Rescate Playas Borinquen

AGUADILLA, PR   |  rescateplayasborinquen.org

Mission

Rescate Playas Borinquen Corp. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of our nature and the restoration of our outdoor recreational areas for the increased safety and accessibility of the general public. It is our belief that the engine to the local economy is the tourism generated by visitors who come to our local beaches and natural areas. These areas should be protected and maintained!

Ruling year info

2017

CEO

Mario Torres

Main address

191-B, Calle 5

AGUADILLA, PR 00603 USA

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EIN

66-0827186

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The island of Puerto Rico relays heavily on a travel/tourism economy in which our natural resources play a key role. These natural resource are a valuable driver of the economy and an invaluable ecological treasure, in particular our coastline and its beaches. These beaches are renown for there beauty and provide for prime surfing locations, water-sports, passive recreation, biking, among many others. Past and current government inaction have left many of these beaches to decay, and thats the case of the beaches at the Formal Air-Force Base Ramey in Aguadilla Puerto Rico, also known as Punta Borinquen. The current fiscal situation of the island makes the situation more grave. A lack of maintenance, facilities and conservancy in more than three decades has left an area of beaches, recreational areas and a renown surfing destination in complete abandonment, with even some serious concern of safety for our visitors.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Environmental Conservation

Provide sensible access to beaches and areas around Punta Borinquen while protecting natural ecosystems. Testing beach water. Dune restoration and erosion control. Trash pickup and clean up of beaches and adjacent areas. Install and maintain proper signage and safety marking. Install and maintain signs for informational Point-of-Interest, historical information, ecological and other educational trail markings. Promote an environmental conscious of local business by showcasing the value of these natural resources around Punta Borinquen on the local economy.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Develop a Community Eco-Center using the abandoned facilities on Punta Borinquen. The Center will provide guests with general information and provide educational exhibits on the ecosystems of Punta Borinquen and history of relevant places. In partnership with the Ramey Air Force Base Historical Association the Center will also host the Ramey Air Force Base Museum with relevant exhibits and information of the former Air Force Base which holds archives and memorabilia from the base role from Pre-World War II, World War II and more. The center will provide a space for community and guest to share and drive community cohesion. Provide special educational activities, forums, and community activities with the engagement of the area. The facility will provide storage of equipment used on maintenance of the areas. The facility will provide tours, equipment rental, walks, yoga and other activities driven by community members.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Punta Borinquen host some incredible beaches that form a very unique surf habitat. The Surf Reserve provides the structure, formal recognition and community stewardship to protect these key environmental areas as they relate to provide sensible access to surf zones and surrounding areas. To drive and increase a surf and visitor economy in the area. To drive businesses and community to recognize the cultural, social and economical value of protecting these areas. Create community stewardship to provide sensible and sustainable maintenance and development of these areas, to address conservational and ecological issues. To build and improve existing facilities to protect areas and improve access.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Development and maintenance of new and existing trails in Punta Borinquen. Perform periodic maintenance and cleanup of trails. Improve trail infrastructure and access to reduce impact and protect ecosystems of the area. Maintain proper signage and other safety markings.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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RPBQN aims to bring together a community coalition to reclaim abandoned areas at Punta Borinquen and provide maintenance, passive development of infrastructure and recreational facilities. To implement conservancy and protection strategies for ecological and historical assets of the area.

RPBQN aims to build a Visitor Center at one of the main beaches by reusing an abandoned building, that will serve as a: tourist information center, museum (Former Ramey Air-Force Base and area history, ecological information), center for community driven activities in support of the areas, and a facility to support maintenance works.

RPBQN focuses on creating community engagement and ownership for these areas, while developing a community driven alliances with government agencies.

RPBQN uses community and volunteer activities to provide maintenance of the areas (cleanups, control vegetation, landscaping, painting, etc).

RPBQN develops community driven plans for a sustainable plans for conservancy and protection in line with federal and local regulations that go beyond the capabilities the the local government is able to execute.

RPBQN engages the local businesses in supporting activities and initiatives.

RPBQN builds passive infrastructures and recreational facilities, including: trails for hiking/biking, trail markings, interpretive signs with relevant/historical information, trash management, safety barriers and signage, control/protection of green areas to limit visitor impact, and others.

RPBQN is a community driven organization, able to engage a large group of volunteers from the community and outsiders.

RPBQN has developed a value proposition with the local businesses by means of our work and its outcomes. The local businesses recognize the value of our work and the record of our work which in terms pushes an extremely valuable trust in our abilities to get things done for the benefit of all.

RPBQN as a substantial set of equipment and organization that allows to execute volunteer based activities at scale that make a lot of impact.

RPBQN brings together people who really have a love and passion to protect these beaches, and they bring a force multiplier that has been key to the achievements and execution of the organization.

Multiple abandoned buildings were:
submerged on overgrown weeds and bushed.

Financials

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Operations

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Rescate Playas Borinquen

Board of directors
as of 4/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tina Lampe

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/16/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/16/2020

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.