542,000 and Counting

Photo from “Must Do” Visitor Guide


We know that the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is one of the most unique museums in the country, and now readers of Forbes Magazine know it, too!

Writer Gary Stoller notes that “the museum now houses a collection of about 542,000 shells. Besides local shells, shells from other countries, including some of the world’s largest,  » Read more

A Request from Andy

Pictured, left is Andy’s friend Jack with longtime Ocean’s Reach guest Tom M. from Glencoe, Mo.

Tom and his law partner, a past president of the USGA, had just contributed memorabilia for Jack’s treasured display.


A request from Andy:

My friend Jack has cancer. An avid golfer and retired golf course superintendent, Jack is now limited to spending time collecting and displaying the golf memorabilia and oddities which he has collected over the past 53 years.  » Read more

Family Fun on the Cheap!

Photo by Chelle Koster Walton


“The first thing that comes to mind when families plan vacations to the Fort Myers/Sanibel Island region? Beaches. Sandy beaches, beaches with lots of shells, beaches where the sun shines nearly every day. The beaches are indeed great, but they are just one of the area’s best-known attractions.

Sanibel Island, recognized as an early leader in ecotourism,  » Read more

Did Someone Say Bacon?


Now this sounds a little unusual!

Tonight, adults are invited to join in on the 5th Annual BaconFest Trolley Event, a bacon-themed pub crawl that’s become a staple in nearby Cape Coral’s Entertainment District. You’ll take trolleys around South Cape, stopping at various locations to enjoy bacon-themed and bacon-inspired drink and appetizer samples.

Participating locations & their samples:

Dolphin Day #5

Photo by Debra McGuire


Finishing up our list of fascinating dolphin facts this week, courtesy of USA Today:

15. Our fetuses look very similar.

While unborn babies of humans and dolphins are in the uterus, they both have a tail, though for humans that is only briefly. Scientists believe these so-called protrusions are a legacy of genetic material from ancestors.  » Read more

Dolphin Day #4

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Courtesy of USA Today, we’re continuing the list of surprising similarities between humans and dolphins.  Did you know:

12. We are self-aware.

Researchers discovered that dolphins become self-aware at an earlier age than humans and chimpanzees. Investigators studied two young dolphins at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and watched how the mammals interacted with their images in a mirror.  » Read more

Dolphin Day #3

Photo by Debra McGuire


More delightful dolphin facts, courtesy of USA Today.  Did you know:

8. Our genomes are virtually the same.

Veterinarians at Texas A&M University compared the chromosome makeup of humans and dolphins and found that we are surprisingly alike. David Busbee, a veterinarian from Texas A&M, said the genomes of humans and dolphins were virtually the same.  » Read more

Dolphin Day #2

Photo by Vincent LeColley


Courtesy of USA Today, we’re continuing the list of surprising similarities between humans and dolphins.  Did you know:

4. Some live in small groups.

The size of the pod varies, but most groups are between two and 30 members. In areas where there is plenty of food,  » Read more

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