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25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MAY 11 – 24 2012 2012, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VI Issue #159 The Museum of the Everglades celebrated its 14th Birthday and the 84th Anniversary of the opening of the Tamiami Trail. Over 100 visitors enjoyed the antique cars, music, storytelling and good food. Plans are underway for next year’s event for the Tamiami Trail’s 85th as our State celebrates its 500th year Anniversary with Viva Florida 2013. NAT’L DAY OF PRAYER Community leaders gathered on the steps of City Hall for the local prayer service on May 3. The Rev. Dr. Lisa Marteeny welcomed everyone prior to the Presentation of Colors. She then introduced Mayor Sammy Hamilton and County Commissioner Jim Coletta as well as speakers from all the area churches: The Reverends Morris Danton of Chololoskee Church of God, John Gilmore of Copeland Baptist Church, Jim Fross of Everglades Baptist Church, Father Tim Navin of Holy Family Catholic Church, and Dr. Bob Wallace of the Everglades Community Church. Music was provided by Mitch Mitchell. Afterwards all were invited to a delicious buffet luncheon in the Old Council Chambers in City Hall. National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the power of the bicycle and the many reasons people ride. Whether you bike to work or school; to save money or time; to preserve your health or the environment; to expl ore your community or get to your destination, get involved in Bike Month. Bike to Work Week is May 14-18, Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 18 (Bike to School Day was May 9). Everglades City is bike friendly and the perfect place to leave your car at home and get some exercise. INDEPENDENCE DAY Our Independence Day celebrations will be on Saturday, June 30. The theme of the parade is "Honoring Our Veterans.” There are prizes for the best floats! Fill in a parade entry form at City Hall or phone Elaine at 695-2695. Donation boxes have been placed around town to help pay for the fireworks. You can also drop off your cash or check at City Hall. TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email mulletra pp er @g or phone 695-2397. CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Living Gulf Coast p. 8 Events p. 3 Obituaries p. 9 School p. 5 Museum News p. 9 Recipe p. 7 Glades Daze p. 9 Books p. 7 Sheriff’s Report p.10 FWC News p. 8 Florida Tales p.10 Flora p. 8 Along the Trail p.10 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: “ Mother’s Day” p.7


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MAY 11, 2012 email: PAGE 2 June 11-22: Summer Camp June 17: Fathers’ Day June 25-29: Build-a-Boat June 30: Independence Day Celebration July 2-12: Summer Camp July 16-19: Build-a-Chair July 20: Hot Summer Nights Aug 7: City Council, Natl Night Out Aug 14: Primary Election Aug 20: Back to School Aug 30: BigC ORVs THRIFT SHOP: Thurs, Sat; 11 am to 3 pm SKATING RINK: Fri, Sat; 7-10 pm DR DEMARTINO: Friday, 1:30 to 4:30 pm LITTLE GATOR CLINIC: Closed for the Summer FOOD PANTRY: Sat, 8:30-10:30 am, Community Church AA: Wed, 5:00 pm, Community Church AL-ANON: Thurs, 12 noon, Community Church NA: Sat, 11:30 am, Community Center (Skating Rink) MUSEUM: Tues-Fri; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sat; 9:00 am to 4:00 pm SMALLWOOD STORE: Daily; 11 am to 4 pm SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: Fri, 4/27 (1-2 pm) Mon, 5/7 ( 10-11 am) Wed, 5/9 (1-2 pm) Tues, 5/15 (9-10 am) Fri, 5/18 (10-11 am) Mon, 5/21 (10-11 am) Wed, 5/23 (9-10 am) Tues, 5/29 (10-11 am) SHERIFF: 695-2007 CITY HALL: 695-3781 PUBLIC LIBRARY: 695-2511 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 695-3941 AIRPORT: 695-2778 FAKAHATCHEE: 695-4593 BIG CYPRESS: 695-2000 NATIONAL PARK: 695-3311 CURBSIDE TRASH PICKUP (FRIDGES, WASHING MACHINES, TVS): 252-2380 COLLIER COUNTY: 252-8999 SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT full moon 6 May is Bike Month see p.1 7 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm ESHP mtg 8:30 a.m. Booster Club 8 9Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 10Great Gator Luncheon RAPPER 11 12911 Fish Fry see p.3 13 Happy Mother’s Day see p.7 14 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm OFCD Board see p.3 15Stone Crab Season Ends Reach Out City Hall, 8:30 am BigC ORVs see p.3 16Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 17SAC Mtg School, 6 pm see p.5 18 19Mobile Pet Vet Note change of date see p.3 Prom Night new moon 20 21 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm Identity Theft see p.10 22 23Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 24High School Awards Night see p.5 RAPPER 25 26 27 Memorial Day 28 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm 29 30Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 31 JUNE 1School Graduation 2 3 4 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm full moon 5 6Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 7 RAPPER 8 9 MAY / JUNE 2012


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MAY 11, 2012 email: PAGE 3 911 FISH FRY Mayor Sammy Hamilton invites one & all to the 4th Annual Everglades City Area "Thank You Fish Fry" to honor members of our EMS, Fire, and Sheriff's Departments and United States Military on Saturday, May 12, at 5:00 p.m. in McLeod Park. For more info, call Dottie at 695-3781. BigC ORVs The Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 15, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, from 3:30 to 8:00 p.m. For more info, phone 695-1107 or visit where you can see the agenda and past minutes or submit items for discussion at future meetings. Listening Sessions The School District of Collier County is interested in hearing your thoughts as they move forward with the development of a 5-y ear plan that will further enhance the career and college pathways for our students. Please join them to share your interests and ideas at one of the following Listening Sessions: May 15 at Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology, Room 5-123, 3702 Estey Avenue, Naples 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. May 17 at Immokalee Technical Center, 508 North 9th Street, Immokalee 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. June 5 at Gulf Coast High School Media Center, 7878 Shark Way, Naples 5:307:00 p.m. Joe Paterno, Executiv e Director of S.W. Florida Workforce Development Board will be facilitating these events. Your input is welcome on what skills we want our students to attain upon graduation, how to choose career topics for academies, which certifications are meaningful, how to address barriers to student participation, how to effectively engage businesses, what kind of involvement do businesses want to support. Please e-mail Sara Fennessey at to register. The Museum Birthday on April 28 included Gladesmen talking about their culture and Nate Augustus of the “Gladezmen” entertaining visitors. Thanks to Helen Bryan and Karen Relish for photos. See more on page 1. Candlelight Vigil On Tuesday, May 15 at 7:30 pm, a memorial service and candlelight vigil will take place at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office to honor local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This will take place at the Memorial Wall in front of the Sheriff’s headquarters, Building J, 3319 U.S.-41 East in Naples. All fallen law enforcement officers from Collier County will be honored by the county's thr ee law enforcement agencies during the nighttime vigil. The public is invited to attend. STUDENTS DO WELL! CONGRATULATIONS for being listed in the April Honor Roll to Brandy Bowen, Destany VanLeeuwen, Savannah Humphreys, Bryce Kish, Caleb Morris, Brandon Steffen, Mark Brown, and Savannah Oglesby. And, CONGRATULATIONS to Kendall Smallwood for being one of only 12 students to reach the the finals of the Winged Victory Scholar-Athletic Award. The scholarships will be announced at a dinner in Naples on May 24 OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 04/24/12: Emergency Med, Turner River Rd 04/25/12: Vehicle Accident, 64 MM I-75 04/25/12: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 04/25/12: Vehicle Accident, SR-29 and US-41 04/25/12: Emergency Medical, Copeland 04/26/12: Brush Fire, 62 MM I-75 04/27/12: Vehicle Accident, Janes Scenic 04/27/12: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 04/28/12: Emergency Med, Everglades Airport 04/29/12: Emergency Med, Chokoloskee 04/29/12: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 05/04/12: Vehicle Accident, US-41 05/04/12: Smoke Investigation, 51 MM I-75 05/04/12: Emergency Medical, Copeland 05/04/12: Fuel Spill, Everglades City 05/05/12: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 05/06/12: Vehicle Accident, 60 MM I-75 05/06/12: Emergency Medical, 60 MM I-75 05/06/12: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 05/07/12: Vehicle Accident, 65 MM I-75 05/07/12: Emergency Medical, Ochopee Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Board will meet Monday, May 14, at Port of the Islands at 4:00 p.m. DOCTOR’S CLINIC Dr. Kirk DeMartino of Marco Island will see patients on Fridays from 1:30 to 4:30 pm in the clinic behind the Fire Station. He accepts Medicare and insurance. For info, call (239) 642-5552. MOBILE PET VET This month Dr. Lopez will visit the area on the third Saturday, May 19, at McLeod Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For info, phone him at 777-PETS (7387) or visit the website online at Telephone Scams 1) The caller pretends to be a family member and asks for money. The caller may even know the victim’s name, tracked down through social media websites. The caller asks the victim to send money via Western Union or some other method. This is a scam. 2) The caller claims to be a collection agent or law enforcement officer and demands payment or else a warrant for arrest will be issued. The caller asks for money to be sent as described above, or may request a credit card number over the phone. Do not comply. 3) A caller claims to be a computer technician and says he needs your computer’s IP address to fix your computer. Do not provide this information.


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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MAY 11, 2012 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 695-2561 website: ww From Savannah’s Eyes The Sports Banquet was last week, and I had a great time! The food and decorations were great, it was a really beautiful event! Our coaches presented awards for each sport. I received awards for cheerleading, volleyball, and also one for Academic Athletic Achievement (this award is for when you have a GPA above a 3.5 and you are also playing sports!). I was so proud of myself when I was presented with these awards. Oh, and did I mention that I got my Letter? When you're in high school and you play a sport you get your letter with a pin of that sport on it! I got a pin for volleyball and also one for cheerleading that is a megaphone! I was super excited when I got it! When I was standing in front of everyone with my friend Ana, we were both laughing and giggling about getting it! I also loved my outfit! I wore a dress that was red satin, and it was in layers all the way to the bottom! Plus my mom did an amazing job on my hair! She braided the top into 6 braids with the rest of my hair down so that the hair would be out of my face. I had so much fun and can't wait till next year's Sports Banquet! Awesome News! We've been Flocked! Finally, after watching to see who was going to be flocked next, we got flocked. Thanks to our awesome Booster Club for thinking of an amazing thing like this! And to the person who paid to flock us, and to all the other people in town who flocked other people, we thank you because all the money goes to our sports uniforms, camps, and equipment and other things we need! Loving my awards! Savannah Savannah Oglesby is in the 9th grade at Everglades City School and is a regular contributor to this paper. YEAR BOOKS ON SALE for $20 See Casey at the front desk to get your copy Next issue of The Rapper will be the GRADUATION Issue! If you wish to include a note to one of our graduates, email by Wed, May 16. The SAC agenda for May 17 will include Title I budget, recent survey results, the proposed Middle/H.S. Schedule for 2012-13, and CTE onsite/online and elec tive choices for this summer. EVERGLADES SPORTS Thank you to all who helped with the EVG Sports Banquet. Our Booster Club members deserve a round of applause and great appreciation for their hard work, their love, and their generosity. Our student athletes had a wonderful experience and were very deserving of the awards they all received. Thank you to the Booster Club, parents, and community for supporting us! The Little League honored the teams and sponsors at their sports banquet on May 3. GREAT GATORS Pre-K – Landon Starr Emersyn Brown K – John Mark Gilmore, Katie Collins 1 – Daneli Alvarado-Cruz, Seinna Dungan 2– Brady Bowen, Morgan Herrin 3,4 – Jesse Goff 5 – Samantha Bruscini, Cameron Foss 6 – Jasmine Lucas, Ashlyn Goff 7 – Michael Doster, Ricky Roldan 8 – Kevin Maley, Alex Thompson High School Dairean Williams, Paige Robinson-Hilton On April 19 Jim McKenna read to grades Pre-K through 8th during “Books Come Alive”. He shared favorite stories and was at the Family Academic meeting that night to share ways to increase reading at home and how to bring reading to life. Ms. Ryan’s Kindergarten class celebrated Earth Day by picking up trash around the school. They also celebrated Arbor Day by planting a Eucalyptus tree. Thanks to Trina Mitchell for photos and report. IMPORTANT DATES Thurs, May 10 Great Gator Luncheon Thurs, May 17 SAC Meeting, 6 pm, Media Ctr Sat, May 19 Prom Night, Botanical Gardens Thurs, May 24 H.S. Awards Night, Depot Friday, June 1 Graduation, YMCA


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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MAY 11, 2012 email: PAGE 7 MOTHER’S DAY This year Mother’s Day falls on my late grandmother’s birthday, May 13. Long after she died in 1975 at the age of 80, I would continue to celebrate her special day, just because… Grandma Doris was the one person I could turn to during my troubling teenage years. My mother was a loving, caring person who raised 12 children (my father being a physician was working most of the time so my mother was left to do the “raising” of the children). During my curious (dislike using the word “rebellious”) teenage years, I thought my mother just “didn’t understand me”, but my grandmother would always sit quietly and listen to my trials and tribulations. Later in life, I considered my mother to be a saint, dealing day to day with eight daughters and four sons. However, in the 1960s it was my grandmother that I worshiped. Her stories of traveling all over the world inspired me to set out on my own after college and to live and travel in Europe. I often think that my sense of adventure came from the many hours I would listen with wide eyes to my grandmother as she talked about her horseback riding trip down the Grand Canyon or touring th e cathedrals in Italy or castles in Germany. She seemed to have experienced so much in life and loved reliving those memories with her late husband. Now that I’m a grandmother I think back on those times so many years ago (50, in fact). Recently, I was invited to spend a few days with my daughter, her husband and their two children in Disney World. I encouraged the parents to go out to dinner so I could spend more time with the kids. Each night at bedtime, I would tell them stories of their mother and the trips we took together when she was young. They wanted to hear more every night. At the end of the trip my daughter asked them what was their favorite thing at Disney World, and my granddaughter said it was swimming in the hotel pool, riding the paddle boat with Grandma, and just being able to spend time with Grandma. Life goes on and what we can impart to the next generation is our life experiences, whether it’s traveling or fishing or just sharing time together. Let’s cherish the memories we have of our mothers, our grandmothers, our aunts and all those wonderful women who have touched our lives and prepared us for our future and do the same for our children. Recipe for Good Eating Cauliflower Fritters ala Carol Moseman submitted by Phill Lawry Ingredients: Head of Cauliflower 2 TBS Romano Cheese One Egg cup Bisquick or any dry pancake batter 2 TBS chopped onion A little milk; one half cup at most Obligatory salt and pepper to suit your taste. More about salt later Chopped parsley if you have it Cut off the stem and green parts of cauliflowe r. Steam cauliflower until just tender, NOT MUSHY, for 8 or 10 minutes (will be frying it la ter). Cut the best parts into pieces about one quarter to one half inch in size. Mix the egg in with the batter mix. Add the cheese and milk to make a thick batter. Do not go overboard with the cheese. Too much and the fritters will be too SALTY! Put in finely chopped onion as well. Parsley now, if you want. Mix in the cauliflower gently. Don’t kill it. Throw the mix in the refrigerator for an hour or two. Just before you are ready to eat, fry this mixture by the tablespoon full in fat, deep or not, whatever works for you. Drain on paper towel and eat. What could be easier! If you have a favorite re cipe to share, please phone or email us. Patty Huff Off the Shelf – New Books "The Everglades" by Robert S. Carr & Timothy Al. Harrington reviewed by Marya Repko Here’s another new book in the Arcadia Publis hing series “Images of America”. This one focuses on historic photos of the Glades going back to the Seminoles and Miccosukees, drainage, farming, and settlements. There’s a chapter about the Tamiami Trail and two about Everglades National Park. Many of the photos are familiar, taken from the Florida State Archives ( but some have come from the Historical Museum of Southern Florida (now called HistoryMiami) and from the Park service. Author Bob Carr is an archeologist and di rector of the Archeol ogical and Historical Conservancy in Davie where he works with graphic designer Harriington. The book is available online at RECYCLING TIPS In 2005 Collier County implemented Single Stream curbside collection with the 64 gallon cart which ga ve the homeowner more space and eliminated the need to so rt the recyclable materials which are taken to a recovery facility in Pembroke Pine s and placed on a conveyor belt that transfers all the material into an automated sorting system. Residents should remove all food residue and place loosely (w ithout bags) in your cart which should be taken to the street after 6 pm on Wednesday (the evening before the weekly Thursday pick-up day). It should be placed at least 3 feet fro m other objects The following materials may be recycled: clean newspapers (including inserts), office paper, unwanted mail, catalogs, magazines, cardboard and packing boxes (flattened), egg cartons and food trays, aluminum and steel/tin food and beverage cans, all plastics labeled #1 through #7, glass bottles and jars, and plastic grocery bags. Do not place hazardous waste such as paint, oil, solvents, acids, gasoline or medica l waste in your cart. These should be taken to a recycling center locat ed within the county. For more information call Collier County Customer Service at 252-2380 or visit website http://www.colliergov.n et/Index.aspx?page=3287 or go to and click on “Your Government,” then “Departments,” then “Solid Waste Management.”


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MAY 11, 2012 email: PAGE 8 FLORIDA FLORA by Patricia Huff Carnauba Wax Palm “Corpernicia Prunifera” One of my favorite palms in our yard is the carnauba wax palm which appears to have a pure elegance about it. The name is derived from the wax which is harvested from its leaves and is considered valuable in its native Brazil. It has become an important part of their economy since the extraction and ex portation of its heat resistant wax is used in various products such as car waxes and floor polishes. This palm grows 30 feet tall and has a single gray trunk and beautiful blue/green fan-shaped leaves. Each leaf is deeply divided, giving the crown a majestic look. The carnauba palm originated in savannahs and does well in full sun in open areas; it can tolerate both drough t and occasional flooding. It is ideal for our tropical gardens here in South Florida. FWC News Grouper season opened in Atlantic and Monroe County waters on May 1, 2012, and will remain open to January 1, 2013. Recreational limits are not more than 3 grouper per person per day and is limited to one gag or black grouper (not both). The captain and crew of forhire vessels are not allowed to keep any grouper. Stealing blue crabs and stone crabs from commercial traps can lead to misdemeanor and felony charges. The 2012 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters will be June 1 through July 10, a total of 40 days. This is the same as federal regulations which take effect 9 nautical miles from the shore. FWC biologist Ron Taylor won a lifetime achievement award for snook research in Florida. He found that all snook are born as males and some later become females. FWC will hold a public hearing on the management plan for the portion of the Okaloacoochee Slough Wildlife Management Area (WMA) where on Thursday, May 24, at 7 p.m. in the John B. Boy Auditorium, 1200 S.W. C Owens Ave., Clewiston, FL, 33440. For info, call 850-487-9982. For wildlife info and regulations, see Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922) SAWFISH SIGHTINGS If you see a sawfish, please report it to: Online at By phone: (352) 392-2360 or (352) 871-8230 By e-mail: sawf The smalltooth sawfish is a protected species. The Living Gulf Coast by Charles Sobczak (Excerpt from The Living Gulf Coast which is available at the Chamber Welcome Center and the Big Cypress Swamp Visitor Center) Black Skimmer ( Rynchops niger ) Other names: shearwater, scissorbill, sea-dog, razorbill / Status: FL=the lo cal population of black skimmers are declining, IUCN=LC / Life span: to 20 years / Length: 15.7-19.7 in. (4050 cm) / Wingspan: 42-50 in. (106-127 cm) / Weight: 7.5 oz-1 lb (210450 g) / Nests: all along the barrier island beaches and spoil islands / Found: Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collie r counties, coastal / Months found: JFMamjjaSOND (lower case indicates nesting season) Photo by Kathy Laakkonen The black skimmer’s nickname sea-dog comes from the barking sounds the bird makes as it glid es over the water’s surface in search of minnows. The skimmer feeds in a most unusual fashion. It is the only bird in the world whose lower mandible (beak) is longer than the upper. It flies, generally in pairs or small groups, directly over the surface of the wa ter with its extended lower bill slicing through the water. When it detects a fish or crustacean, it snaps its head down and snatches the creature directly from the water. Because of the constant wear on this extended lower mandible, the black skimmer’s bill continues to grow throughout its adult lifetime. North and South America are home to three races of skimmer. The northern population, Rynchops niger, is the only one that frequents the Southwest Florida coastline. Although its numbers in Florida are declining as a resu lt of a lack of suitable nesting sites, the South American popu lation, which prefers freshwater rivers and lakes to estuaries, is healthy. Two other species of skimmers inhabit Africa and India. The skimmer tends to feed at dawn and dusk, a timeframe scientifically defined as crepuscular, and has even been known to feed nocturnally, especially unde r a full moon. The best place to view the skimmer is along the coastline in the late afternoon or anywhere in the back bays. Another reliable viewing opportunity is just after dawn along the gulf beaches, but only when it is very calm. The skimmer prefers very still water for feeding. It is monogamous and nests in colonies of other skimmers, generally on beaches, sandy islets, or sandbars. 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 MAY 11, 2012 email: PAGE 9 OBITUARIES Ronald James Slutter, 77, was called home by His Lord and Savior on May 4, 2012. He was born May 29, 1934, in Seelyville, PA, and spent many years in Yukon, OK, before moving to Port of the Islands, FL. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Ron had a great love for Everglades Community Church and the people who were his spiritual family there. He was chairman of the Music Committee, and also enjoyed volunteering for the Food Pantry. One of his favorite past times was to memorize scripture and listen to Gospel music. Ron is survived by his beloved wife, Shirley Arlene (Kulp) Slutter, and his loving daughter, Kathy (Tim) Gartell. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 11, at 11:00 a.m. at Everglades Community Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to The Ron Slutter Memorial Garden at Everglades Community Church, P.O. Box 177, Everglades City, FL. 34139. ------------------------------------------------------------The Mullet Rapper wishes to express its sincere condolences to Joe Stem and his family for the April 23rd passing of his wife, Dinah Stem of Harlan, Kentucky. Comments may be made on website Bobby Campbell penned this art work after asking his daughter Sophia what she would like for him to draw. Her response “my Poppy going fishing” inspired this sketch of her great-grandpa Jimmy Brewer fishing with his dog Colby (Jimmy states that he has never actually “hooked” his pet although Colby does try to play with the lures). MUSEUM of the Everglades NEWS The Pauline Reeves Gallery in the front room of the Museum continues its exhibit of the beautiful photography by Brian Call through the month of May. Be sure to stop by and see Brian’s work. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no admission charge but donations are welcome. For information, phone 695-0008. With the winter residents gone, volunteers are needed at the front desk to greet visitors. If you are able to spare a few hours a week and enjoy meeting new people from around the world, please call Martha at 695-0008 to schedule a time. Everyone welcome! The Friends of the Museum will take a summer break and have their next Board Meeting at the Museum on Wednesday, September 5 at 3:30 p.m. All members are welcome to attend. Visit the Friends’ we bsite at for more information and to become a member. GLADES DAZE by the Gulf Coast Park Rangers As the tide turns … Life on a mudflat is a rich one, full of algae, bacteria, fungus, and the ultimate delicacy, detritus. Detritus is basically the end product of the over 3 tons of mangrove leaves per acre that fall from the trees into the water and are cycled through the ecosystem annually. Detritus forms a rich organic layer coating the bottom of Chokoloskee Bay. It is ultimately a first-rate food source for a multitude of marine invertebrates, fish, birds, and eventually mammals. As the leaves drop and this important process begins, one of those marine invertebrates, the fiddler crab, takes advantage of the habitat and nutrients offered. It creates elaborate burrows and lives a life of constant construction blocking the entryway to the burrow as the tide rises only to open it back up six hours later as the tide recedes. Balls of sand of varying sizes are piled and scattered around th e doorway. The larger balls mean that the fiddler crab has been excavating. The tiny ones give us an idea of how the fiddler crab feeds. The crab picks up sand particles, scra pes away algae, bacteria, fungus, and that delicious detritus before spitting out the leftovers in a perfect tiny ball. Looking at a fiddler crab closely you may catc h it staring back at you with eyes on long stalks that can lay down sideways in handy grooves on their rect angular carapace. You may also notice a large disparity in claw size, an easy way to distinguish between males and females. Female fiddler crabs have two same-sized claws. Male fiddler crabs however display a tremendous difference in claw size with one that is roughly 65% of its entire weight. This huge claw is not much help when feeding; its main purpose is for...flirting. Male fiddler crabs will stand at the entrance to their burrow and wave at the observant females. The male who can wave energetically for the longest amount of time shows the greatest fitness and will be most successful in reproduction. A fiddler crab will live up to two years on the mudflat. They will ultimately become part of the detritus, that rich organic layer so critical to health of a mudflat and to life in an estuary.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MAY 11, 2012 email: PAGE 10 Florida Tales “German U-Boats off Florida – WII” by Chester Keene As told to me by Pappy Elisha Turner and Duke Turner, his Son, during WWII German Submarines lurked off shore in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico looking for targets of opportunity to sink. Some of them laid offshore of Naples and the Keys. Jim Jones a Naples-born Native said during the war they put up oil cloth to cover the lights at night. He lived in the Wilkinson House at 9th Ave. So. and the beach. It was a 2 story house and the lights could be seen a long distance off shore. Pappy Turner told me he and his son Ralph were net fishing during the war. They fished for Mullet which were salted down and sold to help out with the war. This was off Southern Fl. It was at good dusk when a German UBoat surfaced to charge its batteries. It was so close they could see the Nazi Cross on it. Before the crew could get out on deck and take action, Pappy and Ralph took their own. They cut the nets and made a run to the nearest Coast Guard Shack to report it. Days later it was rumored it was sunk off Boca Grande, Fl, Duke Turner said when they lived in the Keys at Marathon, Fl. He was old enough to remember then, and we all can recall some of our most early memories. His was of the wreckage floating ashore in the Keys from ships being Torpedoed or Deck gunned and sunk. What stuck in his mind the most was the Beechnut Gum wrapped in brown paper and dipped in wax to preserve for the troops. Also number 2 pencils by the boxes and the green and white cans of Wesson Oil. He said they never had to buy pencils or cooking oil for awhile, but the gum ran out fast. Also balls of raw rubber, orange in color would float ashore. The rubber was supposed to be turned into the government but some would take it to Miami and sell it on the black market. Also they had to abide by a strict lights "Blackout" policy. Mr. E. B. Smith of Copeland Fl. said he was a Blackout Warden for the Government and would go around and tell the people of Lee Cypress and Copeland to turn out or cover their lights. Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native; he retains the copyright to this article. SHERIFF’S REPORT Please join us on Monday, May 21, at 12:00 noon at the Everglades Community Church for presentation by about “identity theft” by Lt. Chad Parker from the CCSO Economics Crime Bureau. Learn how to better protect yourself from this type of criminal activity. Lt. Parker’s presentation will last approximately 45 minutes. As always, please remember to secure your premises and vehicles. Report any suspicious activity immediately to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 695-2007. Along the Trail “Bored in a Motel Room” by Jeff Whichello New Year’s Eve, 1977 in Ochopee, David Carradine, Kate Jackson, and members of th e film crew from the movie Thunder and Lightning joined Dan Marino, Don Shula and members of the Miami Dolphins football team at the Golden Lion Motor Inn New Year’s Party. My mother inform ed me and my two-year younger, six-year-old sister that during the party we would be renting a room. Our grandfather operated the front desk. I lifted my head to see over the counter to take the key, after which he escorted us to our room. We proceeded to watch television. Throughout the evening mom made calls to check on us, but we knew how to get a hold of anyone if we needed anything; we just hit the zero. Not long after becoming bored we hit the zero. “Grandpa, can you bring us some ice cream?” Grandpa responded to the room with two heaping sundaes. The ice cream was eaten, and we were tired of television. I pulled out all of the drawers from the dresser and I found a Gideon’s bible. Flipping through the pages we took turns reading aloud until we were bored. We turned to our television. A commercial came on for Pepsi, and the announcer told us to call five random people and ask them if they liked Pepsi or Coke. I grabbed the phone book and my sister and I shared dialing the rotary phone, taking down the answ ers as we called the public. It turned out Pepsi won. Our television, we believed would never lie to us, but now we were looking around for something else to do. Since the Everglades exchange ha s been bugged since 1971, no doubt, atop some dusty shelf, on a reel of magnetic tape sits the recording of our voices. We wondered later what the spying government agents thought that night of our soft drink poll. Jeff Whichello’s family owned and operated the Golden Lion Motor Inn until the property was purchased by Big Cypress Preserve (now their headquarters in Ochopee). Jeff is writing a book ( A Lion in the Swamp ) about his life growing up in the Everglades. Visit website for more information.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MAY 11, 2012 email: PAGE 11 RESTAURANT NEWS Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): Closed for the summer City Seafood (695-4700): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; daily Fish Market also open Everglades Seafood Depot (695-0075): 10:30 am 10:00 pm; daily Everglades Scoop (695-0375): Closed for the summer Gator Express (695-3937): 7:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun Thurs 7:00 am – 7:00 pm; Fri, Sat Glades Haven Deli (695-2091): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun Thurs 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; Fri, Sat Havana Caf (695-2214): Closed for the summer Island Caf (695-0003): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily Ivey House (695-3299): 6:30 – 9:30 am; daily Continental breakfast, box lunches Joanie’s Blue Crab Caf (695-2682): 11:00 am – 4:00 pm; Thurs thru Mon Oyster House Restaurant (695-2073): 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Sun thru Thurs 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Fri, Sat 4:30 -6:30 pm – Early Bird Specials Right Choice Pizzeria (695-3663): 5:00 – 8:30 pm; ThursSun (takeout) Rod & Gun (695-2101): 7:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast; daily 11:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Susie’s Station (719-0190): 11:00 am 5:00 pm; daily Triad Seafood (695-0722 or 695-2662): 10:30 am – 4:00 pm; daily Fish Market also open Right Choice Supermarket (695-4535) 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Mon-Sat 10:00 am – 6:30 pm, Sun Grimm’s Stone Crab (695-3222) 8 am to 6 pm; Mon-Sat Loco’s Produce (Sat) Frank’s cell phone (239) 462-7050 7:00 am 2:00 pm; ECity Post Office 2:00 – 4:00 pm; outside ORA Stone Crab Season closes May 15. Last chance to enjoy our local delicacy! Stop by one of our fish markets today.Carol Foss and her son Carson created this “Trash Art” with recycled materials for Earth Day EVERGLADES LIONS CLUB Serving our community with eye and hearing assistance since the 1950's. Call us with your needs. New members welcome. Come join our unique organization. Phone Elaine 695-2695 or email TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 05/10 Thu 01:39am -0.3 L 05/10 Thu 07:35am 2.3 H 05/10 Thu 01:33pm 0.8 L 05/10 Thu 06:16pm 2.9 H 05/11 Fri 02:35am -0.2 L 05/11 Fri 08:33am 2.2 H 05/11 Fri 02:43pm 0.8 L 05/11 Fri 07:36pm 2.6 H 05/12 Sat 03:36am 0.0 L 05/12 Sat 09:29am 2.2 H 05/12 Sat 04:05pm 0.8 L 05/12 Sat 08:57pm 2.4 H 05/13 Sun 04:39am 0.2 L 05/13 Sun 10:22am 2.3 H 05/13 Sun 05:23pm 0.6 L 05/13 Sun 10:18pm 2.2 H 05/14 Mon 05:39am 0.3 L 05/14 Mon 11:10am 2.4 H 05/14 Mon 06:29pm 0.5 L 05/14 Mon 11:37pm 2.2 H 05/15 Tue 06:33am 0.5 L 05/15 Tue 11:52am 2.5 H 05/15 Tue 07:23pm 0.3 L 05/16 Wed 12:45am 2.2 H 05/16 Wed 07:21am 0.5 L 05/16 Wed 12:28pm 2.7 H 05/16 Wed 08:09pm 0.2 L 05/17 Thu 01:38am 2.2 H 05/17 Thu 08:05am 0.6 L 05/17 Thu 01:01pm 2.8 H 05/17 Thu 08:51pm 0.1 L 05/18 Fri 02:18am 2.2 H 05/18 Fri 08:46am 0.7 L 05/18 Fri 01:33pm 2.9 H 05/18 Fri 09:29pm 0.0 L 05/19 Sat 02:53am 2.3 H 05/19 Sat 09:23am 0.7 L 05/19 Sat 02:03pm 3.0 H 05/19 Sat 10:07pm -0.1 L 05/20 Sun 03:28am 2.3 H 05/20 Sun 09:57am 0.8 L 05/20 Sun 02:32pm 3.0 H 05/20 Sun 10:43pm -0.2 L 05/21 Mon 04:05am 2.3 H 05/21 Mon 10:30am 0.8 L 05/21 Mon 02:59pm 3.0 H 05/21 Mon 11:20pm -0.2 L 05/22 Tue 04:45am 2.3 H 05/22 Tue 11:01am 0.8 L 05/22 Tue 03:25pm 3.0 H 05/22 Tue 11:57pm -0.2 L 05/23 Wed 05:30am 2.3 H 05/23 Wed 11:32am 0.8 L 05/23 Wed 03:52pm 3.0 H 05/24 Thu 12:35am -0.2 L 05/24 Thu 06:18am 2.3 H 05/24 Thu 12:06pm 0.8 L 05/24 Thu 04:23pm 2.9 H Volunteers Needed Museum of the Everglades If you have a few hours a week to spare and enjoy meeting the pubic, please contact Martha at 695-0008. Thrift Shop Summer Schedule Thursday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please do not leave items at door.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MAY 11, 2012 email: PAGE 12 ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS date _______________________ Please make check payable to “Snook Publications” and send to Snook Publications, P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 ___ The MULLET RAPPER by post ($38) ___ The MULLET RAPPER by email ($10) NAME ___________________________________________ EMAIL _______________________________________________ STREET / P.O.BOX: ALTERNATE ADDRESS _________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ CITY ____________________________________________ CITY _________________________________________________ STATE ________ ZIP ____________________________ STATE _________ ZIP _________________________________ MONTHS AT ALTERNATE ADDRESS __JAN __FEB __MAR __APR __MAY __JUN __JUL __AUG __SEP __OCT __NOV __DEC 5/11/12 The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area PUBLISHER Patricia A. Huff, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 (239) 695-2397, EDITORS Patty Huff & Marya Repko CONTRIBUTORS Helen Bryan, Linda Friar, Darcie Guerin, Chester Keene, Bill Lindsay, Lisa Marteeny, Savannah Oglesby, Trina Mitchell, Charles Sboczak PRODUCTION layout: Marya Repko, printing: Hinson Studios PUBLISHER’S STATEMENT We aim to provide local news of interest to the extended community of Everglades City, Chokoloskee, Plantation Island, Lee Cypress, Copeland, Jerome, and Ochopee. We strive to present the facts accurately without political bias or personal opinion. The views expressed in signed articles are not necessarily those of the editors or publisher. SUBSCRIPTION RATES 25¢ per issue or $38 per year by US Post 2012, Snook Publications. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior permission. See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website. SNOOK CLASSIFIED -----------------------------------------------------RENT TO OWN : House at 5% interest rate. $1025 a month for 30 Years & you own it. House & Barn on 1.02 Acres in Fakahatchee Strand State Park. Call Don at 321-439-7635. See more info & pictures at -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE BY OWNER: Lot on Chokoloskee; on canal behind Post Office. Call (561) 622-6011 or email: ------------------------------------------------FOR RENT: 10 x 10 Storage units at 103 S. Storter, $60/mo. Call (727) 430-3460. --------------------------------------------------FOR SALE BY OWNER: 3 lots in Chokoloskee, 2 on Calusa Dr, Lot M-4; Lot M-5 (filled); Lot by cemetery. Call (419) 441-2068 or (740) 864-2179. --------------------------------------------------FOR RENT: Studio apartment for rent. $600 a month or 1200 sq ft commercial space with office & handicappedaccessible bath w/shower plus apartment for $1000 a month. Call 239-340-4770. --------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: If you're into fishing, this is the place for you! Lovely duplex with each unit having 2 bedrooms & 2 baths. Lower level completely redone. Located in Chokoloskee on a canal, deeded waterfront, with dock & lift. Reduced to $350,000. Call Bonnie Woodward, Keller Williams Realty, (239) 860-6369. --------------------------------------------------FOR SALE : 14” Wood Cutting Band Saw, good condition. Call 695-0243 ------------------------------------------------CLASSIFIEDS only $10/issue phone 695-2397 or email JOBS VACANT -------------------------------------------------HELP WANTED: Leave name and number at 695-2273. Will call back. ---------------------------------------------------PUT YOUR JOB ADS IN THE RAPPER no charge! phone us at 695-2397 See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website. PET PICS Ricky and Emma Garrett (pets of Frank and Georgia) enjoy sunning on their lanai. Send us your Pet Pics by email or post. Early morning rain and a high tide on May 8 reminded us that summer is almost here.