Ochopee, Florida

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Ochopee, Florida
Unincorporated community
Ochopee is located in Florida
Location within the state of Florida
Coordinates: 25°54′4″N 81°18′13″W / 25.90111°N 81.30361°W / 25.90111; -81.30361Coordinates: 25°54′4″N 81°18′13″W / 25.90111°N 81.30361°W / 25.90111; -81.30361
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Collier
 • Mayor David Shealy
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 34141
GNIS feature ID 295500[1]

Ochopee is an unincorporated community in Collier County, Florida, United States.[2] It is located to the east of the intersection of US 41 and State Road 29, near Carnestown. The community is part of the NaplesMarco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Ochopee began as a small one family tomato farming community in the early 1920s. The Gaunt family bought land in the area for $100 per acre, and started with only army tents.[3] It got its name when a visitor to the general store asked the owner what the place was called. A native man was trading in the store that day so the owner asked him what was the Seminole word for farm. He replied, "O-Chopp-ee".[4] After the original Post Office burned down residents used an old storage shed to house mail, which then became the smallest in the nation.[5]

Points of interest[edit]

  • Ochopee post office
  • Skunk Ape Research Center
  • Joannie's Crab Shack
  • National Park Service Big Cypress Headquarters, AKA The Golden Lion Motor Inn
  • Wootens World Famous Airboats


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ochopee, Florida
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ Stone 1989, p. 2.
  4. ^ Stone 1989, p. 11.
  5. ^ Stone 1989, p. 51.
  • Stone, Maria (1989). "Ochopee The Story of the Smallest Post Office"
  • Pettengill, Frank (1975). "Naples Daily News","Ochopee Acquisition Appeal Made"

Focus of movie "Just Cause" Just Cause is a 1995 film directed by Arne Glimcher and starring Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne. It is based on John Katzenbach's novel of the same name.

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