Friday, September 20, 2019

Spring in the Everglades

Patricia Huff

Patricia Huff

Sitting on my porch overlooking the Barron River and listening to the osprey as they sing, life is not too bad in laid-back Everglades City. May is the time of year we start to regroup (and relax) here after the winter residents have returned north to their typical Spring days with tulips, daffodils and dogwood trees. We have our Spring with the bougainvillea, purple lignum vitae flowers and the magnificent red royal poincianas.

Everglades City was the original county seat of Collier County when Barron Collier purchased land from the Storter families and began developing his this swampland in southwest Florida. He not only financed the construction of the last segment of the Tamiami Trail, but he also brought the people (the workers) who became residents of this small farming community. There was a lot of activity in the 1920’s with a new school, hospital, post office, bank and all the other facilities that make up a town.

Today, we are still a tight-knit community with a thriving Pre-K through 12th grade school, but now our focus is more on tourism and fishing to generate the income for our small population. This month of May there are many exciting events happening for both our residents and visitors.

In response to requests from local residents, Mayor Sammy Hamilton reported on the 16 new lights that will be installed in the median on Collier Boulevard. They will have 400-watt high-pressure soldium bell-shaped Luminaire and will be mounted 40 feet above ground level. Funding for the $240,826 lighting project was made available through the Florida Department of Transportation.

On Saturday, May 8, from 1 to 3 PM there will be a talk and reception for artist Deborah Mitchell who is exhibiting her black and white photographs in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at the Museum of the Everglades. The exhibit is entitled “Documenting our Contemporary Wetlands.” Refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Museum. On the same afternoon at 5:00 PM in McLeod Park on the circle, there will be a Community Fish Fry to honor our local firefighters, EMS staff, and the sheriff’s deputies for all their contributions. Everyone is invited to attend.

The following week, on Saturday, May 15, from 8 AM to 2 PM, Everglades Community Church is having a giant tag sale along with our Art-in-the-Glades event at McLeod Park. The sale at the Church is to benefit the “Save our Troops” program.

For more information about what’s happening around the Everglades City area, visit website: www.evergladesmulletrapper.com.

Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 16 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper.

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