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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn JUNE 22 JULY 5 2012 2012, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VI Issue #162 Walter Burke, the oldest Dad (soon to be 88) celebrating during Fathers' Day commemoration at Everglades Community Church. Photo thanks to Chris Ammerman. Rev. Scott and Marcie Crosby of Abbeville, LA, directed the Vacation Bible School at Chokoloskee Church of God held this week. Photo thanks to Helen Bryan The new boat that is being built by local kids will be in the parade this year. I I N N D D E E P P E E N N D D E E N N C C E E D D A A Y Y Celebrate with us SATURDAY JUNE 30 9:30 – Opening Ceremony City Hall Porch 10:00 – PARADE 10:30 – Booths Open, McLeod Park prizes for parade entries kiddies’ best dressed contest 50/50 raffle music hotdogs & cold drinks bounce house, water slide 9:00 pm – FIREWORKS 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. If you want to parade in style, Jim Lamp is selling the platform that Kim used so often to entertain the community. For info, phone Jim at 289-5827. Donation boxes have been placed around town to help pay for the fireworks. You can also drop off your contribution at City Hall or mail a check to “Fireworks Fund”, P.O. Box 110, Everglades City, FL, 34139. Summer Campers enjoyed the first two weeks of the free activities provided by Reach Out, our neighborhood charity. The next session starts on July 23. Donations to Reach Out, P.O. Box 894, Chokoloskee, FL, 34138, are welcome. See more photos on page 5. TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email or phone 695-2397. CONTENTS nrrnnnn !"n#$rn%&"n#'(n%r)$n*+,-n%r.n*+'r-n%rn*+.&,/$.01$0.n** 0&&,n* 203&.2$4 n


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn JUNE 22, 2012 email: PAGE 2 July 23-Aug 2: Summer Camp Aug 3-5: School Tax H oliday Aug 6-9: Youth Tennis Camp Aug 7: City Council, Natl Night Out Aug 14: Primar y Election Aug 20: Back to School Aug 30: BigC ORVs THRIFT SHOP: Thurs, Sat; 11 am to 3 pm, Closed for month of July SKATING RINK: Fri, Sat; 7-10 pm DR DEMARTINO: By appointment only, call office LITTLE GAT OR 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 N A: 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: see the notice outside the office SHERIFF: 695-2007 CITY HALL: 695-3781 PUBLIC LI BRARY: 695-2511 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 695-3941 AIRPORT: 695-2778 FAKAHATCHEE: 695-4593 BIG CYP RESS: 695-2000 NATIONAL PARK: 695-3311 CURBSIDE TRASH PICKUP (FRIDGES, WASHING MACHINES, T VS): 252-2380 COLLIER COUNTY: 252-8999 SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT 17 Fathers’ Day COG VBS 18 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm Summer Camp new moon 19 20 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am BigC ORV Trails Plan 21 RAPPER 22 Meet & Greet Tim Nance see p.3, 12 23 24 25 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm Build-a-Boat see p.3 Tennis Camp DEADLINE see p.3 26 Shamrock Bank Closes Branch see p.3 27 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 28 29 30 Independence Day Celebration see p.1 JULY 1 2 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm full moon 3 4 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 5 BigC ORV Deadline see p.3 RAPPER 6 7 1 st Bapt. VBS Registration see p.3 8 9 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm 1 st Baptist VBS OFCD mtg see p.3 10 11 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 12 13 14 15 16 Hour of Prayer Chokokoloskee Church of God 7 pm Build-a-Chair 17 18 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am new moon 19 RAPPER 20 Hot Summer Nights 21 JUNE / JULY 2012


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn JUNE 22, 2012 email: PAGE 3 MEET & GREET BBQ Tim Nance Candidate for County Commissioner District 5 Friday, June 22, 6:00 p.m. Everglades Community Church Everyone Invited BUILD-A-BOAT/CHAIR “Build a Boat” will be at the Community Center on June 25-29 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. “Build a Chair” will be at the Community Center on July 16-19 For info and to register, contact Christa Renaud at District 7 Substation at 695-2301 on Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. TENNIS CAMP DEADLINE For the 4th straight year, our youth is being offered free tennis lessons from Director Dennis Rager of Lely Resorts. Tennis Camp starts Monday, August 6, through Thursday, August 9, ages 6 to15. To sign up, parents may get applications at Summer Camp-Community Center or contact Helen Bryan-695-3298. PLEASE register by Monday, June 25 Shamrock Bank Closing Everglades City Branch Shamrock Bank will close its Everglades branch on Tuesday, June 26 after servicing the community for a little over three years. The main office is located at 895 Fifth Avenue South at the corner of 9 th Street in downtown Naples, phone 919-5199. THRIFT SHOP CLOSED It’s vacation time for the Reach Out Thrift Shop, behind the fire station. The popular second-hand store and community meeting place will be closed during the month of July. DO NOT LEAVE DONATIONS ON THE PORCH!!! They will only become wet and useless. CONGRATULATIONS to Kim Brown and Lee Kidder, Jr., on the birth of their daughter Kaiya Rayne Kidder, 6 lb 6 oz, 19 inches long, on June 7. Proud maternal grandparents are Wesley and Shannon Mitchell, Vince and Cynthia Brown, Brother Ethan and Sisters Aria and Maddison. Paternal grandparents are Lee & Darcy Kidder, great-grandfather Carl Webb, and great-great-grandmother Margaret Webb (who will turn 91 this week). BigC ORV Deadline Public comments are sought for the draft Environmental Assessment for up to 8 off-road vehicle trail heads in Big Cypress National Preserve and 5 turn lanes on part of US-41. The deadline for comments is Thursday, July 5. For more info, see or phone Bob DeGross at 695-1107. 1 st BAPTIST VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL “Amazing Wonders Aviation” is the title for the First Baptist Vacation Bible School which kicks off on Saturday, July 7 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with hot dogs, chips, drinks, and early registration. Schedule each day during the week of July 9 is 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon except Wednesday, July 11, and Saturday, July 14, when it is 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.. For info, call 695-3781. BigC Zone 4 Open Water levels in Zone 4 of Big Cypress National Preserve have risen to allow for the re-opening on June 18 of airboat trails within the zone. The annual 60-day closure, until August 3, is still in force for ORVs. For info, see OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 06/05/12: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 06/05/12: Vehicle Accident, 69 MM on US 41 06/06/12: Vehicle Accident, 80 MM I-75 06/07/12: Emergency Medical, Copeland 06/07/12: Emergency Med, Everglades City 06/08/12: Vehicle Accident, 64 MM I-75 06/09/12: Vehicle Accident, 55 MM I-75 06/10/12: Vehicle Accident, Everglades City 06/10/12: Emergency Med, Chokoloskee 06/11/12: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 06/12/12: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 06/12/12: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 06/13/12: Vehicle Fire, 58 MM I-75 06/14/12: Vehicle Accident, 52 MM I-75 06/15/12: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 06/17/12: Grass Fire, 50 MM I-75 06/17/12: Vehicle Accident, 62 MM I-75 06/19/12: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Board will meet Monday, July 9, at Port of the Islands at 4:00 p.m. DOCTOR’S CLINIC Dr. Kirk DeMartino of Marco Island will see patients on Fridays by appointment only. You can contact him at (239) 642-5552. MOBILE PET VET Dr. Lopez will visit to our area on Saturday, July 14, at McLeod Park from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. He will also not be coming in August but will return in September. Residents may take their pets to his office in Naples. For more information and appointments, please phone him at 777-PETS (7387) or see Sales Tax Holiday The annual school supplies Florida sales tax holiday is August 3 – August 5 this year. Clothing, footwear, some accessories selling for $75 or less per item and certain school supplies at $15 per item are exempt. For more info, see website Helen Bryan sent the Rapper information about Senior Discounts at various restaurants, stores, and travel. If you are 65 and older, remember to always ask if the place you shop offers senior discounts on their products.


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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn JUNE 22, 2012 email: PAGE 5 nrr Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 695 -2561 website: BUSY SUMMER! There’s plenty for youngsters to do during the school re cess: June 25-28: Build-a-Boat (High School students) July 9-13: First Baptist Vacation Bible School July 11: CCSO trip to Sun ‘n’ Fun Lagoon July 16-19: Build-a-Chair (grades 5-12, younger kids preferr ed) July 20: Hot Summer Nights July 23-26: Summer Camp (ages 4-11) July 30 – Aug 2: Summer Camp (ages 4-11) Aug 6-9: Tennis Camp (ages 6-15) School Health Requirements Avoid the Rush for Immunizations Is your child entering Pre-k, Kindergarten or 7th grade t his August? Does your child have all of his/her required school immunizations in order to start school in the fall? Is your child planning to attend college and need Meningococcal vaccine? Remember if your child is entering 7th grade in the 2012-13 school year, he/she must have a Tdap booster vaccine. This is required for all children entering or repeating 7th grade. Information about required immunizations for SY 2012-13 can be found on the District’s website at: Vaccines are free of charge for school-aged children an d no appointments are needed at the Collier County Health Depa rtment clinics in Naples and Immokalee. Both clinics are open M ondayFriday, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM, except for the last working day of the month when they close at noon. Additional information c an be obtained by calling (239) 252-8595 or (239) 252-2564 or at the Collier County Health Department website at: Check the school’s website for more information: Up to 40 local youngsters and their counselors enjo yed creative, and relaxing, activities during the two w eeks of Summer Camp in June. One of the highlights was plan ting seeds provided by Sue Gentry of CCSO. We’ll see how they’ve grown in the second two-week session which begins July 23. Summer Camp is sponsored by Reach Out, our neighborhood charity, for kids aged 4 through 11. I t meets at the Community Center (behind the fire station) on M onday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thanks to Helen Bryan for photos here and on page 1. Summer Tutoring Classes Offered Tutoring Subjects: music theory, music history, world and Amer ican history, anthropology, geography, government, Spanish, French, Engli sh, writing, biology, chemistry, Algebra I, Arithmetic. Music Lessons: violin, voice coaching, master classes. College counsel ing: undergraduate and graduate level application process, specialization/major consulting, application essay editing. L essons are private and will be customized to the needs of each clien t. Also, looking to perform as violinist, composer and vocalist for hire. For information and fees, e-mail Danielle Swisher at or call (239) 280-8971. IMPORTANT SCHOOL DATES End of June FCAT scores expected Wed, July 25 Individual student FCAT scores may be picked up at school Mon, Aug 20 Back to School


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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn JUNE 22, 2012 email: PAGE 7 nr nr nr nr r r r r The Excitement of Mangrove Convergence! by ENP Gulf Coast Park Rangers In and around Everglades City we have three species of mangrove (excluding the buttonwood, which is not a “true” mangrove); we have the black ( Avicennia germinas ), the white ( Laguncluria ) and the red ( Rhizophora mangle ). While these species share some common characteristics, they are of different biological families; making them as closely related as giraffes and pigs. Just like vultures in Africa and Florida are totally unrelated (our vultures evolved from New World storks – not as descendents of Old World vultures!), there have been adaptations over countless generations that have brought them to look and act similarly because they are filling a similar gap in the ecosystem, that of a flying scavenger. Or consider the many mammal species in the far north, regardless of lineage, that have developed white fur to blend in with snow (an adaptation increasing chances of procreation for both predators and prey): these are examples of “convergent evolution.” Similarly, our mangroves here have developed some similarities, even though they’re very different trees. Consider their short, succulent, waxy leaves that minimize water loss; or the roots that travel laterally to offer stability. But at the same time, consider how different their roots and breathing mechanisms are, or at what elevation they best grow. Here in Florida we have a stunning example of this convergent evolution, where we can see these unrelated trees acting in similar and yet radically different ways. A clue that the red and white mangroves are unrelated is that the red extrudes salt from entering the plant at the root, while the white takes it in and expels it on its leaves. It’s interesting to realize these three mangroves that grow and thrive in the same ecosystem are as biologically different as the manatee, hyrax, and elephant. n n n n Jalapeno Poppers Contributed by Patricia Huff Ingredients: Cream cheese (12 oz), softened Shredded Cheddar Cheese (8 oz) Crumbled Cooked Crisp Bacon (3 slices) Jalapeno peppers, carefully seeded (with gloves) and cut in ha lf Milk, Flour, Bread Crumbs, and Vegetable Oil Combine first three ingredients and stuff into peppers. Di p each half first into milk, then into flour. Set aside to dry and then dip again into milk. R oll into bread crumbs and dry again for about 5 to 10 minutes. Deep fry, evenly spaced, in oil until lightly brown and drain on paper towel. Enjoy! NOTE: A neighbor recently gave us a nice bunch of jal apeno peppers and we’ve always enjoyed poppers as appetizers in restaurants. Be careful w hen taking seeds out, and be sure you remove all the seeds. If you have a favorite recipe to share, please phon e or email us. Patty Huff Off the Shelf – Summer Reading Mysteries by G. M. Malliet reviewed by Marya Repko I’ve been on a “virtual vacation” to the British coun tryside by reading a young writer of traditional cozy detective stories – the closed room, gentrified participants, and obscure clues which the local DCI or glamorous hero unravels. Author Malliet is American but lived long enough in Oxbridge to pick up the local, mostly upper-class, lingo. Her first book Death of a Cozy Writer features anything but – a vindictive, pretentious, and cantankerous old man just asking f or trouble. Other titles include Death of a Lit Chick (my favorite, so far, with a flamboyant blond-bombshell author, not beloved by her colleagues at a detective writers’ gathering in a remote Scottish castle), Death at the Alma Mater (about a staid Cambridge college and its diverse well-heeled alumnae at a reunion) and Wicked Autumn (featuring an ex-MI5 vicar in a rural village as the new sleuth) Another volume is on the way this fall; see her website I borrowed these books from the Marco Island branch of our Collier County Public Library but they can be requested for delivery to ECity. BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Right Choice Supermarket by Patricia Huff What would we do without a “local” supermarket here in to wn? We are 26 miles from the nearest grocery stores, and there are many times we need just the right ingredient for our last minute dinners. For those of us who shop on a regular basis at Right Choice, we are grateful for all the special services we receive by support ing our local market. Just this week I bought the two paper piatas that have been hanging in t he back of the store (my granddaughter insisted on celebrating every day with a party, and the piata was a necessity). Of course, we also shopped for the candy, ri ngs and accessories to go inside. We decided to stock up on the sunflower seeds to feed our car dinals daily. My husband is happy that our market stocks his favorite beer. Locals ca n receive a 10% discount on a future purchase when they accumulate 100 points.


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn JUNE 22, 2012 email: PAGE 8 Patty Huff’s granddaughter Alyssia was recently visitin g from California and caught her first fish with her grandfather Steve. Her smile shows her excitement of being out on the wate r in the beautiful Everglades. FWC News If you see someone feeding an alligator, call the FWC hotline below. You could get a reward! Fishermen, boaters and other water recreationists are asked to be watchful for mink and report any sightings to help biologis ts pinpoint locations for research. The Everglades mink is listed in Florida as a threatened species. You can report sightings a t where there are photos and descriptions of this tiny (weight up to only 4lbs) dark brown animal. It is smaller than an otter and carnivorous, foraging near and in water. “Patrol, protect, preserve.” The motto for the Flor ida Fish and FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement was on the minds o f 22 new officers when they graduated on June 8. As FWC officers, they will patrol Florida’s lands – nearly 54,000 square miles of it – as well as more than 12,000 square miles of water. Due to thei r jurisdiction and specialized training and equipment, they are often the first to be able to respond to boating accidents, miss ing boaters and lost campers, hikers and hunters saving nearl y 900 people in 2011 during search-and-rescue missions. If you catch a tagged fish and report it to the Angler Tag Return Hotline at 800-367-4461. For wildlife info and regulations, see Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC. SAWFISH SIGHTINGS The sawfish research team visit our area often to tag fi sh and report regularly in the Rapper. If you see a sawfish, please report it: Online at By phone: (352) 392-2360 or (352) 871-8230 By e-mail: The smalltooth sawfish is a protected species. nr by Charles Sobczak Excerpt from The Living Gulf Coast available at the Chamber Welcome Center and Big Cypress Swamp Visitor Center Cottonmouth ( Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti ) VENOMOUS! Other names: water moccasin, swamp moccasin, black moccasin, viper / Status: FL = stable, IUCN = LC / Length: 34-52 in. (.86-1.3 m) / Weight: 2-4 lb (.90-1.8 kg) / Life span: t o 10 years / Reproduces: ovoviviparous, giving live birth to 7-21 baby snakes in the summer or early fall / Found: All Counties, near coast, mainland / Months found: JFMamjjasoND (lower case indicates nesting season). Photo by Kenny Krysko The longest known cottonmouth specimen was taken from the Dismal Swamp of Virginia and measured 74 inches. The Flo rida average is half of that, at approximately 36 inches. Highly aquatic and an exceptional swimmer, the cottonmouth prefers the numerous swamps, marshes, and wetlands found throughout the Southwest Florida landscape. It is fairly commonly seen at the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and Big Cypress National Wildlife Preserve in Collier County and Myakka River Stat e Park in Sarasota County. In these black waters, the cottonmouth is a skilled preda tor, feeding on an array of animals. It has been known to fee d on banded water snakes, mud snakes, fish, frogs, salamanders, sire ns, lizards, turtles, baby alligators, birds, small mammals insects, crayfish, snails, and even bats. Because its diet is s o varied, it is sometimes referred to as being omni-carnivorous. When approached, it is not as aggressive as the rattle snake, and sadly, many similar-looking banded water snakes are killed every year in a lamentable example of mistaken identity. Fatal cottonmouth bites are far rarer than those of rattlesnake s, both because of the smaller size of the snake and the fact t hat the cottonmouth is generally found in wet environments avoided by humans. The venom of a cottonmouth is similar in composition to that of a rattlesnake. It is rich with tissue-destructive enzymes and causes extensive bleeding. Immediate emergency medical attentio n is mandatory. It is preyed upon by kingsnakes, which are virtuall y immune to the cottonmouth’s venom, great horned owls, opossums, alligators, snapping turtles, and great blue heron s. Charles Sobczak lives and writes on Sanibel Island. To fin d out more about the author and his books, visit www.indigop


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn JUNE 22, 2012 email: PAGE 9 n The “Star” of Everglades We had the following email plus photo above from David Torre of what was once his home: In the 1970's I grew up in the area and for a time lived at what was then called Remuda Ranch aboard an old boat called the "Star of Everglades." The boat was built in 1929 and was used to take tourists (including Presidents Eisenhower and Roosevelt) on trips through the mangrove rivers and 10,000 Islands. I believe it was docked at the Rod and Gun Club and was used in the movie "Wind Across the Everglades" in 1958. When we bought the boat in Marco Island it was in need of a lot of repairs. My family restored the vessel from the waterline up but could not repair the damaged hull and ended up selling it to Billy Oliver. It had a flat bottom and 3 ft. draft so that it could navigate the rivers etc. I remember it was full of teak wood and brass. We have since learned, thanks to Mayor Sammy Hamilton, that the boat was owned by Gregory Lopez whose son-in-law Jim Thompson operated it. He took visitors and local guides to the black mangroves (and snook) at Little Shark River where they stayed up to a week. Several skiffs with small motors would be towed behind the “Star” for people to go out fishing. Marco Island historian Craig Woodward told us that much of the beautiful wood and artifacts that were salvaged from the boat are in the Little Bar in Goodland, especially in the boat room. If you have any memories of the “Star”, please let us know. Sad News from Goodland Stan Gober, colorful owner of Goodland’s “Stan’s Idle Hour” bar & restaurant, passed away on June 17. He was 86 and had been suffering from cancer. Stan first settled on Goodland in 1969 and started the Mullet Festival in 1985 to benefit local fishermen. A memorial gathering will take place at the restaurant on Sunday, June 24. nnrn The “Artists of the Swamp” exhibit continues through the summer with creative art work by the students of Everglades City School. When the weather is too hot or rainy outside, the Museum is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon. 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 info, phone 695-0008. Marco Island Historical Society The Marco Island Historical Society will hold a recept ion for their new exhibit on Tuesday, July 3, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The wine and cheese party will introduce “ Quilts of the Tamiami Trail .” This remarkable collection highlights the opening of the historic highway from Tampa to Miami in 1928 and includes scenes ranging from Domino Park in Mi ami’s Little Havana to the smallest post office in the country at Ochopee. It will focus on much of Florida’s remaining wilderness in the Everglades and local wildlife such as alligators, birds and other animals. These wonderful quilts will be on display at the Marco Museum for only one month. The quilts were conceived and fabricated by th e Miami Art Quilters. n by Darcie Guerin, CFP Raymond James & Associates, Inc. nr “The storms may come, but with good tight ships under them they reach their desired haven, weary and worn it may be, but still safe”. Samuel Plimsoll, 1824-1898. What’s your number? Don’t worry; I don’t want to know your weight, golf handicap, or even your net worth. The number to focus on is your funded ra tio. This percentage is determined by dividing your assets (what you own) by your l iabilities, (what you owe). An analogy may help to understand the concept. Commercial vessels have a Plimsoll line. This marks the vessels waterline for a maximum safe cargo load. Funded ratios are much the same. A simple mark on a boat shows if a ship is overloaded or not. Carrying more cargo than a vessel is built for may lead to catas trophic results. The same theory applies to financial planning. An investor with assets wor th less than the value of their liabilities has a funded ratio of less than 100%. A portfolio can only carry a certain spending load. Determine if your investment portfolio will help to safely carry your spending load allowing you to potentially sail and let you sail through retirement. nrrnnn !"! "# #"!!$nnrr%&n'rr &(nn)n*r**r r% +rrn&&,* )n&rr n *++&r nrnn n n!" # $%nn&!'()*+ n*,-n".+/0/ ,"&+102 !n341215&+n67489 4:8;2012n&"<=&n & >?(((&=&n.n&


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn JUNE 22, 2012 email: PAGE 10 n n n n “Hang on, I'll give you a ride” by Chester Keene A commercial the other night reminded me of a call I we nt on back in the early 1970s. A lady in the north end of town calle d and stated she got home after dining out that evening and saw something in her bedroom. She turned on the light and it ran into her closet. When asked if it was a person or wha t? She said, “It was some kind of animal. It just ran into my c loset." The zone officer arrived and with his flashlight in hand, found it in a far corner of the closet with its eyes shin ing. I arrived and about that time he shouted "I see it"! The lady scre amed and pushed the closet door shut with the officer inside t rapped with "IT". About that time the officer said "Let me out" it was a S kunk and had discharged it defensive weapon on the officer an d contents inside. The door opened and the Skunk ran out through the same open Patio screen glass door it came in. The officer left his car in the driveway when he arrived a nd started to get in it to leave. (This is where you find out who your friends are) I said "you can't get in the car because i t will be messed up with the skunk odor for awhile." And I wasn't about to let him get in mine. I called fo r another officer to be dropped off so he could drive the car back t o the station. The question came up "how do I get home"? I told him to climb up on the back of the car and hold on to the light bar and I will follow behind so you won't cause a distraction. So here we went, him hanging on the light bar. I had thought about having it go through a car wash with him on it but le t go of that idea and told the driver to take him home. We got him home but his wife would not let him in the hous e. She threw him a towel and washed him off with the garde n hose. His clothes were put in the dumpster and he was loaned some leather to use until the smell faded out. The lady’s house was vacant for a few days also. Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article SHERIFF’S REPORT Sometime between June 5 and June 7 person(s) unknown removed an outboard motor from a fishing boat on a tr ailer at Parkway Village. The stolen outboard is a 25hp Yamaha. T his crime is under investigation. On June 9, deputies took a report for a burglary to a fish ing trawler that was docked off of Dupont in Everglades City. The burglary to this vessel occurred sometime between May 9 a nd June 9. A stereo amplifier was stolen. In order to properly prepare for a hurricane or other publ ic emergency, Collier County Emergency Management has issued an “ALL HAZARDS GUIDE” that is available on at websit e If you have any information concerning criminal or suspicio us activity please notify the Collier County Sheriff’s Offi ce immediately at 252-9300 non-emergency or “911” for emergencies. Zombie (Zombia antillarum) by Patricia Huff The Haitian-Creole name for this palm, latanier zombi means “ghost palm” (probably due to its ghostly white fruit). I t is a native of the West Indies and is distinguishable by its spiny trunk (or trunks as its stems will spread in dense clumps and tr imming may be required). It is considered endangered due to the destruction of its habitat in Hispaniola where is grow s at low elevation on dry hills. Thus, this palm is drought tolera nt growing to an average of 10 feet high, and if left alone 10 feet w ide. The petioles are 2 feet long with slender leaves growing in a 3-ft long semicircle. This photo of the Zombie in our yard is pr obably the one most people ask about. It is a beautiful palm and is bes t displayed apart from other trees.


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn JUNE 22, 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 Subway closed for summer. 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): Closed for the summer 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) Closed for the summer Loco’s Produce Frank’s cell phone (239) 462-7050 7:00 am 4:00 pm; Saturday ECity Post Office .&,2$'0$$2$&5$ Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W nrnrr 06/22 Fri 12:13am -0.2 L 06/22 Fri 05:53am 2.4 H 06/22 Fri 11:59am 0.8 L 06/22 Fri 04:19pm 3.0 H 06/23 Sat 12:50am -0.2 L 06/23 Sat 06:33am 2.4 H 06/23 Sat 12:43pm 0.7 L 06/23 Sat 05:01pm 2.8 H 06/24 Sun 01:28am 0.0 L 06/24 Sun 07:14am 2.5 H 06/24 Sun 01:35pm 0.7 L 06/24 Sun 05:55pm 2.6 H 06/25 Mon 02:09am 0.1 L 06/25 Mon 07:53am 2.5 H 06/25 Mon 02:39pm 0.6 L 06/25 Mon 07:07pm 2.4 H 06/26 Tue 02:55am 0.3 L 06/26 Tue 08:33am 2.6 H 06/26 Tue 03:52pm 0.5 L 06/26 Tue 08:36pm 2.2 H 06/27 Wed 03:49am 0.5 L 06/27 Wed 09:16am 2.7 H 06/27 Wed 05:05pm 0.3 L 06/27 Wed 10:10pm 2.1 H 06/28 Thu 04:51am 0.6 L 06/28 Thu 10:05am 2.9 H 06/28 Thu 06:11pm 0.1 L 06/28 Thu 11:42pm 2.1 H 06/29 Fri 05:55am 0.7 L 06/29 Fri 10:59am 3.0 H 06/29 Fri 07:12pm -0.1 L 06/30 Sat 01:02am 2.2 H 06/30 Sat 06:56am 0.8 L 06/30 Sat 11:55am 3.2 H 06/30 Sat 08:08pm -0.3 L 07/01 Sun 02:05am 2.3 H 07/01 Sun 07:54am 0.8 L 07/01 Sun 12:48pm 3.4 H 07/01 Sun 09:02pm -0.4 L 07/02 Mon 02:55am 2.3 H 07/02 Mon 08:50am 0.8 L 07/02 Mon 01:39pm 3.5 H 07/02 Mon 09:52pm -0.5 L 07/03 Tue 03:39am 2.4 H 07/03 Tue 09:42am 0.8 L 07/03 Tue 02:27pm 3.6 H 07/03 Tue 10:40pm -0.5 L 07/04 Wed 04:19am 2.4 H 07/04 Wed 10:32am 0.7 L 07/04 Wed 03:15pm 3.5 H 07/04 Wed 11:25pm -0.4 L 07/05 Thu 04:58am 2.5 H 07/05 Thu 11:21am 0.6 L 07/05 Thu 04:03pm 3.4 H 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 SPIDERS RODENTS ANTS-ROACHES TERMITES BED BUGS FLEAS-TICKS SPIDERS RODENTS EVERGLADES CITY Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W see for weather and for storms David Freundlich sent this photo of a Grey Fox in the Falls Shopping District in Miami.


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn JUNE 22, 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, 3 4139 ___ The MULLET RAPPER by post ($38) ___ The MULLET RAPPER by email ($10) NAME ___________________________________________ EMAIL _____________________________________________ __ STREET / P.O.BOX: ALTERNATE ADDRESS _________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___ CITY ____________________________________________ CITY _____________________________________________ ____ STATE ________ ZIP ____________________________ S TATE _________ ZIP ________________________________ MONTHS AT ALTERNATE ADDRESS __JAN __FEB __MAR __APR __MAY __JUN __JUL __AUG __SEP __OCT __NOV __DEC 6/22/12 The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn 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 Ke ene, 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 ext ended 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 nece ssarily those of the editors or publisher. SUBSCRIPTION RATES 25¢ per issue or $38 per year by US Post >+*;(7?rrn r !"#$ %! "& $# See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website. rn --------------------------------------------------PUT YOUR JOB ADS IN THE RAPPER no charge! phone us at 695-2397 n n n n ----------------------------------------------------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 & handicapped-accessible 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 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Greet Visitors in the Museum Meet people from around the corner or around the world! Phone Martha 695-0008. Thanks to Elaine Middelstaedt for this photo of “Sammy Katz” keeping a watchful eye on his territory from a shady tree during a warm day. Send us your PET PICS by email or post (we will scan & return). Everglades Area Hot Lines r0:"@0A#6*=6*+ 0r0:"@00A*6 +6# "@0600A#6=# 6+++%#6%6<## 12-Step Meeting Schedules are available in City Hall