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25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 8 – 21, 2013 2013, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VII Issue #198 Brett Alvin Stokes Sr., 54, of Everglades City, passed away on October 24, 2013, at his home in Plantation Island. When someone you love passes away, there is a strong temptation to remember them perhaps a little too well. Misdeeds are forgotten. Offenses are forgiven. Only the most shining characteristics of our loved ones make it into the version of them that we keep with us when they depart. The only fault Brett had was leaving behind two children and one grandchild who loved him very much. Brett was born and raised in Chokoloskee. He supported his family as a commercial fisherman. Later in life, he cared for his beautiful mother, Laverne. Brett is survived by his two children, Brett Alvin Stokes Jr. and Jami Lynn Stokes; one grandson, Harley Mullins; mother, Laverne Stokes; sister Hazel (Danny) Mitchell, and brothers Ervin (Lynn) Stokes, Michael Stokes, Bart (Barbie) Stokes; brother-in-law, Alexander Balkun and many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death are his wife, Deborah Stokes; father, Odalph Stokes and his sister, Corliss Balkun. Services were held on October 30. CITY COUNCIL REPORT by Marya Repko At the Council meeting on November 5, Mayor Sammy Hamilton welcomed guests Karen Harmon, Aide to Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, and County Commissioner Tim Nance. The Mayor reported that the tall streetlights are being fixed; the problem is not the bulbs but flooding in the ground. He also said that a landscaping firm will remove the dead trees in th e medians and tidy up the sides of the roads. Sue Gentry then showed photos of all the roads that had been repaved. Lt. Mark Milligan, on behalf of the Collier County Sheriff's Office, reported on crimes during the past month in the area. He thanked the community for its support during their cookouts in Copeland and Chokoloskee. Sue Gentry, Crime Prevention Officer, said that Teen Night on October 31 at the Community Center was a great success as was the party in McLeod Park for youngsters. She also mentioned that an Everglades City School student had won the D.A.R.E. poster contest out of more than 1000 entries. Also, three local students were recognized for “Doing the Right Thing.” Councilman Johnnie Potter said he appreciates the repaving of the roads since he walks and rides his bicycle early in the morning. Councilwoman Elaine Middelstaedt reminded everyone that on November 22 there will be a Nostalgia Night to remember the shooting of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago. Before the meeting adjourned, Commissioner Nance said that a position is vacant on the MPO Citizens' Advisory Committee for ECity and that there is a workshop on Dec. 3 about economic development for rural communities. SMALLWOOD FIRE Kenny and Brittany Smallwood lost their home in Everglades City to a fire last week. It was a total loss, including clothes, furniture, kitchen ware, everything. This is how you can help: donations may be made payable to “The Kenny Smallwood Fire Fund” at any Fifth Third Bank, or individual basic items may be purchased at Target (listed with the names Brittany and Kenny Smallwood under a wedding registry due to the fact that they do not have any other way to start a registry). The Smallwood’s have 3 small boys ages 7, 9, and 10. They have lost everything as well. Please let’s come together as a community and help them get into a home and the basics to start over again. PLANE RECOVERED by Patricia Huff A friend and I were driving to the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge for a hike on October 27. We noticed several the emergency vehicles racing towards Everglades City. Upon returning, we heard about a plane crash that happened around 2 pm just off the Airpark runway. Two couples from Clermont were traveling here for some stone crabs; all four visitors were taken to NCH where the pilot underwent surgery the following day. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Charlotte Ledford took this photo as the plane was being recovered. TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 FWC p. 8 Events p. 3 Gulf Coast p. 8 School p. 5 Museum News p. 9 Flora p. 7 Florida Tales p. 10 Book p. 7 Savannah p.10 Recipe p. 7 Sheriff’s Report p.10 Health p. 7 Obituary p.11 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: Klotz Collection, p.9 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 NOVEMBER 8, 2013 email: PAGE 2 Dec 14: Art-in-theGlades, Lighting of the Tree, Light Parade Dec 19: Fak Cruise Dec 20: Santa Visit Dec 21: Boat Parade Jan 10: ESHP Movies Jan 17: Com. Church Lasagna Dinner Feb 1: Ch. of God Winterfest Feb 7-8-9: Seafood Festiv al, Collier-Seminole Bluegrass Fest Feb 14: ESHP Movies Feb 18: Fakahatchee Cruise Feb 18-22: MSD Festival Feb 21: ESHP Talk 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: Tues (11/5) 4:30 5:30 pm Wed (11/ 13) 9 – 10 am Mon (11/18) 9 – 10 am Tues (11/26) 9 – 10 am _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ POST OFFICE HOURS: Everglades City 9:30 a. m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m.; Sat: outsi de 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: 252-8999 SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT new moon 3 Clocks Change 4 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm ESHP Mtg 5 Congressional Aide Visit City Council 6 Ladies Coffee Patty Huff’ Home 8 am Book Fair Family Event 7 RAPPER 8 9 Klotz’s Art Reception see p.9 Museum Reception see p. 9 10 National Parks Entrance Free see p.3 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 Florida Panther Festival see p.3 full moon 17 18 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 19 Reach Out Mtg City Hall, 8:30 am Little Gator Clinic see p.3 20 Ladies Coffee Havana Caf 8 am 21 SAC Mtg RAPPER 22 Everglades Book Club see p.3 Nostalgia Night JFK 50th see p.9 23 24 25 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm 26 Election Day see p.3 Little Gator Clinic see p.3 27 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 28 Thanksgiving 29 30 DEC 1 2 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm ESHP Mtg FME Luncheon new moon 3 City Council Meeting 4 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 5 RAPPER 6 Everglades Community Church Ladies BBQ Pork Dinner 7 Swamp Heritage Festival Big Cypress NOVEMBER 2013


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 8, 2013 email: PAGE 3 HOLIDAY MAIL POSTING DATES : Military Nov. 12: Parcel Post Nov. 26: Space Available Dec. 3: Parcel Airlift Dec. 10: Priority and First Class Dec. 17: Express International – Europe Dec. 9: First Class Dec. 12: Priority Domestic Dec 14: Parcel Post Dec 20: First Class Dec 21: Priority Dec 23: Express Everglades National Park Entrance fees to Everglades National Park will be waived during Veterans’ Day weekend ( November 9 through the 11th). Visitors can enjoy ranger guided walks, boat tours, tram tours, miles of hiking trails or bring your own bicycles. Visit ( dex.htm). The park will host an Open House at the Historic Nike Missile Site from 10 am to 2 pm. Visitors can enjoy a tour of this important historical Missile Site built in the middle of a national park shortly after the Cuban Missile Crisis and view a 40 foot Nike Hercules Missile. Call (305) 242-7700 for times and additional information. Fakahatchee Swamp Walks The Friends of Fakahatchee have announced dates for the last swamp walks of the 2013 season. Spaces are available for the wilderness adventures on November 9 and 16 and December 7 and 23 Advance reservations are required. To see a Swamp Walk and make reservations, visit 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 Florida Panther Festival Saturday, November 16 North Collier Regional Park, Naples 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Free event with demonstrations, presentations, livestock pen exhibit, living with wildlife pavilion, children’s activities, food vendors, live music, Trail Tail walks and more for the whole family! Various field trips will occur on Sunday, November 17 Call (727) 823-3888 www.FloridaPanth Clyde Butcher Photography Swamp Walks for 2013 November 20, December 1 and 18 or call 695-2428 Photo of Ian Richard Baier and Alden Neale Peabody, 2 month old great-grandsons of Richard and Myrna Baier reminding us that the clocks were set back on November 3. EVERGLADES BOOK CLUB Friday, November 22 Note: Date has changed from November 21 to November 22 9:30 a.m. Patty Huff’s Home 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 10/24/13: Emergency Med, Everglades City 10/24/13: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 10/24/13: Emergency Med, Plantation Island 10/25/13: Structure Fire, Everglades City 10/25/13: Emergency Medical, Copeland 10/25/13: Fire Alarm (Canceled), Port of the Islands 10/25/13: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 10/25/13: Brush Fire, Wagon Wheel Rd Ext 10/26/13: Good Intent, Everglades City 10/28/13: Canceled Call, 57 Mile Marker I-75 10/28/13: Canceled Call, 70 Mile Marker I-75 10/28/13: Canceled Call, 69 MM I-75 10/28/13: Airplane Accident/Marine, Everglades City 10/28/13: Emergency Medical, Copeland 10/31/13: Median Fire, 78 Mile Marker I-75 11/01/13: Emergency Medical, SR29 & US 41 11/01/13: Vehicle Accident, 62 MM I-75 11/01/13: Vehicle Accident, 75 MM I-75 11/01/13: Vehicle Accident, 76 MM I-75 11/02/13: Emergency Med, Janes Scenic Dr 11/02/13: Vehicle Accident, 54 MM I-75 11/03/13: Emergency Medical, Copeland 11/03/13: Smoke Investigation, 76 MM I-75 11/03/13: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 11/05/13: Emergency Medical, Loop Road 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 NOVEMBER 8, 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 10:30 am – 5 pm (Sun thru Thurs) 10:30 am – 7 pm (Friday-Saturday) 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 mulletmanrech @g Free A pp raisals November Show Honoring Bob Klotz Everglades Arts Varick Niles Studio 110 Camellia St. Open every Fri. & Sat. 11:004 :00 p .m. Dinners to start after Thanks g ivin g


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 8, 2013 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 6952561 TAYLOR’S CORNER October 31 was literacy dress up day, and it was a big hit! I decided to dress up as Pocahontas and a lot of other kids dressed up too. Then, we all got ready for the big book fair Nov 4 – 7. Nov 6 was morning family book breakfast in the media center at 7:00 am. Hope you were able to wake up early and bring your family and friends down. During the Red Ribbon week, we got to sign a police car to bring awareness about not doing drugs. There was also a best decorated door contest, and my brother‘s 6th grade class was one of the winners. Th eir slogan was “I’d rather eat bugs then do drugs” and they put fake bugs and cobwebs all over there door. Report cards came out and we had student led conferences. Each student lead s a parent-teacher meeting and explains what they are doing in class. Basketball begins this month and the first game is on Nov 12. Our girls’ varsity team will play St. John Neumann here at home. Everyone should come out to cheer on our lady gators! Taylor Dahlke is 9 years old and in the 4th grade at Everglades City School. She is our newest reporter for the elementary school. HALLOWEEN FUN Letter from the Principal Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Community; Our first grading period has ended along with our volleyball season. We were extremely proud of how our girls’ volleyball team finished their season. Thank you, Coach Welch, for all of your extra efforts! We are looking for great things from this team next year. Our only senior, Kristin McMillin, will be missed. Students are anxious to begin basketball and to compete in the Florida High School Athletic Association State Tournament for the first time in many years. We are excited about this opportunity to compete and earn a di strict championship. Our Aquaculture students have the fish nursery cleaned up, and they have recently placed some Tilapia in the tanks. We are anxious to watch these fish grow and eventually produce enough to have a fish fry!!! We thank Mr. Chappell for all of his extra efforts to make this a reality! Our after-school program is now in full session with over 70% of our eligible students attending. Mr. Ragusa, Ms. Secory, Ms. Roberts, Mrs. Parsons and Mrs. Owens are to be thanked for their efforts to make this program such a success. We are confident our student test scores will increase as a result of their attendance in this program. I will close by complimenting our dual enrollment students. They are leading the “academic way” for the underclassmen and setting a great example of what can be accomplished when you put forth your best effort. As always, feel free to call at any time with questions you may have. Gratefully yours, Bob Spano, Principal Go Gators! October Students of the Month Theme = Respect for Self and Others Pre-K : Miranda O’Connell, Isabella Cavero, Nelson Alvarado, Teegan Osceola K : Skylar Bennett First: Max Collins, Gina Collins Second : Katie Collins, Riley Weeks Third : Daneli Alvarado Fourth : Reyvan Cifuentes Fifth : Katie Richards Sixth : Brandy Bowen Seventh : Stephanie Pablo-Ramirez Eighth : Rachel McMillin Ninth : Caleb Morris Tenth : Tawny Wood Eleventh : Mackynzie Redmond Twelfth : Colman Strickland SPORTS SCHEDULE Basketball Nov. 15 Girls’ Basketball @ Oasis, 5 pm. (bus at 2 pm) Nov. 20 EVG @ Moorehaven (bus at 1 pm), Girls at 4 pm; Boys Junior Varsity at 5:30; Varsity at 7 pm Nov. 21 EVG @ Ahfachkee (bus at 2:30 pm), Girls at 5 pm; Boys at 6 pm Nov. 22 Seacrest @ EVG, Girl s at 5 pm; Boys at 6:30 pm Nov 4 – 22 Pennies for Pasta Fundraiser Mon, Nov 11 No School, Veterans Day Tues, Nov 12 Picture Re-take Day Wed, Nov 13 Literacy Night, 5 – 6 pm, Media Center Thurs, Nov 21 SAC Meeting 6 pm, Media Center


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 8, 2013 email: PAGE 6 Tri-County Cooling & Refrigeration, Inc. Sales Service Maintenance CALL ANYTIME 239-253-4860 Licensed CAC 1817126 Massage Therapy and Spa Services Nail services now Available!! Driftwood Spa and Wellness offers Massage Therapy and spa services for both men and women. We use only a ll natural and organic products and can customize our service for each individual client. Handmade soaps Soy candles Unique Gifts Organic skin care Products Gift certificates available 239-695-0069


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 8, 2013 email: PAGE 7 FLORIDA FLORA FREESIA ( Iridaceae) The Rapper will be writing about the “street” names in Everglades City which were changed in the early 1960s, according to local residents. Ixora (highlighted in the last issue) was formerly known as “Washbon Street.” Freesia was originally “Miles Street” (named for Barron Collier’s third son). This flow er is beautiful and fragrant, native to the eastern side of southern Africa from Kenya down to South Africa. The fragrance is noted from a distance and the flowers are often used in wedding bouquets. It has a concentration of linalool which gives it a refreshing, floral woody aroma. Freesia comes in a variety of colors: the white flowers have a spicy smell whereas the more colorful ones have the sweetness of crushed leaves and grass. The yellow have been given names “Gold Flame," "Aladdin" and "Rijnveld Golden Yellow." Others, called "Rose Marie," "Volcano" and "Bleu Heaven," are known more for their appearance rather than their scent. Off the Shelf – Book Review by Marya Repko We’ve just received a fascinating new book – “ Enchantments; Julian Dimock’s Photographs of Southwest Florida” by Jerald T. Milanich and Nina J. Root. Photographer Dimock and his father A.W. Dimock explored Florida from 1904 to 1913, producing several books and numerous magazine articles about their adventures in this sparsely-populated area. They went by canoe, ox cart, sail boat, and on foot meeting early settlers and Seminoles. They visited the Storter Store, Capt. Bill Collier on Marco, and some of the islands along the coast. A.W. (who did most of the writing) had a sense of humor when he said "Marco is the name of a post-office, but the place is called Collier's … When Ponce de Leon was cavorting about the peninsula, pestering inhabitants with his inquiries about a spring, he stopped at Collier's. Everybody who goes down the coast stops there." The book is available from University Press of Florida and gives credit to the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation for a grant to enhance the photos. It should be in every local public library for students of our early history. Recipe for Good Eating ALMOND FLOUR CHOCOLATE CAKE by Patricia Huff Ingredients 12 oz dark chocolate 3 TBS butter 1 pkg (6 oz) sliced almonds cup of sugar 3 eggs, separated 1 tsp salt cup rum (optional) 1 tsp zested orange peel Melt chocolate and butter together in a metal bowl over boiling water. In a Cuisinart pulse almonds into a fine flour-like mixture. Add sugar, egg yolks, rum, orange peel, and salt. Pour melted chocolate into flour mixture; beat egg whites, then fold into mixture. Grease and flour a spring form pan, add mixture and bake in a 350 oven for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out dry. Serve with vanilla ice cream and/or raspberries. If you have a favorite recipe to share, please phone or email us. Health, Wellness, and Green Living by Shannon Snyder Composting Benefits of Composting Composting does wonders for your yard and garden by adding beneficial nutrients to your soil. Home-made compost as a fertilizer also takes away the need for purchasing chemical fertilizers that pollute the soil and groundwater. Lastly, composting keeps your ol d scraps out of the landfills. The Basics While composting isn’t hard, it does require a bit of planning. To have a successful compost, there needs to be a balance of oxygen (air), nitrogen, carbon, and water. Any ‘g reen’ items (veggie/fruit scraps, grass clippings) added to the compost ma ke up the nitrogen component. Carbon comes from all ‘brown’ matter (foliage, paper, wood chips, straw.) Oxygen comes in to play through regular mixing. Lastly, the compost needs to be kept mo ist. This can be done through regular watering; usually by spraying the pile. A carbon to nitrogen ratio of around 30:1 is ideal to keep the compost odorless and working quickly. Too much carbon will slow decomposition and too much nitrogen will create a stinky pile; however, it doesn’t need to be perfect. The easiest way to create your pile is to just start adding green and brown matter as you use it up in your house and kitchen. If you start noticing a smell coming from your compost, add some extra paper, dry leaves, or wood chip s. If you notice that your pile doesn’t seem to be decomposing, throw in some grass clippings. It won’t take long until you start to get a feel for a good ratio. Stir the co mpost at least once every two weeks and add water when the pile looks dry, but don’t let it get soggy. Keep in mind that if you are lazy about your pile, it will still break down, just at a slower rate. A well-kept pile us ually takes around two months for the compost to be ready to use. Adding meat, dairy, and sugar to y our compost pile means a little more work. However, if you are willing to dedi cate some time and effort to composting, then there’s no reason to toss them in the trash or th row them down the garbage disposal. Burying these items deeper, and more frequent turning of the pile usually helps to avoid pests and a foul odor. Ways to Compost Do-It-Yourself Bin If you are handy with tools and have access to some scrap materials, you can easily build your own bin. Get creative! There isn’t just one way to bu ild your own compost bin. Make it out of an old trash can or repurposed wood. There are lots of great tutorials online. Store-Bought Bins These are great if you don’t have the time or supplies to build your own, but they can get costly. You can find everything from a basic enclosed bin, to a rolling bin or even a stand-alone tumbler. Rolling bins are basically a large round plastic c ontainer that you roll around the yard to mix the contents. Tumblers are also round but sit on a sta nd with a crank handle that allows you to spin the contents. These are both great options because th ey allow for easy mixing and air-flow without the work of physically mixing the pile by hand. Basic Pile If you have a lot of space and don’t want to make or purchase a bin, you can always compost in a pile. Choosing this route is the eas iest of all composting options becau se all you need to do is find a shady spot in your yard and start a pile of brow n and green matter. Careful though, if you don’t turn your compost regularly, it might take a while to decompose. You are also more likely to attract pests since the pile is not enclosed. Good luck!! Shannon Snyder lives in Everglades City with her husband Billy, their two sons and their dog Ruby. She is the owner of Driftwood Spa offering massage therapy and spa services.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 8, 2013 email: PAGE 8 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 November is hunting season. If you plan to hunt in one of Florida’s many Wildlife Management Areas, you will need a permit as well as a lice nse which you can obtain by calling 888-HUNT-FLORIDA or going online at You also can purchase them from a tax collector’s office and most retail outlets that sell hunting and fishing supplies. Also, this time of year, many hunters are in the woods scouting or enjoying archery season, and other nature-lovers are taking advantage of the cooler weather. Safety while hunting is of paramount importance, which is why hunter safety courses are required for most hunters. FWC officers make sure all bag and size limits are followed, approp riate methods and equipment are used, and that hunters are hunting during the right hours and possess the necessary license and permits. The number of green sea turtle nests in Florida this year was more than double the count of the previous highest year. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have documented more than 25,000 green turtle nests on 26 index beaches in the state in 2013. Loggerhead sea turtles, the most prevalent sea turtle species on Florida’s shores, accounted for 44,810 nests on index beaches this year, down from 2012’s near-record count of 58,172 nests. Although this federally threatened species nests on the same beaches as green turtles and leatherbacks, loggerheads have not shown the recovery in numbers seen in nesting by the other two species. The high level of loggerhead nesting last year followed a pronounced drop in the species’ nest counts between 19982007. For wildlife info and regulations, see Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922) Angler Tag Return: 800-367-4461 Turner River The Turner River in Big Cypress National Preserve offers one of the best paddle adventures aroun d with a flow of scenery that includes towering trees, hanging gardens and tight mangrove tunnels that lead out to Chokoloskee Bay and Everglades City. The Turner is one of the most beautiful creeks in Big Cypress but the river doesn't flow like it once di d, not since Turner River Road was built in the 1950s, cutting the river off from its headwaters. Big Cypress restored a portion of the flow in the 1980s but the job fell short of full restoration. Big Cypress is now poised to take the next step with support from South Florida National Parks Trust (SFNPT). In late September the SFNPT approved $175,000 in new grant funding for programs and projects in all four South Florida national parks, including $35,000 for a Turner River restoration project. The grant will allow Big Cypress to jump start a two-year effort to fill portions of a nearby canal and direct more water into the river. The project payoff: a more pristine river and better paddling. If all goes well, the project could be done in early 2015. (Reprinted with permission from the News & Notes Newsletter of the South Florida’s National Parks / October 2013 issue. For more information, visit website Living Gulf Coast by Charles Sobczak ( The Living Gulf Coast is available at the Big Cypress Swamp Visitor Center) Nine-banded Armadillo ( Dasypus novemcinctus ) Other names: long-nosed armadillo, armadillo Hoover hogs, road pizza, possum on the half shell / Status: FL=stable, IUCN=LC / Length: 15-23 in. (27-57 cm body only) / Height: n/a / Weight: 12-22 lb (5-9.5 kg) / Life span: to 15 years / Reproduces: in long deep burrows al ong river banks and in sandy soils / Found: All Counties, coastal, near coast, inland / Months found: jfmAMjjasond (lower case indicates breeding season). A recent Florida import, the nine-banded armadillo is now fairly common throughout Southwest Florida. The name armadillo means “little armored one” in Spanish. Like the opossum, the armadillo is an immigrant from South America, probably coming into Central America and Mexico during the same time period as the opo ssum, roughly 2 million years ago. Its northern migration into the United States is a far more recent event, having been first noted north of the Rio Grande River in 1880. Once into Texas, the species continued drifting north and east, reaching the Florida Panhandle in the 1920s. A second East Coast population was established after a pair escaped from a small zoo in Cocoa, Florida. The two populations met in the early 1970s, and now the species is firmly entrenched from the Florida Keys to the Georgia border. It continued to e xpand its range to the north and east, eventually inhabiting most of the lower United States to just north of the Ohio River Valley. Found only in th e New World, the 20 species of armadillo range in size from the 130-pound South American giant armadillo to the tiny and endangered fairy armadillo. The three-banded armadillo, native only to South America, has the unique ability to roll itself up completely when threatened, looking like an oversized, plated softball. The armadillo can become a lawn and garden problem. Primarily an insectivore, it uses its long, powerful snout and sharp claws to ferret out grubs and worms from the soil. Its erratic digging pa tterns can make quick work of a well-manicured lawn The best way to handle this behavior is with some patience and th e knowledge that it eats more than 200 pounds of insects a year, meani ng it will leave you with fewer cockroaches, termites, ants, and ot her troublesome insects to contend with. It also eats amphibians, re ptiles, fungi, tube rs, and carrion. Although it can coil itself into a ba ll, this behavior offers little protection from bobcats, panthers, and alligators that are able to reach the armadillo’s unprotected belly or crunc h through its shell. Because of its high reproductive rate and the protec tion its shell offers, however, the armadillo is thriving. One fascinating aspect of its reproduction is that the nine-banded armadillo always gives birth to four identical offspring. Another interesting aspect of its reproduction is that even though the armadillo breeds in July, its gestation period is delayed, resulting in a February birth, an unusual 10-month cycle. The biggest cause of mortality is from automobile collisions. When startled, the armadillo has an even worse response to oncoming cars than the opossum: it usually either sta nds upright to sniff the oncoming vehicle or jumps straight into the air, making a collision with the car inevitable. Commonly eaten in South America a nd said to taste like pork, very few armadillos are hunted or consumed in North America. Although mostly nocturnal, it will venture out of its burrow at dusk and dawn and can be spotted on rare occasions. Sadly, its nickname, road pizza, indicates the most likely sighting you will have of a nine-banded armadillo on the islands. 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 NOVEMBER 8, 2013 email: PAGE 9 Klotz Collection Exhibit Paintings by Bob Klotz are being 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. Join us for a reception on Saturday, November 9 at the Studio from 1 to 4 pm. Nostalgia Night JFK 50th – Where Were You??? Everyone (of a certain age) remembers where they were and wh at they were doing when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22. We are having a “Nostalgia Night” to share these memories exactly 50 years later on Friday, November 22 at 6 p.m. in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall at Everglades Community Church. We will have a large map so we can pinpoint where we all were and will invite participants to talk briefly about what they were doing when the news came in. If you can’t join us, please email with your story or send it to us at ESHP, P. O. Box 46, Everglades City, FL, 34139. Any old newspaper clippings that you do not want are also welcome! Light Refreshments will be served. Please join us! Photo from the Florida State ArchivesMUSEUM of the Everglades Pauline Reeves Gallery November Artist "Everglades’ Photography by Canoe" by Constance Mier As a photographer and canoeist living in Miami, Constance Mier began exploring the Everglades and Biscayne Bay with a canoe several years ago. The canoe came first and then the camera. Sin ce 2004, she has been photographing continually in the Everglades and Biscayne Bay. The unique qualities of he r photography come from the fact that every image was either shot from the canoe or from land accessible only by boat. Her work often illustrates those areas of the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks that are never seen by most visitors. The reception for 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 this reception hosted by the Friends 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. FME’s Annual Members Meeting and Luncheon will be held on Monday, December 2 Collier County Museum November Exhibits / Programs Marco Island Historical Museum: Hannah Ineson Exhibit through December: The Everglades Art of Hannah Ineson November 14-16 at 7:30 pm, Theater: Blame it on Beckett November 20 at 7:30 pm, Program: Journey of Hope by Dr. Thomas Hudson Collier County Museum: Exhibit: Cuba, the Natural Beauty: The Expedition of Clyde Butcher November 20 at 2 pm, Program: The Unconquered Seminole People of Florida Immokalee Pioneer Museum: Five Centuries of Tradition: Florida Cattle Ranching Naples Depot Museum : Exhibit: Jerry Vallez Special Exhibition from Nov. 4 through Jan. 8, 2014. November 11 at 11:45 am, Program: USO Show November 20 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm: Reception/Book Signing: Journey Through Paradise by Alan Maltz ( pictured right with Mayor Sammy Hamilton during the November 2 reception to “Meet the Photographer” at the Museum of the Everglades. Alan presented the Mayor with an autographed copy of his new beautifully illustrated coffee-table book.)


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 8, 2013 email: PAGE 10 Florida Tales “Striking Mullet 1968” by Chester Keene This is another page out of George M. Storter's Diary. Courtesy of Bem Storter his son.... “On January 8th, 1968, Rob Storter (my Brother) and I went to New Pass to fish. We struck a school of large mullet at dark it was right at 12 o'clock. We caught at least 7500 pounds, the boat was deep with mullet and set so low in the water that we ran aground around 2 A.M. and had to wait for the tide to start back in. We iced the fish down and waited, it was cold and damp; we had no food or coffee. I was angry becau se we had no hot coffee to warm us up... January 10th, 1968. Tarpon Bay, struck a school of roe mullet, 2700 pounds, also again on the 12th. of January, struck 950 pounds of roe mullet... January 14th. A hard north western, I doubt any more run mullet to strike in this weather... January 16th. struck at McIlvaine Bay for silvers got 2700 pounds, also again on Thursday night the 17th of January, 2000 pounds... January 18th was sick with the Flu till January 22nd, and still sick... January 26th,. 1968, the coldest day of the year, 32 degrees and was the first time I had a fire in the fire place. Feeling better...” to be continued…. Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. From Savannah’s Eyes The weather lately has just got me up and about outside which is awesome because nature is such a beautiful thing around us that some people take for granted. This past weekend my parents and I went to Naples and checked out the Botanical Gardens which have been there for a long time, but they had the Grand Opening only four years ago. We definitely weren't expecting what we saw. From the time you pull into the parking lot and walk up to the main building, you are surrounded by dozens of flowers and trees. When we paid and finally went inside the gardens (well technically outside again), my mouth dropped open. “It is just the most beautiful thing I think I have ever seen!” I said to my parents as I walk down the long forever going sidewalk that leads you to flower world unknown. Bold colors shouting out, making you stare in awe as you stroll through the wonderland. There are so many gardens in there that we didn't get to see them all in one day. While my mom was taking pictures of plants, my dad and I decided to go to the butterfly garden. There were so many gorgeous, vivid, content butterflies fluttering around from flower to flower without a care in the world. They had a wood en cage where they kept the cocoons, for whenever they grow from a caterpillar to a butterfly they are released into the ever growing garden. They also had for little kids a play house where they could water the plants and a tree house to climb and explore in. And, if you all are wondering, yes, I did climb up into the tree house because I still am a kid at heart, haha! Then, we all headed to the Asian gardens which is first a boardwalk that is surrounded by water and lily pads imitating countries over in Asia. In the Asian gardens they had temple ruins covered in flowers and vines which add mystery to it, and they had waterfalls and little hide outs for people to sit under the roofs. The path led us deeper into the gardens as we made it to the Caribbean gardens. This area had tropical flowers and a building with chairs and a see-saw in it like over on the islands. Plus, did I mention it had hammocks on the sand under tall, sky-reaching palm trees. It was paradise laying in them, feeling the sand between your toes, or sense the slight breeze as it would sneak through the trees and bushes around us. There is so much more there that I haven't even covered yet, but I highly recommend that you go check it out. Once you do, you will be in awe and not want to leave, because that's exactly how we were and the next weekend we went back with my sister Lashaun. It’s definitely not something you see every day. Surrounded by natural beauty, 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 Sometime between October 26 and 27 persons unknown removed movie DVD’s from the recreation room at Outdoor Resorts. On October 31 a vehicle was burglarized while parked along the docks located near Ev erglades City School. Following investigation a 36-yr-old male was arrested and charged with Burglary and Grand Theft. Please remember to report any suspicious activity or person immediately to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 252-9300 or in an emergency by dialing “911”.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 8, 2013 email: PAGE 11 EVERGLADES CITY Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W see for weather and www.nhc.noaa. g o v for storms RESTAURANTS Angel Fish Caf (331-9624): 11:00 am – 7:00 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 – 9:00 pm; daily Deli closes one hour earlier daily Havana Caf (695-2214): 7:00 am to 3:00 pm; Sun thru Thurs Dinner Fri-Sat beginning Nov 29-30 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 – 5:00 pm; Sun thru Thurs 10:30 am – 7:00 pm; Fri, Sat Right Choice Supermarket (695-4535): 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Mon-Fri 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 Sunday School 11 am Sunday Worship Everglades First Baptist Church 9:45 am School, 11 am Sunday Worship AMIkids Big Cypress Swamp Boys getting ready for jobs when they return home. OBITUARIES Gloria Leo of New York, passed away on October 20 at the age of 85. She was born in April 1928, lived in New York and had been coming to the Outdoor Resorts in the winter time for 25 years. Louis Drudi husband of Jolene Drudi, also passed away in October. Our sincere condolences to the families. CCSO Celebrates Safe Communities in Chokoloskee on November 24 (above) and Operation Medicine Cabinet in Everglades City on November 26 (below). Photos by Sue Gentry TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 11/08 Fri 12:22am 0.9 L 11/08 Fri 04:36am 3.1 H 11/08 Fri 01:21pm 0.0 L 11/08 Fri 07:18pm 2.6 H 11/09 Sat 01:32am 0.9 L 11/09 Sat 06:08am 2.9 H 11/09 Sat 02:24pm 0.1 L 11/09 Sat 08:18pm 2.6 H 11/10 Sun 02:55am 0.9 L 11/10 Sun 07:49am 2.7 H 11/10 Sun 03:31pm 0.3 L 11/10 Sun 09:15pm 2.6 H 11/11 Mon 04:14am 0.7 L 11/11 Mon 09:20am 2.6 H 11/11 Mon 04:35pm 0.4 L 11/11 Mon 10:06pm 2.7 H 11/12 Tue 05:21am 0.5 L 11/12 Tue 10:43am 2.6 H 11/12 Tue 05:33pm 0.5 L 11/12 Tue 10:51pm 2.9 H 11/13 Wed 06:18am 0.3 L 11/13 Wed 11:54am 2.6 H 11/13 Wed 06:26pm 0.6 L 11/13 Wed 11:31pm 3.0 H 11/14 Thu 07:08am 0.1 L 11/14 Thu 12:50pm 2.7 H 11/14 Thu 07:14pm 0.7 L 11/15 Fri 12:06am 3.1 H 11/15 Fri 07:53am 0.0 L 11/15 Fri 01:35pm 2.7 H 11/15 Fri 07:58pm 0.7 L 11/16 Sat 12:39am 3.2 H 11/16 Sat 08:36am -0.1 L 11/16 Sat 02:12pm 2.6 H 11/16 Sat 08:40pm 0.8 L 11/17 Sun 01:10am 3.2 H 11/17 Sun 09:16am -0.2 L 11/17 Sun 02:46pm 2.6 H 11/17 Sun 09:19pm 0.8 L 11/18 Mon 01:41am 3.2 H 11/18 Mon 09:55am -0.2 L 11/18 Mon 03:20pm 2.6 H 11/18 Mon 09:56pm 0.9 L 11/19 Tue 02:11am 3.2 H 11/19 Tue 10:34am -0.2 L 11/19 Tue 03:58pm 2.5 H 11/19 Tue 10:32pm 0.9 L 11/20 Wed 02:42am 3.1 H 11/20 Wed 11:12am -0.1 L 11/20 Wed 04:40pm 2.5 H 11/20 Wed 11:07pm 0.9 L 11/21 Thu 03:16am 2.9 H 11/21 Thu 11:51am 0.0 L 11/21 Thu 05:27pm 2.5 H 11/21 T hu 1 1:44p m 0 .9 L NOW SERVING EVERGLADES CITY S.W. FLA’s Pest Authority since 1990 CALL 239-455-4300 DRYWOOD TERMITE Spot Treatments 3899 Mannix Dr #412


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 8, 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, 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 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 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. FOR SALE : Manufactured Home, 3/2 on waterfront: walkway / mooring to water. Price $114,500. Call Pat (239) 352-7328. -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE : 8HP Craftsman Chipper / Shredder @ $60.00 2400 PSI (5 HP) Excell Pressure Washer, 2 hoses & wand @ $60.00. Both for $100.00. Call (239) 695-2645. -----------------------------------------------------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. ----------------------------------------------------SNOOK CLASSIFIEDS only $10 / issue phone 695-2397 or email us at 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. 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 11/8/13 PET PICS Here’s another one of our natives; the photo of this baby cougar was taken recently at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and posted on the National Audubon Society’s Facebook page. Send us your Pet Pics by post or email. See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website.