Tortuga awards wedding contest prize

The winners of an Island resort Seashells Wedding Bells Win-A-Wedding Contest are Beverly Slimer and Jared Lussier of Tampa.

The couple attended the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce’s Island Wedding Festival Feb. 26-27, and received their prize basket during a poolside party at Tortuga Inn in Bradenton Beach Feb. 26.

The prize, offered by Tortuga Inn/Tradewinds/Seaside Inn beach resorts, included a Tiffany sterling silver key with chain and a $100 Tiffany gift certificate in the famed blue box.

The prize also included three free nights in a resort apartment, a bottle of Champagne, a box of chocolates, an arrangement of white roses, bride and groom T-shirts, a $100 gift certificate to a Chiles Group restaurant and room discounts for the wedding party.

Debbie Lussier, the mother of the groom, entered for the couple online at and guessed the number of shells in a Tiffany vase.

The couple plans to marry next spring.

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