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Aquarium dream becoming a reality

May 24, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum recently provided an update on its renovation project. In order to flood-proof the ground floor, officials needed to be sure that if there is ground water under the building, it will not lift up the floor. To the rescue was the crew who removed the four-inch concrete slab. Next, they dug down another foot and removed all the dirt. Then, they had to dig even further - say 18 inches between each of the 150 support columns. The trenches will be filled with concrete and rebar and anchored to the main columns, then they will pour a new 10-inch-thick reinforced floor. In addition, officials reported that the shell museum can include a bike path in its plans. Now, bikers can cross over from the Shared Use Path on Sanibel-Captiva Road in the crosswalk - thank you to the city of Sanibel - and safely ride to the building where there will be new bike racks waiting.

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