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25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 28 – OCTOBER 11, 2012 2012, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VI Issue #169 Mamie Street For the past six months, visitors to the historic Smallwood Store have had to pass through the unsightly property owned by Florida-Georgia Grove LLC. In early August Collier County Code Enforcement Office issued a “Notice of Violation” for the overgrown weeds and disrepair of the fence on the construction site. Currently, there is an active building permit on the property with an expiration date in November. This permit is for the conversion of the duplex into single family home and to remove and replace the seawall and docks. In an interview with reporters in April 2011, the developers stated that the new seawall and docks would be for their private use only, not public. After the owners received notice from the County in early September that a “Nuisance Abatement” process had been initiated for the violation, the owners requested a “vegetation removal” permit. The property is now scheduled for reinspection by the County. To be continued… Update on River of Grass Greenway (ROGG) The River of Grass Greenway is a safe, non-motorized transportation and recreation corridor across the Everglades between Naples and Miami that provides opportunities for education, stewardship, and preservation of the environmental, historic, and cultural assets of this unique area. It will offer activities such as bicycling, walking, birdwatching, photography, and fishing, etc. Addressing the needs of citizens, local businesses along the pathway, and governmental and tribal officials is crucial to the development of this unique greenway. Currently there is a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study for the 15.8 miles between San Marco Blvd (CR92) and Carnestown (SR29). A Feasibility Study and Master Plan for the entire 75-mile ROGG corridor is now being developed, and input from the public at this beginning stage is very important. Later this fall a website will be available for information and feedback. In January and February of 2013 workshops in Naples, Everglades City, and Miami will be held during which time the public will be invited to participate. For more information, contact Patty at 695-2397 or visit the website at CITY COUNCIL REPORT by Patricia Huff On September 13 and 18, public hearings were held. Mayor Sammy Hamilton presented the 1st & 2nd readings of the following ordinances: 2012-03 adopting the levying of ad valorem taxes; 2012-04 adopting the 2012-13 budget; and establishment of a revised rate for water service. City Council members voted to approve. During the September 13 regular City Council Meeting, Mayor Hamilton stated that funds would be coming from the county for repairs and improvements at McLeod Park, primarily for enhancing the playground area with new mulch. It was also noted that there is a lot of trash scattered around the park after weekend parties. Dottie Joiner stated that everyone is required to reserve the park before using the park facilities. She provides them a list of their responsibilities when using the park which includes cleaning up the area afterwards. Signs will be posted in McLeod Park that reservations for use are required. A deposit fee for use of the park is being considered. Residents are encouraged to call Dottie (695-3781) to reserve the park. Under Public Comment resident John Wilson discussed the recent outbreak of the spiraling white flies that have infected many of the palm and fruit trees in Southwest Florida, including Everglades City and surrounding areas (see the “Florida Flora” column in Rapper August 17th issue). The Mayor will look into this. TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email mulletra pp er @g or phone 695-2397. CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 FWC News p. 8 Events p. 3 Living Gulf Coast p. 8 School p. 5 Museum News p. 9 Florida Tales p. 7 Investments p. 9 Recipe p. 7 Glades Daze p.10 Books p. 7 Sheriff’s Report p.10 Fishing p. 8 Taxing Things p.10 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: “Marg Weeks” p.11


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 email: PAGE 2 Nov 4: Clocks Change Nov 6: General Election Nov 7: BigC ORVs Dec 1: Swamp Heritage Days, Big C Dec 2: FOF Dinner/Talk Dec 8: Art-in-the-Glades THRIFT SHOP: Thurs, Sat, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm SKATING RINK: Fri, Sat, 7-10 pm DR DEMARTINO: By appointment only, call office LITTLE GATOR CLINIC: Closed until late fall 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 5 pm SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: Thurs, 9/27 (10 – 11 am) Tues, 10/2 (4:30 – 5:30 pm) Mon, 10/8 (10 – 11 am) Fri, 10/12 (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 SEPT 23 24 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 25 26Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 27Big Cypress AMI Kids Graduation RAPPER 28 29Annual Blessing of the Fleet see p.3 full moon 30 OCT 1 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm ESHP Mtg see p.9 2 Congressional Visit City Council see p.3 3Ladies Coffee Patty Huff’s Home 8 am FME Mtg see p.9 4 5 6 7 Columbus Day 8 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm Booster Club see p.5 9Voter Registration Deadline see p.3 10Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 11Lions Club see p.3 RAPPER 12 13Pet Vet see p.3 Museum Artist Reception see p.9 14 new moon 15 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm 16Reach Out Mtg see p.3 17Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 18SAC see p.5 19 20 21 22 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 23 24Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 25 RAPPER 26 27Halloween Party Early Voting Starts see p.3 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 email: PAGE 3 National Park Service Volunteer Day In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 29, the Everglades National Park asks for volunteers to come at 8:30 a.m. to Shark Valley and assist in trail maintenance for the removal of invasive plants to help restore the natural landscape. All are invited. To volunteer, show up or RSVP to Laurie Humphrey at (305) 221-8776 or email AMERICAN INDIAN DAY The Miccosukee Tribe is celebrating American Indian Day, Saturday, September 29, at the Miccosukee Casino and Resort. It is an opportunity to learn about their heritage, way of life and customs. For more info, call toll-free (877) 242-6464 or visit website: ericanIndianDay CITY COUNCIL The next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 2, at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall. If you would like to speak during Public Comments, you can sign up before the meeting starts. CONGRESSIONAL VISIT Monica Aranegui, the District Representative in Collier County at the office of Congressman David Riviera, will meet with constituents in City Hall on Tuesday, October 2, at 3:00 p.m. For info, phone 348-1620. VOTER REGISTER The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming General Election is Tuesday, October 9. See, contact the Supervisor of Elections office at 252-8450, or stop in at the Library in City Hall for an application. Early Voting will take place from October 27 through November 3, including Sunday, Oct. 28, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in City Hall. Collier County voters can now view sample ballots online at the "My Sample Ballot" web page. The sample ballots provide voters an opportunity to learn what will be on their ballot and study the content before voting. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. Blessing of the Fleet The annual blessing of the stone crab fleet will be held Saturday, September 29, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. (boats arrive around 2 p.m.) at the Rod & Gun Club. There will be Live Music, a Frog Jumping Contest, Bake Sale by our Local Churches, and a Coconut Guava Cake Contest with $100 First Prize award. Come out and support our Stone Crabbers!! For info, phone Tod at 239260-4577. LIONS CLUB The Everglades Lions meets on the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Seafood Depot. The first meeting is on October 11 For info, call 695-2695. The 60th anniversary of our Lions Club is coming up, and suggestions for celebrating – how, where, when – in conjunction with the annual turkey shoot or separately – are being requested. Please call 695-2695 w ith your ideas or come to the October meeting to discuss. Hispanic Heritage Month National Hispanic Heritage Month began on September 15 and ends on October 15. In Everglades City we are appreciative to all the Hispanic residents who work in so many areas of our community. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart stated “The Hispanic community has made a tremendous impact on the United States. From areas like business and journalism, to the arts and politics, Hispanic Americans have contributed a piece of their rich culture…I am proud of how much the Hispanic community has achieved, and excited for how much lies ahead.” Congressman David Rivera commented “For generations, Americans of Hispanic descent have worked hard to achieve the American dream—making important and valuable contributions to the United States … we should acknowledge the positive contributions made by Hispanic-Americans…” OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 09/13/12: Vehicle Accident, US-41 & Union Rd 09/13/12: Emergency Medical, Copeland 09/13/12: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 09/14/12: Emergency Medical, 44 MM US-41 09/15/12: Boat Fire, Chokoloskee Island 09/15/12: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 09/15/12: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 09/17/12: Emergency Medical, 80 MM I-75 09/18/12: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 09/18/12: Fire Alarm, Marco Island 09/19/12: Emergency Medical, Port of the Islands 09/20/12: Brush Fire, US-41 and SR-29 09/22/12: Emergency Medical, Port of the Islands 09/22/12: Vehicle Accident, 50 MM US-41 09/22/12: Vehicle Accident, 50 MM I-75 09/22/12: Vehicle Accident, SR-29 and I-75 09/23/12: Fire Alarm, Port of the Islands The next meeting of the Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Board will be Monday, November 12 (October meeting has been cancelled) 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 Everglades City on Saturday, October 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at McLeod Park. Residents may also take their pets to his office in Naples. For more information and appointments, please phone him at 777-PETS (7387) or visit Reach Out Meetings Reach Out, our neighb orhood charity, will meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall. The next meeting is on October 16. For info, call Carol at 695-2277. THRIFT SHOP The Reach Out Thrift Shop, behind the fire station, is open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday. If you would like to volunteer, stop in or phone 695-3298. The MEDICAL CLOSET at the Thrift Shop has canes, crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, to loan out. Stop by if you need something or p hone Helen at 695-3298.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 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 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 ANTS-ROACHES TERMITES BED BUGS FLEAS-TICKS SPIDERS RODENTS Open Daily 9 am – 8 pm Located behind Right Choice Telephone 821-9477


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School telephone: 377-9800 website: From Savannah’s Eyes This past week has been so busy for us at school! First, on Monday the Varsity volleyball team had a game against Golden Gate High School and we won; woo hoo!! Can’t wait till our next game! Then, the next day on Tuesday we had a Town Hall meeting for the first time this year and so many people showed up! Dr. Kame la Patton was there (she is the superintendent of Collier County Schools); she said that our school is unique and the grade coming up for our school is already on the right track! She wants the best education for our students. Then, on Wednesday the JV volleyball team had a game against Community School of Naples. On Thursday most of the high school students went to the college fair at Golden Gate High School. It was so much fun! There were so many colleges there, not only from Florida but also out of state including New York, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, and a bunch more. I want to be a pharmacist when I get older so I looked at all the colleges, picked up their pamphlets for these programs. So many colleges offer a pharmacy elective so it was really hard to choose! Afterwards, our vice principal Mr. Ragusa and guidance counselor Mrs. Potter took us all to Il Primos, and we stuffed ourselves full of pizza and hot wings. Finally, Friday was a day for relaxing after a long week. I hope that everyone had a great week, and I can’t wait till my next article because I’m going to interview our track team’s coach about our newest addition to our sports at our school! Stay tuned! With love, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is a student in the 10th grade at Everglades City School and a regular contributor to this paper. Celebrate our Great Gators Pre-K – Jessica Cruz K – Cheyenne Taft, Hannah Gilmore, Chandler O’Connell First – Katie Collins, Pallas Pike, Aubrey Wooten Second Sienna Dungan, Billy Smallwood, Madison Forbes Art Supplies Needed Mr. Tribble (“Trib”) is in need of some art supplies, primarily paints, for this year’s students. He is able to order these from an art supply store. If you are intere sted in helping his students, cash donations would be appreciated. Contact Jim Ragusa at the school for more information. Melissa Owen New Media Specialist Melissa is so excited to join the EVG staff. She is a graduate of St. Leo University and attended graduate school at Florida Gulf Coast University. She has been a director of major educational programs for over twelve years. She has three daughters, Hope (12th grade), Tori (9th grade) and Madison (6th grade). This May, sh e will celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary. She is so excited to share her love for learning & reading with the student body of EVG! Girls’ Volleyball Schedule Tuesday, October 2 SWFL C’Tian JV 5:00 pm, Varsity 6:00 pm (AWAY) Thursday, October 4 CSN at 5 pm (HOME) Monday, October 8 Naples High at 4:30 pm (AWAY) Tuesday, October 9 Donahue JV at 4:30 pm Varsity at 5:30 pm (HOME) Boys’ Cross Country Team Tuesday, October 9 Palmetto Ridge at 3:45 pm BOOSTER CLUB The Booster Club meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Culinary Classroom at the School. Parents and residents are invited. The next meeting is Monday, October 8. School Advisory Council Report Congratulations to the following new SAC members for 2012-13: Brittany Smallwood, Mandy O'Conne ll, Donna Pace and Parker Oglesby. Current members are: Teachers: Paul Tribble and Anna Yacono; Parents: John Gilmore, Rudy Oglesby, Tina Collins, and Vicky Wells; Non-Instructional: Beth White. Student Members TBA. Officers elected were J ohn Gilmore, Chairman; Rudy Oglesby, Vice-Chair; Mandy O'Connell, Recording Secretary, and Tina Collins, Treasurer. Four students were recognized and are to be congratulated for having completed their summer workbooks: Lily Batman, Taylor Mayberry, Carson Foss, and Madison Forbes. Great work! Students voted on a new name for the school's newsletter: The Gator Gazette ." The next SAC meeting will be held on October 18 at 6 p.m. in the Media Center. The School Improvement Plan (SIP) will be on the agenda. Parents and community members are invited to attend. Volunteer Needed Volunteer for Elementary Sch ool classroom and cafeteria supervision, about 1.5 3 hours per day. Call Mrs. Gilmore at 377-9800, ext. 79819, for more information. IMPORTANT DATES Mon, Oct 8: Booster Club, 6:30 p.m. Thurs, Oct 18: SAC, 6:00 p.m., Media Ctr Mon, Oct 22: Literacy Night, 6 p.m., Media Ctr The Oct. 18 and Nov. 6 Early Release Days are now full days due to the day we had off for the storm on August 27.


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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 email: PAGE 7 Florida Tales The Old Inner Tube I Once Had by Chester Keene This picture reminded of a time back in the day where something like this happened with me. It was after WWII, large tires and inner tubes from the Bombers making their way into civilian’s hands for other purposes, i.e., Swamp buggy tires, swimming rafts, etc. Mine was an inner tube for the swimming hole or beach. Everyone had a favorite swimming place, some jumped off house lighters and anchored boats with net floats, or later on crab trap floats and swam with the current. Mine was Joshua Creek in DeSoto Co. My tube was one of the most cherished things I had to play with. I was raised country and we grew most of our food and raised livestock. My Grandfather had just got through plowing with the Mule and put him in the barn next to the corn crib to feed him. Then he would set outside and smoked his pipe while my Grandmother was getting supper ready My tube was lying next to a tree and I saw a feral cat scratching it and it was starting to get deflated. Tire patches were hard to come by then. There was an orange tree by where I was standing, I pulled a green one off, yelled and threw it at the cat. I was also feeding the yard dog that we had (for what now would be called an alarm of some sort), she would bark at anything that came in the yard she didn't recognize. The dog ran after the cat. The cat ran up the tree next to the barn, onto the barn roof, and the dog ran into the barn where it scared the mule. I don't know where the orange went. When the cat jumped onto the roof of the barn, he lost his footing as he rolled down clawing at the tin roof all the down and fell off onto my Grandfathers head. He dropped his hot pipe into his lap, he saw me has I was starting to run away he yelled for me to stop. I knew from previous encounters that if I didn't stop I would buy one, and get one free. I can still hear the 1x2 strip being pulled from the corn crib to be applied to my backsides. From then on I kept my treasured playthings in a place where they would be safe and not abused. Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. Recipe for Good Eating “Seafood Chowder” submitted by Jane Rackley 10 oz. package of frozen chopped broccoli 2/3 cup water 2 cups milk 2 Tablespoons flour 1/2 lb. fish fillets, partially thawed, cubed 3/4 lb. Velveeta process cheese, cubed 4 oz. can mushrooms Cook broccoli in water. Gradually add milk to flour, stirring until well-blended. Gradually add flour mixture to broccoli, stirring constantly until mixture boils and thickens. Add remaining ingredients; heat until cheese is melted. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes 6 one-cup servings. Enjoy! If you have a favorite Halloween recipe to share for the October issues, please phone 695-2397 or email us. Patty Huff Off the Shelf Book Review "In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson reviewed by Patty Huff In the early 1970s I lived in Heidelberg, Germany, for two years; this was just 25 years after WWII. Looking back I know I was working alongside many people who served under Hitler’s regime but no one, of course, wanted to talk about it. So when I heard Erik Larson on the radio talk about his fascination of trying to figure out what was going on in the lives of people living in Berlin in the 1930s as Hitler was coming to power, I was intrigued to read his book. I was familiar with the author’s previous non-fiction work “Isaac’s Storm” about the 1900 Galveston hurricane (and now I’m reading his fascinating story “Devil in the White City” about the 1893 world exposition). “In the Garden of Beasts” recalls the events when William Dodd was appointed American Ambassador to Germany and sent with this family to Berlin in 1933. At that time, early in Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor, people were going about their everyday business as usual. Many believed that Hitler was inco mpetent and would be replaced, but when President Hindenburg died in 1934, Hitler declared himself dictator. Both Ambassador Dodd, and especially his daughter Martha, had the opportunity to meet and get to know many of Hitler’s government officials very we ll. Over time the Dodd family could see the changes that were happening in Germany but were unable to convince the American government (or people) of the dangers of H itler’s plans. Typical of Larson’s work, the reader feels as if he/she is right there in the moment. His detailed description of the landmarks, the personalities and the time period allows one to imagine what others were thinking. Tragic circumstances but worthwhile reading. FLORIDA FLORA Inkwood, Butter-Bough, Ironwood ( Exothea paniculata) by Patricia Huff Although this Florida native is found widely in the high hammocks of the Keys, it is also seen in the Everglades National Park and along the Collier County coastline. The Inkwood (sap turns black when dry) requires well-drained areas and sun to part shade, growing to a height of 40 to 50 feet. The dark green glossy leaves are oblong. This tree is resistant to hurricane winds with its strong wood which is used for boat construction and tool handles. Photo by Roger L. Hammer


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 email: PAGE 8 October Fishing Report by Captain Bill Lindsay Our first winter residents are just starting to arrive. They will be greeted with improved Snook fishing and very good Redfish action. Yes, Snook have made a small but significant comeback over the last year. If you work the backcountry with plugs, a good caster can catch lo ts of small Snook and have a chance at some larger fish. Fishermen after Redfish have had little trouble catching their limit. Last month small Tarpon were active in the creeks in the backcountry. As long as it stays warm, this action should remain productive. Sheepshead and Gag Grouper will begin to move into shallow water and get around dead trees and oyster bars. Trout move onto the grass flats in greater numbers and can be caught using a variety of lures or a shrimp under a popping cork. Permit and Tripletail can be found out in the Gulf, floating around when the weather is good. Don’t forget to look for Cobia while you’re ou t there. In short, October is a great month to fish here. Capt. Bill Lindsay lives in Chokoloskee and has been fishing in the Everglades National Park for over 30 years. In 1992 he was Master Angler of the MET Tournament. Telephone 695-0314. FWC News The FWC reports that bears are very active now. If you see one, take action to discourage it from hanging around. If one is in your yard, the FWC recommends making a lot of noise to disturb the bear and make it move on. Car horns, air horns, banging pots and pans, and yelling can all be effective. It’s also imperative to get rid of, or securely store, any source of food For wildlife info and regulations, see Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922) Angler Tag Return Hotline: 800-367-4461 SAWFISH SIGHTINGS The sawfish research team visit our area often to tag fish and report regularly in the Rapper. 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. RedSnook Tournament Sign up now for the charity Catch-and-Release RedSnook Tournament on the weekend of November 2-4 which benefits the Conservancy. For an application, see or phone 403-4219. “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” Everglades Adventure University will host a series for women October 13-14 at Port of the Islands. For more information, phone (954) 475-9068; email, see The Living Gulf Coast by Charles Sobczak (Excerpt from The Living Gulf Coast available at the Chamber Welcome Center and the Big Cypress Swamp Visitor Center) Fox Squirrel ( Sciurus niger ) Other names: Monkey-faced Squirrel, Raccoon Squirrel, Stump-eared Squirrel / Status: FL = threatened, IUCN = LC / Length: 17.727.6 in. (45-70 cm) / Height: n/a / Weight: 1.1-2.2 lb (.50-1 kg) / Life span: to 12 years / Breeds: up to two litters annually / Found: All Counties, near coast, mainland / Months found: jfmAMJJASond (lower case indicates nesting season). Three subspecies of this large North American squirrel live in Florida: Sherman’s fox squirrel, Carolina fox squirrel, and mangrove or Big Cypress fox squirrel. Once a legal small game animal in Florida, recent population declines have prompted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to change the fox squirrel’s status and ban the hunting of any fox squirrel in the Sunshine State. Because a fox sq uirrel can reach a sizable three pounds, this ruling has not gone over well with hunters, and poaching of fox squirrels is fairly common throughout the state. While the Sherman’s fox squirrel is listed as species of special concern and the Big Cypress squirrel is listed as threatened, the Carolina fox squirrel, whose range runs from the northern tier of Florida well up into the Appalachian forests, is not in any imminent danger. The trouble is that in regions where these subspecies overlap, it would prove all but impossible for most hunters to distinguish one kind of squirrel from the other. The rarest by far is the Big Cypress squirrel ( Sciurus niger avicennia ). It can be found only in southern Lee and all of Collier County. The best places to see a Big Cypress fox squirrel are the Big Cypress National Preserve and the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Collier County. This elusive creature also has a preference for the numerous golf courses found throughout Collier County, where it is known to beg for food. The Big Cypress fox squirrel is best identified by its coloration, which tends to be a chestnut red underside and a dark, almost black coat with grizzled tips. All fox squirrels have 20 teeth (grey squirrels have 22) and strong incisors, allowing them to pry open the hard seeds they pr efer to feed upon. These include the seeds located inside the longleaf pine cone, as well as other nuts and plant forage such as acorn s, cypress seeds, cabbage palm fruit, fungi, and the inner bark of certain trees. The fox squirrel has also been known to eat bone, bird eggs, nestlings, moths, beetles, birds, frogs, and even dead fish. Although it is an agile climber, the fox squirrel spends more time on the ground than in the tr ees. It buries nut and seed caches in numerous locations throughout its 40-acre range, a behavior called scatter hoarding It often forgets many of its buried nuts, which ultimately sprout into new trees, making the fox squirrel the Johnny Appleseed of the forest. Although no longer hunted, the fox squirrel is attractive to plenty of other predators, including bobcats, owls, and coyotes. With good management, hopefully this beautiful squirrel will roam the backcountry of Florida for generations to come. 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 SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 email: PAGE 9 OBITUARY Jerry Vallez by Patricia Huff Everglades City historians and friends of Jerry Vallez were saddened to learn of his recent death on Saturday, September 15. Jerry, who was 87 but still very active, died while he was working on a sunset painting in his studio at Crayton Cove in Naples. I had the opportunity to visit with Jerry many times in that studio. Karen Cabral had commissioned Jerry to paint five buildings of historic scenes in the Everglades to add to her art collection. Jerry was very familiar with our area since he and his wife Robah had an apartment at the Captains Table for years, and he loved our history. For Karen he painted the Everglades Inn, the Rod & Gun Club, the Smallwood Store, the old Everglades Market, and JT’s. The Everglades Society for Historic Preservation purchased the original paintings from Karen when she moved away. When visiting Jerry I received permission to reprint copies of these beautiful oil paintings for ESHP to use as a fundraiser. (If you’d like a print for yourself, visit ESHP website at or call Marya at 695-2905.) Jerry also exhibited his paintings several times in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at the Museum of the Everglades. He was such a talented artist and will be missed by so many who appreciated his dedication to his work and his love of the Everglades. A funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 29 at St. Ann Catholic Church, 542 8th Ave. South in Naples. ESHP News The next Board meeting of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation is on Monday, October 1, at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall. The agenda focuses on plans for the winter season. Everyone is welcome to attend. For info, phone 695-2905. MUSEUM of the Everglades NEWS The October exhibit in the Pauline Reeves Gallery is entitled “Everglades through the Perspective of Matt Milligan”. Matt is 16 years old, has been photographing scenes of our natural environment since the age of 9, and is the son of our Lt. Mark Milligan. Matt is a talented artist, writing articles for Parent and Child Magazine, publishing photos in The Banner of Bonita Springs, and last year visiting National Geographic in Washington, D.C., as part of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. For more info, visit Everyone is invited to meet Matt at a reception in his honor hosted by the Friends of the Muse um of the Everglades on Saturday, October 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. 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. The Friends of the Museum will have their next Board Meeting at the Museum on Wednesday, October 3 at 3:30 p.m. All members are welcome to attend. The Friends are currently working together with Tim England, MOE Director, on plans for the upcoming Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival the last week in February, AND the celebration of the 85th Anniversary of the Opening of th e Tamiami Trail the end of April. If you’d like to assist in the preparations, please contact FME President Renee Rau at (850) 559-2989 or email her at INVESTMENT INSIGHTS by Darcie Guerin, CFP Raymond James & Associates, Inc. “Stay at home in your mind. Don’t recite the opinions of others.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882 It is meaningful to understand how economic and political events may affect your investments. This is especially true duri ng an election year. Between now and Election Day on November 6, there are forty-eight days during which we’ll have the opportunity to see and hear numerous ads, newscasts, and debates. 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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 email: PAGE 10 GLADES DAZE by Adela Padron-Butler Leaving Round Key on this glorious day, Elaine and I walked quite a distance to meet Bill and the boat. The extreme low tide that presented that day on the heels of Tropical Storm Isaac, prevented him from coming too close to the island. We slowly motored away from the island and found a spot on the water facing the Gulf of Mexico, to partake of a well-deserved lunch break. Getting our second wind, we decided that the girls would walk another island and Bill would continue to try and land a fish. Heading back toward Everglades City, the tide was starting to rise but it was still low enough when we reached Camp Lulu Key that we decided to disembark and check it out. This island has quite a history. At one time, it was a small island like Round Key that was passable by boat on all sides; however, over the years, between hurricanes and other conditions that affect the topography of these islands of the Ten Thousand Islands, as this area is known for, it turned into a much larger island. There are open, sandy areas, dense mangroves and even a lagoon. It was once inhabited and there are some remnants of old structures that are imbedded in the sand. In the recent past a seasonal squatter, known as Mike Ward, lived simply on the island in a tent, a makeshift kitchen, shower and a toilet. Guests to the island were welcomed to sign his 'guest book' and walk the trails that he had lovingly carved out. Because the trails followed the natural formation of the island, Mike had marked his trails with crab balls that had washed ashore. This was a clever way of not getting lost especially after dark. His supplies came from visitors who would stop to explore and visit with him and in return they would offer beer, food and other staples that he could use for his survival. Over the years, Outward Bound, an organization involved with youth projects, started using the island and in turn, built a small dwelling that served to house Mike when he was there and to keep equipment from the elements when he was not there. Mike passed away of natural causes but the island still bears his pathways and the little structure. Today, we stopped to look around a little and take some pictures. It was too late in the day to walk and take in the entire essence of this remarkable island, so a future, early morning trip with a low tide is being planned. Heading home with the sun starting its descent, we concluded our exceptional day by taking a lazy, slow trip down the Barron River. Bill and I always end our boating trips with this tradition. We enjoy looking at Everglades City homes and businesses from this vantage point. This entire day was a total blessing including the logger head turtles and dolphins that surfaced long enough to display for us. Adela Padron-Butler retains all copyrights for this article. SHERIFF’S REPORT A homeowner on Copeland Ave South reported that an outboard motor was removed from his boat during the night on Sept. 9. The boat was stored at his house. Stolen was a 25HP Tahutsu Outboard. A golf cart was removed from Chokoloskee Island Park during the nighttime hours on Sept. 14. The golf cart was later recovered on Saturday morning on Chokoloskee. The golf cart was not damaged; however items were removed. The key was left in the cart. Sometime between midnight and 4 am in the morning of Sept. 15, a boat was removed from Glades Haven Marina. The boat was an 18ft Avocet. The boat was later recovered off of Sand Fly Island burning and was a total lost. There is a Crime Stoppers reward. Residential Burglary attempt Sometime during the night time hours on Sept. 16 someone attempted to enter a residence located off of the Barron River. No entry was gained. Vehicle Burglary – a resident on Turnstile reported that their vehicle was burglarized during the night time hours of Sept. 16. Property was taken. Should you have any information on any of these crimes or any suspicious activity, please contac t the Collier County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 252-9300 non-emergency or “911” for emergencies. TAXING THINGS by Mike the Tax Guy “GREETINGS” Receiving a notice from the Intern al Revenue Service is no cause for alarm. Every year the IRS sends millions of letters and notices to taxpayers. In the event one shows up in your mailbox, here are eight things you should know. 1. Don’t panic. Many of these letters can be dealt with very simply. 2. There are a number of reasons the IRS sends notices to taxpayers. The notice may request payment of taxes, notify you of a change to your account or request additional information. The notice you receive normally covers a very specific issue about your account or tax return. 3. Each letter and notice offers specific instructions on what you need to do to satisfy the inquiry. 4. If you receive a notice about a correction to your tax return, you should review the correspondence and compare it with the information on your return. 5. If you agree with the correction to your account, usually no reply is necessary unless a payment is due. 6. If you do not agree with the correction the IRS made, it is important that you respond as requested. Respond to the IRS in writing to explain why you disagree. Include any documents and information you wish the IRS to consider, along with the bottom tearoff portion of the notice. Mail the information to the IRS address shown in the lower left corner of the notice. Allow at least 30 days for a response from the IRS. 7. Most correspondence can be handled without calling or visiting an IRS office. However, if you have questions, call the telephone number in the upper right corner of the notice. When you call, have a copy of your tax return and the correspondence available. 8. Keep copies of any correspondence with your tax records. Usually the IRS does not go back more than three years, so it’s important to keep all records and information for at least that time. For more information about IRS notices and bills, see Publication 594, The IRS Collection Process.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 email: PAGE 11 RESTAURANT NEWS Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): Re-opening mid-October 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): Re-opening TBA Gator Express (695-3937): 7:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sun Thurs 7:00 am – 6:00 pm; Fri, Sat Subway is now open, $5 specials 10% discount to locals 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): Re-opening TBA 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 Pizza Place and Sandwiches (821-9477): 9:00 am – 8:00 pm; daily (takeout) Rod & Gun (695-2101): 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): Opening October 1 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) Re-opening October 15 8:00 am – 5 pm, Mon-Sat Loco’s Produce Frank’s cell phone (239) 462-7050 7:00 am 4:00 pm; Saturday ECity Post Office Everglades City has recently experienced a lot of seasonal rain fall, making our birds and plants very happy! Congratulations to Alex Thomson pictured above. He created an incredible work of art: a tile which will hang in our High School English room as one of the ceiling tiles. OBITUARY Margaret (Margie) Theresa Weeks, 86, passed away on September 20 after a massive heart attack. She came to this area in 1948 from New York City and married fisherman Luther Weeks. She is survived by her children, Joann (Ken) Gustine, Marilyn (Charlie) Bartlett, Martin Weeks; her sisters; Dorothy (Mama Dot) Weeks of Chokoloskee and Millie Gjodesen of Naples; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Marg was born near Greenwich Village in 1926 into a poor Italian family and ventured from the big city into the wilderness here to help her elder sister Dot with her first baby. Marg was always a hard worker and was on the job at Susie’s Station the day before she was taken to hospital. This spunky lady will be missed by her family, friends, and customers. A packed service led by Rev. Eric Weldon was held for Marg on September 25. Memorial contributions may be sent to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 550, Everglades City, FL, 34139. For online condolences see Who is Bingo? by Patty Huff Early last spring during our morning walk, Jane Rackley found a lost dog tag. After a phone call, the happy owner was found and Bingo was his name ( see p.12 ). TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 09/28 Fri 01:58am 2.9 H 09/28 Fri 09:06am 0.4 L 09/28 Fri 02:22pm 3.2 H 09/28 Fri 09:31pm 0.4 L 09/29 Sat 02:22am 3.0 H 09/29 Sat 09:48am 0.2 L 09/29 Sat 03:00pm 3.1 H 09/29 Sat 10:08pm 0.5 L 09/30 Sun 02:47am 3.1 H 09/30 Sun 10:26am 0.2 L 09/30 Sun 03:35pm 3.1 H 09/30 Sun 10:43pm 0.6 L 10/01 Mon 03:13am 3.1 H 10/01 Mon 11:04am 0.1 L 10/01 Mon 04:10pm 3.0 H 10/01 Mon 11:15pm 0.7 L 10/02 Tue 03:38am 3.2 H 10/02 Tue 11:41am 0.1 L 10/02 Tue 04:49pm 2.8 H 10/02 Tue 11:46pm 0.8 L 10/03 Wed 04:05am 3.1 H 10/03 Wed 12:19pm 0.1 L 10/03 Wed 05:32pm 2.7 H 10/04 Thu 12:13am 0.9 L 10/04 Thu 04:32am 3.0 H 10/04 Thu 01:00pm 0.2 L 10/04 Thu 06:24pm 2.6 H 10/05 Fri 12:36am 1.0 L 10/05 Fri 05:03am 2.9 H 10/05 Fri 01:47pm 0.3 L 10/05 Fri 07:24pm 2.4 H 10/06 Sat 12:56am 1.1 L 10/06 Sat 05:42am 2.8 H 10/06 Sat 02:44pm 0.4 L 10/06 Sat 08:31pm 2.3 H 10/07 Sun 01:28am 1.1 L 10/07 Sun 06:48am 2.7 H 10/07 Sun 03:51pm 0.4 L 10/07 Sun 09:41pm 2.3 H 10/08 Mon 03:48am 1.2 L 10/08 Mon 08:51am 2.6 H 10/08 Mon 05:00pm 0.5 L 10/08 Mon 10:47pm 2.4 H 10/09 Tue 05:24am 1.1 L 10/09 Tue 10:17am 2.6 H 10/09 Tue 06:00pm 0.4 L 10/09 Tue 11:41pm 2.5 H 10/10 Wed 06:25am 0.9 L 10/10 Wed 11:26am 2.7 H 10/10 Wed 06:51pm 0.4 L 10/11 Thu 12:21am 2.7 H 10/11 Thu 07:13am 0.7 L 10/11 Thu 12:23pm 2.9 H 10/11 Thu 07:37pm 0.4 L EVERGLADES CITY Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W see for weather and for storms


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 28, 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 9/28/12 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, Mike Klein, Bill Lindsay, Savannah Oglesby, Melissa Owen, Adela PadronButler, Charles Sboczak PRODUCTION layout: Marya Repko, printing: Hinson Studios PUBLISHER’S STATEMENT We aim to provide local news of interest to the extended community of Everglades City, Chokoloskee, Plantation Island, Lee Cypress, Copeland, Jerome, and Ochopee. We strive to present the facts accurately with no political bias or personal opinion. The views expressed in signed articles are not necessarily those of the editors or publisher. SUBSCRIPTION RATES 25¢ per issue or $38 per year by US Post 2012, Snook Publications. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior permission. PET PICS Bingo (featured earlier in our June 11 issue) traveling around the back roads for 8900 miles this summer through 19 states. Send us your Pet Pics by email or post. Everglades Area Hot Lines Narcotics Anonymous (NA) 239-216-1208 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 313-530-3395 AlAnon 239-263-5907 12-Step Meeting Schedules are available in City Hall and Chokoloskee Post Office See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Museum of the Everglades Phone Martha 695-0008. Reach Out Thrift Shop Phone Helen 695-3298 JOBS --------------------------------------------------PUT YOUR JOB ADS IN THE RAPPER no charge! phone us at 695-2397 --------------------------------------------------Staff wanted at youth program in Ochopee. Call Robbi at 695-1001. -----------------------------------------Wanted: Housecleaner Please email or phone 616558-9235. --------------------------------------------------Staff wanted at Subway. See John at Gator Express or phone 695-3937. --------------------------------------------------Tutoring Classes Offered Danielle Swisher is offering tutoring classes in various subjects. She also offers piano and other music lessons. All classes are private and customized For info and fees, call (239) 280-8971 or e-mail her at SNOOK CLASSIFIED -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE : 16’ kayak style sailboat, all accessories. $200 or best offer. Call 239695-3298. --------------------------------------------------FOR SALE BY OWNER: Lot on Chokoloskee; on canal behind Post Office. Call (561) 622-6011 or email: ------------------------------------------------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 $299,900. 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 us at FREE Royal Poinciana Small Seedlings Call Patty 695-2397