Ocean City held a contest in 1985 to reward the vacationer whose bottle traveled the farthest. The message was written by Heidi Kay Werstler of Trembler's Trailer Park in Pennsylvania.
Workers at The Sanderling Resort & Spa in Duck, N.C., found the bottle while cleaning up after last week's storm.
The contest has long since expired. But Ocean City wants to track down Werstler to award her a prize of saltwater taffy.
Information from: The Press of Atlantic City, http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com