Crown Bay has proudly received their Blue Flag for 2015!

The Crown Bay Marina team proudly receives the 2014-2015 Blue Flag Award

Crown Bay has received their Blue Flag for 2015. The flag raising took place earlier this month under clear and sunny skies, amidst the lush greenery that uniquely characterizes our beautiful marina.

What is The Blue Flag?

The Blue Flag is one of the world’s oldest and most recognized international eco-labels awarded to beaches and marinas that are making a special effort to implement sound management in relation tothe local environment and nature. Select US Virgin Islands beaches and marinas have received this accolade by meeting a specific set of criteria in four main categories.

What categories are considered for awarding The Blue Flag?

1) Environmental information and education

  • Beaches and marinas must relay information about local ecosystems and environmental phenomena to its guests and staff 
  • An environmental code of conduct must be maintained
  • Environmental educational activities must be offered

2) Environmental management

  • Beaches and marinas must be clean
  • Waste disposal must be available and maintained
  • Buildings and equipment must be well maintained
  • Sensitive areas must be monitored

3) Safety and services. The following must be available at beaches and marinas:

  • Lifesaving, first-aid and fire-fighting equipment
  • Emergency plans in case of pollution, fire or other accidents
  • Zoning for different uses
  • Safe access
  • Drinking water
  • Access for disabled persons

4) Water quality

  • Regular chemical and physical water quality testing must be performed
  • Water must not display evidence of pollution, oil, litter, or sewage

How often is The Blue Flag awarded?

The Blue Flag is awarded annually and is only valid as long as these criteria are fulfilled.

Why is it a good idea to Blue Flag in the US Virgin Islands?

  • Excellent environmental education tool
  • International exposure and recognition
  • Marketing opportunities for the destination
  • Bring together the tourism and environmental sectors at local, national and regional levels
  • Outstanding sustainable management tool
  • Incorporates principles of sustainable tourism where economic development goes hand-in-hand with conservation
  • Healthy and safe environments
  • Conserve natural resources and tourism product
  • Sound environmental values and sustainable lifestyles
  • Fosters community pride

How does The Blue Flag Work?

The Blue Flag season for beaches in the Virgin Islands runs from the beginning of December to the end of June. Each year the authority managing the beach or marina applies for The Blue Flag award, it is not automatically renewed every year. An international jury then decides whether the beach or marina iseligible for the award. During the season inspectors assess every Blue Flag beach and marina to ensure compliance with criteria. If there are problems they are reported to the National Operator and either the problems are rectified or The Blue Flag is removed.

Where can I get more information about The Blue Flag?

Wireless Internet at Crown Bay Marina

Crown Bay Marina offers new FREE high-speed wireless service for our guests. We have selected Beacon Wi-Fi as our service/equipment provider so our guests can reliably surf the net, connect securely via VPN to their corporate networks, check email, update Facebook & social media, trade stocks, work and play all from the comfort of their boats or our grassy common areas.

USVI Chamber's lighted boat parade & networking

There are a few exciting events coming up this week at Crown Bay Marina. On the evening of Thursday, December 13, the AT&T Store is hosting the St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours networking event at Crown Bay Marina. On Friday, December 14, don’t miss the St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce lighted boat parade that will depart from our marina at 6pm.

Crown Bay Marina awarded exclusive Blue Flag Certification

St. Thomas, USVI- On December 1, 2012, Crown Bay Marina in St. Thomas was awarded the internationally recognized Blue Flag Certification, an environmental award granted by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that works toward sustainable development for marinas and beaches around the world. Crown Bay Marina was the first marina to be awarded the highly respected certification in St. Thomas, a significant achievement for the marina and staff.