Although we only celebrate Earth Day once a year, every day at ‘Tween Waters Inn there are lots of green initiatives taking place. Some have even nicknamed the resort “Green” Waters Inn due to its many ecological efforts.
For starters, the Olympic-size pool is heated and actually cooled (in the summer) using geothermal technology. “We can keep our pool a consistent 84 to 86 degrees year round while benefiting the environment and reducing costs,” said Chief Operating Officer, Doug Babcock. Geothermal is non-polluting and much cleaner, too. The system has been in use for nearly five years.
Guests can also do their part to “go green” by choosing to do little things throughout their stay. To conserve water and energy, guests are encouraged to use their bath towels and bed linens more than once. Recycled cards can be found by the beds and faucets advising of the program.
Throughout the property, you’ll find LED lighting and reminders to keep porch lights off. This time of year, keeping porch lights off and window blinds closed at night is an island ordinance, designed to protect nesting sea turtles from becoming disoriented. April 20th is the start of sea turtle nesting season, so it’s “Lights Out for Sea Turtles.”
During sea turtle nesting season, keep porch lights out and blinds closed at night (they need to find moonlight on the water, not false light on shore).
If you’re looking for something fun and free to do with your kids to celebrate Earth Day, head to the J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 18, 2015. From 10 am to 3 pm, kids can talk trash, make crafts (soda bottle flower pots and plastic bottle jelly fish to name a few), there’s even free bike rentals if you pick up at Tarpon Bay Explorers. For more info on Earth Day at the Refuge, click the link or call 239-472-1100 ext. 236.