With the mosquitoes finally starting to buzz around the swamp during this hot and muggy month, the residents of the Everglades area are relaxing and enjoying the quiet of the season.
On June 4, our eight graduates made us proud as they all accepted their high school diplomas from Mary Ann Gemmill, Chief Administrative Officer of the Collier County School Board. The following week, the elementary school students received awards, and June 10 was the last day of school. (Remember when you couldn’t wait until the last day of school and summer started?)
The Everglades Community Church is being renovated to enlarge the sanctuary with more seating. The pews have been disassembled and transported away for refurbishing. The original Dade County pine floors will be restored. Services will continue to be held in the fellowship hall until the work is completed (hopefully, in October when the winter residents start to return). The Everglades Community Church’s congregation was originally Presbyterian and dates back to 1926. After Barron Collier died in 1939, his estate donated the property to the Church with two conditions: That a building be erected before October 1, 1940; and that the Church be non-denominational. Work was begun and the building was dedicated on May 5, 1940. On September 4, 2007, Everglades City proclaimed the Community Church as historic and it is now a Florida Heritage Landmark. The bell tower and narthex were repaired in June 2008 as the first step towards complete restoration of the building. For more information and photos of the work in progress, visit website www.evergladescommunitychurch.com and click on Church Renovations.
Congratulations to Everglades City resident Becky Campbell and her Aeon Marine team who landed a record 197 lb tarpon in the June 4th Women’s Professional Tarpon Tournament Series and won 1st place in week #3 of the tournament held in Boca Grande. Becky is a licensed charter boat captain and you can learn more about her fishing trips on her website www.evergladesfishingcharters.com.
Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 16 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper.