SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 @ 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
International Coastal Cleanup – Sanibel Causeway Islands
Join Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and Keep Lee County Beautiful, Inc. for the Ocean Conservancy’s 32nd Annual International Coastal Cleanup on September 16, 2017. Last year, more than 791,000 volunteers worldwide removed 18 million pounds of trash from coastlines. Come to the Causeway Islands between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. to check in and pick up your data cards, trash bags, and safety vests. Please bring your own water to reduce the use of plastic water bottles and to reduce the use of plastic gloves that will be available please bring your own work gloves. For more information on the Ocean Conservancy’s Coastal Cleanup click here.
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Back in December of 2016, I called and spoke with Lisa about my entire family’s plan to bring our parents to Ocean’s Reach in July of 2017 to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. My siblings and I had been planning for over a year to surprise them with this trip (all expenses paid) in honor of this amazing milestone. As I spoke with Lisa, I explained we had always come to Ocean’s Reach from the time I was very young. It was our favorite vacation destination and would provide the perfect location to celebrate mom and dad. I appreciated her excitement and enthusiasm as I carried on about how much Ocean’s Reach and Sanibel meant to my family. Our vacations there have truly been a cornerstone for the majority of our lives.
Tom and Cindy Barry first visited Sanibel sometime before 1982 and came back with their four children (Matt, Pat, Kateri and Natalie) the summer of ’82; this vacation was spent at Blind Pass. The family of six returned to Sanibel during the summer of 1984 and stayed at Ocean’s Reach for the first time. With the exception of one stay at the Sandpiper Beach Condominium sometime in the 90s, the Barry family claimed Ocean’s Reach as their vacation destination over the next 33 years. While enjoying family vacations over the last three decades, the Barrys have introduced Ocean’s Reach to family, friends and coworkers. Four generations of the family have spent time walking the beach in front of Ocean’s Reach including both of Tom and Cindy’s mothers and all five of their grandchildren. It has been a place of relaxation and rejuvenation, reflection and rehabilitation, comfort and joy, peace and above all else love and family. The memories that have been created over the past 33 years are what inspired Tom and Cindy’s children to bring them back to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
It’s our family’s favorite place and mom and dad said multiple times throughout the week how wonderful it was to have all of their kids and grandkids in one place. We had the best time the week of 7/22-7/29 making new memories on our little island paradise and are already planning to bring the whole gang back in the next year or two. Much appreciation to Ocean’s Reach and their owners for always providing warm, friendly hospitality along with exceptional service.
Tom and Cindy Barry – August 26th 1967-2017
Bottom family photo, from left to right:
Kateri (Barry), Jordan and Shiloh (2) Fears; Natalie (Barry), Dan, Grace and Maggie Holmstedt; Tom and Cindy Barry; Matt, Angela, Conner and Ansley Barry; Minnie and Lowell Gossett (Matt Barry’s in-laws).
“Galli Halo” by Katy Danca
Millions of travelers can see works by area artists each year as they arrive and depart Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers.
The current Art In Flight: By the Sea exhibit features the work of ten Florida photographers. Participating artists reside in Boca Raton, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Marco Island and Tamarac. The exhibit was hung this July and will remain on view until July 2018 in the upper level hallways leading to the B and D concourses at the Southwest Florida International Airport.
“Art inspires and activates our imaginations,” said Alliance Exhibitions Coordinator Krista Johnson. “This exhibit makes it possible for people to experience art every day, and promotes Lee County’s vibrant cultural vibe.”
One of the iconic shells that Sanibel has become known for, the junonia, always seems to draw the attention of residents and tourists alike due to its renowned beauty and scarcity.
And now, the world’s largest recorded junonia – a specimen measuring nearly six inches in length – calls the island home.
“Everybody who comes to Sanibel would love to find a junonia, or even see one,” said Larry Strange, owner of Sanibel Seashell Industries, who recently acquired the record-setting shell.
According to the Registry of World Record Size Shells, the largest junonia ever recorded – a Scaphella junonia measured at 154.0 mm – was collected in the Gulf of Mexico by The Hansbys in 1972. That shell became part of a collection owned by a mollusk enthusiast in Jacksonville, Florida.
Strange, a marine biologist and retired educator, was contacted by the son of the junonia’s owner, who asked if he would be interested in purchasing his father’s massive shell collection. “I had read about his record junonia, and I asked (the son) if it was still part of the collection,” said Strange, who eventually purchased the museum-quality assortment. “His father got the shell from a fisherman working on a shrimp trawler, who obtain a lot of junonias because they’re out in waters 40 to 80 feet.”
However, junonias are rather uncommon to find washed up on the shorelines of Sanibel, so they are highly revered by both amateur and serious shell enthusiasts. In the four weeks since the giant junonia has been on display at the family-run business, Strange noted that people are coming into the store just to see the record-setting shell. “People are walking in and ask just to see it, or take a photo with it,” he said, noting that the shell is encased under a glass dome inside the main display case of the store, located at 1544 Periwinkle Way.
Of course, he’s been asked several times if the junonia is for sale.
“Some people want to know how much it is,” added Strange with a smile. “But it’s not for sale at any price.”
All are welcome to stop by Sanibel Seashell Industries and see the world’s largest junonia in person. The business – which originally opened in 1942 – is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 239-472-1603 or visit www.seashells.com for more information.
Thanks to our friends at the Island Sun for sharing!