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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 to prepare for the vote. Ask any questions and receive answers so that you will be comfortable with your decision when you vote. If you will be out of town and haven’t registered for an absentee ballot yet, please do ... 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 rolled in the sand while the human shuffled in the surf searching for shells. Donations in Jits’ memory and to his kitty cousins, who miss him terribly, can be made to the local 501(c)(3) animal charity: Feral Felines, Inc., P.O. ... 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 historic Everglades City every year for this fabulous festival. The weekend-long event will take place on Friday, Feb. 7-Sunday, Feb. 9. Festivities begin on Friday night at 5 PM and end at 10 PM. Saturday runs from 10 AM-10 PM, ... 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 Islands to world-class fishing. Digging into the vessel’s history, one quickly hears stories. Its first owner made money in the bird feather, or plume, trade in the late 1800s. The boat’s builder was extremely wealthy, becoming famous by running whiskey ... 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 year when Florida-Georgia Grove (FGG), a Limited Liability Partnership from Sebring, FL, bought property adjacent to the Store knowing that the deed had a public road right in the middle of it. Over one weekend, bulldozers were brought in to ... 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 months, the county has been going through the same process as it did just one year ago. Code Enforcement has sent an inspector out to the site on six different occasions to see if the violation is still outstanding, and ... 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 with Chokoloskee neighbors and the public to discuss the settlement agreement whereby Collier County would “vacate” Mamie Street which would then become the private road of Florida-Georgia Grove LLP. Thirty-six people attended the meeting, most of whom voiced their opposition ... 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 may recall that in April 2011 FGG bulldozed Mamie Street, denying access to the historic Smallwood Store. In May the County Commissioners directed its attorney to file suit against Florida-Georgia Grove. It was determined by the County Court in October ... 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 contest for the kiddies before local pastors bless each boat at 2 p.m. Some vessels in the fleet have been operated by the same families for generations and ship their catch worldwide. The traps will be dropped on October 5 ... 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 to the old cemetery. On the return journey, the boat passes by a famous rookery where the birds will be settling down for the evening. We might think of “Fakahatchee” as a swamp with Ghost Orchids and Florida Panthers but to ... 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 is led by naturalists who can point out the rare plants along the way and answer questions about this local state park which was saved from development in the 1970s. The Fakahatchee is called “the Amazon of North America” and ... 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 make a go of it in the Glades. No stranger to the stories of the pioneer days, Jack Shealy is a third generation Ochopee native. His family has been in Southwest Florida even longer. “We settled down here in the ... 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 Goodland Post Office recently received a letter outlining possible changes to Postal service within the community. As the letter stated, “The Goodland Post Office was among the offices evaluated under the POST Plan criteria. The Postal Service is now soliciting ... 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 theme of this year’s event is “Honoring our Veterans” with prizes for the best floats in the parade which will start at 10:00 AM. Last year, one of the floats was the boat built by Everglades youngsters during the CCSO ... Read More »

Green thumb 101 with the butterfly guy

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com “My idea of a garden is to spend more time looking at it and enjoying it than working in it. That’s the key. Gardening is fun. If you’re spending tons of money on water and maintenance, it takes the joy out of gardening, and that’s when people stop.” These words of wisdom come from Mike Malloy, also know as the Butterfly Guy, and sometimes, the Butterfly Lunatic. Malloy recently spoke at a Community Day event hosted by The City of Marco Island, The Beautification Committee and the Calusa Garden Club. During the event, Malloy discussed the ... Read More »

Follow the TARPON!

FOLLOW THE FISH  Capt. Pete Rapps  Pete@CaptainRapps.com Each summer giant Tarpon gather in huge schools in different areas around the state of Florida, as they have done for centuries before we even started to fish for them. They are on their annual spawning migration and arrive hungry and ready to eat. Tarpon are considered by many as the most incredible and ultimate game fish available. To experience a Tarpon’s violent head shaking and its raw strength as it leaps ten feet out of the water, is simply one of the most amazing adrenaline rushes out there! Although I am not headed ... Read More »

San Marco Catholic Church Bingo

Do you remember the song “Oh what a night” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, that’s what it was at San Marco church Bingo on Thursday night February 9. There were all kinds of winners that evening, never so many prizes have been given before in one night. The first picture shows Sally Matje a $500 instant Bingo pull tab winner with the lady in blue from the Columbiettes that sold her the ticket Barbara Prigge. There were many othersinstant Bingo pull tabs winners also, too numerous to mention. Picture 2shows Jean Cloutier from Chokoloskee the winner of the ... Read More »

Rev. George W. Gatewood, Fishing, the 1900 Census and Religious Zeal

COASTAL HISTORY  Craig Woodward  CWoodward@wpl-legal.com The first full time minister in Southwest Florida was George W. Gatewood. Before Reverend Gatewood, at age 24, came to scout out the area in 1886, there had been traveling Protestant preachers who held periodic revivals as well as Roman Catholic priests, from Key West, who came to the Chokoloskee area to attend to the spiritual needs of the Santini family and other Catholics; but none of them actually resided here. In the late 1800s, Key West was the principal city of the area and a number of the Conchs were Methodists. “Conchs” being the name ... Read More »

February fishing in the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Pete@CaptainRapps.com As January passes, we shall see some small changes in fishing. We were lucky not to be hit with many cold fronts in January. Hopefully the mild winter temperatures continue and the coldest temperatures of the winter will now be behind us. Water temperatures will continue to hover in the low 60’s. Morning air temperatures should average in the low 50’s, and warm up into the mid 70’s by the afternoon. Keep an eye on your tide charts because we have some extremely low tides around the next full and new moons. More specifically, ... Read More »

SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: SNOOK

Follow the Fish Capt. Pete Rapps Pete@CaptainRapps.com The common snook (Centropomus undecimalis) are the most widely distributed species within the Centropomus genus, and have been reported as far north as New York (USA) and throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Common snook are abundant along the Atlantic coast of Florida from Cape Canaveral south through the Keys and Dry Tortugas, and north to Cedar Key on the gulf coast. Common snook occur infrequently along the coast of Texas to Galveston and then more or less continuously south to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Here in the 10,000 Islands, Snook are greatly sought ... Read More »