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Smallwood's Store reopens in Chokoloskee

Brandon Purvis, left, 6, of Chokoloskee and grandson of Lynn Smallwood-McMillin, not pictured, shows off a crab he caught while playing in the water next to the historic Smallwood's Store in Chokoloskee on Sunday morning. After six months of closure and legal battles over access to the Smallwood's Store, the historic landmark reopened Sunday morning after a court order prompted Florida-Georgia Grove LLP, the property owner of Mamie Street where the store and museum sits, to take down it's fence and allow access to the store that's catered to Chokoloskee residents for over one hundred years. Tristan Spinski/Staff

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Brandon Purvis, left, 6, of Chokoloskee and grandson of Lynn Smallwood-McMillin, not pictured, shows off a crab he caught while playing in the water next to the historic Smallwood's Store in Chokoloskee on Sunday morning. After six months of closure and legal battles over access to the Smallwood's Store, the historic landmark reopened Sunday morning after a court order prompted Florida-Georgia Grove LLP, the property owner of Mamie Street where the store and museum sits, to take down it's fence and allow access to the store that's catered to Chokoloskee residents for over one hundred years. Tristan Spinski/Staff

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  • Shana Townsend, 4, of Naples and granddaughter of Ramona and Darwin Lyon, not pictured, plays in the water with her friend, Brandon Purvis, right, 6, of Chokoloskee and grandson of Lynn Smallwood-McMillin, not pictured, next to the historic Smallwood's Store in Chokoloskee on Sunday morning. After six months of closure and legal battles over access to the Smallwood's Store, the historic landmark reopened Sunday morning after a court order prompted Florida-Georgia Grove LLP, the property owner of Mamie Street where the store and museum sits, to take down it's fence and allow access to the store that's catered to Chokoloskee residents for over one hundred years. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Alice Morrow, an employee of the historic Smallwood's Store in Chokoloskee for twelve years, opens the store's doors to the public for the fist time in six months on Sunday morning. After six months of closure and legal battles over access to the Smallwood's Store, the historic landmark reopened Sunday morning after a court order prompted Florida-Georgia Grove LLP, the property owner of Mamie Street where the store and museum sits, to take down it's fence and allow access to the store that's catered to Chokoloskee residents for over one hundred years. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • From left, Dr. Sharon Bock, of Fort Myers, her mother Kay Barratt, of Burlingame, Ca., and family friend Trish Guild, of San Mateo, Ca., visit the historic Smallwood's Store in Chokoloskee on Sunday morning. After six months of closure and legal battles over access to the Smallwood's Store, the historic landmark reopened Sunday morning after a court order prompted Florida-Georgia Grove LLP, the property owner of Mamie Street where the store and museum sits, to take down it's fence and allow access to the store that's catered to Chokoloskee residents for over one hundred years. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Lynn Smallwood-McMillin, executive director of the historic Ted Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee, prepares to take down the 'temporarily closed' sign on Sunday morning. After six months of closure and legal battles over access to the Smallwood's Store, the historic landmark reopened Sunday morning after a court order prompted Florida-Georgia Grove LLP, the property owner of Mamie Street where the store and museum sits, to take down it's fence and allow access to the store that's catered to Chokoloskee residents for over one hundred years. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • After six months of closure and legal battles over access to the Smallwood's Store, the historic landmark reopened Sunday morning after a court order prompted Florida-Georgia Grove LLP, the property owner of Mamie Street where the store and museum sits, to take down it's fence and allow access to the store that's catered to Chokoloskee residents for over one hundred years. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Shana Townsend, 4, of Naples and granddaughter of Ramona and Darwin Lyon, not pictured, plays in the historic Smallwood's Store in Chokoloskee on Sunday morning. After six months of closure and legal battles over access to the Smallwood's Store, the historic landmark reopened Sunday morning after a court order prompted Florida-Georgia Grove LLP, the property owner of Mamie Street where the store and museum sits, to take down it's fence and allow access to the store that's catered to Chokoloskee residents for over one hundred years. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Tourists and Chokoloskee residents meander down a bumpy dirt road to the historic Smallwood's Store in Chokoloskee. After six months of closure and legal battles over access to the Smallwood's Store, the historic landmark reopened in October 2011 after a court order prompted Florida-Georgia Grove LLP, the property owner of Mamie Street where the store and museum sits, to take down it's fence and allow access to the store that's catered to Chokoloskee residents for over one hundred years. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Brandon Purvis, left, 6, of Chokoloskee and grandson of Lynn Smallwood-McMillin, not pictured, shows off a crab he caught while playing in the water next to the historic Smallwood's Store in Chokoloskee on Sunday morning. After six months of closure and legal battles over access to the Smallwood's Store, the historic landmark reopened Sunday morning after a court order prompted Florida-Georgia Grove LLP, the property owner of Mamie Street where the store and museum sits, to take down it's fence and allow access to the store that's catered to Chokoloskee residents for over one hundred years. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Lynn Smallwood-McMillin, executive director of the historic Ted Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee, stands behind the counter minutes after the store opened for the first time in six months on Sunday morning. After six months of closure and legal battles over access to the Smallwood's Store, the historic landmark reopened Sunday morning after a court order prompted Florida-Georgia Grove LLP, the property owner of Mamie Street where the store and museum sits, to take down it's fence and allow access to the store that's catered to Chokoloskee residents for over one hundred years. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Gary McMillin, husband of Lynn Smallwood-McMillin, back left, executive director of the historic Ted Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee, removes the 'temporarily closed' sign pointing to the store on Sunday morning. After six months of closure and legal battles over access to the Smallwood's Store, the historic landmark reopened Sunday morning after a court order prompted Florida-Georgia Grove LLP, the property owner of Mamie Street where the store and museum sits, to take down it's fence and allow access to the store that's catered to Chokoloskee residents for over one hundred years. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Alice Morrow, right, an employee of the historic Smallwood's Store in Chokoloskee for over twelve years, chats with Patty Huff, of Everglades City, in the store's entryway on Sunday morning. After six months of closure and legal battles over access to the Smallwood's Store, the historic landmark reopened Sunday morning after a court order prompted Florida-Georgia Grove LLP, the property owner of Mamie Street where the store and museum sits, to take down it's fence and allow access to the store that's catered to Chokoloskee residents for over one hundred years. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Brandon Purvis, left, 6, of Chokoloskee and grandson of Lynn Smallwood-McMillin, not pictured, and Shana Townsend, 4, of Naples and granddaughter of Ramona and Darwin Lyon, not pictured, play in the water next to the historic Smallwood's Store in Chokoloskee on Sunday morning. After six months of closure and legal battles over access to the Smallwood's Store, the historic landmark reopened Sunday morning after a court order prompted Florida-Georgia Grove LLP, the property owner of Mamie Street where the store and museum sits, to take down it's fence and allow access to the store that's catered to Chokoloskee residents for over one hundred years. Tristan Spinski/Staff

After six months of closure and legal battles over access to the Smallwood's Store, the historic landmark reopened Sunday morning following a court order that prompted Florida-Georgia Grove LLP, the property owner of Mamie Street where the store and museum sits, to take down it's fence and allow access to the store that's catered to Chokoloskee residents for over one hundred years.

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