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25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 7, 2013 2013, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VII Issue #197 Havana Caf (above) has a new porch to serve more customers while Camellia Street Grill (below) added more tables, chairs and a lounge area. They also have new items on their menu. Larry Dean Mosher, 77, passed away on October 18, 2013. Formerly of Alma, MI, he had been a resident of Everglades City and Lee Cypress since 1960. Larry worked for the city of Everglades City for 40 years retiring as a labor supervisor. He was a proud, hardworking man and worked until age 76. In his free time he enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. He lost his hand to a rattlesnake in 1966; his strong will and determination made him the first person to survive a rattlesnake bite before antivenom and serum. He will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and greatgrandfather. He is survived by his children Susan Mosher (Bud Webb), Larry Dean (Randi) Mosher, Dianna (Donnie) McDowell, Terese (Perry) Hale; grandchildren Chris (Missy) Webb, Melissa (Heith) Cummings, Keleigh (Ryan) Carey, Candace Webb (John Hunt) Nichole (Danny) Sylvest; great-grandchildren Haylee Wyatt, Makayla, Bryson, Brayden, Colt, Auburn and one pumpkin on the way; brother Erv (Barbara) Mosher, sister Carolyn Louise Canova, many nieces, nephews and a large extended family. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years Jerrie Mosher. A memorial service will be held at Everglades Baptist Church on Thursday, October 24 at 6:00 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Larry’s name may be made to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105, or the charity of your choice. Mamie Street Is it a “done deal”?? This is what many people are asking about the County’s decision to “vacate” Mamie Street. On October 10, Commissioner Tim Nance along with the County Attorney and the County Administrator of Growth Management Division met with the public. Thirty-six people attended the meeting and most voiced their opposition to the County vacating the road. The County staff presented their position about any future court proceedings and stated that there were no guarantees. Although this was a meeting for the public, they said they would take into consideration only those who had a “direct” interest in Mamie Street (the property owners who lived along the road) and that the public has only an “indirect” interest. So, now that the public process is proceeding with a public notice in advance of a public hearing about a public road which leads to a historic museum open to the public the question is: “is the public being served?” The County Attorney’s office says it is up to the five commissioners to make the final decision to “vacate.” If the public wishes to be heard, the County requests that you attend the newly re-scheduled public hearing on Tuesday, December 10 or contact your County Commissioners. Visit and scroll down the Home page to “Commissioners” for their email and individual telephone numbers or call the County office at 252-8097. TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Gulf Coast p. 8 Events p. 3 Local History p. 9 School p. 5 Museum News p. 9 Flora p. 7 Taxing Things p. 9 Recipe p. 7 Florida Tales p.10 Health p. 7 Savannah p.10 Fishing p. 8 Sheriff’s Report p.10 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: Red Ribbon Week, p.11 If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email mulletra pp er @g or phone 695-2397.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 25, 2013 email: PAGE 2 Nov 26: Election Day Dec 7: Swamp Heritage Festival Dec 14: Art-in-theGlades, Lighting of the Tree, Light Parade Dec 20: Santa Visit Dec 21: Boat Parade Feb 1: Church of God Winterfest Feb 7-8-9: Seafood Festival, Collier-Seminole Bluegrass Fest Feb 22: Everglades Ultra THRIFT SHOP: Thurs, Sat, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm SKATING RINK: Fri, Sat, 7-10 pm DR DEMARTINO: Fri, 1:30 to 4:30 pm LITTLE GATOR CLINIC: Tues, Nov 19 and 26, 5 to 7 pm FOOD PANTRY: Sat, 8:30 to 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 4 pm CARNESTOWN Recycle and Trash: 2nd Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: November Dates/Hours posted in City Hall _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ POST OFFICE HOURS: Everglades City 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m.; Sat: outside pick-up 3:30 p.m. ; Chokoloskee 9 a.m. to 12 noon; 1 to 3 p.m. Sat: outside pick-up 3:30 pm; Ochopee 8 to 10 a.m.; 12 noon to 4 p.m. Sat: Open for service 10 to 11:30 a.m. SHERIFF: 252-9300 CITY HALL: 695-3781 PUBLIC LIBRARY: 695-2511 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 695-3941 AIRPORT: 695-2778 FAKAHATCHEE: 695-4593 BIG CYPRESS: 695-2000 EVG NATIONAL PARK: 695-3311 CURBSIDE TRASH PICKUP (FRIDGES, WASHING MACHINES, TVS): 252-2380 COLLIER COUNTY: 252-8999SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT 20 21 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 22 23 Ladies Coffee Havana Caf 8 am 24 Harry Chapin Food Bank Celebrate Safe Communities Chokoloskee Larry Mosher Service see p.1 RAPPER 25 26 Operation Medicine Cabinet see p.3 Halloween Party see p.3 27 Red Ribbon Week Community Kick-Off Ceremony see p.11 28 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm 29 Symposium on Affordable Care Act see p.9 30 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 31 Teen Night see p.5 NOV 1 2 Museum Reception see p.9 Fakahatchee Run see p.3 new moon 3 Clocks Change 4 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm ESHP Mtg see p.9 5 Congressional Aide Visit City Council see p.3 6 Ladies Coffee Patty Huff’ Home 8 am Book Fair Family Event see p5 7 RAPPER 8 9 Klotz’s Art Reception see p.9 Museum Reception see p. 9 10 11 Veterans’ Day Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church, 7 pm Chamber Mtg 12 Flu Clinic see p.3 OFCD Mtg see p.3 13 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 14 Lion’s Club Depot, 5:30 pm 15 16 full moon 17 18 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 19 Reach Out Mtg City Hall, 8:30 am Little Gator Clinic 20 Ladies Coffee Havana Caf 8 am 21 Everglades Book Club see p.3 SAC Mtg RAPPER 22 Nostalgia Night JFK 50th see p.9 23 OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2013


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 25, 2013 email: PAGE 3 OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET Operation Medicine Cabinet will be held in front of Everglades City Hall on Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. Discard your unused or expired prescription medication. Fall for Fakahatchee Run The Real Florida Run Series highlights eight award winning Florida State Parks from October 6 through November 24. The Fall for Fakahatchee Run will be held November 2 at 5:00 p.m. Visit website or call (239) 565-6148 for information. Community Church Everglades Community Church will begin Adult Sunday School on November 3 CONGRESSIONAL VISIT Karen Harmon, the District Representative for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, will meet with constituents in City Hall on Tuesday, November 5, at 3:00 p.m. For information, phone 348-1620. CITY COUNCIL The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 5, at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall. If you would like to speak during Public Comments, sign up before the meeting. TOUR OF FACILITIES Commissioner Donna Fiala has organized monthly tours of county facilities, beginning Wednesday, November 6, limited to 25 people. The tour meets in the main lobby of the Government Complex at 10 a.m., then goes to the Supervisor of Elections Office at 3295 Tamiami Trail East, the Tax Collector’s Office, and ending at the BCC Chambers with guest speakers Commissioner Fiala, County Manager Leo Ochs, Growth Management Administrator Nick Casalanguida, and Museum Director Ron Jamro. Email or call 252-8601 to sign up. BigC ORVs The Big Cypress Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee meeting for November has been cancelled. For information, call 695-1107. Halloween Party OCTOBER 26 Schedule of Events Trick or Treat 5:00 to 8:00 pm Free Cookout 6:00 to 8:00 pm Waterballoons 8:00 to 9:00 pm McLeod Park FLU CLINIC Tuesday, November 12 Chokoloskee Post Office, 12 noon to 2 pm Everglades Community Ctr 2:30 to 5 pm High Dose Flu Vaccine $48 (65 & older) Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine $34, Regular Flu Vaccine $30, Pneumonia Vaccine $8 For information, contact Tonia Figueroa at 252-7334 ( Note : Rapper incorrectly stated “Free” Flu Clinic in October 11 issue) EVERGLADES BOOK CLUB Thursday, November 21 9:30 a.m. Location TBA Devil in the White City by Erik Larson Call Patty at 695-2397 for more info. CITY ELECTIONS Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Everglades City Hall 102 Copeland Avenue North 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Candidates for Council (three positions): Howie Grimm, Elaine Middelstaedt, Johnnie Potter, Jim Tankersley Vote by mail; request a ballot online Supervisor of Elections: 252-8683 CITY HALL BRICKS It’s time again to put your order in for new bricks to be added to the walkway in front of City Hall. The deadline is January 15 plenty of time to have a commemorative brick dedicated to a loved one or to add your own name. Call Marya at 695-2905 for more information or visit website www.evergladeshistori to complete a form. Everglades Society for Historic Preservation sponsors this project. OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 10/07/13: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 10/09/13: Mutual Aid, Marco Island 10/10/13: Vehicle Accident, 74 MM I-75 10/11/13: Emergency Med, Plantation Island 10/11/13: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 10/11/13: Emerg Med, US41,1.3 m W of SR 29 10/11/13: Vehicle Accident, 83 MM I-75 10/11/13: Emergency Medical, Copeland 10/13/13: Vehicle Accident, Ochopee 10/13/13: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 10/13/13: Emergency Medical, Copeland 10/14/13: Emergency Medical, Copeland 10/16/13: Haz Mat, Everglades City 10/17/13: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 10/17/13: Emergency Medical, Copeland 10/18/13: Vehicle Accident, Copeland 10/18/13: Emergency Medical, Copeland 10/18/13: Fire, Everglades City 10/18/13: Emergency Med, 70 MM I-75 10/19/13: Vehicle Accident, 55 MM I-75 10/19/13: Unknown Medical Problem (Mutual Aid), San Marco Rd & US 41 10/20/13: Vehicle Accident, 44 MM Tamiami Tr 10/20/13: Emergency Medical, Copeland 10/21/13: Vehicle Accident, 62 MM I-75 10/21/13: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 10/21/13: Emergency Medical, 72 MM I-75 The next Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Committee Meeting will be Tuesday, November 12 (due to the holiday on Monday) at 4:00 p.m. in the Port of the Islands Realty Office at 24998 Tamiami Trail, East Naples. DOCTOR’S CLINIC Dr. Kirk DeMartino will see patients in Everglades City every Friday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the office behind the Fire Station. If you have any questions, call (239) 642-5552. MOBILE PET VET Dr. Lopez will no longer be coming to Everglades City but will offer the same rates for locals at his office For more information, phone 777-7387 or see Little Gator Clinic The free walk-in clinic behind the youngsters will be open Tuesday, November 19 and 26 from 5 to 7 pm when Dr. Barnard and Kathy will see patients aged 18 and under. There are no drugs on the property but Dr. Barnard can write prescriptions. THRIFT SHOP HOURS The Thrift Shop is now open on Thursday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you would like to volunteer, stop in or phone 695-3298.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 25, 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” O p en 6 am WANT ED CASH REWARD Antique & Used Fishing Tackle Buy & Sell – Reels, Wood Rods, Lures, Fish Mounts, Tackle Boxes, Fly Rods & Reels, Gaffs, Fighting Chairs, Nets, Nautical Items Old Rod & Reel Collector 239.695.4288 Free Appraisals November Show Honoring Bob Klotz Everglades Arts Varick Niles Studio 110 Camellia St. Open every Fri. & Sat. 11:00-4:00 p .m.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 25, 2013 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 6952561 TAYLOR’S CORNER What a busy two weeks it has been. Volleyball season is coming to an end and basketball is starting soon. My brother was chosen as the school mascot and we went to his last game. I thought he looked funny out there dancing around but I guess it must have worked because our team won! Those girls looked awesome when they jump up and spike the ball and the whole crowd cheers for them. GO LADY GATORS!! I can’t wait to play on the team when I’m in 6th grade. Halloween will be here soon and we’re recognizing literacy day at school on the 31st by dressing up as a character from our favorite book. One of my classmates, Aaron, said he’s dressing up like General Zod from the Superman comics. I haven’t decided what I will be yet…maybe someone from James & The Giant Peach or Garfield the cat. Lots of kids at school have been out sick (including me) because of a flu bug that is going around. I was in bed for two days and got my dad sick as well. It’s important to cover your mouth when you cough and use hand sanitizer so you don’t spread germs everywhere. If you do get sick make sure you get lots of rest and drink fluids. I had Mrs. Grass noodle soup and hot tea with honey for my throat. I’m all better now so I think everyone should try it. Taylor Dahlke is 9 years old and in the 4th grade at Everglades City School. She is our newest reporter for the elementary school. Welcome, Taylor, to The Mullet Rapper! ANNUAL PENNIES FOR PASTA FUNDRAISER November 4 22 The class that raises the most money will receive a pasta party from Olive Garden Restaurant for lunch! Olive Garden’s Pasta for Pennies is a national fundraising program in partnership with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and more than three million student participants. Since 1994, the program has raised more than $53 million to support the fight against blood-related cancers, help fund important life-saving initiatives and provide critical services to patients and their families. Each year, schools choose a threeweek period when students fill collection jars in their classrooms with spare change. For more information, visit TEACHER SPOTLIGHT Mr. Roberts (pictured in the cente r) was recognized as a DEN Star Ambassador (Discovery Education Network) teacher. He was recognized for his work with the Discovery Education Network program. In addition, he received an invitation to this year’s STEM awards. Great job, Mr. Roberts! Chandler and Miranda O'Connell lead the Pledge of Allegiance during the recent School Board Town Hall Meeting at Evergla des City School. Scholastic Reading Counts This is an independent reading program for Grades K–12 which combines reading practice and software-based reading assessment. This program is PROVEN to develop reading skills, help raise test scores, and motivate students to achieve reading success. Everglades City School’s Reading Counts program has unprecedented totals so far! We are so very proud of our students for their extraordinary participation! Fall Scholastic Book Fair November 4 – 7 Our Book Fair is coming to the Media Center! The whole school is excited with an amazing selection of books headed our way! You will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as books of interest to parents. Mark your calendar for our Family Event ( November 6 ) where the whole family can join in the fun. And, you can contribute books to your child's classroom library. The Book Fair is a great way to get everyone excited about reading. SPORTS SCHEDULE Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Wed, Oct. 30 Regional Quarter Finals at 7 pm TBA Tues, Nov. 5 Regional Semi-Finals at 7 pm TBA Sat, Nov 9 Regional Finals at 2 pm TBA Oct 27 – Nov 1 Red Ribbon Week Tues, Oct 29 Student Led Conferences Thurs, Oct 31 Teen Night, 7-10 pm, Community Center Friday, Nov 1 Early Dismissal Mon, Nov 4 Trip to Philharmonic, 2nd Grade Nov 4 – 7 Scholastic Book Fair, Media Center Nov 4 – 22 Pennies for Pasta Fundraiser


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 25, 2013 email: PAGE 6 Tri-County Cooling & Refrigeration, Inc. Sales Service Maintenance CALL ANYTIME 239-253-4860 Licensed CAC 1817126 NOW SERVING EVERGLADES CITY S.W. FLA’s Pest Authority since 1990 CALL 239-455-4300 SPIDERS 6-Month Guarantee 3899 Mannix Dr #412


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 25, 2013 email: PAGE 7 FLORIDA FLORA IXORA ( Coccinea) This beautiful, hardy shrub is quite common in south Florida. It makes a nice colorful border hedge and it attracts butterflies. When planting a row for a hedge, it is best to set the plants 18” apart since they grow rapidly and are very compact. The Xxora likes full sun, good drainage, and will tolerate our salt air. It comes in a variety of colors: red, yellow and orange. The Rapper will be highlighting the “street” names of flowers in Everglades City. Originally, Barron Collier named the roads after his sons (Barron, Carnes, Miles) and his employees (Frankenhoff, Copeland, etc). Does anyone know when or why the street names were changed?? NATIONAL PARKS The National Parks have re-opened and will be offering entrance-free days during Veterans Day Weekend ( November 9-11 ). Ranger-led activities begin in November. For more information, visit Clyde Butcher Photography Swamp Walks for 2013 November 3 and 20, December 1 and 18 or call 695-2428 NAPLES ORCHID SOCIETY’S ANNUAL PLANT SALE Saturday, November 9, 12 noon – 3 p.m. or call 404-1916 Fakahatchee Swamp Walks The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced dates for the last five swamp walks of the 2013 season. Spaces are available for the wilderness adventures on November 9 and 16 and December 7, 14, and 23 Advance reservations are required. To see a Swamp Walk and make reservations, visit Recipe for Good Eating PUMPKIN PIE BARS by Patricia Huff Ingredients: 1 box (16.5 oz) Yellow Cake Mix 1 Egg cup Butter, melted 1 pkg (8 oz) Cream Cheese cup packed Brown Sugar 3 Eggs 1 can (15 oz) Pumpkin 1 pkg (3.4 oz) Jello Pumpkin Spice Flavor Instant Pudding 1 envelope Dream Whip Whipped Topping Mix 1/3 cup Milk 3 TBS Maple Syrup 1/8 tsp Cinnamon Line a 13 x 9 inch glass pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Combine cake mix, 1 egg and melted butter. Press into bottom of pan. Beat cream cheese, sugar, 3 eggs, pumpkin and pudding mix in a mixer until blended; pour over crust in pan. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Transfer to rack to cool. Mix topping mix with milk and maple syrup, blend at low speed, then beat at high speed until peaks form. Spread over cooled dessert; sprinkle with cinnamon, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy Halloween! If you have a favorite re cipe to share, please phone or email us. Patty Huff Health, Wellness, and Green Living by Shannon Snyder One of the most common questions I get as a massage therapist is whether ice or heat is best for pain and injuries. Well, it depends. Both can be beneficial at different times. The following are some guidelines on when to utilize each. The safest choice for treatment of injuries is ice. This method is best for injuries or pain that is less than 24 hours old, or any injury that continues to produce swelling. Ice decreases pain and provides vasoconstriction (closing of small blood vessels). This helps limit the amount of swelling that occurs i mmediately after the in jury. It also has a calming effect on nerves, which can decrease pain. Ice or cold packs should never be put directly on the skin due to the risk of frostbite. In fact, cold packs can be even colder than natural ice. Neither ice nor cold packs should be used for longer than 30 minutes. To get added results for treatment of swelling, elevate the area. Ice Tips : • Soak a thin washcloth in cold water. Wri ng it out and place over the affected area. Place a bag of frozen vegetables or bagged ice on top. If you want, use an Ace wrap to hold it in place. • For hands or feet, soak in a bucket or bowl of icy water for 10-15 minutes. Heat on the other hand promotes muscle relaxation, and is best used on postural muscles like those along the lower back, mid-back and neck. Muscle soreness and spasms are the most common symptoms treated with heat. This method can also help with osteoarthritis to increase range of motion and, therefore, decrease pain. Heat should also be applied for only 30-minute intervals. Know that, when heat instead of cold is applied over an area of a new injury, active inflammation or swelling can get worse, as h eat causes vasodilatation (opening of the small blood vessels), the opposite of ice. Heat Tips : • Use an electric heating pad. • Apply for no more than 30 minutes. • Place a cloth layer between the heating pad and the skin. The first few times the heating pad is used, check the skin every 5 minutes to make sure there is no burning. The setting on the heating device should be at the minimum level where you still feel heat. A danger of using a heating pad is burning the skin. Commonly, a person will fall asleep on the heating pad or simply leave it on too long. With any heating or icing, if a repeat session is needed, wait until the skin is completely back to normal in appearance, usually about 60 minutes.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 25, 2013 email: PAGE 8 Fishing Report by Captain Bill Lindsay November is one of the best months to fish the Everglades. Migratory schools of bait move down the coast, and game fish like cobia, bluefish and mackerel follow them. Each da y can produce a new wave of action. At the same time, water temperatures remain warm enough for snook and tarpon. When we get strong northeast winds for a few days, water levels will be low, concentrating fish in deep holes. Running around in a boat can be a challenge. However, it can be well worth it. If it is really low, you can work the outside Park boundary markers and shallow Gulf wrecks for cobia and mackerel. Even when it gets windy, you can always find protected water in the backcountry. Anglers casting plugs will have an excellent chance of taking a nice snook. Remember to use good judgment on the water and respect other fishermen; there are lots of spots to fish and part of the fun is finding a new one for yourself. Capt. Bill Lindsay lives in Chokoloskee and has been fishing in the Everglades National Park for over 35 years. In 1992 he was Master Angler of the MET Tournament. His phone number is (239) 695-0314. 2013 RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Tournament November 1 – 3 Registration forms for the tournament is available at Divisions include guided and unguided bait, guided and unguided artificial and fly fishing. Registration is limited to the first 60 teams. For more information, call 239-403-4219 or email LICENSE-FREE DAYS Saltwater license-free fishing days will be November 30 ; freshwater license-free days will be November 29 and Dec. 28 FWC News Due to the recent government shutdown, Florida Fish and Wildlife has extended the archery season by six days (from October 31 to November 5). The muzzle-loading gun hunt will run from November 6 through the 10th in all units except Deep Lake. There is no quota for either of these extended hunt seasons. The current muzzle-loadin g gun season will continue as scheduled, ending on Oct. 27. Regulations specific to the wildlife management areas can be viewed at For additional questions, please call (561) 625-5122. For wildlife info and regulations, see Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922) Angler Tag Return: 800-367-4461 SNOOK RULES 1. slot limit 28 to 33 inches 2. one fish per person per day 3. valid fishing license with current Snook stamp Open season: September-November, March-April. Living Gulf Coast by Charles Sobczak ( The Living Gulf Coast is available at the Big Cypress Swamp Visitor Center) Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) Other names: crying bird / Status: FL = species of special concern, IUCN = LC / Life span: to 12 years / Length: 25-29 in. (63-73 cm) / Wingspan: 40-42 in. (102-107 cm) / Weight: 31.7-45.9 oz (900-1300 g) / Nests: throughout SW Florida / Found: All Counties, though more common in Collier and Lee, near coast, mainland / Months found: jfmamjjasond (note: the limpkin is unusual in that it breeds and nests all year around). Hunted nearly into extirpation in Florida from the late 1800s through the 1950s, the limpkin population is on a slow but steady rebound across the peninsula. Its range once extended all the way to the Ok efenokee Swamp in southern Georgia but now the vast majority of Florida’s limpkins are found in South Florida, especially ar ound Lake Okeechobee. The name limpkin is derived from its irregular gait, which can give you the impression that the bird is lame. While Florida labels the limpkin a species of special concern, the IUCN considers it a species of least concern, because it is still plentiful in Central America and most of South America. Early settlers found the limpkin delicious and very easy to harvest. Because the bird was so unfamiliar with human predation early on, historic accounts of catchin g limpkins included the use of fishing nets. Because of its drab coloration, it was never impacted by plume hunters. The limpkin’s bill is adapted specifically for eating apple snails. A slight tweezers-like opening at the very tip allows it to extricate the snail from the shell with little effort. On some birds the bill actually curves to the right slightly, allowing even greater access to the right-handed curve of the apple snail. The arrival in recent years of the invasive and much larger island apple snail from South America has given the limpkin a new, larger source of protein. Whereas the smaller Ev erglades, or snail, kite is struggling with these giant snails, the limpkin is having a field day. It can pick up these fist-sized invasives from the reeds and marshes where they thrive, then carry them to shallower waters and smash the shells wide open with its powerful beak. Florida should begin to see a sharp rise in the limpkin population because of this new food source; indeed around the shoreline of Lake Okeechobee you can now see scores of limpkins in a single day. The limpkin is the only member of its taxonomic family. Although it resembles an ibis, it is now considered to be genetically closer to the crane a nd trumpeter (a small family of birds restricted to the forests of the Amazon and Orinoco basins of South America). The nickname, “crying bird,” comes from the limpkin’s primeval call, which is often used in the background of Tarzan and other jungle movies. Its unmistakable cry has an eerie, haunting quality and can be heard for miles on a calm morning. Sometimes the cry of this reclusive bird is the only way of knowing one is nearby. Predation of this marshand wetlands-dwelling bird is done mostly by alligators and large turtles. Water snakes, water moccasins, raccoons, and muskrats raid its nests, for eggs and hatchlings. In addition to apple snails and island apple snails, the limpkin feeds on freshwater mussels, insects, frogs, lizards, and worms. Photo by Dick Fortune 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 OCTOBER 25, 2013 email: PAGE 9 Klotz Collection Exhibit Paintings by Bob Klotz will be shown during the month of November at the Everglades Arts Studio of Varick Niles. The Studio at 110 Camellia Street is open on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and admission is free. Varick explained that her late husband Nick bought a number of works by the artist from the 1980s onward and that she wants other people to be able to see them. There will also be a selection of watercolors from the ESHP Klotz Collection of historic buildings on display. Bob Klotz and his family (wife Katherine, daughter Virginia) moved to Everglades City in 1969 when Sanibel got too busy after the building of the causeway. Join us for a reception on Saturday, November 9 at the Studio from 1 to 4 pm. ESHP News Lynn Pierce (grand-daughter of F. J. Frankenhoff, Barron Collier’s Comptroller) visited our area on October 10 & 11. She was here to donate to the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation a Bob Klotz’s original painting on wood of City Hall. In addition to touring City Hall, Lynn was able to visit the Museum of the Everglades, the Bank of the Everglades, the Rod & Gun Club, Smallwood Store & Museum as well as other historic sites, including the original home where her grandparents and mother lived. The next Board meeting of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation is on Monday, November 4, at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall to plan events for the season. For information, call Marya at 695-2905. Mark your calendars to come to “Nostalgia Night” on Friday, November 22, the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The event will be held at 5:30 pm at the Everglades Community Church Fellowship Hall. MUSEUM of the Everglades Pauline Reeves Gallery November Artist "Everglades’ Photography by Canoe" Photography by Constance Mier On November 2 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., there will be a reception to meet Alan Maltz who will be on hand to greet visitors, fellow artists and collectors. His photography book Journey Through Paradise: Naples, Marco Island & The Everglades will be available for viewing and ordering. Accompanying Maltz will be award-winning Naples journalist Karen T. Bartlett, who wrote the narrative for the book. The reception for the November photographe r Constance Mier will be held at the Museum on Saturday, November 9 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Please plan to join us for both of these receptions hosted by the Frie nds of the Museum of the Everglades. 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 fee but donations are welcome. If you want to join the Friends, cont act Helen at 695-3298 or see our website to download a form to send with your check. All FME members are invited to attend the mont hly meetings; call 695-2397 for details. Collier County Museum November Exhibits / Programs Marco Island Historical Museum: Hannah Ineson Exhibit through December: The Everglades Art of Hannah Ineson Collier County Museum: Exhibit: Cuba, the Natural Beauty: The Expedition of Clyde Butcher Immokalee Pioneer Museum: Five Centuries of Tradition: Florida Cattle Ranching Naples Depot Museum : Jerry Vallez Special Exhibition from Nov. 4 through Jan. 8, 2014. The opening reception will be Wednesday, November 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. TAXING THINGS by Mike the Tax Guy Tax Credit for the Affordable Care Act Starting January 2014, you and your family must either have health care coverage, have an exemption from coverage, or make a payment when you file your 2014 tax return in 2015. Most people already have qualifying health care coverage and will not need to do anything more than maintain that coverage throughout 2014. The Affordable Care Act, or health care la w, contains new health insurance coverage and financial assistance options for individuals and families, and starting in 2014 you may be eligible for the Premium Tax Credit if you meet certain qualifications. The credit is available only for people who purchase health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage options, costs, and financial assistance information is available at If you qualify for the Credit, you have the choice of taking the full deduction amount on your 2014 tax filing in 2015, or alternatively, you can have the credit paid in advance directly to your insu rance carrier. This option can serve to lower your monthly out-of-pocket premiums during 2014. If you have health insurance coverage through an employer or government plan, you are not eligible for the Premium Tax Credit, although currently, there is proposed legislation for determining the minimum value of employer-sponsored plans regarding the Premium Tax Credit. The enrollment period is from October 1, 2013, thru March 31, 2014. Presently, the website is experiencing teething problems, but the government plans to have most glitches fixed as they work through the process. More information is available at IR Healthcare Law Online Resources, Publication 5093. The Marco Island Civic Association will host a symposium on the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, October 29 at 10 am in the Rose Auditorium on Marco Island. Seating is limited; R.S.V.P. to (239) 642-7778.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 25, 2013 email: PAGE 10 Florida Tales “Why Hunters Wear Orange” by Chester Keene Finding this old picture I took of Ronald Muir back in the 1970s out in the south blocks south of Alligator Alley reminded me of a story told to me when I was talking to the County Coroner, who was required to be present before a body could be moved. This was to rule out any doubts about the homicide or crime that was committed. The story was that he received a call in reference to a man that had been shot in a deer hunting accident. This was in the area of Scenic Drive, north of Copeland and Lee Cypress. It occurred off a spur of the old logging tram where the logs cut were hauled out, put on a railroad car and sent to Perry, FL, for the sawmill there. It was a wet hunting season and the ground in the swamp was knee deep in water. The hunter was in a party of four other hunters also hunting deer as they waded along in the strand of harvested cypress trees. Large tree stumps were evidence of the size they were, some as big as 6 feet across. It was getting around lunch time and this one hunter wandered off from the group, looking for a place to get out of the water and have his sandwich his wife had packed for him. He found this large stump and crawled up on it; the other hunters had not noticed him lagging behind and went on their way. He took out his white handkerchief, placed it on the stump to put his sandwich on and the apple he cut up. He had just finished his sandwich and was wiping his mouth off when a shot rang out, striking him dead. The coroner was called after several hours that it took getting out to the road and calling for help. Upon finding the body where it was and the white handkerchief at the scene, he questioned the other hunters on what happened. He concluded that the other hunters had eased back to see what was going on and, not knowing where he was, saw the white flash of the Handkerchief thinking it was the "Flag" of a deer’s white fleeing tail and shot. He told me he thought this kind of accident made Hunters Orange a required part of hunting clothing. Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. Email the Rapper stories of your past experiences in the Everglades. From Savannah’s Eyes Volleyball season is almost over which is very sad since it's my favorite sport. We won two games: one in Port Charlotte against the Pirates and the Immokalee Indians! We did amazing during both games and worked together to rise up to victory. The last tournament was so much fun, yet quite exhausting. Let's just say that ever since that tournament I'm still tired during the day. We left at 6 in the morning and arrived 2 hours later. We played four games and only got a few breaks: half of us got to eat and rest while the other half had to do stats (tally the score in the game) or help to lines judge. The last game that we play ed we just made the most of it and had fun and came out with a win! We beat the Pirates which were the ones hosting the tournament in their gym! We were so proud and so were our coaches. In each tournament they gave the best player on each team a medal or a plaque for their outstanding performance. In the last tournament our captain Kristin got it, this time I got it and I was so surprised! It was a plaque with "Pirate JV Tournament All-Tournament Team" written on it. It's now sitting on my piano; I always keep it clean and shiny. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the volleyball team went above and beyond to make this year the pinkest of them all! First, we wrapped pink duct tape all around the referee stand and decorated the sides of the net with pink breast cancer ribbon stickers. We wore pink ribbons in our hair that we made ourselves along with pink shoelaces, pink nail polish, and pink socks. We also made shirts to play in and decorated them with (of course) pink ribbons and glitter! Finally, we dip dyed the tips of our hair pink and it looked sooo good. Our assistant coach did it for us afte r practice; also our Coach Becky Welch dyed the front of her hair pink too! I get so passionate about breast cancer awareness m onth because I feel so bad for those women who have it and are struggling to survive. I hope soon we can find a cure for it. Love, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is a student in the 11th grade at Everglades City School and a regular contributor to this paper. SHERIFF’S REPORT During the early morning hours of October 8 someone entered a residence located off Gator Lane and removed property. On October 10, between 3:00 and 6:30 p.m., 3/16 inch Aluminum wheels were stolen from outside a residence on Chokoloskee Drive. On October 15 CCSO arrested and charged a 28-year-old man from Copeland with Fleeing or Attempting to Elude. On October 17 District Deputies arrested and charged a 27year-old Chokoloskee man with Possession of a Controlled Substance; on October 18 he was also charged with Grand Theft and Dealing in Stolen Property; this arrest stemmed from the Grand Theft incident which was reported on October 8 on Chokoloskee Island. CCSO detectives determined that an abandoned blue Nissan Sentra rental car found October 20 at Kirby Storter Roadside Park had ties to a man wanted for murder in Louisiana. On October 22 the suspect was apprehended and arrested. Please remember to always secure your personal property and to report any suspicious activity immediately to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 252-9300 or, in an emergency, dial 911.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 25, 2013 email: PAGE 11 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 EVERGLADES CITY Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W see for weather and www.nhc.noaa. g o v for storms VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Greet Visitors in the Museum Meet people from around the corner or around the world! Phone Martha 695-0008. RESTAURANTS Angel Fish Caf (331-9624): 8:00 am – 6:00 pm; Mon thru Sat Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): 12 noon – 9:00 pm; daily City Seafood (695-4700): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; daily Fish Market also open Everglades Seafood Depot (695-0075): 10:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Glades Haven Deli (695-2091): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun thru Thurs 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; Friday-Saturday Deli closes one hour earlier daily Havana Caf (695-2214): 7:00 am to 3:00 pm; Sun thru Thurs 7:00 am to 9:00 pm; 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 – 5:00 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): 7:00 am – 7:00 pm; daily$5 specials Susie’s Station (695-2273): 11:00 am 5:00 pm; daily Triad Seafood (695-2662): 10:30 am; daily Opening Oct 1 Right Choice Supermarket (695-4535): 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sat-Sun Grimm’s Stone Crab (695-3222): 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Mon-Sat Loco’s Fresh Produce (239-462-7050): ECity Post Office parking lot 7 am – 4 pm; Thurs-Fri-Sat SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICES Chokoloskee Church of God 10 am Sunday School, 11 am Sunday Worship Copeland Baptist Church 10 am School, 11 am Sunday Worship Everglades Community Church 9:45 am Adult Sun. School,11 am Sunday Worship Everglades First Baptist Church 9:45 am School, 11 am Sunday Worship Everglades City youngest soccer clinic and their coaches would like to thank Carol Foss with Island Caf and Mr. and Mrs. Uihlein for their donations. RED RIBBON WEEK SCHEDULE Theme – “A Healthy Me is Drug Free” Commemorating the Life of Enrique (Kiki) S. Camarena, Special Agent with DEA, who was abducted in February 1985 and killed soon after. Sunday, Oct. 27: Red Ribbon Week Community Kick Off Ceremony, McLeod Park, 6:00-6:30 p.m. EVG businesses and residents are invited to participate in our Decorate-Your-Door contest. Come to the park Sunday to learn more about it. In school all week : TV News Daily announcements. Decorate doors. Mon, Oct 28 : TV N ews announcement Wear red this week. Tues, Oct 29: Pencil in Healthy Activities. Wed. Oct 30 : Wear Red Day for school panoramic picture. WALKATHON Thurs. Oct 31 : Literacy Day – What have you “red” (read)? Dress as your favorite literary character Friday, Nov. 1 : Contest Winners announced on TV news. Team up against drugs: Wear favorite team shirts. Class with best-decorated door has movie and popcorn party. See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website. TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 10/25 Fri 01:55am 1.1 L 10/25 Fri 06:32am 2.7 H 10/25 Fri 03:05pm 0.4 L 10/25 Fri 08:49pm 2.4 H 10/26 Sat 03:20am 1.1 L 10/26 Sat 08:09am 2.5 H 10/26 Sat 04:10pm 0.5 L 10/26 Sat 09:50pm 2.4 H 10/27 Sun 04:49am 1.0 L 10/27 Sun 09:32am 2.5 H 10/27 Sun 05:13pm 0.5 L 10/27 Sun 10:46pm 2.5 H 10/28 Mon 05:56am 0.9 L 10/28 Mon 10:47am 2.5 H 10/28 Mon 06:09pm 0.5 L 10/28 Mon 11:34pm 2.6 H 10/29 Tue 06:47am 0.7 L 10/29 Tue 11:51am 2.6 H 10/29 Tue 06:57pm 0.6 L 10/30 Wed 12:14am 2.8 H 10/30 Wed 07:31am 0.5 L 10/30 Wed 12:45pm 2.7 H 10/30 Wed 07:40pm 0.6 L 10/31 Thu 12:48am 2.9 H 10/31 Thu 08:12am 0.3 L 10/31 Thu 01:32pm 2.8 H 10/31 Thu 08:20pm 0.6 L 11/01 Fri 01:19am 3.1 H 11/01 Fri 08:52am 0.1 L 11/01 Fri 02:15pm 2.9 H 11/01 Fri 08:59pm 0.7 L 11/02 Sat 01:47am 3.2 H 11/02 Sat 09:33am 0.0 L 11/02 Sat 02:57pm 3.0 H 11/02 Sat 09:38pm 0.7 L 11/03 Sun 01:14am 3.4 H 11/03 Sun 09:15am -0.2 L 11/03 Sun 02:40pm 3.0 H 11/03 Sun 09:17pm 0.7 L 11/04 Mon 01:41am 3.5 H 11/04 Mon 09:59am -0.3 L 11/04 Mon 03:27pm 2.9 H 11/04 Mon 09:58pm 0.8 L 11/05 Tue 02:13am 3.5 H 11/05 Tue 10:44am -0.3 L 11/05 Tue 04:19pm 2.8 H 11/05 Tue 10:40pm 0.8 L 11/06 Wed 02:50am 3.5 H 11/06 Wed 11:32am -0.3 L 11/06 Wed 05:17pm 2.7 H 11/06 Wed 11:27pm 0.9 L 11/07 Thu 03:36am 3.3 H 11/07 Thu 12:24pm -0.2 L 11/07 Thu 06:17pm 2.6 H


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 25, 2013 email: PAGE 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 to this Issue Helen Bryan, Taylor Dahlke, Chester Keene, Mike Klein, Bill Lindsay, Elaine Middelstaedt, Savannah Oglesby, Charles Sboczak, Shannon Synder 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. SNOOK CLASSIFIEDS -----------------------------------------------------------REAL ESTATE FOR SALE -----Fabulous views of Chokoloskee Bay from this lovely 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with 160' of deeded waterfront with dock. Open floor plan. $799,000. ------Lovely views of Everglades City's Lake Placid from this 2-bed, 2-bath condo with deeded dock & lift. $179,900 -------Duplex in Chokoloskee, 2 beds, 2 baths on each floor. Deeded waterfront with dock & lift. Good rental income. $349,900. -------RV home site located directly on the bay in Chokoloskee, deeded dock with lift. Incredible views of the bay. Includes 40' Travel Supreme 5th wheel. $280,000 Call Bonnie Woodward, Keller Williams Realty, 239-860-6369. -----------------------------------------------------WANTED : Two (reliable) cars for graduates of the AMIkids Big Cypress program. If you can donate a vehicle (taxdeductible), call Ron at 695-1001. -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE : Manufactured Home, 3/2 on waterfront: walkway / mooring to water. Price $114,500. Call Pat (239) 352-7328. -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: 5th wheel, perfect condition $6,500 OBO. Brand new Jacuzzi bathtub w/jets $500 OBO. Large size dog kennel $175 OBO and a medium size (or for 2 small dogs) kennel $100 OBO; both all metal; good quality. 25” TV with remote $40. Call (239) 232-0054. -----------------------------------------------------FOR RENT: 10 x 10 Storage units at 103 S. Storter, $60 a month. Call Deb at 695-9267. -----------------------------------------------------FOR RENT: Studio Apartment, full size stove & refrigerator, private courtyard. $600/month includes wate r/sewer/electricity, 5x10 storage unit. 1-yr lease. 239-340-4770. JOBS & SERVICES -----------------------------------------------Music Lessons and Tutoring for students: violin, piano, voice, history, English, writing, science, 5th grade subjects, 3rd grade subjects and "much more" Call Danielle Swis her at 280-8971 or email dmswishe Year–Round Jobs: Camp Staff in nearby Ochopee. Drug/Background screens/H.S. or GED required. Send re sumes to or call 695-1001 for info. -----------------------------------------------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 695-5930. -------------------------------------------------WANTED : Automotive Window Tinter Certain Requirements Apply. Call 695-3667. -------------------------------------------------PUT YOUR JOB ADS IN THE RAPPER no charge! phone us at 695-2397 SNOOK CLASSIFIEDS FOR SALE Last of the old Chokoloskee Cruisers Albatross II For details: (239) 455-1567 or 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 11/25/13 PET PICS On October 17 Chris Turner took this photo of a bobcat swimming from one island to another in the Everglades around Coon Key. Not exactly a “pet” but one of our natives. Send us your Pet Pics by post or email.