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Chokoloskee is a small village with only 359 year-round residents. And even if combined with nearby Everglades City with only 400 year-rounders, we're not what most people have in mind when they think "city."
Hence, nearby services are limited. Most major services, such as hospitals, large supermarkets, metro shopping districts, car dealerships, RV services, airports, car rental agencies, and other typical urban services are located in Naples (30 miles north) and Ft. Myers (55 miles north).
We have lots of restaurants such as the wildly popular Havana Cafe (above) across the street from ORA. The Island Cafe is popular for breakfast, pizza, and modestly-priced meals. The Camellia Street Grill offers a fun menu with local live music and a funky location of the water, The Triad Cafe and City Seafood have great sandwiches and fish dishes on the water. No trip to the area is complete without a stop at The Rod and Gun Club, an historic building and celebrity hotspot over the years with a great outdoor porch dining area.
The Everglades City Library, inside City Hall (above), does multiple duty as a state motor vehicle registry, county office, and general information resource. See Roberta at the library and have your government-related questions answered with uncanny expertise and efficiency. Call 239-695-2511 for the library, 239-695-3781 for City Hall, or the Sheriff at 239-252-9300.
The MULLETRAPPER is Everglades City's newspaper of record and is choked full of local news, listings, feature stories, and useful ads.
Southwest Florida International Airport in Ft. Myers is an hour and a quarter north of ORA and serves numerous major airlines.
Miami International Airport is 2 hours east on Rt 41 (depending upon traffic) and serves the most airlines and countries of all the local airlines in South Florida
Punta Gorda Airport in Charlotte County is 2.5 hours north and serves AllegiantAir from a number of smaller airports in the Eastern U.S.
Ft. Lauderdale International Airport is 2 hours away on Rt. 75 (depending upon traffic) and serves many airlines, with many flights to Carribean Islands.
Naples, 30 miles north, has two major hospitals and several urgent care clinics plus a host of physician, dental, eye care, hearing, and numerous other specialty care services.
Naples Community Hospital (NCH) is affiliated with the Mayo Clinic and operates two hospitals and various clinics (including an Urgent Care in Marco Island (nearest ot ORA).
Physicians Regional Healthcare System also runs two hospitals and several clinics.
Everglades City has a modern EMS ambulance service and serves ORA with rapid emergency aid and transport.
Everglades City has a small supermarket called The Right Stuff for quick trips. Most owners do their main weekly grocery shopping at Publix or Walmart at the intersection of Collier Blvd and Rt 41, a 35-minute drive.
Across the street from these supermarkets is The Fresh Market for gourmet items, excellent breads, and specialty items.
In the same plaza, Lowe's has a new store, and throughout Naples area all the major big box stores and Bealls Dept Stores, a favorite of women. A men's favorite is Bass Pro Shops next to the Ft. Myer's airport.