Tarpon Club Marina earns 'Florida Clean' designation

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection presented a “Clean Marina” flag to, from left to right, Tarpon Club Marina Dockmaster Joe Smith, Fiddler’s Creek Club & Spa General Manager Ron Albeit, Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala, and Tarpon Club General Manager Robert Fesik during a recent awards ceremony at The Tarpon Club Marina. Submitted

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection presented a “Clean Marina” flag to, from left to right, Tarpon Club Marina Dockmaster Joe Smith, Fiddler’s Creek Club & Spa General Manager Ron Albeit, Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala, and Tarpon Club General Manager Robert Fesik during a recent awards ceremony at The Tarpon Club Marina. Submitted

The Tarpon Club Marina has received the Florida Clean Marina Program designation from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The marina, located in the Isles of Capri, is one of just 16 marinas in Collier County and 273 marinas throughout the state to earn this prestigious distinction.

The Florida Clean Marina Program is a voluntary designation program with a proactive approach to environmental stewardship, said Laura Comer, who implements the program for the DEP. To become designated as a Florida Clean Marina, facilities must implement a set of environmental Best Management Practices (BMPs) designed to protect Florida’s waterways, Comer said. These BMPs address critical issues such as sensitive habitat, waste management, storm water control, spill prevention, and emergency preparedness.

Speaking at a recent awards ceremony at The Tarpon Club Marina, General Manager Robert Fesik stated that “we always strive to be a good steward of the environment. This designation recognizes our entire staff’s proactive approach and ongoing dedication to best management practices in maintaining our unique community and natural resources.”

Jon Iglehart, director of district management for the DEP, stated that The Tarpon Club is “bringing jobs and business to the area in a responsible way.” He added that the Florida Clean Marina designation is an example of business taking the lead in doing what is right.

The Tarpon Club Marina is a full-service facility providing direct boating access to the Gulf of Mexico and backwaters. The marina offers covered and enclosed dry storage, helping to protect boats from the elements. The Tarpon Club Marina also offers wet slips, which are available for rental to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis.

For beach enthusiasts, The Tarpon Club offers year-round access to a private beach pavilion located on Marco Island. Members receive complimentary valet parking, lounge chair and umbrella service and private changing and daily locker facilities along with food served on the beach. Members also may enjoy luxurious spa and dining discounts at the nearby Sale e Pepe Fine Dining Restaurant.

The opportunity to join The Tarpon Club is available to residents of the Fiddler’s Creek master-planned community just off Collier Boulevard between Naples and Marco Island.

A limited number of non-resident annual and seasonal memberships with term date flexibility are also currently available for The Tarpon Club.

For additional information, call 239-732-9300 or visit www.fiddlerscreek.com.

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