Message in a bottle discovered after 36 years

A message placed in a bottle has finally been found after 36 years in the ocean.

On June 10, 1981 in Florida's Fernandina Beach, Douglas Stephens sent a message in a glass bottle requesting just one thing: that the person who finds it contacts him to let him know.

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The boardwalk was built to accommodate visitors in 1926. On some days, the park was so packed that there were no places to sit — even on the sand.

 July of 1940

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The Cyclone roller coaster has been operating for almost 90 years. It officially opened in 1927.


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The amusement areas at Coney Island — Dreamland, Luna Park, and Steeplechase Park — made it the largest amusement area in the nation from the end of the 19th century through World War II.

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Parts of the original Luna Park burned down in 1944, and it was officially closed in 1946.

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None of the three original amusement areas are currently there, thanks to several fires and closures. A newer version of Luna Park opened up in 2010.

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Many of the roller coasters that were burned down now have newer versions — such as the Thunderbolt, which was originally built in the 1920s and reinvented in 2014.

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The beach has always been a place where people flock to during the hot summer days. Here's a scene of a particularly crowded day.

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The Wonder Wheel is the oldest ride in the area. It has been operating since 1918 and is now known as a National Historic Landmark.

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Coney Island is also home to many popular food locations, like Nathan's Famous, which opened its first location in Coney Island in 1916.

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Frozen custard was invented in Coney Island when ice cream vendors Archie and Elton Kohr found a way to make ice cream stay cold for a longer period of time.

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Today, visitors can still enjoy a number of rides, walk along the boardwalk, and take a swim in the Atlantic Ocean.

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In mid-June this year, Ryan Burchett found himself gifted with that task.

While fishing with his friends and family at Little St. Simon's Island in Southern Georgia, Burchett found the bottle on the shore.

After finding that Stephen's was no longer at the address listed in his message, Burchett went to a local shop, Southeast Adventure Outfitters, for help.

The business used Facebook to help track Stephens down.

Burchett found Stephens in Acworth, Georgia, a city not too far from Atlanta.

For all those who doubted the powers of the ocean, don't.

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