Families from all over the nation and world visit our beautiful area what is named "Paradise" for the beach, sunshine, waterways and wonderful activities. Some of these visitors return year after year and others lay down family roots where the second and even third generations call this special place home. When Captain Ron Kennedy began his charter fishing business in Collier County almost 40 years ago, his daughter, Deborah, knew it was only a matter of time before she would join him.
Captain Ron navigated the many waterways of Naples, Goodland and Marco Island providing expert guided fishing charters for the seasonal visitors and residents. Captain Ron and his boat were a fixture at Goodland, Florida where he sang "Margaritaville" many Sunday's at Stan's Restaurant in Goodland providing entertainment for all. Deborah and her dad shared the love for the one of a kind fishing village of Goodland, the Marco Island area, the charter fishing experience and beauty of these natural waterways. "I've watched my dad catch 300-pound grouper, tell amazing stories of his adventures, sing at Stan's and never let his prosthetic leg hold him back. He was a real character and inspiration to me," Deborah shares of her dad.
The legacy continues: Deborah and husband, Michael Passero, residents of Marco Island, are starting a new business called "Paradise Cycle Boat Cruises" as they tip their hats to Deborah's dad. This business evolved from the passion passed down from Deborah's dad, whose name on the island was well known as "Peg Leg."
Deborah is the Healthy Living and Membership Director at Marco YMCA where she serves the community with healthy living programs. Her husband Michael is long time restaurateur, avid boater, community supporter and together members of Family Church. Michael and Deborah experienced their first cycle boat cruise about a year ago and immediately wanted to bring Fun, Fitness, Families, and Friends together in their hometown of Marco Island. They researched and found a builder north of Orlando Florida to custom build their Paradise Cycle Tour Boat. The new design and structure is the first of its kind in the cycle boat industry. Marco Islands only human powered cycle boat is a unique 35' pontoon boat has 10 cycle stations that directly turns, a custom paddle wheel that moves the boat as the cyclers enjoy the outdoor experience. We have a motor on board in case you just want to be a lounger. There is comfortable seating for up to 8 additional passengers and a head with fresh water wash area and coolers with ice are on board.
We will have some morning cycle fitness classes and other cruises throughout the day capturing the pristine coastlines and natural beauty and habitat along the Marco Island Waterways. We want to provide our passengers with a memorable experience in paradise and engage you in the best parties on the water.
Both Deborah and Mike have received their Master Captains licenses for operating commercial and recreational vessels and will be hands on owner operators. This was earned with hundreds of hours on the Marco Island - Goodland Waterways with Peg Leg Charters and Captain Ron Kennedy. Our time with Captain Ron and The Masters Training provide a level of knowledge, experience and professionalism for sea service and safety to all of their passengers.
Deborah and Michael have pledged to provide discounts for U.S. Military, Fire, EMS and Police department employees as well as Collier County school teachers and school staff. We will donate a percentage of our sales to the Marco YMCA to support Safety Around the Water programs to help families learn to swim. Our mission and passion are to support the community with healthy, joy-filled living providing a unique boating adventure!
We are very blessed to operate our crusies conveniently out of Rose Marina and enjoying our partnership.