Friday, January 21, 2022

There’s More To The Story

Smallwood History Book Available

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.

The little book includes background to this area’s ancient legacy (Chokoloskee was a Calusa stronghold), the progression of C.S. (Ted)Smallwood from farm laborer to store owner and postmaster, his trade with the Seminoles in the 1900s, the roles his wife Mamie and daughter Thelma played, the conversion of the family’s historic building into a museum, and the recent legal wrangle over the access road.

Repko includes many old photos, a list of Further Reading, and a Time Line to help readers appreciate the long (almost 100-year) history of this landmark in Southwest Florida.

To order online, see or phone Marya at (239) 695-2905.



Phelan Family Brands Partner
With Bone Hook Brewing

Phelan Family Brands, the family-owned operators of popular restaurants Pinchers, Deep Lagoon Seafood and Texas Tony’s Rib & Brewhouse, announced today a partnership with the Bone Hook Brewing Co. to expand the brewery to include an interactive restaurant that will allow guests to surround themselves in the brewing process. Plans are currently in development with features including draft beer directly from the brewing area to the taps at the bar. The location will be Phelan Family Brands seventeenth restaurant from Key West to Tampa.

Located in the former home of the Public House at 1514 Immokalee Road in Naples, the restaurant will celebrate a new and diverse menu of dishes to pair with the great beers brewed by Bone Hook.

Bone Hook will close its current taproom and move it into the new restaurant in order to allow for the expansion of brewing space for the rapidly-growing brewery.

Future updates and progress on the restaurant can be followed socially through the Bone Hook Brewing Facebook page.



Big Cypress Plans Raccoon East Prescribed Fire

Big Cypress National Preserve and Southwest Florida and Caribbean Interagency Fire and Aviation are planning to conduct a prescribed burn as early as the week of June 18 through late June. Implementation of these treatments will be weather and resource dependent. Additional notifications will be sent out prior to ignitions via social media and the preserve’s website,

The Raccoon East Prescribed Fire is a growing season burn that helps to improve habitat for threatened and endangered species by mimicking a natural fire regime. Additionally, the planned prescribed fire helps to protect facilities and infrastructure by removing potentially hazardous fuel loadings. Firefighters plan to utilize this season’s recent wildfire and prescribed fires as natural holding features to help secure the planned burn. Current water levels in the preserve help firefighters achieve low intensity and severity fire. The resulting patchwork of burned and unburned vegetation creates a mosaic of habitat the supports a diversity of wildlife.

For questions and concerns, please contact the SWFLCAR Duty Officer (239)719-0241.



Elections Office Announces Precinct Changes

The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office will begin mailing new voter information cards to approximately 15,000 Collier County voters who will see changes to their polling location during the 2018 elections. The new precinct changes will decrease the total number of precincts in Collier from 60 to 59.

Precinct 205 has been consolidated across several precincts in the North Naples area which has affected the boundary lines for some voters residing in precincts 202, 203, 222 and 223.

Approximately 1,400 voters in Precinct 551, which is in the Golden Gate Estates area, will be affected by a boundary change, moving them into Precinct 552.

Precinct 156 will move from Lely Presbyterian Church to Eagle Lakes Community Park located at 11565 Tamiami Trail E.

Precinct 222 will move from Bentley Village East Clubhouse to Bentley Village West Clubhouse located at 561 Bentley Village Court.

All voters affected by the above changes will receive a new voter information card. Voters are also encouraged to review their information by or by calling (239) 252-VOTE (8683).




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