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25 ¢ 25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 1 14, 2013 2013, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VII Issue #178 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 Celebrating 40 years of our local seafood festival! It promises to have the best entertainers and most interesting booths ever plus carnival rides for the kiddies. Mayor Sammy Hamilton will open proceedings officially when he welcomes everyone and introduces dignitaries on the big stage. 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. For info about how you can sponsor this local fundraising event, visit the Festival office behind Island Caf, 1:004:00 p.m., phone 695-2277 or see website www.evergladesseaf 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. In addition to great music, there will be arts & crafts and food vendors. See insert for more information. 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 FEBRUARY 8, 9, 10 FRIDAY Night is Family Night 5:30 6:30 OPENING CEREMONY 6:30 7:30 Houston Brown (Everglades High School student) 7:30 9:00 "Let's Hang On" (A Frankie Valli Tribute Show) 9:20 ? Gladezmen SATURDAY the Fun Begins 7:00 11:00 Pancake Breakfast, Community Church 10:00 11:00 OPENING CEREMONY 11:00 12:00 The Dance Company (from Labelle, FL) 12:30 1:30 The Tim Charron Band 1:50 2:50 Bobby Luster & The Murky Water Band 3:15 4:15 Lakoda Rayne (X-Factor Semifinalists) 4:40 5:40 Jason Thomas (Nashville Artist) 6:00 7:00 Lostmans 5 7:20 8:20 Gladezmen 8:30 ? One Night Rodeo SUNDAY Stars Sparkle 11:00 12:00 OPENING CEREMONY 12:00 1:00 Them Hamilton Boys 1:30 2:30 Tim Elliott & CCB 3:00 4:30 Jimmie Van Zant 5:00 7:00 Jerrod Niemann (Nashville Artist) NO PETS NO COOLERS FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY! Craft & Food Booths Carnival Rides & Games PANCAKE BREAKFAST Saturday, February 9, 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Everglades Community Church (on the Circle): pancakes, sausages, coffee and juice. Cost is $6 per adult, $3.50 kids under 10 years old. MUSIC IN THE MUSEUM Saturday & Sunday 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Museum of the Everglades (pink building) Tom & Tina and US Express will perform bluegrass music. No charge but donations welcome. TRAFFIC, Saturday & Sunday, may be one-way out of the City for brief periods if necessary to clear the jam of people leaving. CHURCH SERVICES ON SUNDAY, Feb 10: Everglades Community Church – 9:00 a.m. (no Sunday School) Holy Family Catholic Church – 8:30 a.m. (early Mass), 10:30 a.m. Chokoloskee Church of God – 11:00 a.m. (Sunday School 10:00 a.m.) First Baptist Church – 11:00 a.m. (Sunday School 9:45 a.m.) Copeland Baptist Church – 11:00 a.m. (Sunday School 10:00 a.m.) 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 Taxing Things p. 9 Books p. 7 Florida Tales p.10 Fishing p. 8 Florida Flora p.10 FWC News p. 8 Sheriff’s Report p.10 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: ROGG Workshop p.11


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 1, 2013 email: PAGE 2 Mar 4-7: Book Fair Mar 9: Art-in-Glades, Home s Tour Mar 10: Clocks Mar 13: Coastal Cruise Mar 14: Fak Talk Mar 15: Movie Night Mar 16: History Talk Mar 23: Pancake Fly In Mar 30: Coastal Cruise Apr 7: Everglades Bike Ride Apr 27: VIVA 500 Tamiami 85th Celebration 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: Feb 12, 19, 26 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, 2/12 (11–noon) Fri, 2/15 (9-10 am) Tues, 2/19 (10-11 am) Fri, 2/22 (10-11 am) Wed, 2/27 (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 SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT full moon 27 Postage Increase 28 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 29 30 Ladies Coffee Havana Caf 8 am BigC ORVs 31 FEB 1 RAPPER Black History Month Coastal Cruise 2 Chokoloskee Church of God Winter Fest see p.3 3 4 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm ESHP Mtg see p.3 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 MPO Comments see p. 3 7 8 Seafood Festival Family Night see p.1 9 Seafood Festival see p.1 Jammin’ in the Hammock see p.1 new moon 10 Seafood Festival see p.1 Jammin’ in the Hammock see p.1 11 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm OFCD Mtg see p.3 VA Workshop see p.3 Chamber Mtg see p.3 12 Kids’ Clinic see p.3 FCAT Night see p.5 13 Ladies Coffee Ruth Hefflefinger 211 Buckner Ave 8 am Ash Wednesday see p.3 14 Valentines Day RAPPER 15 Coastal Cruise see p.3 Movie Night see p.3 16 Pet Vet Art-in-Glades Everglades Ultras PaddleIn Butcher Muck-About see p.3 17 Butcher Muck-About see p.3 Presidents Day 18 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm Butcher Muck-About see p.3 19 Kids’ Clinic see p.3 Reach Out City Hall, 8:30 am MSD Festival see p.9 20 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am MSD Festival see p.9 21 MSD Festival see p.9 Book Club see p.3 SAC see p.5 22 MSD Festival see p.9 Nostalgia Night see p.3 23 MSD Festival see p.9 Pancake Fly-In see p.3 ORA Bazaar see p.3 24 full moon 25 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm 26 Kids’ Clinic see p.3 ROGG Workshop see p.11 27 Ladies Coffee Havana Cafe 8 am ROGG Workshop see p.11 28 ROGG Workshop see p.11 MAR 1 RAPPER 2 ROGG Workshop see p.11 Coastal Cruise see p.3 FEBRUARY 2013


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 1, 2013 email: PAGE 3 Chokoloskee Church of God Winter Festival Saturday, February 2, 9 am – 3:30 pm The public is invited to a huge yard sale, silent auction, children’s activities and hourly drawings for prizes. Also, come and enjoy a fish fry with hushpuppies, home-baked beans, coleslaw and sweets. For more information, call 695-4566. ESHP Meeting The next Board meeting of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation is on Monday, February 4, at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall to discuss the Everglades Homes Tour on March 9. Members are welcome to attend. For information, call 695-2905. CITY COUNCIL The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 5, at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall. If you would like to speak during Public Comments, sign up before the meeting. MPO Transportation 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 VA Support Group A support group for veterans will meet on Monday, February 11 at 10 a.m. in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall at Everglades Community Church. For more information, call Tina at (239) 403-2377. Ash Wednesday Services Holy Family Catholic Church will have Ash Wednesday Services at 10:30 a.m., and Everglades Community Church will hold services at 7 p.m. on February 13. CHAMBER MEETING The next meeting of the Everglades Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday, February 11, at 6:00 p.m. at the Everglades Seafood Depot features a talk by Mike McComas. The Chamber invites all members to attend its meetings held the second Monday of each month. For information, call Elaine at 695-2695. MOVIE NIGHT A screening of “Distant Drums” starring Gary Cooper (and free popcorn & soda!) will be held 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 ESHP website www.evergladeshistor for info. COASTAL CRUISE Visit historic Fakahatchee Island on Friday, February 15, or Saturday March 2, on a chartered boat tour from Everglades National Park, at 3:00 p.m. Hosted by the Friends of Fakahatchee, cost is $75/per person. For info, phone 695-1023 or see, BUSY WEEKEND – Feb 16 Art-in-the-Glades McLeod Park – 10 am – 2 pm Call Bob at 695-0243 Everglades Ultras Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park 50 miles, 50 km, 25 km See website Paddle-In Annual Everglades Area Tours Event Clyde Butcher 20-Year Anniversary Big Cypress Gallery 3Day Open House Book signing – 10 am – 5 pm Guided Nature Trail Walks–11 am – 3 pm Everglades Book Club The next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 21 at Dianna Pollock’s home, 309 Riverside Drive, at 9:30 am. The book is "Peony in Love" by Lisa See. Everyone is invited. Nostalgia Night On Friday, February 22, ESHP will show a film about recording Oral History for posterity and then have local residents tell us about what they remember after living here in the past. Everyone is invited to join us. Cost $25 for dinner. For info, call 695-2905. _________________________________________________________ OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 01/15/13: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 01/15/13: Mutual Aid, Marco Island 01/16/13: Emerg. Med, Chokoloskee Causeway 01/16/13: Fire Alarm, Port of the Islands 01/19/13: Vehicle Accident, 52 MM I-75 01/20/13: Vehicle Accident, 75 MM I-75 01/20/13: Emergency Med, Chokoloskee 01/21/13: Emergency Med, Ochopee 01/23/13: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 01/24/13: Emergency Med, Everglades City 01/24/13: Vehicle Accident, 52 MM I-75 01/26/13: Boat Fire, Port of the Islands 01/26/13: Emergency Medical, 63 MM I-75 01/27/13: Brush Fire, SR29 5 Mi N of US 41 01/27/13: Vehicle Accident, 76 MM 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, February 12, 19, and 26 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. There are no drugs on the premises but Dr. Barnard can write prescriptions. ORA BAZAAR Outdoor Resorts in Chokoloskee will hold their annual bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 23 PANCAKE FLY-IN A pancake breakfast hosted by Wings 10,000 Islands Tours will take place at Everglades Airpark on Saturday, February 23, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 1, 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” ANTS-ROACHES TERMITES BED BUGS FLEAS-TICKS SPIDERS RODENTS N ewRulesfor2013


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 1, 2013 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 695-2561 website: ww From Savannah’s Eyes The Homecoming dance was a blast! Everyone had such a fun time. Plus not to mention all the kids rocked it down when our favorite tunes came on from the DJ. We would like to thank Seafood Depot for letting us use your banquet room and to the Booster Club for making the dance happen. I can't wait till next year! The Seafood Festival is coming up soon and I am so psyched to hangout, eat amazing food, and ride the fun carnival rides! This year it's going to be the second week of February, but it's worth the wait. Can't wait till the Seafood Festival! Love, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is a student in the 10th grade at Everglades City School and a regular contributor to this paper. CORE TO VISIT On Tuesday, February 12 the Corps of Retired Educators (CORE) will be coming to Everglades City School to visit. FCAT NIGHT Tuesday, February 12, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. – Media Center Parents – Come learn everything you need to know about FCAT 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 Medi a Center or online at Call Mrs. Owen at 377-9810. Scholarship The Supervisor of Elections is now accepting applications for the 2013 Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections "Jimmy Whitehouse" Scholarship wh ich offers $1,200 to eligible Florida residents enrolled or accep ted as full-time students in a senior college or university in Florida. Information is available at, or may be obtained at the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office at 3295 Tamiami Trail East. 2013 Homecoming Queen Reagan Richardson and King Hector Roldan Other Members of the Court (pictured below) Boys’ Baseball HOME Game Tues, Feb 12 SW FL Christian Academy 6 pm See website for full schedule of Girls and Boys Away Games. GREAT GATORS Pre-K: Joseph Palacios, Gilly England, Chase Stokes Kinder: Emersyn Brown, Jade Freeman 1st Grade: Danny Pablo-Ramirez, Aubrey Wooten 2nd Grade: Brandon Purvis, Addy Martinez-Valdes IMPORTANT DATES Thurs, Jan, 31: Senior Night Mon, Feb 4: Booster Club, 6 p.m. Tues, Feb 12: Visit from CORE, FCAT Night Thurs, Feb 21: SAC Meeting, 6 p.m. March 4-7: S p rin g Scholastic Book Fair


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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 1, 2013 email: PAGE 7 Recipe for Good Eating Blueberry Coffee Cake by Linda Williams Base: 2 Pillsbury Crescent Big and Buttery dinner rolls 1 egg 3/4 cup sugar 1 cup blueberries Topping: brown sugar chopped nuts cinnamon Spread one tube of the dinner roll onto a 9x13 pan, closing any "gaps". Mix cream cheese, egg, and sugar until smooth; add bluebe rries and spread on top of crescent roll. Unroll the second roll and place on top spread. Mix together the topping (brown sugar, nuts, and cinnamon) and sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Linda made this recipe for one of our book club meetings (yes, we do enjoy a morning snack while we talk about books!) It was delicious! If you have a favorite re cipe to share, please phone or email us. Patty Huff Off the Shelf – New Book What’s a Dog For? by John Homans reviewed by Marya Repko Well, my doggie is my pal – a leader on walk ies when I benefit as much as he does, a living hot-water bottle on top of the bed to keep me warm, an excuse for talking out loud when there are no humans around, a butler to announce the arrival of visitors. I was interested to read what the author had to say after having read a review in The New Yorker and borrowed his work from our library. This is a serious book with lots of academi c content and references plus the author’s own experiences with Stella, a Lab mix that the family got from a rescue sanctuary for their 10-year-old son. Some of what he says about pet dogs, e.g., having different voices for different events, is also true of domest icated cats and he admits that cats are more clever at tricky tasks like opening latches but doesn’t write much more about them. The book delves into the descent of dogs from wolves, their differences, the history of the Labrador from a fishing work dog to a hu nting retriever on large British estates, and how people have almost made dogs into part of the human family. He bemoans the fact that dogs can no longer run free in their neighborhoods, which are invaded now by raccoons and foxes. He also says there are t oo many breeds, some so unnatural that the dogs suffer, and writes about puppy farms. This is a book to sample, rather to read at a single sitting, but it has interesting things to say about man’s best friend … and man. LOCAL HISTORIAN AT AuthorFest Known as “the history lady”, Marya Repko will ta ke part in the Marco Island Writers’ AuthorFest at 1010 Winterberry Drive from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 7 with her "brief history" books about the Everglades City Area, the Fakahatchee, Sanibel Island, Deaconess Harriet Bedell, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas. She has al so published two of the histories for younger readers. Marya is well-known for her illustrated talk s about our heritage and is President of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation. For info, see or phone (239) 695-2905. OverDrive – Help Downloading Books Everglades City Branch Library will offer individualized assistance on Monday, February 11, from 2 to 4 pm if you bring your laptop or device. 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 FEBRUARY 1, 2013 email: PAGE 8 Fishing Report by Captain Bill Lindsay When my customers call me at this time of year and ask me how the fishing is, I always answer the same way: “It depends on the weather.” Before cold fronts the wind usually starts to move to the west and finally to the northwest; this muddies the water out in the Gulf for a day, and, if it’s a strong front, it may lower temperatures in the backcountry making snook sluggish. On the other, and when the weather is warm, the fish seem to take advantage of it and feed well. Even big tarpon will move into the area. Captain Steve Huff’s angler fought and lost a huge tarpon after a 12 and three-quarters of an hour on fly tackle last week. Captain Don Cochran found all the tripletail he wanted on his last charter. On my last trip I had poor snook fishing but saved the day with three redfish and a dozen large trout. Most of these trout were caught in the backcountry in deeper passes around oyster bars. Sheepshead fishing is at its best. Mackerel are moving around out in the Gulf, and several friends told me they caught all they wanted in less than an hour. So, if the weather is nice, get out ther e and take advantage of it. Capt. Bill Lindsay lives in Chokoloskee and has been fishing in the Everglades National Park for over 33 years. In 1992 he was Master Angler of the MET Tournament. FWC News Saltwater game fish, sport fish designations The recent proposal to create saltw ater game fish and sport fish designations in Florida is about highlighting some of the state’s most valuable recreational fish for today and future generations. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will consider adopting these designations at its February 13 meeting in Orlando. It’s important to keep this proposal in perspective. These designations, while telling the angling world that Florida is a premier sport-fishing destination, will also ensure that recreational anglers can enjoy a traditional game fish for their table at home, and our commercial fishermen will continue to provide our worldfamous Florida fish to tables around the world. Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World, and by creating these designations, we will highlight our reputation, drawing visitors from across the globe to our diverse array of fishing opportunities. It shows the world that recreational fishing in Florida is important to all of us. For wildlife info and regulations, see Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922) Angler Tag Return Hotline: 800-367-4461 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) Bunche Beach Preserve 18201 John Morris Road, Ft. Myers, FL 33908 / Phone: 239-765-6784 / Fax: 239-485-2300 / Website: www. / E-mail: n/a / 719 acres / Admission is free but there is a small parking fee. Named in honor of Dr. Ralph Bunche, the first African American to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Bunche Beach has a history that is as fascinating as the wildlife that frequents this undeveloped stretch of sand, salt, and tidal flats. The preserve got its start in the racially segregated South in 1949 when members of the Lee County black community purchased a small half-acre stretch of beach that became the only beach for people of color in all of South Florida, from Tampa Bay to Naples. One year later, shortly before Dr. Bunche was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work in negotiating a cease-fire between the Arabs and the new state of Israel, more than 3,000 people attended the dedication ceremony for this small park. Participants came from as far away as St. Petersburg to celebrate this historic event, complete with a barbecue and other festivities. The privately held acreage surrounding the original Bunche Beach remained undeveloped largely because of its low-lying nature. With monies from Lee County’s Conservation 20/20 program and in collaboration with the Florida Communities Trust, an additional 705 acres were added to the half-acre site in 2001. Several other acquisitions and donations have increased the preserve to its current 731 acres. In April 2010, Lee County Parks and Recreation added composting restrooms, two kayak and canoe launches, two fishing piers, and a paved, 52-vehicle parking lot. A small concession offers kayak and canoe rentals. Because of the protected nature of this shoreline, canoeists and kayakers are able to cruise up to a mile off the beach. Several nearby tidal creeks, including Terrapin Creek, are well worth exploring. Fishing is allowed throughout the park, and catches might include mangrove snapper, mullet, sheepshead, snook, and seatrout. Aside from the beach, which is more than a mile long, and the long, straight John Morris Road that leads into the preserve, hiking at Bunche Beach is limited. The dry salt flats located along the northern edge of the preserve are interesti ng areas to explore, but there are no trails and the going is strenuous. The Bunche Beach Preserve is a part of the South Florida Birding Trail, which notes in its brochure (www. that Bunche Beach is known for some of the best shorebird watching in South Florida. Common sightings include the rare Wilson’s plover, black-bellied and semi-palmated plovers, marbled godwits, and whimbrels. Other birds found at low tide include roseate spoonbills, white ibis, and least terns. Because of the nesting shorebirds, dogs are not allowed at Bunche Beach. An unusual aspect of this beach is the extended shallows that lie offshore. Even at high tide it is possible to wade out a block or more before finding deeper water, making it a favorite destination for families with small children. Wedged between the popular Ft. Myers Beach and often-crowed public beaches of Sanibel and Captiva, Bunche Beach is seldom busy and is one of Lee County’s best-kept secrets. Photo by Charles Sobczak 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 FEBRUARY 1, 2013 email: PAGE 9 LOCAL HISTORY The Notorious Gang of Everglades City: The “River Rats” ( continued ) by Jerry Colson Everglades City had an uptown and a downtown, the heart of uptown being the surrounding area of the old three story building, the 'Manhattan Mercantile/Everglades Inn (better known to us kids as the drug store). Even though it had a hardware store (Win-Car), a restaurant (the Sundry), Mr. Holsman's retail store, a Trailways bus station, a barber shop, and later a post office, it was still known as “The Drug Store.” Facing the drugstore, directly across the street, was the old antique dull green building, the picture show (in modern times it would be known as the “Theater”). This is where the cool dudes hung out with their hair greased back in duck-tails, puffing on their cigarettes with the pack rolled up on their shirt sleeve. Those that could afford a fast 57 Chevy, 55 Ford Crown Victoria, a clunker, Dads pick-up etc., would lean against their vehicles, smoking their cigarettes, takin’ a nip here ‘n there, telling dirty jokes and just being hip for their high school sweethearts. Just about every weekend a fight usually broke out right in the middle of the street between the movie house and the drug store. Once in a while a beer bottle would be thrown, often times breaking in the street. The swelling crowd of people would be yelling and swearing at one another. Sides would be taken, each cursing ‘n accusing the other of starting the fight. Soon it would all be over and the two culprits would shake hands and once again be best of buddies. 99% of the time there was no real damage done other than the busted beer bottle, a fat lip and a little pride. It was rare if anyone ever called the police. I think we only had two regular cops that paroled our town in those days anyway. Located at the rear of the movie house was the only bar in town that catered mostly to the locals… (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 MUSEUM of the Everglades Paul Marcellini is the Artist of the Month exhibiting his wonderful photographs of the Everglades in the Pau line Reeves Gallery. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet Paul during the Seafood Festival on Saturday, February 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also, during the Festival, Tom & Tina & the US Express will be performing on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 pm. Please stop by during the Festival. There is no admission charge but donations are welcome. For more information, phone 695-0008. The annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival will be held Tuesday, February 19, through Saturday, February 23 For reservations to the luncheon (discounted for FME members) and other events, call Martha at 6 95-0008. Information is available online at and If you would like to become a member of the Friends and receive discounts as well as other benefits, call Helen Bryan at 695-3298 or download a membership form at website 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 Contact Patty Huff at 695-2397 or attend our next meeting of the Friends on Wednesday February 6, at 3:00 p.m. at the Museum. TAXING THINGS by Mike the Tax Guy Tips to Help Taxpayers with the Tax Season Opening Due to tax law changes made by Congress the IRS began processing most individual income tax returns on Jan. 30 after updating forms and completing programming and testing of its processing systems. Using e-file is the best way to file an accurate tax return, and using e-file with direct de posit is the fastest way to get a refund. Identity Protection PIN to Help ID Theft Victims In mid-December 2012, the IRS sent notices to more than 600,000 taxpayers identified as victims of identity theft. Notice CP01A provides the IP PIN that a victim will need to complete his or her 2012 tax return. The IP PIN helps the IRS quickly distinguish between the genuine taxpayer and a potential identity thief and helps prevent processing delays for victims’ federal tax returns. IP PINs are valid for the current year’s federal tax return only. The IRS issues a new IP PIN each December when the taxpay er remains at risk for identity theft. Penalty Relief to Farmers and Fishermen The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it will issue guidance to provide relief from the estimated tax penalty for farmers and fishermen unable to file and pay their 2012 taxes by the March 1 deadline due to the delayed start for filing tax returns. The delay stems from enactment of the American Taxpayer Relief Act that affects several tax forms that are often file d by farmers and fishermen, including the Form 4562, Depreciation and Amortization. These forms will require extensive programming and testing of IRS systems, wh ich will delay the IRS’ s ability to accept and process them. The relief applies to all farmers and fishermen, not only those who must file late released forms. Under the guidance to be issued, farmers or fishermen who miss the March 1 deadline will not be subject to the penalty if they file and pay by April 15, 2013. A taxpayer qualifies as a farmer or fisherman for tax-year 2012 if at least two-thirds of the taxpayer’s total gross income was from farming or fishing in either 2011 or 2012. Farmers and fishermen requesting this penalty waiver must attach Form 2210-F to their tax return. The form can be submitted electronically or on paper. The taxpayer’s name and identifying number should be entered at the top of the form, the waiver box (Part I, Box A) should be checked, and the rest of the fo rm should be left blank.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 1, 2013 email: PAGE 10 Florida Tales “A Full House” by Chester Keene Back in the day in a small city, I’ll call Codger City, the officers would gather at the Jail and play Gin Rummy because there was no activity to speak of. Even the Jailers and Dispatcher would take a hand in playing. These were some serious games that went on, no money passed hands but reputations were on the line. Then, the silence was broken by a call that there was a shooting incident up the road. The officers secured their hand of cards and responded to the call. They arrested the susp ect and brought him in and placed him in the holding cell or (drunk tank) back then. He was drunk and had to be watched; this was done where they could see him from the card game that was planne d for the rest of the shift. The suspect lay on the floor and went to sleep or passed out. Game on. Come the morning, the suspect was booked in, fingerprinted and fed breakfast of fried baloney and eggs. This was all done before he appeared before the only Ju dge on duty that weekend. The Judge was there for his arraignment, the Judge asked “how do you plea, guilty or not guilty"? The defendant answered back, “maybe it is and maybe it isn't". Judge said "no, that ain't going to work, guilty or not guilty". Defendant sa id "I don't know Judge, by the time they got through playing gin rummy and booked me in, I was stone sober like I am right now. So you see, Judge, I don't know if it is or if it isn't guilty." From that day on there was no hold'em and fold'em card games played at the jail. The names were withheld to protect the guilty parties. Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. DON'T LET THE SCAMMERS GET YOU! Why are they calling me asking for personal information? and, at night or on a weekend? If you get a phone call or email supposedly from what sounds like a well-known source (eg, Me dicare, the IRS, bank, doctor) and they already know your name and address, it doesn't mean they are legitimate. That information is freely available through the white pages. And, email addresses can easily be hacked. NEVER give your Social S ecurity Number, bank account details, date of birth, or other personal data over the phone or in an email. Just HANG UP th e phone or DELETE the email and DO NOT OPEN an attachment! Report these criminal intrusions on your privacy to 239-2522255 or to who will follow-up as appropriate. And, if you did innocently give personal information, contact the Sheriff at 252-9300 IMMEDI ATELY so they can help to avoid your being victimized. FLORIDA FLORA by Patricia Huff Black Ironwood, Leadwood (Krugiodendron ferreum) We recently added another Florida native tree to our yard. My husband said it is just a “small” hardy tree that is slow-growing. However, it is expected to grow as high as 25 feet and is known to have the heaviest wood of any American tree and will sink in water. The fullness of its branches and its sh iny oval green leaves make it an attractive shade tree. We’ll have to wait until spring to see the greenish/yellow flowers blooming in clusters. Being native, the Black Ironwood is a nice addition to our landscaping. Local Park Activities Everglades National Park – Big Cypress National Preserve – Collier Seminole Fakahatchee – Rookery Bay – TROMP IN THE SWAMP The Friends of Fakahatchee have scheduled Swamp Walks for February 2, 9 and 16 which allow participants to get up close and personal with the plants and critters of the famous swamp called the "Amazon of North America." Past participants have said it was their most memorable Florida experience. The walks through knee-to-waist-high waters of the 80,000acre state park are led by natu ralists. The walks begin at the ranger station off Jane's Scenic Drive on the west side of SR-29 between I-75 and US-41. The fee is $70 ($50 for FOF members). Reservations are required. To see a Swamp Walk video and reserve with a credit/debit card, visit and click "Events." For info, call Pam at (239) 695-1023. S HERIFF’S REPORT Grand Theft charge: Following investigation and while still in custody on an unrelated thef t charge, a 24-yr-old male was charged on January 23 with an additional “Grand Theft” stemming from a separate incident in Copeland. Burglary: Sometime between Sunday night, February 27, and Monday morning, February 28, “City Seafood” located on Begonia St was burglarized and property was taken. Burglary : Sometime between January 20 -28 a 14hp Evinrude outboard motor was stolen from a boat along Riverside Drive. Please help us keep our neighborhoods safe by reporting any suspicious activity immediately to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 252-9300 or in to “911”. Remember lock your cars!


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 1, 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 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 Subway at Gator Express (695-3937): 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; daily $5 specials & 10% discount to locals Sunset Grill: (next to Glades Haven Deli) 11:00 am to 6:00 pm; Tues-Sun 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 8:00 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 Helen Bryan submitted this photo she took from her TV of the Capitol Building during President Obama’s inauguration on Fe bruary 21, 2013. BEACH PARKING STICKERS Collier County beach parking is available to residents and visitors. To avoid paying $8, stickers are provided to residents at no charge. Full-time residents need their current Collier vehicle registration and Florida driver’s license. Part-time property owners need their current vehicle registra tion, or rental car agreement, driver’s license (regardless of state), and a Collier County tax statement, deed, or closing papers for a recently purchased property. Mobile home owners must own the land upon which the mobile home is situated to receive a free beach parking sticker. Visitor/non-resident beach parking stickers are available for $50 annually to visitors and part-time residents who do not own property. Beach parking stickers are available at Port of the Islands Marina at 525 Newport Drive (239-642-3133), Marco Island Library at South. Heathwood Dr, East Naples Community Park at 3500 Thomasson Drive (793-4414) as well as several other sites. For more info, see or call 252-4000. FOOD PANTRY Our local food pantry needs the following items: canned vegetables, meats, fruits, pastas, peanut butter, jellies and rice. For the troops personal items needed include white tube socks, tooth brushes, toothpaste, individually wrapped candies, snacks and plastic baggies. Place them in the boxes which in the vestibule of the Everglades Community Church. ROGG Workshop This week the River of Grass Greenway held its first workshop in East Naples. The public was invited to offer comments about this proposed pathway across the Everglades from Naples to Miami. The next workshop will be held in Everglades City in City Hall from Tuesday February 26, through Saturday, March 2 Local residents, businesses, and all interested parties are encouraged to attend, learn more this project, and discuss your ideas. A video, information, and survey are available on website For information, call Patty Huff at 695-2397. 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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 1, 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, Chester Keene, Mike Klein, Elaine Middelstaedt, Savannah Olgesby, 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 2/1/13 PET PICS This is Bandit enjoying the ride to Chokoloskee with his loved Lewis family! Email us a photo of your pet. 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: -----------------------------------------------------HANGER FOR RENT Contact Everglades Airpark (239) 695-2778. -----------------------------------------------------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. ---------------------------------------------------WATERFRONT LOT FOR SALE: Located in Outdoor Resorts RV Park on Chokoloskee Island. Call 574-850-4526. -----------------------------------------------------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. CLASSIFIEDS $10/issue phone 695-2397 or email us JOBS --------------------------------------------------Notary Public Services Denise Johnson By Appointment 308 Storter Ave South Everglades City, 239-465-1580 ------------------------------------------------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. -----------------------------------------------------WANTED : Automotive Window Tinter Certain Requirements Apply Please Call Skip: 695-3667 -------------------------------------------Tutoring for students: Danielle Swisher at 280-8971 or email or Tom Andler at ( 561 ) 309-9463 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.