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LARGER TIDE TABLE The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2007 2007, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume I Issue #33 Sales Tax Holiday It’s almost “back-to-school” time and for ten days ( Saturday, August 4 through Monday, August 13 ) there will be no Florida State Sales Tax on children’s clothing & shoes, books, and school supplies (pens, paper, tape, disks, etc.). There are price limits for the tax exemption: clothing or books must normally sell for under $50 and school supply items must be under $10. School starts again on Monday, August 20. BIG CYPRESS TRAILS OPEN TO ORVs Big Cypress National Preserve Superintendent Karen Gustin announced that effective Friday, August 3 the off-road vehicle (ORV) trails within the Preserve will reopen to all recreational permitted users. The trails are reopening after a sixty-day closure that began in June. The closure is required under the Preserve's ORV Management Plan to allow for a resting period of reduced ORV use within the area. (see the Rapper May 25, 2007) Superintendent Gustin said, "With the reopening of the trail system, we hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable ORV season." YARD SALE FRIDAY! Spa-Fari is having a yard sale on Friday, August 3 starting at 9:00 a.m. in front of the old Bank building. Items include designer clothing and gifts. The sale continues on Saturday morning, if there is anything left. KIDS’ TRIP TO PARK FRIDAY Local youngsters have been invited for a day out on Friday, August 3, to the North Collier Regional Park where they will spend the morning swimming and then, after a lunch of pizza, they will watch a performance in the Children’s Theater. The bus leaves at 8:30 a.m. from the Skating Rink and returns at 4:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Phone Brenda Brown at 695-3402 or contact Chris Ammerman. CITY COUNCIL A special meeting of the City Council was convened on Tuesday, July 31, to set the millage rate and the dates for special hearings on the budget. These will be on Tuesday, September 4, and Thursday, September 13, at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall. There will be a full City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 7, at 5:30 p.m. Mayor Sammy Hamilton told the Rapper that he has not been idle during the three-month break since the last regular meeting. The FEMA audit is almost ready to sign off, way ahead of the time it normally takes to prepare one. He is working on the Comprehensive Plan for the City and hopes to get some grants. As for the millage, it has been set at 1.9558, which is slightly lower than last year. He said that in his 12 years in office, he has tried to keep the millage low to help local people. Under the new Property Tax Reform legislation which came into effect this spring, the State determines the maximum millage that can be set by calculating a Compound Annual Growth Rate from the population and tax income in 2001 and 2006. Ours was only 7.46%. Unlike other counties and municipalities, Everglades City has not suffered under this regime because the millage has always been kept low. For comparison, the Collier County millage will be set at 3.15, down from 3.58 mils last year. If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email or phone 695-2397. CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Swamp Tales p. 5 Tides p. 3 New Faces p. 5 Fire Dept p. 3 Book Reviews p. 7 Snaps p. 5 FWC News p. 7 Advertiser Spot-Light, Classified p. 8 FEATURE: “ SWAMP ANGEL” page 7


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn AUGUST 3, 2007 PAGE 2 phone: 695-2397 AUGUST 2007 THRIFT SHOP: CLOSED FOR SUMMER BREAK SKATING R INK: Friday/Saturday, 7:00 10:00 pm FOOD PANTRY: Sat, 8:30 to 10:30 am, Community Chur ch ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Wed, 5 pm, Community Chur ch MUSEUM: Tues-Fri, 9 am to 5 pm; Sat, 9 am to 4 pm SMALLWOOD STORE: daily 11 am to 5 pm NATIONAL PARK GULF COAST VISITORS’ CENTER: daily 9 am to 4 pm (boats 8:30 am to 4:00 pm) CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INFORMATION CENTER (Carnestown) : daily, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: 8/2 (noon-2pm) 8/6 (1-3pm) 8/7 (5-7pm) 8/10 (1-3pm) 8/14 (9-11am) 8/15 (9-11am) 8/16 (3-5 pm) 8/21 (10-11:30am) TELEPHONE NUMBERS: Sheriff: 695-2007 Fire Dept: 695-2902 City Hall: 695-3781 Library: 695-2511 SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT JULY 29 30 Hour of Prayer Everglades First Baptist Church 7 pm Vacation Bible School 31 Deadline for Park comments City Council City Hall 5:30 pm AUGUST 1 Ladies Coffee Roadkill Cafe 8 am 2 Lions Club Seafood Depot 7 pm 3 Yard Sale old Bank bldg 9 am Big Cypress ORV Trails Open 4 Yard Sale old Bank bldg 9 am Sales Tax Holiday starts see front page 5 6 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Mission, 7 pm 7 Diaz-Balart City Hall 3-5pm see page 3 City Council City Hall 5:30 pm Night Out against Crime see page 3 8 Ladies Coffee Roadkill Cafe NEW VENUE 8 am 9 10 11 Mobile Pet Vet McLeod Park 9 am to 1 pm Copeland 2 to 4 pm 12 Mobile Pet Vet McLeod Park 9 am to 1 pm Surgery Only 239-777-PETS 13 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church, 7 pm Sales Tax Holiday ends 14 15 Ladies Coffee Seafood Depot 8 am 16 Lions Club Board Mtg Community Church 5 pm 17 18 19 20 School Starts Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God, 7 pm 21 Reach Out Community Church 8:30 am 22 Ladies Coffee Roadkill Cafe 8 am 23 24 25 26 27 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm 28 ESHP meeting City Hall 10am 29 Ladies Coffee Triad Seafood 8 am 30 31 SEPT 1


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn AUGUST 3, 2007 PAGE 3 phone: 695-2397 SHERIFF INVITES US TO NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Every year on the first Tuesday in August residents are invited to show their support for crime prevention by turning on their porch lights and joining in neighborhood gatherings. The event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and Collier County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Mark Milligan told the Rapper that there will be a crime prevention booth in Copeland on Tuesday, August 7, from 7:00 p.m. and that they plan to serve hotdogs to the neighborhood. He will also be at the City Council meeting with CCSO Crime Prevention Officer Sue Gentry. By the way, make sure you lock your doors before you join an outdoor gathering! AVOID TRAFFIC FOR LICENSES RENEWALS There is a Driver License renewal center at Eagle Creek (the corner of CR-951 and US-41) where the old Winn Dixie used to be. The Collier County facility also includes other tax collection functions such as hunting & fishing licenses, and motor vehicle registration. The office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Phone is 417-3936. New Aide to Diaz-Balart Visits Tuesday Karen Cruz, aide to Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, will be here on Tuesday, August 7 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at City Hall. Ms Cruz grew up in Naples and received a degree in Political Science from Ave Maria University. Her previous job was with Senator Mel Martinez. She is interested in foreign policy and international relations. Stop by to meet her and share your concerns about the area. OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 07/18/07: Vehicle Accident, 77m I-75 07/18/07: Vehicle Accident, 78m I-75 07/18/07: Illegal Burn, Dupont Road 07/19/07: Unconscious Person Port of the Islands 07/19/07: Head Injury, Everglades City 07/20/07: Unknown Medical Problem, Ochopee 07/20/07: Brush Fire, 6m West of Monument Road 07/21/07: Brush Fire, 76m I-75 07/21/07: Brush Fire, US-41 & Monument Lake 07/21/07: Brush Fire, Ochopee 07/21/07: Vehicle Accident, 77m I-75 (Canceled) 07/22/07: Vehicle Fire, 70m I-75 07/24/07: Brush Fire, US-41 4m West of Carnestown 07/25/07: Unknown Medica,l Everglades City 07/27/07: Chest Pains, Oasis Ranger Station 07/27/07: Vehicle Accident, 60m I-75 07/27/07: Power Line Down/Brush Fire, Chokoloskee Bridge 07/27/07: Vehicle Accident, 61m I-75 07/27/07: Person Feeling Sick, Everglades City 07/27/07: Unconscious Person, Plantation Island 07/28/07: Person Having Seizures, 52m I-75 07/28/07: Vehicle Accident, 77m I-75 07/28/07: Vehicle Accident, 70m I-75 07/29/07: Motorcycle Accident, Lee Cypress 07/30/07: Unknown Medical Problem, US-41 and SR-92 07/31/07: Possible Suicide, Port of the Islands 07/31/07: Laceration, Port of the Islands MOBILE PET VET Dr Baker will be here on Saturday August 11 She will also be doing surgery on Sunday, August 12. by previous appointment only. Phone 777-PETS to arrange a time. TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER INFORMATION FROM http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 08/03/2007 Fri 01:11AM 0.2 L 06:23AM 2.7 H 01:3 7PM 0.3 L 06:34PM 2.6 H 08/04/2007 Sat 01:50AM 0.4 L 06:56AM 2.8 H 02:4 0PM 0.2 L 07:51PM 2.4 H 08/05/2007 Sun 02:31AM 0.6 L 07:34AM 2.9 H 03:5 2PM 0.2 L 09:21PM 2.1 H 08/06/2007 Mon 03:22AM 0.8 L 08:23AM 2.9 H 05:0 9PM 0.1 L 11:22PM 2.0 H 08/07/2007 Tue 04:37AM 1.0 L 09:30AM 2.9 H 06:2 1PM 0.0 L 08/08/2007 Wed 02:04AM 2.2 H 06:00AM 1.0 L 10:5 3AM 3.0 H 07:25PM -0.1 L 08/09/2007 Thu 02:49AM 2.3 H 07:10AM 1.0 L 12:0 7PM 3.1 H 08:23PM -0.2 L 08/10/2007 Fri 03:16AM 2.3 H 08:10AM 0.9 L 01:0 7PM 3.3 H 09:13PM -0.2 L 08/11/2007 Sat 03:31AM 2.3 H 09:01AM 0.8 L 01:5 7PM 3.4 H 09:58PM -0.2 L 08/12/2007 Sun 03:43AM 2.4 H 09:47AM 0.7 L 02:4 0PM 3.4 H 10:38PM -0.1 L 08/13/2007 Mon 04:00AM 2.4 H 10:30AM 0.6 L 03:2 0PM 3.3 H 11:14PM -0.1 L 08/14/2007 Tue 04:21AM 2.5 H 11:10AM 0.5 L 03:5 9PM 3.2 H 11:48PM 0.1 L 08/15/2007 Wed 04:46AM 2.5 H 11:49AM 0.4 L 04:3 8PM 3.0 H 08/16/2007 Thu 12:19AM 0.2 L 05:13AM 2.6 H 12:2 8PM 0.4 L 05:21PM 2.8 H 08/17/2007 Fri 12:48AM 0.4 L 05:41AM 2.6 H 01:0 9PM 0.4 L 06:08PM 2.5 H


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn AUGUST 3, 2007 PAGE 4 phone: 695-2397 n n n n Yarns and Hand Knits Lessons 3804 E. Tamiami Trail Naples, FL 34112 239-793-8141 Jan Brock n


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn AUGUST 3, 2007 PAGE 5 phone: 695-2397 Swamp Tales by Bob N. Wallace Have you ever wondered about alligators? I have. Ther e’s a really big one at the Seafood Depot in Everglades Ci ty in the bar to the right of the front lobby. It had to have been one bad dude. An alligator is a large, semi-aquatic, carnivorou s reptile that has four legs and a huge tail. If you look at t he tail, which is the rear business end of a gator you will see it is half the animal's length. The gator tail helps push an alliga tor through the water and is used as a very dangerous weapon. Th e tail is also used to make pools of water during the dry sea sons, which we call gator holes out here in the Everglades. The gator tail also stores fat that the alligator may use for nour ishment during the winter season. They are cold blooded, pre-h istoric creatures 250 million years old and they do not make t heir own body heat. They gain body heat by basking in the sun. Tha t is why you see them along the banks of canals in the Te n Thousand Islands or on the banks of canals along the Tamiami Trail. My advice to you is to stay far away from an alligator. They are really fast on land and can run about 11 MPH. They can do a hunkered-down body crawl between 3 and 6 MPH. And you sure don’t want to try to out swim a gator because they can do a little over 6 MPH in the water. My advi ce to you is to leave them alone. They really can become mean d udes in no time at all. Meanwhile, enjoy eating some deliciou s fried gator tail during your visit to the Everglades of F lorida. That’s as close as you want to get to a gator tail! MEET THE NEW CHIEF Alan McLaughlin has been appointed Interim Fire Chief for our district while Paul Wilson is on medical leave. He told the Rapper that he is no stranger to some of our firemen because he taught them at the Training Academy in Naples. McLaughlin grew up in Golden Gate when there were still sugar cane fields nearby. After 18 years in the City of Naples fire depart ment he did a stint in North Carolina (where the station received a “Most Improved” award), worked in Golden Gate as Assistant Chief and most recently was at Isles of C apri. In the two months since he has been here, he has replaced out-dated equipment and started a project to ma ke sure that all the trucks are fitted out the same way s o that it is easier for firemen to operate under stress. He has also had new software installed on the office computers to hel p with administrative details. The Interim Chief welcomes dialog with the communit y and can be contacted at 695-4114. The combination of a high tide and torrential rain for several days Best Deal in Town? Both the lem onade and cookies flooded our streets and yards for several hours but the water soon were home-made. Unfortunately, t he girls are going went down. We had at least 1.5 inches of rain accor ding to NOAA back to school next week. but it must have been more than that! Does anyone h ave a rain meter?


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn AUGUST 3, 2007 PAGE 6 phone: 695-2397 nr 105 West Broadway. Everglades City, FL Open: Tuesday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm Saturdays, 9 am – 4 pm Admission is Free VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Contact Martha at 695 0008 Daily – Weekly – Monthly Rentals nn Waterfront Villas – Screen Porches – Canoes Swimming Pool – Boat Launch – Dock 210 Collier Ave. Ph 239-695-4499 Everglades City, FL 34139 n rr phone 695-2397 or email


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn AUGUST 3, 2007 PAGE 7 phone: 695-2397 The most likely fatal boating accident will occur during July, between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. in a small (under 18-foot) boat operated by a male between 36 and 50 years old in a river or creek when it collides with another vessel or a fixed object; the cause of death will be drowning by a person not wearing a life jacket. The FWC recently released its statistics for 2006. In Florida, there were 600 accidents during the year, 69 of which were fatal; Monroe County had the most accidents in the state. For more information, see their website nr nr nr nr Soak your toothbrushes in 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Solution every week to make sure there aren’t any germs breeding there. And, don’t worry if you don’t rinse it all out; diluted Peroxide is a good mouthwash. rn WHY IS IT CALLED “HUSTON” RIVER? The Chatham River was probably named in the late 1770s after a town in England where the Royal Naval Dockyard was or after the Earl of Chatham (William Pitt, 1708-1778). The Lopez River obviously honors the pioneering family who settled there (and in Chokoloskee) in the 1890s. Turner River was settled by Capt Richard Turner who had discovered it in 1857 during the Third Seminole War and returned in 1874 to farm on the shell mound. But, who or what was “Huston” and why was the river called that? If you have any clue, please phone Marya at 695-2905. Angel of the Swamp by Marya Repko Our angel this month is on vacation and it certainly is welldeserved. She’s a bundle of energy in her quiet, effic ient way and seems to be involved in almost everything in our comm unity. She encourages local youngster through the School Advisory Council, the Kids’ Activity Club which meets on Thursday afternoons, and the Perfect Attendance rewards at the end of each academic year. One of her great passions is local history. As presi dent of Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, she spearheaded the purchase o f the Storter Collection and then single-handedly created prints f or sale to raise funds before convincing the Board of County Commissioners to compl ete the acquisition for the Museum. She founded the Everglades Society for His torical Preservation and ensured that it had an office in City Hall for the H istorical Library. And, she spreads the word outside our area as a member of the Co llier County Historical & Archeological Preservation Board. It’s not all mental activity. She’s an avid long-d istance cyclist and has been involved with the Friends of Fakahatchee for many y ears (as president and treasurer). She enjoys a day out fishing with her husba nd and can be seen at her restored Collier home working in the garden or nonc halantly whipping up delicious meals or jars of calamandin marmalade. If you haven’t guessed yet, the biggest hint is that she is the publisher of this newspaper which started life over six years ago as “Wh at’s Happening Around Town” the neighborhood newsletter which she wrote, pr inted, and distributed every month. Her Snook Publications is a member of the Chamber of Commerce which she supports by being membership secretary. Yes, our angel is Patty Huff. What would the community do without her! Off the Shelf Florida Fiction by Marya Repko Fans of Travis Magee are missing something if they have not read “Condominium”. Author John D. MacDonald writes flowin g, descriptive prose punctuated with pithy messages about the condition of Flo rida and the newcomers who try to mold it into their own version of paradise. Of course, that has been happening since Disston started draining the swamp and continues to this day with pristine gated communities. Published in 1977, this novel dwells on shortcuts in cond o construction, the destruction of natural habitats, and human morality. In the end, nature in the form of a hurricane, sorts out the baddies from the goodies Another of his books, “A Flash of Green”, has a sim ilar theme – corruption and despoliation – and was just as well-written back in 1962 when he comments “People down here despise natural beauty. It seems to ma ke them terrible uneasy. The don’t really feel secure until they can see asphal t in every direction, and they don’t trust a tree unless they’ve grown it themselves .” Carl Hiaasen and other Florida writers pay tribute to MacDonald but none, in my view, has come close to his depth of perception about the Florida scene, nor to his fluent verbiage.


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn AUGUST 3, 2007 PAGE 8 phone: 695-2397 n n n n --------------------------------------------------MUSEUM DISPLAY CASES. Beautifully designed with wood frames and Plexiglas windows, $500 each, from Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, Phone 695-2397. --------------------------------------------------CHOKOLOSKEE Premium building lot for that special, ultra private home. Laced with fruit trees, this secluded lot is above flood plain and ready to go. Nestled back between Chokoloskee and Smallwood Drive, the lot was offered for $350,000 and now reduced to $299,000 Please call Paul Camposano, Broker/Salesman @ Horizons/GMAC Realty in Marco for additional information at 800-832-8643or 239-860-1901. --------------------------------------------------GOODLAND FOR SALE : Water Front Deep Canal, Quick Access to Gulf and 10,000 Islands. 2-bed furnished manufactured home on 50’ x 99’ lot; New Dock ready for boat lift; Walk to Restaurants & Shops. 613 Sunset Dr, Goodland. $519,000 (reduced!) Call Ed at 239-728-8440. --------------------------------------------------INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY AT CAPTAIN'S TABLE suite for sale by owner, 2-bed/2-bath, just completely renovated with new kitchen, granite counters in kitchen & baths, tastefully furnished. Rent as 1 or 2 units through hotel management and/or live there. REDUCED from $299,000 ... now ONLY $225,000! Phone (954) 435-8954. --------------------------------------------------Send your Classified Ads to phone 695-2397 nr Havana Cafe is celebrating its second birthday this month. The popular cafe next to the Post Office in Chokoloskee opened on August 1, 2005. Since then, the lovely outside area has been furnished and landscaped, providing relaxing al fresco dining. The cafe offers delicious sandwiches, Cuban specialties, and a daily hot lunch, as well as seasonal dishes made with fresh ingredients. n --------------------------------------------------Sales and Information Assistant Employment opportunity available at Big Cypress Oasis Visitor Center Contact Claire at 305-247-1216 --------------------------------------------------PUT YOUR JOB ADS IN THE RAPPER ... no charge! phone us at 695-2397 The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn PUBLISHER Patricia A. Huff, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 telephone (239) 695-2397 email: EDITORS Marya Repko & Patty Huff CONTRIBUTORS Helen Bryan, Adela Butler, Bill Lindsay, Savannah Oglesby, Bob N. Wallace, Lisa Marteeny PRODUCTION layout by Marya Repko printing by Snook Publications PUBLISHER’S STATEMENT We aim to provide local news that is of interest to the extended community of Everglades City, Chokoloskee, Plantation Island, Lee Cypress, Copeland, Jerome, and Ochopee. We strive to present the facts accurately without political bias or personal opinion. nr nnnr n nnnr SUBSCRIPTION RATES 25¢ per issue $38 per year by US Post ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS date _______________________ Please make check payable to “Patricia Huff” and send to P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 ___ Mullet Rapper (incl. WHAT) by email ($10) ___ Mullet Rapper (incl. WHAT) by post ($38) NAME ___________________________________________ E MAIL ______________________________________________ STREET / P.O.BOX: ALTERNATE ADDRESS _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ _____ CITY ____________________________________________ CITY ______________________________________________ ___ STATE ________ ZIP ____________________________ S TATE _________ ZIP ________________________________ MONTHS AT ALTERNATE ADDRESS __JAN __FEB __MAR __APR __MAY __JUN __JUL __AUG __SEP __OCT __NOV __DEC 8/3/07 r Breakfast / Lunch – 695-2214 Open Wed – Sun. 10 am 3 pm (closed Mon/Tues) 10% off with this coupon COMMUNITY NOTICES -----------------------------------------------------------VOLUNTEERS NEEDED in Museum to greet visitors. Phone Martha 695-0008. -----------------------------------------------------------HELP NEEDED for Tamiami Trail 80 th celebration. Old photos, uniforms, vintage vehicles, ideas! Ph one Carol at 695 2159