Alden Suites & Renfrow Family Donate $25,000 to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Tampa Bay Watch

Here at Alden Suites, we treasure Tampa Bay and do all we can to protect it. For many years now both the Alden Suites and the family that owns the resort, the Renfrows, have donated to support Tampa Bay Watch’s vital efforts to protect and restore the Tampa Bay estuary. 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Tampa Bay Watch, and we are thrilled to announce our donation of $25,000 to this essential effort.

Alden Suites is making a donation of $15,000 and Gary and Mary Ann Renfrow are personally donating $10,000 to jump-start Tampa Bay Watch’s $25,000 for 25 years campaign. The funds will be used for shoreline restoration efforts and for education, teaching Tampa Bay kids about the local ecosystem and how they can help preserve it.We encourage our friends and colleagues to join in and support this nonprofit as they keep our gorgeous beaches beautiful!

Peter A. Clark, President of Tampa Bay Watch, Inc., notes that due to community support and involvement in Tampa Bay Watch, “water quality is best in the bay since the 1950s, seagrass has recovered 20,000 new acres since the 1980s, and fish and wildlife are returning to the bay as a result of these improvements.” This is all done through true grassroots efforts. Local businesses donate oyster shells that Tampa Bay Watch volunteers use them to build oyster shell bars and oyster domes to promote oyster growth along man-made and altered shorelines of Tampa Bay. These oyster reef enhancements attract live oysters, who filter the water of Tampa Bay naturally.

Tampa Bay Watch also provides education to school children in the Tampa Bay area, allowing them to experience the ecosystem for themselves. Clark’s vision for Tampa Bay Watch in the coming years emphasizes bringing young people into the fold: “While involving the community in bay protection activities 25+ years ago was the seed of our institution, addressing the critical need for the next generation to experience and understand the value of a healthy bay is essential. Join us as we begin the next chapter of our organization — as always it will be the community that truly makes the difference.”

 

Mary Ann Renfrow shares: “Gary and I consider ourselves so fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend most of our lives right here on Tampa Bay and the Gulf Beaches. This is where we have raised our beautiful daughter, Stephanie. This is where we have built a successful business on the Gulf, the Alden Suites. This is a place where we have lived our lives, boating, swimming and walking the shores … a place we call home. We recognize that we are so privileged to have this in part because of the dedication of Tampa Bay Watch​, its staff and volunteers, who have worked diligently to restore, preserve and protect Tampa Bay, as well as continue to educate those young people so that they will become stewards of Tampa Bay for generations to come. This is the legacy of Tampa Bay Watch. Gary and I consider supporting Tampa Bay Watch as a part of our legacy. In sincere appreciation and to honor 25 years of serving the Bay, we are proud to extend our gift of $25,000 to Tampa Bay Watch from our own family, and our business family, the Alden Suites.”

Alden Suites Unveils NEW Beach Bungalows

On March 7, 2018, Alden Suites Beach Resort opened our doors to dozens of Tampa Bay’s leading politicians, hospitality leaders, business owners, and media for a very special celebration. We were thrilled to unveil our seven newly renovated Beach Bungalows. Our friends at Snapper’s Sea Grill and Empire Oyster brought some amazing food to delight our guests, and bartenders Chris and Dave set up the bar in the courtyard as we welcomed friends and colleagues check out what we like to call our “Fungalows!”

The beach bungalows are small cottages surrounding a courtyard right behind our main lobby, and when the hotel was originally built, dozens of them lined a pathway that led all the way to the beach. Over the years, as the Alden expanded and new buildings were added, the cottages were demolished, until only 9 remained. Theses 9 little homes were not included in the multi-million dollar renovation of the Alden Suites over the past few years, and to say they were past their prime would be an understatement!

The Renfrow family, owners of the Alden Suites, decided it was time to make a change. In the last twelve months they supervised a renovation that took the bungalows down to the bare concrete walls, eliminating two of them to make the others more spacious. They also completely redesigned the landscaping in the courtyard, giving it a modern tropical flair.

An expert interior design team led by Lisa Iacovino of Design by Design transformed the interiors into the ultimate in contemporary, beachy comfort. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and soothing aqua toned cabinetry turned the kitchens into modern masterpieces.

The bathrooms were outfitted with sleek tile and mirrors,  soothing double shower heads, and elegant vanities. Wood-look ceramic tile flooring flows between all of the spaces.

Our designers kept the bedrooms elegant, with our signature Alden comfy beds and fine linens, and French colonial furnishings.

New tropical furnishings and beach-inspired light fixtures make the living rooms and dining areas truly welcoming.

We had a wonderful time showing our guests around each of the Bungalows, and the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce team helped us christen the new spaces with a ribbon cutting. Such a fun night of celebration!

Want to check out the Alden Suites beach bungalows for yourself? These very special vacation spots aren’t bookable online. But you can reserve your place in the sun by calling our Reservations department at 800.237.2530. We hope to share our “Fungalows” with you some time very soon!