Florida Master Naturalist Award of Excellence Nominee

Florida Master Naturalist Award of Excellence Nominee

Some of you may remember that I earned the Florida Master Naturalist Credential in 2012.  Recently, I was honored to be nominated by a number of people for the Florida Master Naturalist Award of Excellence.  I learned today that I am not the winning recipient of this award and would like to thank everybody who wrote a letter of nomination.  I am very thankful that I get to show so many people the natural beauty of Southwest Florida which is the greatest award of all.  See you all soon!
    Capt Brian
Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 21:48h, 01 March

    Oh Brian, I'm so sorry you didn't win. But you still have the greatest job in the world and your clients appreciate you more than you know. You share your heart with so many people and that means more than any award anyway.

  • Gail Douglas
    Posted at 21:48h, 01 March

    Congratulations on your nomination for such a wonderful award! I think you deserved to win, but then again, I may be a bit biased! I always learn so much from you on our excursions.

  • Morgan
    Posted at 19:44h, 03 March

    Boo! I'm so sorry you didn't win.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 02:55h, 05 March

    Thank you Gail, Kim and Morgan. I am just happy to do what I do, that is really the best award. I hope I can do it for another 20 years. Then I'll work on another 20.

  • Paul Brooke
    Posted at 14:57h, 31 March

    Sad you didn't win. But you are the best. So how about next year?

  • Paul Brooke
    Posted at 14:57h, 31 March

    Brian, you should have won! You are the best, hands down. Next year then.

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