Tag Archives: Everglades City

The Star of the Everglades Its Journey From the 1920s to Today Part 2

The “New” Star of the Everglades, at the time moored at Boat Haven in Naples, then owned by Capt. Jim Martin. (c. 1971). PHOTO S BY JIM MARTI N

COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward CWoodward@wpl-legal.com In our last issue, the history of the original vessel, the Star (of the Everglades), operated by the Lopez family from Lopez River and Chokoloskee was covered, including its use in hosting several U.S. Presidents, its being part of the classic local film “Wind Across the Everglades,” and its key role in opening up sports ... Read More »

Second Semester Honor Rolls

The second semester honor roll for Collier County District Schools in the Coastal Breeze coverage area has been released and is printed below, except for Manatee Elementary School. Coastal Breeze News applauds the efforts of each student earning this distinction.   Everglades City Elementary School ‘A’ Honor Roll Alexis Hendrickson   Lely Elementary School ‘A’ Honor Roll Amar Ahmed, Angel ... Read More »

Everglades Seafood Festival Nears

Music and entertainment can be seen on the big stage the entire weekend.

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The 41st Annual Everglades City Seafood Festival is just around the corner — then another three blocks down, take a left and you’ll see it straight ahead another two blocks. That’s what you’ll hear if you get there late, that is. The spectacular line-up of seafood, music, arts and crafts, rides and games draws thousands to ... Read More »

The Star of the Everglades Its Journey From the 1920s to Today

The historical Lopez home located on the Lopez River. Jim Webb recalls that at the end of mullet season there were always big parties held here; the home no longer exists. Photo by Alvin Lederer

COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward CWoodward@wpl-legal.com Mention the vessel Star of the Everglades to local, long-time residents, and it brings a big smile to their faces. Soon, they are flooded with memories of this fabulous boat which was aptly named the Star. Not only was the Star a luxury cruise boat for its day, but it also opened up the Ten Thousand ... Read More »


The Smallwood Store has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places for 39 years.

Re: Smallwood Store Public Hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 Dear Commissioners, Smallwood Store and Museum is under attack again, but this time by our own county! If you vote to vacate the 100-year old road to Smallwood Store, thereby jeopardizing the continuing existence of this historic structure, you are letting your taxpayers down! The Smallwood Store came under attack last ... Read More »

E.C. Welcomes Alan Maltz

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It’s no surprise that photographers flock to Southwest Florida. The sunsets, animal life, water, mazes of mangroves, the River of Grass and the trees of Big Cypress are not only stunning, but are all within minutes of one other. Professional photographer Alan S. Maltz has captured that beauty in his latest coffee table book, and he ... Read More »

Everglades City Celebrates Stone Crab Season


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Stone crab season has finally begun! Restaurants and fish markets will be serving up the tasty delicatessen that is the stone crab claw beginning October 15. Many of those claws may very well come from Everglades City where a slew of commercial stone crabbers work and live. What has now become a tradition, the Annual Blessing ... Read More »

Everglades Student Showcase


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Throughout the summer, the Museum of the Everglades is featuring artwork by local students. The colorful and talent-filled artwork in its many different mediums lights up the display cases in the front room as visitors enter the museum. Located in the heart of Everglades City, only one block from City Hall, the Museum of the Everglades ... Read More »

CBN Columnists Talk History


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It’s a big year for Florida; so many reasons to celebrate. The year 2013 marks the 500th Anniversary of the discovery of Florida, the 85th Anniversary of the Tamiami Trail and the 90th Anniversary of Collier County – all of which are noteworthy in their own right. So, plan on parties throughout the year. Some may ... Read More »

Tamiami Trail Turns 85


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Upon its completion, the Tamiami Trail was touted as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Barron Gift Collier, for whom our County is named, and D. Graham Copeland, for whom the town is named, were the men behind the incredible engineering feat. Since the completion of the road in 1928, motorists have been able to travel ... Read More »

Tamiami Trail Celebration


The Museum of the Everglades will be celebrating its biggest one-day event of the year on Saturday, April 27th; the 85th Anniversary of the opening of the Tamiami Trail in 1928. The Museum will also be observing the arrival of Ponce de Leon to Florida as a part of the “Viva La Florida 500” celebration as well as Collier County’s ... Read More »

Honoring National Everglades Day


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com In honor of the Second Annual National Everglades Day, April 6th, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR) was ready to throw a party. Just last year the date was chosen as it is the birthday of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, a champion of the Everglades, known best for her book, “The Everglades: River of Grass.” She ... Read More »

Meet the Marco Riders


The Marco Riders have been religiously meeting on Sunday mornings for over 20 years.  Age, style, color or size, every bike and everyone is accepted. The Marco Riders isn’t so much of a club, but a loosely organized group of motorcycle enthusiasts, explains Carmen Dasti. “We meet at CVS on Sundays at around 8:45 AM and we decide where we ... Read More »

Celebration, Cele-bra-tion, C’mon


Approximately 100 attendees were present as U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar cut the ribbon during the formal dedication to open the new Tamiami Trail Bridge located in Miami-Dade County on March 19th. Eighty-five years ago, in April of 1928, the Tamiami Trail was completed, allowing motorists to travel by automobile from Tampa to Miami. At the time, it ... Read More »

Learn about Sanibel History!


Author Marya Repko will give an illustrated presentation at the 100th Birthday Celebration of Rutland House at the Sanibel Historical Village on Friday, March 22nd, at 10:30 AM. Repko has encapsulated Sanibel’s history in two books, “A Brief History of Sanibel Island” for adults and “The Story of Sanibel Island” for younger readers. Her lecture will give a brief overview ... Read More »

Everglades Museum shares Stoneman Douglas Legacy


“In the history of the American environmental movement, there have been few more remarkable figures than Marjory Stoneman Douglas.” – The Independent of London From February 19th through the 23rd, Collier County Museums and the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades honored this heroic woman with the annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival. Guided swamp, marsh and canoe tours, orchid ... Read More »

AuthorFest: A Book Lover’s Delight

“After some months, Momma’s dream of living happily ever after with ‘Mr. Rodeo’ began to crumble… The dope did her in… Brief periods of calm were now overshadowed by long periods of fighting between Momma and Mr. Rodeo. Violent dramatic battles were followed by tearful reconciliations, and more than once, Momma woke us in the middle of the night and ... Read More »

Season Keeps On Buzzin’


The 9th Annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival is coming to a close this weekend. On Friday, February 22, there will be canoe trips, guided tours, an orchid presentation by the Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead, and a photography workshop. On Saturday, February 23, the day will be all about orchids. For more information on these events, call Martha at ... Read More »

Art, Music and Outdoor Events

Paul Marcellini in his element. MAC STONE PHOTO

By Patricia Huff Southwest Florida will be buzzing with lots of music this weekend. The 40th Annual Everglades Seafood Festival will begin with a pancake breakfast at the Everglades Community Church and a full schedule of great musicians, including two Nashville artists Jason Thomas on Saturday and Jerrod Niemann on Sunday. Wonderful seafood, arts & crafts, and children activities are planned ... Read More »

Laugh out Loud with Knights of Columbus


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com On Saturday, February 9, The Knights of Columbus will have you laughing all night long as they host an evening of entertainment featuring comedian Tim Walkoe. Sign up for this one-day event and chuckle in the name of children’s charities supported by The Knights of Columbus. If you haven’t heard of Tim Walkoe, you may as ... Read More »