The rains have finally come to Southwest Florida, and it is a relief for most of us with lawns that have withered and endured the drought over the past six months. The birds are singing but so are the mosquitoes! Never, in recollection of even the long-time residents of the Everglades City area, can anyone remember such a prolific mosquito hatch. Surviving requires a can of bug spray in everyone’s back pocket. The by-product of all this infestation (easily survivable with good repellent or alternative solutions) is some great fishing and nature at its best. On a recent trip out on the water this week with my husband and our friends from the Northern Territory in Australia (who are accustomed to our weather and elements,) the Everglades were alive with lots of birds, manatees, tarpon jumping, and every species of fish. Orchids and bromeliads
July 4th, Island Cafe golf cart.
are in full bloom. It’s beautiful this time of year!
Our Independence Day festivities in Everglades City were a great success this year with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office participating and helping with so many of the events (winning “Best of Parade” with their Crime Stoppers float.) This parade photo shows Island Café which won a trophy for the best golf cart decorated with the “Everglades Wildlife” theme. Our fireworks display later in the evening was also spectacular! We are very fortunate to have so many residents (and visitors) contribute to our fireworks fund every year which allows us to put on such an incredible patriotic show.