The beach the bay and the rejuvenation project.

 In Casa de Compai

The one thing that Sosua reminds me of, is the small beach town I grew up in Southern New Jersey. The type of town where everyone knows , or knows of each other. The sense of community can be very strong and this enables motivated  people to achieve things larger than themselves. It also gives people the chance to participate in projects that make a difference. For me as a business owner and my business consuming most of my time i need to find  ways to be a positive member of the community.  Sponsoring a dome was a no brainer.

One of the main reason I invested in Sosua is because of the beach and ocean. As a child still in school I made money for years clamming the back bays. This enabled me to buy anything I wanted from school clothes to my first car. I grew up understanding how important a clean and healthy eco system is to the way of life and local economy of a community .Nothing bothers me more than seeing trash covering the beaches, rivers and landscape. So when I saw a friend of mine Bill Passmore ( www.billpassmore.com ) ask for sponsor to support for the The Sosua Bay Rejuvenation Project he was involved in I was aboard. Actually I am very proud to say I sponsored the first coral dome being constructed to be submerged in Sosua bay. The purpose of the domes is to grow young coral and give fish more habitat. The domes are made out of welded rebar in the shape of a dome. Then concrete is added and then sand on top to give a base for the young coral to grow.  After 3 years the domes should be ready to transplant the coral or leave the domes in place.

Another thing the Sosua Bay Rejuvenation Project does , that has an instant impact is the reef clean up. Volunteers from the different drive shops   work together by pulling recourses and man power to dive the reef and pick up trash. This alone has such a positive result. The other thing that the project does is education. Bill and others go to schools to teach the students about the counties valuable resource , the ocean! Most importantly they impart the best behavior and attitude to preserve they special gift the country. I have seen first hand young people picking up trash on the beach and understanding what I learned as a child the health of the ocean is a necessity  in a tourist economy . Its not just the children that don’t realize the marine life living in Sosua Bay, its the adults. Bill is a professional underwater photographer. His photos have been on display in the major muesams in Santigo and Santo Domingo and Sosua.  This has allowed many people to gain a new appreciation for the ocean.This exposure has  even brought tv shows to film  the Rejuvenation Project.

Here are some of the photos of Sosua Bay.

This project is a true community effort, from the businesses like Casa de Compai to individuals who sponsored domes and donated their time diving to clean the reefs. Also  dive shops has been deeply involved, they are Northern Coast Diving and their webpage is www.northerncoastdiving.com. I am also happy to say the owner Mike is a close friend of mine and some of the instructors as well.  The other is Merlin Dive Center and their website is www.divecenter-merlin.com. I have had two guest tell me they have had great experiences diving with Merlin Dive Center. These are two business that I know about that help out, if I have missed any other  businesses please inform so I can add them as well.

Compai
Hello, thank for reading this little tad bit about me. I am a former American Army paratrooper, slot machine technician, and lineman. Now I am living in Sosua,in the Dominican Republic, running my business, Casa de Compai. I have a small condo complex for vacation rentals located in the middle of Sosua. Everything you can want to do in the Caribbean is right outside my gate. from four beaches to dive shops, restaurants, clubs, casino, bars, super markets, banks. What I love about Sosua is it can be as mild or as wild as you want it to be. After leaving Verizon, where I was a lineman for 12 years I was able to live full time in the Caribbean. This is where I always wanted to live. I purchased my first property in 2010, then Casa de Compai in 2014. In April 2017 construction begun on an expansion at Casa de Compai with 6 one bedroom 1.5 bathrooms. This will provide me the resources to live a comfortable life where I want to be. I hope I have the opportunity to get to know my guests as much as possible. If your in Sosua and not staying at Casa de Compai and you see me or if you have any questions please feel free to say hi or contact me.
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