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Sunday afternoon Gulf baptism

David Long, left, of Naples, waits as his wife, Judith Long, center, prepares to be baptized in the Gulf of Mexico by Pastor Hayes Wicker, right, of the First Baptist Church of Naples on Sunday, April 17, 2011. The baptism, which included 18 people from First Baptist Church of Naples, took place on the beach at the head of Park Shore Drive in Naples. Jennie Burkhalter, not pictured, of Naples, described the baptism experience as 'life changing' and 'the most remarkable moment of my life', as she chatted with family and friends after the ceremony. Tristan Spinski/Staff

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David Long, left, of Naples, waits as his wife, Judith Long, center, prepares to be baptized in the Gulf of Mexico by Pastor Hayes Wicker, right, of the First Baptist Church of Naples on Sunday, April 17, 2011. The baptism, which included 18 people from First Baptist Church of Naples, took place on the beach at the head of Park Shore Drive in Naples. Jennie Burkhalter, not pictured, of Naples, described the baptism experience as "life changing" and "the most remarkable moment of my life", as she chatted with family and friends after the ceremony. Tristan Spinski/Staff

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  • David Long, left, of Naples, is baptized in the Gulf of Mexico by Pastor Hayes Wicker, right, of the First Baptist Church of Naples on Sunday, April 17, 2011. The baptism, which included 18 people from First Baptist Church of Naples, took place on the beach at the head of Park Shore Drive in Naples. Jennie Burkhalter, not pictured, of Naples, described the baptism experience as 'life changing' and 'the most remarkable moment of my life', as she chatted with family and friends after the ceremony. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Scenes from a baptism in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, April 17, 2011. The baptism, which included 18 people from First Baptist Church of Naples, took place on the beach at the head of Park Shore Drive in Naples. Jennie Burkhalter, not pictured, of Naples, described the baptism experience as 'life changing' and 'the most remarkable moment of my life', as she chatted with family and friends after the ceremony. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Scenes from a baptism in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, April 17, 2011. The baptism, which included 18 people from First Baptist Church of Naples, took place on the beach at the head of Park Shore Drive in Naples. Jennie Burkhalter, not pictured, of Naples, described the baptism experience as 'life changing' and 'the most remarkable moment of my life', as she chatted with family and friends after the ceremony. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Scenes from a baptism in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, April 17, 2011. The baptism, which included 18 people from First Baptist Church of Naples, took place on the beach at the head of Park Shore Drive in Naples. Jennie Burkhalter, not pictured, of Naples, described the baptism experience as 'life changing' and 'the most remarkable moment of my life', as she chatted with family and friends after the ceremony. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Scenes from a baptism in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, April 17, 2011. The baptism, which included 18 people from First Baptist Church of Naples, took place on the beach at the head of Park Shore Drive in Naples. Jennie Burkhalter, not pictured, of Naples, described the baptism experience as 'life changing' and 'the most remarkable moment of my life', as she chatted with family and friends after the ceremony. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Scenes from a baptism in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, April 17, 2011. The baptism, which included 18 people from First Baptist Church of Naples, took place on the beach at the head of Park Shore Drive in Naples. Jennie Burkhalter, not pictured, of Naples, described the baptism experience as 'life changing' and 'the most remarkable moment of my life', as she chatted with family and friends after the ceremony. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • David Long, left, of Naples, waits as his wife, Judith Long, center, prepares to be baptized in the Gulf of Mexico by Pastor Hayes Wicker, right, of the First Baptist Church of Naples on Sunday, April 17, 2011. The baptism, which included 18 people from First Baptist Church of Naples, took place on the beach at the head of Park Shore Drive in Naples. Jennie Burkhalter, not pictured, of Naples, described the baptism experience as 'life changing' and 'the most remarkable moment of my life', as she chatted with family and friends after the ceremony. Tristan Spinski/Staff

18 people from First Baptist Church of Naples, along with family, friends and fellow congregation members, participated in a baptism ceremony on the beach at the head of Park Shore Drive in Naples on Dunday afernoon

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