The Rob Storter Collection will be on exhibit during the months of November and December at the Big Cypress Swamp WelcomeCenter located at 33000 Tamiami Trail, just five miles east of SR 29 (entrance to Everglades City). The Center is open every day from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. For more information, telephone 239-695-4758. Big Cypress National Preserve has started winter programs which include topics on plants, animals and history. Guided hikes, canoe trips, boardwalk strolls and evening programs are being offered. Visit website www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/ index.htm or call 239-695-1201 for more information. Reservations are accepted up to 14 days in advance of the activity.
The Everglades Historical Bed & Breakfast opened its doors on October 28 with Innkeeper Patty Bowen greeting the guests. She and her daughter, Taylor Caple, have lovingly renovated this historic building to capture the feel of times gone by. Visitors were treated to an array of delicious appetizers served in the elegant dining room. All of the bedrooms are decorated with Victorian furniture and antiques, most have additional sitting room spaces and each is named after various bank services, i.e., the Loan Department, the Credit Department, the Safe Deposit Room, etc. Everglades City isproud that one of our original Collier buildings has been restored and brought back to life. A true treasure and delight for tourists coming to this area! Visit website www.evergladeshistoricalbedandbreakfast.com to view all the rooms and be sure to check out the Spa services or telephone 239-695-0013 for more information.
Update on Mamie Street: On October 24, 2011, Judge Hugh Hayes recused himself from hearing the lawsuit that Collier County and the Smallwood Store, Inc., had filed against FL-Georgia Grove LLP. The new judge assigned to the case is Judge Cynthia Pivacek. Although it is possible to drive to the Smallwood Store & Museum, the road is not wide enough for two cars to pass and it is unpaved (as of October 28). The initial ruling by Judge Hayes required FL-Georgia Grove LLP to rebuild the road as it was, before they removed it in April.
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Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 16 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper.