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Jason Berzowski of Longboat Key Fire and Rescue prepares to drop the tape measure from the top of the cotton plant down to the ground Friday, July 15 at Casa del Mar.

PHOTO GALLERY: Casa del Mar's cotton plant ceremony

Friday, Jul. 15, 2011 | Jason Berzowski of Longboat Key Fire and Rescue prepares to drop the tape measure from the top of the cotton plant down to the ground Friday, July 15 at Casa del Mar.

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Mark Meador and D.M. Williams pose together on the tennis court with the fire truck and cotton plant in the background Friday, July 15 at Casa del Mar.
PHOTO GALLERY: Casa del Mar's cotton plant ceremony

Friday, Jul. 15, 2011 | Mark Meador and D.M. Williams pose together on the tennis court with the fire truck and cotton plant in the background Friday, July 15 at Casa del Mar.

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Plaques hang near the cotton plant to show how tall the cotton plant has grown and to let people know that the plant is in the Guinness Book of World Records.
PHOTO GALLERY: Casa del Mar's cotton plant ceremony

Friday, Jul. 15, 2011 | Plaques hang near the cotton plant to show how tall the cotton plant has grown and to let people know that the plant is in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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Pieces of cotton were visible on the cotton plant that was measured for the Guinness Book of World Records Friday, July 15 at Casa del Mar.
PHOTO GALLERY: Casa del Mar's cotton plant ceremony

Friday, Jul. 15, 2011 | Pieces of cotton were visible on the cotton plant that was measured for the Guinness Book of World Records Friday, July 15 at Casa del Mar.

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A sizeable crowd showed up from Casa del Mar and all over Longboat Key to witness the measuring of the cotton plant Friday, July 15 at Casa del Mar.
PHOTO GALLERY: Casa del Mar's cotton plant ceremony

Friday, Jul. 15, 2011 | A sizeable crowd showed up from Casa del Mar and all over Longboat Key to witness the measuring of the cotton plant Friday, July 15 at Casa del Mar.

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Event flyers and some wrapped up cotton balls were in a basket by the food table Friday, July 15 at Casa del Mar.
PHOTO GALLERY: Casa del Mar's cotton plant ceremony

Friday, Jul. 15, 2011 | Event flyers and some wrapped up cotton balls were in a basket by the food table Friday, July 15 at Casa del Mar.

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People enjoyed some food and beverages on the tennis courts while they waited for the official measuring of the cotton plant to begin.
PHOTO GALLERY: Casa del Mar's cotton plant ceremony

Friday, Jul. 15, 2011 | People enjoyed some food and beverages on the tennis courts while they waited for the official measuring of the cotton plant to begin.

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Bonnie Schneider, middle, brought her visiting daughter-in-law, Norma, and son, Chris, to see the measuring of the cotton plant.
PHOTO GALLERY: Casa del Mar's cotton plant ceremony

Friday, Jul. 15, 2011 | Bonnie Schneider, middle, brought her visiting daughter-in-law, Norma, and son, Chris, to see the measuring of the cotton plant.

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Ervin Shannon waits to hear what the exact measurement of the cotton plant is from Mark Meador Friday, July 15 at Casa del Mar.
PHOTO GALLERY: Casa del Mar's cotton plant ceremony

Friday, Jul. 15, 2011 | Ervin Shannon waits to hear what the exact measurement of the cotton plant is from Mark Meador Friday, July 15 at Casa del Mar.

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Ervin Shannon of the Manatee County Cooperative Extension writes down the exact height, 32 feet, of the cotton plant Friday, July 15 at Casa del Mar.
PHOTO GALLERY: Casa del Mar's cotton plant ceremony

Friday, Jul. 15, 2011 | Ervin Shannon of the Manatee County Cooperative Extension writes down the exact height, 32 feet, of the cotton plant Friday, July 15 at Casa del Mar.

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D.M. Williams talks to the crowd of people to let them know the new height of the cotton plant Friday, July 15 at Casa del Mar.
PHOTO GALLERY: Casa del Mar's cotton plant ceremony

Friday, Jul. 15, 2011 | D.M. Williams talks to the crowd of people to let them know the new height of the cotton plant Friday, July 15 at Casa del Mar.

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Ervin Shannon, Mark Meador, D.M. Williams and Matt Walsh pose together by the cotton plant after the measurement Friday, July 15 at Casa del Mar.
PHOTO GALLERY: Casa del Mar's cotton plant ceremony

Friday, Jul. 15, 2011 | Ervin Shannon, Mark Meador, D.M. Williams and Matt Walsh pose together by the cotton plant after the measurement Friday, July 15 at Casa del Mar.

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Members of the Longboat Key Garden Club showed up for the big event.
PHOTO GALLERY: Casa del Mar's cotton plant ceremony

Friday, Jul. 15, 2011 | Members of the Longboat Key Garden Club showed up for the big event.

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