When the tree had to be cut down after storm damage, the Resort Improvement District board of directors thought it might be a good idea to have the remaining stump carved into something.
The community voted and came up with three ideas. Local citizen and pastor of The Chapel by the Sea, Bruce Willis, volunteered to do the carving. Of the three choices, he saw Smokey The Bear in that stump and went to work.
Photo -- Bruce Willis puts the finishing touches on Smokey The Bear in Shelter Cove.