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Big Cypress Preserve Seeks Comments

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comments on a suite of preliminary alternatives for managing backcountry access and use within Big Cypress National Preserve. Concurrently with the review of preliminary alternatives, the NPS is also holding a scoping opportunity to receive public input related to the development of a wilderness study and potential wilderness proposal. Both the scoping period for the wilderness study and public review of the preliminary alternatives is open for public comment from now to March 11, 2016.   In addition, two public workshops will be held to provide information on the preliminary alternatives so that ... Read More »

Rescue Monroe Station

Monroe Station 1920s

Submitted Before one of the last historical icons on the Tamiami Trail falls down, a local group wants to save it. You can help them… and help yourself to a tax deduction for your charitable donation. Monroe Station is a prime example of the rest stops that Barron Collier built in 1928 to help motorists along the new gravel road across the Everglades. The building at the corner of Loop Road & US41, about 20 miles east of SR29 on the way to Miami, was later expanded and became a popular meeting place for hunters and travelers in this isolated ... 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 »

Big Cypress Reception and Film Screening

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Submitted Join former Artist-in-Residence Patricia Cummins, and wildlife filmmaker Richard Kern at 2 PM on Saturday, December 12 at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida. The event is a reception focusing on Patricia Cummins’ recent installation of work, “Big Work at Big Cypress,” at both the Oasis Visitor Center and Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center in Big Cypress National Preserve. Patricia’s collection is an exhibit that reflects the artist’s interaction and interpretation of the landscapes of the Big Cypress. Her pastel and oil paintings aim to connect the viewer to the deeper beauty of this unique landscape. During the reception Patricia will share ... Read More »

Preserve Seeks Comments on Oil and Gas Seismic Survey Environmental Assessment

The National Park Service is seeking public comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the environmental impacts of a proposed oil and gas seismic survey by Burnett Oil Company in Big Cypress National Preserve. The EA is a follow-up document to the Nobles 3-d Plan of Operations released by the NPS on June 17, 2015, and analyzes the impacts of three alternatives: Alternative 1 – No Action – Continue Current Management Under alternative 1 no survey would be conducted. Alternative 2 – Proposed Action – Seismic Survey Using Vibroseis Buggies Under alternative 2 a 110-square-mile area would be surveyed using ... Read More »

Big Cypress Winter 2015 / 16 Activities

The winter dry months are a great time to get outside, explore natural Florida and discover the interesting landscapes and wildlife of the Big Cypress. Staff at Big Cypress National Preserve have arranged a number of free opportunities for the whole family to enjoy, from guided canoe trips and swamp walks, to festivals and star gazing. Programs and activities begin November 22 and go through April of 2016. For information on programs go to – http://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/ranger-led-activities.htm or call one of the national preserve visitor centers at 239-695-1201 or 4758. Due to popularity some activities may require advance reservations, check out the complete ... Read More »

Big Cypress ORV Meeting

The next Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee meeting for Big Cypress National Preserve will be held on Tuesday, October 20, from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center auditorium at 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141. For more details on the agenda for this meeting click here. For more about the committee, past meeting agendas and minutes click here. Comments may be submitted in writing to: Big Cypress National Preserve 33100 Tamiami Trail East Ochopee, FL 34141 Attn: Superintendent, Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee The Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee was established pursuant to the Preserve’s 2000 Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management ... Read More »

Famed Photographer Hosts Fundraiser for Big Cypress National Preserve

Gator Hook in the Big Cypress National Preserve. PHOTO BY CLYDE BUTCHER

Submitted Nationally acclaimed wilderness photographer Clyde Butcher, known throughout Florida for his exquisite black and white, large-format photographs of the state’s landscape, and his wife Niki are hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Big Cypress National Preserve’s environmental education program. Scheduled for Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1 from 9 AM to 4 PM at Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery in the Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, Fla., the weekend’s activities will provide guests with the rare opportunity to meet the husband-and-wife duo and hear stories about their adventures photographing the preserve, take ranger-guided swamp walks and listen to ... Read More »

Gators and Skunk Apes and More, Oh My!

‘Orlando Attractions’ interviews Dave Shealy (on right). SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Recently, “Orlando Attractions” magazine and show did a segment on the popular 110-acre Gatorland in Central Florida. The show included an interview with our own backyard neighbor, Dave Shealy, leading Skunk Ape researcher from the Skunk Ape Research headquarters in Ochopee. “It was just luck that Dave was there to speak at the same time we were filming,” said Matt Roseboom, publisher/producer of “Orlando Attractions.” “Just days earlier, the receptionist at Gatorland reported receiving several phone calls from guests inside the park saying they were seeing something ‘incredibly unusual’.” The guests at Gatorland spotted what ... Read More »

‘What Happened to Ochopee?’

A future explorer rides the lion that guards the door, 
painted gold in honor of the Golden Lion Motor Inn.
PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com Southwest Florida’s history is rich with accounts of rugged pioneers and adventurous prospectors searching for places to settle and on which to build thriving, prosperous enterprises. One such person was James Gaunt. In 1928, Gaunt bought 250 acres of swamp land along the then brand new U.S. 41 and set his sights on farming the land. His produce would be tomatoes, and a thriving Everglades community dubbed Ochopee grew up around Gaunt’s farm. Unfamiliar with Ochopee? Drive east down U.S. 41 towards Miami, and just three miles past the intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road ... Read More »

Art of the Swamp at Big Cypress

Even during the humid months of summer there is much to see and do at Big Cypress National Preserve. Throughout 2014 we’ll be showcasing stunning works of art from a number of Artists-In-Residence who were inspired by the beauty of America’s first national preserve. The Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center is located at 33000 Tamiami Trail East and the Oasis Visitor Center is at 52105 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141. Both centers are open daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exhibits include, from May through July, “Voices of Big Cypress” a collection of captivating art from a variety of former ... Read More »

New Fire Plans Review and Development Fee Reductions

The Growth Management Division and Board of County Commissioners made huge strides Tuesday in lessening the burden on developers and their customers by reducing fees and speeding up fire plans reviews. With development speed tied to new jobs in the area, fire plan reviews had in some cases delayed projects prompting discussions with fire districts about their impact on economic development. At Tuesday’s BCC meeting, Commissioners approved hiring County fire plans reviewers to assume control over reviews for East Naples, Golden Gate, Isles of Capri, Ochopee and Collier Fire District One. Additionally, the Board approved a $55,000 turn-key office lease with ... Read More »

2014 ORV Advisory Committee Meetings

The 2014 Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee meetings for Big Cypress National Preserve will be held on Tuesdays, April 22 and October 7, from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The meetings will be held at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center auditorium at 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141. For more details about the committee meeting agendas and minutes go to –http://www.nps.gov/bicy/parkmgmt/orv-advisory-committee.htm Read More »

Big Cypress Swamp Heritage Festival

By Bob DeGross Big Cypress National Preserve, Chief of Interpretation and Public Affairs Join us on December 7, 2013, from 10 AM to 4:00 PM at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center as we celebrate the history and culture of South Florida for the third annual Swamp Heritage Festival. The welcome center is located at 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141, three miles east of State Road 29 on U. S. 41, the Tamiami Trail. This FREE family-friendly event shines a spotlight upon the history of this rugged, yet beautiful environment through a variety of storytellers, musicians, local experts, ... Read More »

AMIKids Big Cypress: Turning Boys into Men

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Everyone deserves a second chance; a fresh start; a clean slate. At AMIKids Big Cypress, at-risk male youths are offered just that. Teens are sent to the program for anywhere from six months to a year depending on their juvenile criminal history. Rather than treating these boys as criminals, they are shown love and compassion and are given the chance to learn real world skills and how to be a part of a team. The program turns boys into young men. On January 10, two of these young men graduated from the program. The ceremony was ... Read More »

Making a go of it in the Glades

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com 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 »

Goodland USPS Under Review

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The United States Postal Service has implemented a new system called the POST Plan to better align its service with customer demand. In order to do this, a review of nearly 14,000 Post Offices is taking place throughout the country and the Goodland Post Office is on that list. Those who have P.O. Boxes at the Goodland Post Office recently received a letter outlining possible changes to Postal service within the community. As the letter stated, “The Goodland Post Office was among the offices evaluated under the POST Plan criteria. The Postal Service is now soliciting ... Read More »

Our artful lives

ART UNCOVERED Tara O’Neill “Times are a-changing.” Well, for me, anyway…and, technically, for the thousands of devoted readers of Art Uncovered. Art Uncovered is finished. Kaput. No mas. The fat lady is singing her head off. Last one, right here. After fifty-two issues, I am putting to rest the vehicle that made me a literary superstar. The original mission of Art Uncovered was simple and sincere: to share with you the exceptional, lesser-known, artists, art venues and events, that grace our artful coast. Together we met talented artists (of which there are so many) who maybe didn’t have the wherewithal for ... Read More »

Exploring the real Everglades

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP  Patricia Huff  mulletrapper@gmail.com Clyde Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery will hold its annual Labor Day Weekend Swamp Walks from Friday, September 1, through Monday, September 3. Every year I write about the excitement of “walking” in the swamp, the only way to really experience the true Everglades (up close and personal). During the winter season, we have many opportunities throughout south Florida to take a walk in the swamp. If you’ve never gotten your feet wet or ever had a fear of doing so, taking a “guided” tour behind the Big Cypress Gallery in Ochopee is the best ... Read More »

Take a Couple of Trips with Us

The Marco island Historical Society is pleased to announce that a reception for a new exhibit will be held at our museum from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 3, taking the place of our regular monthly meeting. The wine and cheese party will introduce our latest show: Quilts of the Tamiami Trail. This remarkable collection highlights the opening of the historic highway from Tampa to Miami in 1928, and includes scenes ranging from Domino Park in Miami’s Little Havana to the smallest post office in the country at Ochopee. It will focus on much of Florida’s remaining wilderness in ... Read More »