BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP
By Patricia Huff
During the week of June 25 through the 29th, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) sponsored the “Build-a-Boat” project with the Everglades City students participating. Volunteers also assisted with the program. On Friday, June 29, the students and CCSO staff launched the boat at the city dock at the end of Broadway in Everglades City. “Build-a-Chair” project is starting the week of July 16.
Everglades City celebrated Independence Day on Saturday, June 30, with a grand parade and festivities in McLeod Park including “best patriotically dressed” kids’ contests. Adults enjoyed the music, arts & crafts booths, and 50/50 raffle. In the evening, there was a dramatic fireworks display with music.
On Friday, July 20, “Hot Summer Nights” will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Families, especially kids, are invited to McLeod Park for this annual event sponsored by CCSO. There will be a rock climbing wall, games for all ages and free food. Summer camp, sponsored by Reach Out & C.O.P.S., Inc., has been a great success this summer with the next session for children ages 4 through 11 starting on July 23. Donations are welcome payable to Reach Out, P.O. Box 894, Chokoloskee, FL., 34138. CCSO also treated the kids to a fun day at Sun & Fun Lagoon on July 11, and they have plans to go to King Richard’s Park on July 18 and the Naples Zoo on the 25th.
Other activities for families in the Everglades are to visit the Museum of the Everglades to see the art work by the local school students, or take a boat ride at the Everglades National Park where kids will experience the joy of seeing many of our Everglades wildlife, including dolphins playing behind the boat. A trip to the Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee will take your children back in time; they’ll learn about life in these small remote islands a hundred years ago. There’s even an old fashioned coke machine where you can buy a bottle of Coca Cola and rest in the shade under the old historic building. For the more adventuresome, a canoe trip will take you out into the 10,000 Islands and enjoy the beauty of the glades while paddling down a river or to a sandy island.
Enjoy the Glades; there’s more to south Florida than swimming pools to keep your children busy!
For more information about what’s happening in the Everglades City area, visit website www.evergladesmulletrap per.com
Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 18 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper.