Sand dollars: Rick and Capri Mungeam make a business out of sand sculptures

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 04:14 PM.

“Many people think of small buckets in the sand,” said Rick. “But you can sculpt anything.”

“Once people see the possibilities, it’s really kind of endless,” said Capri, who helps her husband — and tones her biceps — by carrying the eight-gallon, 42.5-pound buckets of water from the Gulf to wet the soft sand.

The sweat is worth it, and without fail, every time he makes a sculpture, people will approach to ooh and ah and take photos.

Though Rick and Capri saw firsthand how well the sculptures were received, it wasn’t until Rick created a castle, complete with heart and banner, at Grayton Beach that “the light bulb turned on.”

“A wedding party showed up and they wanted to use the sculpture in their wedding photos,” he said.

Later, families showed up to take sunset photos on the beach and wanted to use it as well. He recalled thinking, “How can we turn this into a business?”

But the couple didn’t plant their feet firmly in our snow-white sand at that time, and continued traveling to enter into sand sculpting competitions from Pensacola to South Florida.

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