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Peggy Williams Hi! I'm Peggy Williams, shell collector and guide for shell collecting trips.


It's PO BOX 5616, Bradenton FL 34281. We have moved to a retirement community and I, indeed will retire at the end of 2017! Our phone number is the same, 941-355-2291, and my cel phone works as well (941) 400-9500. I'm looking for someone who can at least do the actual conducting of the trips... I can continue with the details and mailing for at least a year.

I began Shell Elegant in 1988 as a mail-order catalog selling items with a seashell motif, combining my love of seashells with mail order expertise. However, the catalog was discontinued after five years.

Meanwhile, I had continued and expanded on another favorite activity: leading groups of collectors to various countries for the joy of finding shells. Now that is my only business, and I generally arrange nine to ten trips per year.

Destinations include: Puerto Rico in the U.S., Western Canada, several Bahamian destinations (generally two per year), eastern and western Mexico, Colombia, Panama, other Caribbean islands and Brazil.

A new species I am always looking for new places to explore that are suitable for groups of six to twelve shell collectors.

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Pelican's Foot A lifelong Floridian, I have been collecting shells seriously for over 45 years by wading, snorkeling and diving. I have won numerous awards at Florida Shell Shows, judged shows, written many articles for popular shelling magazines (as well as my book on Caribbean Turridae), travelled extensively to collect shells, and guided many shell-collecting trips in Florida and foreign countries.

Collecting activity on these trips is limited to gathering for private collections. Though we sometimes take live shells, we are careful of the environment and selective with specimens, leaving poor quality shells, juvenile shells and animals on eggs. Part of the delight in this activity is in discovering the natural habitats of these animals and observing the marine environment.

Trip prices are based on double occupancy (sometimes three in efficiency rooms.) Prices are firm unless rising air fares dictate an increase. Trips depend on a minimum number of participants - if I must cancel, I will return deposits within a month. If you must cancel, deposits will be returned if you can be replaced. I can arrange connecting flights to a trip's point of origin, sometimes at considerable savings.

I send out complete information about the trip you have signed up for about six weeks before the trip starts: flight or meeting times and places, emergency telephone numbers, and suggestions on what to bring.

RESPONSIBILITY: Peggy Williams acts only in the capacity of agent in making arrangements for transportation, hotels and other tour reservations and does not assume responsibility for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to any act of default of carrier, hotel, restaurant, company or person rendering any of the services included on the tour. No responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to causes beyond our control.

As a Rotarian, I subscribe to The 4-Way Test of all we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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