In October 2007 we constructed an artificial reef to provide a habitat for sea life, create a calmer swimming area for guests, and save palm trees by preventing beach erosion. As a result, more than 15 feet of beach has reappeared.
When a lethal yellowing disease spread throughout the Caribbean causing mature palm trees to lose their fronds, the team sprung to action to save the palm trees guests have grown to love and expect on a tropical island such as Nevis. Every 3 months, the resort treats its palm trees with antibiotic injections. In celebration for each wedding held at the resort, our resort plants a coconut palm in the propertyís Avenue of Palms in the coupleís name.
Each year, the resort organizes a hands-on Earth Day beach clean up. Resort staff and children from a local school clean up the beach in front of and surrounding the resortís property.
In 2009, the islandís Marine Biology Sea Camp for children was going to be discontinued. (The government was unable to continue funding it due to the recent economic downturn.) A resort guest had spoken to Jamie about wanting to do something for the island and the environment. Jamie spoke to the guest about this program, and the guest underwrote the program Ė funding 25 children to go through the week-long environmental education camp. The children learn about the importance of the local eco system (plants, ocean, wildlife) and its role in the islandís livelihood.
For several years, our beach club has sponsored the local school next door to the property. The resort puts up a box at the front office and the airport asking guests to leave behind any local currency (EC) to donate to the school. In addition, the resort encourages guests to donate school books. Guests can send them to the resortís Florida address and the resort pays for the books to be imported onto the island.
Notes to guests about conserving water (sign about re-using towels). We change our guest sheets every other day (unless guest requests otherwise).
We use compact fluorescent light bulbs on property. Introduced rechargeable electric candles that replace the purchase of candles, do not have any emissions and eliminate the need to buy oil for the lanterns.
We recycle all that we can on the island (glass bottles, etc Ė island doesnít recycle aluminum currently).
We also catch and take stray cats on property to the vet to be spayed and neutered.
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