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Two Reasons to Celebrate in Everglades City

Craft booths, cars and crowds gathered in front of the The Museum of the Everglades.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It was a warm morning on April 25th and Everglades City was out to heat things up even more with a great party to celebrate two events; the 87th anniversary of the Tamiami Trail and the 17th birthday of the Museum of the Everglades. The day started with a walking tour lead by Patty Huff. Patty is a local historian, sits on the board for the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, and owner/editor of the local newspaper “The Mullet Wrapper” (which she recently sold). Patty knows her history. Following the hour long walking tour, ... Read More »

TAKE THE EVERGLADES RIDE

SEE THE GATORS – SEE THE BIRDS –  EAT GREAT SEAFOOD FRESH FROM THE GULF Sunday, April 12 McLeod Park 208 South Copeland Ave. Everglades City, FL Registration includes RIDE,  FULLY SUPPORTED SAG stops,  LUNCH from Triad Seafood Cafe and ADMITTANCE TO THE HISTORIC SMALLWOOD STORE & MUSEUM REGISTER TODAY! Great Rides! Great Fun! Only $30* 7:30am     Registration 8:00am     62 Mile On-Road Ride 8:30am     27 Mile Off-Road Ride 9:00 am    16 Mile On-road Ride 11:00am – 1:00pm Delicious lunch from Triad Seafood Cafe *until April 4, then the price goes to $35 Children under 12 years old: first child FREE, additional kids ... Read More »

Last Fakahatchee Island cruise of season

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The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced their final cruise of the season to historic Fakahatchee Island on Saturday, March 21. Fakahatchee Island was once home to a thriving community of farming and fishing families and was first inhabited by the Calusa. On the way to the island, Everglades National Boat Tours will cruise among the mangroves of the Ten Thousand Islands. On the island, a Friends of Fakahatchee naturalist will lead a walking tour and describe the island’s colorful history. Cold drinks and snacks will be served on the boat. Please bring bug repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and closed shoes. Jackets are ... Read More »

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival

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By Pat Newman Tuesday, February 24th marks the opening of the 11th Annual Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Festival in Everglades City. This five-day historical event is a tribute to Douglas, who as an early environmentalist and professional journalist, made legislators, developers and the general public take notice of the tremendous importance of the Florida Everglades as an eco-system. Her book, “Everglades: River of Grass,” was published in 1947 and opened up the minds of naturalists and Florida residents alike that the system was not just a swamp but a key to the life of the state. The event features a series ... Read More »

Early Collier County History

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Here’s a rare chance to hear about our early history. When the little farming village of Everglades suddenly became the county seat in 1923 after Collier County was established, Barron Collier attracted many talented and experienced people to help him administer his new regime. One was F. J. Frankenhoff who arrived from New York and started working for the new county, eventually becoming Chairman of the School Board. His granddaughter Lynn Pierce has delved into the family history and wrote about her mother, “growing up in Everglades was like paradise” despite the mosquitoes and remoteness. Lynn has even visited the original Collier home where her mother grew up. She will talk about what she discovered about this early county luminary and ... Read More »

MIA, Lely Players Earn Player of Week Honors

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By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Three Marco Island Academy and three Lely High School basketball players have been named “Player of the Week” by the National Scouting Report. Scott Hills, NSR director of scouting for Southwest Florida, began the award in the fall for football and volleyball. He provides the plaques and certificates after coaches from Southwest Florida provide the nominees. “I have continued the awards for basketball, and since everyone has enjoyed the acknowledgement, I will continue for softball and baseball,” he said. “We do it for the kids, for the accolades they deserve for being the top athlete in ... Read More »

Everglades City Round-Up

By Pat Newman Mention “Everglades City” to any Floridian, and their immediate comeback will be “Seafood Festival.” This weekend, the small fishing community will host its famously-popular Seafood Festival, now entering its fourth decade. According to local historian Marya Repko, the first event was staged as a fundraiser to buy playground equipment for McLeod Park. Since that modest event, the festival has grown to enormous proportions. While fresh seafood is the major draw, there is also music, amusement rides and brew. In addition to local talent, Nashville headliners Craig Campbell and “OUTSHYNE” will perform. Also on the bill is the ... Read More »

Smallwood Music Festival

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By Pat Newman More than 700 people came out in support of the historic Smallwood Store Saturday, Jan. 31, at a benefit music concert staged to raise funds for the Chokoloskee landmark enmeshed in a legal tangle. “It was a real community event,” declared Marya Repko of the Everglades Society of Historic Preservation (ESHP). Approximately $10,000 was raised to help defray legal costs which involve the access road leading to the store. By 2 PM, 500 wristbands were sold out, and concert goers were marked with a felt pen signifying their paid admission. A black-and-white photo of Smallwood Store taken ... Read More »

Marco Island Academy Boys Basketball Team Champs Again

Players watch as Manta Rays' Victoria Vale takes aim on one of two foul shots in game against Evangelical Christian. Vale led the team with 15 points in its loss to Evangelical.

By Roger LaLonde With steady Cole Stretton leading the way the Marco Island Academy boys basketball team won its second straight Class 2A District 10 championship by downing Seacrest Academy. The win on Jan. 16 resulted in the Manta Rays going undefeated in the district at 6-0. In the Seacrest win, Stretton scored 27 points, the lone Manta Ray in double figures. Strong on defense was Tyler Gresham. Coach Roger Raymond said, “Tyler is a very young player in terms of experience. As a sophomore player, his varsity experience is “on the job” training. He basically sat out last year, ... Read More »

Historical Music Event

Excitement mounts for the historical happening at the Smallwood Music Festival on Saturday, January 31, in Everglades City but VIP seating is limited. Clyde Butcher has contributed a photo for the auction and Muffy Clark Gill has two of her tiles on the roster. Cindy Hackney is working on a new song about Everglades & Chokoloskee for this fun fundraiser. An array of South Florida musical stars are donating their time & talents for the Smallwood Music Festival which will benefit the beleaguered museum. Some familiar names on the program are Raiford Starke, Nate the Gladesman, J. Robert, Snooker Joe Stem, and Val Wisecracker who have all been gathered ... Read More »

Country Stars at Festival

Nashville artist Craig Campbell has just been signed up for the Everglades Seafood Festival and will perform on Saturday, February 7, at this old-fashioned musical extravaganza in Everglades City. Another group that will be there from the home of country music is up & coming OUTSHYNE who are scheduled to appear on Sunday. Local entertainers include Let’s Hang On, Jimmie Van Zant, and Tim Elliott on Friday night when the festival starts in the evening. For a full program, see the organizer’s website www.evergladesseafoodfestival.org.And, that’s not all – there’s great seafood, arts & crafts vendors, and kiddies’ carnival rides during the whole weekend. For ... Read More »

Murder on O’Hollow’s Eve

Swisher, a resident of Everglades City, FL, will be available to sign copies of her book, Murder on O’Hollows Eve and other Short Stories, at Sweet Mayberry’s Cafe And Gifts Inc, 207 Broadway West, Everglades, FL 2-4:00 PM on January 31st. “Murder on O’Hollow’s Eve”, is a historical fiction/mystery/horror that takes place in Salem, Massachusetts around 1775. Mr. Hartings, a good friend of Mr. Andrew Moore, ends up dead. Lieutenant Jaykinson, a British soldier lodging in Mr. Moore’s house, claims that Mr. Hartings death was caused by the siting of the house’s resident ghost, Maggie Moore. However, was this death caused ... Read More »

David Lee Thompson Exhibit at Museum of the Everglades

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By Pat Newman The Everglades unfold mile by mile along the Tamiami Trail (41) as mangrove swamps give way to green hammocks, shallow canals and bursts of seasonal color. David Lee Thompson’s collection, “Primordial Everglades,” captures the panorama and the natural minutia of Florida’s natural treasure. His photographs are on display through Jan. 31 at Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City. Thompson was on hand to discuss his work at the exhibit opening earlier in the month. “I love creating art, which is a natural and important part of my life,” Thompson explained. The Florida native has been working ... Read More »

Pancakes, Planes and Festivals in Everglades City, Oh My!

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By Pat Newman Season has sprung in Everglades City, and the list of upcoming events is growing by the day. Pancakes and Planes You don’t have to be a pilot to fill-up on pancakes Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Everglades Airpark in Everglades City. The season’s first pancake breakfast is free and open to the public 10 AM- 12 PM. Hosted by Wings 10,000 Island Tours, the once-a-month event has been going strong for about 12 years. Chuck Gretzke of Wings 10,000 Island Tours said the breakfasts are held to focus attention on the small airport which has the distinction ... Read More »

District title on the line for Marco Academy and Seacrest

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The Class 2A District title will be on the line when the Marco Island Academy boys basketball team travels to Seacrest Community Day tonight (Friday). Game time is 7 p.m. The Manta Rays downed Seacrest convincingly at home two weeks ago with a second half surge. Should Seacrest win the teams will be tied at 6-1. The championship and top seeding in the  district tournament will come down to a coin toss they be tied. “We aren’t looking to have that happen,” Raymond said. “We can score in a hurry  and our defense keeps getting better. Our team fitness shows ... Read More »

Big Events Kick-off the New Year

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Happy New Year to all and my wishes for a great year filled with joy, happiness, good health and lots of fun! And speaking of fun, the Smallwood Music Festival will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at the old Rod & Gun Club in Everglades City from 11 AM until dark. General admission is $10 (bring your own chair) or $40 for special seating. All proceeds will benefit the Ted Smallwood Store, a 501(c)3 charity. Among the spectacular array of South Florida musicians who are donating their time and talents for this fundraiser are Wholetones, Raiford ... Read More »

Everglades City Gearing Up for Busy Season

Music and dancing at the main stage during the Everglades City Seafood Festival.

By Pat Newman Everglades City kicks off the New Year with a smorgasbord of events starting Friday, Jan., 9 with the showing of “Everglades Odyssey,” a self-filmed documentary of the 10,000 Islands between 1957 and 1960. The film features extraordinary scenery captured by Barbara Home Stewart, a photojournalist, and her husband, Orin Good Fogle, a naturalist, during their 30-month sojourn. The couple gave up all the creature comforts to camp out in a 12×14-foot hut with no electricity or running water to fulfill their dream of exploring the Everglades. They covered 3,500 miles in a 17-foot canoe over the course ... Read More »

Smallwood Music Festival

Stepping into the Smallwood Store is a trip
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By Pat Newman Museum curators could never replicate the artifacts contained in the Smallwood Store standing precariously on the western edge of the Everglades. The original 1906 trading post and post office, established by Ted Smallwood, has changed little over the last century. Bottles of liniment, wooden dolls dressed in traditional Seminole garb, dry goods and other necessities of life, line the store’s wooden shelves. Preserving this gem of Florida history is coming to a head, though, possibly in January, in a Florida courtroom. A four-year legal battle over a spit of road leading to the store, now a museum ... Read More »

Everglades City December Wrap-Up

By Pat Newman There is no shortage of things to do in Everglades City the month of December! The holiday season kicks off with the Fourth Annual Swamp Heritage Festival on Saturday, Dec. 6, 10:30 AM-4:00 PM, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center. The event is a celebration of the rich history and culture of South Florida. There will be demonstrations and exhibits documenting the rugged lifestyle of the area’s earliest pioneers. Also on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6 are two evening events at the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Stroll the boardwalk after dark on Friday ... Read More »

Friends of the Museum of the Everglades Gift BCCC for Parking Lot

Submitted The Board of Collier County Commissioners (BCCC) unanimously voted Tuesday to accept a $30,000 donation from the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades and to appropriate $36,000 to purchase a paved parking lot adjacent to the Museum of the Everglades, 105 W. Broadway St., Everglades City. Visitor parking at the Museum of the Everglades is currently limited to nine passenger vehicles and is difficult to access due to the close proximity of the museum building and wheelchair ramp. As a result, parking often overflows onto the lawn and grassed medians along Broadway Street and Storter Avenue and is ... Read More »