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Making a go of it in the Glades


By Natalie Strom Over a century ago, families traveled to Southwest Florida, pioneering the harsh environment and extreme temperature to forge a new life. Everglades City is one of the oldest settlements of these pioneer towns, along with Chokoloskee and Ochopee. Built on trading and raised on fishing, these quiet towns still hold allure to young families looking to make a go of it in the Glades. No stranger to the stories of the pioneer days, Jack Shealy is a third generation Ochopee native. His family has been in Southwest Florida even longer. “We settled down here in the ... Read More »

Celebrating Everglades City and the Tamiami Trail

By Natalie Strom The Museum of the Everglades celebrated its 14th birthday on Saturday, April 28th. The birthday party also paid homage to the 84th anniversary of the opening of the Tamiami Trail. Dozens gathered to celebrate the Museum’s birthday, celebrating with free hot dogs, chips, beverages and a grand birthday cake. Georgia Garrett, volunteer to the Museum of the Everglades and Martha Hutcheson, Assistant Manager at the Museum, offered up hot dogs and cake with a smile. Gator Nate, one of Coastal Breeze’s exceptional columnists, performed for the crowd. Basing his original tunes around the history and beauty ... Read More »