Bilmar Beach Resort to erect sand castle replicas of Lincoln, White House in time for RNC

Published Aug. 16, 2012

TREASURE ISLAND — Giant sand castle replicas of President Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln Memorial and the White House will be erected behind the Bilmar Beach Resort in tribute to the Republican National Convention.

Construction of the sculptures has already begun on the beach behind the resort. Sand castle artists Dan Doubleday and Meredith Corson will use 30 tons of imported sand to build the replicas, which will be complete by Aug. 26, just in time for the convention.

The Bilmar regularly hosts sand castle competitions and was the site of the world's largest sand castle in 1985.

"Treasure Island is the sand sculpture capital of Florida," Clyde Smith, general manager of the Bilmar Beach Resort, said in a news release. "So we thought it only appropriate to recognize this event with the artwork of our world famous local artists."

The sculptures will be on display until Sept. 17, weather permitting.