It was 6:30 AM on June 21st , National Seashell Day, when people started lining up at the Outrigger Resort on Ft Myers Beach in anticipation of participating in a Guinness World Record attempt. Pre-Registry had been closed for 5 days, with 1,500 people signed up and expected. Today would decide if the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau’s dream would be reality.
“It’s been a long morning, and especially a long couple of months leading up to this, but it looks like we might get there,” Brian Ososky, the Director of Marketing for the Lee VCB said.
Food had been provided by Costco, along with several other amazing sponsors, but the Outrigger was the real star of the show.
“We’ve had our grounds people working since before the sun was up to make this a reality, along with VCB’s volunteers to keep everything moving and smooth, and so far it’s been an absolute blast,” Jeannie Bigos, part of the management team at Outrigger said.
The day was filled with music and dancing on the beach and a lot of fun, but that tension held the air ever so slightly.
At 9:20 they started filling in the zones they had mapped out on to the beach behind the Outrigger, cordoned off certain zones for timing purposes and they were off to the races.
The certified Guinness Inspector gave the announcement at the beach that Ft Myers Beach, on National Seashell Day, had in fact surpassed the previous record of 855 people for Worlds Largest Human Seashell with a grand total on 1,093 participants, awarding us a Guinness Certification for application and approval for the record.
“I’m almost in shock right now, but we got so many locals out here to celebrate the day and everybody gets in the record, it’s amazing we’ve come so far,” Ososky said amidst the celebrating.
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