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Team’s the Theme for Lely Softball

The Lely softball team, front row (from left) Lily Manning, Brittany Kordus, Rebecca Gates, Sivan Palacios and Payton Krumholz. Second row (from left) Priscilla Mendez, Alicia Palacios, Savannah Weiben, April Alvarado and Vanessa Palacios.

By Roger LaLonde  Team, that is what Rich Costante, Lely softball coach, stresses. When he talks about his Lady Trojans he machine guns a litany of names. Costante didn’t mention that in his first season in 2015 the Lady Trojans downed Naples and Barron Collier, a feat not done by a Lely coach in 15 years. They also won the district championship. He is quick to say, “It is not me. Before me (coach) Jess (Duesler) did a great job.” On March 25 the Lady Trojans played a gritty game with Immokalee, taking a late-inning 2-1 victory. It moved their ... Read More »

Rescue Monroe Station

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Submitted Before one of the last historical icons on the Tamiami Trail falls down, a local group wants to save it. You can help them… and help yourself to a tax deduction for your charitable donation. Monroe Station is a prime example of the rest stops that Barron Collier built in 1928 to help motorists along the new gravel road across the Everglades. The building at the corner of Loop Road & US41, about 20 miles east of SR29 on the way to Miami, was later expanded and became a popular meeting place for hunters and travelers in this isolated ... Read More »

Historic Site #9 Old Tamiami Trail Marker, Horse Creek Estates

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff A portion of the Horse Creek Estates subdivision contains an abandoned segment of the Old Tamiami Trail. The Tamiami Trail links the two great cities for which it was named, Tampa and Miami, and was officially opened April 26, 1928. Florida is indebted to Captain J.F. Jaudon, whose faith and persistence kept the project alive, and to Barron Collier, who completed it. In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, the Historic and Archaeological Preservation Board of Collier County produces a 28-page booklet featuring ... Read More »

Leadership Marco in Session: History

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The Leadership Marco sessions are underway! On August 12, History was the subject and the class of 2015 learned about the heritage of Marco Island. Laura Schneider of Iberiabank gave Coastal Breeze a great recap of a most educational adventure. Class began with a trip to the Marco Island History Museum where Craig Woodward guided them on a tour of the exhibits and local history. The group then hopped aboard the bus for a trip to local landmarks around the island. “I’ve lived here for 10 years, and there is a lot I didn’t know,” says ... Read More »

Tamiami Trail: The Name Was Easy, The Rest… Not So Much

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Let’s get one thing out of the way right from the start. The Tamiami Trail is so named because it connects Miami and Tampa Bay. But the name was the easy part. The rest was a grueling process that spanned eleven years. On April 21st, Park Ranger Bob DeGross, Big Cypress National Preserve, Chief of Interpretation and Public Affairs, gave a presentation at the Rose History Auditorium called “A Road Runs Through It”. In it, he chronicles the process of completing this enormous project. Key West was the largest city in Florida when the Tamiami Trail ... Read More »

Early Collier County History

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Here’s a rare chance to hear about our early history. When the little farming village of Everglades suddenly became the county seat in 1923 after Collier County was established, Barron Collier attracted many talented and experienced people to help him administer his new regime. One was F. J. Frankenhoff who arrived from New York and started working for the new county, eventually becoming Chairman of the School Board. His granddaughter Lynn Pierce has delved into the family history and wrote about her mother, “growing up in Everglades was like paradise” despite the mosquitoes and remoteness. Lynn has even visited the original Collier home where her mother grew up. She will talk about what she discovered about this early county luminary and ... Read More »

Tamiami Trail Turns 85

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Upon its completion, the Tamiami Trail was touted as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Barron Gift Collier, for whom our County is named, and D. Graham Copeland, for whom the town is named, were the men behind the incredible engineering feat. Since the completion of the road in 1928, motorists have been able to travel from Tampa to Miami, thus the name, with ease. Celebrating its milestone birthday, Everglades City threw a party worthy of the road that forever changed travel in Southwest Florida. Prior to the road, boats were really the only form of ... Read More »

REMEMBERING HELEN: Building the Marco Community

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By Craig Woodward  CWoodward@wpl-legal.com  On Wednesday, November 14, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, a church which first opened 46 years earlier in November of 1966, many old timers came together to celebrate the life of a Modern Marco pioneer – Helen Tateo. She and her husband, Vince, moved to Marco Island in August of 1966, just a little over a year and a half after the official grand opening of the Island on January 31, 1965. They had first visited in February of 1966 and within eight months moved here permanently, bringing with them their three young sons: Paul, age ... Read More »

Honoring the Tamiami Trail

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It was a night that honored the Tamiami Trail. Guest speakers Keith Pershing of Island Automotive and Bob DeGross of Big Cypress National Preserve each lectured on the wonders of the era of the automobile to a full Rose Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum on August 7. Special Guest Speaker, Keith Pershing, owner of Island Automotive on Marco, spoke about his efforts “Restoring Life to the MIHS 1922 Ford Model T Truck.” Donated to the Society by The Naples Daily News in 2009, the truck didn’t run until Christmas of 2011. Thanks to the ... Read More »

Kids’ History of Everglades Area

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Just in time for back-to-school, here’s a kids’ history of the Everglades City area. “The Story of Everglades City; A History for Younger Readers” had been out of print for several years and is now available again. The book tells about the pioneers in this fascinating area, Barron Collier founding of the County, the building of the Tamiami Trail, Deaconess Harriet Bedell helping the Seminoles, logging in the Fakahatchee, and President Harry S Truman opening the Everglades National Park. Author Marya Repko has written a number of local history books including her adult version of ... Read More »

The 11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Local Charities

Sunday, February 26th In partnership with the Island Country Club’s Charitable Foundation and the Island Parks and Recreation Foundation 2012  Student Golfers Barron Collier Stephanie Carlozzi Brighton Summers Michael Stuckert Madison Hotchkiss Antonio Sorhegui Chris Garbo Gulf Coast   William Shisler, Jr Cheyenne Hemberger Alex Sapp Anastasia Talalenko Elizabeth Manley Lely Lucas Avila Brandon Black Samantha Camposano Michael Mitchusson Tom Zelenik Naples Tommy Jewell Grant Taleck Buy Tickets Now!  (239) 394-6661   $200 per golfer includes even events   $40 Wine Tasting for non golfers     Buy Now: $200 Golf Ticket  $40 Wine Tasting      Read More »

Learn about the Monroe Station & the Trail

When the Tamiami Trail was completed across the Everglades in 1928, Barron Collier set up six patrol stations along the road to help motorists. One of these historic buildings is Monroe Station, once a popular wayside stop in the desolate Big Cypress east of Ochopee. It became a popular meeting place for hunters who still leave their trucks there when negotiating the Loop Road on swamp buggies. The building has been closed and boarded up for many years but it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can hear about the history of Monroe Station, the gladesman culture that favored it, ... Read More »