It’s the end of July and summer is almost over. We’ve been enduring hot muggy summer days but our nights are cool, the result of our wonderful late afternoon showers. My favorite time of day is late afternoon or early evening when my husband has a day off, and he’s home to enjoy the setting sun. We’ll sit out on our dock with a beer and watch the boats go by or the fish jumping in the river. It’s peaceful. On these summer nights the wind offers a gentle breeze down the river so very few mosquitoes are buzzing around us. We can just sit and enjoy life on the Barron River in the middle of the Everglades: no sirens, no busy streets with rush hour traffic; nothing but the sound of a few fishermen across the river. Later we sit out on our screened porch to enjoy ahamburger or steak cooked on the grill and a salad. Again, the quiet and peacefulness of our little town. Good to be in the Glades and thankful for all that we have in life.
The kids had a great summer with many activities: our local charitable organization Reach Out & C.O.P.S., Inc., sponsored two summer camp programs; free tennis lessons were offered for the fourth straight year by Director Dennis Rager of Lely Resorts; several churches had bible study programs; and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office hosted field trips to Sun-n-Fun Lagoon, King Richard’s Family Fun Park, and the Naples Zoo.
In August, the Everglades City Council will resume meeting on the first Tuesday of each month and school will be starting.
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Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 18 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper.