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25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 13, 2014 2014, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VIII Issue #206 PHOTOS FROM THE MSD FESTIVAL Gator Nate in front of the Museum Otter John entertains the children during the festival CONGRATULATIONS TO Roy & Marilyn Valkema on their 50th Wedding Anniversary celebrated with family and friends at Everglades Community Church on February 23 Andrew Gray and Ka treen Sellers were united in marriage on February 20 by the Rev. Bob Wallace at Everglades Community Church. Traveling here from the United Kingdom for several years and seeing the little church on the circle, they decided this would be the location for their wedding. A beautiful wedding for the couple took place Thursday at 1:00 pm, followed by a 3:00 pm Wooten's airboat ride, with dinner on the waterfront at Seafood Depot. They were joined by family Rob and Pam Gray of UK along with party of 10. Explore Historic Chokoloskee Saturday, March 8 The little village of Chokoloskee is about as far south as you can go in Southwest Florida. It is fascinating with its shell mounds, old buildings, and cemeteries. The Everglades Society for Historic Preservation (ESHP) will conduct a guided Walking Tour of this historic island on Saturday, March 8 "Visitors during the past four years enjoyed our tours of Everglades’ homes and public buildings so we thought they might like to explore the neighboring area for a change. One of the highlights of the tour is the Smallwood Store & Museum founded almost 100 years ago." said Marya Repko, ESHP president. The cost of the guided tour is only $20 which includes a souvenir ticket booklet with pictures and historical information. Registration is at 10:00 a.m. in the parking lot at Chokoloskee Church of God. You can also buy tickets in McLeod Park in the center of Everglades City at Art-in-the-Glades from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. which will feature local artists selling their crafts, live music, and authors signing their books. If you reserve on-line, your ticket booklets will be posted to you so you do not have to wait to buy them. For more information, visit website or phone Marya at 695-2905. TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email mulletra pp er @g or phone 695-2397. CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Fishing Report 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 Beach Parking p.10 Bike Ride p. 7 Photo Safari p.10 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: Florida Photography, p.9


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 28, 2014 email: PAGE 2 March 29-30: Calusa Days April 13: Everglades Bike Ride April 26: Pancake Fly-In; Museum B’day 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, Mar 18 and 25, 5 to 7 pm FOOD PANTRY: Sat, 8:30 to 10:30 am, Community Chur ch CR-29 HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP: Thursday, 8 am AA: Wed, 5:00 pm, Community Church AL-ANON: Thurs, 12 noon, Community Church NA: Sat, 11:30 am, Community Center MUSEUM: Tues-Fri, 9 am to 5 pm; Sat, 9 am to 4 pm SMALLWOOD STORE: Daily, 10 am to 4 pm VA SUPPORT: Fri, Mar 14, 10 am and Mar 28, 10:30 am WEIGHT LOSS: Tues, 5 to 6 pm, Community Church CARNESTOWN Recycle and Trash: 2nd Sat, 9 am to 1 pm SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: Fri (2/28) 9-10 am; See office in City Hall for March days/hours 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 23 24 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm 25 Weight Loss Support Group 26 Ladies Coffee Havana Caf 8 am 27 RAPPER 28 Movies see p.3 Veterans Support Group MAR 1 new moon Snook Season opens, see p.8 ORA Bazaar Orchids Talk see p.3 2 3 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm ESHP Mtg 8:30 am City Hall 4 Congressional Aide Visit, 3 pm City Council 5:30 pm Weight Loss Support Group Copeland Mtgs see p.3 5 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am Ash Wednesday Services see p.3 6 7 Everglades Community Church BBQ Chicken Dinner see p.3 Starry Night see p.3 8 Photo Safari see p.10 Walking Tour see p.1 Museum Reception see p.9 Wild Hog BBQ see p.3 9 Daylight Savings Time Change “Spring” forward 10 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm OFCD Mtg Revival see p.3 Chamber Mtg Island Caf, 6 pm 11 End of the Road Revival see p.3 12 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am Weight Loss Support Group see p.3 13 Full Moon Canoe Trip see p.3 RAPPER 14 VA Support Group 10 am see p.3 Full Moon Canoe Trip see p.3 Movie Night 15 16 full moon Gospel Music Program see p.3 17 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm 18 Kids’ Clinic ReachOut Mtg Weight Loss Support Group see p.3 19 Ladies Coffee Sweet Mayberry’s Caf 8 am 20 Book Club see p.3 Historical Talk see p.10 SAC Meeting 21 Reception for Dan Kimball see p.10 22 Pancake Fly-In Breakfast see p.3 23 24 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God, 7 pm 25 Kids’ Clinic Weight Loss Support Group 26 Ladies Coffee Havana Caf 8 am 27 RAPPER 28 VA Support Group 10:30 am see p.3 29 Calusa Days FEBRUARY / MARCH 2014


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 28, 2014 email: PAGE 3 Movies in the Everglades Friday, February 28 5:30 pm Jinkins Fellowship Hall ECC Presentation by K.C. Schulberg Movie "Wind Across the Everglades" Reservations required call 695-2905 ORA BAZAAR Saturday, March 1 9:00 am Chokoloskee Fresh bakery & coffee HUGE White Elephant Sale, Silent Auction, 50/50 Raffl e, and much more. Lunch & ice cream 11 am 12:30 pm Fakahatchee Orchids: Lost & Found in Cuba Hear biologists Mike Owen and Dennis Giardina on Saturday, March 1 at 5 p.m. talk about restoring extinct orchids in the Fakahatchee. Cost is $50. Reservations are required. See Copeland Meetings The Copeland Civic Meeting will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 4 immediately followed by the Water Co-op Meeting at the Copeland Baptist Church. Ash Wednesday Services Holy Family Catholic Church will offer Mass at 9 am on Wednesday, March 5, and Everglades Community Church will hold services at 7 pm that evening. Barbeque Chicken Dinner Everglades Community Church Friday, March 7 5:00 – 7:00 pm $10 (take-out available) STARRY NIGHT On March 7 at 8:00 pm, Big Cypress National Preserve will host a free ranger-led astronomy program. For information, call 695-1165 or visit cy/planyourvisit/wi nter-2014-astronomy-programs.htm. WILD HOG BBQ Saturday, March 8 50940 Loop Road, Ochopee Music, swamp buggy rides, real pit BBQ, sporting clays, arch ery, greased pole. Raffle / prizes. See End of the Road Revival Monday & Tuesda y, March 10-11 5 pm – 394 Smallwood Dr, Chokoloskee Evangelist Clifford Swankler Gospel Preaching, Bluegrass Singing WEIGHT LOSS GROUP The March 11 Weight Loss Success class has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 12 ; regular schedule is every Tuesday from 5-6 pm at the Everglades Community Church. Public is welcome and there is no charge. For more info, call Kathy Kronk at (573) 619-9929. Collier Seminole State Park Canoe Trips Full Moon Trips: March 13 & 14 8:30 pm $35 per person Reservations: 239-394-3397 Veterans Support Group The VA Support Group meets every other Friday: March 14 at 10 am and March 28 at 10:30 am in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall at Everglades Community Church. GOSPEL MUSIC PROGRAM Everglades First Baptist Church will hold a Gospel Music Program on Sunday, March 16, at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments afterwards. EVERGLADES BOOK CLUB Thursday, March 20, 9:30 am "Cleopatra: A Life" by Stacy Schiff ----------------------------Thursday, April 3, location TBA "A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole Call Sue at 695-9173 for more info. PANCAKE FLY-IN Wings 10,000 Islands Tours will host a pancake breakfast at 10 am until noon at Everglades Airpark on Saturday, March 22. Call 695-3296. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 02/10/14: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 02/10/14: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 02/11/14: Vehicle Accident, 70 MM I-75 02/12/14: Vehicle Accident, Everglades City 02/12/14: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 02/14/14: Haz Mat, Ochopee 02/14/14: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 02/14/14: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 02/15/14: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 02/16/14: Vehicle Accident, US 41 and SR 29 02/16/14: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 02/17/14: Vehicle Accident, 44 MM on US41 02/19/14: Brush Fire, Janes Scenic Drive 02/19/14: Public Asst, Tamiami Trl & Loop Rd 02/20/14: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 02/22/14: Emergency Med (mutual aid), Marco 02/22/14: Emergency Medial, Ochopee 02/22/14: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 02/22/14: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 02/22/14: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 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 pm 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 Fire Station will be open Tuesday, March 18 and 25, from 5:00 to 7:00 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 Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please do not leave items outside the door. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Annie at the Thrift Shop. NEW DIRECTORY! The new Everglades Area Mini-Directory with local phone numbers and addresses is now available at Right Choice Supermarket, City Hall, and the Thrift Shop. Copies cost $5.00. You can also order online at www.reachoutevergl (click on Books).


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 28, 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 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 28, 2014 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Community, I would like to begin by thanking everyone involved with the Seafood Festival for allowing our school to be a part of it. This is our major fundraiser, and it supports our school in a variety of ways. A special thanks to Caro l Foss, Mayor Hamilton, and the Betterment Association for all of your assistance. FCAT is here!!!! The writing assessment for grades 4, 8, and 10 will be held on February 25. Our students, teachers, reading coach, ESE coordinator, and Jane Keister have been working very hard in preparation for this assessm ent. We are confident that all of our students will do well. Our spring sports got off to great starts with both the baseball team and softball team winning their openers. We also started a JV boys’ baseball team this year. We wish our boys’ and girls’ programs the best for this season. Please come out and support our teams. Gratefully yours, Mr. 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 HOME SPORTS SCHEDULE Boys Varsity Baseball Monday, March 3 vs. Donahue Academy 7 pm Wednesday, March 5 vs. Moore Haven 6 pm Tuesday, March 11 vs. Gateway 5 pm Thursday, March 20 vs. Marco Island Academy 4 pm Boys JV Baseball Monday, March 3 vs. Donahue Academy 4 pm Tuesday March 4 vs. Southwest Florida Christian 4 pm Wednesday, March 5 vs. Moore Haven 3 pm Friday, March 7 vs. Oasis High School 4 pm Girls Softball Tuesday, March 4 vs. Ba rron Collier HS 4 pm Friday, March 7 vs. Oasis Charter HS 4 pm Monday, March 10 vs Saint John Neumann 4 pm Tuesday, March 11 vs. Palmetto Ridge HS 4 pm Visit school website for a complete sports schedule From Savannah’s Eyes In all of the 16 years th at I’ve been alive, I have never broken a bone ever. I mean, yeah, I’ve gotten sprained ankles and jammed fingers, but never had a broken bone. 2014 is the year I finally got a broken bone. I was in a softball game playing center field (in the outfield), and the batter hit the ball into outfield. It was in between center field and left field, so I started running to get it. I thought I wasn’t going to catch it if I just ran, so I decided to dive for it. When I did I landed on my left elbow and immediately I felt pain in it. My coaches ran out for me and the personal trainer from the other school got ice and wrapped it up against my arm. It immediately started bruising and swelling. I heard people say that when you break a bone its painful and you’ll know. Well this was painful but not enough for me to be screaming in agony, as some people say they did when they broke one. Everyone wanted to take me to the hospital but (never having broken anything) I thought it would just bruise and go away. My parents wanted to take me, but I also declined them thinking it would get better. I couldn’t bend my arm in towards me past a 90degree angle, but I could straighten it with no problem. This really puzzled me. Three days after the incident I decided to go to the hospital because it wasn’t getti ng better, but it wasn’t getting worse. When the doctor came in and asked me questions about it, he then began to feel it and started moving my arm around in circles, asking if it hurts. He did so many things like pulling, pushing, turning; nothing of what he did hurt. They then did an XRay on my elbow. When the results came in one of the nurses said all that was needed was a sling. As she was putting on the sling, another nurse came in and said to take it off because the doctor found something. My mom for comfort starte d rubbing my back, as we anticipated what was wrong. The doctor came in looking shocked and sad. He said, “Yep, you definitely broke your elbow.” At that moment everything just stopped. I looked at my dad and he just looked down and shook his head. A lump in my throat started forming, and my eyes filled with tears. I held them back though knowing crying wouldn’t do anything. Crying wouldn’t help my elbow. The nurse put me whole left arm in a splint cast, and told me not to take it off for about a month and put it back in the sling. When we got back home I of course started bawling my eyes out not because I broke it but because I have to wear a splint cast on my whole arm. It’s also very aggravating because when my arm itches I can’t get to it; it drives me crazy. But as we all know, a month will pass by before we know it and it will come off. At least I know there are better days ahead. Bummed about my elbow but still loving life, Love Always, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is a student in the 11th grade at Everglades City School and a regular contributor to this paper. 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 28, 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 28, 2014 email: PAGE 7 TAXING THINGS by Mike the Tax Guy IRS Tips about Taxable and Nontaxable Income Are you looking for a hard and fast rule about what income is taxable and what income is not taxable? The fact is that all income is taxable unless the law specifically excludes it. Taxable income includes money you receive, such as wages and tips. It can also include noncash income from property or services For example, both parties in a barter exchange must include the fair market value of goods or services received as income on their tax return. Some types of income are not taxable except under certain conditions, including: Life insurance proceeds paid to you are usually not taxable. But if you redeem a life insurance policy for cash, any amount that is more than the cost of the policy is taxable. Income from a qualified scholarship is normally not taxable. This means that amounts you use for certain costs, such as tuition and required books, are not taxable. However, amounts you use for room and board are taxable. If you got a state or local income tax refund, the amount may be taxable. You should have received a 2013 Form 1099G from the agency that made the payment to you. If you didn’t get it by mail, the agency may have provided the form electronically. C ontact them to find out how to get the form. Report any taxable refund you got even if you did not receive Form 1099-G. Here are some types of income that are usually not taxable: Gifts and inheritances Child support payments Welfare benefits Damage awards for physical injury or sickness Cash rebates from a dealer or manufacturer for an item you buy Reimbursements for qualified adoption expenses For more on this topic see Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income. Recipe for Good Eating Weight Loss Support Group Team 4 Smoked Turkey Cabbage Dish and Fruit Salad 2 cups Napa cabbage 26 calories 1/2 cup diced celery 8 calories 1/2 cup diced mixed peppers 9 calories 1 sliced mushroom 2 calories 1/4 cup diced yellow squash 10 calories 1 pkg of Smoked Turkey sausage 270 calories 6 corn tortillas 314 calories 1 teaspoon sesame oil 40 calories 1/2 teaspoon liquid amino 0 calories Total = 679 calories / 6 servings = 113.17 calories per serving Saut all veggies in frying pan with turkey sausage till veggies are soft; drain out liquid, toss with sesame oil and liquid amino (soy sau ce alternative) and serve with heated corn tortillas. Fruit Dish 1 cup sliced strawberries 53 calories 1/4 cup Mandarin oranges 26 calories 2 small apples sliced 155 calories 8 oz Greek yogurt nonfat 133 calories 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 calories Total = 369 calories / 6 servings = 61.5 calories per serving Slice all fruit and arrange on dish; place yogurt in dish in center of fruit and sprinkle with cinnamon. Total meal combined = 174.67 calories per serving NOTE: Twenty participants from the Success Wellness Class joined in a fun and educational version of "Chopped" Tuesday evening, February 18, at the Community Church. Congratulations to the winning Team Four for their Turkey Kiebasa Stir-Fry. The class has lost over 79 pounds in six weeks. The pu blic is invited to shar e in this weight loss and nutrition class each Tuesday at 5:00 pm. No charge. SHERIFF’S REPORT On February 13th a 37-yr old male was arrested and charged with the following: Order to take into custody/dealing stolen; order to take/grand theft; FTA/dealing in stolen prop; FTA/grand theft 300-5000; resist without violence Please remember to report suspicious activity immediately to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 252-9300 or in an emergency by dialing 911. 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 gu ided 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. Early registration and more information are available online at the following websites or If you would like to be a sponsor for this event, contact Patty Huff at 695-2397.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 28, 2014 email: PAGE 8 Fishing Report by Captain Bill Lindsay Warmer weather will bring major changes to fishing in the 10,000 Islands. Tarpon start to show up in greater numbers. Snook reverse tracks, migrate from up river stretches in the backcountry to shallow bays and passes. Trout fishing should improve over the grass flats. Bounce light jigs along the bottom slowly. Not only will you catch trout; ladyfish, jacks and pompano will make things interesting. Offshore fishing also improves after water temperatures reach 70 degrees. Diving birds lead to surfacefeeding activity. Kingfish, Spanis h mackerel, cobia, and bluefish move up and down the coast. Permit assemble over the shallow Gulf wrecks. Live blue crabs are the best way to catch them. Red and gag grouper gather on wrecks and ledges and can be caught on jigs. When it gets calm, triple tail can be found on crab pot floats. Capt. Bill Lindsay lives in Chokoloskee and has been fishing in the Everglades National Park for over 35 years. In 1992 he was Master Angler of the MET Tournament. Captain Bill’s telephone number is (239) 695-0314. RANGER GUIDED PROGRAMS Everglades National Park Gulf Coast offers free guided programs and activities through April 19: nature walks, boat tours, canoe trips, bike tours and ranger talks. For more information about dates and times, visit website www. or call 695-3405. FWC News Biologists rescue panther kitten Panther biologists rescued a week-old Florida panther kitten at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in midJanuary. He was transported to the Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida in Naples where veterinarians and staff performed lifesaving measures. After his condition improved, the kitten was transported to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. The young male is the fourth kitten and eighth panther to receive rehabilitation at the zoo. Biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida discovered the kitten while conducting research. Florida residents can support conservation efforts like the rescue of this kitten by purchasing a "Protect the Panther" license plate at Fees from license plate sales ar e the primary funding source for the FWC’s research and management of Florida panthers. For more information on Florida panthers, visit Snook Season Re-Opens The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier game fish, snook, re-opens on March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park. The season will remain open through April 30 In the Gulf, anglers may keep one snoo k per day that is not less than 28 or more than 33 inches total length. A snook permit is required to keep snook, along with a saltwater fishing license unless exempt from the license requirements. For more information visit and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook.” Living Gulf Coast by Charles Sobczak Brazilian Pepper ( Schinus terebinthifolius ) Other names: Florida holly, Florida folly, rose pepper Status: Invasive, thriving / Life span: more than 30 years / Height: 15-30 ft. (4.5-9 m) / Reproduces through a bright red seed that is a favorite food of dozens of species of birds / Found: Brazilian pepper is one of the most common shrublike trees in Southwest Florida. Introduced into Florida around 1891, Brazilian pepp er represents a classic and costly example of the tremen dous amount of damage a single species can do to an environment. Sanibel and Captiva have spent well over a million dollars in an endless battle to rid the islands of this troublesome shrub. Because th e bright red berries are a prized food for robins, starlings, mockingbirds and a host of passerines, the seeds contained within are relentlessly spread across the landscape. A mature Brazilian pepper forest is an ecological nightmare. The plants form a continuous mono-cultures of growth, shading out almost every living thing in the under story. The trunks and branches twist and tangle making the forest equally useless for most wildlife. In Br azil, where the plant originated, there are ample natural controls for the plant. In Florida none of these exist and controlling its rampant spread is left to us. There are sections of Lee County where Brazilian forests cover tens of thousands of acres and there is no financially viable method of eradicating these massive pepper forests. In South America the berri es of this plant are dried and sold as pink peppercorns. These in tu rn are used as a cooking spice, adding a pepper-like taste to food. If you crush a pepper tree leaf in your hand and smell it, the scent is distinctively pepper-like. You should be aware of the fact th at some people are allergic to Brazilian pepper and have a reacti on not dissimilar to that of contact with poison ivy. The tr eatment and remedies for pepper dermatitis are virtually identical. Sadly, it is still all too easy to find Brazilian pepper plants on the island. Look for them on vacant lots, near beach access locations or just about anywhere. The bright red berries, which are most obvious around December, make them easy to identify. The species is legally prohibited from sale, transport or planting anywhere in Florida and it is not available in any nursery in the state. This article is an excer pt from Living Sanibel-A Nature Guide to Sanibel & Captiva Islands by Charles Sobczak. The book is available at Barnes & Noble and your favorite online sites. 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 28, 2014 email: PAGE 9 Florida Enchantments; Early Everglades Photography Today we snap pictures with a handy pocket-sized digital device but imagine lugging around a huge camera and glass plate negatives as you travelled by canoe or oxcart through the untamed wilderness of the Everglades over 100 years ago. That's what Julian Dimock did between 1904 and 1913 on visits to the area with his father A.W. Dimock and two thousand of the negatives have survived to this day. The Dimocks' base was pioneering Marco Island from which they ventured along the coast through the Ten Thousand Island or into the hinterland where there were no roads and few people besides Seminoles. You can see some of the photos at an illustrated presentation on Thursday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m. in historic Everglades City Hall. The speaker is Dr. Jerald T. Milanich who, with Nina J. Root of the American Museum of Natural History, has produced a book from a selection of the negatives entitled "Enchantments; Julian Dimock's Photographs of Southwest Florida". Dr. Milanich, emeritus professor at the University of Florida, will talk about the Dimocks and their travels as he shows the photographs. After the presentation, there will be a book signing. The event is hosted by the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation who helped fund the restoration of the photographs for publication. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge but reservations are required. For information and to book your places, email or call (239) 695-2905. Photo caption: A.W. Dimock with one of the cameras in a photo taken by his son Julian. Photo credit: AMNH image 47641MUSEUM of the Everglades Artist Mollie Doctrow will be exhibiting in the Pauline Reeves Gallery for the month of March. The title of her exhibit is “ North 2 South: Everglades Watershed.” The reception to meet the artist will be held on Saturday, March 8 at the Museum from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and is hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades. Please plan to join us! 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 Museum, call Martha at 695-0008 or stop by and talk with her. You will be meeti ng 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: Table of Knowledge and Food by Chester Keene Some places have the Tr ee of Knowledge. Every Friday we gather at our own table of knowledge for Mullet and Grits. It's an old Florida tradition that has been around ever since I can remember. Fried mullet from the gulf and served with grits, hush puppies and a side order of coleslaw washed down with a glass of sweet tea. Old timers line the table from all over the county and offer all type of wisdom and knowledge of the past history gone by. Stories are told and the latest news is exchanged. Some of the patrons pull up a chair and the room noise starts to quiet down. There is at least 200 years of experience at any time sitting here. One will mention one thing of the past that leads in one direction while others will add to it. Some say you would have to have lived here to experience the step back in time. It's a time when things were much simpler to understand and not so high tech. Each has a favorite story to tell. One fellow was a Cowhunter, one a Bo at builder, one a construction worker, one a commercial fisherman, and one a lawman. They gather to check on the welfare and wellbeing of each other knowing the chair that someone sits in that was there last Friday may be empty next Friday. The cushion of life is getting smaller each year and some said that they wished they had talked to their parents or grandparents more before it was gone. Life is short enough as it is. Before you know it you are grown up and you wonder where it went, the old way of the old timers. Sitting around the table with a surprised look are L-R Chill Williams, Sam Colding, Norman Platt, Randy Frank and Ben Caruthers. Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article ORA FASHION SHOW ORA Ladies held their annual fashion show in Chokoloskee on Monday, February 10, with outfits provided by Anthony’s in Naples. Models included Linda Roberts, Rachael Williams, Judy Smith, Wanda Collins, and Linda Rondenet (pictured left ). A buffet luncheon was provided by the residents.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 28, 2014 email: PAGE 10 Everglades Community Church Appreciation Day for Pastor Bob Wallace COLLIER COUNTY BEACH PARKING STICKER PROGRAM Collier County offers beach parking to residents and visitors through the beach pa rking sticker program. Without beach parking stickers, beach goers must pay $8 at beach parking facilities. Full-time residents need to show their original, current, Collier County vehicle registration and current Florida driver’s license with their Collier County address. Part-time resident property owners need to show their original, current vehicle registration, or rental car agr eement, current driver’s license (regardless of state), and a current Collier County tax statement, deed, or current closing papers fo r a recently purchased property. All three documents must be in the property owner’s name. Parttime residents who are mobile home owners must own the land upon which the mobile home is s ituated to receive a free beach parking sticker. Visitor/non-resid ent beach parking stickers are available for $50 annually to visitors and part-time residents who do not own property. Beach parking stickers are available at Collier County libraries and recreational park. For more information, call 239-252-4000 or visit Conservancy of SW Florida Nature Experiences Free Briggs Boardwalk, Rookery Bay Walk thru March 31 View five eco-communities from scrub to brackish ponds. For details, go to Free Clam Pass Walks thru April 30 (Except holidays): Learn importance of mangrove trees, Florida history, and meet fascinating creatures and plants that share this unique habitat. Good Fortune II Nature Cruises thru late April. Guides steer you through mangrove-lined channels of Rookery Bay, home to an amazing array of some of the most spectacular wading birds and wildlife. Visit for directions. Members: Adult $32, Under 12 $14; Others: Adult $42, Under 12 $19. Other programs include Cinema Sundays, Nature Walks, Sailing Adventures, Evening Talks, Photo Workshops, Fossil Digs, and much, much more. For more information about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and its events, call 239-262-0304 or visit Invitation to Reception for Dan Kimball Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball is retiring after 10 years on the job. The South Florida National Parks Trust invites you for cocktails and dinner to honor Superintendent Kimball and celebrate South Florid a's extraordinary collection of national parks: Everglades, Biscayne & Dry Tortugas National Parks and Big Cypress National Preserve. Friday March 21 Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL Tickets: $150 Per Person Cocktails & Silent Auction 7:00 pm Dinner & Program 8:00 pm To purchase tickets, visit and make an online, tax-deductible donation in the amount of the ticket(s). Reservation will be confirmed by email. Or, if you prefer, call (305) 665-4769 for reservations Event proceeds benefit the SFNPT and our partner parks: Everglades, Biscayne & Dry Tortugas National Parks & Big Cypress National Preserve. Photo Safari in the Big Cypress Experience the Big Cypress National Preserve like never before. For the first time ever, join Big Cypress and the Photography Institute of Naples in exploring this beautiful Southwest Florida treasure in a free, hands-on photo safari. A park ranger will be on hand to explain flora, fauna and the natural wonders of the Big Cypress’s Sweetwater Strand, while Frank Berna will be there to help you photographically capture the beauty of this natural wonder. This event will take place on Saturday, March 8, between 8:00 am and noon. A free shuttle will leave from Gator Hook Strand Parking Area on the Loop Rd and take you to Sweetwater Strand to photograph birds, alligators and who-knows-what-else! Registration for this event is required. The event is limited to 10 new participants per hour; the shuttle will leave Gator Hook on the hour, and will return back to Gator Hook on the half hour. To Register call or email Li sa Andrews at 695-1164 or


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 28, 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 Everglades Book Club was fortunate to have author, Amy Hill Hearth, "join” them via Skype and speak to the Club on Thursday, February 20. ATTENTION! A safety reminder: being a busy time of year with lots of vis itors to our area and only a few sidewalks and bike lanes in town, it is important to be cautious. Pedestrians should walk on the left side of the road so that you are facing traffic. If you’re riding a bicycle, you should ride far to the right going in the same direction of traffic (3ft distance is a State law). We have a great city in which to walk and bike, but follow the rules and be careful! TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 02/28 Fri 01:12am 3.0 H 02/28 Fri 08:52am -0.4 L 02/28 Fri 02:10pm 2.5 H 02/28 Fri 09:03pm 0.1 L 03/01 Sat 02:01am 3.0 H 03/01 Sat 09:36am -0.4 L 03/01 Sat 02:43pm 2.6 H 03/01 Sat 09:51pm -0.1 L 03/02 Sun 02:49am 2.9 H 03/02 Sun 10:17am -0.2 L 03/02 Sun 03:16pm 2.7 H 03/02 Sun 10:37pm -0.2 L 03/03 Mon 03:37am 2.7 H 03/03 Mon 10:57am -0.1 L 03/03 Mon 03:51pm 2.8 H 03/03 Mon 11:24pm -0.2 L 03/04 Tue 04:29am 2.5 H 03/04 Tue 11:36am 0.1 L 03/04 Tue 04:28pm 2.7 H 03/05 Wed 12:13am -0.2 L 03/05 Wed 05:23am 2.2 H 03/05 Wed 12:15pm 0.3 L 03/05 Wed 05:09pm 2.6 H 03/06 Thu 01:06am -0.1 L 03/06 Thu 06:24am 1.9 H 03/06 Thu 12:56pm 0.5 L 03/06 Thu 05:56pm 2.5 H 03/07 Fri 02:07am 0.0 L 03/07 Fri 07:31am 1.7 H 03/07 Fri 01:47pm 0.7 L 03/07 Fri 06:54pm 2.4 H 03/08 Sat 03:16am 0.1 L 03/08 Sat 08:53am 1.6 H 03/08 Sat 03:07pm 0.8 L 03/08 Sat 08:05pm 2.3 H 03/09 Sun 05:27am 0.1 L 03/09 Sun 01:34pm 1.7 H 03/09 Sun 05:35pm 0.8 L 03/09 Sun 10:22pm 2.2 H 03/10 Mon 06:31am 0.1 L 03/10 Mon 01:56pm 1.8 H 03/10 Mon 06:45pm 0.8 L 03/10 Mon 11:33pm 2.3 H 03/11 Tue 07:24am 0.0 L 03/11 Tue 01:41pm 1.9 H 03/11 Tue 07:39pm 0.7 L 03/12 Wed 12:30am 2.4 H 03/12 Wed 08:10am 0.0 L 03/12 Wed 01:49pm 2.0 H 03/12 Wed 08:23pm 0.6 L 03/13 Thu 01:17am 2.5 H 03/13 Thu 08:50am 0.0 L 03/13 Thu 02:11pm 2.2 H 03/13 Thu 09:02pm 0.4 L 03/14 Fri 01:57am 2.6 H 03/14 Fri 09:26am 0.0 L 03/14 Fri 02:37pm 2.3 H 03/14 Fri 09:37pm 0.3 L NOW SERVING EVERGLADES CITY S.W. FLA’s Pest Authority since 1990 CALL 239-455-4300 SPIDERS 6-Month Guarantee 3899 Mannix Dr #412


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 28, 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, Chester Keene, Mike Klein, Bill Lindsay, 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 -----------------------------------------------Income Tax Service Mike, The Tax Guy 695-0595 ------------------------------------------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. Visit --------------------------------------------------Music Lessons and Tutoring for students: violin, pi ano, 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 695-0500. -------------------------------------------------WANTED : Automotive Window Tinter Certain Requirements Apply. Call 695-3667. 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 MUSEUM of the EVERGLADES VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY at the Front Desk Contact Martha at 695-0008 For more information 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 Koda enjoying Artin-the-Glades during the MSD Festival. Send us your Pet Pics by post or email. See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website.