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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn SEPTEMBER 18 OCTOBER 1, 2009 2009, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL 34139 Volume III Issue #90 Library Closed! But Hopefully Not for Long In a surprise move on September 16, the County Clerk’s office in Everglades City Hall was closed along with other satellite offices in the county. However, the facility here is also a tax collection office and houses our library. The County Tax Collector and the Director of Collier County Public Libraries are exploring options to re-open the facility. In the interim, the book drop is open and there will be no late fee charges in view of this situation. Fishing licenses can be purchased by phoning 1-888-347-4356. Mayor Sammy Hamilton told the Rapper that he regrets the sudden closure and will do anything he can to ensure that area residents have library and tax collection services. CITY COUNCIL REPORT by Patricia Huff On Tuesday, September 8, a Public Hearing was held in the E verglades City Council Chambers for the First Reading of two ordinances: A. Ordinance 2009-02 : An Ordinance determining and fixing the millage rate for fiscal year 2009-2010; for the purpose of providing sufficient funds for the general obligation for the City of Everglades City. B. Ordinance 2009-03 : An Ordinance for the purpose of adopting the fiscal budget for the fiscal year 2009-2010 and the Second Reading of one: C. Ordinance 2009-01 : An ordinance “opting out” and exempting the City of Everglades City from the provisions of section 101.667, Florida St atues, related to “early voting” and the requirements thereof; rep ealing all ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith; a nd providing an effective date. After the Readings, the regular City Council meeting was resumed with the adoption of the three ordinances by the Council. Mayor Sammy Hamilton gave his report stating that he had met with South Florida Water Management District and that he would s oon be sending out a letter to the residents concerning a 5-year plan which will inc lude improvement in our water quality. In the absence of Lt. Mark Milligan, Sergeant Todd Taylor reported that the number of home and boat burglaries has increased recently in Everglades City, Pleasure Island and Port of the Islands. However, the Sherif f’s Office expects that these numbers will decrease as suspects are apprehende d. The City Council members approved motions to accept the B udget Amendments for 2008-2009 and the Bad Debts for 2008-2009 (which the Mayor mentioned were low this year, around $2000). Under Public Comments, John M. Wilson noted he was unable to r each LCEC by telephone during the recent power outage. There were no other comments from the public or City Council members and the meet ing was adjourned. The Second Reading of the fiscal Ordinances was on Tuesday, September 16. The election for three City Council seats will be held on November 24 The positions are currently held by MacBeth Collins, James La ndrum, and Johnny Potter who may stand in the election if they want. Qualif ying for candidates opens on September 28 and closes at noon on October 9 For info, see City Clerk Dottie Joiner or phone her at 695-3781. TIDE TABLES RESTAURANTS If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email or phone 695-2397. CONTENTS nrnnnnn !"n#$r%n %"n&n'()n&%n'' nr


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn September 18, 2009 email: PAGE 2 Oct 26: register to vote Nov 6-8: Old Florida Fest ival Nov 14: Medicine Cabinet Nov 14/15: Pet Vet Nov 24: Election Day Dec 1: BigC ORVs Dec 5: Artin-the-Glades THRIFT SHOP: Thurs, Fri, Sat; 11:00 am to 3:00 pm SKATING RINK: Fri & Sat; 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. MUSEUM: Tues-Fri; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sat; 9:00 am to 4:00 pm SMALLWOOD STORE: Daily; 11:00 am to 5:00 pm FOOD PANTRY: Sat; 8:30 to 10:30 am, Community Churc h ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Sat; noon, Community Chur ch SHAMROCK BANK: Tues, Thurs; 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. LITTLE GATOR CLINIC: Oct 6, Oct 13; 5:00 to 8:0 0 pm SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: Tues, 9/22 (10-11 am) Thurs, 9/24 (9-10 am) Mon, 9/28 (9:30-10:30 am) SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT 13 14 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm OFCD Bd Fire Sta, 6 pm 15 Reach Out mtg City Hall, 8:30 am BigC ORVs CANCELLED 16 Ladies Coffee Backcountry Cafe 8 am City Council 5:30 pm 17 SAC School, 3 pm Lions Club Depot, 5:30 pm Copeland Civic 7 pm new moon 18 RAPPER Anglers’ Cup see p.8 19 Anglers’ Cup see p.8 Coastal Clean-Up see p.3 Copeland Clean-Up see p.3 20 21 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm 22 23 Ladies Coffee Backcountry Cafe 8 am 24 Flu Shots see p.3 Copeland Civic 7 pm 25 26 27 28 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 29 30 Ladies Coffee Backcountry Cafe 8 am Big Cypress Comments Due see p.8 OCT 1 Great Gators School, 9:30 am RAPPER 2 RedSnook Tournament see p.8 3 RedSnook Tournament see p.8 Mobile Pet Vet see p.3 Museum Reception see p .9 full moon 4 Mobile Pet Vet see p.3 Blessing the Boats see p.3 5 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church, 7 pm 6 Congressional Visit 3 pm Coletta Visit 3 pm City Council 5:30 pm Kids’ Clinic 5 – 8 pm 7 Ladies Coffee Backcountry Cafe 8 am FME mtg Museum, 9 am see p.9 8 School Early Dismissal 9 10 10k Islands National Wildlife Refuge Week see p.8 SCV Depot, 6 pm 11 12 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm OFCD Bd Fire Sta, 6 pm 13 Kids’ Clinic 5 – 8 pm 14 Ladies Coffee Backcountry Cafe 8 am 15 SAC School, 3 pm Lions Club Depot, 5:30 pm Copeland Civic 7 pm RAPPER 16 17 SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2009


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn September 18, 2009 email: PAGE 3 LIONS CLUB AT DEPOT The Lions Club will meet at the Seafood Depot on Thursday, September 17, at 5:30 p.m. and every 3 rd Thursday of each month. For info, phone Elaine at 695-2695. COPELAND CLEAN-UP There will be dumpsters in Copeland on Saturday, September 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more info, phone Jim at 252-3975. FLU SHOTS Vaccinations for flu and pneumonia will be available on Thursday, September 24, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the ECity Community Center. Cost is $30 and $45. For info, phone Dottie at 695-3781. BLESSING THE BOATS There will be a Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, October 4, before the crabbers go out to set their traps. The event will take place behind the Rod & Gun Club in the early evening. Watch the Rapper for more details. If you are interested in participating, phone Tod at 695-3299. CORRECTION Apologies to City Seafood who provided the refreshments for the Drug Free Workshop on August 31. Heartfelt thanks to Richard, Virgil, and the staff for the lovely food. COASTAL CLEAN-UP The National Park Ranger Station in Everglades City is organizing a clean-up from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, on Picnic Key, Tiger Key and Camp Lulu. Transportation will be provided by NPS or bring your own boat. You will need sun-block, bug spray, water, and lunch. For info and to register, contact Ranger Meredith Riester at 695-4217. FREE CONCERT The Miccosukee Resort on Krome Avenue is holding a free concert on Friday, September 25. There will also be Native American dancers and storytelling For info, phone (305) 222-4600 or see RECYCLING The Carnestown Recycling Center is now open only on the 2 nd Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. For info, phone 252-2508. There is now a recycling dumpster near the tennis courts in ECity which accepts cans, bottles, plastic, and waste paper. OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 09/02/09: Possible Assault, Copeland 09/03/09: Emergency Medical, Port of the Islands 09/04/09: Vehicle Accident, 73mm on I-75 09/06/09: Downed Power Line, Chokoloskee Island 09/07/09: Vehicle Accident, 72mm on I-75 09/08/09: Unknown Medical Problem, Ochopee 09/08/09: Vehicle Accident, 83mm on I-75 09/08/09: Vehicle Accident, 80mm on I-75 09/11/09: Vehicle Accident, 52mm on I-75 09/12/09: Vehicle Accident, 74mm on I-75 09/12/09: Vehicle Accident, 78mm on I-75 09/13/09: Vehicle Accident, 62mm on I-75 09/13/09: Call Box Activation, 64mm on I-75 09/13/09: Vehicle Accident, 68mm on I-75 09/14/09: Unknown Medical Problem, Ochopee 09/14/09: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee Island 09/15/09: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 09/15/09: Emergency Medical, 63mm on I-75 MOBILE PET VET Dr Baker will be here on Saturday, October 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in McLeod Park, ECity, and from 2 to 4 p.m. in Copeland. She will also be here for surgery on Sunday, October 4 by previous appointment only. You can phone her at 777-PETS (7387). For more info, see BANK HOURS Shamrock Bank in City Hall is now open two days a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Business hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER INFORMATION FROM http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 09/18/2009 Fri 02:38AM 2.9 H 09:49AM 0.2 L 03:00PM 3.4 H 10:19PM 0.3 L 09/19/2009 Sat 03:05AM 3.1 H 10:34AM 0.1 L 03:46PM 3.3 H 10:58PM 0.4 L 09/20/2009 Sun 03:32AM 3.2 H 11:19AM -0.1 L 04:33PM 3.1 H 11:34PM 0.6 L 09/21/2009 Mon 04:00AM 3.2 H 12:04PM -0.1 L 05:22PM 2.8 H 09/22/2009 Tue 12:10AM 0.7 L 04:31AM 3.2 H 12:50PM 0.0 L 06:16PM 2.5 H 09/23/2009 Wed 12:43AM 0.8 L 05:05AM 3.1 H 01:40PM 0.1 L 07:16PM 2.4 H 09/24/2009 Thu 01:15AM 0.9 L 05:47AM 2.9 H 02:39PM 0.3 L 08:25PM 2.2 H 09/25/2009 Fri 01:41AM 1.0 L 06:54AM 2.7 H 03:49PM 0.4 L 09/26/2009 Sat 01:12AM 2.2 H 03:36AM 1.1 L 08:33AM 2.6 H 05:04PM 0.4 L 09/27/2009 Sun 01:28AM 2.3 H 05:23AM 1.1 L 10:02AM 2.6 H 06:10PM 0.4 L 09/28/2009 Mon 01:14AM 2.3 H 06:31AM 1.0 L 11:16AM 2.7 H 07:03PM 0.4 L 09/29/2009 Tue 12:55AM 2.4 H 07:20AM 0.8 L 12:15PM 2.8 H 07:48PM 0.4 L 09/30/2009 Wed 01:13AM 2.5 H 08:00AM 0.7 L 01:02PM 2.9 H 08:26PM 0.4 L 10/01/2009 Thu 01:36AM 2.7 H 08:36AM 0.6 L 01:43PM 3.0 H 09:00PM 0.4 L 10/02/2009 Fri 02:00AM 2.8 H 09:12AM 0.4 L 02:21PM 3.1 H 09:33PM 0.4 L


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn September 18, 2009 email: PAGE 4 n n n n Yarns and Hand Knits Lessons 3804 E. Tamiami Trail Naples, FL 34112 239-793-8141


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn September 18, 2009 email: PAGE 5 Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 69 5-2561 website: From Savannah’s Eyes School is going well. I love my teachers that I have this year. Open House was last week on Thursday and it was really fun. I saw all of my friends and my parents met my teachers. Volleyball is great: we won two games and lost one, but we tried our best and that is all that counts. Next ti me though we are really going to try harder! Go Gators! Our next home game is going to be on Tuesday, September 29 from 4 to 5 pm. Wish us luck! Last weekend my little niece and nephew (Kailey and Riley) came for the weekend and it was Kailey’s birthday; she just turned 3 years old. We had a little party and dre ssed her all up; she was so cute! She called her sister Lashaun because she wanted to talk to her for her birthday and Rile y talked to her too. They are growing up on me! Also, last week, my cat Peanut Butter took a wild ride with my dad. Peanut was sleeping on my dad’s spare tire under his work truck and my dad did not know that he was under there so my dad hopped in his truck and drove all the way to Chokoloskee with Peanut Butter under his truck on the spare tire hanging on for dear life! If he had jumped off of the tire, he would have gotten killed but he didn’t. While my dad was riding in his truck he heard a small screaming noise, and he kept hearing it. So when he got to where he was working, he looked under his truck and saw Peanut Butter hanging on the spare tire. When my dad picked him off the tire, he put him down. Peanut could not sit down; he just stood there terrified. So my dad picked him up and held him close. Then he drove him back to the house and Peanut was so content in the truck than under it. LOL! That woul d be really scary to do that! I am so glad that he didn’t jump off! And I am also glad that my dad found out what the screaming was or he would have driven Peanut back home with him under the truck again! Until next time, With love, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is in the 7th grade at Everglades City School and is a regular contributor to this paper. OPEN HOUSE GOES WELL We had Open House on Thursday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m. and we had a very good turn out. Mr. Jones opened by welcoming all the parents and Mrs. Betty Oglesby, our reading coach, followed up with a presentation on the new FAIR (Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading) assessment that students will be taking this year. Parent s then visited their children's classrooms and teachers. Photos of students preparing for Open House and rep ort thanks to Trina Mitchell Congratulations to the Varsity Volleyball Team who won two out of three of their home games on September 8. The Girl Scouts are holding a Hawaiian Beach Party on Friday, October 2, at 601 Park Street, Naples, at 6:30 p.m. For info and to register, phone (239) 262-5236. IMPORTANT DATES Thurs, Sept 17: SAC meeting, 3:00 p.m. Tues, Sept 29: Volleyball, HOME, 4:00 p.m. Thurs, Oct 1: Great Gators, 9:30 a.m. Tues, Oct 6: Volleyball, HOME, 4:00 p.m. Thurs, Oct 8: Early Dismissal


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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn September 18, 2009 email: PAGE 7 Paws to Reflect by a Squeedilifferous Pusslet After a week of glorious late summer weather, it’s finally raining in Connecticut. I jumped on Dad’s head this morning at half past six, but he and Mom had been up till past midnight watching detective films on the DVD. Needless to say, he wasn’t charmed about hopping up and filling my cookie bowl. But I’ve found that perseverance eventually pays off. By quarter to eight he was up and ambulating. He fed us and let us outside to play with the raindrops. That didn’t last long. We were both back inside and glad of it in fifteen minutes. Then Dad dried us off and told us what good girls we were. Of course, we knew that already. To show my appreciation I went into the living room and clawed up the old blue sofa. Then I went up and helped him on the computer. That’s the only way I get to use the thing myself. Now he’s downstairs having lunch with Mom. Grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches. I can’t see why they want to spoil their cheese by putting tomatoes on it, but each to his own, I say. At least I had my strawberry yoghurt this morning – keeps me well lubricated and squeedilifferous. Pusslet is assisted by “Constant Waterman” whose book about boating is available for sale around town. n n n n Why does a plastic bag filled with water keep the flies away? We’ve seen them hanging in doorways or over picnic tables. We also read that the bag should contain a few pennies. If you have an explanation, please contact us. Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) at 7610 Davis Blvd. in Naples will be open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from October 1. Adoptions are from 11:00 a.m. until closing time. For more info, phone 252-7387 or see rr rr rr rr Zucchini Bread by Sunny Burke 1 cup grated zucchini, drained 2 eggs cup honey 2 T. sugar cup corn oil 2 cup all-purpose flour tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. baking powder tsp. salt 1 tsp. cinnamon cup nuts (pecan or walnut) 1 T. orange peel Beat eggs until fluffy; add honey, sugar and oil. Add dry ing redients. Lastly, add zucchini and orange peel. Bake at 350 for 45 to 55 minutes in a l oaf pan. Sunny Burke is a full-time resident on Plantation I sland and is known for her baking. She is a regular contributor to the Rapper. Angels of the Swamp by Patricia Huff Who are the Angels who take care of our kids every morning and every afternoon? They are the Angels that are responsible for picking them up early every day, taking them to school and bringing them safely back home. We kiss our children good-bye in the morning with the comfort of knowing that they are in good hands with one of the three bus drivers who have been with the county school system here in Everglades City for many, many years. Jimmy Brewer has been driving the school bus for 20 years, Robin Smallwood for 19 years and Debbie Hooks for five years. These dedicated individuals give many hours each day driving to and from various parts of the co unty to bring our students to Everglades City School: from Chokoloskee, Ochopee, J erome, Ochopee, and all the way to the Dade County line. They al so drive the children on field trips and out-of-town sport events. We would li ke to acknowledge these Angels who look after our children with patience and dedicati on and thank them for all their good deeds. nr Reach Out is already anticipating the holiday season when our neighborhood charity helps needy families with Christmas shopping for the kiddies. To raise money, there will be greeting cards for sale again this year with new designs by Everglades City School elementary students. For info about the cards, phone Marya at 695-2905. The next Reach Out board meeting will be on Tuesday, October 20, at 8:30 a.m. in the old council chamber downstairs in City Hall. Eve ryone is welcome to attend. For info, phone Reach Out president Carol Foss at 695-2277. If you would like to help Reach Out in its worthy causes, se nd your check or money order to P.O. Box 894, Chokoloskee, FL, 34138. Your donation to this 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation could be tax-deductible. Ever y little bit counts and all the contributions stay in the area to help local families.


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn September 18, 2009 email: PAGE 8 by Patricia Huff Live Oak ( Quercus virginiana) One of the most impressive trees native to Florida is the Live Oak which can spread its branches more than 150 feet with a trunk circumference of 30 feet. Although it is slow growing, it is long-lived. It is a wonderful shade tree and romantically mysterious when draped in Spanish moss. We associate the Live Oak with plantations in Georgia, Sout h Carolina and Virginia but there are many trees not only in North and Central Florida but also South Florida. This beautiful specimen is located in Chokoloskee. Fishing Tournaments The Anglers’ Cup Big Snook Challenge September 17-19 Website: Conservancy RedSnook Catch & Release October 2-4 Registration until: September 11 website: SNOOK RULES 1. slot limit 28 to 33 inches 2. one fish per person per day 3. valid fishing license with current Snook stamp Thanks to Helen Bryan for this photo and email about the huge "he-la monsters" living in her friend’s back yard. If it is feeding in the yard when Helen drives over to Ft. Lauderdale to visit, she has to blow her horn to have her friend come out. The size of this iguana is 5 to 6 feet and it hangs out at near the house, sleeping in trees and watching everyone very closely. There will be a preview of two PBS films at the new Big Cypress Visitor Center at 33050 Tamiami Trail East in Ochopee every day during the week of September 20-27 The public premier of Big Cypress Swamp, The Western Everglades will be shown at 11 am and 12 noon. There will also be a sneak peak to PBS’s new Ken Burns documentary series, The National Parks, America’s Best Idea featured at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 pm. The full show will be on WGCU-TV at the end of the month (see for schedule). A full screening of Big Cypress Swamp: the Western Everglades can be seen on WGCU-TV (30.3) Encore on Saturday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. The Big Cypress new facility will be complet ed and open to the public in February 2010. ESTUARY DAY Rookery Bay is celebrating Coastal Stewardship on Saturday, September 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with boat tours, kayaking, lab tours, live music, food, and other family activities. For info, phone 417-6310 or see their website The refuge was founded at the instigation of Lester Norri s who owned Keeywadin Island nearby. He also rescued the Fakahatchee area at Big Cypress Bend (Weaver’s Station) on the Trail from being logged and then built the boardwalk. BigC Comments DEADLINE! Written comments about the proposed plans for the Addition Lands are due by Wednesday, September 30. They can be submitted either online or by post. The alternatives offer different usages for the northeast corner of the Preserve and strip along the east side of SR-29, including the junction at the Trail. You can see the documentation at or request a copy by phoning 695-1168. There are also comment forms at City Hall.


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn September 18, 2009 email: PAGE 9 n It’s fishing tournament season and this appropriate photo was sent to us by enthusiastic Everglades historian Alvin Lederer. Does anyone remember when the Metropolitan Miami Fishing Tournament was held here? This sketch is from the 1973 Collier County 50 th Anniversary calendar which was another donation by Virginia Klotz to the Historical Library. If you have old postcards or memorabilia, don’t throw them away! Contact the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation in City Hall or phone Marya at 695-2905. HISTORY ON TV The next episode in the “Untold Stories” series on WGCU-TV is A Watery Wilderness: The Ten Thousand Islands which will be shown on Friday, September 25, at 8:30 p.m. You can buy the DVD at the Museum or order it from (click on Gift Shop to download a form). The “Meet the Artists” reception on September 5 for Edwin Villasmil and Elba Martinez was attended by many who enjoyed talking with this unique couple. The dramatic pictures on the wall show their passion for environmental preservation. The next reception will be on Saturday, October 3, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for artists Lorna Rewis and Amy Fouchea. It will be followed by a guided Walking Tour of Historic Buildings. Exhibits in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at the front of the Mus eum run for a month. Members of the public can visit on Tuesday through Fr iday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Ther e is no admission charge but donations are welcome. For info, phone 695-0008. There is still space for FME members to join the trip to the Edison/Ford Estates in Fort Myers on Thursday, September 24 To make reservations and for info, phone 695-2397. The full schedule of members’ activities is poste d on the Friends’ website on the Events page. The Friends of the Museum of the Everglades (FME) will h ave a Board meeting on Wednesday, October 7, at 9:00 a.m. in the Museum. All members are invited to attend. CELEBRATING MUSEUMS National Museum Day is Saturday, September 26, and the Collier County Museum in Naples at Government Center (corner of US-41 and Air port-Pulling Road) is celebrating with a day of events. Activities i nclude guided tours from noon to 3:30 p.m. and a screening at 2:15 p.m. of “Distant Drums” with Gary Cooper which was filmed in the area over 50 years ago. Fo r info, phone the Museum at 252-8476. Off the Shelf – Book Review “Scat” by Carl Hiaasen reviewed by Peyton Beebe Scat by Carl Hiaasen has got to be one of the most enjoyable books I have read. Not only does it zone in on the importance of our environment, but there are many fun facts about the Florida Panther in it as well. In the beginning the most-disliked teacher goes missing after a school field trip. Not only is that weird, but the school bully starts acting stranger than normal and finds himself skipping school more than he should. The main character, Nick, and his best friend, Marta, use what detective skills they have and thei r knowledge of the Everglades to get to the end of the unexplained di sappearances at Truman School. Scat is an adventurous mystery with a twist of comedy wrapped between two covers. I’d be sure to put it on your readi ng list. Peyton Beebe is a Senior at Everglades City High Sc hool.


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn September 18, 2009 email: PAGE 10 Report on U.S. Sugar Deal by Andy Hill US Sugar is a good deal for both the environment and the economy of Everglades City How would you like invest in the future of fishing the Everglades? With the recent validation of the bond issue t o finance the US Sugar acquisition, you soon will be able t o participate in the bond issuance. The acquisition of U.S Sugar by the State of Florida has been viewed favorably by most conservation minded organizations, yet there has been lim ited analysis of the financial benefits of the transaction. There is no better situation to apply “eco-economics” analysis than the costbenefit analysis of the acquisition of US Sugar properties to help restore the natural water flows from Lake Okeechobee thr ough the water-starved Everglades. The estimated cost to acquire the initial 73,000 acres is $536 million. While it is a significant investment, it pa les in magnitude to the economic value of eco-tourism and sport fishing in the Everglades region. According to a recently published report on the economic value of the Everglades by Florida Atlantic University, the total annual impact of eco-tourism in 2007 was $1.8 Billion. Further, the total annual expenditures of sport fishing in Florida is estimated to be between $3.4 billion and $5. 6 billion. With approximately 70% of the state’s population residing nea r the Everglades region, sport fishing in the Everglades appea rs to be at least a $2 billion annual business. Just looking at th e estimated annual expenditures associated with ecotourism and sport fishing (a combined $4 billion), the initial acquisi tion cost of the U.S. Sugar properties of $536 million appears to be an economically justified investment. With the initial ac quisition representing only 13% of the annual economic benefit of just two industries, the investment to improve the long term he alth of this sustainable resource appears to be of sound judgment. The long term environmental benefits of re-establishing water flows from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay also includes minimizing unnatural water discharges, and the acquisition als o mitigates other potential expenses. The red tide problem s experienced a few years ago caused dramatic environmental and economic damage to the tourist business on the east and west coasts of Florida. Fortunately, the Everglades avoided t hat problem, but we were impacted by the “Black Water” a few years earlier. In summary, the US Sugar acquisition will help ensure t hat we have a sustainable natural resource that is integral to the economy of the Everglades region. While the cost to finance the acquisition is significant, relative to the economic benefits der ived from the Everglades region, the investment is a sound business decis ion that will pay dividends in the form of improving the qual ity of life and economic opportunity for Florida residents for gener ations to come. Andrew D. W. Hill, C.F.A., is a Senior Portfolio Ma nager with Comerica Asset Management. In addition, he also ser ves as the Vice-Chair of the Conservancy of Southwest Flor ida and is the past Chair of the RedSnook Fishing Tournamen t with Roland Martin, an International Game Fish Associati on sanctioned event. CHOKOLOSEE Then and Now by Audrey Hancock As we get older it seems we spend a lot of time reminisc ing about “the good old days “. I was born in Everglades City but grew up on Chokoloskee Island. It is hard to imagine what the Island looked like back then. It has changed so much. The church was established in 1913. About 40 people were baptized the first year. My Grandfather McKinney was instrumental in getting the church started; he donated the land and the nails to build the church. He also started the fi rst post office on the island in 1891. My mother had a small grocery store on the north side of the island right near the bay (the one Grandfather McKinne y started when he moved there in 1886). Groceries had to be brought by boat from Everglades City. We hired the local young boys t o bring them in from the dock. Most staples like flour, sugar rice etc. came in 25 lb. bags and we would weigh out what the customer wanted in paper bags. On the south west side of the island Ted Smallwood had a large store and post office, which is now the Smallwood Mu seum. He had hardware, groceries and dry goods. The Seminole Indian s would paddle their canoes across Chokoloskee Bay to trade w ith Ted. Mr. Smallwood owned most of the island including the cemetery. He also had a boat ways for the local fishe rmen. The infamous outlaw, E.J. Watson, was shot and killed in 1910 by some of the local men on the beach at Smallwood’s s tore. His body was dragged by boat, buried on one of the outside islands. His family later moved him to Ft. Myers. The two room school was near the center of the isla nd near the cemetery. There were two teachers for grades one throug h eight. Most students thought they had enough education after eighth grade. In the late 1940’s the school board supplied a boat like a small sightseeing boat to take students to Everglades Schoo l to complete their high school education. After the causeway was built, students were bused to Everglades. There were small walking trails all over the island Guava trees grew wild and we would find a good tree and pick guavas to make jelly and guava dumplings. There were lots of tropic al fruit trees, Spanish limes, tamarind, sapodilla, hog plum, sugar appl e and also avocado pears, but they were off limits because they belonged to Mr. Smallwood. Jimmy Singleton brought the mail from Everglades daily. If anyone needed a ride to Everglades, Mr. Singleton would let them ride the mail boat. The bright spot of my day was to r un to the post office and see if I had a package from Sears Roebuck. We were always happy when school was out for the summe r and we could swim in the bay, borrow a skiff boat and paddl e to Turner River and have a picnic or just roam the island, c limbing trees and taking pictures with my Brownie camera. Now t he island is so different. But like they say, nothing stays the same. But we still have our memories. Audrey Brown Hancock is descended from several pion eering families in this area. Her brothers Totch and Peg b oth won medals during World War II. Although she no longer lives here, she comes to visit regularly.


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn September 18, 2009 email: PAGE 11 RESTAURANT NEWS Backcountry Cafe (695-2552): 6:00 am 3:00 pm.; daily Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): Opening October 1 City Seafood (695-4700): 11:00 am 6:00 pm; daily Fish market also open Everglades Scoop (695-0375): 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; Mon Sat Gator Express (695-3937): 7:00 am 9:00 pm; Sun – Thurs except closing 8:00 pm Tues 7:00 am 10:00 pm; Fri, Sat Glades Haven Deli (695-2746): 6:00 am 6:00 pm; Sun – Thurs 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; Fri, Sat Food service stops 1 hr before close Grimm’s Stone Crab (695-3222): 8:00 am – 3:00 pm; Mon Sat Fish market (grouper/pompano) Havana Cafe (695-2214): Opening October 1 Ivey House (695-3299): 6:30 – 9:30 am; daily Cold breakfast buffet Joanie’s Blue Crab Cafe (695-2682): 11:00 am 5:00 pm; Thurs Sun JT’s Cafe & Gallery (695-2630): 1:00 – 5:00 pm; Sat Gallery & Gift Shop also open Leebo’s Rock-Bottom Bar: 3:00 pm; Mon Sat noon; Sunday Oyster House Restaurant (695-2073): Opening October 1 Port of the Islands (239-394-3101): 7:00 – 10:00 am; Mon-Sat 7:00 – 11:00 am; Sun Hot and cold breakfast menu Right Choice Pizzeria (695-3663): 5:00 9:00 pm; Thurs-Sun (takeout) Rod & Gun (695-2101): 7:00 10 am Breakfast; daily 11:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Seafood Depot (695-0075): 10:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Cabana Bash: 4 7 pm, Sat Susie’s Station: 11:00 am 5:00 pm; daily Triad Seafood (695-0722): Opening October 1 For a list of church services and park openings, see our website or phone us. DIVE RESCUE All our firefighters qualified at a recent 5-day course they took in Dive Rescue. They will use their expertise and new equipment for boating accidents, submerged cars, and drownings. Before OFCD staff got their certificates, they had to rely on members from Golden Gate and Isles of Capri in emergencies. The rescue boat is moored at the end of Broadway and at least one member in each shift has knowledge of local waters. And, speaking of water ... this was the scene on September 16 when the airboat at Capt Doug’s near the Seafood Depot was up in the parking lot because of the unusually high tide. You can see that the slipway to Lake Placid is completely covered. Empty Nest. This osprey along CR29 on the way to Chokoloskee was resting on the disk supplied by LCEC. We wonder if it is looking for a new home. Entertainment There is live music every Saturday at both the Seafood Depot from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. during the popular “Cabana Bash” and at Leebo’s Rock Bottom Bar beginning at 8:00 p.m. Leebo’s is planning a fish fry for Halloween with a costume party to follow. Camellia Street Grill will also have a costume party with dancing on Halloween. More information to follow next month. Restaurant News & Views by Patricia Huff Several of our seasonal restaurants will be opening up again in October, some with new menus and new ideas and events. Our next issue will feature news on these places to eat. In the meantime, don’t forget to visit our year-round restaurants with their excellent meals and friendly staff. For breakfast be sure to check out the eye-opening meals at Back Country Caf. Other places for breakfast include Gator Express, the Rod & Gun Club, the Ivey House for a cold breakfast buffet, Glades Haven for breakfast sandwiches, and Port of the Islands out on the Trail. For lunch the Everglades Scoop, the Seafood Depot, City Seafood, Joanie’s Blue Crab and Susie’s are open as well as the Back Country, Gator Express, Glades Haven, and Rod & Gun. For dinner, Seafood Depot, Rod & Gun and our very own Pizzeria which will provide you with a great take-out pizza. Lots of choices even before the busy season is here. Stay tuned for what’s happening when we’re in full swing. Ladies Coffee All residents and visitors are invited to join the Ladies Coffee which meets every Wednesday morning at 8:00 am. See Calendar for locations.


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