Everglades City & Chokoloskee Clear of Red Tide

There has been quite a bit of media attention about Red Tide in SW Florida keeping visitors and anglers nervous about visiting the 10,000 Islands.

Everglades City and Chokoloskee are free of red tide and there are no restrictions on keeping redfish or snook…so come on down!

Our motels and marinas are hosting happy anglers each day as our fishing has been fantastic.

The map shows the catch and release areas for water quality management…and we are in the clear.


One Year Ago Today…

One year ago today SW Florida was hit hard by Hurricane Irma.

There has been much progress, but many of our friends and neighbors are still displaced and living in temporary housing.

Although we have made great strides and our community is strong , there is still much to do here.

Don’t forget about all of the hurricane victims in SW Florida, Houston and Puerto Rico.

Coastal Waters are Clear off of Everglades City & Chokoloskee

There are daily reports about “green algae” and red tide off of parts of the southwest coast of Florida…and that is true in Fort Myers and a bit further south…but the coast is totally clear in the gulf waters off of Everglades City and Chokoloskee Island.

Mayor Howie Grimm told us that the fishing has been excellent, and there are no signs of either problem reported by tour guides leaving Everglades City and Chokoloskee.  Fishing has reportedly been excellent for both inshore and offshore fishing expeditions, and visitors are enjoying the parks and other activities the area is known for.


FREE Movie Night! August 17th, 5:30 pm

Museum of the Everglades will continue our Mid-Month Summer Movie Nights on Friday, August 17th with JUST CAUSE – a mystery thriller starring Sean Connery, Ed Harris and Lawrence Fishburne. Portions of the movie were shot in and around Everglades City. “Buried deep in the Everglades is a secret that can save an innocent man or let a killer kill again.” The movie will start promptly at 6 pm, but please be seated by 5:30 to get situated!
Do you have a memory to share about the shooting of this film? Behind the scenes photos? A funny story? Help us tell the story of this film’s connection to the community and expand our local movie exhibit. Call Museum of the Everglades at 239-695-0008.

Annual Independence Day Celebration in Everglades City-Donations Needed!







Everglades City will host their annual Independence Day celebration on June 30th!  The day is packed with activities for the entire family; including a parade (with decorated golf carts and more!), art in the glades, fun activities for the kids at McLeod Park…and the fireworks after sunset!

The event is funded by donations and we are asking our supporters who can donate, to please do so.  Any amount at all will help!

Download the form here and mail it to us as soon as you can.   Every little bit helps!  Please tell your friends!  Everyone is invited to attend.

New History Book About Area Reissued

Smallwood History Book Now Available by Local Author Marya Repko!

If you didn’t get a copy of the little history book about the Smallwood Store on Chokoloskee Island, or want another one, it has just been re-issued and is again being sold for only $5.00 at the famous Museum in Chokoloskee.

A Brief History of the Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee, Florida, was written by local author Marya Repko and tells the colorful tale of a pioneering family whose heritage can still be seen as a “glimpse into the past” at the Smallwood Store & Museum.


Wildfires Doused With Needed Rain

According to an Update Provided by the National Park Service Incident Management Team:
Avian Complex Wildfires in Collier County Update
82,461 acres affected, 5% contained, 321 personnel, 3 helicopters and 17 engines
Buzzard Fire: 62,404 acres, 8% contained
Flamingo Fire: 11,689 acres, 5% contained
Curlew Fire: 8,366 acres, 15% contained
Vulture Fire: 1 acre, 100% contained
Caracara Fire: 1 acre, 100% contained


Stone Crab Season Nearing End

Hurry!  May 15th is the last official day of Stone Crab season.  That means you will have to wait until mid-October to see them again in these parts.

The timing is perfect for Mother’s Day.  Treat mom to a nice salad and a side of freshly cracked crabs with mustard sauce.  No matter what the occasion, they are delish…so get them while you still can at any of our area markets.

Perfect Day to Celebrate the Anniversary of the Trail and Museum of the Everglades

The celebration on Saturday, April 28th, was the perfect day.  The weather cooperated!  The crowd was energetic and the fanfare was better than expected.  On a day where you can enjoy a Dixieland Band, meet descendants of Barron Gift Collier, see historical re-enactments, not much else can be squeezed in…or can it?

For such a tiny little town, Everglades City sure knows how to put on a party!  The Rod and Gun Club hosted the tea, locals and folks from near and far came to see, and the purpose of the Trail was never so evident.  The southwest coast of Florida is far too beautiful to ignore and Barron Collier knew this over 90 years ago when he took on the project that would change the face of Florida forever.  Thanks to the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades ( for organizing the event!    Below Collier descendants Barry, Dana, Maria & Terry out side of Everglades City Hall during the festivities.



90th Anniversary of the Tamiami Trail Celebration

In 1928 the road that connects Tampa to Miami was completed connecting settlers to the southwest Florida coast.

Join us, Saturday, April 28th at the Museum of the Everglades to help us celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Tamiami Trail’s opening!  Here is the day’s fun-filled schedule:

10:00 am – Walking Tour of Historic Sites

11:00 am – Opening Ceremonies Featuring Barron G. Collier’s original speech read by Barron Collier III, followed by a parade

12:00 pm – The Naples Dixieland Jazz Band

1:00 pm – Marco Island Historical Re-Enactors

2:00 pm – Guest Speaker Jonathan Ullman

3:00 pm – Old-Timer Stories; afternoon tea at Rod & Gun Club (reservations requested; RSVP

Where:  105 Broadway Ave W, Everglades City, FL 34139

For more info, call (239) 695-0008