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25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 14 27, 2014 2014, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VIII Issue #205 HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Lauren Bacall & Humphrey Boga rt at Historical Movie Night on Friday, February 14, at 5:30 p.m. Free popcorn & sodas (and Valentine’s surprises!) in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall behind Everglades Community Church. Featured movie is “Key Largo” Reservations required. To book your places, call 695-2905 for more information. MSD Festival Tuesday, Feb. 18 Opening Luncheon Wednesday, Feb. 19 Everglades Educational Day Thursday, Feb. 20 Adventures in the Everglades Friday, Feb. 21 Seminoles in the Everglades Saturday, Feb. 22 Marjory Stoneman Douglas Art-in-the-Glades Day For more information, including reservations, call (239) 695-0008. CITY COUNCIL REPORT by Marya Repko At the meeting on February 11, Ma yor Sammy Hamilton commented on what a good weekend we had for the Everglades Seafood Festival. He was happy to welcome the large group of dignitaries, especially our Congressman and County Commissioners. He reported that there were 175 vendors, and preliminary figures indi cate that the income was about the same as last year. Sgt. Platt reported for CCSO that th ere were no incidents at the Festival although a fight broke out afterw ards in a local restaurant. Councilor Elaine Middelstaedt said she was happy the weather was so good for our Festival. Councilor Parker Oglesby menti oned a continuing problem with the street light bulbs on CR29 and stop si gns being stolen. The next meeting is on Tuesday, March 4 at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall. SEAFOOD FESTIVAL A bevy of dignitaries opened the Everglades Seafood Festival on Saturday, February 8. After the formal ceremony on the big stage, the official T-shirt was sh own off (see below). Festival attendees spent the day enjoying the program of musical entertainers, the Gator Boys Road Show, crafts vendor s, and a large choice of foods (mostly fishy). Photo: Dan Kimball (Superintendent Everglades National Park), Congressman Mario DiazBalart, County Commissioner Donna Fiala (holding shirt), County Commissioner Tim Nance, Everglades City Mayor Sammy Hamilton, Brenda Hamilton, Mrs. DiazBalart. TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Parks p. 8 Events p. 3 FWC p. 8 School p. 5 Gulf Coast p. 8 Taxing p. 7 Museum p. 9 Recipe p. 7 Florida Tales p. 9 Sheriff p. 7 Angel p.10 Bike Ride p. 7 Savannah p.10 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: Movies in the Everglades, 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 FEBRUARY 14, 2014 email: PAGE 2 March 19: Fak Cruise April 13: Everglades Bike Ride April 26: Pancake Fly-In; Museum Birthday May 1: Nat’l Day of Prayer THRIFT SHOP: Tues, 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, Feb 11 & 18, 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 NA: Sat, 11 am, Community Church MUSEUM: Tues-Fri, 9 am to 5 pm; Sat, 9 am to 4 pm SMALLWOOD STORE: Daily, 10 am to 4 pm VETERANS SUPPORT: Fri, Feb 14, 10 a.m. WEIGHT LOSS: Tues, 5 to 6 pm, Community Church CARNESTOWN Recycle and Trash: 2nd Sat, 9 am to 1 pm SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: Mon (2/17) 10-11 am, Thurs (2/20) 9-10 am, Tues (2/25) 9-10 am, Fri (2/28) 9-10 am 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 FEB 9 Seafood Festival see p.1 Bluegrass Festival 10 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm OFCD Mtg Chamber Mtg Island Caf, 6 pm 11 Congressional Aide Visit City Council 5:30 pm Kids’ Clinic 12 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am Full Moon Canoe Trip 13 Lion’s Club Oyster House 5:30 pm Full Moon Canoe Trip full moon 14 RAPPER Valentine’s Day Veterans Support see p.3 Movie Night see p.1 15 Rummage Sale Clyde Butcher Open House Art Reception see p.3 Kids’ Fishing see p.5 16 Clyde Butcher Open House see p.3 Gospel Music Night see p.3 17 Presidents’ Day Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm 18 Reach Out Mtg City Hall, 8:30 am MSD Festival see p.1 Kids’ Clinic see p.3 19 Ladies Coffee Sweet Mayberry’s Caf 8 am MSD Festival see p.1 Wine Wednesday see p.3 20 Everglades Book Club see p.3 MSD Festival see p.1 SAC Mtg see p.5 Wild Turkey Dinner see p.3 21 MSD Festival see p.1 22 MSD Festival see p.1 Pancake Fly-In Art-in-Glades Everglades Ultras Paddle-In POI Garage Sale see p.3 23 24 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm 25 26 Ladies Coffee Havana Caf 8 am 27 RAPPER 28 Veterans Support see p.3 Historical Talk see p.9 MAR 1 new moon ORA Bazaar see p.3 Orchids Talk see p.8 2 3 ESHP Mtg 8:30 am City Hall 4 Congressional Aide Visit City Council 5:30 pm 5 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 6 7 Community Church BBQ Chicken Dinner Starry Night see p.8 8 Museum Reception Walking Tour of Chokoloskee Art-in-theGlades 9 10 OFCD Mtg Chamber Mtg Island Caf, 6 pm 11 12 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 13 Full Moon Canoe Trip see p.8 14 Full Moon Canoe Trip see p.8 Movie Night 15 FEBRUARY / MARCH 2014


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 14, 2014 email: PAGE 3 Veterans Support Group The VA Support Group meets every other week with the next one scheduled for Friday, February 14, at 10:00 a.m. For more information, please call Tina at the Naples’ Vet Center at (239) 403-2377. RUMMAGE SALE There will be a Guys' Rummage Sale on Saturday, February 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 706 Buckner Avenue North. There will also be some ladies' stuff. For information, call 695-2006. CLYDE BUTCHER BIG CYPRESS GALLERY On February 15 & 16 Clyde Butcher will be giving a lecture each day at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Big Cypress National Preserve. Seating is very limited. After the lecture he will be in the Gallery for a meet and greet from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; staff will be leading swamp walks from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Call 695-2428 for information or visit Everglades Arts Varick Niles Studio 110 Camellia Street “Say It with Flowers” Reception: Saturday, February 15 12 noon – 4:00 p.m. (239) 261-9592 GOSPEL MUSIC NIGHT 1st Baptist Church of Everglades City will host a community gospel sing on Sunday, February 16 (refreshments following). Public welcome. Call Pastor Jim Fross for more information at 695-3871. WINE WEDNESDAY Driftwood Spa will host Wine Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19 at Everglades Isle. Everyone is invited. Call 695-0069 for more information. EVERGLADES BOOK CLUB Thursday, February 20, 9:30 am 618 Collier Ave (Sue Rogers) "Miss Dreamsville & the Collier County Literary Society" Call Sue at 695-9173 for more info WILD TURKEY FEDERATION The Ten Thousand Islands Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its banquet Thursday, February 20, at 6:00 p.m. at the Island Caf. For more information, call Bob Wells 695-2660. PANCAKE FLY-IN A pancake breakfast hosted by Wings 10,000 Islands Tours will take place at Everglades Airpark on Saturday, February 22, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Everyone is welcome. Call 695-3296. ART-IN-THE-GLADES Support local vendors on Saturday, February 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Art-in-the-Glades at the Museum with live music and food for sale. Phone Marya at 695-2905 for information. Everglades Ultras Trail Race thru the Everglades Saturday, February 22: 50 miles, 50 km, and 25 km. For info, call (954) 439-2800 or visit,. ANNUAL PADDLE-IN The 10th Annual Everglades Area Tours Paddle-In will be held on Saturday, February 22, with kayaking, walking and boating tours. The world-class champion BBQ will be held afte rwards at JT’s in Chokoloskee. For more information, visit website or call 695-3633. Port of the Islands Annual Community-Wide Garage Sale Saturday, February 22 9 am to 2 pm Both sides of the river and Orchid Cove ORA BAZAAR The Annual ORA Bazaar will be held on Saturday, March 1 in Chokoloskee. Gates will open at 9:00 a.m. with fresh bakery & coffee for sale. The Bazaar will feature a HUGE White Elephant Sale, a Silent Auction, a 50/50 Raffle, a Basket Raffle, and a Door Prize Raffle with lots of great prizes. There will be local vendors and craft sales. Lunch and ice cream will be from 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Hope to see you all there. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 01/29/14: Vehicle Fire, US 41 West of SR 29 01/31/14: Mutual Aid, US 41 & San Marco Rd 02/02/14: Brush Fire, US 41 and SR 29 02/02/14: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 02/03/14: Vehicle Accident, 75 MM I-75 02/04/14: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 02/04/14: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 02/04/14: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 02/04/14: Boat in Distress, Indian Key 02/04/14: Emergency Medical, Port of Islands 02/05/14: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 02/05/14: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 02/06/14: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 02/06/14: Vehicle Accident, 58 MM I-75 02/06/14: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 02/06/14: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 02/07/14: Vehicle Accident, 54 MM I-75 02/08/14: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 02/08/14: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 02/08/14: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 02/08/14: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 02/08/14: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 02/08/14: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 02/09/14: Vehicle Fire, 75 Mile Marker I-75 02/09/14: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 02/09/14: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 02/09/14: Emergency Medical, Everglades City The next Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Committee Meeting will be Monday, March 10, 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, February 18, from 5 to 7 pm when Dr. Barnard and Kathy will see patients aged 18 and under. There are no drugs but Dr. Barnard can write prescriptions. THRIFT SHOP HOURS The Thrift Shop is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If interested in volunteering, contact Annie at the Thrift Shop. WEIGHT LOSS SUPPORT GROUP Success Weight Loss class is being held every Tuesday from 5:00 6:00 p.m. at the Community Church. Christian based support group for wellness. The public is welcome and there is no charge. Contact Kathy Kronk (573) 619-9929 for more information.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 14, 2014 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 – 6:00 pm; daily 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 “Say it with Flowers” Show dates Jan. 31 – March 1 Reception Saturday, Feb 15 Everglades Art Varick Niles Studio 110 Camellia Street Fridays & Saturdays, 11:00-4:00 p.m. ( 239 ) 261-9592


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 14, 2014 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 TAYLOR’S CORNER What an amazing experience this has been for me; it was my first seafood festival! There were so many fun games and activities there. My favorite ride was the Extreme. I also got to see the Gator Boys perform and I got their autograph. I won three gold fish and gave one to my friend Charlie. I named one fish Gilligan and the other one the Skipper. During the opening ceremonies my brother, my dad and I watched Charlie sing the national anthem. My dad said that she was better than Beyonce! I thought she was pretty spectacular. It is the start of baseball and softball season. Our Lady Gators won their first game of the season against Golden Gate. The boys’ first JV game is on Friday, February 14 at home. Come support the team! Afterwards there’s the middle school dance in the cafeteria from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. My brother wants to go after the game but probably won’t dance. And don’t forget this weekend is a three day weekend. No school on Monday, February 17, for Presidents’ Day. 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, Staff and Community, I would like to thank each an d every one of you for your contributions to another successful Seafood Festival. It is rewarding to see the “Team Effort” as our community comes together to make this event happen. We truly feel privileged to be an active participant. Our proceeds benefit our students in a variety of ways. Some of the activities we are able to sponsor with these funds are: Scholarshi ps, Fieldtrips, Grad Night, Prom, and resources for students. We ar e fortunate to have this resource for our students! Gratefully yours, Bob Spano Everglades City School 2014 YEARBOOK Help support our yearbook by purchasing an advertisement. Join Everglades City School history, yearbooks last forever! Ad sizes: Full Page: $150; Half Page: $75; Quarter Page: $50.00 Business Card: $35.00. Please submit checks along with photos and text by March 14. Make checks payable to Everglades City School. Photos and text can be submitted in paper or electronic format. Digital text and photos need to be emailed to Mrs. Owen at Pictures that need to be scanned must be submitted to Mrs. Owen and will be returned by the end of the school year. Fourth grader Charlie Pace opened the Friday night festivities singing the National Anthem and Houston Brown sang and played his guitar 8th ANNUAL KIDS LOVE FISHING Collier County Junior Deputy League Saturday, February 15 • 8 a.m. – 12 Noon Lake Price at Camp Discovery Collier Blvd. & Rattlesnake Hammock Rd (Next to Swamp Buggy Grounds) A responsible Adult must accompany Kids! EVERYTHING is FREE! •Catch & Release Fishing •Pet an Alligator •Giant Tortoise Rides •Climbing Wall •Bait Provided •Knot Tying •Fire Truck •Fly Rod Casting •Food •Drinks •Spin & Bait Casting Demos •Fly Tying •Cast Net Demos BOYS HOME BASEBALL SCHEDULE February 13 4:00 pm Donahue Academy February 21 4:00 pm Palmetto Ridge High School February 24 8:00 pm Immokalee High School Visit school website for a complete sports schedule IMPORTANT DATES March 14 Yearbook Ads Due March 20 SAC Meetin g 6 p m, Media Center


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 14, 2014 email: PAGE 6 Tri-County Cooling & Refrigeration, Inc. Sales Service Maintenance CALL ANYTIME 239-253-4860 Licensed CAC 1817126 Driftwood Spa Massage Therapy and Spa Services 239-695-0069 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. Hand made soaps Soy candles Unique Gifts BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 14, 2014 email: PAGE 7 TAXING THINGS by Mike the Tax Guy Simplified Option for Home Office Deduction Do you work from home? If so, you may be familiar with the home office deduction, available for taxpayers who use their home for business. Beginning this year, there is a new, simpler option to figure the business use of your home. This simplified option does not change the rules for who may claim a home office deduction. It merely simplifies the calculation and recordkeeping requirements. The new option can save you a lot of time and will require less paperwork and recordkeeping. Here are six facts the IRS wants you to know about the new, simplified method to claim the home office deduction: 1. You may use the simplified method when you file your 2013 tax return next year. If you use this method to claim the home office deduction, you will not need to calculate your deduction based on actual expenses. You may instead multiply the square footage of your home office by a prescribed rate. 2. The rate is $5 per square foot of the part of your home used for business. The maximum footage allowed is 300 square feet. This means the most you can deduct using the new method is $1,500 per year. 3. You may choose either the simplified method or the actual expense method for any tax year. Once you use a method for a specific tax year, you cannot later change to the other method for that same year. 4. If you use the simplified method and you own your home, you cannot depreciate your home office. You can still deduct other qualified home expenses, such as mortgage interest and real estate taxes. You will not need to allocate these expenses between personal and business use. This allocation is required if you use the actual expense method. You’ll claim these deductions on Schedule A, Itemized Deductions. 5. You can still fully deduct business expenses that are unrelated to the home if you use the simplified method. These may include costs such as advertising, supplies and wages paid to employees. 6. If you use more than one home with a qualified home office in the same year, you can use the simplified method for only one in that year. However, you may use the simplified method for one and actual expenses for any others in that year. Visit for more about this easier way to deduct your home office. Additional IRS Resources: Simplified Option for Home Office Deduction Home Office Deduction Publication 587, Business Use of Your Home (Including Use by Daycare Providers) Recipe for Good Eating Pasta with Fresh Spinach by Patricia Huff Ingredients: 2 TBS olive oil 3/4 stick butter (divided into 2 TBS & 4 TBS) 1 TBS minced garlic tsp crushed red pepper flakes (divided) cup panko bread crumbs 1 tsp grated lemon zest 12 oz pasta (curly or spiral) 1 pkg fresh spinach, large leaf 1 TBS lemon juice Feta cheese (crumbled) Saut garlic and tsp red pepper in olive oil and 2 TBS of butter. Add panko crumbs and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes until golden brown; add lemon zest and remove from pan (drain on paper towel). Boil water and add pasta, cooking about 6 minutes; drain and keep warm. Saut pkg of spinach in remainder of butter in a large pan; add pasta and mix together with spinach. Add lemon juice and remainder of red pepper flakes; toss. Add remainder of spinach; toss again. Transfer to a large serving dish; sprinkle panko mixture over pasta and add feta cheese on top. SHERIFF’S REPORT Everglades City – Sometime between January 17 and January 27 a 115 HP Yamaha Outboard was stolen from Landrum Fisherman’s Supply. CID is investigating further. Port of the Islands During the evening hours on January 19 person(s) unknown entered a boat docked at Port of the Islands Marina and removed property. Sometime during the evening hours of January 23 and the morning of the 24th person(s) unknown entered Gulf Coast Clays located at 12425 Union Rd and removed property and a golf cart. All of these cases are being further inve stigated at this time by our Criminal Investigations Division. Should you have further information concerning these thefts or any type of suspicious activity please cont act the Sheriff’s Of fice at 252-9300. Don’t become a victim of phone scams: Collier County Sheriff’s Office detectives staffing the agency’s Call Before You “Pay” fraud hotline are receiving reports of a phone scam in which the caller claims to be a la w enforcement officer and demands money from the victim. The caller threatens the victim, sa ying that if payment is not made a warrant will be issued for the victim’s arrest. Sometimes the scammer manipulates the caller ID to make it appear that the call is coming from a local law enforcement agency. For assistance with any suspicious encounter involving a request for money or personal information, contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s Call Before You “Pay” hotline – (239) 252CALL (2255). The hotline is staffed by a CCSO deputy in the Financial Crimes Bureau between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. NOTICE to Residents: There is a secure medicine drop box in Everglades City Hall (right near the front door and stairs) that you may use whenever City Hall is open. COMMISSIONER TO MEET WITH CONSTITUENTS Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala invites Collier County residents to a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, February 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Marco Island Historical Museum Auditorium, 180 S. Heathwood Dr in Marco, and on February 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Regional Library in East Naples. Commissioner Fiala represents residents of Copeland. Everglades Bike Ride The annual Everglades Bike Ride will begin at McLeod Park on Sunday, April 13, with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. There will be on and off road guided bicycle rides, including a 16-mile ride, a 27-mile off-road ride, and a 62-mile ride. Lunch is included in the registration fee. More information will be available in the next issue of The Mullet Rapper. If you would like to sign up early or be a sponsor for this event, contact Patty Huff at 695-2397.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 14, 2014 email: PAGE 8 $5.00 off per Couple With this coupon Friends of Collier Seminole State Park RANGER GUIDED PROGRAMS Everglades National Park Gulf Coast offers free guided programs and activities through April 19. These include nature walks, boat tours, canoe trips, bike tour s and ranger talks. For more information about dates and times, visit website or call 695-3405. STARRY, STARRY NIGHT On March 7 at 8:00 p.m., Big Cypress National Preserve will be giving its fourth ranger-led astronomy program of the season. Free presentations will include constellation tours that guide visitors through the night sky, and telescope viewing of stars, star clusters, planets, nebulae, and galaxies. The National Park Service, along with the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association and the International Dark Sky Association South Florida Chapter, will be conducting night sky outings again on April 5 at 8:30 p.m. Visit Big Cypress webpage for more information: or call 695-1165. Collier Seminole State Park Canoe Trips Every Mon Tues Wed Fri Sat, 9:30 a.m. one trip a day $30 per person ages 6 yrs & and up Full Moon Trips: March 13 & 14 : 8:30 p.m. $35 per person ages 12 years & up Reservations: 239-394-3397, Entrance Fees Not Include Fakahatchee Orchids:Lost & Found in Cuba Hear biologists Mike Owen and Dennis Giardina on Saturday, March 1 at 5:00 p.m. talk about restoring extinct orchids in the Fakahatchee. Cost is $50, and reservations are required. See FWC News Cold weather aids 2014 manatee count Biologists reported a preliminary count of 4,831 manatees in Florida during a statewide aerial su rvey conducted in late January. On January 24 and 27 a team of 20 observers from nine organizations counted 2,317 manatees on Florida’s east coast and 2,514 on the west coast of the stat e. This year’s manatee count is the third highest that have been recorded since the first statewide aerial survey in 1991. Florida re sidents can help manatees by purchasing manatee license plat es and decals. Funds collected support manatee research and conservation. Go to to lear n more about the licenses and to purchase a decal. Both items are available at county tax collectors’ offices. Living Gulf Coast by Charles Sobczak ( The Living Gulf Coast is available at the Big Cypress Swamp Visitor Center) Goliath Grouper (Epinephelus itajara) Other names: jewfish, giant grouper, guasa / Status: FL=threatened (goliath grouper is a protected species), IUCN=CR / Life span: to 37 years / Length: 1-8 ft (.45-2.4 m) / Weight: 5-800 lb (2.25-362 kg); Florida record: 680 lb, IGFA: 680 lb / Spawns: in the offshore waters / Found: In deep holes inshore and over wrecks and ledges throughout the offshore waters of Southwest Florida. Regionally, only the great hamm erhead shark is larger than this immense grouper. In the 1800s there were reported catches of goliaths that weighed an unbelievable 1,500 pounds! A goliath this size would be more than 10 feet long and capable of swallowing a 50-pound fish whol e! Sadly, because of overharvesting by spear fishermen using explosive power heads or bang sticks, the goliath grouper population in Florida’s waters was brought to the brink of extinction. There is a complete ban on the taking of any goliath grouper, juvenile or adult, in the state of Florida. The IUCN (World Conservation Union) has recently placed the goliath grouper on its critically endangered list. In Florida the fish is recovering from decades of excessive fishing. The goliath grouper is vulnerable to red tide and water pollution, and can sometimes be fo und washed up on the beach. It is sometimes caught by shark fishermen at night from the Sanibel and causeway fishing piers. The adult grouper has sharp spines in its first dorsal fin, which it erect s when alarmed. Because of its size and power, the goliath should be handled with the utmost care. Although many of the biggest goliaths are found well offshore, it is almost as common inshore. A large school of goliaths is known to live under the causeway spans, though catching one on normal tackle is impossible. Catch-and-release fishing for goliath grouper should be discouraged because of possible damage to the internal organs of the fish. It should never be taken up and out of the water, as doing so can cause seri ous injury or death to the fish. The goliath eats almost anything it wants to eat or can catch. Its primary food is crab, fish, octopus, and slower-moving bottom fish such as burrfish, toadfi sh, lizardfish, and stingray. Underwater it makes a loud, booming noise when approached; this is believed to be a warning to anyone or anything getting too close. Today, because of its recovery, it is not at all uncommon to catch juvenile goliath grouper inshore. It feeds in the mangroves, under docks and bridges, and is often taken when fishing for gag grouper. If caught, it must be released. If the fish has a tag, note the information on the tag, leave the tag on the fish, then safely return it to the water. Researcher s at Florida State University are conducting a long-term study of the Florida goliath grouper population and can be notified of these tagged fish and any catchand-release events by e-mailing the information to 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 FEBRUARY 14, 2014 email: PAGE 9 Movies in the Everglades K.C. Schulberg remembers when his dad Stuart and uncle Budd were making their celebrated film "Wind Across the Everglades" (1958/Warner Brothers) starring Burl Ives, Gypsy Rose Lee, and a young Christopher Plummer. The area and ambiance left a lasting impression on him, inspiring him to now plan a new film in Southwest Florida. He will recall memories and stories of the movie industry from his youth before showing clips from his upcoming project on Friday, February 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall behind Everglades Community Church at 102 Copeland Avenue South in Everglades City. His presentation will be followed by a screening of the full-length "Wind Across the Everglades". The event is hosted by the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation. It is free and open to the public but reservations are required. For information and to book your places, email or call (239) 695-2905. VOTE EVERY DAY FOR EVERGLADES CITY! Everglades City is one of fifteen finalists nominated by Budget Travel magazine for the title of America’s Coolest Small Town 2014. Everyone can vote once each day until the contest closes February 25 The top town will receive extensive recognition from Budget Travel and from other national media outlets. Visit www.BudgetTravel.comand click on Vote for America's Coolest Small Town 2014. Berlin, MD, is currently in the lead. Please get on board by voting daily and sharing this message with your friends, family and customers. MUSEUM of the Everglades For the month of February Stephen Shelley will continue his exhibit on the Everglades entitled “Favorite Times in the Glades” in the Pauline Reeves Gallery. The photographs highlight the majesty of the Glades. It is a beautiful exhibit with extraordinary photos To learn more about Shelley and his work, visit his website at The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To volunteer at the front desk of the Museum, call Martha at 6950008 or stop by and talk with her. You will be meeting people from around the world. To join the Friends of the Museum of the Ev erglades pick up a membership form at the Museum. There are many benefits and you’ll be supporting one of the treasures of our area. Florida Tales: A Boy and His Dog by Chester Keene Seeing this picture reminded me of our old dog Sport. Sport was rescued from under an old porch after his mother had been hit and killed by a car. He grew up with the family that was home and also was a guard dog for my dad's auto shop. He would stay there at night; it was just a few yards from our house and he would alert you to anyone entering the driveway. He also would protect my younger brother who liked to mess with him by putting grease and paint on him. One time he attached a pair of vise grip pliers to his ear. He would yelp until they fell off in a few minutes and Dad would come see what all the noise was about and take the necessary action to correct it. Sometimes this meant using a well-worn out automobile V-Belt by Gates. Sport put up with my younger brother and saved his life several times from drowning. He would go fishing with the family and would let you know when you got a fish on by making a low growl knowing if you caught something he was going to get at least a hush puppy out of the meal. Sport was the constant companion of my brother; wherever he went he would go unless told to stay. He started to walk with the rest of the kids and my little brother to the bus stop to go to school; when they all got on board he left and went back to the shop. When he heard the bus turn the corner he would head that way and wait till he got off the bus and walk him home. This went on for a few years. One day he walked with him to the bus but was not there to meet him. Sport didn't come home that night; this was not like Sport to miss a meal. The next day a Deputy Sheriff showed up to tell us that Sport was one of 5 dogs that were found dead in the neighborhood killed accidently by someone that had put out poison bait and they had got into it. My brother was at school and did not hear this so he was unaware of it. It took a long while for him and the rest of the family to get over the loss. He did get another dog but it just wasn't the same to him. He would hear a dog bark off in the distance and stop to look and listen. Photo courtesy of Phil Konsanke. Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 14, 2014 email: PAGE 10 ANGEL OF THE SWAMP Congratulations to our February 2014 “ Do the Right Thing” award winner STEVIE MARKLEY! Stevie is being recognized for her quick action when a young friend fell in the pool. Stevie jumped in a pool and pulled her friend to safety. There were adults supervising the children, but it happened quickly and Stevie reacted immediately and then let the adults take over. Way to go Stevie! The presentation was on February 10 — with Steve Markley, Sr. COUNTY VACANCIES There are three commi ttee vacancies for Everglades City on the Collier County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). All three positions must be appointed by Mayor Hamilton. After an application has been completed, it is placed on the next MPO Board Agenda to be ratified by the MPO Board. The three committees are: The Citizens Advisory Commi ttee (CAC); the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) which includes departments and agencies with responsibility for the planning, operating and/or development of transportation f acilities and services within the Collier County area; and the Congestion Management System/Intelligent Transporta tion System (CMS/ITS) which includes persons with a technical background and assist with identifying and resolving technical transportation issues. Contact MPO Principal Planner Ms. Lorraine Lantz at 2528192 for further questions. US41 & CR951 Widening Project Improvements are planned as part of the U.S. 41 & SR/CR951 Intersection Capacity Improvement Project. A 10-foot shared use pathway on the east side of Collier Boulevard will connect to the FDOT improvements on US41. The project will also construct Collier Area Transit bus stops at Triangle Boulevard and eastbound and westbound on US41. The SR951 Resurfacing Project (from south of Fiddler’s Creek Parkway to south of US41) includes milling and resurfacing the existing roadway; widening the paved shoulders; designating bike lanes with pavement markings and signs; upgrading to mast arm traffic signals at the East Naples Fire Station and Manatee Road intersections, and adding a signalized pedestrian crossing at Manatee Road intersection; adding Collier Area Transit bus stops at Manatee Road; upgrading signs and pavement markings; and making access management improvements. For more information, contact Community Liaison Connie Deane at 239-252-8365 or From Savannah’s Eyes Softball season has officially started and the Lady Gators have starte d off to a great start. We’ve already won both of our first games of the season! We’re making great progress this year and I can’t wait till our next win. Our first home game is on February 20 against Ahfachkee, and it’s also a district game; so if you are able to, definitely come and watch us! We’d appreciate the support. This past weekend was the Seafood Festival, which was awesome (as usual)! This year apparently we had 60,000 people in all the whole weekend; I can’t even wrap my mind around how many people that is for such a small town! From the time school was out on Friday, I was home bound to hurry up and get ready because I knew I was going to have a long weekend full of adventure and fun. I rode all the rides on Friday since it was wristband night; and I think I rode Freak Out way too many times haha! I began to get sick to my stomach a little, but it’s my favorite ride so I had to ride it until I got sick of it (not meaning for that to be a joke but I guess it kind of came out a little ironic). There was this one game beside Freak Out that basically all the guys played all weekend long. It was a punching bag game, to see how hard a guy can hit and who can get or beat the high score. I promise you one of the boys I know probably spent over $50 on that game all weekend (and it only costs $1 to play). Every time I would get off a ride or on a ride, the same people would be there, and all of them I knew (which was great, actually, because whenever I needed to find someone to hang out with all I had to do was walk over to it and find at least five people). Parmalee played this year and they were amazing! They’re probably one of the few bands that actually sound just like they do on their CD’s, live. After they sang I got to go meet them and they were super sweet and down to earth. That’s what I like about some famous people; you’d think they would be all uptight, but then they surprise you by being just normal people, like you and me. I also got to meet Casey Weston and Jimmy Riffle from the Gator Boys TV show. Casey is from Naples and had been on The Voice which is a show, kind of like American Idol, but is different from it at the same time. She was so sweet and this was my second time meeting her. She has such an amazing voice and I know she’s definitely going to go far in the music industry. Jimmy was also nice and down to earth. I didn’t really get to talk to him a lot because he had to get ready for thei r show they were fixing to do, but at least I met him, right? Sunday was my favorite day of them all, though. I was walking around with my friend Rachel and we went past the Helter Skeletons clothing booth. We stopped to look for a split second and went into another booth four shops down from it. All of a sudden this guy comes running into the booth asking us if we wore a small. We ended up getting free shirts from there because we walked around advertising while wearing them! We were ecstatic! And, that’s not the only exciting thing that happened. We also got to throw free stuff like shirts, sunglasses, and hats into the crowd off the big stage every time a performer was finished playing. We had so much fun; at that moment we knew what it was like to be famous and up on stage with fans (even though we weren’t singing and the people didn’t really know us at all, we imagined it). All in all, I had such a fun time and I wish I could do it all over again. Can’t wait till next year! Love, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is a student in the 11th grade at Everglades City School and a regular contributor to this paper.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 14, 2014 email: PAGE 11 LIVEABOARD BOAT SLIPS – NAPLES Slip Sales Starting at $39,000 Slip Rental starts at $400/mo Contact: (239) 289 3143 or ( 239 ) 389 0367 RESTAURANTS Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): 12 noon – 9:00 pm; daily City Seafood (695-4700): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; Mon thru Wed 6:00 am – 10 pm: Thurs thru Sun Everglades Seafood Depot (695-0075): 10:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Glades Haven Deli (695-2091): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily Havana Caf (695-2214): 7:00 am to 3:00 pm; Sun thru Thurs 7:00 am to 8:00 pm; Fri-Sat Island Caf (695-0003): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily Ivey House (695-3299): 6:30 – 9:30 am; daily Continental breakfast, box lunches Joanie’s Blue Crab Caf (695-2682): 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; Wed thru Mon Oyster House Restaurant (695-2073): 11:00 am – 9 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 Sweet Mayberry’s Caf (695-0092): 8:00 am – 10:00 pm; daily; Wifi Triad Seafood (695-2662): 10:30 am – 6 pm; daily Right Choice Supermarket (695-4535): 9:00 am – 7:00 pm; daily 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 CHURC H SERVICES Chokoloskee Church of God 10 am Sunday School, 11 am Sunday Worship Copeland Baptist Church 10 am School, 11 am Sunday Worship Everglades Community Church 9:45 am Adult Sun. School, 11 am Sunday Worship Everglades First Baptist Church 9:45 am School, 11 am Sunday Worship Holy Family Catholic Church 10:30 am Mass The young men from AMIkids Big Cypress spent time helping community volunteers at NCH’s SAFE garden of the cancer patient wing where they learned horticulture skills. NEW DIRECTORY! The new Everglades Area MiniDirectory with local phone numbers and addresses is now available at Right Choice Supermarket, City Hall, and the Thrift Shop. Copies cost $5. You can also order online at (click on Books). TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 02/14 Fri 01:46am 2.7 H 02/14 Fri 09:30am -0.2 L 02/14 Fri 02:42pm 2.3 H 02/14 Fri 09:35pm 0.3 L 02/15 Sat 02:20am 2.6 H 02/15 Sat 10:01am -0.2 L 02/15 Sat 03:10pm 2.3 H 02/15 Sat 10:09pm 0.3 L 02/16 Sun 02:53am 2.6 H 02/16 Sun 10:32am -0.1 L 02/16 Sun 03:39pm 2.4 H 02/16 Sun 10:44pm 0.2 L 02/17 Mon 03:27am 2.5 H 02/17 Mon 11:01am 0.0 L 02/17 Mon 04:07pm 2.5 H 02/17 Mon 11:21pm 0.1 L 02/18 Tue 04:04am 2.3 H 02/18 Tue 11:29am 0.1 L 02/18 Tue 04:32pm 2.5 H 02/19 Wed 12:03am 0.1 L 02/19 Wed 04:49am 2.1 H 02/19 Wed 11:56am 0.2 L 02/19 Wed 04:56pm 2.5 H 02/20 Thu 12:51am 0.1 L 02/20 Thu 05:47am 1.9 H 02/20 Thu 12:25pm 0.4 L 02/20 Thu 05:25pm 2.5 H 02/21 Fri 01:52am 0.0 L 02/21 Fri 07:04am 1.7 H 02/21 Fri 12:58pm 0.5 L 02/21 Fri 06:07pm 2.5 H 02/22 Sat 03:03am 0.0 L 02/22 Sat 08:37am 1.6 H 02/22 Sat 01:51pm 0.7 L 02/22 Sat 07:06pm 2.5 H 02/23 Sun 04:17am -0.1 L 02/23 Sun 10:14am 1.7 H 02/23 Sun 03:51pm 0.8 L 02/23 Sun 08:39pm 2.5 H 02/24 Mon 05:23am -0.2 L 02/24 Mon 11:35am 1.8 H 02/24 Mon 05:18pm 0.8 L 02/24 Mon 10:12pm 2.6 H 02/25 Tue 06:23am -0.3 L 02/25 Tue 12:26pm 2.0 H 02/25 Tue 06:25pm 0.6 L 02/25 Tue 11:23pm 2.8 H 02/26 Wed 07:17am -0.4 L 02/26 Wed 01:04pm 2.2 H 02/26 Wed 07:22pm 0.5 L 02/27 Thu 12:21am 2.9 H 02/27 Thu 08:06am -0.5 L 02/27 Thu 01:38pm 2.4 H 02/27 Thu 08:14pm 0.3 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 FEBRUARY 14, 2014 email: PAGE 12 The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area PUBLISHER Patricia A. Huff, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 (239) 695-2397, EDITORS Patty Huff & Marya Repko CONTRIBUTORS to this Issue Helen Bryan, Taylor Dahlke, Chester Keene, Mike Klein,, Elaine Middelstaedt, Savannah Oglesby, Charles Sboczak PRODUCTION layout: Marya Repko, printing: Hinson Studios PUBLISHER’S STATEMENT We aim to provide local news of interest to the extended community of Everglades City, Chokoloskee, Plantation Island, Lee Cypress, Copeland, Jerome, and Ochopee. We strive to present the facts accurately with no political bias or personal opinion. The views expressed in signed articles are not necessarily those of the editors or publisher. SUBSCRIPTION RATES 25¢ per issue or $40 per year by US Post 2014, Snook Publications. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior permission. SNOOK CLASSIFIEDS -----------------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: Deeded dock at Captain's Table (#10). Great location, use of pool & boat ramp. $21,500. Call 954-662-7003. -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE : 1995 Suzuki 25 hp, long shaft, tiller, runs great. $500. Call (239) 695-2791. -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE : Property in Copeland, site of old Bula Church. Call 695-3298 for more information. -----------------------------------------------------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 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 JOBS & SERVICES -----------------------------------------------Guest Services Agent – Fulltime (30-32 hrs) at Port of the Islands: Position requires friendly, efficient registration, guest settlement, and the ability to provide accurate information to guests, co-workers & visitors. Previous hot el guest services experience is preferred. Flexible schedule is required – includes days, evenings, holidays and weekends as needed. Must be able to speak, read and write in English; Bilingual a plus. For more information, visit --------------------------------------------------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, 239-465-1580 -----------------------------------------------Job Wanted: Pressure cleaning homes, boats, RV, store fronts, Call Justin 695-5930. -------------------------------------------------WANTED : Automotive Window Tinter Certain Requirements Apply. Call 695-3667. Horse Rescue South Florida Rehabilitation and Retraining of OffThe-Track Thoroughbreds For more information visit ( 239 ) 963-7296 Everglades Area Hot Lines Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 313-530-3395 AlAnon 239-263-5907 Narcotics Anonymous (NA) 239-776-1525 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 ($40) ___ 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 2/14/14 PET PICS Dave Shealy looks at his “pet” Skunk Apes at the Seafood Festival. Send us your Pet Pics by post or email. See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website.