The Pink Shell Beach Resort has begun an extensive renovation that will include 15% tinting of all windows upon completion, to better serve its goal of reducing light transmission to the Gulf of Mexico during sea turtle nesting season. .
Already, the resort has tinted all of its commercial areas. The completed tint includes the lobby windows and the windows of its restaurants, including Rae’s on the Beach. The resort’s dedication to sea turtle nesting on the island is evident by two prominent displays at the main lobby doors that lead to its outdoor pool: a display of Turtle Time marking sea turtle nesting season from May 1 through May 31 October, and another exhibit with information about sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico.
The hotel’s 195 rooms will be renovated as part of an estimated $7.4 million project, said Pink Shell Beach Resort general manager Bill Waichulis. All bathrooms, floors and kitchens in each room will be overhauled as well as window tinting at 15%, starting next week. Each room will be renovated at a cost of approximately $36,000 per room.
“We have to keep the resort up to our customers’ expectations,” said Waichulis.
The estimated cost to tint all windows at the resort is $170,000, Waichulis said. Waichulis previously said the 15% window tint will help the station prevent lighting violations. The resort had begun planning for the project when the city implemented a 15% window tinting requirement to protect the nesting and hatchlings of endangered sea turtles. While the city council reversed the requirement and returned to 45% tint, the resort is still pursuing turtle-friendly windows.
The resort’s attention to the island’s sea turtle population doesn’t stop there. The Sea Turtle Conservancy secured a $130,000 grant for the hotel to upgrade the property with new sea turtle-friendly lights. The hotel will spend approximately $100,000 on labor for the lighting project. The hotel works with Frontier Lighting, of Fort Myers.
All renovations are expected to be completed in February.