Most of the Everglades City restaurants and hotels, including the Everglades Motel, have reopened and are back to business as usual. Everglades City’s grocery store and convenience store are also open. The post offices are either open (Chokoloskee) or set to open any day now (Everglades City). Captain’s Table and River Wilderness had stayed open all along.
Everglades National Park Gulf Coast Center has also officially reopened in temporary quarters. A new facility had been under discussion, and Hurricane Irma moved that schedule up! The temporary welcome center and boat tours will function as normal for the foreseeable future.
The Everglades City City Hall is undergoing renovations and will be ready in the spring of 2018. For now, the temporary building behind the community center (which is in the midst of renovations) will serve as the City Hall.
There are still some issues facing the area, but for the most part, things are looking great, and appear back to normal. In fact, many visitors might not even realize the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, unless someone tells them. Irma was a mere “setback,” albeit a very expensive one.
Winter visitors to Everglades City are now enjoying the fantastic weather, and the fishing and stone crabs are as good as (or better!) than ever. It is certainly worth a visit to see for yourself!