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25 ¢ HOLIDAY MAIL POSTING DATES : Domestic Dec 20: First Class Dec 21: Priority Dec 22: Ex p ress The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 20, 2013 – JANUARY 2, 2014 2013, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VII Issue #201 A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, He althy New Year to all our readers! Holiday Church Services Everglades Community Church A Candlelight and Carol Christmas Eve Service Tuesday, December 24, at 7 pm New Year’s Eve Service Tuesday, December 31, at 7 pm Everglades First Baptist Church Candlelight Service Sunday, December 22 6 pm Holy Family Catholic Church Christmas Day Mass, 10:30 a.m. New Year’s Day Mass, 10:30 a.m. Chokoloskee Church of God Christmas Service Sunday, December 22 6:30 pm Copeland Baptist Church Christmas Eve Tuesday, December 24, 6:00 pm NEW CHAMBER BOARD Congratulations to the newly elected Everglades Area Chamber of Commerce Board Members: Corey Billie, Kenny Brown, Carol Foss, Sammy Hamilton, Jr., Tod Johnson, Elaine Middelstaedt, Teri Rementeria, Jack Shealy, Jr., and Lynn Stokes. The Board would like to thank vote counters Jason Mayberry, Shannon Snyder, Mike Klein and Carol Ogilvie. They performed a muchneeded service to the Chamber. Officers-elect are: President: Elaine Middelstaedt Vice-President: Lynn Stokes Treasurer: Tod Johnson Secretary: Carol Foss The next meeting of the Chamber of Commerce will be held on Monday, January 13 at 6 p.m. at the Island Caf. All members are welcome. CITY HALL BRICKS The deadline is January 16 to order a commemorative brick to be placed in front of City Hall. This would be a wonderful Christmas gift for someone. See to download a form or pick one up in City Hall. For info, call 695-2905. LIGHT PARADE Thanks to all the light parade entries! 1st place again! Diana Potter Valdes and Johnny Potter 2nd place : Amanda Johnson and Freddy 3rd Place : Mitch & Janette House and 1st place: Golf Cart Category: Terra Potter and her dog MyMy Thanks also to Carol Foss, Parade Coordinator, with Gator Claus TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Sheriff’s Report p. 7 Events p. 3 Florida Tales p. 8 School p. 5 Recipe p. 8 Savannah p. 5 Ochopee Mom p. 8 Parks p. 7 Glades Daze p. 9 FWC p. 7 Museum p. 9 Gulf Coast p. 7 Book Review p. 9 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: Review of the Year, p.10 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 DECEMBER 20, 2013 email: PAGE 2 Jan 25: Festival in the Woods Feb 1: Church of God Winterf est Feb 7-8-9: Seafood Festiva l, Collier-Seminole Bluegrass Fest Feb 14: ESHP Movies Feb 18: Fak Cruise Feb 22: Everglades Ultra Feb 18-22: MSD Fest Feb 28: ESHP Talk March 8: Walking Tour of Chokoloskee April 13: Everglades Bike Ride 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, Jan 7, 14, 21, 5 to 7 pm FOOD PANTRY: Sat, 8:30 to 10:30 am, Community C hurch HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP: Thursday, 8 am AA: Wed, 5:00 pm, Community Church AL-ANON: Thurs, 12 noon, Community Church MUSEUM: Tues-Fri, 9 am to 5 pm; Sat, 9 am to 4 pm SMALLWOOD STORE: Daily, 10 am to 4 pm CARNESTOWN Recycle and Trash: 2nd Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: Mon (12/30) 9-10 am, see notice on door for January dates. 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: 252-8999 SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT 15 Holy Family Catholic Church Pot-Luck 16 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm full moon 17 Reach Out Mtg City Hall, 8:30 am 18 Ladies Coffee Jan Brock’s Home 8 am Driftwood Spa Cookies & Cocktails 19 Everglades Book Club Fak Cruise SAC Mtg RAPPER 20 Santa Visit see p.3 21 Pancake Fly-In see p.3 Boat Parade see p.3 22 Church Services see p.1 23 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm 24 Church Services see p.1 25 Merry Christmas Catholic Mass see p.1 26 27 28 Memorial Service see p.3 29 30 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm 31 Church Services see p.1 JAN 1 new moon Happy New Year Catholic Mass see p.1 2 RAPPER 3 4 5 6 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church, 7 pm 7 pm ESHP Mtg 7 Congressional Aide Visit City Council see p.3 8 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 9 10 Movie Night see p.3 11 12 13 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm OFCD Mtg see p.3 Chamber Mtg see p.1 14 Mamie Street Public Hearing see p.3 15 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am full moon 16 Everglades Book Club see p.11 Lion’s Club Island Caf 5:30 pm Deadline for City Hall Brick Orders see p.1RAPPER 17 18 Pancake Fly-In Art-in-theGlades DECEMBER 2013 / JANUARY 2014


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 20, 2013 email: PAGE 3 SANTA VISIT Santa will deliver gifts on Friday, December 20, at the Community Center (skating rink) from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. PANCAKE FLY-IN A pancake breakfast hosted by Wings 10,000 Islands Tours will take place at Everglades Airpark on Saturday, December 21, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Everyone is welcome. For information, phone Chuck at 695-3296. Boat Parade The 6th Annual Everglades City Holiday Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, December 21. All boats are welcome to participate and to meet on the Barron River at 6 p.m. in front of Outward Bound. The parade will begin at dark and go up the river under the bridge, ending at Glades Haven Marina and Oyster House Restaurant. Viewing party starts at 6 p.m. Food, drinks and a DJ until 11p.m. Fakahatchee Swamp Walks The Friends of Fakahatchee will offer a wilderness adventure on December 21 and on January 4 For reservations visit MICCOSUKEE INDIAN ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL December 26 – January 1 Memorial Service for Donnie Barton There will be a memorial service for Donnie Barton at Everglades Community Church on the Circle on Saturday, December 28, at 2:00 p.m. Rob Storter Collection The Rob Storter Traveling Exhibit “Never No More” will be in Orlando only through January 5 at the Mennello Museum, located at 900 E. Prin ceton St. It is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m.; closed Monday and major holidays. For information, telephone (407) 246-4278 or visit the Museum website at Ghost Rider Tram Tours The Ghost Rider Tram Tours are every Tuesday plus the first Saturday in the month. This is a great way to see the Fakahatchee without ge tting your feet wet. Tours last 2 hours and the tram can accommodate wheelchairs. Make reservations at CONGRESSIONAL VISIT Monica Maziarz, Aide to Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, will be in City Hall on Tuesday, January 7, at 3 p.m. For information, call her at 348-1620 or (305) 470-8555. CITY COUNCIL The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 7, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Members of the public may speak if they sign up in advance. MOVIE NIGHT Join us to watch “Wind Across the Everglades” (and free popcorn & soda!) on Friday, January 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall at Everglades Community Church, sponsored by ESHP. It is free of charge and open to the public. For info, www.evergladeshistor or phone 695-2905. PUBLIC HEARING ON “VACATING” MAMIE ST The Board of County Commissioners will have a Public Hearing on Tuesday January 14, 2014, during the BCC meeting which will begin at 9:00 a.m. The public will have an opportunity to express their opinion about whether that portion of Mamie Street from Chokoloskee Drive to the historic Smallwood Store should be turned over to Flor ida Georgia-Grove LLP as a private road. If unable to attend, you may email or write to the County Commissioners at 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Suite 303, Naples, FL 34112 or phone (239) 252-8097. HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP The Ladies Coffee and ESHP have started cleaning up Highway 29 north of the bridge every Thursday at 8:00 am. Come join us. Call 695-4642. OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 12/03/13: Vehicle Fire, 76 MM I-75 12/03/13: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 12/03/13: Vehicle Accident, 54 MM I-75 12/04/13: Brush Fire, 63 Mile Marker I-75 12/04/13: Illegal Burn, Chokoloskee 12/07/13: Emergency Medical, Copeland 12/09/13: Mutual Aid, Marco Island 12/10/13: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 12/11/13: Vehicle Accident, 63 Mile Marker I-75 12/11/13: Emergency Medical, 80 MM I-75 12/11/13: Emergency Medical, Copeland 12/13/13: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 12/13/13: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 12/17/13: Emergency Medical, Copeland The next Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Committee Meeting will be Monday, January 13, 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. Little Gator Clinic The free walk-in clinic behind the youngsters will be open Tuesday, January 7, 14, and 21 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 open every week on Thursday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Beginning January 2 the Thrift Shop will open three days a week: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (same hours). If you would like to volunteer, stop in or phone 695-3298. S S E E A A F F O O O O D D F F E E S S T T I I V V A A L L Sponsors for our Annual Seafood Festival on February 7/8/9 2014 are still welcome The Festival is organized by the Betterment Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, so your donation helps the community and is tax-deductible. For info, visit the Festival office behind Island Caf from 1:00-4:00 p.m. or see to download an application.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 20, 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 – 5:00 pm; Sun thru Thurs 10:30 am – 7:00 pm; Fri, Sat 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 December Show “For the Birds” 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 DECEMBER 20, 2013 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 6952561 TAYLOR’S CORNER Christmas is almost here and I can’t wait! Our winter break starts with early dismissal on Friday, December 20, and we’ll return on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Saturday school will be starting on January 25 and will be from 9:00 a.m. till 12 noon. We can get extra credit and have a good time while doing it! The dates for Saturday school are January 25, February 1, February 22, March 1, March 8, March 15 and April 5 Transportation will be provided and you can call the main office for more details. The ‘Pennies for Pasta’ program raised $518.84! Congratulations to Mrs. Parsons’ 3rd grade class who raised $198 and had their pasta party at The Olive Garden. There are no basketball games over the winter break and the boys’ middle school team will have their first game next month. I will keep you updated in the next issue of The Mullet Rapper My Grammy went to heaven last month, and I wanted to thank the community for supporting my family during this hard time. Ms. Amy at Angel Fish Caf and her friends at church sent us a bunch of yummy food: fried chicken, pasta salad, biscuits, pumpkin pie, sweet rolls and more. And a special thank you, Mrs. Lessie, for the red velvet cake she sent for Thanksgiving. You all made us feel real good. Taylor Dahlke is 10 years old and in the 4th grade at Everglades City School. She is the reporter for the elementary school. LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL Dear Parents, Students and Community Members, On behalf of the staff at Everglades City School we would like to wish all of you a safe, restful and relaxing holiday. The support you have shown our school has helped us get closer to the goals we have set. We treasure your support and trust in us. We will continue to strive to keep doing what is best for all children. Happy Holidays, Bob Spano and Staff MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR to the teachers and staff at ECS THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR WORK !!SUN-N-FUN LAGOON OPENS FOR COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOLS WINTER HOLIDAY BREAK Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park will open up for the Collier County schools’ winter holiday break from Saturday, December 21, through Monday, January 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The park will be closed December 25, Christmas Day From Savannah’s Eyes Two weeks ago my parents and I went up to North Florida to visit family. We stayed at my brother Jeremy's house in Chiefland and, two days out of the week, we went hunting because my brother and his friend have a private hunting lease. I've always been an early bird so it wasn't a hassle for me to wake up at 4 o’clock in the morning to get ready. Four layers of clothing, jackets, and hats later, we made it out into the woods to find that it was even colder than we thought it would be. It was dark so I couldn't see thr ee feet in front of me without a flashlight (which we didn't have because if we did we would scare the animals). My sister told us th at there were snakes out there, too, which made me totally freak out when I got out of the truck. The ground was frozen with pine straws, and the trees reaching high up into the Heavens. The smell of cold mixed with fresh air from the trees invaded my nose. There were little chirps of birds waking up and the rustling of branches from the howling winds of winter. My dad and I went to a blind covered in palmetto leaves and branches from the pine trees while my brother went and sat in a tree stand (a blind is a little house like thing that's camouflaged so the animals can't see you). Well, a little before daylight my dad and I heard the rustling of feathers flopping onto the ground from the trees around us. About 20 mi nutes later we hear a clucking sound and realize that a group of turkeys was just to the right of us. My dad told me to try to st op shaking (note that I was freezing even with all my clothing on, plus the chair I was sitting in wasn't that comfy and when I would try to move it would squeak). The turkeys were (what we thought at first) all girls which you can't shoot because they could have eggs. They walked around our blind for an hour until some of them either plopped down, walked away, or just went completely insane and started running in circles. (I wish I could have gotten this on video because it was priceless.) As one of them was l eaving, I realized that it had a beard on it and whispered "That one has a beard, dad, shoot it." He couldn't see it because the trees were too thick so we lost that one. My brother, though, shot a good four point buck which was awesome! Happy Holidays, Love, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is a student in the 11th grade at Everglades City School and a regular contributor to this paper. Friday, Dec. 20 Early Release Dec. 21 – Jan 7 No School (Winter Break)


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 20, 2013 email: PAGE 6 Massage Therapy and Spa Services WE HAVE MOVED....... To a fabulous new location! Please come and see us at our new location inside Everglades Isle Motorcoach Retreat, just South of the Bridge coming into Everglades City, across from Jungle Erv's Airboat Tours. Driftwood Spa and Wellness offers Massage Therapy and spa services for both men and women. We use only all natural and organic products and can customize our service for each individual client. Nail services now Available!! Handmade soaps Soy candles Unique Gifts Organic skin care Products Gift certificates available 239-695-0069 Tri-County Cooling & Refrigeration, Inc. Sales Service Maintenance CALL ANYTIME 239-253-4860 Licensed CAC 1817126


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 20, 2013 email: PAGE 7 Gulf Coast Ranger-Guided Programs December 21 through January 6 Canoe Explorations, Ranger Talks, Nature Walks, Boat Tours and “On Your Own” Activity: Tamiami Trail Triathlon. Bicycle the 15-mile loop at Shark Valley; hike 3 miles of trail from the Oasis Visitor Center in Big Cypress National Preserve; paddle roundtrip from the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City to Sandfly Island. Complete all three activ ities and earn a decal and the title “Tamiami Trail Triathlon Finish er.” Bring your own bicycle, canoe/kayak, or rent one. This activity does not have to be completed in one day. Stop by the Gulf Coast, Oasis, or Shark Valley Visitor Centers for more information on these programs. FWC News The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service want to remind residents of Collier County that they are living in panther country. Collier County residents and visitors need to be aware of precautions they should take if they see a panther and how they can help protect panthers by slowing down on highways with panther-related speed zones. People also are asked to report their panther sightings online at For more information on Florida panthers, including a guide to living with Florida panthers and safe roads for people and panthers, go to People who see an injured or dead panther should call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone. Another option is texting (standard usage fees may apply). Floridians can support the FWC’s research and conservation of the endangered Florida panther by purchasing a “Protect the Panther” license plate at For wildlife info and regulations, see Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922) Angler Tag Return: 800-367-4461 Reward for Info about Panther Death The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are looking for help from the public with an investigation involving the death of a Florida panther in the Turner River Unit of Big Cypress National Preserve. The dead panther was found with a suspected gunshot wound last weekend (December 14-15). “The cat was an 18-month-old female that was the offspring of ‘Florida Panther (FP) 162,’ a fema le panther that is collared and continues to be monitored within the Preserve,” said Bob DeGross of the NPS. The Florida panther is protected under The Endangered Species Act. Under Florida Statute, people found guilty of unlawfully killing one can be charged with a thirddegree felony and could face up to one year in prison and $100,000 in fines. For information leading to th e arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing the panther, the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Reward Association and US FWS are offering a combined reward of up to $12,000. Anyone who provides information can remain anonymous by calling th e FWC at 888-404 -3922, texting or going online to Living Gulf Coast by Charles Sobczak ( The Living Gulf Coast is available at the Big Cypress Swamp Visitor Center) Fighting Conch ( Strombus alatus ). Other names: Florida fighting conc h / Status: FL=stable, IUCN=NE / Life span: to 10 years / Length: 3-4 in. (7.6-10 cm) / Weight: n/a / Reproduces: in the near shore waters / Found: All SW Florida Counties Oddly enough, the common name of this species might lead one to believe that it is the toughest, meanest carnivore of all the gastropods out there, but that’s not the case. The fighting conch is an omnivore, dining in large colonies on algae growth along the sandy bottom in depths from 5 to 25 feet. When Carl Linnaeus, the father of modern taxonomy, gave this shell its tough-sounding name in the 1700s, he thought the points on the top of the fighting conch resembled the spikes worn by ancient gladiators. It turned out to be a good choice. Although it is not a predatory, carnivorous gastropod, the fighting conch will fight hard for survival, as anyone who picks one up will discover when the shell starts kicking about wildly in an attempt to escape. Because it grazes in deeper wate r, most of the fighting conchs you find onshore have been damaged in the surf zone. Finding a live specimen is rare but more likely in the spring when the fighting conch migrates closer to shore to breed and lay eggs. Related to the queen conch of the Bahamas, the fighting conch is edible but seldom taken as table fare because of its smaller size. It is heavily preyed upon by carnivorous gastropods such as lightning whelks and horse conchs, as well as sharks and rays. Young fighting conchs are eaten by various fish. Charles Sobczak lives and writes on Sanibel Island. To find out more about the author and his books, visit Waterways Explores Big Cypress Waterways continues its exploration of the south Florida ecosystem in a new episode which takes a look at Everglades National Park’s neighbor — Big Cypress National Preserve. “Exploring Big Cypress, Amer ica’s First National Preserve” travels through the freshwaters of the Big Cypress Swamp, essential to the health of neighboring Everglades National Park. Protecting over 729,000 acres, Big Cypress National Preserve contains a mixture of tropical and temperate plant communities that are home to a diversity of wildlife, including the elusive Florida panther. Today, nearly one million visitors explore the preserve each year. Waterways airs on public and government channels throughout Florida—check local listings for scheduling. Episodes may also be viewed on the WaterwaysTVShow YouTube channel ( SHERIFF’S REPORT Should you have any information concerning crimes, please contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 252-9300. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season!


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 20, 2013 email: PAGE 8 Florida Tales “Morgan Bonapart Mizell AKA Bone Mizell” by Chester Keene I heard about Bone Mizell all my life, which is not over yet. Here is one of them th at's been around. Morgan Bonapart Mizell was known all over for his nick name “Bone.” Bone was known for his hardworking and his hard drinking. Morgan Mizell was Bone's father. He was in the service as a volunteer in the war with Mexico, January 7, 1848, at Ft. Brook in Tampa. Bone grew up as a Cowhunter. He started as a young man helping his father in the cattle business. When his father died, Bone took over the cattle business. He was very sharp in his doings and knowhow about the Cattle. He was a heavy drinker and would party hard. He soon lost everything he was left. Bone would survive; he loved the open ranges before the barbed wire was introduced. Wasn't long he was back in the business pushing cows. He bought some land near Pine Level and Lily, Fl. One of the stories about him was that he was out riding the range with his boss when an old skinny cow was observed on the edge of a thorn thicket. The boss said "rope her and she's yours if you put your mark on her." He quickly roped her and got off of his horse with his knife in his hand to mark her with when he dropped it. The cow drug Bone into the thicket; it had ripped up his clothing and scratched him up pretty bad. The boss said "you let that old scrawny cow whip you?" Bone said "I marked her, didn't need the knife anyway." "How" asked the boss? "I marked her with my teeth." Sure enough he had marked her just as if you cut the ears with a knife. Bones stories run far and wide. One time he had some hogs stolen from him and found them a little ways from home; his marks had been changed and he drove them back home. The fellow th at stole the hogs in the first place took him to court. He was ca lled into court to testify. Bone had a slight speech impediment and maybe a drink or two also. When asked by the attorney "How long do you think them marks have been altered?" Bone said "about a momph"."What's a momph?" the attorney said. Bone replied "why a momph is firty days, I thought everyone knew what a momph is." Bone was born in 1863 and died in 1921 at a Train Depot in Ft. Ogden, FL More on Bone at a later date…. Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. Recipe for Good Eating Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole by Patricia Huff Ingredients: 1 pkg (20 oz) of hash brown potatoes 1 TBS olive oil cup green peppers (chopped) cup onions (chopped) 12 eggs 1 cups milk 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese Salt and pepper to taste Topping: 1 cups sharp Cheddar cheese (shredded) Cook hash brown potatoes until golden brown. In another skillet saut peppers and onions in olive oil until tender. Whisk together eggs and milk in a large bowl; then add all other ingredients. Pour into greased baking dish and top with Cheddar cheese. Bake at 400 for 45 minutes. Serves 12; keep leftovers for another day. Save time by making a day ahead and refrigerate; take out 30 minutes prior to baking. Christmas breakfast will be cooking while the family opens presents. Enjoy and Happy Holidays! If you have a favorite recipe to share, pleas e phone or email us. Patty Huff Ochopee Mom by Jeff Whichello “He won't let me hold the bottle anymore," mom wrote to her mom in a letter. Three years later I waited with classmates at the Golden Lion pool in Ochopee. I would show them all that I did not need lessons. With full clothes on, mom dove into the pool after my foolish solo plunge and slow descent to the bottom. The day that I jack-knifed my bicycle and plummeted to the pavement, she scooped me a nd my bloody face into the car and headed to the hospital. When two of my Cub Scout friends collided on three-wheelers, mom ran out of her house and carried them to her couch. Once she found two featherless black bird chicks fallen from their nest. She cared for them until they could fly. My eyes widened the day she started scraping gum from a sidewalk so that no one would step on it. Sometimes, mom’s savior role gave way to another. Two friends and I devised a plan to build a tree fort and live off of the land. I half-joked to mom asking her if I could run away. She said, "sure," and I took her at her word. With five-year-old sister in tow we walked over two miles down U.S. 41 with backpacks. The friend’s babysitter did not accept my word. Mom, dad, and grandma took their turns at rounds of spanking until I realized the error. That was not the last time I felt belts and wooden spoons across my backside. Though mom corrected my occasional drifting ways, she otherwise overwhelmed me with love. And around my tenth birthday she told me of the loss of our home and Everglades life due to the government acquisition. While I sobbed, she took me in her arms and hugged me, my Ochopee mom. Jeff Whichello was raised in Och opee and has written a book about the community, its leaders, and the politics behind its demise. The book will be available in early February but more information will appear on the website: JFLU.ORG in the near future.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 20, 2013 email: PAGE 9 GLADES DAZE “Cruise Missile” by Steve Huff The event I am about to describe took every bit of a second, maybe two seconds. It did, however, develop in slow motion in my hindsight. I was gliding along in a small skiff with Len Berg, a long-time friend who has fished with me for over 30 years. Flat calm and glass surface; fourteenfoot boat with a 30-hp tiller. Lenny, half dozing, probably dreaming about the big fish we had not yet caught, was seated on my right. To starboard (right) I observed an obvious commotion where we had flushed a large fish on the surface. Then, parallel and adjacent to the skiff, a tarpon of perhaps 100 pounds, free jumps in a rainbow arc, not unlike a porpoise at Sea World. Spectacular! My vision still fixated to starboard, the fish again leaps, missing Len’s head by no less than 6 inches and lands with a crash on the floor of the boat directly at our feet. The beast’s head was up on the port gunwale, his body launching the cooler up to the front deck. In an effort to continue his body motion to port, I stood and scooped with my arms to eject the uninvited guest. With that he again kicked and knocked me overboard to starboard as he departed to port. This was the first time my killswitch actually produced the desired effect, as the boat coasted to a stop. After swimming back and finding no damage with exception of slime, scales and assorted body fluids, we considered ourselves lucky. Another day in the swamp! Fish are jumping in the boat! NEW OWNER OF THE FORMER PORT OF THE ISLANDS GUN CLUB One of Florida’s oldest clay shooting grounds, the Port of the Islands Gun Club, is now under new management and has been renamed Gulf Coast Clays British businessman and shooting enthusiast Colin Burrows bought the club, located halfway between Naples and Everglades City in Collier County, and has plans for improvements to the facility and its sporting clay options and services. For more information, visit or call (239) 642-8999. MUSEUM of the Everglades Pauline Reeves Gallery December Artist "Greetings from Florida" Oil Paintings by Myra Roberts Many friends and visitors attended the reception to greet Myra Roberts on December 7 at the Museum of the Everglades. Her stunning paintings about old Florida will be on exhibit through December. Don’t miss this wonderful show! To learn more about Myra Roberts and her art, visit website 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, contact 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 monthl y meetings; call 695-2397 for more details. “For the Birds” Everglades Arts Studio is currently featuring local artists Bob Crider, Varick Niles, Patty Huff, Dick Jay and Amy Fouchea. The exhibit includes oil and acrylic paintings, sketches, wood carving s, and photography featuring different birds of the Everglades. The show will continue during the month of December. ‘Everglades Art’ is located at 110 Camellia Street ( across from the Ivey House) and open every Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the season. The Studio also has gift items for sale. For more information, visit website or call Varick Niles at (239) 261-9592. Off the Shelf Book Review "Naples: Paradise Can be Deadly" by Diane Ketchem reviewed by Marya Repko This new novel has the winning combination of politics, sex, local color, and romance (even including a doggie couple). The writing is smooth (despite a few typos) and relatively fast-paced with a twis ty ending. The setting is Naples with excursions into the hinterland where men ride horses to visit their girlfriends and to the outskirts in Ava Maria to an exclusive remedial girls' school. What do the upper-class Naples twins share? How does their behavior affect the elderly male leadership? Why do an innocent man and his girlfriend get killed violently? Do you trust the Sheriff and his deputy? What will happen in the election for the Congress man and County Commissioners? The author was a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for the New York Times and published her first novel The Vanishing A-List in 2007 with the same alter-ego heroine B.J. Billings, a New York correspondent who moved to Naples and solved crimes. This time she has the help of a FDA agent to clean up th e eventual mess in the dramatic scene at an airboat tourist site near Everglades City. The book is a good read for lazy pool days but, unfortunately, is not yet in the Collier County Public Library. You can order a copy at


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 20, 2013 email: PAGE 10 REVIEW OF THE YEAR, 2013 Regan Froneberger and Hector Roldan were the Homecoming Queen and King. 2/1/13 Mayor Sammy Hamilton opened the 40th Seafood Festival. 2/15/13 Chokoloskee Church of God celebrated its 100th Anniversary. 4/12/13 EMS, Fire, and Sheriff’s Department, as well as the military were honored with a Fish Fry and Cake. 5/24/13 The new Fakahatchee tram took part in the Independence Day parade. 7/5/13 Summer Campers went on field trips, thanks to CCSO who also organized Build-a-Boat and Build-a-Chair. 7/19/13 Crime Prevention Officer Sue Gentry thanked Mayor Sammy Hamilton and City Clerk Dottie Joiner for helping with summer events. 8/16/13 Rager of the Players’ Club & Spa at Lely Resort led the Neil Birch Memorial Tennis Camp and the Rod & Gun provided their pool to cool off. 8/16/13 Diana Curry and Helen Bryan were feted at the Everglades Seafood Depot to celebrate their 80th birthdays. 8/30/13 No more potholes! Some of the roads in the City were repaved. 10/11/13 Youngsters enjoyed soccer clinic, thanks to Carol Foss of Island Caf and Mr. & Mrs. Uihlein. 10/25/13 Newly-elected City Councilors Howie Grimm, Elaine Middelstaedt, and Johnnie Potter were sworn in. 12/6/13 GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN Kraysler, Stephen 1/4/2013 Klotz, Virginia 3/15/2013 Collins, Karen 3/29/2013 Burke, Walter 3/29/2013 Pennell, Jack 4/26/2013 Woodward, Glenellen 5/10/2013 Fitzgerald, Cathy Ann 5/24/2013 Morrow, Alice T. 6/21/2013 Kurrle, Jennie 7/19/2013 Bruckert, Mimi 7/19/2013 Bouma, John 7/19/2013 Wiley II, Robert 7/19/2013 Chinn, Linda 7/19/2013 Barton, Donnie 9/27/201; 10/11/2013 Petty, Gwendolyn Brown 10/11/2013 Mosher, Larry 10/25/2013 Leo, Gloria 11/8/2013 Drudi, Louis 11/8/2013 Stokes, Brett Alvin 11/8/2013 Doster, Sue 11/22/2013 DATES REFER TO RAPPER ISSUE see our website for all Back Issues


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 20, 2013 email: PAGE 11 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 Closed Christmas Eve / Day City Seafood (695-4700): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; Mon thru Wed 6:00 am – 10 pm: Thurs thru Sun Closed Christmas Day Everglades Seafood Depot (695-0075): 10:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Christmas Eve until 3 pm; Closed Christmas Day Glades Haven Deli (695-2091): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily Christmas Eve until 6 pm Christmas Day 6 am until 12 noon Havana Caf (695-2214): 7:00 am to 3:00 pm; Sun thru Thurs 7:00 am to 8:00 pm; Fri-Sat Closed Christmas Eve / Day Island Caf (695-0003): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily Closed Christmas Day 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; Wed thru Mon Oyster House Restaurant (695-2073): 11:00 am – 9 pm; Sun thru Thurs 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Fri, Sat Christmas Eve until 3 pm; Closed Christmas Day Rod & Gun (695-2101): 11:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Open Christmas and New Year’s Subway at Gator Express (695-3937): 7:00 am – 7:00 pm; daily Christmas Eve until 5 pm Closed Christmas Day Susie’s Station (695-2273): Call for hours Triad Seafood (695-2662): 10:30 am – 5 pm; Sun thru Thurs 10:30 am – 7:00 pm; Fri, Sat Closed Christmas Eve / Day Closed New Year’s Day Right Choice Supermarket (695-4535): 9:00 am – 7:00 pm; daily Closed Christmas Day Closed New Year’s Day Grimm’s Stone Crab (695-3222): 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Mon-Sat Loco’s Fresh Produce 7 am – 4 pm; Thurs-Fri-Sat Andy Hanson of the Florida League of Cities presented a check to Mayor Sammy Hamilton from the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust which refunds money to members when the premiums collected are in excess of needs. Wednesday Ladies Coffee at Jan Brock’s Home The Wednesday Ladies Coffee group celebrated a holiday breakfast on December 18 at Jan Brock’s home in Ochopee. Great fun and good food was enjoyed by all. See Calendar on page 2 for a schedule of locations (there will be no coffee on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day). Everyone is welcome to join us, especially newcomers and visitors to the area. EVERGLADES BOOK CLUB Thursday, January 16, 9:30 a.m. “The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls Call Sue at 695-9173 for more info NOW SERVING EVERGLADES CITY S.W. FLA’s Pest Authority since 1990 CALL 239-455-4300 SPIDERS 6-Month Guarantee 3899 Mannix Dr #412 TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 12/20 Fri 03:06am 2.8 H 12/20 Fri 11:26am -0.2 L 12/20 Fri 04:57pm 2.4 H 12/20 Fri 11:25pm 0.7 L 12/21 Sat 03:42am 2.6 H 12/21 Sat 12:01pm -0.1 L 12/21 Sat 05:39pm 2.4 H 12/22 Sun 12:07am 0.7 L 12/22 Sun 04:25am 2.4 H 12/22 Sun 12:36pm 0.1 L 12/22 Sun 06:21pm 2.4 H 12/23 Mon 12:58am 0.7 L 12/23 Mon 05:21am 2.2 H 12/23 Mon 01:14pm 0.2 L 12/23 Mon 07:04pm 2.4 H 12/24 Tue 02:02am 0.6 L 12/24 Tue 06:37am 2.0 H 12/24 Tue 01:56pm 0.4 L 12/24 Tue 07:46pm 2.4 H 12/25 Wed 03:14am 0.5 L 12/25 Wed 08:05am 1.9 H 12/25 Wed 02:48pm 0.5 L 12/25 Wed 08:30pm 2.5 H 12/26 Thu 04:22am 0.3 L 12/26 Thu 09:32am 1.8 H 12/26 Thu 03:52pm 0.6 L 12/26 Thu 09:17pm 2.6 H 12/27 Fri 05:21am 0.1 L 12/27 Fri 10:54am 1.9 H 12/27 Fri 04:57pm 0.7 L 12/27 Fri 10:06pm 2.7 H 12/28 Sat 06:15am -0.1 L 12/28 Sat 12:02pm 2.0 H 12/28 Sat 05:57pm 0.8 L 12/28 Sat 10:55pm 2.9 H 12/29 Sun 07:06am -0.3 L 12/29 Sun 12:57pm 2.2 H 12/29 Sun 06:53pm 0.8 L 12/29 Sun 11:42pm 3.1 H 12/30 Mon 07:55am -0.5 L 12/30 Mon 01:43pm 2.3 H 12/30 Mon 07:46pm 0.7 L 12/31 Tue 12:28am 3.2 H 12/31 Tue 08:43am -0.6 L 12/31 Tue 02:27pm 2.4 H 12/31 Tue 08:37pm 0.7 L 01/01 Wed 01:14am 3.3 H 01/01 Wed 09:30am -0.7 L 01/01 Wed 03:09pm 2.5 H 01/01 Wed 09:29pm 0.6 L 01/02 Thu 02:01am 3.3 H 01/02 Thu 10:16am -0.7 L 01/02 Thu 03:52pm 2.5 H 01/02 T hu 1 0:19p m 0 .5 L


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 20, 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, Steve Huff, Chester Keene, Elaine Middelstaedt, Savannah Oglesby, Charles Sboczak, Jeff Whichello 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 -----------------------------------------------------------FOR SALE : 2008 Nissan van, 109 k miles ,loaded, 28 mpg, very good condition.$7900 (228) 596-4043. -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE Manufactured Home, 3/2 on waterfront in Plantation Island: walkway / mooring to water. Pr ice $114,500. Call Pat (239) 352-7328. -----------------------------------------------------WANTED: All Motor Homes, 5th wheels and travel trailers. Any condition. Cash paid on the spot. Call Paul at (941) 347-7171. -----------------------------------------------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. ----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE OR RENT TO OWN: House & Barn on 1.02 Acres in Fakahatchee Strand State Park, $139,000 purchase or $1200 monthly Rent to Own. Call Don at 321-439-7635. See more info & pictures at ------------------------------------------------FOR SALE Last of the old Chokoloskee Cruisers ALBATROSS II For details: (239) 455-1567 or ca p tfrankadams @ 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. -------------------------------------------------WANTED : Cashier, full-time, Gator Express. Call 695-3937. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Greet Visitors in the Museum Meet people from around the corner or around the world! Phone 695-0008. Everglades Area Hot Lines Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 313-530-3395 AlAnon 239-263-5907 12-Step Meeting Schedules are available in City Hall and Chokoloskee Post Office 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 12/6/13 PET PICS Art-in-the-Glades was a great success on December 14; even visiting dogs enjoyed the festive event. Send us your Pet Pics by post or email. See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website.