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25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 12 – 25, 2012 2012, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VI Issue #170 OCHOPEE POST OFFICE The Ochopee Post Office was recently painted “pink’ by Everglades City students in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Postmaster Nanette Watson was on hand to greet the press as Brenda Brown sold Breast Cancer Stamps from inside the historic building which is the smallest post office in the United States. Over 900 residents receive mail here, and a carrier delivers throughout three counties (Dade, Monroe and Collier). Support this Post Office by purchasing the Breast Cancer Stamps at this site. Blessing of the Fleet The annual blessing of the fleet was held on Saturday, September 29, with 150 people watching as the crab boats came along the Barron River to the Rod & Gun Club. Pastor Bob Wallace offered a prayer over the entire fleet with Pastors Morris Dantin, James Fross, and John Gilmore visiting each boat to anoint and pray with family and friends. There was music, a frog jumping contest along with bake sales by local churches. Winners of the Coconut Guava Cake Contest were: 1st Place ($100): Debbie Dowacter seen with organizer Tod Dohlke, 2nd Place: Charlotte Ledford, 3rd Place: Sunny Burke. Frog jumping winners were Brandon Brusini 1st place, Olivia Demere 2nd place, and Carson Foss 3rd place. Crab season starts October 15! CITY COUNCIL REPORT by Marya Repko Mayor Sammy Hamilton jokingly said, before the official start of the meeting on October 2, that he was ordering signs saying “No Ibis” because the birds have been flocking in the rain-sodden ground in town. On a serious note, he reported that garden debris will be picked up on Fridays and asked that householders not put it out over the weekend. He wants our town to look tidy for visitors. He is also requesting new mulch for the playground in McLeod Park from the County and trying to get a grant to fix our streets after the damage done during Tropical Storm Debbie. Clarence Tears of South Florida Water Management District talked about the Florida friendly landscaping in the median on Broadway done by Water Symposium Inc. with many donations of plants. He thanked the Mayor, Dottie, and the Beautification Committee for their cooperation. He then praised the Mayor for fighting to improve our water quality. The Council adopted a proclamation declaring October 20-27 as Red Ribbon Week in a show of solidarity against substance abuse. During the Sheriff’s Report, Crime Prevention Officer Sue Gentry invited boat, airboat, and swamp buggy owners to phone her to schedule a security inspection. She will photograph the boat and its equipment to make up a booklet that owners can keep in case their boat is damaged or stolen. For info, call her at 252-9300. TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email mulletra pp er @g or phone 695-2397. CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Local History p. 9 Events p. 3 Museum News p. 9 School p. 5 Investments p. 9 Recipe p. 7 Taxing Things p.10 Books p. 7 Sheriff’s Report p.10 Sawfish p. 8 Florida Tales p.10 Gulf Coast p. 8 Obituary p.11 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: “Mother vs. Nature” p. 7


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 12, 2012 email: PAGE 2 Nov 30: Historical Talk Dec 1: Swamp Heritage Days, Bi g C Dec 2: FOF Dinner/Talk Dec 8: Art-in-the-Glades THRIFT SHOP: Thurs, Sat, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm SKATING RINK: Fri, Sat, 7-10 pm DR DEMARTINO: By appointment only, call office LITTLE GATOR CLINIC: Re-opening October 23 FOOD PANTRY: Sat, 8:30-10:30 am, Community Church AA: Wed, 5:00 pm, Community Church AL-ANON: Thurs, 12 noon, Community Church NA: Sat, 11:30 am, Community Center (Skating Rink) MUSEUM: Tues-Fri, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sat, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm SMALLWOOD STORE: Daily, 11 am to 5 pm SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: Fri, 10/12 (10 -11 am) Tu es, 10/16 (9:30-10:30 am) Thurs, 10/18 (1:30-2:30 pm) Mon, 10/22 (10-11 am) Fri, 10/26 (10-11 am) Mon, 10/29 (10-11 am) SHERIFF: 695-2007 CITY HALL: 695-3781 PUBLIC LIBRARY: 695-2511 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 695-3941 AIRPORT: 695-2778 FAKAHATCHEE: 695-4593 BIG CYPRESS: 695-2000 NATIONAL PARK: 695-3311 CURBSIDE TRASH PICKUP (FRIDGES, WASHING MACHINES, TVs): 252-2380 COLLIER COUNTY: 252-8999 SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT OCT 7 Breast Cancer Awareness Month Greenways & Trails Month Columbus Day 8 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm Booster Club 9Voter Registration Deadline 10Ladies Coffee Island Cafe 8 am 11Lions Club Depot, 5:30 pm RAPPER 12 13Pet Vet see p.3 Museum Reception see p.9 14 new moon 15 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm 16 Reach Out Mtg see p.3 17Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 18SAC see p.5 19No School Alumnae Volleyball Game School Gym 7:00 pm 20Spaghetti Dinner see p.3 Photographic Workshop see p.3 Red Ribbon Week see p.1 21 Photographic Workshop see p.3 22 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm Literacy Night see p.3 23Kids’ Clinic see p.3 24Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 25 RAPPER 26 27Halloween Party see p.3 Early Voting Starts see p.3 28 full moon 29 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm 30Kids’ Clinic see p.3 Meet & Greet see p.3 Halloween 31 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am NOV 1 2 3Early Voting Ends see p.3 4 Clocks Change 5 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm Book Fair Week see p.3 ESHP Mtg Booster Club 6General Election see p.3 Kids’ Clinic City Council 7Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am FME Mtg Big ORVs 8Lions Club Depot, 5:30 pm RAPPER 9 10Pet Vet see p.3 OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2012


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 12, 2012 email: PAGE 3 Spaghetti Dinner Copeland Baptist Church is having a Spaghetti Dinner in McLeod Park on Saturday, October 20. Service starts at 3:00 p.m. Come along to support this worthy cause. Fall Events at School Literacy Night – October 22 from 6:00 to 7:15 pm Book Fair – November 5-9 Media Specialist Melissa Owen is looking for local businesses to “sponsor a classroom” during the upcoming Book Fair. Everglades City School teachers will have a “wish list” of the books desired for their room. If you would like to sponsor a classroom’s “wish list” basket, please contact Ms. Owen at 377-9810. Also, call in advance if you would like to volunteer during Literacy Night and/or for the Book Fair in November. Meet & Greet Tim Nance, candidate for Collier County Commissioner, District 5, will hold a Meet & Greet for ECity area constituents on Tuesday, October 30, at the Seafood Depot from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with refreshments provided All are welcome! GENERAL ELECTION Early Voting will take place from October 27 through November 3, including Sunday, Oct. 28, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in City Hall. Bring a picture ID such as a driver’s license. Sample ballots are available at the on the "My Sample Ballot" web page. Make sure you read the sample ballot before you vote! It is very long. Besides the candidates from President down to local judges, there are 12 amendments in obscure wording. You can read interpretations of these amendments at or in the Naples Daily News You should mark your sample ballot and bring it with you to the polling station so you can copy your answers quickly onto the real ballot. HALLOWEEN PARTY Plans are being made for a community party on Saturday, October 27, to celebrate Halloween. There will be prizes for the best costumes, hot dogs, cold drinks, and treats. Schedule of Events: Trick or Treat 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free Cookout 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Water Balloons 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Photographic Workshop October 20 – 21 – Big Cypress Gallery Photographic workshop with Brian Call Swamp Walks begin this month, October. For more information call 695-2428 or visit website ROAD IMPROVEMENTS US41 The FDOT District 1 recently announced that work has started to improve the driving conditions along US41 from SR29 in Carnestown to the Dade County Line. The two-foot narrow shoulders will be widened to four feet in order to provide a safer lane. The work for the 32-mile segment is expected to continue until the Spring of 2014. For more information, call Janet Cook at (239) 898-2942. In addition, FDOT District 6 started work this week to repave US41 from the Dade County Line to Loop Road at 40mile bend just west of the Miccosukee Village. The work on this 3.8 mile stretch is expected to be finished in January 2013. For more info on this segment, contact Cynthia Vazquez at (305) 640-7441. These improvements are not related to the River of Grass Greenway feasibility study which is in the process of being developed along with a Master Plan ( see Mullet Rapper 9/28/12 issue). “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” Everglades Adventure University will be held on October 13-14 at Port of the Islands. For info phone (954) 475-9068; email, or see OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 09/26/12: Vehicle Accident, 67 MM I-75 09/26/12: Trash Fire, Chokoloskee Island 09/26/12: Vehicle Accident, 52 MM I-75 09/27/12: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 09/27/12: Emergency Medical, 68 MM I-75 09/28/12: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 09/28/12: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 09/28/12: Vehicle Accident, 67 MM I-75 09/28/12: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 09/28/12: Vehicle Accident, 53 MM I-75 09/28/12: Emergency Medical, Plantation Island 09/30/12: Vehicle Accident, 55 MM I-75 09/30/12: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 10/01/12: Emergency Medical, Port of Islands 10/02/12: Vehicle Fire, 65 MM I-75 10/02/12: Fire Alarm, Port of the Islands 10/04/12: Vehicle Accident, 63 MM I-75 10/05/12: Vehicle Accident, 60 MM I-75 10/06/12: Emergency Medical, Plantation Island 10/06/12: Fire Alarm, Marco Island 10/06/12: Vehicle Accident, 68 MM I-75 10/06/12: Vehicle Fire, 66 MM I-75 10/07/12: Vehicle Accident, 69 MM I-75 10/07/12: Fire Alarm, Plantation Island 10/07/12: Emergency Medical, 50 MM I-75 10/08/12: Vehicle Accident, 63 MM I-75 10/08/12: Vehicle Accident, 65 MM I-75 10/08/12: Smell of Smoke, Chokoloskee The next meeting of the Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Board will be Monday, November 12 DOCTOR’S CLINIC Dr. Kirk DeMartino of Marco Island will see patients on Fridays by appointment only. You can contact him at (239) 642-5552. MOBILE PET VET Dr. Lopez will visit Everglades City on Saturday, October 13 and November 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at McLeod Park. Residents may also take their pets to his office in Naples. For info and appointments, phone 777-PETS (7387) or visit Little Gator Clinic The free walk-in clinic for youngsters will re-open on Tuesdays beginning October 23 and 30, from 5 to 7 pm. There are no drugs on the premises but Dr. Barnard can write prescriptions. Reach Out Meetings Reach Out, our neighb orhood charity, will meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall. The next meeting will be October 16. For information, call Carol at 695-2277. The MEDICAL CLOSET at the Thrift Shop has canes, crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, to loan out. Stop by if you need something or p hone Helen at 695-3298.


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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 12, 2012 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School telephone: 3779800 website: From Savannah’s Eyes It's finally fall, and I am so ready for the cool weather to blow in! It's been hot for way too long. Volleyball season is still going on but we are nearing the end, sadly. We have won most of our games and are so proud of ourselves. Come to our games and support our team! Our new high school science teach er just started this past week; his name is Mr. Chappell and he is very nice. We had a funny incident the second day he was here. In the classroom were my classmates Houston, Ana, Trevyr, and myself. Mr. Chappell was teaching; and out of the corn er of my eye, I saw something moving towards his feet. I realized that it was a scorpion about to climb up his foot! I blurted out "Mr. Chappell, there's a scorpion right beside your foot!" He freaked out just as much as the class did! We had a good laugh afterwards and are now paranoid that it's going to happen again. Welcome to our school, Mr. Chappell! Mother Nature, please bring some cool weather for us! With love, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is a student in the 10th grade at Everglades City School and a regular contributor to this paper. Everglades City Cross Country Team coached by Jordan Major Celebrate our Great Gators Pre-K – Dalton Lucas K – Waylon Demere First – Danny Pablo-Ramirez Second – Christian Keefe Michele Wheeler Michele grew up in Kentucky and is still a HUGE U.K. fan (especially basketball)! She graduated from Eastern Kentucky Univ. with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education She moved to Florida in 1996 from Lexington, and lived in Key West for a year before moving to Collier County. She lives with her husband and 2 children (Devon, 7, and Sloan, 5) on Marco Island. She enjoys her family time, boating, shopping with her daughter and sitting on the beach. Michele recently completed a Mast ers’ Degree in Literacy and Writing from Walden University and is currently working on a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern. She is also ESOL endorsed and working on her Gifted Endorsement. In Collie r County, Michele worked at Naples Park Elementary, Manat ee Elementary and Mike Davis Elementary She taught kindergarten for 14 years and 3rd grade for 2 years but loves her role as Reading Coach/Activities Director. Michele is very excited to be here ; she says “everyone has been so kind and welcoming. I have enjo yed working with the teachers, staff, students and families in Everglades City. I have learned so much from the students about everything from alligators to volleyball.” Girls’ Volleyball Schedule Monday, October 15 Immokalee, JV at 5:30 pm Varsity at 7 pm (AWAY) Tuesday, October 16 GCHS, Varsity at 5:00 pm (HOME) Wednesday, Oct 17 Lely, Varsity at 5:00 pm (AWAY) Thursday, October 18 Palmetto, Varsity at 4:30 pm (AWAY) Boys’ Cross Country Team Saturday, October 20 Lely Invitational at Lely 7:30 – 11:00 am Friday, October 26 SSN Invitational at SSN 2:15 – 6:30 pm and 4 pm RACE Volunteers Needed A volunteer is needed for Elementary School classroom and cafeteria supervision, about 1.5 3 hours per day. Call Mrs. Gilmore at 377-9800, ext. 79819, for more information. A volunteer is also needed Monday through Thursday from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. to watch elementary-age students. SAC Nominees are sought for the vacant position of Community Member on the School Advisory Council. If you are interested in our school and the future of our kids, please contact John Gilmore at 695-2900. The next SAC meeting is on Thursday, October 18, at 6:00 p.m. in the Media Center The School Improvement Plan (SIP) will be discussed as well as other items. Everyone is welcome! IMPORTANT DATES Thurs, Oct 18: SAC, 6:00 p.m., Media Ctr Fri, Oct 19: No School, Teacher Work Day Alumnae Volleyball, 7 p.m., Gym Mon, Oct 22: Literacy Night, 6 p.m., Media Ctr Oct. 18 and Nov. 6 are now f ull da y s.


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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 12, 2012 email: PAGE 7 Mother vs. Nature by Jeff Whichello Scrap lumber, bricks, nails, and shingles were left over from the construction of the family’s new house in the Everglades community of Ochopee. I employed my seven-year-old, two-y ear younger sister to help build a club house in the side yard. First there was the foundation, composed of a large rectangular sheet of plywood, set up on boards. Then we nailed the walls to the floor and topped it with a plywood roof. Inside of the four-foot tall hut, we hammered down carpet. Months passed, and the mini house was abandoned like a rotting orange in the refrigerator drawer. Ordered by the parents, we took out hammers and initiated demolition. In a small pile went the roof and walls, and finally we reached down together, grabbed the foundation, and flipped it over with a “ whoosh-bam !” To our horror a hefty black moccasin was coiled up where the floor used to be. We ran screaming across the back porch and into the house. After spitting out the experience to our mother, she jumped out of her chair and snatched a can of raid and a broom. Mother approached th e animal with my sister and me close. Though fear filled my head, the snake seemed quiet and pensive. Then, our mother doused it with Raid and whacked it with the broom. The serpent moved back, raised its head and started towards mother. RAID poured into its face and the broom smacked it flat. Like a spring, it jumped backwards into the ai r. Stunned, the snake sized up the adversary, aimed for a nearby canal and slithered as fast as possible. Mother gave chase, hitting it with the broom and spraying the Raid. The fleeing Moccasin dove from the bank and into the water. It was never seen again. Jeff Whichello’s parents owned the Golden Lion Motel; he is in the process of writing a book about growing up in Ochopee. Recipe for Good Eating Pumpkin Bread for Halloween Festivities submitted by Patricia Huff Ingredients: 4 TBS unsalted butter, softened 1 cups all-purpose flour tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda tsp baking powder tsp ground cinnamon tsp freshly grated nutmeg tsp ground allspice tsp ground cloves tsp ground ginger (optional) 1 cups sugar cup vegetable oil 1 cup of canned pumpkin puree 2 large eggs Preheat the oven to 350 an d grease a loaf pan with butter (not spray). Combine dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and spices. With an electric mixer, beat softened butter, sugar and oil until creamy. Add pumpkin and eggs; beat until well mixed; slowly add flour mixture and approximately 2/3 cups of water until blended. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 1 to 1 hour (test with a toothpick). Serve after bread has cooled a bit. Enjoy! Time to prepare for Halloween! If you have a favorite recipe to share for this holiday, please phone 695-2397 or email us. Patty Huff Off the Shelf Book Review "Brigands Key" by Ken Pelham reviewed by Marya Repko Here’s a new book by a local author – well, sort-of local – Ken Pelham grew up in Immokalee. The book’s maverick hero discovers a dead body while diving for archeological relics in a fresh water cave 22 m iles off-shore. The local police are at first suspicious but then baffled when the medical examiner decides that the corpse had died many years previously but seemed in fresh condition. Add to that mystery a plague of fatal illnesses and the threat of an imminent hurricane. The fictional Brigands Key is a fishing village somewhere north of Tampa and has the usual small-town array of eccentric characters and d odgy politics. The supporting cast includes a teenage geek who can hack into anyone’s computer and a gutsy female journalist. This fast-paced novel, a good read by the pool, is available at the Everglades City branch of Collier County Public Library. Everglades Book Club The Everglades Book Club will hold their first meeting of this season on Thursday, November 15 at 9:30 a.m. at Sue Rogers’ home, 506 Collier Avenue, in Everglades City. The book to be discussed is "Mountains beyond Mountains" by Tracy Kidder ( see Rapper Book Review 4/16/10 at For more information, call Patty 695-2397 or Sue 695-9173. The new Book Club is welcoming new members. Please join us! CELEBRATING FAKAHATCHEE ORCHIDS The Friends of Fakahatchee are hosting an open house to launch their 2013 Orchid Calendar on Saturday, October 27, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Players Club & Sp a, Lely Resort, Naples. For info, phone Jimene at 293-8142 or see where you can order a calendar online.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 12, 2012 email: PAGE 8 SAWFISH SIGHTINGS 012 Smalltooth Sawfish Abundance Survey by Dana M. Bethea NOAA Fisheries Panama City Laboratory Panama City, FL Unfortunately, researchers were forced to skip the September expedition to southwest Florida due to Hurricane Isaac; however, last week in Everglades National Park several smalltooth sawfish were captured at Pavilion Key and on the west-side of Chokoloskee Island. As is the case with the shallow mud flats in Turner River and Mud Bay, Chokoloskee Island is a “hot spot” – a specific location used by severa l animals over continuous years – for both young-of-the-year and small juveniles. Researchers think that Pavilion Key may be a secondary nursery habitat – an area used by the larger juvenile s and smaller adult animals. Two young-of-the-year animals were al so captured at Panther Key in the Ten Thousand Island National Wildlife Refuge. The smalltooth sawfish research team w ill be back in Everglades City October 29 – November 4. Please remember, acoustic monitoring stations are anchored on the eastand west-sides of Chokoloskee Island and along Turner River, Hurdles Creek, Mud Bay, Cross Bays, Crooked Creek and Lopez River. Stations are designated with a large white hard plastic float. Boater s, please exercise caution and stay clear of all acoustic stations. The acoustic tagging project will continue through December 2012 in the backcountry waters of Everglades National Park. If you see or encounter a smalltooth sawfish, please contact the National Sawfish Encounter Database at (352) 392-2360. Input and cooperation from the general public is greatly valued and helps direct research expeditions. Remember, exercise caution when untangling an animal from fishing line and never remove the saw. This research follows permits EVER-2012-SCI-0008, ESA-13330, and ESA-15802 and is funded through the NOAA Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office in St. Petersburg, FL. Photo 1 caption: NOAA Fisheries interns, Ashley Pacicco (right) and Jose Perez Rojas, assist FSU graduate student, Johanna Imhoff, as she measures a smalltooth sa wfish at Pavillion Key. Photo credit: Dana M. Bethea, NOAA Fisheries Panama City Laboratory RedSnook Tournament Sign up now for the charity Catch-andRelease RedSnook Tournament on the weekend of November 2-4 which benefits the Conservancy. For an application, see or phone 403-4219. The Living Gulf Coast by Charles Sobczak (Excerpt from The Living Gulf Coast available at the Chamber Welcome Center and the Big Cypress Swamp Visitor Center) Cooper’s Hawk ( Accipiter cooperil ) Other names: big blue darter, chicken hawk / Status: FL=stable, IUCN=LC / Life span: to 20 years / Length: 14.6-15.4 in. (37-39 cm) / Wing span: 24.4-35.4 in. (6290 cm) / Weight: 7.8-14.5 oz (220-410 g) / Nests: throughout the lower 48 and across the southern tier of Canada / Found: All Counties, coastal, near coast, mainland / Months found: JFMamjjASOND (lower case indicates nesting season). Photo by Bob Gress Considered to be one of the worl d’s most agile and skillful fliers, the Cooper’s hawk readily cuts through tangles of bush, tree limbs, and heavy cover in search of prey. It specializes in taking down smaller birds, including doves, shorebirds, warblers, and grackles. This behavior comes at a price. In a study of more than 300 adult birds, 23 percent showed old, healed-over fractures in the chest and wishbone. It may well be assumed that another 5 to 10 percent did not survive the collision. The Cooper’s hawk is adapting to people. In the early part of the 20th century its population was in decline as forests were cut down to make way for farms and ever growing urban and suburban environments. Recently th e remaining birds have shown a tolerance to these changes and are moving into cities and suburbs with surprising frequency. There the Cooper’s hawk can find ample prey in rock pigeons and mourning and Eurasian collared-doves. Its flying skills come in handy amidst the telephone poles, fences, and concrete of a modern city. The Cooper’s hawk can be readily distinguished from the slightly larger red-shouldered hawk by its rounded tail and more rounded wing tips. It often tends to have a bluish or darker red tint to its back as well. The chicks are well protected but still fall victim to snakes and other raptors; the adult hawk is seldom taken by anything other than the great horned owl. Charles Sobczak lives and writes on Sanibel Island. To find out more about the author and his books, visit Rookery Bay Lots of activities going on at Rookery Bay Learning Center: aquariums, interactive exhibits, children's book nook, touch tank, art gallery, trails, daily programs, butterfly garden, and more. Visit website to get a schedule of their current events or call (239) 417-6310.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 12, 2012 email: PAGE 9 LOCAL HISTORY by Marya Repko We learned that Meece Ellis, Jr, passed away recently. If you don't know the name, his father Meece was a dredge master during the building of the Tamiami Trail way back in the 1920s. He operated the Bay City Walking Dredge which is now in Collier Seminole State Park where Meece was responsible for restoring it. Young Meece, born in 1936, grew up at Royal Palm Hammock, on the corner of CR-92 to Marco Island, where his family operated a trailer park and a gas station at one of the original Southwest Mounties Patrol stations built in 1928. Meece later moved to Marco Island where he established one of the first gas stations there. He loved the Everglades life. Tribute to Meece Ellis, Jr. by Chester Keene I first met Meece when he responded to a call that required a wrecker. At that time he was driving a wrecker to a crash I was at for Bill Grant. Bill owned Airport Garage at Davis Blvd. and Airport Rd. He told me to stop by the next morning and he would go over the accident damage for my report. I found out he also had an Airboat; after that we started airboating and would visit his camp. He loved the woods and open sawgrass country and while on one of those trips I met his father Meece Sr. Mr. Ellis Sr. would tell me about the times when he was running the Walking dredge building the Tamiami Trail. Meece Jr. loved to frog hunt and shared many stories about the areas around Ochopee where he hunted. He helped me and many other boaters that were stranded or broke down in the Everglades and would not leave until you were on your way. An expert mechanic, he always had a big smile and a friendly hello for those he met along his way. We would go out into the open prairie with other Airboaters just to watch the beautiful sunsets. I'll miss you, dear friend, and hope to one day share those sunsets with you. MUSEUM of the Everglades NEWS This Saturday, October 13, the Friends of the Museum are hosting a reception for Matt Milligan whos e photographs are now being exhibited in the Pauline Reeves Gallery. Entitled “Everglades through the Perspective of Matt Milligan”, it is an exhibit you don’t want to miss. His love of the area and natural environment has inspired him since he was 9 years old. Matt is now 16 and a very talented young man. He is the son of our Lt. Mark Milligan. For more information about his life and photographs, visit Everyone is invited to meet Matt from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Museum. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no admission charge but donations are welcome. For information, phone 695-0008. The Friends of the Museum are looking for volunteers to help with the preparation of two upcoming special events this season: the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival, scheduled for February 19-23 AND the celebration of the 85th Anniversary of the Opening of the Tamiami Trail on April 27 If you’d like to help, please contact FME President Renee Rau at (850) 559-2989 or email her at INVESTMENT INSIGHTS by Darcie Guerin, CFP Raymond James & Associates, Inc. The journey into retirement may be the most expensive, important and rewarding trip you will ever take. Adopting an arbitrary approach may work, but then again, it may not. Here are ten core concepts to consider: 1) Pre-retirees should review and maximize soci al security benefits by reviewing annual statements. Make any corrections through the Social Security Administration. 2) Plan for healthcare coverage and learn about Medicare. 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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 12, 2012 email: PAGE 10 TAXING THINGS by Mike the Tax Guy How to Get a Transcript or Copy of a Prior Year’s Tax Return from the IRS Taxpayers should keep copies of their tax returns, but if they cannot be located or have been destroyed during natural disasters or by fire, the IRS can help. Whether you need your prior year’s tax return to apply for a loan or for legal reasons, you can obtain copies or transcripts from the IRS. Here are 10 things to know if you need federal tax return information from a previously filed tax return. 1. Get copies of your federal tax return via the web, phone or by mail. 2. Transcripts are free and are available for the current and past three tax years. 3. A tax return transcript shows most line items from your tax return as it was originally f iled, including any accompanying forms and schedules. It does not reflect any changes made after the return was filed. 4. A tax account transcript shows any later adjustments either you or the IRS made after you filed your tax return. This transcript shows basic data including marital status, type of return filed, adjusted gross income and taxable income. 5. To request either type of transcript online, go to and use the online tool called Order A Transcript. To order by phone, call 800-908-9946 and follow the prompts in the recorded message. 6. To request a 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ tax return transcript through the mail, complete IRS Form 4506T-EZ, Short Form Request for Individual Tax Return Transcript. Businesses, partnerships and individuals who need transcript information from other forms or need a tax account transcript must use Form 4506T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return. 7. If you order online or by ph one, you should receive your tax return transcript within five to 10 days from the time the IRS receives your request. Allow 30 calendar days for delivery of a tax account transcript if you order by mail. 8. If you need an actual copy of a previously filed and processed tax return, it will cost $57 for each tax year you order. Complete Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, and mail it to the IRS address listed on the form for your area. Copies are generally available for the current year and past six years. Please allow 60 days for delivery. 9. The fee for copies of tax returns may be waived if you are in an area that is declared a fede ral disaster by the President. Visit, keyword “disaster,” for more guidance on disaster relief. 10. Forms 4506, 4506-T and 4506T-EZ are available at or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). CONGRATULATIONS! Mike Klein of Everglades City was recently elected Chairman of the Airport Advisory Board. The Collier County Airport Authority was created in 1993 to oversee the development and management of three publicly owned general aviation airports that serve the air transportation needs of present and future residents and businesses of, and visitors to, Collier County. SHERIFF’S REPORT Chokoloskee Island: Burglary to a vehicle was reported on September 26 off of Chokoloskee Dr. Person(s) unknown attempted to remove a toolbox from a pickup. Everglades City: Theft of 50 gallons of fuel from a storage tank on Collier Ave South between September 25 and 27. Arrests: Following an arrest of a 32-yr-old man on September 26 and a further investigation on September 28, a suspect was charged with Burglary, Theft and Arson of the boat that was stolen from Glades Haven Marina on September 15. Please help us by reporting any suspicious activity immediately to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 252-9300 or for an emergency by dialing 911. Florida Tales Rx for Hunting by Chester Keene This is a story dedicated to R.W. (Bob) Wood and George Smith. Had a chance to go hunting on a Fulltrack: a hunting platform on tracks used in sawgrass and rough areas in the Glades. These are used where an Airboat or Swamp buggy would have hard time getting around. This time we were in an area north of Alligator Alle y around the Holey Land, a place used as a bombing range during WWII. We started out before dawn loaded with the dogs’ food and hunting equipment. We hit the muddy sawgrass and the mud was slinging all over the unprotected parts of the vehicle. One dog had already been covered with mud, and all you could see move was his eyeballs when he blinked. Old Trouble the matriarch of many a fine hunting dog was standing against the rail when a bump was hit and she fell off, her leg went under and was rolled over by the track causing a compound fracture. We stopped, picked her up and called a Veterinarian on the CB Radio who was also hunting in the area. He told us how to wrap it up and if we had some Tylenol or Aspirin, to give her one every two hours. He said if possible to stuff it inside some of the Moose meat burgers we were going to cook on a small grill for lunch. I told the Doc. we had some Demerol tablets one of the guys had from dental surgery. He said that's even better. Old trouble was resting comfortably, given a Demerol tablet every two hrs. The hunt was on again, what Doc. forgot to tell us with the Demerol was just one tablet was needed every four hrs. We had lunch and were going to finish the hunt with the (Old Mud Eye) dog on deck. After a while I felt something tugging on my pant leg. I looked down and it was old Trouble reminding me not to forget her meds. With the hunt over her back in town at the vets, all was good for a great day. Old trouble hunted many more years Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 12, 2012 email: PAGE 11 RESTAURANT NEWS Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): Re-opening soon City Seafood (695-4700): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; daily Fish Market also open Everglades Seafood Depot (695-0075): 10:30 am 10:00 pm; daily Everglades Scoop (695-0375): Re-opening TBA Gator Express (695-3937): 7:00 am – 5:00 pm; Mon 7:00 am – 7:00 pm; Tues Sunday $5 specials & 10% discount to locals Glades Haven Deli (695-2091): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun Thurs 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; Fri, Sat Havana Caf (695-2214): Re-opening TBA Island Caf (695-0003): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily Ivey House (695-3299): 6:30 – 9:30 am; daily Continental breakfast, box lunches Joanie’s Blue Crab Caf (695-2682): 11:00 am – 4:00 pm; Thurs thru Mon Oyster House Restaurant (695-2073): 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Sun thru Thurs 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Fri, Sat Pizza Place and Sandwiches (821-9477): 9:00 am – 8:00 pm; daily (takeout) Rod & Gun (695-2101): 11:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Susie’s Station (719-0190): 11:00 am 5:00 pm; daily The Catch at Port of the Islands (239-394-3005, ext. 507, 1): Opening October 16 12 noon – 10 pm (Tues – Sun) Triad Seafood (695-2662): 10:30 am (call for hours); daily Right Choice Supermarket (695-4535) 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Mon-Sat 10:00 am – 6:30 pm, Sun Grimm’s Stone Crab (695-3222) Re-opening October 15 8:00 am – 5 pm, Mon-Sat Loco’s Produce (239) 462-7050 7:00 am 4:00 pm; Sat next to ECity Post Office Happy Birthday to Ruthie Taylor who turned 96 on Sept. 27. Georgia Garrett sent us this photo of Ruth with Carol Moseman serving her. You can send a note to Ruthie at 302 Ivanhoe Circle, Lady Lake, FL, 32159. OBITUARY Robert Merrill 72, formerly of Everglades City, passed away on September 28 at Naples Community Hospital. He was born in Dallas, Texas, on January 4, 1940. Although Robert and his wife Karen had moved away from Everglades City, they had many friends here who remember them fondly. Robert and Karen transformed their beautiful octagonal house on Riverside Drive into a showplace with detailed woodwork, stained glass windows, and custom-m ade cabinetry. Robert enjoyed spending hours and days working with his tools in their garage. It was his hobby, but also his work of art that created the unique pieces in their home. Funeral services were held in Dallas on October 5. KIDS’ HISTORY BOOK Copies are again available of The Story of Everglades City; A History for Younger Readers It was out of print for over a year but is now for sale at various outlets around town including WinCar Hardware, Right Choice Supermarket, the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, Museum of the Everglades, and the Smallwood Store. Local historian Marya Repko has also written an adult history of Everglades City plus other books about the Fakahatchee, Sanibel Island, Deaconess Harriet Bedell, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas. You can order online w ith a credit card at her website BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Triad Seafood, now back open for the season, has a new look. Pam has brightened up the outdoor picnic tables by painting them pastel island colors. Also, there is more covered seating with a new roof over the area facing the Barron River. Stop by to enjoy some fresh seafood, or take out (as I often do) their delicious smoked fish spread. Lots of good local food! Specials offered daily; ribs on Friday; these sell out fast so go early! TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 10/12 Fri 12:55am 2.9 H 10/12 Fri 07:57am 0.5 L 10/12 Fri 01:13pm 3.0 H 10/12 Fri 08:19pm 0.4 L 10/13 Sat 01:25am 3.0 H 10/13 Sat 08:40am 0.3 L 10/13 Sat 01:59pm 3.2 H 10/13 Sat 09:00pm 0.5 L 10/14 Sun 01:53am 3.2 H 10/14 Sun 09:24am 0.1 L 10/14 Sun 02:43pm 3.2 H 10/14 Sun 09:40pm 0.5 L 10/15 Mon 02:21am 3.4 H 10/15 Mon 10:08am -0.1 L 10/15 Mon 03:28pm 3.2 H 10/15 Mon 10:20pm 0.6 L 10/16 Tue 02:49am 3.5 H 10/16 Tue 10:54am -0.3 L 10/16 Tue 04:17pm 3.1 H 10/16 Tue 11:01pm 0.7 L 10/17 Wed 03:21am 3.6 H 10/17 Wed 11:41am -0.3 L 10/17 Wed 05:11pm 3.0 H 10/17 Wed 11:42pm 0.8 L 10/18 Thu 03:58am 3.6 H 10/18 Thu 12:31pm -0.3 L 10/18 Thu 06:12pm 2.8 H 10/19 Fri 12:26am 0.9 L 10/19 Fri 04:42am 3.5 H 10/19 Fri 01:25pm -0.2 L 10/19 Fri 07:18pm 2.6 H 10/20 Sat 01:18am 1.0 L 10/20 Sat 05:40am 3.3 H 10/20 Sat 02:25pm 0.0 L 10/20 Sat 08:26pm 2.5 H 10/21 Sun 02:25am 1.0 L 10/21 Sun 07:09am 3.0 H 10/21 Sun 03:32pm 0.1 L 10/21 Sun 09:35pm 2.5 H 10/22 Mon 03:51am 1.0 L 10/22 Mon 08:49am 2.8 H 10/22 Mon 04:42pm 0.3 L 10/22 Mon 10:41pm 2.5 H 10/23 Tue 05:15am 0.9 L 10/23 Tue 10:18am 2.8 H 10/23 Tue 05:47pm 0.4 L 10/23 Tue 11:35pm 2.6 H 10/24 Wed 06:24am 0.7 L 10/24 Wed 11:40am 2.8 H 10/24 Wed 06:45pm 0.5 L 10/25 Thu 12:15am 2.7 H 10/25 Thu 07:20am 0.5 L 10/25 Thu 12:46pm 2.8 H 10/25 Thu 07:35pm 0.5 L EVERGLADES CITY Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W see for weather and www.nhc.noaa. g o v for storms


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 12, 2012 email: PAGE 12 ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS date _______________________ Please make check payable to “Snook Publications” and send to Snook Publications, P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 ___ The MULLET RAPPER by post ($38) ___ The MULLET RAPPER by email ($10) NAME ___________________________________________ EMAIL _______________________________________________ STREET / P.O.BOX: ALTERNATE ADDRESS _________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ CITY ____________________________________________ CITY _________________________________________________ STATE ________ ZIP ____________________________ STATE _________ ZIP _________________________________ MONTHS AT ALTERNATE ADDRESS __JAN __FEB __MAR __APR __MAY __JUN __JUL __AUG __SEP __OCT __NOV __DEC 10/12/12 The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area PUBLISHER Patricia A. Huff, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 (239) 695-2397, EDITORS Patty Huff & Marya Repko CONTRIBUTORS Helen Bryan, Linda Friar, Darcie Guerin, Chester Keene, Mike Klein, Bill Lindsay, Savannah Oglesby, Melissa Owen, Charles Sboczak PRODUCTION layout: Marya Repko, printing: Hinson Studios PUBLISHER’S STATEMENT We aim to provide local news 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. The views expressed in signed articles are not necessarily those of the editors or publisher. SUBSCRIPTION RATES 25¢ per issue or $38 per year by US Post 2012, Snook Publications. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior permission. PET PICS This photo of “Tom”, perched on his stand, was sent to us by Cody Potter. Send us your Pet Pics by email or post. Everglades Area Hot Lines Narcotics Anonymous (NA) 239-216-1208 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 313-530-3395 AlAnon 239-263-5907 12-Step Meeting Schedules are available in City Hall and Chokoloskee Post Office See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Museum of the Everglades Phone Martha 695-0008. Reach Out Thrift Shop Phone Helen 695-3298 JOBS --------------------------------------------------PUT YOUR JOB ADS IN THE RAPPER no charge! phone us at 695-2397 --------------------------------------------------Retail Sales position at Clyde Butcher Gallery. Part-time two days/week (Fri and Sat) with car allowance. Call Jackie Butcher at (941) 486-0811. ------------------------------------------Wanted: Housecleaner Please email or phone 616558-9235. --------------------------------------------------Staff wanted : Greeter, hostess, cashier all in one. Leave name at 695-2273. --------------------------------------------------New restaurant is opening soon at Port of the Islands! Now Hiring Servers / Bartenders and Kitchen Staff Experienced Professionals please apply to: or (239) 370-1299. SNOOK CLASSIFIED -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE BY OWNER: Lot on Chokoloskee; on canal behind Post Office. Call (561) 622-6011 or email: ------------------------------------------------FOR SALE BY OWNER: 3 lots in Chokoloskee, 2 on Calusa Dr, Lot M-4; Lot M-5 (filled); Lot by cemetery. Call (419) 441-2068 or (740) 864-2179. --------------------------------------------------FOR RENT: Studio apartment for rent. $600 a month or 1200 sq ft commercial space with office & handicappedaccessible bath w/shower plus apartment for $1000 a month. Call 239-340-4770. --------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: If you're into fishing, this is the place for you! Lovely duplex with each unit having 2 bedrooms & 2 baths. Lower level completely redone. Located in Chokoloskee on a canal, deeded waterfront, with dock & lift. Reduced to $299,900. Call Bonnie Woodward, Keller Williams Realty, (239) 860-6369. --------------------------------------------------FOR SALE : 14” Wood Cutting Band Saw, good condition. Call 695-0243 ------------------------------------------------CLASSIFIEDS only $10/issue phone 695-2397 or email us at FREE Royal Poinciana Seedlings Call Patty 695-2397