Tag Archives: Chokoloskee

Fishing the 10,000 Islands Late November Into December

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com As November rolls into December, our winter fishery is finally here and some big changes are coming along with it. We can usually expect to have our first major cold front hit us around the middle of the month. We can expect Gulf water temperatures to drop down into the mid 60s later in ... Read More »

Local History & Mysteries

Submitted Ghosts of Chokoloskee? Death of Ochopee? New books with these fascinating local histories will be for sale at Art-in-the-Glades on Saturday, January 16, in Everglades City along with arts and crafts by local vendors. Chokoloskee is the home of the famous Smallwood Store & Museum, which is the setting of the killing of Mister Watson, the subject of a ... Read More »

Marie Thompson Retires from Goodland Post Office

Marie Thompson as customers saw her. PHOTO BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn Friday, October 30, 2015 was Marie Thompson’s last day with the U.S. Postal Service. After 15 years with the postal service, Marie is exchanging her postage machine for a pickup truck and camper. She and her husband Mike plan on doing some traveling around North America. “Mike and I have always wanted to travel,” said Marie, “Our ... Read More »

The October Fishing Season in the 10,000 Islands

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com For us fishing enthusiasts in the 10,000 Islands, fall can prove to be our absolute favorite time of year! While the sun can still be strong during October, and the air will still be a bit thick, you can expect the regular rainstorms to taper off, as the changing of the season starts to ... Read More »

Annual Everglades Bike Ride

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By Patty Huff Once again, bicycling enthusiasts will have an opportunity to experience the “real” Everglades during the annual Everglades Bike Ride with registration beginning at 7:30 AM on Sunday, April 12 (discounted rate prior to April 4). Again, this year the ride will include options for both road and off-road cyclists with a “smooth ride” of 62 miles (starting ... Read More »

Local History Authors at Fest

Submitted Local historians Betsy Perdichizzi and Marya Repko will be signing their books at the Author Fest held by the Marco Island Writers on Wednesday, March 4, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Marco Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Avenue. Betsy is well-known for her publication A Girl Called Tommie; Queen of Marco Island which tells how this amazing woman was ahead of her time in the progress of the island and fought ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net A Public Hearing will be held on July 10 at the Capri Community Center (time is not certain at this time) to ask any questions regarding the future of the Isle of Capri Fire-Rescue Department. The final fire district vote will take place on August 26, and you will want to get all the information you need ... Read More »

Remembering Animal Friends

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One of the best-beloved pets in Everglades City was “Jitters, the furry white Bichon Frises doggie who made friends everywhere and left us at age 15. He adored his kittens, who were roommates and soul-mates. He idolized his human companion who described him as “my pal” – they galluted around together and took vacations to the beach where the doggie ... Read More »

Everglades Seafood Festival Nears

Music and entertainment can be seen on the big stage the entire weekend.

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The 41st Annual Everglades City Seafood Festival is just around the corner — then another three blocks down, take a left and you’ll see it straight ahead another two blocks. That’s what you’ll hear if you get there late, that is. The spectacular line-up of seafood, music, arts and crafts, rides and games draws thousands to ... Read More »

The Star of the Everglades Its Journey From the 1920s to Today

The historical Lopez home located on the Lopez River. Jim Webb recalls that at the end of mullet season there were always big parties held here; the home no longer exists. Photo by Alvin Lederer

COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward CWoodward@wpl-legal.com Mention the vessel Star of the Everglades to local, long-time residents, and it brings a big smile to their faces. Soon, they are flooded with memories of this fabulous boat which was aptly named the Star. Not only was the Star a luxury cruise boat for its day, but it also opened up the Ten Thousand ... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The Smallwood Store has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places for 39 years.

Re: Smallwood Store Public Hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 Dear Commissioners, Smallwood Store and Museum is under attack again, but this time by our own county! If you vote to vacate the 100-year old road to Smallwood Store, thereby jeopardizing the continuing existence of this historic structure, you are letting your taxpayers down! The Smallwood Store came under attack last ... Read More »

Mamie Street Controversy

At one point, Florida Georgia Grove was forced to repave the road to Smallwood after the developer bulldozed it without warning. Now, the BCC is thinking about giving the county-owned road to Florida-Georgia Grove to maintain it, even after the company has failed six Code Enforcement inspections. PHOTO BY NATALIE STROM

By Patricia Huff For the past two years, visitors to the Historic Smallwood Store and Museum have had to drive through the unsightly property owned by Florida-Georgia Grove LLC (FGG) on Mamie Street in Chokoloskee. In August of 2012, Collier County Code Enforcement Office sent a notice of violation to FGG to clean up its property. For the past four ... Read More »

EDITORIAL: Highway Robbery

By Patricia Huff The title of this article is not my own but came from someone who believes this is what is happening to Mamie Street. On Thursday, October 10, District 5 Commissioner Tim Nance along with County Attorney Jeff Klatzkow; Nick Casalanguida, Administrator of the Growth Management Division; and Richard Grant, Attorney for the Smallwood Store & Museum, met ... Read More »

Mamie Street

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By Patricia Huff Here we go again! On September 10, 2013, almost two years after the County Court ordered Florida-Georgia Grove LLP (FGG) to repave and restore Mamie Street, residents in Chokoloskee received a notice that the county was considering “vacating” that section of Mamie Street. The County would no longer own or maintain that portion of Mamie Street. You ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet

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Submitted Come to historic Everglades City for the Annual Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet on Saturday, September 28, on the bank of the Barron River at the Rod & Gun Lodge. The event starts at 1 p.m.with fun for all the family and ends at around 4 p.m. There will be arts & crafts booths, music, and a frog-jumping ... Read More »

Explore Our Island History!

Join us for a really unique “Olde Florida” treat. The Friends of Fakahatchee are hosting Coastal Cruises through the mysterious mangroves of the Ten Thousands Island. On the way, you will probably see dolphins cavorting with the tour boat. When you arrive at Fakahatchee Island, a naturalist will point out unusual plants on the path up the ancient shell mound ... Read More »

TREAT YOUR FRIENDS TO A NEW VIEW OF FLORIDA

Don’t know what to do with your energetic visitors? Send them on a Swamp Walk in the Fakahatchee. If they are relatively fit and don’t mind getting wet to the waist while wondering at the marvels of this primeval environment, they’ll have memories and photos to take home of a Florida far from concrete condos and shopping malls. The walk ... Read More »

Making a go of it in the Glades

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Over a century ago, families traveled to Southwest Florida, pioneering the harsh environment and extreme temperature to forge a new life. Everglades City is one of the oldest settlements of these pioneer towns, along with Chokoloskee and Ochopee. Built on trading and raised on fishing, these quiet towns still hold allure to young families looking to ... Read More »

Goodland USPS Under Review

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The United States Postal Service has implemented a new system called the POST Plan to better align its service with customer demand. In order to do this, a review of nearly 14,000 Post Offices is taking place throughout the country and the Goodland Post Office is on that list. Those who have P.O. Boxes at the ... Read More »

Independence Day in the Everglades

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP  Patricia Huff  mulletrapper@gmail.com Please join us in Everglades City on Saturday, June 30, for a fun-filled day to celebrate our country’s Independence Day. We like to start the festivities early before it gets too hot. There are lots of activities to keep you entertained so bring the whole family. Opening ceremony will begin at 9:30 AM. The ... Read More »