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25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JUNE 20 – JULY 3, 2014 2014, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VIII Issue #213 INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATE WITH US! Saturday, June 28 McLEOD PARK EVERGLADES CITY Games Arts & Crafts Music Hot Dogs Cold Drinks Raffles Prizes “Little Miss and Mister FireCracker” (Kiddies’ Best-Dressed Contest) SCHEDULE 10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony 10:30 a.m. PARADE “Celebrating Our Heritage” (prizes for the best floats) 11:00 a.m. Art-in-the-Glades Food, Music 11:30 a.m. Parade Winners Announced 1:00 p.m. Kiddies’ Contests 2:00 p.m. Raffle Winners Picked 9:00 p.m. FIREWORKS (for information, call 695-3781) PAUL TRIBBLE HONORE D AT STUDENT ART RECEPTION AT THE MUSEUM OF THE EVERLGADES On Tuesday, June 3, Mr. Paul “Trib” Tribble was presented with a plaque by Mayor Sammy Hamilton for his outst anding service to the students of Everglades City School for the past 38 years. Mr. Tribble will be on leave during the first semester of the 2014-15 school year, but he will be returning the second semester to continue providing art classes to our local children. During his time away from school, Trib will offer adult art classes at the Museum (more details to follow). Jennifer Perry, Manager of the Museum of the Everglades, would like to express her sincere thanks to all involved in making the student reception and the tribute to Mr. Tribble such an outstanding success! TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 FWC p. 8 Events p. 3 Gulf Coast p. 8 School p. 5 Florida Tales p. 9 FL Flora p. 7 Museum p. 9 Recipe p. 7 Book Review p. 9 Taxing p. 7 Slice of Paradise p.10 Parks p. 8 Obituary p.11 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: Mamie Street, p.10 If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email mulletra pp er @g or phone 695-2397.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area June 20, 2014 email: PAGE 2 Aug 1: ORV Closure Aug 4: City Council Aug 14: Food Bank Aug 30-Sept 2: Clyde Butcher Open Ho use Sept 27: Blessing of Cra b Fleet _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ THRIFT SHOP: Tuesday and Sat, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm SKATING RINK: Fri, Sat, 7-10 pm DR DEMARTINO: Closed for the summer LITTLE GATOR CLINIC: Closed until October FOOD PANTRY: Sat, 8:30 to 10:30 am, Community Church AA: Wed, 5:00 pm, Community Church AL-ANON: Thurs, 12 noon, Community Church NA: Sat, 11:30 am, Community Center (Skating Rink) MUSEUM: Mon – Fri, 9 am to 5 pm; Sat, 9 am to 4 pm SMALLWOOD STORE: Daily, 11 am to 4 pm VA SUPPORT: Fri, June 20, July 18, 10 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: Tuesday 6/23, 6/30 (10-11 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 15 Happy Father’s Day 16 Summer Camp Smallwood Mtg Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God, 7 pm 17 18 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am Evening at the Museum 19 Lions Club Island Caf 5:30 pm RAPPER 20 VA Support see p.3 21 22 23 Summer School Begins Build-a-Boat see p.5 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church. 7 pm 24 Build-a-Boat see p.5 25 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am Build-a-Boat see p.5 26 Build-a-Boat see p.5 4 Black Bear Mgt Workshop see p.3 new moon 27Build-a-Boat see p.5 Operation Dry Water see p.3 28 Independence Day Celebration Art-in-Glades see p.1 Operation Dry Water see p.3 29 Operation Dry Water see p.3 30 Summer Camp (2nd Session) Hour of Prayer Everglades Com. Church, 7 pm JULY 1 Summer Camp (2nd Session) 2 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am Summer Camp (2nd Session) 3 Chuck E Cheese see p.5 RAPPER 4 5 6 7 Smallwood Mtg see p.3 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church, 7 pm 8 9 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am Museum on Paradise TV see p.9 10 Harry Chapin Food Bank McLeod Park 11 am – 1 pm 11 12 13 14 OFCD Mtg see p.3 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God, 7 pm 15 16 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am Build-a-Chair see p.5 Museum Movies 17 Build-a-Chair see p.5 RAPPER 18 VA Support see p.3 Build-a-Chair see p.5 Hot Summer Nights, see p.519 JUNE / JULY 2014


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area June 20, 2014 email: PAGE 3 BLACK BEAR MANAGEMENT The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a public workshop in Naples Thursday, June 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Collier County IFAS Extension Office at 14700 Immokalee Road. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss management of black bears in south Florida and how people can get involved in working with the FWC on local bear issues. The FWC’s Florida Black Bear Management Plan was approved in 2012. The first steps are being taken to create the South BMU to manage the bear subpopulation in the Big Cypress National Preserve and surrounding areas. Workshops will offer the public a chance to provide input on local bear issues and allow interested individuals to sign up to be active members of the South Bear Stakeholder Group. Go to and look for “Which BMU are you?” to find out more about black bears in the South BMU. A guide to living in bear country is also available at by clicking on “Brochures and Other Materials.” Find more about bears and the bear management plan at or call Carli Segelson, at (772) 215-9459. Note: The above photo of a Florida Black Bear walking in the underpass on SR29 just north of Everglades C ity was taken by FGCU Panther Posse and submitted to The Rapper by Craig Woodward. NPS Operation Dry Water A campaign, called Operation Dry Water, will be held June 27-29 to help educate recreational boaters and to increase awareness about the dangers of alcohol and drug use while boating. Officers will be out on the water in Florida Bay and the Gulf, looking for boaters who are under the influence. They want to ensure that every one has a day of safe boating. For more information about this campaign, visit ROAD CLOSURE From Friday, June 27, at 7 p.m. continuing through Monday, June 30, at 5 a.m. (weather permitting), CR 951 (Collier Blvd) will be closed to all northbound and southbound traffic from US41 to just south of Beach Resort Blvd in order to work on the 951/US41 intersection. Detour will be around the Publix Shopping Center. LOCO’S PRODUCE STAND Frank will have a booth for his fresh produce in the Art-in-the-Glades under the Pavilion on Friday, June 28 during the Independence Day Celebration. He will return in October next to the Everglades City Post Office. GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed June to be Great Outdoors Month and noted that the FWC offers Floridians and visitors 159 wildlife management areas in addition to the other public lands totaling 12 million acres. For more information, go to SMALLWOOD STORE The next meeting of the Smallwood Fundraising Committee will be on Monday, July 7 at 9:30 a.m. in City Hall (ESHP office) See page 10 for an update on the current situation. Big Cypress Preserve 2014 Annual ORV Closure The 60-day ORV closure for management units within the Preserve will be lifted on Friday, August 1. This plan allows for a period free from resource pressures related to ORV use. Landowners, and their guests, that hold special use permits to access private properties within the Preserve will retain continued access along approved routes. Art of the Swamp Big Cypress Visitor Centers The Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center and the Oasis Visitor Center will exhibit “Voices of Big Cypress” 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information on the exhibit, please use the following link: t-exhibits.htm. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 06/02/14: Emergency Me dical, West of Port of the Islands on US 41 06/03/14: Emergency Med, Everglades City 06/03/14: Emergency Med, Chokoloskee 06/04/14: Brush Fire, 58 Mile Marker I-75 06/05/14: Emergency Med, 75 MM I-75 06/08/14: Vehicl e Accident, Ochopee 06/09/14: Emergency Medical, Copeland 06/09/14: Emergency Med, 80 MM I-75 06/10/14: Emergency Medical, Plantation 06/10/14: Down Power Line, US 41 MM 73 06/11/14: Emergency Med, Everglades City 06/11/14: Vehicle Accide nt, West of Port of Islands on US 41 06/12/14: Emergency Medical, Copeland 06/13/14: Vehicle Accident, 81 MM I-75 06/13/14: Fire Alarm, Port of the Islands 06/13/14: Emergency Medical, 73 MM 06/13/14: Vehicle Ac cident, 67 MM US 41 06/15/14: Emergency Medical, 63 MM I-75 06/15/14: Mutual Aid, 68 MM US 41 The next OFCD Advisory Committee Meeting is Monday, July 14, at 4 pm in the new Port of the Islands Fire Station at 525 New Port Drive #C in Naples. DOCTOR’S CLINIC Dr. Kirk DeMartino’s clinic in Everglades City is closed for the summer. For appointments in his Marco Island office, call (239) 642-5552. THRIFT SHOP HOURS The Thrift Shop, located behind the Fire Station, is open every Tuesday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please do not leave items outside the door. THE SHELTER FOR ABUSED WOMEN & CHILDREN If you are in an abusive relationship, call the 24-hr crisis line: 775-1101/TTY or (239) 775-4265; the Shelter provides all services free of charge. Visit for more info. Volunteer at the Museum Call Martha at 695-0008 or stop by the Museum of the Everglades if you are interested in volunteering. Veterans Support Group Meetings are held every other Friday; next meetings will be held June 20 and July 18 at 10 a.m. in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall at the Everglades Community Church. There will be no meeting on July 4.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area June 20, 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 – 4 pm; closed Sunday Full Table Service 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 (239) 695-2682 11 am– 5 pm Closed Tues-Wed THANK YOU for your support! See you in October! Sweet Mayberry’s Caf & Gelato (with WiFi) 207 West Broadway Special Coffee, Organic Teas, Belgium Waffles, Cakes, and more 239-695-0092 Hardware Unusual Gifts Marine Supplies T Shirts Knives – Apparel Tackle Caps WIN-CAR, INC. TrueValue. 209 N. Collier Ave. Carolyn Thompson and Suzan Griffis Post Office Box 247 (239) 695 3201 Everglades City, FL 34139 Fax: (239) 659 3344 Email: MUSEUM OF THE EVERGLADES 105 West Broadway, Everglades City OPEN: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm (239) 695-0008


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area June 20, 2014 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 A Poem For Dad In a very special way, Have a happy Father’s day! You can do anything, I know you can. Because you’re a smart and special man. You should be very proud, too, Cause you have a family that really loves you. You’re a great father, you really do a lot. Like responsibility, being something you taught. As your kids, you teach us how to be strong. And know the difference from right and wrong. And then you teach us how to be tough. For all the other times that are rough. We’re all happy, we have a great dad. And can remember all the fun that we had. I hope today, you can learn something new. But, dad, remember, we always love you. I know there's more that I can say… But have a happy Father’s day! LeAnne Bedford is 16 yrs old and will be beginning the 11th grade at Everglades City School. Summer Camp Begins AQUACULTURE LAB Students (pictured left) visited the aquaculture lab which was created to learn about raising tilapia and cichlids and the economics of farming fish. Photo by Morgen Herrin SUMMER SCHOOL SCHEDULE Summer School began on June 16 with breakfast and lunch served Monday through Thursday each week from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Summer School will end July 24 2014 SUMMERFEST PROGRAMS Collier County Sheriff’s Office June 23 – 27 Build-a-Boat, Everglades Com. Ctr, 8 am – 4 pm July 16 – 18 Build-a-Chair, Everglades Com. Ctr., 8 am – 2 pm July 18 Hot Summer Nights, McLeod Park, 6 to 9 pm FIELD TRIPS SCHEDULE Everglades Community Center 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Thursday, June 26 Sun-N-Fun Lagoon (wear Deputy Club Tshirt & backpack, towel, flip flops, swim suit / shorts, sunscreen, extra change of clothes) Thursday, July 3 Chuck E Cheese’s (wear Deputy Club Tshirt, backpack, sneakers, sunscreen; bring money if needed for souvenirs and extra snacks) FREE SUMMER MOVIE DAYS June 24 – July 31 – All Ages Tuesdays & Wednesdays, Hollywood 20 Theater, 9 am – noon Thursdays, Paragon (Pavilion) Theater, 9 am – noon For more information, visit CCSO website, Click on “Kids Zone” or Call the Youth Relations Office at 252-0144 *Any youth planning on attending any of the CCSO Summer Field Trips must pre-register through ReachOut Everglades and COPS Inc. Summer Camp. Permission slips for these field trips will be available for pick up at Summer Camp at Everglades Community Center. *Any youth interested in attending either “Build a Chair” or the “Build a Boat” Sheriff’s Office sponsored programs must preregister through Youth Relations Deputy Jimmy Quintana at Everglades City School. Cpl. Quintana has the permission slips for the parents or guardians to complete. Again this program is pre-registration only. IMPORTANT DATES June 16 Summer School Began June 30 – July 2 ReachOut Summer Camp (preK 5th) 9 am – 2 pm (no charge, lunch served) June 27 Jr. Archaeology Day, 10 am Collier County Museum (252-8242) June – July Summer Programs (see column right) July 24 Summer School Ends


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area June 20, 2014 email: PAGE 6 BREAKFAST LUNCH Richard A. Mills, III Attorney-at-Law Free Initial Consultations: Business formation and sales, contract drafting; residential and commercial real estate, wills, trusts, probate administration, asset protection planning; elder law, establishing Florida domicile; all types of personal injury. (239) 298-8390 cell (239) 227-4149 email: Tri-County Cooling & Refrigeration, Inc. Sales Service Maintenance CALL ANYTIME 239-253-4860 Licensed CAC 1817126


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area June 20, 2014 email: PAGE 7 FLORIDA FLORA by Patricia Huff Lecheso or Milky-Way Tree (Stemmadenia litoralis) As mentioned before in this column, my husband and I enjoy visiting Fairchild Botanical Gardens in Miami several times a year. Last year during a plant sale, this beautiful little tree caught my eye. In 2009 this evergreen tree was named “Plant of the Year” by Fairchild Gardens. The most attractive features of this tree are the two-inch long, trumpetlike, very fragrant white flowers that bloom any time from late winter to late fall. The leaves are smooth and glossy. Because it likes a dry climate, is salt tolerant and only grows up to 20 feet, the Lecheso tree is ideal for South Florida gardens. It requires very little care after being established in the ground. You may also keep it in a container if you wish, but be careful not to over water since it needs a welldrained, dry soil. The tree may be planted in full or partial sun to light shade. Native to Mexico, the Lecheso is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds which is another reason to consider it as a la ndscape subject for your yard. Although it is considered to be one of the most beautiful tropical ornamental trees in the world, the name “lecheso” refers to the milky latex that oozes from the broken leaves and stems. It contains poisonous compounds that can cause skin irritation in some people. This is a characteristic defense mechanism of all plants in the Apocynaceae Family. Fairchild Gardens are open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and located at 10901 Old Cutler Road in Coral Gables. Admission is $25 for adults ($18 for seniors) and includes all of the garden exhibits, a narrated tram tour and walking tours when available. The fee and trip to Miami is well worth the wonders you will experience (caf is excellent). See Recipe for Good Eating SUMMER GAZPACHO submitted by Patricia Huff Gazpacho is a soup made of raw vegetables and served cold, usually with a tomato base. It is said that this cold soup originated in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. My daughter just returned from a trip to Costa Rica and she said they had amazing gazpacho served in a variety of ways. Here is a recipe without a tomato base but very refreshing on a hot summer day. Ingredients: Florida avocado Cucumber (par tially peeled and seeds removed) Fresh Basil Garlic (1 clove) Scallions (1 cut in large pieces) 1 cups cold water Salt & pepper to taste Key lime juice Keep above ingredients in the refrigerator until ready to use; Combine together in a blender and mix on a high speed. Put back in the refrigerator for one hour before serving. Cool as a cucumber! If you have a favorite recipe to share, please email us at mulletrappe TAXING THINGS by Mike the Tax Guy Keep Your Records Safe in Case Disaster Strikes Some natural disasters are more common in th e summer. But major ev ents like hurricanes, tornadoes and fires can strike any time. It’s a good idea to plan for what to do in case of a disaster. You can help make your recovery easier by keeping your tax and financial records safe. Here are some basic steps you can take now to prepare: 1. Backup Records Electronically. Many people receive bank statements by email. This is a good way to secure your records. You can also scan tax records and insurance policies onto an electronic format. You can use an ex ternal hard drive, CD or DVD to store important records. Be sure you back up your files and keep them in a safe place. If a disaster strikes your home, it may also affect a wide area. If that happens, you may not be able to retrieve your records. 2. Document Valuables. Take photos or videos of the contents of your home or business. These visual records can help you prove the va lue of your lost items. They may help with insurance claims or casualty loss deductions on your tax return. You should store them with a friend or relative who lives out of the area. 3. Update Emergency Plans. Review your emergency plans every year. Update them when your situation changes. Make sure you ha ve a way to get severe weather information. Have a plan for what to do if threatening weather approaches. 4. Get Copies of Tax Returns or Transcripts. Visit to get Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, to replace lost or destroyed tax returns. If you just need information from your return, you can order a free transcript online or by calling (800) 9089946. You can also file Form 4506T-EZ, Short Form Request for Individual Tax Return Transcript or Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return. 5. Count on the IRS. If you fall victim to a disaster, you can call the IRS disaster hotline at (866) 562-5227 for special help with disaster-related tax issues. Visit to get more about IRS disaster assistance. Click on the ‘Disaster Relief’ link in the lower left of the home page. You can also get forms and publications anytime on To get them in the mail, call 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). Mike, The Tax Guy, provides income tax services. His phone number is 695-0595. The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season offi cially began on June 1 and ends on November 30.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area June 20, 2014 email: PAGE 8 NEW ACTING SUPERINTENDENT Bob Krumenaker, superintendent of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, has been appointed the next acting Superintendent for Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks, effective August 4. He is repl acing the current acting superintendent Shawn Benge and will continue until the search for a permanent superintendent is completed. Bob has 37 years of experience with the NPS. He began as a volunteer in 1977 and became a permanent employee in 1983. Some of his other assignments include: Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas, the NPS Washington Office, Isle Royale National Park in Michigan, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Zion National Park in Utah, and Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania Bob received a bachelor of science degree from Brown Univers ity in 1979 and a master of forest science degree from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 1982. He is a 2009 graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executive Fellows Program. Everglades National Park Receives Grant Everglades National Park is one of 39 national parks selected to receive a 2014 America’s Best Id ea grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. The America’s Best Idea program conn ects people – particularly youth – to America’s national parks. This grant will support an innovative new program called “Everglades Wilderness Writing Ex pedition” which supports the Park’s 2014 Wilderness Celebration this Fall. The expedition will engage 10 college students, age 18-25 years old, enrolled in a journalism/writing program at an accredited university/college in South Florida. The selected student participants will explore the concepts of wilderness while embarking on their first multi-night expedition into the designated wilderness areas of Everglades National Park. In order to accomplis h this program, the Park will partner with North Carolina Outward Bound School (in Everglades City), AIRIE Inc., the South Florida National Parks Trust, the South Dade News Leader and local universities including the University of Miami, Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University. For more information on the National Park Foundation and how you can support and protect America’s national parks, please visit For more information on the National Park Service, please visit FLORIDA FISH & WILDLIFE The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requests the public’s help in locating three species of rare birds during their breeding season. The southeastern American kestrel, the burrowing owl and the painted bunting are rare and declining species. People are encouraged to use the FWC's new Rare Bird Registry to quickly map locations where they observe these species with the option to upload photos and additional comments. To assist in locating these rare birds, visit and select “Citizen Science” then “Sightings” for th e Rare Bird Registry link. Living Gulf Coast by Charles Sobczak Mud Dauber Wasp (Sceliphron caementarium) Other names: dirt dauber dirt diver, mud wasp / Status: FL=thriving / Life span: 2 to 5 years / Length: 0.75-1.25 in. (19-32 mm) / Reproduces in small, mud-based nests under piling homes, in crevices and on natural rock formations / Found throughout SW Florida. There are actually three species of mud dauber wasps that thrive in Southwest Florida. The most common of these is the black and yellow mud dauber ( Sceliphron caementarium ), but the other two, the solid black organ pipe mud dauber ( Trypoxylon politum ) and the iridescent blue mud dauber ( Chalybion californicum ) are also quite common. Although mud daubers look threatening enough, they seldom bite and are not at all aggressive Their biggest threat comes from where they build their nests and not from the nasty stings they are capable of delivering. A mud dauber wasp nest was believed to be responsible for the crash of Birgenair Flight 301 on Feb. 6, 1996, killing all 189 people on board. Upon investigation it was learned that black and yellow mud daubers had built nests in the air speed indicator, which was the primary reason for the crash. The plane had been sitting in Puerto Rico for 25 days before resuming a flight schedule, giving the mud daubers ample time to build their nests in these important tubes. Mud daubers can also cause electrical shorts in outdoor ceiling fans, which may sit for months without rotating and thereby allow multiple mud dauber nests to completely jam up their ability to rotate. To prevent this, move the fan blades by hand at first to insure they are able to move freely before turning on the fan. Mud daubers can be a real nuisance under piling homes where they are prone to building their little mud huts just about everywhere. Mud daubers are beneficial in that they are good pollinators and are predators to black wido w spiders, which are a venomous spider. They are kept in check by a number of parasitic wasps and are also eaten by snakes and anoles. This article is from Living Sanibel A Nature Guide to Sanibel & Captiva Islands. Charles Sobczak lives and writes on Sanibel Island. Visit www. for more information. SHERIFF’S REPORT Sometime on June 3 or June 4, person(s) unknown committed criminal mischief by spray painting graffiti on numerous objects in Everglades City These acts appear to be of a random nature. The suspect(s) used black spray paint with the letters “EPC” painted on the objects. Several persons of interest have been interviewed. A victim reported that sometime between June 11 and June 14 a shotgun was taken from their unlocked vehicle while parked at City Seafood in Everglades C ity. Anyone with any information into these cases is urged to ca ll Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 252-9300. Please remember to le ssen your chances of becoming a victim of crime by assuring that your unattended property is always left secured.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area June 20, 2014 email: PAGE 9 Florida Tales by Chester Keene “This Little Sister Stayed Home” Having three young daughters is no easy task for anyone that has raised children. My two older daughters were in 1st and 2nd grades when we moved to Naples. I worked midnight shifts and my wife had a day job. We would meet each other at the door. She would have the two older girls ready for school and they would walk to Shadowlawn School because then the requirement was if you lived less than two miles from school you walked or furnished your own transportation. They walked but later got bicycles to ride. So now I got to keep the youngest, Valerie. She was a happy little soul, liked to eat and sleep when not bothered. I liked to get out of the house so I took her with me because we could not afford a baby sitter. I had an old Nash Rambler and my wife had the newer car. We would load up and never knowing where we would go, but Val got interested in fishing at a very young age. It was about the time she could walk good. I would put her in the back seat of the car with her bottle and she would watch me or others fish. One day I got her a cane pole and it was the start of many hours of enjoyment watching her fish. We went to Isles of Capri or anywhere you could fish off a seawall or bridge. She got to where she could handle a spinning rod with great accuracy. One night I took my wife fishing off the Moorings Bridge; this was back in the late 60s before all the development. My wife was having a tough time throwing her bait under the bridge and kept hitting the piling. Well, little Valerie with all this fishing experience I taught her and she learned a few things herself by watching others fish, walked over and said "Mama, I'll show you how to do it." She threw her bait under the bridge without hitting the piling. Her mother looked at me and gave me a dirty look; I just shrugged my shoulders. She still kids her Mama about that and still likes to fish. Val is the office manager of Marco Island Marine and can remember part numbers and every customer’s name and most on Marco Island. She now has three grown children and a grandchild. Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. MUSEUM of the Everglades Martha Hutcheson, Assistant Manager, and Jennifer Perry, Manager of the Museum of the Everglades, will be featured on FOX 4 Paradise TV which highlights local area interests. The program will be shown on Wednesday, July 9 If you google Fox 4 Paradise TV, you can watch old episodes…. which means when aired anyone can see the Museum segment. Beginning July 16 the Museum of the Everglades will feature Movie Matinees every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., starting with the 1951 feature film “Distant Drums.” For a complete listing of the movies, visit the Friends’ website During the High School Awards ceremony on May 20 at the Everglades Seafood Depot, Dairean Williams was awarded the Carol Moseman Education and Service Scholarship by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades. Dairean will be attending Full Sail University in Orlando to study computer graphics. Congratulations, Dairean! The Museum, located at 105 West Broadw ay, is open every Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please stop by and see the summer exhibit of the Everglades City School art students. Off the Shelf Book Review reviewed by Patricia Huff “The Widows of Rainman Island” by Miriam Brock Peterson This novel first came to my attention last Ch ristmas when I received my annual letter from Camille Brock Baumgartner. Many locals remember “Cam” as the incredibly talented artist who lived in the “nurse’s” house, originally built by Barron Collier in the 1920s. In 1990 Camille added her own studio, connecting it to the historical home with a breezeway. It is the home my husband and I purchased from her in 1994. Camille has kept in touch with us ever since she moved to north Georgia 20 years ago. In her letter Camille mentioned that her sister Miriam had just written this book, combining memories of Everglades City and her other favorite island off Vancouver. She describes many of the local Everglades City ev ents, such as the blessing of the fleet, the annual seafood festival, art shows, etc. Camille and Miriam are both characters in the book, as twins (they are not in real life). Another individual is the local artist who chats about her art of life-casting Es ther Williams and the Native Americans. Again, many may recall how Camille started casting in plaster, converting to bronze, several of the elder members of the Seminole Tribe (two of these works went to the Smithsonian Institute). One of my favorite paintings in our home is the one we purchased from Camille. It depicts three children standing on the dock overlooking the Barron River. We also have a watercolor and several of her prints. Although I don’t read a lot of novels, I found this book very entertaining, especially because I was able to revisit Camille’s lif e and her charm through these characters. Miriam brings her faith and her beliefs into the daily lives of the individuals. She portrays her character as the mo re devout of the two sisters. There are a lot of family and friends’ dynamics going on, and I believe read ers will find this book very appealing. If you’re looking for a light summer read and remember Camille, you’ll enjoy it even more. The Widows of Rainman Island may be purchased through or other online bookstores. Photo of Camille Baumgartner’s life casting.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area June 20, 2014 email: PAGE 10 UPDATE ON MAMIE STREET by Patricia Huff People have been asking The Rapper what is happening to the development on Mamie Street af ter Florida Georgia Grove (FGG) removed the vegetation and graded the property more than a month ago. As of today, June 18, things are still in limbo. There was a mediation on June 9 between Collier County/Smallwood Store and FGG, and the results of that meeting will be forthcoming. The litigating parties are trying to resolve the issue of Mamie Street and access to the historic Smallwood Store & Museum which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places but was shut down for six months in 2011 when FGG bulldozed and fenced off the only road leading to the museum. The Collier County Historic Archaeological & Preservation Board (HAPB) discussed Mamie Street during its May 21 and June 18 meetings. In May HAPB requested Code Enforcement to investigate whether the grading was illegal since no permit was issued and “grading” was not listed on FGG’s permit application for “vegetation removal.” A county engineer responded that “since the archaeologist’s assessment of the site did not contain a stipulation to prevent this type of grading, it was his opinion that the clearing and grading was consistent with their permit.” Code Enforcement continues to investigate other issues. HAPB also asked for documenta tion that an archaeologist was on site and to review a copy of the findings. On May 1 archaeologist Greg C. Smith submitted a “Management Summary” stating that he “co nducted archaeological monitoring at the Blue Heron Boat Basin during April 28-30, 2014.” However, work on the property actually started on April 24, and this activity was reported to the Collier County Code Enforcement Office on April 25. Several area residents said they did not see anyone (except the bulldozers) on site where the grading was done on the historic Indian Mound. Mr. Smith stated he would follow up his initial report with a “technical memorandum” including photographs and a Survey Log Sheet in May. As of June 18, the County still had not yet received this information. HAPB has requested that the Ma mie Street property (site of the Indian Mound) be listed as a county historic site (more discussion on this in future issues). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers visited the site after the most recent grading and stated “this project has unresolved violations with the Corps permit and considered an enforcement case.” There are two separate issues: 1) Smallwood Store fighting to obtain a permanent access to their historic site and museum (in 2011 the court ordered a temporary injunction for F GG to replace their access through Mamie Street). If you are interested in helping the Smallwood Store, please attend the July 7 meeting in City Hall at 9:30 a.m. Also, visit the Smallwood Store website at for more information. 2) Whether Mamie Street is a county road (which was proven in court due to the continued county maintenance and the continued use by the public for nearly 100 years). Florida Georgia Grove, LLP, wishes to obtain the rights to Mamie Street even though they lost in two court appeals of the original court hearing. In January 2014 the Board of County Commissioners voted NOT to vacate Mamie Street. Stay tuned; still lots of unresolved issues. My Little Slice of Paradise by Kathy Brock Nature on Display (Without Even Leaving EC) The 10,000 islands are very unique. As the name implies, we are dotted with small islands numbering into the thousands. The mangroves, rivers and bays give life to so many unique creatures. We are all aware that development has encroached on the native flora and fauna, but not so much in our little town. We are still surrounded by nature, some quite common, and some, not so common. One of our regular residents serves a very, very important role. In fact, this little animal may have already helped save your life, or the life of someone you know. The horseshoe crab is something we have all seen at one time or another. If you go onto any of the outer island beaches, you'll often see a horseshoe carcass in the sand. During the summer, you can even catch them on the shore of Chokoloskee Bay making baby horseshoe crabs. One day I witnessed this and decided to do a little research. What I discovered was that these crabs are critical to the health of so many other animals....including humans! Native shorebirds consume the eggs horseshoe crabs lay on the shoreline. Sea turtles eat them throughout their lifetime. Gulls and other scavengers love them, too. But what else I discovered was that the blood of the horseshoe crab is critical to pharmaceutical medicine. Over fifty years ago it was recognized that some sterile solutions, when injected into humans, caused a fever or pyrogenic response. Scientists soon learned that these so-called "injection fevers" were caused by endotoxin (a potent pyrogen) leftover from bacterial components that remained in the injected solutions after sterilization. Even though the medicine was sterilized, some people still developed a severe bacterial response from the pyrogens. Horseshoe crabs’ blood cells contain amebocytes. In the 1960s, Dr. Frederik Bang discovered that when amebocytes from the blood of the horseshoe crab are injected with these bacteria, massive clotting occurred. From this discovery, the researchers were able to develop a simple test, using a test tube, that can detect these harmful bacteria, even after sterilization, that may still be present in intravenous drugs and vaccines. Prior to this discovery the presence of these pyrogens would have gone undetected causing many to get very sick, and some to die. What's also great news is that horseshoe crabs are not killed to acquire their blood. They "donate" their blood in elaborate blood banks (labs) set up in the Northeastern US, similar to "human" blood banks. Scientists claim that less that 3% of the donors are killed during the process far fewer than the 10% lost annually during their courtship on the beach (due to flipping over). Before I learned about this, I used to look at the horseshoe crab and think it was just some prehistoric looking thing that simply existed. Now, each time I see one, I know I am looking at a truly unique and beautiful little creature that helps us live better every single day. So, the next time you are out on one of the outer islands and see a horseshoe crab upside-down or struggling to get back into the water...give it a little help. Afte r all, he (or she) may be partially responsible for saving you or someone you love someday. Quoted from Next Time in My Little Slice of Paradise What's "Bugging" My Palms? Kathy Brock and her husband Tim have been spending weekends in their Everglades City home for over 20 years.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area June 20, 2014 email: PAGE 11 RESTAURANTS Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): 5 pm – 9:00 pm; Tues – Sat Closed Sunday Monday City Seafood (695-4700): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; daily Everglades Seafood Depot (695-0075): 10:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Glades Haven Deli (695-2091): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily (MarinaFri-Sat-Sun 6 am 12 noon) 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 Joanie’s Blue Crab Caf (695-2682): 11:00 am – 5 pm; Closed Tues-Wed 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 – 3:00 pm; Tues-Sat; Wifi Closed Sunday Monday The New Angler’s Cove, Port of the Islands (757374-3194): 2 – 9 pm; Tues thru Fri 11:30 am – 9 pm; Sat & Sun Triad Seafood (695-2662): 10:30 am – 4 pm; MonSat Closed on Sunday Right Choice Supermarket (695-4535): 9:00 am – 7:00 pm; daily Grimm’s Stone Crab (695-3222): Closed until October 15 Loco’s Fresh Produce (239-462-7050): ECity Post Office parking lot Closed until October SUNDAY CHURC H SERVICES Chokoloskee Church of God 10 am Sunday School, 11 am Sunday Worship Copeland Baptist Church 10 am Sunday School, 11 am Sunday Worship Everglades Community Church 11 am Sunday Worship Everglades First Baptist Church 9:45 am Sunday School, 11 am Worship St. Finbarr Catholic Church 8 am (Spanish) and 10 am Mass San Marco Catholic Church 8 am and 10:30 am, 6 pm Sunday Mass IN MEMORY Alice T. Morrow 03/02/1939 06/25/2012 "I miss you so much; it seems like your passing was yesterday!" Myron H. (Moose) Morrow OBITUARY Dr. George O. Perraud, Jr. Dr. George Perraud, age 90, of Plantation, FL, passed away on May 21 surrounded by his family. Dr. Perraud was born in Boston, MA, in 1923, raised in New Jersey, and attended The Citadel in Charleston, SC. After two years, he joined the Navy and became a Naval Pilot during WWII. Dr. Perraud completed his college education at Rutgers University in New Jersey, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree. He graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and interned for two years at Doctor's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He began his first practice in Family Medicine in New Port Richey, Florida, where he met and married his wife, the former Lily Belle Calais. In 1958, he moved to Fort Lauderdale where he joined his brother, Dr. Robert L. Perraud in Family Practice; they were two of the founders of Doctor's Hospital. Dr. Perraud had a particular love for Aviation Medicine, which he continued for 50 years. He had a sharp mind to the end; and even through cancer therapy, he had his son drive him to the office to see his pilots. His interests and hobbies were making sick people well, his family, flying and anything to do with aviation, the outdoors, fishing and boating, books and reading, travel when he could get away. Dr. Perraud is survived by his wife, Lily; son, Bruce and his wife Kimberly; grandsons, Kevin and Garrett; brother, Dr. Robert Perraud and his wife Ruth, of Gainesville; several nieces and nephews, Robert, Russell (Jodi), Renee (Dave), Delane (Ron), and Adrianne (Charlie). His son, Martin Perraud preceded him in death. Funeral services were held in Ft. Lauderdale. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Salvation Army or The Humane Society of Broward County and would be greatly appreciated. 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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area June 20, 2014 email: PAGE 12 SNOOK CLASSIFIEDS WANTED : Vacant Lot for Lease Lot wanted in Everglades City to use for training my dog when we are in town. Dog will NOT be there unsupervised. Will provide fencing if needed with one year lease. Contact Becky (407) 257-4950 or -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: National Wild Turkey Federation prints, new and used hunting gear, airboat & a four wheeler; Clyde Butcher photos, and much more. Call (239) 695-4150. -----------------------------------------------------FOR RENT: One & two bedroom apartments in Glades Building. FREE dock space & guide service discount with Capt. Tony with apartment rental. Call 695-4150. -----------------------------------------------------OFFICE / SHOP SPACE RENTAL: One unit available for $550/month located in the Glades Building at 207 W. Broadway across from the Rod & Gun Club. Call (239) 695-4150. -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: Chicks & Chickens (assortment of breeds) and farm fresh eggs. Bedford Farms, call 695-0500. -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: Lot #26 in Fisherman’s Cove; dock included. $38,000. Call (239) 300-7077 or (239) 682-6025. ----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: Deeded dock at Captain's Table (#10). Great location, use of pool & boat ramp. $21,500. Call (954) 662-7003. -----------------------------------------------------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 ----------------------------------------------------WANTED: All Motor Homes, 5th wheels and travel trailers. Any condition. Cash paid on the spot. Call Paul at (941) 347-7171. JOBS & SERVICES -----------------------------------------------Income Tax Service Mike, The Tax Guy 695-0595 ------------------------------------------Port of the Islands: Room Attendant full or part time. Flexible schedule to include days, evenings, weekends and holidays is required. Apply online at Also, openings for wait staff and bartenders. Contact Naomi Stephens at (757) 374-3194. --------------------------------------------------Music Lessons and Tutoring for students: violin, pi ano, voice, history, English, writing, science, 3rd & 5th gr subjects and more Call Danielle Swis her at 280-8971 or Email: dmswishe -----------------------------------------------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. 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 LeAnne Bedford, Kathy Brock, Helen Bryan, Chester Keene, Mike Klein, Elaine Middelstaedt, Charles Sobczak 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. 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