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Mote volunteers receive tourism award
Mote volunteers receive tourism award

Sarasota, Florida -- Gilly the Shark gets visitors to Mote Marine Laboratory excited about marine life. And now the couple responsible for Gilly's enthusiasm is being honored.

The Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the winners of the 2011 National Tourism Week awards on Thursday and they included volunteers Steve and Sharon Dickman. Steve is the guy inside the mascot getup and Sharon is Gilly's "handler".

The Dickmans received the award for Guest Service Excellence. The awards ceremony took place at Ed Smith Stadium.