The calendar is ticking on what could be the last year of operation for Stanley Selengut's Maho Bay Camps. His lease runs out this year.
Every day, many times a day, Maho Bay staffers are asked by guests, "What's to become of the place. Is there a way to save it." On Facebook, there are groups (here and here) trying to gin up support for a bid to buy the land or get a non-profit to pony up.
Meanwhile, back at the camp, the Maho Bay blog says a 13-year-old guest, named Theo, had a suggestion for Selengut. Alerting the Westin's owners to the possibility there could be another resort built, where Maho Bay is now, might persuade the big chain to step up and take one for the island, and acquire the campgrounds just for insurance.
"Maho Bay Camps poses no threat to the Westin because those who stay at the Westin would never think of staying at Maho, while those who choose to stay at Maho would never think of staying at the Westin.
"Not only that, but helping to save an eco-friendly campground couldn't be bad for the Westin's reputation either. If you could convince them that if they help out that there is something in it for them, they might just give the effort to save Maho a little extra push."