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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 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


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 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 »

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. Marco/Goodland: Everglades City: 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


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

Bowing heads in prayer for a good season. Submitted Photo

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 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 »


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


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


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


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


By Roger LaLonde 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


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, that’s not all – there’s great seafood, arts & crafts vendors, and kiddies’ carnival rides during the whole weekend. For ... Read More »