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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 »

Blessing of the Fleet

The blessing of the 2015-2016 stone crab fleet took place  on Saturday, September 26. PHOTOS BY ERIN PERCHALSKI

Submitted Everglades City celebrated the blessing of the 2015-2016 stone crab fleet on Saturday, September 26. The event was hosted on the grounds of the Rod & Gun Club and included music, a bake sale, local arts & crafts and a frog jumping contest. Many children from the community enjoyed the festivities. Local correspondent, Amelia Perchalski, reports that “at the blessing of the fleet they had a frog race and they had flower girls that put flowers out on the docks. I was one of them. The frog race you had to pick a frog and make it jump to ... Read More »

Historic Site #6 – Collier County Museum 3331 Tamiami Trail East

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Collier County Museum, in the County’s Courthouse Complex, brings history to life with prehistoric saber cat skeletons, and stories of Calusa Indians, Spanish explorers, and Seminole warriors. With five acres of native Florida gardens, the museum includes two historic cottages, a working archaeology lab, Seminole village, tropical orchid house, wildlife displays, a 1910 steam logging locomotive, a recreated Seminole War fort and a fully restored Sherman tank from World War II. Located on the property is the restored boat “Kokomis,” which was the ferry that operated from 1934 to 1999 between the Keewaydin Club ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet

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Submitted Before you know it, we’ll be eating delicious fresh stone crab claws again! But, do we think about the boats that go out at 4 AM each morning, whatever the weather? They will set their traps soon, to pull them up laden with the rare local goodies on October 15, when the season for harvesting officially begins. To make sure they have a good send-off, Everglades City is holding its annual “Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet” on Saturday, September 26, at the historic Rod & Gun Club on the Barron River. The event starts at 10 AM with fun for all the family, and ... Read More »

“Southwest Florida’s Hurricane History”

Collier County Museum: July 22 Southwest Florida has been hit by several damaging hurricanes over the years including Hurricane Donna in 1960. Learn more about these destructive forces of nature and how they have shaped local history. The presentation was organized by Naomi Goren, Curator of Education at the Collier County Museums. Admission is open to the public at no cost and reservations are required. For more information, please call (239) 252-8738. About Collier County Museums: More than 10,000 years of Southwest Florida History is on display at Collier County Museums’ five locations – the main museum location in Naples, four additional museum ... Read More »

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 »