Saturday, December 5, 2020

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 was considered one of the world’s great marvels. Since then, it has also unfortunately served as a dam, blocking the flow of the Everglades watershed from the north to the south. Within the next few months, the removal of the old road will begin and eventually the fresh water flow of the Everglades will be restored in this region. After the ceremony, Secretary Salazar led a procession of cars across the new bridge (which should open to the public by May).

Shark Valley Visitor Center will be offering a free guided tram ride through the Everglades for kids 8 to 12 years old as part of Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 6th. Seating is limited so call 305-242-7753 in advance for more information.

Chokoloskee Church of God celebrates its 100th Anniversary on Sunday, April 7th. Festivities will start at 10 AM and continue through 2 or 3 PM. A reception will be held in the banquet room at the Seafood Depot. The event will include horse and carriage rides by “Donna” of Naples. For more information, phone 239-695-3735.

April 7th is also a day to celebrate National Everglades Day with our annual bicycle ride sponsored by the Naples Pathways Coalition. Registration will start at 7:30 AM on Sunday morning at McLeod Park on the Circle. There will be opportunities for every rider: a 16-mile “smooth” ride (starts at 9 AM), a 27-mile on and off-road ride up to and through James Scenic Drive in the Fakahatchee Strand (starts at 9 AM) and a 62-mile ride (starts at 8 AM). All of these options may be customized for a shorter or longer bike ride. The route maps, food and drinks are included in the registration fee, as well as entrance fee to the historic Smallwood Store. For more information, visit www.naplespathways.org and click on “Stay & Play Everglades Ride” on the left side of the home page or call Patty Huff at 239-695-2397.

The following weekend on Sunday, April 14th, the Friends of the Fakahatchee will host a dinner/talk with guest speaker Jeff Klinkenberg, the author whose entertaining articles about unusual people and places appear in the St. Petersburg Times. Reservations are required; call 239-695-2905 or see www.orchidswamp.org.

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