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25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 13 26 2012 2012, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VI Issue #157 SMALLWOOD FUNDRAISER Renowned Miami Herald journalist and popular novelist Carl Hiaasen will be at a fundraiser in support of the historic Smallwood Store & Museum at the Oyster House Restaurant on Saturday, April 14. He is well-known for his humorous books on Florida: Tourist Season, Double Whammy, Skinny Dip, Nature Girl among others, and for kids’ (see review of the newest one on page 7) This event has been sold out. However, donations are welcome. Please make checks payable to Ted Smallwood Store, Inc., and mail to P.O. Box 310, Chokoloskee, FL 34138 or visit the Smallwood Store website at Seen above: Carl enjoying a day out fishing (left) and the prize-winning model of Smallwood’s (right) made by young Garrett Perraud for a school project. CITY COUNCIL REPORT by Marya Repko Mayor Sammy Hamilton welcomed everyone on April 2 to the last Council meeting before the summer recess but said it would not be a vacation for him; he would be busy over the next several months talking with agencies about grants. A resolution was passed limiting the number of airboats any one tour company can operate to 12. There have been some near misses because the local waters have become too crowded. Lt. Mark Milligan reported that two events for youngsters need adult volunteers, Build-a-Boat during the week of June 25 and Build-a-Chair during the week of July 17. Sue Gentry, CCSO Crime Prevention Officer, said she was gratified at how involved local people are with the welfare of the area and its youngsters, citing Little League as an example. She said that the Police Activities League (PAL) had donated funds toward the new field. She also reminded us to block dangerous website and emails from children. The next City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, August 7. That is also National Night Out against crime. Have You Been “Flocked”? Everglades City residents have been waking up to a flock of flamingos in their yards. As part of the Booster Club’s fundraiser, flamingo flocking will continue through the month of April. Homeowners can make a donation to have these bright pink plastic birds taken away. And, anyone can have them land on someone’s lawn (for $25), unless they have taken out “anti-flocking” insurance (for $30). For more information, call Brenda at 695-3402 or Carol at 695-3402 or 825-5762. IN REMEMBRANCE OF JOSE On Friday, April 6, a small plane crashed afte r it took off from the Everglades Airpark. Residents witnessed a ball of flame as it hi t the ground. There wa s no chance that the pilot would survive. I heard all this not knowing that the pilot was our old friend Jose Wejebe, a well-known and respected fishing guide turned TV personality ( Jose traveled around the world for his adve ntures. He was a fun loving, first class person. He always had a smile on his face and love in his heart. Jose was born in Cuba and came to this country to st art a new life, and what a life he had! He lived it to the fullest, he lived his life well, and he was happy. I last saw Jose a few months ago when we had dinner together during the filming of one of his shows. Steve saw him every day this past week when he came in from fishing. We are both saddened to lose a friend. Memorial services are being held at the IGFA Headquarters in Dania, FL, on Sunday, April 15, at 1:30 p.m. Patty Huff TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email mulletra pp er @g or phone 695-2397. CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Investments p. 9 Events p. 3 Museum News p. 9 School p. 5 Historical Soc. p. 9 Recipe p. 7 Taxing Things p. 9 Books p. 7 Florida Tales p.10 Sawfish p. 8 Sheriff’s Report p.10 Gulf Coast p. 8 TDC Grant p.11 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: “Shark, Shark” p.10


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 13, 2012 email: PAGE 2 June 1: Graduation June 25: Build-a-Boat June 30: Independence Day Celebration July 16: Build-a-Chair Aug 7: City Council, Natl Night Out Aug 14: Primary Election Aug 20: Back to School THRIFT SHOP: Tues, Thurs, Sat; 11 am to 3 pm SKATING RINK: Fri, Sat; 7-10 pm DR DEMARTINO: Friday, 1:30 to 4:30 pm LITTLE GATOR CLINIC: Tues, 5-7 pm, April 17 FOOD PANTRY: Sat, 8:30-10:30 am, Community Church AA: Wed, 5:00 pm, Community Church AL-ANON: Thurs, 12 noon, Community Church NA: Sat, 11:30 am, Community Center (Skating Rink) MUSEUM: Tues-Fri; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sat; 9:00 am to 4:00 pm SMALLWOOD STORE: Daily; 10 am to 5 pm SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: Fri, 4/13 (10-11 am) Tues, 4/17 (10-11 am) Thurs, 4/19 (1-2 pm) Mon, 4/23 (10-11 am) Fri, 4/27 (1-2 p m) SHERIFF: 695-2007 CITY HALL: 695-3781 PUBLIC LIBRARY: 695-2511 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 695-3941 AIRPORT: 695-2778 FAKAHATCHEE: 695-4593 BIG CYPRESS: 695-2000 NATIONAL PARK: 695-3311 CURBSIDE TRASH PICKUP (FRIDGES, WASHING MACHINES, TVS): 252-2380 COLLIER COUNTY: 252-8999 SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT 8 Easter Sunday Sunrise Service Everglades Nat’l Park 7 am 9 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm OFCD Mtg 10School Coffee 9 am, see p.5 Kids’ Clinic 5-7 pm, see p.3 11Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 12Great Gator Luncheon RAPPER 13 14Smallwood Fundraiser see p.1 Mobile Pet Vet Museum Reception History Talk see p.3 15 Pot Luck Holy Family see p.3 Pythons Talk see p.3 16 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm BigC Meeting see p.3 17Reach Out City Hall, 8:30 am Kids’ Clinic 5-7 pm, see p.3 18Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 19 SAC School, 6 pm 20 new moon 21Earth Day see p.3 22 23 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm 24Lions Pot Luck see p.3 25Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 26 RAPPER 27 28Pancake FlyIn Med. Cabinet see p.3 Museum Birthday Party see p.9 29 30 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm MAY 1 2Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am FME mtg 3Nat’l Day of Prayer 4 5 full moon 6 7 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm ESHP mtg see p.9 8 9Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 10 RAPPER 11 12911 Fish Fry APRIL 2012


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 13, 2012 email: PAGE 3 MUSEUM RECEPTION A reception to meet Brian Call, featured photographer at the Museum of the Everglades, will be held on Saturday April 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome! HISTORY TALK Local author Marya Repko will give an illustrated lecture about the history of the Everglades City area including logging in the Fakahatchee and the work of Deaconess Harriet Bedell on Saturday, April 14, at 1:00 p.m. at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center in Ochopee. She will also be signing her “Brief History” books which will be available for purchase at the event. The talk is free of charge and everyone is welcome. For info, phone 695-4758. POT LUCK Holy Family Catholic Church will host a potluck supper after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, April 15. PYTHONS TALK Larry Perez, a ranger at ENP, is giving a talk entitled “Everglades Pythons: A Decade of Change” at the Friends of Fakahatchee Annual Dinner at the Everglades Seafood Depot on Sunday, April 15, at 5:00 p.m. Perez has just published a new book about the subject which he will sign (see page 7). Cost for the buffet roast beef dinner and talk is $25 for FOF members; $35 for non-members. Reservations required. For info, call 695-2905 or visit the FOF website BigC Landowners Meeting NPS will hold a meeting at the Big Cypress Sanctuary Airstrip (in the Big Cypress Addition) on Monday, April 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Presentations will be made on topics of interest specifically to those who own property within the Additional Lands; also, the Preserve's Addition General Management Plan, the Hunt Management Plan, the ORV Management Plan, the access point at MM 51 on I-75, and the qualification process for Addition Landowners. The deadline for submitting comments related to the Hunting Management Plan has been extended to April 21 For information, call 695-1107. EARTH DAY The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will host a free Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21, at the Conservancy Nature Center, 1450 Merrihue Dr. in Naples from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be environmental exhibits, vendors, children’s carnival, face-painting, live entertainers, and guest speakers. For info, call 239-262-0304 or visit website On the same day, Naples Zoo holds its “Party for the Planet” from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and also has a focus on kiddies. For info, see LIONS POT LUCK The Everglades Lions Club is holding a pot luck supper and elections on Tuesday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. in the back room of Island Cafe. For info, call Elaine at 6952695. MEDICINE CABINET Dangerous drugs can get into the hands of youngsters or pollute our waters. Bring your unwanted medications to City Hall on Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon for safe disposal by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. There is also a drop-off medicine box inside City Hall during weekly office hours. Safety Course at Pancake FlyIn The last Pancake FlyIn for the season will be held on Saturday, April 28, followed by a free FAA Safety Seminar for credit at noon and 1:00 p.m. Strategies for planning flights over uninhabited terrain and open waters will be discussed by Chuck Gretzke and FAA representatives. For more information about the seminar, contact H. Matthew Simpson, Lead Representative at (239) 643-4554. Pancakes and sausage will be served from 10 a.m. until noon courtesy of Chuck and Wings 10,000 Islands Aero Tours. Everyone welcome – by air, sea, or land. Call him at 695-3296 for more information. OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 03/28/12: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 03/29/12: Airboat Accident, Everglades City 03/30/12: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 03/30/12: Vehicle Smoking, 78 MM I-75 03/31/12: Vehicle Accident, Ochopee 03/31/12: Illegal Burn, Copeland 04/01/12: Fire Alarm, Marco Island 04/01/12: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 04/02/12: Marine Med Emerg, Lumber Key 04/03/12: Vehicle Accident, Ochopee 04/03/12: Marine Med. Emerg, Panther Key 04/04/12: Brush Fire, 89 MM I-75 04/06/12: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 04/06/12: Plane Crash, Everglades Air Park 04/07/12: Vehicle Accident, Plantation Island 04/07/12: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 04/08/12: Vehicle Accident, US41 & San Marco 04/08/12: Smoke Investigation, Janes Scenic 04/09/12: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 04/10/12: Emergency Medical, Copeland Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Board will meet at 4:00 p.m. Monday, May 14, at Port of the Islands. DOCTOR’S CLINIC Dr. Kirk DeMartino of Marco Island will see patients on Fridays from 1:30 to 4:30 pm in the clinic behind the Fire Station. He accepts Medicare and insurance. For info, call (239) 642-5552. Little Gator Clinic The free walk-in clinic for youngsters will be closing for the season after Dr. Barnard’s final visit on April 17 from 5 to 7 pm. There are no drugs on the premises but Dr. Barnard can write prescriptions. MOBILE PET VET Dr. Lopez will visit the area on the second Saturday of each month. The next visit will be on Saturday, April 14, at McLeod Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For info, phone him at 777-PETS (7387) or visit the website online at INDEPENDENCE DAY Donation boxes have been placed around town to help pay for the fireworks during our Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, June 30. You can also drop off your cash or check at City Hall. To see a poster and a parade entry form, see


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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 13, 2012 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 695-2561 website: ww From Savannah’s Eyes Spring Break is finally here, and I am having a great time with my friends, family, and being worry free! Although it's almost over, it's okay because that means that summer 2012 is getting even closer! Easter is coming up, too, and I am going to be with my loving family, and we are going to have a nice sit down lunch together. I love my family! The other day I went to my cousin’s house, and they were going out in the woods behind their house on four wheelers for fun. I went with them and had amazing time! It was around 7:30 or 8:00 p.m., just as it was getting dark. The moon was out, and it was beautiful because it was so perf ect with no clouds to block it; plus, it is almost full so it was just breathtaking. Oh, and did I mention that we saw some deer? There were three in front of us before we stopped and shut off the four wheelers since it scared two of them away. The other one stood still and was so close to us. If I had taken about 20 steps, I would be eye to eye with it! It stood up and was a young buck with fuzz still on its horns. Right before we took a picture without scaring him, he ran away. So we kept on going and saw another one; this time a doe, jumping as she ran away. There were also so many wild flowers and odd ones, too, that looked like a cactus mixed with some other type of tall wildflower! With the fresh air and beautiful nature, I didn't want to leave when we started ho me! If you ever get the chance to go out into the woods, go for it b ecause there is so many wonders in nature out there! If you wake up one morning and see a bunch of flamingos in your yard, don't freak out. It is the Booster Club’s fundraiser raising money for our sports’ and school functions. It's called "Flocking"; if they are in your yard, it means that someone has paid $25 to the Booster club for them to flock you. It's not to be mean or anything; it's just a fun fundraiser. Contact Brenda at 695-3402 or Carol at 695-3402 or 825-5762 for more information. I’m so excited for summer and to go back out in the woods! With love, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is in the 9th grade at Everglades City School and is a regular contributor to this paper. BASEBALL HOME GAMES Fri, 4/20 SWFL Christian 5:30 p.m. SOFTBALL HOME GAMES Fri, 4/13 CSN 4:00 p.m. GREAT GATORS Pre-K – Hannah Gilmore K – Kaitlyn House, Gabriel Herin 1 – Trey Bee, James Collins 2 – Candice Ayres, Case Van Leeuwen 3,4 – Evan Richards 5 – Stephanie Pablo-Ramirez 6 – Cassie Bedford 7 – Caleb Morris 8 – Madison Brummer Gator Academic All Stars Presentations on April 13 beginning at 9 am Visit website for more information Sign Up For Teen Driver Challenge Friday, April 20 : 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Osceola Elementary School, 5770 Osceola Trail, North Naples Saturday, April 21 : 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Barron Collier High School, 5600 Cougar Drive, North Naples The Collier County Sheriff's Of fice and the Florida Sheriff's Association welcome Collier County kids to the spring semester of the Teen Driver Challenge. The program began in June 2009 and continues to grow in popularity. This course provides participants with the knowledg e and hands-on experience needed to reduce the chance of being in volved in a traffic crash. The driving skills taught are the same techniques used by driving professionals, including NASCAR. The class consists of two training days. The first day is a four-hour block of instruction and the second day is an eight-hour block of vehicle operations. Teen drivers will be behind the wheel of their own vehicle. Instructors are certified law enfor cement trainers. At the end of the class participants will receive a certificate of completion. Certificates can be presented to auto insurance companies for a possible premium reduction. Participants must already have a driver's license. The spring semester course will also feature a visit from local race car driver Michael Cenzi. Cenz i is partnering with the Collier County Sheriff's Office to ra ise public awareness about the dangers of text-messaging while driving. To sign up for the spring course, contact the CCSO Youth Relations Bureau at 239.793.9260. IMPORTANT DATES Week of April 16 FCAT Thurs, April 19 SAC, 6:00 pm Thurs, April 26 New Class Orientation 6th Grade – 6 pm; 9th Grade – 6:30 pm Thurs, April 26 Sports Banquet, 6:00 pm


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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 13, 2012 email: PAGE 7 Recipe for Good Eating Easy Crispy Dessert Submitted by Patty Huff Ingredients for filling: Ingredients for topping: 4 Pears (Bartlett) 1 cup Light Brown Sugar 3 Apples (Granny Smith) 1 cup Flour (all purpose) cup Raisins cup Pecans cup Brown Sugar 1 tsp Ground Cardamom 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon 8 TBS Butter tsp Ground Cardamom Honey Peel and thinly slice pears and apples; comb ine with raisins in a large bowl, then add remaining ingredients. Spread into a greased (butter) cast iron skillet. For the topping, combine sugar, flour, pecans and cardamom in a food processor. Cut butter into cubes and add; pulse until well blended, then sprinkle on top of filling. Bake at 350 for one hour or until bubbling. Cool for 15-20 minutes. Top with vanilla ice cream and enjoy! If you have a favorite re cipe to share, please phone or email us. Patty Huff Off the Shelf – New Books "Chomp" by Carl Hiaasen reviewed by Patty Huff Carl Hiaasen has done it again. In his latest novel for young readers, Chomp, as in Hoot, Flush and Scat, the main character is a teenage boy (named Wahoo). After his father is injured by a dead iguana fallen from a palm tree, Wahoo takes charge of the family business, a backyard animal wrangling attrac tion in the Everglades. When the reality-TV series "Expedition Survival" wants to film at the site with their star Derek Badger, things typically start to go wrong. Kids of all ages (which includes a lot of us) familiar with our local wildlife will enjoy this new book by Hiaasen with its humor and absurdities which he draws from real-life situations in South Florida. Learn more about Carl Hiaasen at His books are available at our local library, online and at major books stores. "Snake in the Grass" by Larry Perez reviewed by Marya Repko I have been asked by visitors “What about pythons?”. Well, I didn’t know so emailed a friend from Fish & Wildlife. He said that the Fakahatchee was probably OK because of its healthy gator population but other parts of Collier County such as Collier Seminole State Park and Rookery Bay are probably in danger. Here’s a new book by park ranger Larry Perez who has had many years of experience and admits he is fascinated by snakes. He gives us some background about the debates: were pythons released during Hurricane Andrew or were they abandoned by pet owners? And, are they destroying our native species, some endangered, or blending in with nature as well as they can when man is the real nonnative species? I must declare a personal interest because I published Larry’s first book Words on the Wilderness in 2007 and found his research then very thorough. His new effort is published by Pineapple Press and is available from Barnes & Noble. He is the speaker at the FOF Annual Dinner on Sunday, April 15 (see p.3).


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 13, 2012 email: PAGE 8 Sawfish Report by Dana Bethea The Smalltooth Sawfish Abundance Survey captured and tagged several neonate and small juveniles on their recent March expedition in the Ten Thousand Islands Backcountry Region. Also along on the trip this month was Tracy Zeigler, a fisheries and marine biologist with the National Park Service. The most exciting capture happened on a tip from Captain Terry Shaughnessy. He informed researchers that over the past few weeks he had seen several 6-8 foot animals around Pavilion Key. On March 29, researchers captured and tagged a 60 in (154 cm) stretch total length age-1 juvenile smalltooth sawfish. This month, researchers were able to fit 6 animals with acoustic tags. Each acoustic tag emits an ultrasonic “ping” at a unique frequency. Acoustic stations record the acoustic tag number as a tagged animal swims by. Stations are anchored on the eastand west-sides of Chokoloskee Island and along Turner River, Hurdles Creek, Mud Bay, Cross Bays, Crooked Creek and Lopez River. Stations are desi gnated with a large white hard plastic float. Boaters, please exer cise caution and stay clear of all acoustic stations. The acoustic tagging project will continue through December 2012 in the back country waters of Everglades National Park. The Smalltooth Sawfish Abundance Survey researchers will be back in Everglades City April 20-25. If you see or encounter a smal ltooth sawfish, please contact the National Sawfish Encounter Database at (352) 392-2360. Input and cooperation from the general public is greatly valued. Remember, exercise caution when untangling the animal from fishing line and never remove the saw. This research follows permits EVER-2012-SCI-0008 and ESA-13330 and is funded through the NOAA Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office in St. Petersburg, FL. Photo caption: Researchers prepare to measur e, tag, and release an age-1 juvenile smalltooth sawfish at Pavilion Key, 29 March 2012. From left to right: Lisa Hollen sead, FSU; Dana Bethea, John Carlson and Kelcee Smith, NOAA Fisheries Panama City Laboratory, Photo credit: Dana M. Bethea, NOAA Fisheries Panama City Laboratory SAWFISH SIGHTINGS If you see a sawfish, please report it to: Online at www.flmnh.ufl. edu/fish/sharks/sawfish By phone: (352) 392-2360 or (352) 871-8230 By e-mail: sawf The smalltooth sawfish is a protected species. The Living Gulf Coast by Charles Sobczak (Excerpt from The Living Gulf Coast available at the Chamber Welcome Center and the Big Cypress Swamp Visitor Center) Snowy Plover ( Charadrius alexandrinus ) Other names: Cuban snowy plover / Status: FL=threatened, IUCN=LC / Life span: to 11 years / Length: 67 in. (15-17 cm) / Wingspan: 13 in. (34 cm) / Weight: 1.22 oz (34-58 g) / Nests on Gulf beaches / Found: Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier, coastal / Months found: JFmamjjaSOND (lower case indicates nesting season). Photo by Rob Pailes The snowy plover is a very small, delicate-looking shorebird that is suffering from extensive coastal overdevelopment. Disturbances such as unleashed dogs, children at play, and in some areas, automobiles being driven on the beaches have all contributed to the rapid decline of this once familiar species. Arguably Flor ida’s most threatened bird, some estimates put its total number between 220 and 400 nesting pairs. The snowy plover is often mistaken for the piping plover but has darker, grayish legs and an all-black beak as opposed to the yellow-orange legs and orange and black bill of the piping plover. Another tell is that the piping plover has more of a point to its bill than does the snowy. The snowy plover is quite a bit sm aller than the killdeer or Wilson’s plover. It feeds on small crustaceans and soft invertebrates such as sand flies. Its nest consists of some shallow scrapes of assorted shells upon which two to three pale, dotted eggs are laid, sometimes up to two broods annually. Young plovers leave the nest within three hours of hatching. The plover’s only defense is camouflage, flattening itself against the ground when a predator or a person approaches. Predation to the nests comes from dogs, gulls, rodents, snakes, and ghost crabs. Its primary threat is continued coastal development and loss of suitable beach dune habitat. On many coastal beaches plover nesting areas are marked off by stakes and yellow police tape. Under no circumstances should dogs, children, or adults be allowed into these roped-off areas, as the tiny eggs of the snowy plover are all but impossible to spot and are easily stepped on and crushed. 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 APRIL 13, 2012 email: PAGE 9 INVESTMENT INSIGHTS by Darcie Guerin, CFP Raymond James & Associates, Inc. If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday. Pearl Buck, American Author Are you concerned that too much of your money might be going to taxes on April 17th? Maybe it's time to consider the advantages of yearround tax planning. The deadline for filing your tax return is April 17th. But did you know that it's also the last day to contribute to a taxdeductible IRA for the previous year? It pays to learn about taxdeferred benefits – and you may even earn a deduction when you make last year's IRA contribution. Retirement plans are often left behind when someone changes jobs, is laid off, or retires. Consolidating those funds will simplify your life and provide a better understanding of available resources for your financial foundation for retirement. Don’t overlook the fact that women spend their lives working just as hard as men do. Yet, they often have a greater possibility of being financially unstable during their retirement years. We’re committed to helping both men and women learn about investing to become better prepared to meet their future financial goals. C ertified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered CFP (with flame logo), which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements. Investing involves risks including the potential loss of capital. Consult with qualified tax or legal counsel concerning retirement planning. This article provided by Darcie Guerin, CFP, Associate Vice President, Investments & Branch Manager of Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC 606 Bald Eagle Dr. Suite 401, Marco Island, FL 34145. She may be reached at (239)389 1041, email Website: MUSEUM of the Everglades NEWS The Friends of the Museum of th e Everglades are celebrating the 14th Birthday of the Museum and the 84th Anniversary of the opening of the Tamiami Trail on Saturday, April 28, and inviting the community to come enjoy the festivities with storytelling, free hot dogs, lemonade, and cake. Antique cars will be arriving at 10:00 a.m., and the program begins at 10:30 a.m. with music by “Red Dirt Mojo”. There will also be a living history exhibit of a Gladesmen camp. Everyone is invited to this community event. The Museum at 105 West Broadway (the little pink building) is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcome. The attraction fo r April and May is a special exhibit by photographer Brian Call in the Pauline Reeves Gallery. ESHP News Plans are underway for a busy season next fall and winter. Among the ideas the Board discussed at its meeting on April 2 are more Movie Nights, talks about the history of fishing, a Glades Life Culture event, and No stalgia Nights when local s can talk about what they remember. The next meeting of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation will be held on Monday, May 7. Please come along and let us know what activities you would like to attend. For info, phone Marya at 695-2905. TAXING THINGS by Mike the Tax Guy IRS ‘Fresh Start’ For Taxpayers The Internal Revenue Service has expanded its "Fresh Start" initiative thru three new and expanded programs to help struggling taxpayers who owe taxes 1. Penalty relief is available to two categories of taxpayers: Wage earners who have been unemployed at least 30 consecutive days during 2011 or in 2012 up to this year's April 17 tax deadline, and Self-employed individuals who experienced a 25 percent or greater reduction in business income in 2011 due to the economy. To qualify your adjusted gross income must not exceed $200,000 if married filing jointly or $ 100,000 if your filing status is single, married filing separately, head of household, or qualifying widower. Your 2011 balance due can not exceed $50,000. Complete Form 1127A to request the 2011 penalty relief. 2. Installment agreements: An installment agreement is a payment option for those who cannot pay their entire tax bill by the due date. The Fresh Start provisions give more taxpayers the ability to use streamlined installment agreements to catch up on back taxes and also more time to pay. The new thres hold for requesting an in stallment agreement has been raised from $25,000 to $50,000. This option requires limited financial information, meaning far less burden to the taxpayer. Th e maximum term for streamlined installment agreements has been raised to six year s from the current five-year maximum. If your debt is more than $50,000, you'll still need to supply the IRS with a Collection Information Statement (Form 433-A or Form 433-F). You also can pay your balance down to $50,000 or less to qualify for this payment option. With an installment agreement, you'll pay less in penalties, but interest continues to accrue on the outstanding balance. In order to qualify for the new expanded streamlined inst allment agreement, you must agree to monthly direct debit payments. 3. Offer in Compromise: An Offer in Compromise is an agreement between a taxpayer and the IRS that settles the taxpayer’s tax liab ilities for less than the full amount owed. The IRS looks at the taxpayer’s income and assets to make a determination regarding the taxpayer’s ability to pay and may make a settlement agreement for a reduced amount depending on circumstances. For further information on this program, go to the IRS website at and search ‘Fresh Start Initiatives’


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 13, 2012 email: PAGE 10 Florida Tales “The Helpful Spirits of the Tamiami Trail” by Chester Keene On a warm humid night in 1965 a couple was traveling from Miami to Naples on the narrow Tamiami Trail. The Trail was lined with Australian Pines planted for a border to guard motorists from going into the deep canal that ran east to west. When the Trail was constructed back in the 1920s, by tough, hardworking men and local Indian men they had many sleepless nights and days because of the hoards of mo squitos, snakes and alligators. When the couple left Miami that night they never thought that they would experience an eerie trip they would never forget. The couple was en route back up to north Florida where they lived after spending two weeks on the east coast. They were in no hurry, just driving along at a slow speed watching the small animals dart across the Trail, maybe a Panther would cross. The traffic was almost nonexistent. The moon was full and they watched the edge of the canal being bathed with the glow of the car headlights. All of a sudden his wife pointed at a weird light on the canal just in front of their cars light. "What in the world is that"? she hollered. Her husband slowed the car down and pulled off the road to look. He saw a flash coming between the pine trees what appeared to be a bright figure standing in the stern of a flat bottom boat. But just as quick as he spotted it, it would vanish. He had a flashlight in the glove box for emergencies and pointed the light up and down the canal as far as he could see. But whatever it was they had seen it vanished. He headed back towards his car where his wife screamed "Look out the driver is on the wrong side of the road". He jumped out of the way just as it roared by. When the driver noticed what was happening, he overcorrected and plunged into the canal behind them. They ran to the scene and the headlights were still on as the car started to sink. He jumped on the roof of the sinking car, layed down on the roof and opened the door. They then helped the older balding man out of the car to safety. He had dozed off. If the travelers had not been there at that moment in time the driver would have drowned. Later on when the Deputies arrived and had the car pulled out of the canal, they told him the strange story of the figure they said that made them stop to investigate and stayed there wh en the accident occurred. The Deputies smiled but made no comment. Later on they stopped at a motel in Naples where I was on a complaint about someone locking their keys in the car, and told me their story. I said "I'm new on the job here, but have heard that story from other Lawmen that work down around The East Tr ail". I had heard that an Indian chief had drowned in the canal years ago and some think the Spirits of his loved ancestors have been looking for him. Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article SHERIFF’S REPORT We have received 2 separate reports of a suspicious male dressed in all black, possibly wearing a ski mask, who has been observed walking in the area of Chokoloskee Drive at night. During both of these incidents (which occurred on different days) the sheriff’s office wasn’t notified until days latter. No confrontation took place during either sighting. We have increased our patrols on Chokoloskee Island, especially during the night-time hours. You can help us by assuring that any suspicious activity or person(s) observed in the area are immediately reported to the Collier County Sheriffs Office for further investigation at 252-9300. Help us to keep our neighborhoods safe! Shark! Shark! by Patricia Rose Ballard Coffie In June of 1980, I went fishing. My brother John III lived in Naples, Fl. with his wife Julianne and sons, Scott and Jay (John IV). John and Jay liked to take visitors fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. I came with my boyfriend, John Julius, and my son, Christopher John. Brother John and Jay (John) took us out fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. John said we would do some catch-and-release fishing the way we had when John and I were growing up with annual fishing vacations in Minnesota. He said the difference might be that we would be catching and releasing small hammerhead sharks. John Julius hooked an eight foot nurse shark instead of a little hammerhead. When that shark first came to the top of the water, I thought it was the edge of an island and we had come too close. John, John, John and Chris went to work to control the shark while I drove the boat to the beach yelling “Shark, Shark!” so the swimmers would move out of the way. Brother John knew the nurse shark would not attack a person but I did not. Chaos ruled as John said “Jay, get the gaff hook! The shark is right at the side of the boat!” That meant John, John, John (Jay), and Chris moved to that side of the boat to help. When John and I were little and fishing in Minnesota, we learned that when you want to bring a big fish into the boat; you close the tackle boxes and store them under the seats then begin to look for the best place to put the big fish in the boat. Now, John started to close tackle boxes as John worked the big shark. John (Jay) and son Christopher John helped John look for a place in the boat for this huge shark. Besides shrieking “Shark! Shark!” for the swimmers, I shouted to John, John, John (Jay), and Christopher John "No, you are not going to put that shark in this boat with me! Don't you close those tackle boxes and eyeball the aisle. Don’t you… Stop that! That shark is not going to get in this boat with me. You stop that right now!" I ran the boat right up on the beach and then jumped in the water and grabbed the shark as it had slipped the line as soon as it touched bottom. I helped pull the shark onto the beach. We measured the shark, took a picture, and then took it out and released it back into the Gulf of Mexico. Patricia Rose Ballard Coffie recently submitted this article about her time fishing in the 1980s. She contributes articles to her local newspaper in Waverly, Iowa.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 13, 2012 email: PAGE 11 RESTAURANT NEWS Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): 12 Noon – 9:00 pm; daily 6–9 pm; Fri, Sat: Country Music closing April 30 City Seafood (695-4700): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; daily Fish Market also open Everglades Seafood Depot (695-0075): 10:30 am 10:00 pm; daily Everglades Scoop (695-0375): closed for summer Gator Express (695-3937): 7:00 am – 7:00 pm; Sun Thurs 7:00 am – 8:00 pm; Fri, Sat Glades Haven Deli (695-2091): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun Thurs 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; Fri, Sat Havana Caf (695-2214): Closed for the summer Island Caf (695-0003): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily Ivey House (695-3299): 6:30 – 9:30 am; daily Continental breakfast, box lunches Joanie’s Blue Crab Caf (695-2682): 11:00 am – 4:00 pm; Wed thru Mon Oyster House Restaurant (695-2073): 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Sun thru Thurs 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Fri, Sat 4:30 -6:30 pm – Early Bird Specials Right Choice Pizzeria (695-3663): 5:00 – 8:30 pm; ThursSun (takeout) Rod & Gun (695-2101): 7:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast; daily 11:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Susie’s Station (719-0190): 11:00 am 5:00 pm; daily Triad Seafood (695-0722 or 695-2662): 10:30 am – 5:00 pm; daily Fish Market also open Right Choice Supermarket (695-4535) 9:00 am – 7:30 pm, Mon-Sat 10:00 am – 6:30 pm, Sun Grimm’s Stone Crab (695-3222) 8 am to 6 pm; Mon-Sat Loco’s Produce (Fri, Sat, Sun) Frank’s cell phone (239) 462-7050 7:00 am 2:00 pm; ECity Post Office 2:00 – 4:00 pm; outside ORA (Sun) Stone Crab Season ends May 15 TDC Grant Applications Collier County Tourist Development Council is currently accepting Museum Grant Applications and Event/Sponsorship Grant Applications for fiscal year 2012-2013. Applications are due on Monday, April 30 For more info, call Jack Wert in the Tourism Department at 252-2384. To apply online see Kids and adults all had fun at the Easter Egg Hunt on April 7 at Chokoloskee Church of God. Thanks to Helen Bryan for photo. Easter Sunrise Service at the National Park was well attended as all denominations joined in the celebration. TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 04/13 Fri 04:09am -0.1 L 04/13 Fri 10:25am 2.0 H 04/13 Fri 04:24pm 0.9 L 04/13 Fri 09:18pm 2.5 H 04/14 Sat 05:18am 0.0 L 04/14 Sat 11:39am 2.1 H 04/14 Sat 05:47pm 0.7 L 04/14 Sat 10:45pm 2.4 H 04/15 Sun 06:20am 0.1 L 04/15 Sun 12:24pm 2.2 H 04/15 Sun 06:53pm 0.6 L 04/16 Mon 12:01am 2.4 H 04/16 Mon 07:14am 0.2 L 04/16 Mon 12:53pm 2.3 H 04/16 Mon 07:46pm 0.4 L 04/17 Tue 01:01am 2.4 H 04/17 Tue 08:00am 0.3 L 04/17 Tue 01:18pm 2.5 H 04/17 Tue 08:32pm 0.2 L 04/18 Wed 01:48am 2.4 H 04/18 Wed 08:42am 0.3 L 04/18 Wed 01:43pm 2.6 H 04/18 Wed 09:13pm 0.1 L 04/19 Thu 02:26am 2.4 H 04/19 Thu 09:20am 0.4 L 04/19 Thu 02:08pm 2.7 H 04/19 Thu 09:50pm 0.0 L 04/20 Fri 03:01am 2.4 H 04/20 Fri 09:55am 0.5 L 04/20 Fri 02:34pm 2.8 H 04/20 Fri 10:26pm -0.1 L 04/21 Sat 03:35am 2.4 H 04/21 Sat 10:27am 0.6 L 04/21 Sat 03:00pm 2.9 H 04/21 Sat 11:02pm -0.1 L 04/22 Sun 04:12am 2.3 H 04/22 Sun 10:57am 0.6 L 04/22 Sun 03:25pm 2.9 H 04/22 Sun 11:38pm -0.2 L 04/23 Mon 04:52am 2.3 H 04/23 Mon 11:23am 0.7 L 04/23 Mon 03:49pm 2.9 H 04/24 Tue 12:15am -0.2 L 04/24 Tue 05:38am 2.2 H 04/24 Tue 11:48am 0.7 L 04/24 Tue 04:14pm 2.8 H 04/25 Wed 12:55am -0.1 L 04/25 Wed 06:31am 2.1 H 04/25 Wed 12:12pm 0.8 L 04/25 Wed 04:42pm 2.8 H 04/26 Thu 01:39am 0.0 L 04/26 Thu 07:29am 2.1 H 04/26 Thu 12:42pm 0.9 L 04/26 Thu 05:19pm 2.6 H See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 13, 2012 email: PAGE 12 ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS date _______________________ Please make check payable to “Snook Publications” and send to Snook Publications, P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 ___ The MULLET RAPPER by post ($38) ___ The MULLET RAPPER by email ($10) NAME ___________________________________________ EMAIL _______________________________________________ STREET / P.O.BOX: ALTERNATE ADDRESS _________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ CITY ____________________________________________ CITY _________________________________________________ STATE ________ ZIP ____________________________ STATE _________ ZIP _________________________________ MONTHS AT ALTERNATE ADDRESS __JAN __FEB __MAR __APR __MAY __JUN __JUL __AUG __SEP __OCT __NOV __DEC 4/13/12 The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area PUBLISHER Patricia A. Huff, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 (239) 695-2397, EDITORS Patty Huff & Marya Repko CONTRIBUTORS Helen Bryan, Darcie Guerin, Chester Keene, Mike Klein Bill Lindsay, Lisa Marteeny, Savannah Oglesby, Trina Mitchell, Charles Sboczak PRODUCTION layout: Marya Repko, printing: Hinson Studios PUBLISHER’S STATEMENT We aim to provide local news of interest to the extended community of Everglades City, Chokoloskee, Plantation Island, Lee Cypress, Copeland, Jerome, and Ochopee. We strive to present the facts accurately without political bias or personal opinion. The views expressed in signed articles are not necessarily those of the editors or publisher. SUBSCRIPTION RATES 25¢ per issue or $38 per year by US Post 2012, Snook Publications. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior permission. See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website. SNOOK CLASSIFIED -----------------------------------------------------RENT TO OWN : House at 5% interest rate. $1025 a month for 30 Years & you own it. House & Barn on 1.02 Acres in Fakahatchee Strand State Park. Call Don at 321-439-7635. See more info & pictures at --------------------------------------------------FOR SALE BY OWNER: Lot on Chokoloskee; on canal behind Post Office. Call (561) 622-6011 or email: ------------------------------------------------FOR RENT: 10 x 10 Storage units at 103 S. Storter, $60/mo. Call (727) 430-3460. --------------------------------------------------FOR SALE BY OWNER: 3 lots in Chokoloskee, 2 on Calusa Dr, Lot M-4; Lot M-5 (filled); L.ot by cemetery. Call (419) 441-2068 or (740) 864-2179. --------------------------------------------------FOR RENT: Studio apartment for rent. $600 a month or 1200 sq ft commercial space with office & handicappedaccessible bath w/shower plus apartment for $1000 a month. Call 239-340-4770 --------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: If you're into fishing, this is the place for you! Lovely duplex with each unit having 2 bedrooms & 2 baths. Lower level completely redone. Located in Chokoloskee on a canal, deeded waterfront, with dock & lift. Reduced to $350,000. Call Bonnie Woodward, Keller Williams Realty, (239) 860-6369. --------------------------------------------------FOR RENT: Office Space in Right Choice Supermarket Building. Call Petra at 695-4535 for more information. --------------------------------------------------FOR SALE : 14” Wood Cutting Band Saw, good condition. Call 695-0243 ------------------------------------------------CLASSIFIEDS only $10/issue phone 695-2397 or email JOBS VACANT -------------------------------------------------HELP WANTED: Leave name and number at 695-2273. Will call back. --------------------------------------------------CASHIER WANTED : Gator Express & Everglades Gas Station is looking for a cashier. Call 695-3937. ---------------------------------------------------PUT YOUR JOB ADS IN THE RAPPER no charge! phone us at 695-2397 If you haven’t seen the Klotz Collection of watercolors of historic buildings, stop into the old council chamber at City Hall. Cards are also available for sale. EVERGLADES LIONS CLUB Serving our community with eye and hearing assistance since the 1950's. Call us with your needs. New members welcome. Come join our unique organization. Phone Elaine 695-2695 or email emiddel @ VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Greet Visitors in the Museum Meet people from around the corner or around the world! Phone Martha 695-0008. CONGRATULATIONS! Lincoln Frost celebrates his 100th Birthday on April 17. Linc & Bea lived on Plantation Island until recently.