, and Clark, Geer, Latham & Associates at the 8th annual PEP Environmental Stewardship Awards ceremony.

“We worked diligently with White-Spunner; Clark, Geer, Latham & Associates; and the city of Gulf Shores to plan and execute our boatyard project,” Saunders president and CEO John Fitzgerald said. “We believe the construction period is just the beginning of the positive impact on the local economy, and our commitment is to hold ourselves to high environmental standards.”

The 14-acre site includes a 15,000-square-foot headquarters building with administrative offices, a service shop and a warehouse; a 3.5-acre service and transient basin; and a dock shop to support below-waterline hardware service and equipment storage. Additionally, a fully enclosed works building for indoor projects is under way and will be complete by September. Six acres remain available for future expansion and development.

The Saunders family has been in the marine service business since 1959 and has operated Yachtworks at Orange Beach Marina since 1995.

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