Representatives from Bella Terra Realty Holdings, LLC presented the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program with a $1,096.05 check to assist with BP oil spill response efforts.
“We are extremely grateful to Bella Terra for their generous donation to Mobile Bay NEP’s Coastal Estuary Restoration Fund (CERF),” said Sarah Shields, communications manager for Mobile Bay. “In May 2010, we set up the CERF to ensure that we could quickly accomplish on-the-ground projects that benefit our coastal habitats and wildlife in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This gift is a great step forward in achieving those goals.”
Since early May, Bella Terra of Gulf Shores, an upscale Type A motorhome resort in Foley, Ala., has been working with the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce to provide volunteer services for oil spill coastal cleanup.
Bella Terra helped to coordinate a nationwide outreach effort, bringing thousands of volunteers, specifically those in the RV community, to the region. Part of this effort involved providing discounted rates to visitors and a 10-percent donation from rental income from the first 45 days of this effort – which included the peak July 4 holiday.
The Bella Terra Resort Host Team helped to mobilize volunteers where they were most needed for clean-up efforts, and garnered support from other resorts along the coast.
“We wanted to jump in and do our part to ensure our beaches and natural attractions remain the national treasure that they are today,” said Tripp Keber, chief operating officer of Bella Terra Realty Holding, LLC.
Chuck Smith, president of Bella Terra Realty Holding, LLC, said business at the Gulf Shores resort dropped significantly after the oil spill, but there are signs of recovery. “Now it’s time for folks to come back to the Gulf Coast and support our beautiful region,” he said. “When people call and ask me how things are going down here I simply tell them, ‘This is our coast … and the coast is clear!’”