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Save the Smallwood Store Rally at Collier Courthouse

Valerie Wisecracker, center, picks her banjo alongside Tom Porter while he plays the cello during a rally to save the Smallwood Store outside of the Collier County Courthouse on Thursday. The rally was organized to support the restoration of a public access road to the Smallwood Store that has been taken away by the Florida Georgia Grove company.
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Valerie Wisecracker, center, picks her banjo alongside Tom Porter while he plays the cello during a rally to save the Smallwood Store outside of the Collier County Courthouse on Thursday. The rally was organized to support the restoration of a public access road to the Smallwood Store that has been taken away by the Florida Georgia Grove company.
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  • Alice Morrow, second from right, greets Claudette Craumer, back turned, with a hug as they gather along with others to advocate restoration of a public access road to the Smallwood Store that has been taken away by the Florida Georgia Grove company. Scott McIntyre/Staff
  • Valerie Wisecracker, center, picks her banjo alongside Tom Porter while he plays the cello during a rally to save the Smallwood Store outside of the Collier County Courthouse on Thursday. The rally was organized to support the restoration of a public access road to the Smallwood Store that has been taken away by the Florida Georgia Grove company.
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  • Gary Blackman, right, points out where the road his company, Florida Georgia Grove, owns to his attorney Steve Chase during court on Thursday. Blackman and his company were taken to court by owners of the Smallwood Store demanding an injunction to restore the access road to the store.
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  • Gary Blackman, of Florida Georgia Grove, addresses the court on Thursday. Blackman and his company were taken to court by owners of the Smallwood Store demanding an injunction to restore the access road to the store.
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  • Helen Bryan of Chockoloskee holds her sign in support of an access road being restored to the historic Ted Smallwood Store in Chockoloskee.
  • Residents of Marco Island, Chockoloskee, Goodland and Everglades City rallied on the Collier County Courthouse steps before attending a hearing  on restoring the access road to the historic Ted Smallwood Store in Chockoloskee which they supported. In the  middle of the group is J Robert (red shirt) of Marco Island who organized the rally.
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People from Chockoloskee, Everglades City, Goodland and Marco Island came to the  Collier County Courthouse steps on Thursday to rally before going into a hearing on restoring the access street to the historic Ted Smallwood Store in Chockoloskee.
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Valerie Wisecracker of Chokoloskee and Tom Porter of Goodland, jam during the rally for the restoring of a street for access to the historic Ted Smallwood Store in Chockoloskee prior to a court haring on the issue.
  • Executive Director of the Ted Smallwood Store Lynn Smallwood-McMillin, center, chats with friends and supporters of the store during a short recess at the Collier County Courthouse on Thursday.
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  • Surrounded by a packed courtroom, J Robert, sits quietly in the back while representatives from the Ted Smallwood Store council argue their case advocating the restoration of a public access road to the Smallwood Store that has been taken away by the Florida Georgia Grove company.
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  • Judge Hugh Hayes, right, and Garry Blackman, left, listen as attorney Rachael Loukonen objects questioning coming from Blackman's attorney Steve Chase during court earlier this year. Blackman is the president of the Florida Georgia Grove company who was taken to trial for blocking access to the historic Ted Smallwood Store. Scott McIntyre/Staff
  • One of the organizers of the rally, J Robert, speaks in support of the Ted Smallwood Store during a rally advocating restoration of a public access road to the Smallwood Store that has been taken away by the Florida Georgia Grove company. 'It's important to keep this store not just because of the past but also of the future,' said Robert.
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  • Mallory McMillin, center, gathers with friends and fellow supporters of the Ted Smallwood Store on the steps of the Collier County Courthouse during a rally advocating the restoration of a public access road to the Smallwood Store that has been taken away by the Florida Georgia Grove company. Scott McIntyre/Staff
  • Lynn Smallwood-McMillin gets a congratulatory hug from Jim Stoner after Smallwood-McMillin was granted a temporary injunction for the Florida Georgia Grove company to build a useable road to the Ted Smallwood Store within 30 days. Stoner is a land surveyor and helped with the case for the Ted Smallwood Store. 'The right side won today,' said Stoner.
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About a dozen people attended a rally on the courthouse steps this morning to support the historic Ted Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee. Supporters held signs asking Judge Hugh Hayes to 'Save SW Florida History for our Children.'

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