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Oyster shell cart
Oyster shell cart
The National Park Service purchased an electric golf cart for $8,223 to distribute oyster shells at the DeSoto National Memorial in Bradenton, Fla.

The memorial commemorates the Spanish exploration of Florida. There are several walking trails around the site, and one happened to be made from crushed oyster shells.

As oyster shells tend to do, many washed away in rain and in high-tides. The Park Service wanted to re-shell the trail, but didn't have the manpower to do it.

Here's where the cart comes in: The Park Service had enough money to buy the replacement shells but the bags were too heavy for one person to manage. With the carts, one person drives down the trail, while another spreads the new shells from the bag off the back of the cart.

In addition to repaving the trail, both the cart and the shells were purchased from local companies, so that helped the local economy, said Park Service spokeswoman Joan Moody.

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Last updated September 04 2009: 1:56 PM ET
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