It is With a Heavy Heart that We Announce the Passing of Our Dear Friend and Master Gardener Clinton “Shorty” Robinson.
It is with great sadness that we share the news that one of the most recognizable members of our Sunset at the Palms family, Clinton Robinson, passed away last night. Guests and colleagues knew him as “Shorty” … he was the heart of our groundskeeping crew.
Shorty, who was just a few weeks shy of his 78th birthday, worked for Sunset at the Palms since its opening in 2003. He also worked for the previous operators of the hotel, which means he tended to the beautiful plants here for nearly four decades.
Our guests know that we take as much pride in our lush, jungle-like landscaping as we do in our pristine beach. Shorty loved our gardens and – more than that – he loved sharing their secrets with others, which is how the idea of our weekly nature tour developed. On those tours, he talked about all the species of palm trees that grow here (there are more than 15!), introduced us to the wonders of night-blooming jasmine, and helped us spot fast-moving hummingbirds and even faster-moving mongooses.
Shorty always offered a big smile and a friendly wave, and if he saw a guest admiring a certain bloom, he liked to surprise them by bringing them a flower during their stay. His favorite plant was what Jamaicans call the Dragon Blood Plant (shown below), which truly brightens our resort … much like he did.
We’ll miss Shorty and know you will, too … but also know that his spirit lives on in the gardens he loved so much.