Tag Archives: Everglades City

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

Photos by Scott Shook Everglades City children prepare flower petals for the blessing of the stone crab fleet. Top to bottom: Katie Collins, Taylor  Dahlke, Gena Collins, James Collins, Holden Fitzgerald, Brenden Bagley Jr., and Turner Shealy.

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

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 ... 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

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 ... 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


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 ... Read More »

EMS Concerns Raised at Fiala Town Hall


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 ... 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 ... Read More »

Local Pirates – Fact or Fiction?


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 ... 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, ... 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 »

Play Ball!


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 ... Read More »


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 ... Read More »

Tour des Trees


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 ... 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 »

Art in the Glades


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


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 ... Read More »