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25 ¢ 25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JANUARY 4 – 18, 2013 2013, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VII Issue #176 Congratulations to the following elected officers of our Everglades Area Chamber of Commerce President: Elaine Middelstaedt VP: Orlo Hilton Treasurer: Tod Johnson Secretary: Martha Daniels Regularly scheduled meetings of the Chamber will be announced in the next Rapper issue. A program will be held each month to elicit more interest and participation, something of benefit to the Chamber members. There will also be a suggestions / comments box available at each meeting. For more information, contact President Elaine Middelstaedt at 695-2695. EVERGLADES AREA EVENTS CALENDAR A new Everglades Area Events brochure is now available at City Hall and Right Choice Supermarket. The Mullet Rapper has developed an events calendar for 2013 so pick up your copy or view online at and click on “Inserts.” Mayor Sammy Hamilton (center) with Councilor Parker Oglesby and Brenda Hamilton celebrating the holidays with the community on December 21, 2012. The Swamp Boys at Big Cypress AMI-Kids worked very hard to prepare 20 bicycles for needy students at Everglades City School. The school was delighted at how great a job the swamp boys had done getting the bikes repaired, cleaned and ready for Christmas! S S E E A A F F O O O O D D F F E E S S T T I I V V A A L L 40th Annual Seafood Festival February 8/ 9/10 Application forms for vendors should be submitted now. For info, visit the Festival office behind Island Caf, 1:00-4:00 p.m. or phone 695-2277 or visit website to download forms. White pelicans migrate to our Everglades area every winter. Hundreds are seen here (pictured below) in Chokoloskee Bay. TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email mulletra pp er @g or phone 695-2397. CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Gulf Coast p. 8 Events p. 3 Museum p. 9 School p. 5 Investments p. 9 Recipe p. 7 MPO p. 9 Books p. 7 Florida Tales p.10 Fishing p. 8 Florida Flora p.10 Hunting Plan p. 8 Obituary p.11 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: “Shop with a Cop” p.5 List of Entertainers Houston Brown Jr, Jersey Boys Hamilton Boys, Lostmans 5 LaBelle Dance Company Lakoda Rayne, Jason Thomas Tim Charron Band, Gladzmen Jimmy VanZant Southern Rock Tim Elliott, One Night Rodeo


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JANUARY 4, 2013 email: PAGE 2 Feb 8/9/10: Seafood Festival Feb 9/10: Jammin’ in the Hammock Feb 15: Coastal Cruise, Movie Night Feb 16: Everglades Ultras Race, Paddl e-In Feb 16/17/18: Butcher Muck -About Feb 19-23: MSD Festival Feb 22: ESHP Dinner/Talk Feb 23: ORA Bazaar, Pancake Fly-In Late Feb: ROGG-Central Workshop Mar 2: Coastal Cruise Mar 9: Art-in-Glades, Homes Tour Mar 10: Clocks Fall Back THRIFT SHOP: Tues, Thurs, Sat, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm SKATING RINK: Fri, Sat, 7-10 pm DR DEMARTINO: Fri, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm LITTLE GATOR CLINIC: Jan 15, Jan 22 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, 10 am to 5 pm SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: see notice outside office 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 30 31 New Year Watch Everglades Community Church 7 pm JAN 1Happy New Year New Year Mass Holy Family 2Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am FME Mtg 3 RAPPER 4 Scenic Trail see p.3 Star Party see p.3 5 6 7 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm ESHP Mtg see p.9 Booster Club see p.5 8Congressional Visit, see p.3 City Council City Hall, 5:30 pm see p.3 9Ladies Coffee Havana Caf 8 am 10Lions Club see p.3 new moon 11Movie Night see p.3 12Garage Sale Art-in-the Glades see p.3 Museum Reception see p.9 Orchid Talk see p.7 13 Coastal Cruise see p.3 14 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm OFCD Mtg see p.3 15Kids’ Clinic see p.3 Reach Out City Hall, 8:30 am see p.3 16Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 17Book Club see p.7 SAC see p.5 RAPPER 18 Lasagna Dinner Comm. Church see p.3 19Pet Vet see p.3 Turkey Shoot see p.3 20 Turkey Shoot see p.3 MLK Day 21 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm 22Kids’ Clinic see p.3 23Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 24 25 26Pancake Fly-In full moon 27 28 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 29 30Ladies Coffee Havana Caf 8 am BigC ORVs 31 FEB 1RAPPER Coastal Cruise 2Chok COG Winter Fest JANUARY 2013


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JANUARY 4, 2013 email: PAGE 3 SCENIC TRAIL DEDICATION A ceremony to celebrate the Florida National Scenic Trail’s 30th Anniversary will be held on Friday, January 4 at 10:00 a.m. at the Oasis Visitor Center. STAR PARTY Bring a lawn chair, a flash light and maybe a little bug sp ray just in case and join Big Cypress National Preserve for a night under the stars at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 4, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center in Ochopee. CITY COUNCIL The next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 8, at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall. Prior to the meeting, Mario Diaz-Balart’s Congressional aide Monica Aranegui will meet with constituents in City Hall. Lions Club The next meeting is on Thursday, January 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Everglades Seafood Depot. For info, call 695-2695. MOVIE NIGHT Join us for 2 episodes of the 1960s TV series “The Everglades” (and free popcorn & soda!) in a nostalgic Movie Night on Friday, January 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall at Everglades Community Church. This event is sponsored by ESHP. It is free of charge and open to the public. For info, see www.everglad or phone 695-2905. GARAGE SALE VR Corp on North Buckner Ave is having a Garage & Bake Sale on Saturday, January 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. plus a 50/50 Raffle. ART-IN-THEGLADES Support our local vendors at Art-in-theGlades on Saturday, January 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in McLeod Park. There will be live music and food for sale at lunch time. Everyone is welcome to set up a table at no charge so if you want to hold a bake sale or have craft works to sell, phone Marya at 695-2905. It’s not too late to say “thank you” with a unique gift from the Everglades. You can order this limited-edition calendar online at The Friends of Fakahatchee will even send it to your recipient with a gift card. For info, phone 293-8742. Copies are also for sale at Right Choice Supermarket. COASTAL CRUISE Visit historic Fakahatchee Island on Sunday, January 13, on a chartered boat tour from Everglades National Park, starting at 3:00 p.m. A naturalist will guide visitors up the shell mound path, describing rare plants, to the ancient cemetery. Cost is $75 per person. The trip is hosted by the Friends of Fakahatchee. For info and reservations, call 695-1023 or see, click on “Events” where you can pay online. Reach Out Meeting The next meeting of our neighbor charity will take place on Tuesday, January 15, at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall. For info, phone Carol Foss at 695-2277. LASAGNA DINNER Everglades Community Church Friday, January 18, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Adults $10 Children $5 Tickets: City Hall & Chokoloskee Post Office TURKEY SHOOT The Lions Club is repeating its very popular Turkey Shoot on Saturday & Sunday, January 19/20, from noon until 5 p.m. at the Observation Tower opposite the Everglades National Park. Raffle tickets are available at City Hall. Prizes include shot guns, fishing gear and hourly raffle drawing. Food and drink will be available for purchase. For information, call Dottie at 695-3781. Everyone is welcome. OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 12/19/12: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 12/20/12: Emergency Med, White Horse Key 12/20/12: Fire Alarm, Everglades City 12/21/12: Emergency Med, Chokoloskee 12/22/12: Emergency Medical, 63 MM I-75 12/23/12: Smoke Investigation, Port of Islands 12/23/12: Brush Fire, Bear Island 12/23/12: Brush Fire, 73 Mile Marker I-75 12/24/12: Vehicle Fire, 67 Mile Marker I-75 12/24/12: Vehicle Accident, 64 MM I-75 12/24/12: Emergency Medical, 71 MM I-75 12/25/12: Emergency Medical, 72 MM I-75 12/25/12: Vehicle Accident, Turner River Rd 12/25/12: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 12/25/12: Station Coverage, Marco Island 12/26/12: Vehicle Accident, 71 MM I-75 12/26/12: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 12/26/12: Emergency Medical, Janes Scenic 12/27/12: Vehicle Accident, Turner River Rd 12/27/12: Public Assist, Plantation Island 12/28/12: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 12/30/12: Emergency Med, Everglades City 12/31/12: Emergency Med, 58 MM I-75 12/31/12: Emergency Med, Everglades City 12/31/12: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 01/01/13: Emergency Med, Everglades City 01/01/13: Vehicle Fire, 73 Mile Marker I-75 01/01/13: Smoke Investigation, 71 MM I-75 OFCD Advisory Meeting Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Board will meet Monday, January 14, at Port of the Islands at 4:00 p.m. DOCTOR’S CLINIC Dr. Kirk DeMartino of Marco Island will be in Everglades City to see patients on Fridays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the clinic behind the Fire Station. He accepts Medicare and insurance. For info, call (239) 642-5552. Little Gator Clinic The free walk-in clinic for youngsters is currently closed for the holidays but will be open again on Tuesday, January 15 and January 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. MOBILE PET VET Dr. Lopez will visit Everglades City on Saturday, January 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at McLeod Park. If you want to pick up products (e.g., flea drops) at that time, please order in advance by phone or website. Your order will be available and you will not have to wait in line to collect it. For more info, phone 777-7387 or see Postage Rates increase January 27


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JANUARY 4, 2013 email: PAGE 4 Daily Weekly Monthly Rentals River Wilderness WATERFRONT VILLAS FREE WI-FI SCREEN PORCH CANOES SWIMMING POOL BOAT RAMP DOCK OUTDOOR BBQ 210 Collier Ave. Everglades City, FL 34139 239-695-4499 Triad Seafood Market & Caf Daily 10:30 am – until Full Table Service Stone Crabs Shrimp Conch Crab Cakes Homemade Key Lime Pies Orlo & Pam Hilton (239) 695-2662 “On the River behind the School” Open Daily 9 am – 8 pm Located behind Right Choice Telephone 821-9477 ANTS-ROACHES TERMITES BED BUGS FLEAS-TICKS SPIDERS RODENTS


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JANUARY 4, 2013 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 695-2561 website: From Savannah’s Eyes Before we had our winter break, all the students had to take exams. The second to last day of exams when I went to drop off my backpack in Mr. Major’ s classroom (my math teacher), I saw him wrapping presents. I asked him "Major, where's my present?" just kidding around, and he replied "Oh yeah! Don't worry; I have a present for you." After having breakfast in th e cafeteria, I headed back to my math class with my friends and we all sat down in our seats. Mr. Major walked up to my desk and sa id "Before we start our tests, I have a present for Savannah!" With a huge smile on his face, he gave me the wrapped present and said "You'll never guess what it is." I thought it would be a real present so I opened it and was shocked to see that he had wrapped up my exam and that was my present. After we all stopped laughing, Mr. Major told us to begin testing. I'm actually still shocked and I still laugh about my Christmas present from my math teacher. He is the best teacher ever! Hope everyone has a Happy New Year! Love always, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is a student in the 10th grade at Everglades City School and a regular contributor to this paper. School Christmas Program SHOP WITH A COP More than 40 deserving Everglades area children purchased presents for their family members during the eighth annual "Shop with a Cop" event Saturday, December 1. Susan Gentry, a Collier Coun ty Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention specialist, organized the event, sponsored by the Collier County Police Activity League (PAL). Forty-four children received $100 each to select items for their parents, siblings and a gift for themselves. Around three dozen CCSO members, along with their family members, went shopping with the kids to help them pick out and purchase the items. The shopping spree began early in the morning when the CCSO members and children met at K-Mart, 4995 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate. Each child was paired up with an agency member and perused the aisles, making sure everyone in the child's family had their gift. Before checkout, each member/child pair met up with a deputy dressed up as the Buddy the Elf character and at the store's Christ mas tree display for individual holiday photos. The children and CCSO members headed over to Gina’s Caf in the Park, 1100 Commercial Boul evard, East Naples where they were greeted with holiday ch eer and a free hot dog lunch. The group made one more stop to an assisted living facility before finally heading home. The children visited the residents of Barrington Terrace, 5175 U.S. 41 East, East Naples, to sing Christmas carols and to deliver holiday plants. Girls’ Basketball HOME Games Wed, Jan 9 Donahue Academy 5:00 p.m. Fri, Jan 11 Palmetto Ridge H.S. 5:30 p.m. Wed, Jan 16 Cape Coral Christian 4:30 p.m. Thurs, Jan 17 First Baptist Academy 5:30 p.m. Boys’ Basketball HOME Games Wed, Jan 9 Donahue Academy 6:30 p.m. Boys’ JV Basketball HOME Games Fri, Jan 18 Golden Gate High School 4:00 p.m. See website for complete schedule IMPORTANT DATES Mon, Jan 7: Students return to school Booster Club, 6:30 p.m. Thurs, Jan 17: SAC Meeting, 6 pm, Media Center


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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JANUARY 4, 2013 email: PAGE 7 Recipe for Good Eating Risotto submitted by Patricia Huff Ingredients: 4 TBS unsalted butter, divided 6 cups chicken stock 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil 2 cups Arborio rice 1 onion, diced into in pieces cup dry white wine 1 garlic clove, minced cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese tsp saffron threads, crushed salt & pepper to taste Saut onion in 3 TBS butter and olive oil until translucent; add garlic and cook for one minute. Separately, simmer chicken stock and add saffron threads. Add rice to the onion and garlic and cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly; then add the wine until it has evaporated. Slowly add the stock to the rice mixture, again stirring constantly until stock has disappeared. Cook until rice is done, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and add grated cheese and 1 TBS of butter. Mix well; garnish with additional grated cheese, if desired. Creamy and delicious with any meal or by itself. If you have a favorite recipe or ideas to share, please phone or email us. Patty Huff Off the Shelf Book Review “Proof of Heaven” by Dr. Eben Alexander reviewed by Patricia Huff As a rule I do not publish articles about religion or politics since both are very personal, and The Mullet Rapper tries to be objective in all our stories. However, this book by a prominent Harvard neurosurgeon is not only fascinating but would be of interest to a number of people. For twenty years I worked at a university medical center and my father was a cardiologist so the medical profession has been a large part of my life. Dr. Alexander contracted spontaneous bacterial meningitis at the age of 54 and felt compelled to write about his experiences while in a coma for almost a week. Many patients would have died or would have suffe red brain injury from this illness, yet Dr. Alexander recovered completely. The doctor became the patient and being a neurosurgeon knew from a medical standpoint what happened to him during his illness. This is a remarkable story and very comforting for those of us who have lost loved ones. Everglades Book Club The next Everglades Book Club will meet at Sue Rogers’ home, 506 Collier Avenue, on Thursday, January 17, at 9:30 a.m. to discuss Over the Edge of the World by Laurence Bergreen. The following are other books on the list: February 21 : Peony in Love by Lisa See March 21 : Signing Their Rights Away by Denise Kurnan & Joseph D'Grese April 18: The Mirror Crack'd by Agatha Christie. Everyone is invited to join the Everglades Book Club. Feel free to come and recommend your favorite book for next year. For info, call Sue 695-9173 or Patty at 695-2397. “ORCHIDS IN CUBA” TALK The Friends of Fakahatchee are hosting a photographic presentation at 5;30 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, about “Orchids Lost & Found in Cuba” by dynamic speakers Mike Owen & Dennis Giardina who were invited to give a paper at an international conf erence in that country. For info, phone 695-2905 or see and click on “Events.”


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JANUARY 4, 2013 email: PAGE 8 Fishing Report by Captain Bill Lindsay Fishing in the Everglades when cold fronts come through can be challenging. Sometimes, just getting out of the marina can be an adventure when strong northeast winds push the water out of the bays. At times snook fishing can slow down, and it seems they may have vanished, A few days later they appear again and you wonder where they were hiding. However, fishing on cold windy winter days can be fun and rewarding. Find protected deep water and fish jigs tipped with shrimp, you could be rewarded with a nice snook or redfish. When it warms up, fish become more active, even tarpon move into the backcountry to feed. At this time of year, sheepshead move into shallow water and can save the day. Using live shrimp on the bottom can provide some great action. Offshor e, mackerel, bluefish, jacks, cobia and pompano are on the move at this time of year. When running the open Gulf, look for feeding birds. Try to get in front of them and cast jigs into the feeding fish. Sometimes you will pick up big trout this way. Tight lines and good luck! Capt. Bill Lindsay lives in Chokoloskee and has been fishing in the Everglades National Park for 33 years. In 1992 he was Master Angler of the MET Tournament. FWC News For wildlife info and regulations, see Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922). Angler Tag Return Hotline: 800-367-4461 BIG CYPRESS HUNTING MANAGEMENT PLAN The third draft of the Hunting Management Plan for Big Cypress National Preserve has been released by the National Park Service for public review. To review and comment on the draft plan, visit D=34840&documentID=51057. Comments are requested by February 4 by mail or on-line and all comments received will be considered carefully. Be aw are that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. Comments by mail may be sent to Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida 34141-1000. Comments may also be submitted on-line. Authentic Florida Meets Real Florida A special event to support the habitat of the threatened Florida Scrub-Jay will be held at Oscar Scherer State Park on Friday, January 18, from 10 11:30 a.m. at the Girl Scout Event Conference Center, 4740 Cattlemen Road in Sarasota. Emmy award winner and author Jack Perkins will serve as master of ceremonies with special guests Clyde Butcher and Jeff Klinkenberg. For tickets and more information, call (941) 483-5956 or visit 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) Purple Martin ( Progne subis ) Other names: black martin, gourd martin, house martin / Status: FL = stable, IUCN = LC / Length: 7.5-7.9 in. (19-20 cm) / Wingspan: 15.4-16.1 in. (39-41 cm) / Weight: 1.6-2.1 oz (45-60 g) / Life span: to 14 years / Nests: throughout SW Florida / Found: All Counties, coasta l, near coast, mainland / Months found: JFmamjjaSOND (uppercase indicates when martins are found in Southwest Florida). Very few birds have their own websites. The purple martin, however, has several: The Purple Martin Conservation Association (www.; The Purple Martin Society (; and The Nature Society ( All offer cornucopias of advice to purple martin fans on how to attract them into your yard, the best gourds to use or houses to cons truct, management tips, tending to sick or injured martins, and the 12 reasons why people lose their martin colonies. No other bird comes close to the symbiotic relationship between purple martins and the people who cher ish them. This lovefest between North America’s largest swallo w and humans began long before Columbus landed. Na tive Americans were the first members of the purple martin booster club. They learned early on that this bird is capable of consuming a prodigious amount of troublesome insects, including spiders, wasps, bees, beetles, and flies. Even though the my th persists that the purple martin eats 2,000 mosquitoes a night, scientific studies indicate that it seldom if ever eats mosquitoes at all. The purple martin feeds at heights up to 500 feet, which is higher than most mosquitoes fly. Native Americans learned that the martin will readily abandon its cavity or cliff nest in favor of a gourd or other suitable hollowed-out cavity. Today an entire industry revolves around the construction of purple martin houses. You can orde r pre-built houses house kits, and house plans, spending from a few dollars to more than $1,000 on an elaborate, decorative, multi-unit bird house for these popular metallicblue birds. In the east, the martin has nested in such birdhouses almost exclusively for the past 100 years. Out west, where the martin is far less common, it still uses nesting sites such as abandoned woodpecker cavities, natural rock caves, and cliff crevices. The western bird also tends to be more solitary th an the eastern population. Few birds have so readily adapted to the rise of humanity as has the purple martin. As a result, its population is thriving across the entire range. Although the martin winters in South America, its stay is brief, sometimes lasting only a month or tw o. It ranges all the way into the Yukon and Alaska, but these sparse populat ions represent the fringe of its northern journey since its vulnerable fledglings are subject to frosts and freezes. The purple martin is an insectivore. It not only eats entirely on the wing, but also drinks on the wing by skimming across ponds and taking in a sip of water in flight. With all of the protections people build into the thousand-dollar martin condos from special squirrel-prevention skirting to snake-proof posts, few natural predators can access their eggs and chicks. Blue jays, crows, and magpies sometimes alight on their birdhouses and pull adults or juvenile birds out of their nest cavities during the day, while owls may do the same at night. Hawks and, surprisingly, great blue herons, some times snatch adults out of the air while in flight, but overall, predati on is minimal for one of America’s favorite birds. Single Bird Photo by Judd Patterson 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 JANUARY 4, 2013 email: PAGE 9 LOCAL HISTORY Update on Mysterious Safe It was reported to The Mullet Rapper that the safe company confirmed that this safe was made in 2003. So far one person has come forward believing it may be hers when her home was burglarized. Please call or email us with any helpful information. Make sure to look in our next issue for updates ESHP News The next Board meeting of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation is on Monday, January 7, at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall when plans for our Everglades Homes Tour on March 9 will be discussed. Members are welcome to attend. Get Involved The Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is responsible for transportation planning and programs that encourage and promote safe and efficient systems to serve the mobility needs of the people. They encour age public comment on the analysis and plans. Have a say in the future transportation issues and needs in our area by visiting the MPO website (, “Latest News” section). The comment period for the Comprehensive Operational Analysis (of the fixed route service) is open now through January 18 The 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan has been updated; comment period runs through January 21 The MPO Board will be asked to approve both the COA and the LRTP with consideration of all the comments received. The MPO’s meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 8 at 9:00 a.m. THANK YOU !! On Sunday morning D ecember 30 around 5 a.m., our family was loading their car to head back to North Carolina when I saw a car moving slowly down the street toward us. A spotlight lit up the area where "the kids" were moving about. It was a Collier County Sheriff's Department car! I turned on the porch light and waved to the officer. What a wonderful experience to know our safety and security is in the hands of those who are on alert and on patrol. Thank you!!! Sue Evans MUSEUM of the Everglades NEWS For the month of January artist Megan Kissinger will exhibit her work entitled “Of Shining Water” in the Pauline Reeves Gallery. The reception to meet Megan will be hosted by the Friends of the Museum on Saturday, January 12, 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 are making plans for the 85th Anniversary of the Opening of the Tamiami Trail and the 15th birthday of the Museum of the Everglades. This event will be on Saturday, April 27. Although many winter residents may have left by then, FME still needs assistance in helping with the prepara tions. If interested, pleas e contact Patty Huff at 695-2397. The Storter Collection Exhibit has been extended through January 2013 at the CCSO “CommUnity” Gallery in the Sheriff’s Office in Building J at the Government Center, 3319 Tamiami Trail East, in Naples. For information, phone 252-0810. INVESTMENT INSIGHTS by Darcie Guerin, CFP Raymond James & Associates, Inc. “Simplicity is the highest form of sophistication” Steve Jobs One key to obtaining financial independence is aligning your relationship with money to match your lifestyle. Here are six simple steps to help you start and maintain a financial plan. Six Steps First, identify personal goals. Second, priori tize these objectives in order of importance, as well as timeframe. The third step is to identify income sources and categorize expenses. Consider how needs may change over time. The fourth task is to analyze this data and develop the strategy for achieving your goals. The fifth concern is to assess risk tolerance. Finally, when you know what you want and have designed a plan to accomplish those goals; it is time to im plement the plan, re gularly monitor its performance and measure your progress along the way. Lifestyle management and money management both require fine-tuning and may need periodic adjustments. In personal relationships, we call this compromise. When dealing with cash flow it may mean budgeting and prioritizing. Financial peace of mind is an evolving process that requires ongoing attention and regular fiscal check-ups. Whatever your financial history may be, you can always give yourself the gift of financial peace of mind. Invest in your futu re by developing a healthy and productive relationship with money. With the economy on our minds this holiday season, it is calming to remember that although financial solvency is important, there is much more to happiness and well-being than material success. Stay focused and invest accordingly. 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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JANUARY 4, 2013 email: PAGE 10 Florida Tales “Raided Moonshine Still” by Chester Keene This is another story of Tom Weeks, Marshal and Game Warden of Collier County. Back in 1920s times were hard but Moonshine Liquor was harder. It was also known to some as Low Bush Lightning. The Lawman who was also a Game Warden had got word of a new operation which was being operated not too far out of town. This all come about when he received word some Hogs were not returning to the Hog Pen to be fed. He and his Deputy went looking for the Hogs and found the Still, also there were fourteen barrels of Mash ready for cooking. The barrels of mash could produce 5 gallon of "Shine". Next morning they left while it was still dark and arrived early before daybreak and hid in the bushes, waiting for the owner or operator to arrive. He showed up around 7a.m., they waited for him to start up the still and cooking the hard liquor before announcing their arrival. The owner/operator said "this was the second time he had fired it up". Also along with the mash, they found 45 gallons of Moonshine in nine 5 gallon demi-johns ready for the market. Looking a little harder they found he had 5 gasoline pressurized tanks hid. Also out in the Palmettos was discovered a 50 gallon drum of Honey. He was using Honey as to not alert the clerk about the large amount of sugar needed for the operation. They loaded all this moonshine in a wagon to take back to town before they destroyed the operation. He asked "How y'all find this Place?” Weeks said “som e fine law enforcement training was used. A hog had staggered across the road that was drunk on the fermented mash you threw out from the first batch, and we followed his tracks back here to your Still.” He said "could I have just one drink out of one of the Jugs of the first run over there? I sure am going to need it; it ain't going to be too nice at Home when I tell the Wife." He was booked into jail and the Judge fined him $250.00 for the operation. Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. SAWFISH SIGHTINGS The sawfish research team visit our area to tag fish and report in the Rapper. If you see a sawfish, please report it to: Online at www.flmnh.ufl. edu/fish/sharks/sawfish By phone: (352) 392-2360 or (352) 871-8230 By e-mail: sawf The smalltooth sawfish is a protected species S HERIFF’S REPORT CCSO have a new ”Call Before You Pay” hotline for people who receive suspicious emails, text messages or phone calls demanding money or personal information. You can phone 252-2255 to talk with the Financial Crimes Bureau between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you have any information con cerning criminal or suspicious activity please call immediately at 252-9300 non-emergency or “911” for emergencies. FLORIDA FLORA by Patricia Huff Tropical Almond Tree (Terminalia catappa) It is believed that the Tropical Almond Tree is a native of Africa although it has been widely propagated by humans to northern Australia and New Guinea th rough Southeast Asia and Micronesia into the Indian Subcontinent and eventually to tropical parts of the Americas. This beautiful tree pr ovides a dense shade with is large dark green oval l eaves which are used in some countries for herbal medicines (to treat liver disease, dysentery; some believe they may contain agents for the prevention of cancer). The fruit tastes slightly aci dic; the trunk is red with a high water resistance and its wood is used for building canoes. Local Park Activities If you want to take advantage of all the events in our national and state parks, here are some links to their programs of walks, talks and other activities: Everglades National Park – Big Cypress National Preserve – Fakahatchee – Rookery Bay – Clyde Butcher Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary of Big Cypress Gallery President's Day Weekend Open House February 16-18 The public is invited to join Clyd e and Niki as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of Big Cypress Gallery. Clyde will be in the gallery to greet guests and autograph books from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. In addition to meeting Clyde, family-friendly activities throughout the weekend including speakers throughout the day: Rangers from the Big Cypress National Preserve, Friends of the Fakahatchee, Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge and more. There will also be guided wet swamp walks with special weekend rates with free guided dry walks every half hour, no reservations required. Any questions call (239) 695-2428 or or visit website


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JANUARY 4, 2013 email: PAGE 11 RESTAURANTS Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): 12 noon – 9 p.m. daily 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): 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; daily Gator Express (695-3937): 7:00 am – 7:00 pm; daily $5 specials & 10% discount to locals Glades Haven Deli (695-2091): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily Havana Caf (695-2214): 7:00 am – 3:00 pm; daily 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Dinner Fri-Sat Island Caf (695-0003): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily Ivey House (695-3299): 6:30 – 9:30 am; daily Continental breakfast, box lunches Joanie’s Blue Crab Caf (695-2682): 11:00 am – 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 Sunset Raw Bar & Grill: (next to Glades Haven Deli) 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; daily Live Music 4:30 – 7 pm; Saturday Susie’s Station (695-2273): 11:00 am 5:00 pm; daily The Catch at Port of the Islands (239-394-3005, ext. 507, 1): 12 noon – 10 pm (Tues – Sun) now serving Sunday Brunch Triad Seafood (695-2662): 10:30 am (call for hours); daily Fish Market also open Right Choice Supermarket (695-4535): 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Mon-Thurs 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, Fri, Sat, Sun Grimm’s Stone Crab (695-3222): 8:00 am – 5 pm, Mon-Sat Loco’s Fresh Produce Frank’s cell phone (239) 462-7050: 7:00 am 3:00 pm; Thurs, Fri, Sat ECity Post Office parking lot Rewis boys of Chokoloskee enjoy a quiet day during the holidays. OBITUARY Stephen F. Kraysler, age 70, passed away in mid-December 2012 in Chokoloskee where he and his wife Edie enjoyed their winter home. Steve was a wellknown for his friendly demeanor and his love of going out on his flats boat and fly fishing. Vince Grillo shared a story about his neighbor and friend whom he taught to fly fish in 1999. “For someone who had never fly fished, Steve made good progress …We worked and worked and after the first day, Steve was not discouraged…Steve's enthusiasm was responsible for rapid improvement...The weather was gradually improving each day, with day three the best by far…He learned how easily Snook spook, and of the difficulties to catch a large one in the clear, shallow wa ter….Now ready and more determined, he cast and a Snook hit the fly. This time Steve set the hook, but in all the excitement he couldn't organize his body parts to strip the line. His arms and hands were flailing, the fly line was dancing, his heart was pounding, and the boat was rocking. The Snook took advantage of the mayhem and jumped free of the hook….Steve brought the next Snook that hit his Lefty's Deceiver to the boat... It was an enormous thrill for Steve, and I happily shared that joy with him…. After forty-five minutes on the same shore, he landed eight Snook and lost three others. … It's wondrous to watch a full grown man halfway through life turn into a wide-eyed kid again. Why grow up?” Personally and professionally, Steve was very bright and a successful businessman, joining Mann Conroy Eisenberg & Associates as a principal member in October 2002. Steve started his actuarial career at John Hancock in 1964 where he advanc ed to President and CEO. Beginning in 1987 Steve worked at Wolper, Ross & Co., Ltd., joined Skandia Life Reassurance Company in late 1988 as executive VP, chief actuary and board member. He also served as senior VP of ING Re and the head of Domestic and International Structured Reinsurance. Steve graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964 and from the Executive Program of Stanford Business School in 1985. Steve is survived by his wife Edith and daughters Kathryn and Coreen of Hull, MA. 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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JANUARY 4, 2013 email: PAGE 12 The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area PUBLISHER Patricia A. Huff, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 (239) 695-2397, EDITORS Patty Huff & Marya Repko CONTRIBUTORS Helen Bryan, Darcie Guerin, Chester Keene, Bill Lindsay Elaine Middelstaedt, Savannah Oglesby, Melissa Owen, 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 2013, Snook Publications. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior permission. 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 1/4/13 PET PICS Many people will recognize this handsome yellow Labrador retriever (Rebel) who often rides in the bed of the truck of his owner Captain Bill Lindsay. Send us your Pet Pics by email or post. SNOOK CLASSIFIED ----------------------------------------------------Home Business Opportunity: Join our Florida team and become a consultant with this great company in business since 1996 but new to this area. Call Cindy at (772) 4198819 or or visit www.CountryG --------------------------------------------------Weekend Home Exchange Wanted : Or hospitality exchange I have a small condo in Fort Lauderdale off E. Las Olas Blvd.and would like to spend occasional weekends in Everglades City area. Nothing fancy required. Willing to exchange hospitality or do simultaneous exchange. No children preferred at my place. Call FC: (954) 480-7065, or email: --------------------------------------------------FOR SALE BY OWNER: Double wide 3/2 on waterfront; walkway/mooring to water. Reduced $129,500. Call Pat (239) 352-7328. -----------------------------------------------FOR SALE BY OWNER: Lot on canal behind P.O. in Chokoloskee. Call (561) 6226011 or ------------------------------------------------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/mo 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: Lovely duplex: each unit 2 bedrooms/2 baths. Lowe r level completely redone. Located on canal in Chokoloskee, deeded waterfront, with dock & lift. Reduced $299,900. Call Bonnie at Keller Williams Realty (239) 860-6369. JOBS --------------------------------------------------Job Wanted: Pressure cleaning homes, boats, RV, store fronts, etc. Call Justin at 595-5930. ----------------------------------------Staff wanted : Greeter, hostess, cashier all in one. Leave name at 695-2273. --------------------------------------------------Tutoring for students: Danielle Swisher at 280-8971 or email Tom Andler at (561) 309-9463 --------------------------------------------------PUT YOUR JOB ADS IN THE RAPPER no charge! phone us at 695-2397 See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website. J rg Furrer of Switzerland sent us this beautiful winter wonderland photo. Many areas of this country are also experiencing lots of snow. Thrift Store Now open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p .m. b ehind Fire Station.