Representatives from Bella Terra Realty Holdings LLC presented the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program with a check in the amount of $1,096.05 this week as part of their national effort to mobilize the RV community in support of the Gulf Coast cleanup and recovery following the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster earlier this year, according to a news release.
This cash contribution was made in addition to the hundreds of volunteers and outpouring of support along the coast over the past four months.
Since early May, Bella Terra of Gulf Shores and its resort host team have been proactively working with the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce to provide volunteer services for oil spill coastal cleanup, should they be required. The primary role of Bella Terra has been 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% donation from rental income from the first 45 days of this effort – which included the peak July 4 holiday.
“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. “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.”
In spite of a regional downturn in tourism, Bella Terra has worked hard to attract visitors and has encouraged guests to get out and explore the great dining establishments and attractions along the Gulf Coast.
“Our resort is part of the Gulf Shores family and as a result we decided to jump in and do our part to ensure our beaches and natural attractions remain the national treasure that they are today,” said Chuck Smith, president of Bella Terra Realty Holding LLC. “Our business dropped significantly after the spill but we are starting to see signs of it coming back. Now it’s time for folks to come back to the Gulf Coast and support our beautiful region. 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!’”