Extensive use of solar power and hydroponics add to eco crendentials of new 640-berth  Port St. George

Renderings of what will be the largest marina in The Bahamas, Port St. George have just been released along with more details about the 640-berth marina. Located just minutes from Stella Maris International Airport, Port St. George will accommodate vessels up to 100 feet in length and will provide enhanced storm protection due to the size, enabling vessels to dock year-round, a rare advantage in this region. The marina will also offer a full range of services including customs, immigration, boat cleaning and repair facilities, fuel, supplies and chandlery. It will form the hub of a complex that will include 276 luxury condominiums, 82 townhouses, five single-family homes and five branded residences, all of which will be positioned at most a few hundred yards from the waterfront. There will also be a 50-room five-star hotel, a 40-room inn and a wide variety of retail shops, restaurants and bars and a yacht club. Construction of the development is slated to begin this year, and expected to last four to five years.

“Port St. George is taking a major step toward operating entirely off-grid through extensive use of solar tiles and storage batteries”

StarPort Resorts Inc. announced plans for what it calls The Bahamas’ first ”eco-engineered luxury waterfront destination”, back in October last year. Located on the pristine Long Island, known for its contrasting coastline of limestone cliffs and tranquil beaches, Port St. George is taking a major step toward operating entirely off-grid through extensive use of solar tiles and storage batteries.

Studio Hillier developed the site plan and is behind the project’s commercial and residential architecture, all of which are being designed with environmental sustainability in mind. An organic hydroponics farm will provide fresh fruit and vegetables, reducing the need for imported products for instance, while food waste will be distributed directly from residential and commercial structures to a composting center, which will reduce waste and create a product for soil enrichment. Rainwater will be collected in cisterns and a solar-powered, reverse-osmosis desalinization plant will convert seawater into fresh, drinkable water for the development.

The marina is targeting Blue Flag certification, and if successful it will be one of the first marinas in The Bahamas to achieve this world-renowned eco-label.