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Museum accepts ‘Mystery in a Bottle’

By Staff | Dec 6, 2017

Pine Island Eagle editor Ed Franks presents the “Mystery in a Bottle” to Pine Island Museum director Rebeca Brown. PHOTO PROVIDED

Saturday morning, Rebeca Brown, director of the Pine Island Museum of the Islands, was presented with the long awaited ‘Mystery in a Bottle.”

Early on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 14, Dean Adler and friend Sharon Smith were walking along Carlin Beach, in Jupiter, Florida, watching the sunrise when Adler spotted something on the beach.

“I could see that it was a bottle but I could also see there was something inside it so I picked it up,” Adler said. “I could read ‘The Pine Island Eagle’ through the green glass and I could also read the date, Aug. 17, 1977. I decided to bring it home. I Googled the Eagle website, found the phone number and called the office.”

Originally Adler and Smith intended to deliver the bottle personally but when something came up, Adler sent it Priority Mail. The bottle arrived at the Eagle office Tuesday morning.

“The interesting thing is Pine island is on the west coast and we’re on the East,” Adler said. “If it was thrown into the water over there it had to travel through the Keys and up the east coast to Jupiter. Where has it been for the last 40 years?”

The editor delivered the bottle to MOTI where it was placed alongside the Pine Island Eagle Time Capsule.