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25 ¢ 25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MARCH 15 28, 2013 2013, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VII Issue #181 Over 300 visitors attended the annual Everglades Homes Tour on March 9 hosted by the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation (ESHP). Art-in-the-Glades was also held that day, as well as a reception to meet the Fakahatchee artists at the Museum of the Everglades. CITY COUNCIL REPORT by Marya Repko At the meeting on March 5, Mayor Sammy Hamilton began by welcoming Kare n Harmon, District Representative for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart. She said there will be a Meet & Greet for the Congressman on April 6 at their office in Golden Gate. The Mayor reported that the 105 historic street lamps, which date from the 1920s, will be restored, thanks to a generous donation by a friend who wishes to remain anonymous. Lt. Mark Milligan from the Collier Count y Sheriff’s Office said that about 46,000 people came to Everglades City on the weekend of February 8/9/10 to attend the Seafood Festival. The CCSO provided over 600 additional hours of extra manpower. The Council approved transfers of City dock leases and the renewal of annual dock leases. Councilman Johnny Potter mentioned that speeding signs were needed on DuPont and Councilman Parker Oglesby wondered what could be done about abandoned vehicles on the docks. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 2, at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall. AIRPORT BOARD The Collier County Airport Advisory Board met in Everglades City Hall on March 4. Chairman Mike Klein (in photo right with Chris Curry, County Airport Authority Executive Director) sent this email report about plans for Everglades Airpark: “The Board talked about the taxiway extension project which has had the permitting process completed and will be going out to bid this month. We expect to start work sometime in April or early May. We also mentioned about getting an approach lighting system; called a PAPI, for Precision Approach Path Indicator, installed. This will be a very important safety item for landings, especially when th e runway is rehabilitated next year.” TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email mulletra pp er @g or phone 695-2397. CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Gulf Coast p. 8 Events p. 3 Local History p. 9 School p. 5 Museum News p. 9 Recipe p. 7 Taxing Things p. 9 Book Club p. 7 Savannah p.10 Windows p. 7 Florida Tales p.10 FWC News p. 8 Sheriff’s Report p.10 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: ALLIGATORS p.8


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MARCH 15, 2013 email: PAGE 2 Apr 14: Fak Dinner/Talk Apr 27: VIVA 500 Tamiami 85th Celebration, Pancake Fly-In May 2: National Day of Prayer May 12: Emergency Workers Fish Fry May 29: BigC ORVs May 31: Graduation THRIFT SHOP: Tues, Thurs, Sat, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm SKATING RINK: Fri, Sat, 7-10 pm DR DEMARTINO: Fri, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm LITTLE GATOR CLINIC: March 19 and 26 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, 10 am to 5 pm SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: Tues, 3/19 (10-11 am) Thurs, 3/21 (10-11 am) Mon, 3/25 (10-11 am) Thurs, 3/28 (10-11 am) SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT 10 new moon 11 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm OFCD Mtg Chamber Mtg 12 13 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am Coastal Cruise 14 Lions Club Depot, 6 pm Fakahatchee Talk RAPPER 15 Movie Night see p.3 Star Gazing see p. 3 16 Pet Vet see p.3 History Talk see p.3 17 Gospel Sing First Baptist Church 6 pm 18 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm 19 Reach Out City Hall, 8:30 am Kids’ Clinic see p.3 20 Ladies Coffee Havana Cafe 8 am 21 Book Club see p.7 SAC see p.5 ENP Public Meeting see p. 3 22 23 Wildflowers see p.3 Calusa Days see p.3 Pancake Fly-In see p.3 24 25 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm 26 Kids’ Clinic see p.3 full moon 27Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 28 RAPPER 29 30 Coastal Cruise see p.3 31 Easter Sunrise Service see p.3 APRIL 1 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm ESHP Mtg Booster Club 2 Congressional Aide Visit 3 – 5 pm City Council City Hall, 5:30 pm 3 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am FME Mtg 3:30 pm see p.9 4 5 6 7 Everglades Bike Ride see p.10 Church of God 100 Anniversary Celebration 8 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm OFCD Mtg Chamber Mtg 9 new moon 10Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 11 Lions Club Depot, 6 pm RAPPER 12 13 MARCH / APRIL 2013


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MARCH 15, 2013 email: PAGE 3 MOVIE NIGHT Join us for a nostalgic Movie Night when we show 2 episodes of the 1960s TV series “The Everglades” on Friday, March 15, at 5:30 p.m. in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall at Everglades Community Church. This event (and free popcorn & soda!) is sponsored by ESHP. It is free of charge and open to the public. For info, see www.evergladeshi or phone 695-2905. STAR GAZING An Introduction to Amateur Astronomy Friday, March 15 Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center in Ochopee Beginning at 6:00 p.m., Park Rangers will lead an indoor presentation introducing night sky features, then move outside to view the universe through a telescope and have a chance to see Comet PANSTARRS as it travels by our planet. Bring lawn chair/blanket, long-sleeves, pants, bug spray, flashlight, telescope or binoculars (not required). For more information, call 695-1164. HISTORY TALK Local author Marya Repko will give an illustrated presentation about Deaconess Harriet Bedell on Saturday, March 16, at 1:00 p.m. in the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center. For info, call 695-4758. ENP Public Meeting Everglades National Park is seeking public comment on its Draft General Management Plan / East Everglades Wilderness Study / Environmental Impact Statement with public comment requested by May 12, 2013. The Draft GMP is available for review and comment at: (then go to the “Open for Comment” link). A limited number of paper copies and compact disks (CDs) of the plan are also available upon request by contacting Everglades National Park at (305) 2427700. A public meeting will be held at Everglades City School from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 (see website for other locations and dates). A Walk on the Wild Side Big Cypress National Preserve staff invites you to join them to experience the spring wildflowers on Saturday, March 23, with the first walk at 8:30 a.m. and the second at 9:30 a.m. To make reservations (space limited), call 695-1164 or email Lost World of the CALUSA INDIANS ENP Gulf Coast Visitor Center Saturday, March 23 Boat Tour to the Turner River Mounds 9:00 & 9:15 a.m., and 11:00 & 11:15 a.m. Cost $40.00. Reservations online (select “Mangrove Wilderness” tour) Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24 Boat Tour to Sandfly Island at 1:00 p.m. Cost $30.00. Reservations online (select “10,000 Islands” tour) Calusa Nature Walks 11:00 a.m., 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. Craft Demonstrations throughout the event, and exhibits on basketry, pottery, shell tools, atlatl spear throwing, an archaeological dig site, and lots more. www.evergladesnationalparkboattoursgulf or phone 695-3311 PANCAKE FLY-IN The popular pancake breakfast hosted by Wings 10,000 Islands Tours will take place at Everglades Airpark from 10:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday, March 23 Everyone is welcome. For information, phone Chuck at 695-3296. COASTAL CRUISE The last Coastal Cruise of the season to historic Fakahatchee Island will take place on Friday, March 30. Cost is $75 per person. For info and reservations, call 695-1023 or see, EASTER SUNRISE Easter Sunrise Service will be held at Everglades National Park Gulf Coast Visitor Center at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 31 Coffee and donuts will be served on site after the service. Everyone is encouraged to br ing their own chair._OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 02/27/13: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 02/27/13: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 02/27/13: Fire Alarm, Port of the Islands 02/28/13: Vehicle Accident, 70 MM I-75 02/28/13: Emerg. Med., Everglades City 02/28/13: Brush Fire, SR 29 and US 41 03/01/13: Emerg. Med., Everglades City 03/01/13: Brush Fire, Port of the Islands 03/01/13: Emerg. Med., Everglades City 03/02/13: Vehicle Accident, 56 MM I-75 03/03/13: Brush Fire, Ochopee 03/03/13: Emerg. Med., Everglades City 03/03/13: Vehicle Accident, 64 MM I-75 03/04/13: Emerg. Med.l, Plantation Island 03/05/13: Public Assist, Plantation Island 03/06/13: Brush Fire, 73 Mile Marker I-75 03/07/13: Emergency Medical, Indian Key 03/07/13: Public Assist, Plantation Island 03/07/13: Brush Fire, 57 Mile Marker I-75 03/07/13: Emergency Medical, 45 MM I-75 03/07/13: Emerg. Med., Plantation Island 03/08/13: Public Assist, Plantation Island 03/08/13: Emerg. Med., 80 MM I-75 03/08/13: Emergency Med., 71 MM I-75 03/09/13: Emerg. Med., Chokoloskee 03/09/13: Emerg. Med., Everglades City 03/09/13: Vehicle Accident, 70 MM I-75 03/09/13: Fuel Spill, Everglades City 03/09/13: Emerg. Med, Everglades City 03/10/13: Vehicle Accident, 63 MM I-75 03/10/13: Fire Alarm, Port of the Islands 03/10/13: Vehicle Accident, 80 MM I-75 03/10/13: Emerg. Medical, Ochopee 03/11/13: Emerg. Medi cal, Everglades City 03/11/13: Emerg. Medi cal, Everglades City 03/11/13: Emerg. Medi cal, Everglades City 03/11/13: Emerg. Medical, Copeland Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Board will meet Monday, April 8, at Port of the Islands at 4:00 p.m. DOCTOR’S CLINIC Dr. Kirk DeMartino of Marco Island will see patients on Fridays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the clinic behind the Fire Station. He accepts Medicare and insurance. For info, call (239) 642-5552. MOBILE PET VET Dr. Lopez will visit Everglades City on Saturday, March 16, from 9:00 am. to 1:00 pm at McLeod Park. Please order products in advance. For more info, phone 777-7387 or see Little Gator Clinic The free walk-in clinic for youngsters is now open behind the Fire Station. Dr. Barnard and Nurse Kathy will be available on Tuesday, March 19 and 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. There are no drugs on the premises but Dr. Barnard can write prescriptions.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MARCH 15, 2013 email: PAGE 4 Daily Weekly Monthly Rentals River Wilderness WATERFRONT VILLAS FREE WI-FI SCREEN PORCH CANOES SWIMMING POOL BOAT RAMP DOCK OUTDOOR BBQ 210 Collier Ave. Everglades City, FL 34139 239-695-4499 Triad Seafood Market & Caf Daily 10:30 am – until Full Table Service Stone Crabs Shrimp Conch Crab Cakes Homemade Key Lime Pies Orlo & Pam Hilton (239) 695-2662 “On the River behind the School” ANTS-ROACHES TERMITES BED BUGS FLEAS-TICKS SPIDERS RODENTS gone for the season -see you in the fall – New R u l es f o r 2 0 1 3


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MARCH 15, 2013 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 695-2561 website: ww GREAT GATORS Pre-K Morgan Forbes Kindergarten : Ida Jones 1st Grade: Kaitlyn House 2nd Grade: River Brown 4th / 5th Grade: Lexie Hendrickson 6th Grade: Jerry Pablo-Ramirez 7th Grade : Bryan Sanders 8th Grade : Caleb Morris High School : Kristin McMillin Information about our school Everglades City School includes Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade with a total of 163 students. Our School colors are Blue and White with “Gator” as our Mascot. Our District 5 School Board representative is Roy Terry. Our Principal is Bob Spano who has written this message on the school website: March, 2013 Dear Parents, Students, and Staff, Our school year is passing by at an unbelievable rate. Our spring sports are finishing up, FCAT and EOC exams are right around the corner, and we are making plans for graduation. I have loved getting to know our students, staff and the community. It has been a tremendous learning experience for me and for our students. We feel we have made some positive changes; with everyone continuing to work together, we will continue to move our school in a positive directi on. We truly believe we can be one of the best schools, academically and athletically, in our district. We will be offering summer school for grades 2 and 3, middle school course recovery, and high school EOC's. Please encourage your child to join us this summer as this will continue to move us in a positive direction. As always, feel free to call or stop by with any questions or concerns you may have. Believe Blue! Mr. Spano Everglades City School 2013 D.A.R.E. Graduation Friday February 22, 2013 Brandy Bowen Levi Johnson Kyle McMillin Michael Rain Evan Richards Damien Taft Destany Vanleeuwen Best DARE Essay Winner – Brandy Bowen Outstanding Student – Kyle McMillin Girls’ Softball HOME Games Tues, Mar 19 Gateway Charter H.S. 4:30 pm Wed, Mar 20 Barron G. Collier H.S. 4:00 pm Thurs, Mar 21 Golden Gate H.S. 4:00 pm Mon, Mar 28 Golden Gate H.S. 4:00 pm Tues, Apr 2 Ahfachkee School 4:00 pm Boys’ Baseball HOME Games Wed, Mar 20 Gulf Coast H.S. 4:00 pm Mon, Mar 25 Golden Gate H.S. 4:30 pm Tues, Mar 26 Donahue Academy 4:00 pm Mon, Apr 1 Marco Island Academy 5:00 pm See website www.collierschools .com/evg for full schedule IMPORTANT DATES Wed, Mar 20 Spring Picture Day Thurs, Mar 21 SAC Mtg, 6:00 p.m., Media Ctr Tues, Mar 26 Early Release Day Friday, Mar 29 Good Friday, No School Teacher Planning Day YEARBOOK DEADLINE To be guaranteed a yearbook, students must order by March 22. Soft Cover Yearbook is only $25, and Hard Cover Yearbook only $33. Contact Mrs. Owen at 377-9810.


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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MARCH 15, 2013 email: PAGE 7 Recipe for Good Eating Spring Potato Pancakes Submitted by Patty Huff Ingredients: 2 lbs potatoes, peeled and grated & 2 zucchini, peeled and grated 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped Parmesan cheese, grated 3 TBS veg. oil cup seasoned bread crumbs Olive oil 2 egg whites, beaten 1 TBS Parmesan cheese 2 tsp salt & tsp pepper 1 cups Mascarpone cheese (at room temperature then beat until smooth) Preheat oven at 450 and prepare a baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray. Squeeze moisture from grated potato and zucchini. Put in a bowl and add the next 6 ingredients until well mixed. Heat vegetable oil in a heavy non-stick skillet and add the entire potato mixture into pan, pressing evenly against the sides. Drizzle with olive oil and add 1 TBS of Parmesan cheese, cooking until edges are brown (approximately 8 minutes). Slide the pancake onto baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until brown on top. Cut into serving size pieces and serve with mascarpone cheese. Enjoy! If you have a favorite re cipe to share, please phone or email us. Patty Huff Everglades Book Club The Everglades Book Club meets at 9:30 a.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month at various members’ homes (March location: Sue Rogers’ home at 506 Collier Avenue). The following are the books on the list for this season: March 21 : Signing Their Rights Away by Denise Kurnan & Joseph D'Grese April 18: The Mirror Crack'd by Agatha Christie. Everyone is invited to join the Everglades Book Club. Feel free to come and recommend your favorite book for next year. For info, call Sue 695-9173 or Patty at 695-2397. HOUSEHOLD TIPS When you clean up to travel away for the summer, don’t forget that: canned goods and unopened packages of dry foods (eg, pasta) can be donated to the Food Pantry in the Community Church unwanted medicines can be disposed of in the safe box at City Hall Everglades St ained-Glass Windows Everglades Community Church has some beautiful windows! A new booklet has just been published as a guide, explaining all of them, some with quotes from scripture, and listing the generous donors who have enhanced this popular place of worship. There are 28 pages in the GUIDE to the Stained-Glass Windows with brilliant color photographs plus a message from Pastor Rev. Dr. Bob N. Wall ace, a statement from the artist Christopher Schnalzer, and a brief history of the church. The "Friendly Church on the Circ le" in Everglades City was founded in 1926 but the present building was finished in 1940. It has recently been restored to its historic beauty, the sanctuary expanded, and the Louise Collier Jinkins Fellowship Hall at the rear has been enlarged. To order the Windows booklet at $10, including postage & packing, see the Everglades Community Church website at www.evergl For information, phone 695-4748 or 695-2223. MARIA Barbershop unisex Men’s haircut Ladies haircut – highlight – color – acrylic and gel nails Regular manicure & pedicure Waxing and more Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Behind Right Choice (786) 443-7973


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MARCH 15, 2013 email: PAGE 8 Some Folklore and Mythology Concerning Alligators by Kitty Greenleaf According to folklore, the alligator symbolizes the primordial Mother, the great Protector, and keeper of ancient wisdom. The alligator lives on both land and water and therefore inhabits the liminal or intuitive aspects of existence. According to some Native tribes, the alligator carries the departed on her back into the next world. The alligator, who lived side by side with the dinosaurs over 50 million years ago, has changed little since that time, according to paleontologists. She is often referred to by some Native folktales as the One Who Sits and Waits. To many Native tribes, seeing an alligator means great wisdom is about to be imparted to you that will help you solve a seemingly unsolvable dilemma. The alligator will only appear to you when you are at a crossroads, particularly an emotional crossroads, and are confused about which direction to take. Dreaming of an alligator means th ere is the danger a repressed memory from earlier days is likely to emerge from the subterranean depths of the subconscious and have quite an impact upon your life. If the alligator is your totem animal, then you will be able to recognize instantly any deceit or manipulation. You will be given the courage to stand your ground and strike quickly when an adversary unexpectedly tries to attack you. Some Native folktales also refer to the alligator as the Divine Mediator. If you find yourself in conflict, you can call upon alligator magic for help is resolving disputes. Compiled from various books and articles. Highly recommended book: Animal Speak by Ted Andrews FWC News A red-tide event in S.W. Florida has claimed 174 manatees so far this year. State and federal scientists are monitoring and responding to manatees along this area. With help from citizens, the FWC and partners have rescued 12 manatees. Please report manatees showing th e effects of red tide, and any other distressed or dead manatees, to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922). For wildlife info and regulations, see Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922) Angler Tag Return Hotline: 800-367-4461 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) White-tailed Deer ( Odocoileus virginianus clavium ) Other names: Bucks, Jumper, Deer / Status: FL = thriving, IUCN = LC / Length: 60-90 in. (1.5-2.28 m) / Height to shoulder: 32-40 in. (.82-1 m) / Weight: 90-125 lb (41-56 kg) / Life span: to 20 years / Breeds: in the fall rut with the fawns born in the spring / Found: All Counties, near coast, mainland / Months found: jfmamjJASOnd A true survivor, the white-tailed deer has not only outlived the gauntlet of human encroachment into its realm, but also flourished because of it. By 1908, 41 states had established departments of conservation and hunting seasons, and bag limits along with scientifically based management plans put this even-toed ungulate well on its way to recovery. Today the population of whitetailed deer in the lower 48 states alone has been estimated at 30 million animals. This rebound from 500,000 in the late 1800s is the result of a combination of factors. The absence of predators, including wolves, cougars, and black bear, has allowed the deer population to flourish. Enforcement of hunting regulations and the deer’s ability to adapt to manmade changes in the landscape are also major reasons for the population explosion. The high population numbers also leads to the deer’s inevitable involvement in automobile collisions. The white-tailed deer is responsible for killing more than 200 people annually, injuring more than 29,000 people, and causing $1.1 billion in property damages. Yet another problem caused by the burgeoning deer population is the proliferation of deer ticks, which transmit Lyme disease. Although uncommon in Florida where only a handful of cases have been reported (all in the northern tier of the state), in New England and the Midwest the spread of this debilitating and potentially lethal disease has reached epidemic proportions (more than 20,000 new cases are reported every year). Because of these problems stemming from the deer’s population growth, some areas have not only issued doe permits but also increased the allowable harvest to as many as 12 deer per hunting season. In essence, the white-tailed deer is so successful that it is fast approaching its maximum sustainable population. In Florida the white-tailed deer is nowhere near as common as it is in other Southeastern states. The deer population in Southwest Florida is estimated at around 20,000. It can readily be seen in places such as Myakka River State Park, Babcock Ranch, Big Cypress Preserve, and the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The whitetailed deer is strictly an herbivore and is capable of browsing as well as grazing. It thrives on mast, which consists of the fallen acorns, leaves, and fruit found in oak and other forests. Worldwide there are 36 recognized species of deer (Family: Cervidae ) and hundreds of subspecies. In Florida the Key deer, a diminutive subspecies of white-tailed deer found solely in Big Pine Key and No Name Key, is listed as endangered with an estimated 300 left in the wild. A mature Key buck weighs less than a German shepherd. The primary cause of deer mortality is legal hunting, with roughly100,000 animals taken every year in Florida and more than 6 million harvested annually across the U.S. Illegal hunting and automobile collisions also take a heavy toll. Deer is the primary food source for Florida panthers, and the fawns are killed by coyotes, bobcats, and black bears. Although deer can live to be 20 years old in captivity, wild deer seldom survive longer than a decade. Photo by Heather Green Charles Sobczak lives and writes on Sanibel Island. To find out more about the author and his books, visit


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MARCH 15, 2013 email: PAGE 9 LOCAL HISTORY The Notorious Gang of Everglades City: The “River Rats” by Jerry Colson The Conclusion (to read the full story visit website and click on “Back Issues”) I got as close to the seawall as I could, wrapping my legs around the nearest piling and held on for dear life. I could feel the sharp barnacles cutting into my legs through my jeans. My arms were in no better shape. The cop was pacing back and forth, shinning his light through the slats on the dock, trying to spot someone, anyone. He would have gotten on one of the landings, but since the tide was still high he would have gotten his shoes wet. Finally he spotted my 3 buddies huddled in the water at the end of the dock. “Alright I see you, come out. You’re in big trouble tonight.” After getting my buddies out of the river and them assuring him there was no one else in the water, he gave them a good scolding and sent them on their way telling them to go home and don't come back. I knew my buddies wouldn't leave me holding the bag (punpun-pun). Anyway, they did come back for me. The beer cans weren't the newer ones that float, so the pillow case was getting pretty heavy by now. I managed to get the pillow case to one of the lower loading platforms and one of my buddies grabbed the bag like it was filled with gold. Once up on high land, we all high-tailed it down River road and made it to the old point. “The point” was a true land mark in those days. It was the very southern tip of Everglades City, if you were headed out the channel of Barron River. It was also the hot spot for teenagers wanting to neck. Well, this is where we celebrated my initiation into the “River Rats.” We shared our prize with several teenagers already there at the “Point” as each of my buddies boasted of how brave they were. As for me, with my arms and legs bleeding from the razor sharp barnacles, I swore I would never do that again. NOTE: The beers still tasted mighty good, but best of all I was now a fullfledged “River Rat.” Jerry Colson (Braman) grew up in the Everglades area from 1948-1968 at which time he joined the service. After the service, he returned home and now resides in Copeland/AKA Lee Tidewater Cypress). His mother is Barbara Daniels who also writes for the Rapper. MUSEUM of the Everglades NEWS A reception to meet the Fakahatchee artists was held on March 9 It’s not too late to visit this beautiful exhibit and experience the wonders of the Fakahatchee Strand. 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. Selected paintings of the Storter Collection are only on exhibit through March 29 at CCSO “CommUnity” Gallery in the Sheriff’s Office in Building J at the Government Center, 3319 Tamiami Trail, in Naples. For more info, phone 252-0810. Be sure to mark your calendar for the upcoming April 27 celebration for the 85th Anniversary of the Opening of the Tamiami Trail and the 15th Birthday of the Museum of the Everglades. More information will follow in the next issue of The Mullet Rapper. The Friends of the Museum of the Everglades will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, April 3, at 3:30 p.m. at the Museum. Members are welcome to attend. TAXING THINGS by Mike the Tax Guy Beware of Bogus “IRS” Emails The IRS receives thousands of reports every year from taxpayers who receive emails outof-the-blue claiming to be from the IRS. Scammers use the IRS name or logo to make the message appear authentic so you will respond to it. In reality, it’s a scam known as “phishing,” attempting to trick you into revealing your personal and financial information. The criminals then use this information to commit identity theft or steal your money. The IRS has this advice for anyone who receives an email claiming to be from the IRS or directing you to an IRS site: Do not reply to the message; Do not open any attachments. Attachment s may contain malicious code that will infect your computer; and Do not click on any links in a suspicious email or phishing website and do not enter confidential information. Visit the IRS website and click on 'Identity Theft' at the bottom of the page for more information. Here are five other key points the IRS wants you to know about phishing scams: 1. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or social media channels to request personal or financial information; 2. The IRS never asks for detailed personal and financial information like PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts; 3. The address of the official IRS website is Do not be misled by sites claiming to be the IRS but ending in .com, .net, .org or anything other than .gov. If you discover a website that claims to be the IRS but you suspect it is bogus, do not provide any personal information on their site and report it to the IRS. 4. If you receive a phone call, fax or letter in the mail from an individual claiming to be from the IRS but you suspect they are not an IRS employee, contact the IRS at 1-800829-1040 to determine if the IRS has a legitimate need to contact you. Report any bogus correspondence. Forward a suspicious email to; 5. You can help the IRS and other law enforcement agencies shut down these schemes. Visit the website to get details on how to report scams and helpful resources if you are the victim of a scam.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MARCH 15, 2013 email: PAGE 10 Florida Tales “Down to Your Last Nickel” by Chester Keene Looking at this picture of my wife Marta (the little one 2nd from left in front row with hat on crooked) who is of Scottish descent in an Irish play when she was in Kindergarten, reminded me of this story... My grandfather told me one time about some his mother’s kinfolks. They were Irish/Scotch and, whether they deserved it or not, are known to have a reputati on for being exceeding tight with their money. (She had been through the depression and knew a few things about being frugal.) The story went on to say that one of them had landed in New York City, and he was in search of his fortune in this new country when he was set upon by two footpads (highwaymen) bent on robbing him. Sandy was his name, and he made a gallant fight. After several minutes of rough and tumble struggle, the bandits overpowered him and frisked his pockets and found all the money he had on him was a lone nickel. They took inventory of themselves as to the damage of their encounter and found their clothes ruined. One ha d a black eye and a piece of ear bitten off; the other was bruised all over. “It’s a good thing" one of them said “that the Scotchman didn't have a dime on him or he would have killed both of us." Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. SHERIFF’S REPORT The Seat Belt Safety Initiative “Click It Or Ticket” will continue through Saturday, March 16 The purpose of the campaign is to increase safety belt use and reduce fatalities. The fine for not using a seat belt is $113 in Collier County. Please remember to help us keep our neighborhoods safe by reporting any suspicious activi ty immediately to the Collier County Sheriff’s Offi ce at 252-9300 or in emergencies by dialing “911”. Also don’t let yourself become an easy victim by always remembering to lock your doors. From Savannah’s Eyes On Sunday February 24, I had a huge fashion show in South Beach in Miami at the Mansion! I loved it and it was such an amazing experience! I woke up at 6:30 a.m. since I had to be there at 10:45 and we had to get everything of mine in the truck. By 7 we were off on our way to Miami. When we finally got there, I was incredibly nervous since this was totally out of my comfort zone, but then I got used to it as if it was an everyday thing. After I checked in, some of the other models and I took our things upstairs and headed down to find our instructors. We practiced the wa lk and when to go out on the runway and exit. Almost immedi ately after the practice we (and when I say we, I mean 200 models) went upstairs to get our hair and makeup done. We did our own makeup but had help if we needed it. The hair stylists did each girl’s hair dramatic and high above their heads. I met a lot of new friends from everywhere in Florida. Before we knew it, it was 4:00 p.m., aka ShowTime! We all lined up according to season (mine was fall) and went behind the stage. I was extremely excite d and pumped to get out there and strut my stuff! It was funny; I thought I was going to be nervous walking in front of a gigantic crowd of people, but when it was my turn I turned into a fearless tiger. As I walked onto the runway for the first time I felt like I was in a dream; everything came naturally to me! Then, when I was finished, I ran upstairs and got dressed into my second outfit as fast as I could and it was time for round 2. This time the announcers stated our names over the microphone. After my second wa lk, as I headed up the stairs, I couldn't believe it was already over. It passed by so quickly; almost like in the blink of an ey e! When the show was over, I got all of my new friends’ numbers, Facebook info, instagrams, and was greeted by my overly thrilled parents at the end of the huge stair case at the front. Now that it's all over, I am so happy for the experience and am definitely going to do it again! Softball is also going great. Fi nally, we have bleachers for our field, and the girls are so happy that our field is actually looking like all the other schools; we ap preciate everything! Come and support our Lady Gators softball team. Spring break was this past week, and I was excited to have spent time with my family and friends. Love, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is a student in the 10th grade at Everglades City School and a regular contributor to this paper. EVERGLADES DAY Annual Everglades Bike Ride The annual Everglades Bike Ride will take place this year on Sunday, April 7, which is being recognized as National “Everglades Day” to bring attention to this important ecosystem. The ride will include options for both road and off-road cyclists with a “smooth ride” of 62 miles (starting at 8 a.m.) or 16 miles (starting at 9 a.m.). Opportunities to customize the distance of your ride are available. The 27-mile “bumpy ride” will take bicyclists down beautiful Janes Scenic Drive into the Fakahatchee (starting at 9 a.m.). A seafood l unch will be provided. To register, visit website and click on “Stay & Play Everglades Ride” on the left side of the Home page or contact Patty Huff at 695-2397 for more information. Also, call Patty if you would like to volunteer during the event.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MARCH 15, 2013 email: PAGE 11 RESTAURANTS Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): 12 noon – 9 p.m. daily 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 (695-2403): 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; daily Closing soon – around 3/17 Glades Haven Deli (695-2091): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily Havana Caf (695-2214): 7:00 am – 3:00 pm; daily 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Dinner Fri-Sat 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 Rod & Gun (695-2101): 11:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Subway at Gator Express (695-3937): 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; daily $5 specials & 10% discount to locals Sunset Raw Bar & Grill: (next to Glades Haven Deli) 11:00 am to 6:00 pm; Tues thru Sun Susie’s Station (695-2273): 11:00 am 5:00 pm; daily The Catch at Port of the Islands (239-394-3005, ext. 507, 1): 12 noon – 10 pm (Tues – Sun) now serving Sunday Brunch Triad Seafood (695-2662): 10:30 am (call for hours); daily Fish Market also open Right Choice Supermarket (695-4535): 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Mon-Thurs 8:00 am – 7:00 pm, Fri, Sat, Sun Grimm’s Stone Crab (695-3222): 8:00 am – 5 pm, Mon-Sat Loco’s Fresh Produce (239-462-7050): 7:00 am 3:00 pm; Thurs, Fri, Sat ECity Post Office parking lot Chokoloskee: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm; Thursday Community Clean-up at Copeland photo courtesy of Sue Gentry OBITUARY Virginia Klotz, age 92, passed away quickly on March 4. She had come to Everglades City from Sanibel with her parents, both artists, in 1969 and worked with them in the Sea Gull Studios gallery and gift shop just south of the Circle. Her father predeceased her at age 94 in 1987 and he r mother at age 104 in 2001. She kept the shop open until just before her 90th birthday in November 2010 when she retired to Ormond Beach to be closer to relatives. Virginia was born on November 21, 1920, in Philadelphia where she grew up and studied art. The family moved to Fort Myers in 1954 before building their gallery in Sanibel (see photo below) She concentrated on shell-craft with her mother and had many shells for sale in the shop. Virginia saw changes over the years in Everglades City and was always ready to talk about by-gone days. She was a generous donor to the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation, giving historical mementoes and over 20 watercolors of historic buildings painted in 1973 by her father Bob Klotz. She also gave the Everglades Community Church three huge paintings by him on religious themes which can be seen in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall. She welcomed visitors to the gallery and loved a chat and a giggle. Despite failing eyesight, she read the newspaper every day and remained alert. She made many friends, some who came to buy paintings and jewelry but returned just to enjoy her company. Virginia always loved cats and adopted “Mr. Watson” from the Smallwood Store when he was getting on in years. He passed away just a day after she did. She asked that donations in her memory be made to Feral Felines, P. O. Box 564, Chokoloskee, FL, 34138. Mayor Sammy Hamilton gave Virginia the Key to the City in 2010 before she moved. TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 03/15 Fri 12:37am -0.1 L 03/15 Fri 05:40am 2.2 H 03/15 Fri 12:35pm 0.4 L 03/15 Fri 05:17pm 2.7 H 03/16 Sat 01:21am -0.1 L 03/16 Sat 06:30am 2.0 H 03/16 Sat 01:03pm 0.6 L 03/16 Sat 05:53pm 2.6 H 03/17 Sun 02:11am 0.0 L 03/17 Sun 07:29am 1.8 H 03/17 Sun 01:22pm 0.7 L 03/17 Sun 06:37pm 2.4 H 03/18 Mon 03:10am 0.1 L 03/18 Mon 08:37am 1.7 H 03/18 Mon 01:15pm 0.8 L 03/18 Mon 07:40pm 2.3 H 03/19 Tue 04:19am 0.2 L 03/19 Tue 09:55am 1.6 H 03/19 Tue 01:25pm 0.9 L 03/19 Tue 09:04pm 2.2 H 03/20 Wed 05:28am 0.1 L 03/20 Wed 11:22am 1.7 H 03/20 Wed 05:37pm 0.9 L 03/20 Wed 10:25pm 2.2 H 03/21 Thu 06:28am 0.1 L 03/21 Thu 12:25pm 1.9 H 03/21 Thu 06:44pm 0.8 L 03/21 Thu 11:35pm 2.3 H 03/22 Fri 07:19am 0.1 L 03/22 Fri 01:01pm 2.0 H 03/22 Fri 07:34pm 0.7 L 03/23 Sat 12:31am 2.4 H 03/23 Sat 08:02am 0.0 L 03/23 Sat 01:32pm 2.2 H 03/23 Sat 08:16pm 0.5 L 03/24 Sun 01:18am 2.5 H 03/24 Sun 08:42am 0.0 L 03/24 Sun 02:01pm 2.4 H 03/24 Sun 08:56pm 0.3 L 03/25 Mon 02:00am 2.6 H 03/25 Mon 09:19am 0.0 L 03/25 Mon 02:28pm 2.6 H 03/25 Mon 09:35pm 0.1 L 03/26 Tue 02:40am 2.7 H 03/26 Tue 09:54am 0.1 L 03/26 Tue 02:55pm 2.7 H 03/26 Tue 10:15pm 0.0 L 03/27 Wed 03:19am 2.7 H 03/27 Wed 10:30am 0.1 L 03/27 Wed 03:20pm 2.8 H 03/27 Wed 10:56pm -0.2 L 03/28 Thu 04:01am 2.7 H 03/28 Thu 11:05am 0.2 L 03/28 Thu 03:45pm 2.9 H 03/28 Thu 11:39pm -0.3 L


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MARCH 15, 2013 email: PAGE 12 SNOOK CLASSIFIED ----------------------------------------------------Home Business Opportunity: Join our Florida team and become a consultant with this great company in business since 1996 but new to this area. Call Cindy at (772) 4198819 or or visit www.CountryG --------------------------------------------------WATERFRONT LOT FOR SALE : Located in Outdoor Resorts RV Park on Chokoloskee Island. Call (574) 850-4526. -----------------------------------------------------HANGER FOR RENT: Contact Everglades Airpark at (239) 695-2778. -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE BY OWNER: Lot on canal behind P.O. in Chokoloskee. Call (561) 6226011 or -----------------------------------------------------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/mo or 1200 sq ft commercial space with office & handicapped-accessible bath w/shower plus apartment for $1000 a month. Call (239) 340-4770. ---------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: Duplex in Chokoloskee-rent out one level & use the other yourself. Terrific location, deeded waterfront with dock & boat lift. Lower level has been completely renovated. Each level has 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms. Good rental income and motorhome hook-up, too. Offered at $299,900. Call Bonnie Woodward, Keller Williams Realty, 239-860-6369. ---------------------------------------------------SNOOK CLASSIFIED only $10/issue phone 695-2397 or email us JOBS -----------------------------------------------------------------------Notary Public Services Denise Johnson By Appointment 308 Storter Ave South Everglades City, 239-465-1580 ----------------------------------------------------------------------Job Wanted: Pressure cleaning homes, boats, RV, store fronts, etc. Call Justin at 595-5930. -----------------------------------------------------------------------Staff wanted : Greeter, hostess, cashier all in one. Leave name at 695-2273. --------------------------------------------------------------------------Gator Express: Subway workers needed. Call 695-3937. -------------------------------------------------------------------------WANTED : Automotive Window Tinter Certain Requirements Apply Please Call Skip: 695-3667 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Tutoring for students: Danielle Swisher at 280-8971 or email and Tom Andler at (561) 309-946 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, Jerry Colson, Kitty Greenleaf, Chester Keen e, Elaine Middelstaedt, 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 with no 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 2013, Snook Publications. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior permission. 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 3/1/13 PET PICS Sally and Georgia relaxing in their backyard at Ashnoca Apartments (pets of Mardi Kjartansson and Farrow Allen) Send us your Pet Pics by email or post. See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Museum of the Everglades Phone Martha at 695-0008 Everglades City School Phone Gina at 695-1561 Thrift Shop Phone Helen at 695-3298