Why I Went for Guinness World Record

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Why would I drive 45 minutes at 6:30 in the morning to stand for hours in the hot sun at the beach???

It was June 21st, the First Day of Summer.

It was National Seashell Day.

So???

The Lee County Vistitor and Convention Bureau,   does such a tremendous job of promoting our county and drawing visitors from all over the world.

To help give Lee County a bigger image in the eyes of the world, they decided that since we are the Seashell Capital of the World, we should attempt the Guinness World Record for the largest human image of a seashell.

I believe that when others do things that advance the Real Estate business, I should volunteer my time to help with their projects.

The current record holder of largest human image of a seashell was held by Shell Oil Co. On October 2017 in Nicosia, Cypress they set the record with 855 people.

On June 21 the Lee Transit began to bus participants to the Outrigger Beach Resort on Fort Myers Beach.

Guinness has sent an official adjudicator to monitor and confirm the attempt.

Hundreds of people began to gather at the beach.

A local Engineering Company arrived early in the morning to stake out the pattern for the formation of the shell. TV stations had cameras on site to record this event.

The excitement was rising as the time passed. Finally, after the Star Spangled Banner was sung, we began to move to our assigned spots on the beach.

It was hot and some stood in place for over an hour waiting for the formation to be completed.

Overhead, they had sent up a drone to record the formation. The adjudicator carefully counted each participant and surveyed the formation.

A specific shell had been selected as our model. It was THE Junonia shell. A beautiful shell that is rarely found on a beach.

The formation had to be held for 5 minutes for the attempt to count.

Finally, the Guinness adjudicator announced that we had indeed broken the World Record with 1093 participants.

Yes, it was a great experience, but why did I participate?

Tourism is a major force in Florida, and Southwest Florida is a big part of the attraction.

Last year, $3.16 billion was generated by the Tourism industry in Lee County. 

Lee County has some of the greatest beaches in the country:

Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Springs, Estero, Pine Island, Boca Grande & Outer Islands, Lover Key State Park Beach.

The number one country that we attract visitors from is Germany, then Canada. We attracted 5 million visitors last year.

Many of these visitors enjoy the amenities we offer and fall in love with the area. They then buy property. Some for investment and some for vacation purposes.

I love to give back to the community and I work hard to make it a better place. The Guinness World Record will make a big impact on the marketing that is done to tell the world that Lee County Florida is really a great place to visit and to live.

If you want a place in the sun where you can walk the beach and find some of the best seashells in the world, come to Lee County. And when you come, be sure to contact me for more information about the area.

You can also go to Going Beyond the Beach a great video of the area.

 

Want to see homes for sale in Lee County and surrounding area, shop here Search Southwest Florida Homes Here

Tell everyone that you can recommend a Guinness World Record Holder in Southwest Florida who CARES and knows what is going on in this great market.

 

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Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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John, thank you always for stopping by my posts and commenting.  Hope you are enjoying your summer.

Jul 23, 2018 03:04 PM #28
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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John, loved your response and you are 100% correct, hope you are staying busy hence not blogging, Endre

Jul 26, 2018 10:05 PM #29
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John Henry, Florida Architect
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Hi John, I have been in Orlando for over 30 years and have only been to the Clearwater and possibly Sanibel beaches.  What is the best time of year to go shelling?  Great event, big congrats!  Thanks for the post.

Jul 29, 2018 04:18 AM #30
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Lise Howe
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I am keeping a bucket list of places in the United States that I want to go - Sanibel is going on that list! 

Jul 29, 2018 04:55 AM #31
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John Wiley
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John Henry glad you liked the post.

The best time to go shelling in Southwest Florida is between December and April. Good shelling is right after a storm that produced a lot of wave action. At that time the waves bring up the shells from deeper water and deposit them on the beach.

The weather is cooler during that period and people enjoy being on the beach more than in the warmer season.

Give it a try, it is a very popular and addicting activity.

Jul 29, 2018 02:49 PM #32
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John Wiley
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Lise Howe You have chosen a great place, Sanibel Island, to put on your bucket list. There are some great beaches and it abounds in Seashells. There are great varieties of wildlife and water-life to observe.

If you like boating, it is a great place to canoe, kayak, or hire a boat for a tour of other islands as well as some great fishing.

Hope you can make the visit soon, you will be glad you did.

Thanks for commenting.

Jul 29, 2018 02:53 PM #33
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Congratulations on being part of a World Guinness Book Record!

Aug 19, 2018 09:57 PM #34
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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John Wiley - I wanted to compliment you on your new profile photo. Boy do you look handsom! Did you enter the contest offered by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, - he's asking us to change our profile photo and you did that!!!

Oct 15, 2018 06:52 PM #35
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John Wiley
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Patricia Feager Thank you for your kind compliments.

I did not see the contest for changing profile photos. I just knew it was time.

Oct 16, 2018 04:19 AM #36
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Will Hamm
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Wow John,  I am impress at his event to be a  member to be in, good for you.  Good way to get to network.

 

Dec 14, 2018 09:33 AM #37
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning John - I just stopped back to wish you very happy holidays.  Hope you are having a great year.

Dec 15, 2018 06:49 AM #38
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John, what a great way to support tourism in your community. I'm sure it was not only worthwhile, but fun. And how nice to get a note of thank you from the organizers on this post. Well done. ( I also like your new profile photo). 

Jan 08, 2019 08:32 AM #39
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John Wiley
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD thank you for your great comments.

It was a lot of fun to see so many people come together to accomplish a task.

It is good to give.

Jan 09, 2019 04:36 AM #40
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Grant Schneider
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Hi John Wiley - thank you for commenting on my blog.  Looking forward to seeing some of your posts.

Feb 13, 2019 01:11 PM #41
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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John Wiley - Just thought I'd pop on by to say hi!

I hope you're doing well!

Feb 16, 2019 04:36 PM #42
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Must feel amazing to be part of something that large and to also be successful at achieving it as well. Well done. Hope one of those Germans will see your effort and call you up to buy a beachfront property.

Mar 05, 2019 11:40 AM #43
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John Wiley
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 It was a great day and a great event.

I am ready for the foreign buyers to come my way.

Thanks for your comments.

Mar 05, 2019 11:50 AM #44
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John Wiley - I hope Father's Day was good for you and that life is good!

Jun 16, 2019 06:19 PM #45
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John Wiley
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP Thank you for thinking of me. Every day is good because that is what I look for.

I trust you find much good in today.

Best wishes

Jun 17, 2019 03:24 AM #46
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I was looking for your current posts. I hope all is going well for you.

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