Captain Mike Fuery and I traveled in my boat to a place we both have shelled for many years, Cayo Costa. This trip was to attend the placing of a plaque for the original "Shell Lady of Cayo Costa Island", Carol Sellars. Carol lived on the island for decades and would shell almost every day. A small group of people attended this special event. Everyone present placed a shell next to Carol's plaque and stories were shared. It was a special day on the island. I enjoyed talking with Mike and listening to him on our trip to and from the island. We talked about shells, boats, secret spots, clients, cigars and shelling. Captain Mike Fuery and Carol Sellars are two people that I hold in high regards when it comes to Cayo Costa and shelling.
Immerse in an ECO-Tour and Experience Southwest Florida Islands by Boat
“Captain Brian Holaway is well versed in the intricacies of our unmatched locale. He can guide to and through a multitude of out-of-the way tidal creeks, bayous, keys and islands. More important is his passionate interest and respect for the region. With unique insights from his many explorations and his studies, not only does he identify the birds and wildlife that inhabit our semi-tropical watery land, but he explains their interconnectedness to their environment and each other. In addition, he shares the fascinating history of rugged people who came long before us: Florida Native Indians, the Calusa, the Spanish, the Cubans, early homesteaders, and the wisdom evident in the growth of their culture.
You will come away with great enjoyment and a new understanding of this beautiful place and its history.”
Historian, Betty Anholt
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