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Everglades Seafood Festival

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Submitted Everglades City celebrated another glorious Seafood Festival in February this year when an estimated 40,000 people visited this historic rural town, the first seat of Collier County. The organizers, the not-for-profit Betterment Association of the Everglades Area, are pleased that so many people from all over the state helped to make it a success and are distributing proceeds to needy causes in the local community. They are already planning the next Festival. Mark your 2017 calendars for February 10th through 12th. For information and to see snapshots of the 2016 event, see www.evergladesseafoodfestival.org. To become a sponsor, phone the ... Read More »

Museums Host Pokémon Go Parties

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Submitted The Pokémon Go phenomenon has taken the world by storm, and Southwest Florida is no exception. During the month of August, Collier County Museums will host four Pokémon Go Lure Parties, on each Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM. The lure parties will include Pokémon themed activities, a scavenger hunt and, of course, four hours of lure modules to attract those sought after rare Pokémon. All ages of Pokémon trainers are welcome. The schedule for the Pokémon Go Lure Parties: 8/6 Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island  8/13 Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Tr. ... Read More »

Wind Across the Everglades

Tommie Barfield and her niece “Kappy” Kirk. Photos Courtesy of William Hughes

Submitted Take a break from the summer heat on August 2nd at 7 PM at the Rose History Auditorium, where you will enjoy the story of an earlier time in Southwest Florida. Speakers William Hughes and Craig Woodward will present the story and locations used in the movie “Wind Across the Everglades.” Bill will recount the tales of the relationships that led to the making of the movie, and Craig will bring the movie’s shooting locations to life. Filmed in 1958 in Everglades City and the surrounding area, the movie will take you back in time before the modern development ... Read More »

Chokoloskee Bridge Replacement Project

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Submitted Construction activities are planned to start next week on the Chokoloskee Bridge replacement on C.R. 29 over Chokoloskee Bay near Everglades City. This project will replace the existing bridge on the causeway to Chokoloskee Island with a new wider structure which will have two 12-foot wide travel lanes with 8-foot wide shoulders on each side and a single 8-foot sidewalk on the east (or bay) side. The sidewalk will be separated from the travel lanes by a barrier wall and it will be connected to the existing asphalt path that runs along C.R. 29 in this area.  The new ... Read More »

Winged Foot Award

Jonathon Irigoyen was joined by (from left) grandparents Frank and Barbara Cassavell, parents Joe and Kim Irigoyen, friend Brittany Kordus, (Jonathan), brother Joey, and Anthony and Elizabeth Schmidt.

Marco Reps Patrick Michel, Jonathon Irigoyen Stephanie Paul wins Winged Foot Award By Roger LaLonde While judges chose from a wide range of outstanding athletes, the decision came down to Community School’s Stephanie Paul, winner of the 27th annual Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award on May 26. As allowed in Florida, private schools can have middle school players in their high school sports program. Paul played high school sports from eighth grade. She completed back-to-back state titles in discus and shot put this year. A huge basketball star, being named Area Player of the Year the past two seasons, Paul will ... Read More »

MPO Solicits Apps for Vacancies

The Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is accepting applications to fill vacancies on its advisory committees. The Collier MPO Board is composed of elected officials from the Collier County Board`of County Commissioners, City of Marco Island, Everglades City, and City of Naples and makes transportation funding and policy decisions throughout Collier County.  The MPO receives formal input from five advisors. There is citizen representation on four of these committees. Currently the Local Coordinating Board (LCB) for the Transportation Disadvantaged has two vacant seats, and the Pathways Advisory Committee (PAC) has one vacant seat. Read More »

The Museum of the Everglades

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The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host Through the Eyes of Everglades Pioneer F.J. Frankehoff from April 1 – May 31, 2016. F.J. Frankenhoff served as the comptroller for Barron Gift Collier stationed in Everglades City. Between 1923 and 1930, Frankenhoff took many pictures of Everglades City, its people and the surrounding area. This free exhibit showcases black-and-white photos of Frankenhoff’s family, the town of Everglades and various other people in the town along with Seminole Indians taken from 1923 through the 1930s. There will also be informational boards that tell the history of the town and the building of Tamiami ... Read More »

EMS Concerns Raised at Fiala Town Hall

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By Maureen Chodaba Commissioner Donna Fiala held a town hall meeting at the Rose Hall Auditorium on March 2. In her opening remarks, Fiala welcomed the packed auditorium and praised Marco Island for its many accomplishments. County Manager Leo Ochs addressed the audience in assurance that the City of Marco Island and Collier County staff are a team working closely together to effectively maintain a budget in efforts for our taxes to be held the same. He said, “We need to prepare for the future while catching up on deferrals of the past.” Division Director of Museums Ron Jamro was ... Read More »

Pythons and Gators and Crocs, Oh My!

This 13-foot Burmese python is very visible in an open field, but well disguised when it reaches habitat shrubbery and trees.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist   Join Bob on March 8th at 7 PM at the Marco Island Historical Society’s (MIHS) Rose Auditorium for a presentation about the 2016 Python Challenge results and an update on area dolphin activity. Also, there will be a baby gator and baby crocodile on hand so you can compare the differences of the two species. All area school students and MIHS members are free, and a $5 donation would be appreciated from others. January’s event sold out – so come early to get a good seat!   Burmese pythons, alligators and crocodiles…Believe it or ... Read More »

Local Pirates – Fact or Fiction?

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Submitted We’ve heard of Gasparilla – it was the name of a supposedly famous pirate, and it is also the name of an island off the coast of Fort Myers. But, did he really exist? Was the island named in ancient maps long before he was reported to have marauded these coasts? And, there was our own Juan Gomez who lived on Panther Key until he died aged 120 (or was it 105?). He wasn’t a myth. The Storter family from Everglade and Colliers from Marco Island made sure he had supplies in his old age. You can learn more ... Read More »

Museum Celebrates Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival

Submitted The 12th Annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival begins Tuesday, February 23 at the Everglades Isle, 803 Collier Ave, Everglades City. The festival continues through Feb. 27 at the Museum of the Everglades, 105 West Broadway in Everglades City. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival is an annual five-day celebration of the Everglades and Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ legacy, encompassing daily activities, programs, workshops and presentations bringing together specialists and professionals who share enthusiasm for the Glades. All activities are designed for the entire family. Best known for her work “Everglades: River of Grass,” first published in 1947, author, journalist and environmental ... 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 famous novel by Peter Matthieson. Author Rick Magers imagines, after meticulous research, what the conversations would have been like back then among all the protagonists. His book “Ghosts of Chokoloskee” is one of many historical books that will be for ... Read More »

Play Ball!

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Submitted The Gulf Coast Little League spring registration is now open! The league offers baseball and softball for children ages 4 to 14 years old and serves the East Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City areas. The Gulf Coat Little League is also home to the 2015 10-11 year old District 27 Champions! If you are seeking a structured activity for your child that will instill teamwork and sportsmanship while making lasting friendships Gulf Coast Little League can provide this. As a 100% parent volunteer organization, Gulf Coast Little League has been shaping positive outcomes in our area for over ... Read More »

FIVE MUSEUMS ACROSS COLLIER COUNTY

No matter what part of Collier County you are in, local history is only a short drive away. From prehistoric mastodons to the Calusa Indian civilization that once made Southwest Florida its home, Collier County is sure to have something at its five museums that will pique your interest. And admission is free. The Collier County Museum, located at 3331 Tamiami Trail E. on the main government campus, offers many artifacts from the Calusa Indian civilization, which flourished here centuries before European explorers first set foot on the Gulf Coast. The museum also offers a comprehensive history of the Seminole ... Read More »

Tour des Trees

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Submitted On Thursday, October 29, the 85 cyclists of the STIHL Tour des Trees, North America’s largest fundraiser for tree research, travelled from Fort Myers Beach to Everglades City as part of their weeklong cycling trek through Florida to increase awareness of the need for tree research and to raise funds for the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund). The cyclists come from all walks of life, including arborists, educators, entrepreneurs, and tree enthusiasts from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany. The Tour’s first stop of the day was at Naples’ Cambier Park, where councilman ... 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 health is still good and we felt that now was the time.” Marie has been a clerk at Everglades City, Ochopee, and Chokoloskee. She was transferred to the Goodland Post Office three years ago, taking the place of Judith Pritchard, ... Read More »

Art in the Glades

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Submitted This annual event will take place Saturday, November 21st from 10 AM to 2 PM at McLeod Park, Everglades City. There will be food vendors and arts and crafts for sale, and live music for your entertainment. Stop by and join the fun! VENDORS: No charge, bring your own table and chairs! Call Marya for more information at 239-695-2905.   Read More »

A Simple Recipe to Make You Fall in Love With Spanish Mackerel

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com November fishing in the 10,000 Islands is great for catching Spanish mackerel, and here is a simple recipe that can make you fall in love with this fish for the first time, or all over again. Many people are turned off by the mention of Spanish mackerel, however, if cleaned and treated correctly at the fillet station, you will be left with some awesome fillets that will impress. Simple and delicate, but able to be paired with so many sides, it’s a perfect way to embrace the flavor of the fish while also making ... Read More »

Visitors and locals alike will converge in Florida’s Paradise Coast

Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades – Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25 for theNaples Annual Stone Crab Festival. The event returns for its sixth year and welcomes a variety of seafood vendors and features numerous activities including live music, boat rides and children’s entertainment. Presented by the Old Naples Waterfront Association, the Stone Crab Festival is a chance for guests to explore the beautiful and historic Naples waterfront district with activities on land and by water. Events will kick off on Friday night at 4:00 p.m. with Mayor John Sorey III and other local dignitaries and a special appearance by Derrick ... Read More »

Historic Site #7 Nehrling Gardens (Caribbean Gardens/Naples Zoo) 1590 Goodlette Frank Rd

By Coastal Breeze News Staff In 1921, Dr. Henry Nehrling established his tropical garden on this site, initially growing orchids, bromeliads and other tropical plants. By 1925 he had increased his collection to more than 3,000 different species. In 1952, the old Nehrling Gardens site was purchased by Julius Fleischmann, and was opened to the public in 1954 as a commercial tourist attraction under Fleischmann’s interest and guidance. Collier County purchased the property in 2005, and currently leases it to Naples Zoo, Inc. www.napleszoo.com/visitor_info/History.htm. Marco/Goodland: www.themihs.com. Everglades City: www.evergladeshistorical.org. www.colliermuseums.com In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance ... Read More »