Tag Archives: Everglades City

Summer Fishing & Vacationing in SW Florida

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com The Ten Thousand Islands area of Southwest Florida boasts of tidal rivers, flats, and islands with an abundance of forage and the fish species that most fishing enthusiasts crave including snook, redfish, speckled sea trout, tarpon, snapper, permit, shark, mackerel, and many more. It is not uncommon to fish in this area during the ... Read More »

The First 72 Are Up to You! Stay Safe This Hurricane Season

Submitted The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is underway now through November 30. Over the last 50 years, our coastal community has enjoyed many hurricane-free seasons. But in 1960 Hurricane Donna, a strong Category 3 hurricane, swept up the county’s coast from Everglades City to Bonita Beach causing substantial storm surge flooding along the entire coastline. In 2005, Category 3 Hurricane ... Read More »

Royal Poinciana Trees in Full Bloom

By Scott H. Shook One of the gifts of summer has arrived. The royal poinciana tree, with its beautiful red canopy, makes its presence known in Southwest Florida around this time every year. So why not hop in your car and enjoy a few hours discovering some of the beautiful trees that are within a half hour or so of ... Read More »

Calusa Days Offers Fun Look at Everglades’ Past

By Coastal Breeze News Staff “There are no other Everglades in the world.” ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas On Saturday, March 18 from 10 AM to 3 PM take a journey of the cultural history of the 10,000 Islands during Everglades National Park’s Calusa Days at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City. The Calusa were a self-sustaining indigenous people ... Read More »

Fishing and Boating in the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Looking at a map or marine chart, the 10,000 Islands area of Southwest Florida is essentially located from the south end of Naples, continuing south past Marco Island, Goodland, Everglades City, and several miles past Chokoloskee. The 10,000 Islands is home to many species of fish that can be found throughout the year. The ... Read More »

Everglades Seafood Festival

Submitted Mark your calendars for the 2017 Seafood Festival in Everglades City, February 10 through 12. In addition to a variety of delicious seafood, visitors will enjoy music, arts and crafts, and a fun fair for all ages. Last year’s Seafood Festival saw an estimated 40,000 people visiting Everglades City, a historic rural town, and the first seat of Collier ... Read More »

Making This Year Even Better

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala 2017 is already here and I feel like I haven’t finished half of 2016! Gosh that year went by quickly. Now I’m sitting back and taking a look at the last year and planning on what I can do better in this coming year. There is always so much room for improvement, and I just have ... Read More »

Florida Landscapes the Focus of Exhibit

Submitted The Museum of the Everglades is proud to present the wonderful photographic exhibit “Reflections of Florida” by John Brady. His artist exhibit will be showing in the Pauline Reeves Gallery of the museum during January and February 2017, with an Artist Reception hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades on Saturday, January 14, from 1 to ... Read More »

Register Now for Gulf Coast Little League

Submitted The Gulf Coast Little League spring registration is now open! The league offers baseball and softball for children from 4 to 14 years old, and serves the East Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City areas. The Gulf Coast Little League is also home to the 2015 10-11 year old District 27 Champions and the 2016 11-12 year old District ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands Late November Into December

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 »

FWC Law Enforcement Cases

Officer Kleis initiated a derelict vessel investigation and, with the assistance of Officers Johnson and White, the owner was located and notified of the vessel’s condition. The officers gave the owner an ample amount of time to either improve the vessel’s condition or remove it from state waters. After a few weeks had passed and no effort was made to ... Read More »

MIA Girls Team Makes Regionals: Three Records Broken

By Barry Gwinn On Thursday, October 20th, the Region 2 District 8 (Class 1A), cross country meet was held at the Hibiscus CC in Naples. District 8 is composed of 10 teams, drawn from Naples, Fort Myers, Everglades City, Marco Island, and Moore Haven. This meet would determine which teams and individuals would go on the regional meet at Lakeland, ... Read More »

Women in the Everglades A Brief History of Pioneers and Early Environmentalists

Submitted Local author Marya Repko encapsulates information from her previous Brief History books but adds much more as she summarizes the role of women in the settling of South Florida from the east to west coasts and around Lake Okeechobee. After describing the hardships of pioneer life, the book cites examples of how women took a leading role on environmental ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet Draws Crowd

By Scott Shook The annual Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet in Everglades City is Americana at its best—an example of what makes Everglades City such a tight-knit community. Politicians, including U.S. Rep Mario Diaz-Balart and Collier County Commission hopeful Tamara Paquette were on hand on Saturday, October 8th for this year’s event, and added to the festive atmosphere. Children and ... Read More »

Everglades Seafood Festival

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 ... Read More »

Museums Host Pokémon Go Parties

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 ... Read More »

Wind Across the Everglades

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 ... Read More »

Chokoloskee Bridge Replacement Project

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 ... Read More »

Winged Foot Award

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 ... Read More »