Sunday, October 24, 2021

“Flocking” in the Everglades

Flamingos “Flocking” at City Hall. PHOTO BY PATRICIA HUFF/COASTAL BREEZE NEWS

Flamingos “Flocking” at City Hall. PHOTO BY PATRICIA HUFF/COASTAL BREEZE NEWS

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP 

Patricia Huff 

mulletrapper@gmail.com

Everglades City was abuzz with activity through the end of April with flocks of bright pink plastic flamingoes resting each night at a different location. This has all been part of the Everglades City School Booster Club’s fundraiser. If someone wanted to “flock” a neighbor’s home, they paid $25 for the birds to land on a particular night.

The birds would remain a full day there UNLESS the owner paid a fee to have the flamingoes removed early. AND, if you wish to protect your own premises, you could purchase insurance for $30 a week to save your lawn from the invasion. The whole community was very supportive and everyone had a lot of fun watching the birds “flock” at various spots around town. This photo shows the flamingoes resting at City Hall on April 17. Congratulations to our Booster Club for a great idea and successful fundraiser!

On Saturday, May 12, Everglades City will be honoring our emergency workers. Our firefighters, our emergency medical staff, and our sheriff’s office will be treated to a free Community Fish Fry at McLeod Park on the Circle from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Originally, volunteers from the community were our only source of emergency help. They were dedicated and trained to perform emergency care. However, over the years as our community grew, we were provided county services. The Ochopee Fire Department #61 covers the largest land area in the county, east to the Dade County line on US 41 and to the Broward County line on I-75, then west to Port of the Islands and SR92 (Goodland Road to Marco). Recently, they established a sub-station and fire truck at Port-of-the-Islands.

The Sheriff’s office covers an equally large area, attending to traffic accidents as well as suspicious activities from their Carnestown office. These highly trained and courageous employees are to be commended for the outstanding work they provide to our city and surrounding area. Come join us to thank these wonderful men!

Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 17 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper. 

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