Eco Friendly Practices
Here at Grassy Flats Resort & Beach Club we are attempting a resort business model that has, until now, never been accomplished in the Florida Keys. Bottom lines and revenue are a high priority in the standard business model, but unfortunately those goals most often do not align with the best interests of the environment. At Grassy Flats we answer to many stakeholders such as our customers, employees and the individuals who have invested so much into building this business. This we have in common with our competitors, but we believe that a key stakeholder is left out and forgotten all too often in the name of profit. That stakeholder is our environment and all the creatures that reside within it that are directly impacted by negligent and irresponsible business management. We want to change that. We hope to set a new precedent where ALL stakeholders, including the delicate environment in which our business is operated, are not only considered, but prioritized.
How We Will Get There
Opening in May of 2018, we have only just begun and have already implemented several green initiatives throughout the property such as using plant-based detergents, our in-house recycling program, the exclusion of pesticides and herbicides from our gardens, seaweed composting program, and more. In addition to the initiatives mentioned above, our Negative Consumption Power Program is a three-year goal to build a surplus of solar grids that generate more power than consumed onsite. This would not only cover the power needed to operate our resort, but also provide power to our local neighbors using sustainable energy and alleviate the nuclear power grid that is energized from Turkey Point. These goals are ambitious and the first of their kind, but with the help and support of our customers and community, are completely attainable. To learn more about our green initiatives and programs follow us on Facebook or Instagram @grassyflats.
Tower Garden Program
Using Tower Gardens we are able to grow fresh produce at the resort. The aeroponic system allows for less water use and rapid growing cycle nearly three times faster than standard gardening!
Zero-Waste Bar Initiative
Our bar, Barrel & Bale, has the goal of becoming the only zero-waste bar in the Keys. Through this initiative we plan to prove that being sustainable does not mean compromising quality or flavor.
In-House Recycling Initiative
We have banned the use of single plastics, separate and sell the aluminum cans, and whatever is left it place in a blue canister to be taken to a recycling facility. Soon we will also be able to recycle our own glass on our sister property, Keys Cable at oTHErside Adventure Park.
All of the gardening done on the property is done so without the use of herbicides and pesticides. We also use local organic composting.
Seaweed Composting Program
Everyone loves a pristine, sandy, white beach front when they go on vacation, but sometimes nature has other plans. Certain times of the year we must rake our beaches to clear it of seaweed when the tides are high. This not only ensures a beautiful beach for our guests, but also allows for us to compost the seaweed for our organic gardens!
Grassy Grown Program
Between our Tower Gardens and the gardens at our partner company, oTHErside Adventure Park, our goal is to grow everything we use at the resort from cocktail garnishes to any future food programs. This produce includes but is not limited to Grassy Key bananas, papayas, cucumbers, and an assortment of herbs.
Arts & Culture Program
While sustainability is key to our business model, it is also important to us that we pay homage to the history and culture that is the Florida Keys. In 2018 the Florida Keys Community Center was founded. This is a non-profit that helps to promote arts, culture, sustainability, and community.