On March 19, 2015, thirty Lemon Bay Conservancy members and guests boarded the Lemon Bay Tours pontoon boat for a wonderful morning on the bay. While traveling south in Lemon Bay, the participants heard about local history.
As the boat passed by Peterson and Whidden Islands, volunteer guide Dr. Bill Dunson, described how Lemon Bay Conservancy started in 1974 by purchasing those two islands to protect them from development. (LBC still owns those islands today.)
When the trip reached Stump Pass, a pod of dolphins put on a show, cavorting near the boat while everyone snapped pictures.
Capt. Bruce LaMotte anchored the boat on the shore of Palm Island and the group enjoyed a beach walk as Bill, a retired Penn State biology professor, described shells, plants, and other items of interest along the shoreline.
On the return trip north along the Intracoastal Waterway, Capt. Bruce pointed out an active eagle’s nest in Cedar Point Park and board member Eva Furner informed the passengers that Lemon Bay Conservancy has a long history with Cedar Point. The Conservancy funded the initial studies of plant and animal species in the park and purchased several lots that are surrounded by the park in order to maintain them in their natural state.
It was a beautiful morning! As they left the boat, several passengers commented that they would look forward to future trips!