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October 29, 2008

The New Cape Eleuthera Marina receives the prestigious Blue Flag Award

The marina achieved this certification for exceeding standards relevant to sustainable development and environmental responsibility.

The new $85 million Cape Eleuthera Resort & Yacht Club was awarded the prestigious Blue Flag certification for its marina by the non-profit Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) based in Denmark. The marina achieved this certification for exceeding standards relevant to sustainable development and environmental responsibility. Transcending 23 areas of strict criteria covering environmental education, environmental management, safety and services and water quality, Cape Eleuthera received the Blue Flag for appreciating the value of the marine ecosystem and how it affects the future social and economic development of the islands.

"We are honored to achieve this internationally recognized certification, especially as Cape Eleuthera is the third to receive the Blue Flag out of 64 total marinas in The Bahamas," Cape Eleuthera's General Manager Stephen Kappeler said. "The Bahamas now hosts more accredited marinas than any other country in the Caribbean."

According to Earlston McPhee, Director of Sustainable Tourism Planning with the Ministry of Tourism, The Bahamas are collaborating to ensure that within the next five to seven years all Bahamas marinas will live up to the standards set by Blue Flag which is in the best interest of the marine ecosystem and marina customers.

Easily accessible and accommodating vessels with depths of up to 10 feet, the state-of-the-art Cape Eleuthera Marina boasts The Bahamas' longest mega yacht dock at 450 feet and offers guests information on the naturally sensitive nearby land and marina areas, recycling facilities and safe storage of hazardous wastes and integrates with the surrounding natural environment, like few others in the Out Islands. The 13-acre deep-water facility offers services and amenities from yacht provisioning to repairs whether guests are seeking a quick stop to refuel, an overnight stay, long-term mooring or yacht management. Due to the unique 30-foot-wide flushing channel in the 360-degree surge proof marina, the basin remains crystal-clear at all times.

Offering full utilities (30, 50 and 100-amp service), three-phase power and two fueling stations with high-speed pumps and triple-filtered Shell fuel, the Cape Eleuthera Marina is the perfect place to dock. The Cape Eleuthera Marina provides yacht guides, charts and maps, tournament-class fishing charters, boat rentals and local fishing and tour guides. Marina facilities include two fish-cleaning stations and a covered lanai with a barbeque grill.

Cape Eleuthera Resort & Yacht Club boasts one of the largest marinas in the Out Islands of The Bahamas and features 19 two-bedroom, luxury oceanview mariner townhomes as resort accommodations with spacious living areas and sunset and sunrise views over the Exuma Sound.

Unlike other tourist destinations in The Bahamas, undeveloped and authentic Cape Eleuthera is a world apart, having no crowded markets, busy bazaars and high-rise hotels, only pristine beaches and waterfront and mysterious lagoons. Located on a private, 4,300-acre peninsula on Eleuthera Island, no other developments or resorts will infringe upon Cape Eleuthera, ensuring that guests will always have miles of natural environment to explore. To experience the Cape Eleuthera Resort & Yacht Club, visit www.capeeleuthera.com or call 888-270-9642. Marina slip reservations are suggested. Contact res@capeeleuthera.com or call the Cape Eleuthera Marina at 242-334-8500 for information and reservations.