We’re excited to announce the official launch of a brand new campaign to support Jewell Island and its renowned caretaker, Vinny Marotta: the Jewell Renewal Fund.
If you’ve been to Jewell Island in Casco Bay over the past dozen years, you’ve probably met Vinny. He may have directed you to a safe anchorage, helped you locate a campsite on a busy summer weekend, or offered a history lesson about Jewell’s fabled past.
Vinny, who recently returned for his 12th season as Jewell’s caretaker, is also tasked with preserving this wild island for its thousands of annual visitors. He maintains trails, campsites, fire pits and privies; controls invasive plant infestations; leads volunteer workdays and removes marine debris.
In the upcoming season, Vinny and Jewell need your help. Dilapidated privies must be replaced after two decades of use, tools are in dire need of upgrades and a new shed will ensure that Vinny no longer has to sleep next to his equipment!
For more information and to contribute, click here. See you in Cocktail Cove this summer?