The announcement that time is running out for Maho Bay Camps has galvanized hundreds of the eco-resort's fans. But so far, none has stepped forward with millions of dollars to buy the property.
Instead, Maho Bay lovers have turned to the Internet and created several groups on Facebook.
- Let's Save our beloved Maho Bay Camps is the biggest with 325 members.
- Save Maho Bay Camps – A Guest-Led Ecotourism Preservation Effort has 43 "likes".
One of the organizers posted a mesage saying, "We have a meeting set up for June 15 with a lawyer who specializes in non-profit law and land acquisitions to discuss possible methods of incorporation for a group devoted to our cause."
"We have (also) reached out to Board of the International Ecotourism Society to raise awareness within that community." There have also been conversations with Maho Bay management, John Garrison (Trust for Public Lands), Joe Kessler (Friends of the Virgin Islands Natl. Park) and Mark Hardgrove (Superintendent of Virgin Islands Natl. Park)
On the Vinow St. John forum Bareboat1 suggested direct action." One simplistic idea is this: If we could find 23,000 people to pitch in $1,000 or 230,000 people to pitch in just $100 each (you get the idea) then we could buy and save Maho Bay Eco Camps."
Ellen Stahl Parker, on Facebook, wrote, "It just doesn't seem right that no one organization or person with environmental conscience has stepped forward to save Maho."