Posted: March 8, 2017
BRADENTON BEACH, Fla. (March 6, 2017) – Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club is proud to announce their partnership with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring to advance the mission of a suitable habitat for sea turtles, shorebirds and the ecosystem of the island and its surrounding waters. Slated to open this May, Mainsail Lodging & Development’s newest property – Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club – will incorporate special programs, promotions and messaging to advance the mission of the local organization.
In addition to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch’s current outreach efforts, the community partnership with Waterline will include on-property “Turtle Talks” led by volunteers, daily “Turtle Walks” during nesting season and guestroom collateral with eco-friendly communications. The resort will also provide volunteer hours for their staff when opportunities arise. Waterline’s sister property, Mainsail Beach Inn, has been recognized by Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch as a valued partner for consistently practicing “Turtle Safety 101,” while underscoring the importance of these best practices to its guests.
“We are honored to be the official community partner for Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring,” Sandy Zinck, general manager of Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club. “Mainsail is passionate about the incredible eco-system on this unique island and we are thrilled to help educate our guests and visitors about the Turtle Watch program and its importance to the community and the world.”
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring is a grassroots organization supported financially by Manatee County and the more than 90 volunteers who work tirelessly for sea turtle conservation. Since 1990, Suzi Fox, Executive Director of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring, has made it her life’s mission to ensure the sea turtles and shorebirds of Manatee County are protected and preserved.
“We’re excited to be working with a group so dedicated to making their waterfront properties friendly for our sea turtles and shorebirds,” said Fox. “We are always looking for additional ways to educate visitors and residents about the island’s habitat and this partnership is a perfect match.”
About Mainsail Lodging & Development LLC
Mainsail Lodging & Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. Their properties include Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (ScrubIsland.com), a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands and member of Autograph Collection® of Marriott International; Mainsail Beach Inn (MainsailBeachInn.com), a boutique beachfront hotel on Anna Maria Island, Florida; and the boutique food-focused Epicurean Hotel (EpicureanHotel.com) in Tampa, Florida. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the Southeast, exclusively managing the Florida market for Oakwood Worldwide® under both its ExecuStay® (ExecuStay.com) and Oakwood® (Oakwood.com) brands, while also operating ExecuStay in Georgia, portions of Alabama, and The Carolinas. Mainsail is developing their fourth hotel, Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club on Anna Maria Island, Florida, which is under construction and slated to open May 2017. Mainsail Lodging’s corporate charity is Feeding Tampa Bay – the largest food rescue and distribution organization in the community. Mainsail actively supports the cause through a variety of employee and guest programs ranging from packing and sorting at the warehouse to annual events including Pumpkin Fight and Epic Chef Showdown.
About Anna Maria Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring:
AMITW & Shorebird Monitoring is a grassroots organization supported financially by Manatee County and the 90+ volunteers who work tirelessly for sea turtle conservation. For 30+ years Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch has coordinated conservation efforts for 12 miles of Manatee County shoreline. In three decades, we monitored 7339 turtle activities, protected 4454 nests, 301,694 turtle eggs, and watched 271,680 hatchlings depart to become a future generation of loggerheads that will return to the region as they reach maturity — in about 30 years. For more information about AMITW, contact Suzi Fox at 941-778- 5638 or email at [email protected].