The original Collier County Courthouse, erected in 1928 for a humble $25,000, proudly resides in Everglades City, where the county’s governance initially took root. This Neo-Classical architectural marvel held sway over legal affairs until 1962.
In the early days, Barron Collier championed Everglades City as the rightful county seat. After a series of relocations, the courthouse found its permanent home in 1928. Despite later enhancements, such as expansions in the late 1950s, its significance dimmed as Naples and Immokalee rose in population and economic influence.
The courthouse’s shift to East Naples marked a pivotal moment, yet its historical essence remains deeply intertwined with Everglades City. Although the 1959 referendum signaled change, the courthouse’s initial presence continues to reverberate through time. Today, repurposed as the Everglades City Hall, it stands as a tribute to the area’s vibrant history and enduring legacy.
Notably, the Old Collier County Courthouse earned recognition in “A Guide to Florida’s Historic Architecture” by the University Press of Florida in 1989. Adding to its acclaim, it secured a spot on the National Register of Historic Places on December 3, 2013.
It usually takes around 45 minutes to cruise from the Port of the Islands to the ocean. The journey includes navigating through a long, no-wake zone, canal, providing a delightful and unhurried ride. Bring a cover for sun protection during this slow and scenic route. About half an hour in, you’ll arrive at the expansive and naturally beautiful mangroves before reaching the open waters of the ocean.