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Southwest Florida chamber explores Tarpon Bay

By TBE - | May 12, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Tarpon Bay Explorers part-owner and General Manager Wendy Schnapp goes over kayaking techniques and the float plan for the day with members from The Chamber of Southwest Florida.

On May 7, Tarpon Bay Explorers hosted members of The Chamber of Southwest Florida to kayak through the mangrove forests of Tarpon Bay on a guided tour.

More than 20 individuals from a myriad of regional businesses experienced the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge from the water. Not only was the excursion aesthetically appealing and educational, but it had another motive: skill building. The participants were part of a program called Leadership Lee County. Its mission is to identify, develop and inspire future leaders through professional development, educational opportunities and community involvement, which coincides with the chamber’s mission to build leadership as a strategic contribution to the community.

Part-owner and General Manager Wendy Schnapp said TBE was thrilled to host the group.

“The kayak tour was a unique way to help businesses and community leaders improve their skill sets,” she said. “Everyone did awesome. I was impressed how well everyone worked together, especially since many were strangers.”

Conditions were on the breezier side, but once the paddlers were on the trail, serenity started to kick in. Commodore Creek was its usual host to a variety of wildlife, including wading birds, crustaceans and fish.

PHOTO PROVIDED Members of The Chamber of Southwest Florida launch into Tarpon Bay.

“It was also nice to share local ecology with locals,” Schnapp said. “Not everyone knows about Southwest Florida’s local flora and fauna, so it was great to show those who normally do not get to experience that what a mangrove forest on a barrier island has to offer.”

TBE is the concession to the refuge, offering informative tours and recreational activities, along with rentals. For more information, visit www.tarponbayexplorers.com or call the gift shop at 239-472-8900.