Spotlight: Friends Rebuilding
As a regular feature, “Ding” on the Wing spotlights a business on the islands that has strongly supported the Refuge in the past and now needs us all to rally behind it as it navigates the road to recovery.
Capt. Peter Rogers and his wife, Barb, have avidly supported “Ding” Darling through generous event volunteering and sponsorship during the past decade. They sponsor the annual “Ding” Darling & Doc Fort’s Tarpon Tournament and Barb is a willing, talented, and energetic volunteer at the tourney as well as past events like Project Refuge: A Couture Fashion Show Using Trash.
Before Hurricane Ian, Capt. Peter operated his highly rated Hey Mon Sanibel charters for more than 10 years.
“Our specialty is consistently delivering a fun and memorable experience on the water for our guests,” said Peter. “While fishing is certainly one of our go-to activities, our nature cruises in areas like the ‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Refuge are also very highly regarded. All of our trips are totally customized for each individual party so we can accommodate just about any request.”
Big, bad Ian, however, has temporarily stifled charter activity after almost sinking Hey Mon. “Our plan is to be back in operation by the end of January,” said Peter.
In the meantime, Peter and Barb are selling Hey Mon merch, which you can find on their website. Eventually, you will be able to order the logo trucker hats and hooded, long-sleeved shirts online, but for now they are available by emailing Barb or texting her at 612-867-5366. A portion of the proceeds from all sales goes to helping “Ding” Darling and CROW with their hurricane recovery efforts.