Everglades City Medians Planted With New, Beautiful Trees!

In an effort led by Everglades City Councilman Tony Pernas and Naples Botanical Gardens, Everglades City has received a second grant from the Community Foundation of Collier providing beautiful (and quite large!) trees in the City’s medians.

Earlier this year, the first round of trees was planted along Broadway and down the first few blocks of Copeland Avenue starting at the City circle. This second round of plantings runs down Copeland Avenue all the way to Camellia Street.

Just like the last time, a crew from Naples Botanical Gardens was assisted by numerous local volunteers over the two-day planting period.

The trees planted include coconut palms, royal palms, Hong Kong orchids and, Yellow tabebuia.

Many thanks to everyone who made this possible.  We look forward to watching these trees bloom, grow, and prosper!



The American White Pelican!

Have you seen the huge flocks of American White Pelicans flying over Everglades City and Chokoloskee? They are huge, majestic birds weighing up to 20 pounds with a 10 foot wingspan! You can see them on the outer islands just enjoying life!

Taking a trip to see them is well worth it!

Beautiful Everglades Birds

The Everglades are beautiful throughout the year, but once fall comes, the native birds leave the rookeries and start frequenting their regular stops in Everglades City, Chokoloskee, and the surrounding areas. Migratory birds have started arriving too. We have spotted an eastern phoebe, painted bunting, rose-breasted grosbeak, numerous warblers, and several American kestrels. Every day more and more migratory birds are showing up.

Fall is a perfect time to get some stone crabs, a side of mustard sauce, grab your binoculars and check out the sights.

Easter Sunrise Service at ENP

The beautiful Easter Sunrise Service will be held at Everglades National Park’s Gulf Coast Center on Sunday, April 21 at 7 am. Local clergy will deliver the service overlooking picturesque Chokoloskee Bay.

The Gulf Coast Center is located at 815 Oysterbar Lane, Everglades City, FL 34139.

Snook Season Opens in Everglades City

Snook season reopened in Collier County south of Gordon Pass on March 1st.  In areas north, Snook and redfish are catch-and-release only in areas affected by red tide through May 10, 2019. This includes all state waters from the Pasco/Hernando county line south through Gordon Pass in Collier County, including all waters in Hillsborough County.

    There is a limit of one per harvester per day, with a minimum length of 28 and a maximum length of 33 inches.

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.

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 (www.evergladesmuseum.org) for organizing the event!    Below Collier descendants Barry, Dana, Maria & Terry out side of Everglades City Hall during the festivities.