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Shell museum project pushing forward

October 9, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum recently provided an update on its renovation project. The updated building is large and waterproof, with impact-resistant windows. For those concerned, it will not remain the current bright yellow. That is actually waterproofing put on the new siding before the stucco is added. Moving ahead with finishing the exterior, the new glass walls will be installed in about two weeks and the plywood removed. In addition, officials noted that they had no idea when the project got started about the size, weight and space that would be needed for animal - and people - life support and comfort. Chillers, generators, salt water mixing tanks, air handlers and more. The old mechanical platform in the back of the museum was a small wooden structure. The new one is huge - and fascinating. Officials are looking forward to sharing some of the new things it can do when they host behind-the-scenes tours in a few months. The museum is scheduled to reopen in a limited capacity, while the aquariums are set to open in early 2020. The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is at 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel.

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