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25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JANUARY 18 – 31, 2013 2013, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VII Issue #177 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 We are pleased to welcome Jerrod Niemann as one of the great entertainers for this year’s 40th Annual Seafood Festival on February 8/ 9/10, 2013 For info about how you can sponsor this local-fundraising event, visit the Festival office behind Island Caf, 1:00-4:00 p.m. or phone 695-2277 or see their website www.evergladesseaf The Seafood Festival is run by the Betterment Association of the Everglades Area and donates profits to local causes such as scholarships. The event started 40 years ago to raise money for playground equipment in McLeod Park and continues its charitable aim to this day. 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 P P E E R R F F O O R R M M E E R R S S February 8, 9, 10 Friday Night: Houston Brown, “Let’s Hang On”, The Gladezmen Saturday: The Dance Company (from LaBelle), The Tim Charron Band, Bobby Luster & the Murky Water Band, Lakoda Rayne, Jason Thomas, Lostmans 5, The Gladezmen, One Night Rodeo Sunday: Them Hamilton Boys, Tim Elliott & CCB, Jimmy Van Zant, and Nashville Artist Jerrod Niemann CITY COUNCIL REPORT by Marya Repko Mayor Sammy Hamilton announced at the meeting on January 8 that the new water lines will be hooked up to the plant by the end of the month. He said we will have the best water in Southwest Florida and could bottle it to sell as souvenirs. The new lines will also elimin ate the need for emergency repairs by City workers. He has contacted the County about the potholes on CR-29, the road coming into the City, and they will be repaired. Othe r streets are the City’s responsibility and will be fixed. He is also working on the historic old street lights with the globes which were installed by Barron Collier in the late 1920s. The Mayor is proud of how we all stick together and praised the Sheriff’s Office for working with us for the good of the community. During Public Comment, John M. Wils on joked about conducting donkey tours in the pothole in front of his house on Storter Avenue. Councilor Elaine Middelstaedt thanked th e Mayor for putting mulch in the park and Councilor McBeth Collins commented on how boat trailers bumped over potholes. Lt. Mark Milligan of the Collier Count y Sheriff’s Office reported several robberies and arrests in Copeland. He said that during the Seafood Festival, traffic might be restricted for short pe riods to one-way on CR-29 to help people leaving the City. 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 Local History p. 9 School p. 5 Museum News p. 9 Recipe p. 7 Investments p. 9 Books p. 7 Florida Tales p.10 Book Club p. 7 Sheriff’s Report p.10 FWC News p. 8 Florida Flora p.10 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: RED WAGON p.11


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JANUARY 18, 2013 email: PAGE 2 Feb 16/17/18: Butcher Muck-About Feb 19-23: MSD Festival Feb 22: ESHP Dinner Feb 23: ORA Bazaar, Pancake Fly-In Feb 29 – Mar 2: ROGG Workshop Mar 2: Coastal Cruise Mar 9: Art-in-Glades, Homes Tour Mar 10: Clocks Mar 13: Coastal Cruise Mar 14: Fak Talk Mar 15: Movie Night Mar 23: Pancake Fly In Mar 30: Coastal Cruise Apr 27: Tamiami 85th Celebration, Pancake Fly-In 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 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: Tues, 1/22 (10–11 am); Thurs, 1/24 (10-11 am); Mon, 1/28 (10-11 am); Thurs, 1/31 (1-2 pm) 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 13 Coastal Cruise 14 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm OFCD Mtg 15 Kids’ Clinic Reach Out City Hall, 8:30 am 16 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 17 Book Club see p.7 SAC see p.5 RAPPER 18 Lasagna Dinner Comm. Church see p.3 Homecoming see p.5 19 Pet Vet see p.3 Turkey Shoot Postponed Triathlon “Kick-off” see p.3 20 MLK Day 21 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm 22 Kids’ Clinic see p.3 23 Ladies Coffee Island Cafe 8 am 24 25 Alumni Basketball see p.3 26 Pancake Fly-In see p.3 full moon 27 Postage Increase see p.3 28 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 29 30 Ladies Coffee Havana Caf 8 am BigC ORVs see p.3 31 Drug Free Collier Workshop see p.3 FEB 1 RAPPER Coastal Cruise see p.3 2 3 4 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm ESHP mtg see p.9 Booster Club see p.5 5 City Council City Hall, 5:30 pm see p.3 6 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am FME Mtg see p.9 7 8 Seafood Festival Family Night see p.1 9 Seafood Festival see p.1 Jammin’ in the Hammock see p.3 new moon 10 Seafood Festival see p.1 Jammin’ in the Hammock see p.3 11 Hour of Prayer Everglades C.C. 7 pm OFCD Mtg see p.3 Chamber Mtg Depot, 6 pm 12 13 Ladies Coffee Ruth Hefflefinger 211 Buckner Ave Apt. #825 8 am 14 RAPPER 15 Coastal Cruise see p.3 Movie Night see p.9 16 Pet Vet see p.3 Everglades Ultras PaddleIn Butcher Muck-About JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2013


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JANUARY 18, 2013 email: PAGE 3 LASAGNA DINNER Everglades Community Church Friday, January 18, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Adults $10 Children $5 TURKEY SHOOT Postponed Lions Club President Elaine Middelstaedt announced that the Turkey Shoot scheduled for January 19/20 has been postponed. Due to safety concerns near the causeway, the Collier County Sheriff's Office has urged the Lions to utilize one of the gun ranges in the Everglades area. We will keep you posted. Alumni Basketball Game Friday, January 25 Game at 7:00 pm $5.00 for adults $3.00 for children Everyone welcome money goes towards Everglades City School Athletics PANCAKE FLY-IN A pancake breakfast hosted by Wings 10,000 Islands Tours will take place at Everglades Airpark on Saturday, January 26, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Everyone is welcome. For info, phone Chuck at 695-3296. Postage Increase On January 27 the cost of a one-ounce, First-Class postage stamp will increase by one penny, to 46 cents. Buy your “forever” stamps now to save money! ROGG Update The River of Grass Greenway project is seeking public comment on its interactive website Public workshops are scheduled in Naples from January 29 February 2 and in Everglades City February 26 – March 2 for locals, winter residents and visitors to talk to someone in person. Your ideas and comments are welcome! For information, call 695-2397 or visit website BigC ORVs The Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 30, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, in Ochopee, from 3:30 to 8:00 p.m. For info, phone 695-.1107. Big Cypress and Everglades TAMIAMI TRAIL TRIATHLON The "Kick-off" for this inaugural event is Saturday January 19 There will be informational booths about the challenge at each of the venues and a park ranger leading all three legs of the "triathlon" that day: 9 a.m. bicycle tour at Shark Valley, call 305-221-8776; 10 a.m. canoe trip to Sandfly Island, call 695-3311; 9 a.m. hike at Oasis Visitor Center. Call 695-1201 for reservations. Participants may take the triathlon challenge on their own at any time of the year. DRUG FREE COLLIER Empowering Parents Workshop Thursday, January 31 North Collier Regional Park Exhibit Hall 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch provided or Hodges UniversityScience & Technology Lecture Hall 2655 Northbrook Dr. Naples 6:00-7:30pm Food will be provided Reservations required 239-377-0535 COASTAL CRUISE Visit historic Fakahatchee Island Friday, February 1 and February 15, 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/reservations, call 695-1023 or see, click on Events where you can pay online. 6th ANNUAL JAMMIN’ IN THE HAMMOCK BLUEGRASS FEST COLLIER SEMINOLE Sat/Sun, Feb. 9/10 10 am 6:00 pm Call (239) 394-3397 or visit website /events.cfm. _________________________________________________________ OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT ______________________________________________________________ 01/02/13: Vehicle Fire, 60 Mile Marker I-75 01/02/13: Emergency Medical, Copeland 01/03/13: Vehicle Accident, Everglades City 01/03/13: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 01/02/13: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 01/04/13: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 01/05/13: Vehicle Accident, 59 Mile Marker I-75 01/06/13: Vehicle Accident, SR 29 and I-75 01/07/13: Smoke Investigation, Copeland 01/07/13: Emergency Medical, Port of Islands 01/07/13: Vehicle Accident, Port of the Islands 01/07/13: Vehicle Accident, Ochopee 01/09/13: Emergency Medical, Copeland 01/10/13: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 01/10/13: Com. Vehicle Fire, 59 MM and US 41 01/10/13: Emergency Medical, Copeland 01/11/13: Fuel Spill, Everglades City 01/12/13: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 01/12/13: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 01/13/13: Vehicle Accident, 56 Mile Marker I-75 Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Board will meet Monday, February 11, 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. MOBILE PET VET Dr. Lopez will visit Everglades City on Saturday, February 16, from 9:00 am. to 1:00 pm at McLeod Park. If you want to pick up products (e.g., flea dr ops) 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 Little Gator Clinic The free walk-in clinic for youngsters is now open behind the Fire Station. Dr. Barnard and Kathy will be available on Tuesday, January 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. There are no drugs on the premises but Dr. Barnard can write prescriptions. Holy Family Pot-Luck Holy Family Catholic Church has a potluck after Mass every 3rd Sunday during the months of January, February and March. Mass is celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at 200 Datura Street in Everglades City.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JANUARY 18, 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 18, 2013 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 695-2561 website: ww From Savannah’s Eyes Happy New Year everyone! I hope that 2013 is even better than 2012. I have big things happening this year. One of the things is that I was voted on the Homecoming court for this year! I am so excited! I get to pick out a dress and get all fixed up, then walk down the basketball court. Also right after I walk down the court, I have to do our cheer routine that we cheer leaders have been practicing for two months! Two amazing things happening in one night! Not to mention that after it all there is a Homecoming dance. I'm going to walk down the court, do the cheerleading dance routine, then rock it down at the dance. What a great way to start the New Year! Love, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is a student in the 10th grade at Everglades City School and a regular contributor to this paper. Ron Boyce, Executive Director of the Big Cypress AMI-Kids program is shown here addressing the students and visitors during the January 10, 2013, graduation ceremony. Principal Bob Spano of Everglades City School was invited and thanked the boys again for donating bicycles to our Everglades City students. Photo by Natalie Strom of the Coastal Breeze 2013 School Yearbooks – see page 7 SANDY BROWN Sandy Brown is the Elementary School Counselor and has a long history working with many students, teaching them for the past 50 years. She and her husband, Gary, moved to Collier County in 1970 from Indiana where Sandy graduated from Ball State University in Muncie. Mrs. Brown taught high school math at Lely and Barron Collier before going back to school herself (at age 57) to obtain her EDS in Guidance. Sandy also tutors students in mathematics at EVG to prepare them for FCAT. Sandy and Gary have two children (their daughter was also a teacher before becoming a full-time Mom to her daughter and their son is a chef at Tommy Bahamas in old Naples and has two boys). Sandy loves to design houses, including their home in Naples and a cottage in Indiana. She also loves animals, especially her three “rescued” dogs. Both Sandy and Gary retired but when her husband was asked to serve as Assistant Superintendent, Sandy returned to teaching which she loves. She is pictured here with her students Kalen Kibodeaux and Brandon Beaty. Girls’ Basketball HOME Games Wed, Jan. 23 St.John Neumann 5 pm Thurs, Jan. 24 West Glades School 4:30 pm Boys’ Basketball HOME Games Fri, Jan. 18 Golden Gate H.S. JV 4:30 pm Varsity 6 pm Thurs, Jan. 24 Seacrest Country Day School JV 4 pm Thurs, Jan. 31 Gateway Charter H.S. Varsity 6 pm Sat, Jan 26 Marco Charter Middle School 9 am See website www.collierschools .com/evg for full schedule GREAT GATORS GREAT GATORS for December 1st Grade: John Mark Gilmore 2nd Grade: Trey Bee, Be ntley Randall, James Collins 3rd Grade: Aaron Hessler 4th Grade: Kaylee Jones 5th Grade: Levi Johnson 6th Grade: Natalie Thompson 7th Grade: Ashlyn Goff 8th Grade: Caleb Morris 9th Grade: Alex Thompson 10th Grade: Houston Brown 11th Grade: Trevor Daniels 12th Grade: Paige Robinson Hilton IMPORTANT DATES Thurs, Jan 17: SAC Meeting 6 p.m. Fri, Jan. 18: Homecoming Mon, Jan. 21: MLK Day, School Holiday Fri, Jan 25: Alumni Basketball, 7 p.m. Thurs, Jan, 31: Senior Night Mon, Feb 4: Booster Club, 6 p.m.


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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JANUARY 18, 2013 email: PAGE 7 Recipe for Good Eating Snapper with Braised Artichokes submitted by Patty Huff Ingredients: 1 can Whole Artichokes, drained and cut in half Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lemon Juice 4 Snapper fillets Key Lime Juice, Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Seafood Magic Seasoning 2 TBS Butter, 1TBS Flour 1/3 cup Half & Half Dry White Wine Directions: Saut artichokes in olive oil un til brown, drizzle with lemon juice while cooking, then set aside. Squeeze lime juice on both sides of fish fillets and lightly season. Melt butter in non-stick pan and saut fish on medium for about four minutes on each side, depending upon thickness of fillets. Re move from pan and place on warm plate. Reduce heat to low and add flour to drippings in pan; whisk until smooth. Slowly add half & half until blended. Add white wine to ta ste and bring to a gentle boil. If too thick, add a little lime juice. Stir in artichokes and heat thoroughly. Serve fish over cooked rice (I used a toasted almond rice pilaf). Artichokes with sauce may be arranged around sides. If you have a favorite re cipe to share, please phone or email us. Patty Huff Off the Shelf – New Book Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin reviewed by Patricia Huff Everyone strives to be happy, but not many people start a project (month by month) to actually “be” happy. This is what Gretchen Rubin did several years ago when she wrote her first book titled The Happiness Project. It involved a step-by-step approach, taking a different aspect of her life on which to concentrate each month, beginning in January. In her latest book Happier at Home the author searches for ways to make her own home with her husband and two daughters a happier place. This time she starts the project in September when school star ts and continues through May with each month having a theme: Sept: Possessions; Oct: Marriage; Nov: Parenthood; Dec: Interior Design (subtitle: Renovate Myself); Jan: Time; Feb: Body; March: Family; April: Neighborhood; and May: Now. If any of these topics peak your interest, you would enjoy this lighthearted book full of timely advice to start your own New Year’s “Resolution Chart.” Read more about the author and these bo oks online at Everglades Book Club The Everglades Book Club meets at 9:30 a.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month at various members’ homes (February will be at Dianna Pollock’s home on Riverside Drive). The following ar e the books on the list for this season: 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. 2013 School Yearbook Individuals and businesses are asked to support our local school by purchasing an advertisement or a dedication page for the new 2013 yearbook. Full page: $150; Half page: $75; Quarter page: $50; Business Card: $35. Please submit checks (payable to Everglades City School) with photos and text by March 15 to Mrs. Owen in the Media Center or online at For info, call Mrs. Owen at 695-2561. MARIA Barbershop unisex Men’s haircut Ladies haircut – highlight – color – acrylic and gel nails Regular manicure & pedicure Waxing and more Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Behind Right Choice (786) 443-7973


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JANUARY 18, 2013 email: PAGE 8 Ariel Ajelo from Roya l Palm Beach sent The Rapper this photo of a nice redfish he caught during a recent visit with his boys, 5 and 9 years old. The family says they enjoy camping, fishing and the great cuisine that Everglades City has to offer. FWC News On January 12 the Fish and Wildlife Commission launched the“2013 Python Challenge.” People can sign up for the Python Challenge™ at any time during the January 12 to February 10 competition, even on the final day. Go to for the required online training, official rules and registration, as well as information on the public events. Report sightings of exotic species to or call 1888-IVEGOT1 (888-483-4861) or by using the free smart phone app IVEGOT1 for iPhone and Android. It’s helpful if you can submit a photo and location. For wildlife info and regulations, see Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922) Angler Tag Return Hotline: 800-367-4461 THINGS TO DO OUTDOORS Everglades Area Tours in Chokoloskee is now offering “ Two for the Price of One” every Tuesday for both the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m Everglades National Park Birding, Wildlife and Photo Tour. Simply book directly online with coupon code 2for1 ". This is a two hour, naturalist-led pow er boat experience into the Everglades National Park. It is limited to just six guests, so please make your reservations early! Visit website Plan ahead for the following upcoming events: Everglades Ultras, Feb 16 See website PaddleIn, Feb 16 www.evergladeskayakfishing. com/ekf-events.htm Butcher Muck-About, Feb 16/17/18 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) Eastern Coral Snake ( Micrurus fulvius ) VENOMOUS! Other names: American cobra, coral adde r, thunder-and-lightning snake, candy-stick snake / Status: FL=stable, IUCN=NE / Length: 30-48 in. (0.76-1.2 m) / Weight: 8-15 oz (226-425 g) / Life span: to 6 years / Reproduces: lays up to 7 eggs, probably in underground burrows / Found: All Counties, co astal, near coast, inland / Months found: JFMamjjasoND (lower case: nesting season). The coral snake is a distant relative of the cobra and has one of the most toxic and lethal venoms of any reptile. Fortunately, it is a small, secretive snake that is seldom encountered in the wild. According to the National Institutes of Health, only 15 to 25 coral-snake bites are recorded each year in the United States. Because it is a fossorial snake (i.e., it spends most of its life under leaf litter or underground), it is ra rely encountered while hiking. Most of the bites occur to individuals while doing yard work or gardening when the leaf litter and soil are disturbed. Because it takes only 3-5 mg of venom to kill a person, immediate medical attention is mandatory. The venom of the eastern coral snake is a powerful neurotoxin that starts to affect the victim’s ability to breathe within 30 minutes. Death occurs within two to three hours. Unfortunately, coral-snake bites are about to become more deadly. Because of the infrequent number of bites annually, none of the big pharmaceutical companie s is interested in producing its anti-venom. The U.S. supply expired in 2010 and there is very little of it available. The best advice at this point is to avoid getting bitten. The coral snake eats ring-necked snakes, anoles, small insects, and mice. Its small size makes it incap able of taking large prey. It is seldom fed upon by other snakes and animals with the exception of opossums, which are immune to most snake venom and have little trouble subduing a small coral snake. The brightly patterned coloration of the coral snake is a common characteristic of toxic sp ecies throughout the world. The black, red, and yellow of a coral snake, just like the brilliant colors of Central America’s poisonous frogs, ward off potential predators by boldly announcing their presence and danger. It is as if to say, eat me if you dare! Photo by Kenny Krysko 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 18, 2013 email: PAGE 9 LOCAL HISTORY Mystery of the Safe Solved After several people examined the lost “mystery” safe, it was positively identified by the owner. Contact the Rapper if you wish to have any other mysteries solved. The Notorious Gang of Everglades City: The “River Rats” by Jerry Colson Splash! Another big splash, followed by 3 more. We all had to hit the murky salt waters of the Barron River, which leads straight out to the ten thousands and then continues on to the Gulf of Mexico. This was our frantic response after one of the gang members yelled out, “The Cops!” Thus begins the story of the “River Rats.” I was conceived in Lee Tide Water Cypress (now known as Copeland) and had to be rushed to Miami to be born. Why, I don't know. Anyway, while growing up my family moved around quite a bit. It seems as if we moved back and forth from one place to another: Jerome, Turners River, Ochopee, Chokoloskee, and, yes, Everglades City. Everglades City had an uptown and a downtown… (to be continued in the next several issues of The Mullet Rapper.. stay tuned). Jerry Colson (Braman) grew up in the Everglades area from 1948-1968 at which time he joined the service. After the service, he returned home and now resides in Copeland/AKA Lee Tidewater Cypress. His mother is Barbara Daniels who also writes for the Rapper. MOVIE NIGHT Join us for a screening of “Distant Drums” starring Gary Cooper (free popcorn & soda!) at Movie Night on Friday, February 15, at 5:30 p.m. in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall at Everglades Community Church. This event is sponsored by ESHP, free of charge and open to the public. Call 695-2905 or visit www.evergladeshistor for info. ESHP News The next Board meeting of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation is on Monday, February 4, at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall when final plans for our Everglades Homes Tour on March 9 will be discussed. Members are welcome to attend. For info, call 695-2905. MUSEUM of the Everglades NEWS You don’t want to miss the current exhibit “Of Shining Water” by Megan Kissinger (shown right at the reception in her honor) which will continue through January in the Pauline Reeves Gallery. Her exquisite paintings depicting Everglades wildlife have something of interest to everyone. Please stop by. 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 donatio ns are welcome. For more information, phone 695-0008. Plan ahead for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival scheduled for Tuesday, February 19 through Saturday, February 23. The brochure is available at the Museum of the Everglades or may be viewed online at and Reservations for the luncheon (discounted for FME members) and other events are now being taken. Call Martha at 695-0008. The Friends of the Museum ar e also 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 preparations. If interested, please contact Patty Huff at 695-2397 or attend our next meeting of the Friends on Wednesday, February 6, at 3:00 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, call Helen at 695-3298 or download a membership form at our website (click on “Contact Us). 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. “…if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” Friedrich Nietzsche On January 2, 2013, Congress reached a co mpromise and agreed to address several significant economic issues that face our na tion. They essentially hit the rewind button and were able to stall the Thelma and Louise like trajectory pattern over the fiscal cliff. Living on the edge isn’t a comfortable place to be unless you’re Aerosmith’s lead singer, Steven Tyler, and he even cleaned up his act. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 budget deal passed. Ongoing economic issues do remain and we need to address tax increases and spending cuts. Clarity One item that is clearly defined is the status of the qualified charitable deduction (QCD). This states that if you’re over 70 you can use your IRA required minimum distribution to make gifts to charities. You may still make these gifts, but you will have to act quickly and seek the advice of a tax professional. Meanwhile, news from Washington will continue to make headlines over the next few months, but our attention should remain on long-term planning for 2013 and beyond. Stay focused and invest accordingly. Opinions expressed herein are those of the author and subject to change at any time. Information obtained from outside sources is believed to be accurate. As federal and state tax rules are subject to frequent changes, you should consult with a qualified ta x advisor prior to making any investment decision. C ertified Financial Planner Board of St andards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered CFP (with flame l ogo), which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements. This article provided by Darcie Guerin, CFP, Associate Vice President, Investments & Branch Manager of Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC 606 Bald Eagle Dr. Suite 401, Marco Island, FL 34145. She may be reached at (239)389-1041, email Website:


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JANUARY 18, 2013 email: PAGE 10 Florida Tales “Garbage Can Blinds” by Chester Keene My friend loved to Duck hunt. Didn't matter where his Decoys had more holes in them than the ducks he winged. Anyway, he would take his Son and his friend along with him and show them his skills at leading and shooting. They pick ed up the sport real good. Sometimes he used his Kickerboat and would let them retrieve the Ducks in the shallow water. "He never lost a Decoy or a duck”, so he said. One day he gathered his Deeks up, along with two green painted 55 gallon drums with the tops cut out with some brown streaks of paint on them to mimi c the landscape. Also he loaded up his two eager young hunters. He got to the place where he wanted to hunt and put his Decoys out in the water about waist deep. Now the 55 Gallo n drums were brought into play. He placed them overboard and told the boys to get in them. With their weight they would not float back up. When they settled down in the mud they made a good blind and dry spot to harvest ducks from. He said to them "now stay in the drums and if you see some ducks coming your way, duck down in the drum”. He told them "I'm going over there in the Cattails, hide my boat and call the ducks up". As he was pulling away to hide the boat and use it also to shoot from he said, “Don’t get out of them drums there are Gators in these parts of the lake". He laughed as he eased away. They stayed in the drums and got their bag limit on ducks. Tonight they were having Duck Breast with Orange sauce. Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. S HERIFF’S REPORT On January 6 a resident on Old Train in Copeland reported a burglary to their residence. Following investigation Deputies arrested and charged a 23 yr old man from Copeland with this Burglary and Grand Theft. On January 5 a victim reported that they were robbed in the area of Janes Scenic Dr in Lee Cypress. Following investigation Deputies arrested and charged a 19 yr old man from Lee Cypress with Robbery by Sudden Snatching in this case. Please remember to help us keep our neighborhoods safe by reporting any suspicious acti vity immediately to the Collier County Sheriff’s Offi ce at 252-9300 or in emergencies by dialing “911”. Also don’t let yourself become an easy victim by always remembering to lock your doors. MPO Transportation Improvement Program The public comment period for the Draft Amendment of the MPO Transportation Improvement Program will end on February 6 Copies of the Draft are available at Everglades City Hall. FLORIDA FLORA by Patricia Huff Variegated Ginger ( Alpinia zerumbet ) Native of eastern Asia, this Varieg ated Ginger is a nice addition to any light shady area of your garden. It is also known as the Shell Ginger plant due to its scented pink flowers resembling the shape of small seashells. Its dark green variegated leaves may grow up to two feet long and the plant as high as eight to ten feet tall (a dwarf version will only grow about a foot). It enjoys rich, moist soil. The leaves of Alpinia zerumbet are ground and sold as herbal tea for both anti-hypertensive and anti-stress medication. They may also be added to noodles for flavoring. 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 – Collier Seminole – Fakahatchee – Rookery Bay – GUIDED FULL MOON CANOE TRIPS Collier Seminole State Park January 25&26 -7 : 30 pm to 9 : 30 pm February 23&24 -7:30pm to 9:30pm March 25&26-7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Enjoy an Adventure on the Blackwater River Guided Canoe Trips at Collier Seminole State Park Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays Now through April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (No canoe trips February 9-10 Bluegrass Festival) Reservations Required: Call (239) 39 4 -3397


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JANUARY 18, 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 (695-2403): 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 Happy Hour: 4-7 pm; Mon – Thurs Live Music: 7-11 pm; Thurs, Sat 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 (239-462-7050): 7:00 am 3:00 pm; Thurs, Fri, Sat ECity Post Office parking lot Photo of a mama bear taken by Daniella Levine on Dec. 30 at the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk. She had 2 cubs with her. Three Red Wagons by Jeff Whichello On Christmas morning at home in Ochopee, my brother, sister, and I discovered three shiny, red Radio Flyer wagons next to the tree. When Santa Claus parked his swamp buggy in front of the family’s motel-restaurant the week before, from his knee this gift I did not think to mention. In time, the red wagons transported everything from my sister’s dolls, to construction material for club houses. They became cars when our cousins and neighbors came to visit. The smaller children gripped the handle from inside as the older kids hurled them like rockets. We decorated these buckets on wheels with paper flowers and they transformed into parade floats. But one day, the concept of money pricked my mind. From the drawers of the desk under mother’s sewing machine, I gathered needles, thread, string, scissors, and hundreds of buttons. I fetched gifts, a wood burning pen and a set of water color paints. After luring my younger brother and sister with promises of profits, I trained them from a children’s craft book. Soon from the dining room table, they chur ned out button bracelets, necklaces, and my own invention. I dragged the red wagon full of goods to each of the nine houses that dotted the two dead end streets. Hold ing out a lime-green sign engraved with burnt lettering that read, Bathroom, and another florescent orange sign that read, Bedroom, I pitched a sale to an elderly lady. She shook her head, but when her husband whispered, “buy one, they’re just a quarter,” she relented. Business boomed until mother yelled that we used up all of her buttons. And so, we walked through the Golden Lion lobby, poured all of our change on the counter, and ordered up Hershey, Oh Henry, and Mars candy bars. Picture is of my cousin, Bobby, the littl e girl from down the street, Leah, and my brother Andy pulling the wagon. Leah's mom took the picture. I think she may have set it up, because she was into photography back then. 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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JANUARY 18, 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, Jerry Colson, Darcie Guerin, Chester Keene, Elaine Middels taedt, Savannah Olgesby, Melissa Owen, Charles Sboczak, Jeff Whichello 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 1/18/13 PET PICS Thanks to Linda and Craig Williams who sent us this adorable photo of Brian, their faithful dog and companion 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. ----------------------------------------Gator Express: Subway workers needed. Call 695-3937. --------------------------------------------------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. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Everglades City School Phone Gina at 695-1561 Thrift Shop Phone Helen at 695-3298 EQUIPMENT FOR SALE Everglades Scoop, 15 years in business, will sell all ice cream and deli equipment. Call (239) 695-2403 or ( 239 ) 253-3942.