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25 ¢ 25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 15 28, 2013 2013, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VII Issue #179 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 Mayor Hamilton greeted the crowd and introduced dignitaries at Opening Ceremony on February 9. Fred Thomas presented the Mayor with his photograph of a panther. Marjory Stoneman Douglas 9th ANNUAL FESTIVAL Museum of the Everglades February 19 – 23 luncheon, walks, talks, orchid day Brochures available at the Museum, 105 W. Broadway, or online at or call 695-0008 RIVER OF GRASS GREENWAY Feasibility Study and Master Plan Public Workshop Schedule ROGG Central (Hwy 29 to Miami-Dade County Line) YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND Everglades City Hall Tuesday, February 26: 6 pm – 8 pm Kick-Off & Briefing (existing conditions, pr ospects & challenges) Wednesday-Thursday, February 27–28: 1 pm – 8 pm Small Table Sessions (greenway routing, trailheads, connections to communities, design and construction materials, stakeholder interviews) Saturday, March 2 : 10 am – 2 pm Open House (summary of public input, stakeholder interviews) Vision for the River of Grass Greenway “A non-motorized transportation and recreation corridor across the Everglades connecting Naples and Miami that promotes enhanced opportunities for educati on and stewardship of the environmental and cultural assets of this unique area.” Everyone is invited to attend any or all of the above workshops. Consultants to the project will be available to discuss this proposed corridor along US 41. Further information is availabl e on and 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 Homes Tour p. 9 Book Club p. 7 New Businesses p.9 Angel p. 7 Florida Tales p.10 FWC News p. 8 Sheriff’s Report p.10 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: KEEPING WATCH p.10


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 15, 2013 email: PAGE 2 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 19 and 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: Fri, 2/15 (9-10 am) Tues, 2/19 (10-11 am) Fri, 2/22 (10-11 am) Wed, 21/27 (10-11 am) SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT new moon 10 Seafood Festival Jammin’ in the Hammock 11 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm OFCD Mtg 12 13 Ladies Coffee Ruth Hefflefinger 211 Buckner Ave 8 am 14 Valentines Day RAPPER 15 Coastal Cruise Movie Night see p.3 16 Pet Vet Clyde Butcher Muck-About Yard Sale Town Cleanups Art-in-Glades Everglades Ultras Paddle-In 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.1, 9 TramTour see p.3 20 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am MSD Festival see p.1 21 MSD Festival see p.1 Chokoloskee Cleanup see p.3 Book Club see p.7 SAC see p.5 22 MSD Festival see p.1 Girl Scout Cookies see p.11 Nostalgia Night see p.3 23 MSD Festival see p.1 Pancake Fly-In with speakers see p.3 Chokoloskee Cleanup 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.1 TramTour see p.3 27 Ladies Coffee Havana Cafe 8 am ROGG Workshop see p.1 28 ROGG Workshop see p.1 TramTour see p.3 MAR 1 RAPPER Directory Deadline see p.11 2 ROGG Workshop see p.1 Coastal Cruise see p.3 3 4 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm ESHP Mtg Airport Board Mtg Booster Club 5 TramTour see p.3 Congressional Aide Visit 3 – 5 pm City Council City Hall, 5:30 pm 6 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am FME Mtg 3:30 pm 7 8 9 Art-in-Glades Homes Tour see p.9 10 CLOCKS new moon 11 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm OFCD Mtg see p.3 Chamber Mtg 12 13 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am Coastal Cruise see p.3 14 Fakahatchee Talk RAPPER 15 Movie Night 16 Pet Vet FEBRUARY / MARCH 2013


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 15, 2013 email: PAGE 3 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 the ESHP website www.evergladeshistor for info. BUSY WEEKEND – Feb 16 Clyde Butcher 20-Year Anniversary Big Cypress Gallery 3-Day Open House Feb 16-17-18 Book signing: 10 am – 5 pm Guided Nature Trail Walks: 11 am – 3 pm or Call 695-2244 Group Yard Sale Glades Realty Bldg, 103 Allen Avenue 8 am to noon Copeland Clean-Up 9 am to 1 pm at Baptist Church Everglades City Clean-Up 9 am to 1 pm at sewage plant Art-in-the-Glades McLeod Park – 10 am – 2 pm Call Bob at 695-0243 TROMP in the Swamp Fakahatchee Strand Swamp Walk Call Pam 695-1023 Everglades Ultras Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park 50 miles, 50 km, 25 km See website Paddle-In Annual Everglades Area Tours Event or Call 695-3633 Chokoloskee Clean-Up Feb 21 – 23 next to Church of God Nostalgia Night On Friday, February 22, ESHP will show a short film about recording Oral History for posterity and then have local residents tell us what they remember about living here in the past. Everyone is invited to join us. Cost is $25 for a delicious buffet dinner at the Seafood Depot, starting at 6:00 p.m. For info and reservations, call 695-2905 or see www.evergladeshi “GHOST RIDER” TRAM TOURS 2- hour guided tour along Janes Scenic Drive $25 per person Tuesdays, Feb 19 & 26 Thursday, Feb 28, Tuesday, March 5 Reservations required Contact Pam at (239) 695-1023 or book online at PANCAKE FLY-IN A pancake breakfast hosted by Wings 10,000 Islands Tours and a fly-in hosted by the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) will take place at Everglades Airpark on Saturday, February 23, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Various speakers will talk about local aviation history and the FAA Safety Team will discuss techniques for takeoff and landing as well as other topics. Everyone is welcome. For more information, phone Chuck at 695-3296. ORA BAZAAR The Annual ORA Bazaar will be held in Chokoloskee Island on Saturday, February 23 Doors will open at 9 a.m. with fresh bakery goods and coffee. The bazaar will feature a HUGE White Elephant Sale, a Silent Auction, a 50/50 Raffle, a Basket Raffle, and a Door Prize Raffle with lots of great prizes. There will be local vendors and craft sales. Lunch and ice cream will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. Spaces are available for vendor. For more info, phone Dave & Sherri at 695-2281. COASTAL CRUISE Visit historic Fakahatchee Island on a chartered boat tour from Everglades National Park, at 3:00 p.m. A naturalist will guide visitors up the shell mound path, describing rare plants, to the ancient cemetery. Cruises take place on March 2, 13 and 30. Cost is $75 per person. The trip is hosted by the Friends of Fakahatchee. For info/reservations, call 695-1023 or see, OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 01/28/13: Vehicle Accident, Marco Island 01/29/13: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 01/29/13: Emergency Med, 56 MM I-75 01/29/13: Vehicle Accident, 77 MM I-75 01/30/13: Emergency Med, Ochopee 01/31/13: Fire, Marco Island 01/31/13: Vehicle Accident, 58 MM I-75 02/01/13: Emergency Med, 66 MM I-75 02/01/13: Emergency Med, Everglades City 02/01/13: Vehicle Accident, 63 MM I-75 02/01/13: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 02/02/13: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 02/02/13: Emergency Medical, 56 MM I-75 02/02/13: Vehicle Accident, 63 MM I-75 02/03/13: Emergency Med, Everglades City 02/03/13: Vehicle Accident, 81 MM I-75 02/04/13: Water Leak, Everglades City 02/05/13: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 02/07/13: Emergency Med, Turner River Road 02/07/13: Vehicle Fire, 79 MM I-75 02/07/13: Public Assist, Plantation Island 02/07/13: Stand By/Emerg. Med, Port of Islands 02/08/13: Grass Fire, SR 29 and US 41 02/09/13: Emergency Med, Everglades City 02/09/13: Emergency Med, Everglades City 02/09/13: Fuel Spill, Everglades City 02/09/13: Fuel Spill, US 41 and SR 29 02/09/13: Animal Bite, Union Road 02/10/13: Campfire, Everglades City 02/11/13: Emergency Med, Everglades City Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Board will meet Monday, March 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 Nurse Kathy will be available on Tuesday, February 19 and 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. There are no drugs on the premises but Dr. Barnard can write prescriptions.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 15, 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


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 15, 2013 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 695-2561 website: ww GREAT GATORS Pre-K Hannah Levingston Kindergarten: Landon Starr 1st Grade: Carson Foss 2nd Grade: Carl Nicholson 3rd Grade: Candice Ayres 4th / 5th Grade: Michael Rain 6th Grade: Brandon Beaty 7th Grade: Bryan Sanders 8th Grade: Cody Potter High School: Dairean Williams THANK YOU Everglades City School girls’ softball team and the local little league teams would like to thank Father Tim Navin of San Marco Catholic Church on Marco Island and the Catholic Diocese of Venice for the use of the field behind Holy Family Catholic Church. Our girls’ softball team now has a “Home” field to play on and we no longer have to travel to all of our games. We are truly grateful for the generosity of the church. In addition, we would like to thank Parker Oglesby for his efforts to raise money to pay for the fill dirt. All of the businesses who contributed will be recognized with a banner at the school. It truly takes a village to raise a child. 2013 School Yearbook It’s time to support our local school by purchasing an advertisement or dedication page for the 2013 yearbook: Full page: $150; Half page: $75; Quarter page: $50; Business Card: $35. Make checks payable to Everglades City School with photos and text and send by March 15 to Mrs. Owen at or call her at 377-9810. EVG Scholastic Book Fair, March 4 – 7 The On-Line Fair runs February 24 through March 16. Please go to Classroom Book Basket Sponsors are needed: families/business to purchase the books for the cla ssroom teachers’ wish lists. There are three different levels: Gold Sponsor – a $100 donation or more, Silver Sponsor $50.00 donation and Bronze Sponsor – a $20.00 donation. Please contact Melissa Owen at (239) 377-9810 or if you’ d like to help support literacy at Everglades City School. Homecoming Court photos Lilian Pablo-Jeronimo Kayla Grayla with with Alex Thompson Hector Roldan Houston Brown singing as Jordan Major accompanies him on guitar at the Seafood Festival on Friday night Youth Leadership Collier visiting Everglades City School on Feb 6. Girls’ Baseball HOME Games Tues, Feb 19 Immokalee H.S. 4 pm Mon, Feb 25 Palmetto Ridge H.S. 5 pm Thurs, Feb 28 Gulf Coast H.S. 4 pm Boys’ Baseball HOME Games Thurs, Feb 14 S.W. Florida Christian 5 pm Mon, Feb 25 Marco Island Academy 5 pm Thurs, Feb 28 Gateway Charter H.S. 5 pm See website www.collierschools .com/evg for full schedule READING SUPER BOWL The elementary and middle school class with the most RC points will earn a special Super Reading Bowl party on February 20. The party will include favorite “Super Bowl” party foods and more! Be sure to listen each Thursday on the news for the latest class RC points and check out the Super Reading Bowl Br ackets display in the Media Center! IMPORTANT DATES Thurs, Feb 21: SAC Meeting, 6 p.m. Feb 26-27: Collier Writes, FCAT Writing Feb 26 & 28: Title 1 Parent Workshop Mon, March 4: Booster Club, 6 p.m. March 4-7: Spring Scholastic Book Fair


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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 15, 2013 email: PAGE 7 Recipe for Good Eating Tomato Soup submitted by Patty Huff Ingredients: 3 lbs tomatoes, cut in half 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (plus extra 2 TBS) 1 TBS salt 1 1/2 tsp black pepper 2 yellow onions, chopped 6 garlic cloves, minced 2 TBS unsalted butter 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper 1 can plum tomatoes (do not drai n) 4 cups fresh basil leaves 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves 1 qt chicken stock Combine tomatoes, olive oil, salt & pepper. Sp read on baking sheet and cook at 400 for 45 min. Saut onions and garlic with 2 TBS of olive oil, butter and red pepper flakes until onions are brown. Add tomatoes from can with the juice, herb s and stock, then the roasted tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for another 40 minutes, uncov ered. May be served hot or cold! If you have a favorite re cipe to share, please phone or email us. Patty Huff 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. Angel of the Swamp by Judy Tomlin You may not know her name, but I bet you know her face because of all the volunteer work she does. Every day she picks up trash, and you may see her anywhere from highway 41 to Chokoloskee. La st year she walked the streets/roads, but this year her buddies at Everglades VR Corporation fixed her up with a bicycle, and boy now does she ever cover the ground. She and her husband picked up 80+ garbage bags of trash in December, the first month they were in Everglades City this year. She also speaks to everyone along the way and has been known to stop, talk, and have a drink with you. By the way, she really likes Pepsi Max. It would seem that all that garbage pick -up would be enough, but no, she also stops for every can, pops the tab, and donates both to worthy causes. She finds objects such as a new cell phone and locates the owner. Sharing some of her finds with her friends is one of her enjoyments. Maybe you have seen her working, and I do mean working at the Thrift Shop. She is always there at least one day a week and ma ny weeks more days, because she will always fill-in for someone who wants a day off. Sh e knows where everything is and can even find it in the dark when light bulbs burn out. MARY KERR is the best friend anyone co uld ever have, and she will go out of her way to help anyone. Wisconsin's loss for 3 m onths each year is Everglades City's gain. Transportation Improvement Plan The Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has announced the 30-day public comment period (ending March 7) for the draft amendment to the adopted Transportation Improvement Plan for fiscal years 2012/13 through 2016/17. The draft amendment is to add a project for the design/ build phases on Tamiami Trail East (U.S. 41) from Collier Boulevard (S.R./C.R. 951) to Greenway Road in FY 2012/13 and 2013/14. To address safety and congestion issues, U.S. 41 will be widened from two undivided lanes to six divided lanes. The project will also include bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The draft amendment is posted on the MPO’s website at and available at Everglades City Hall for review. 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 15, 2013 email: PAGE 8 Donna Tarney, a visitor from Massachusetts, snapped this great photo on January 15 of a bald eagle with chick in the nest at the Fakahatchee Boardwalk on the Tamiami Trail (7 miles west of SR-29, near the Indian Village). Be sure to have a stroll along there while you are in the area. She also sent us the photo of her “blizzard dogs” playing in the snow up north. FWC News The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a free hunter safety course on February 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and February 19 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Participants must successfully complete the online portion of the course at or by calling 561-625-5122 prior to attending. The class is at the Collier County 4-H Extension Office on the University of Florida campus at 14700 Immokalee Road, Naples, FL 34120-1468. Students will learn about hunting laws, safe gun handling and hunter ethics/responsibility, among ot her topics, before taking the final test. The course includes live-firing instruction on a shooting range. Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course before purchasing a Florida hunting license. Parents or legal guar dians must accompany children under 16 years of age to all classes. To participate in live-fire exercises, children under 18 year s old must present a parental release form signed by a parent or legal guardian. 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) American Coot ( Fulica americana ) Other names: mud hen, pulldoo, pond crow, splatterer / Status: FL=stable, probably increasing, IUCN=LC / Life span: to 22 years / Length: 15 in. (38 cm) / Wingspan: 23-38 in. (58-71 cm) / Weight: 1.6 lb (.72 kg) / Nests: north of the Ohio Valley all the way into the southern Northwest Territories of Canada / Found: All Counties, coastal, near coast, mainland / Months found: JFmamjjaSOND (lower case indicates the time of their northern migration). The American coot is related to both the common moorhen and the purple gallinule. It is easy to distinguish from the moorhen by the all-white beak and solid purple/black coloration, except for a spot of white along the tail feathers and wingtips. This bird is widespread, found in all the lower 48 states, all of Mexico and Central America, and more than half of Canada. It prefers freshwater to saltwater wetlands. It is a game bird in Florida, often taken in the fall along with ducks, geese, and other waterfowl. In Southwest Florida the coot is far more common in the winter months. It appears to breed in Florida, though not consistently. The coot is primarily an herbivore, eating mostly leaves, seeds, and roots of aquatic plants. It can be spotted paddling quietly in ponds or diving to depths of up to 25 feet. Similar to the grebe, the coot does not have webbed feet like those of ducks, but wide lobes that flare out when it swims. The chicks are taken by snakes and snapping turtles, and the adult is a favorite food of bald eagles. An excellent place to find coots in the winter is Harn’s Marsh, located in Lehigh Acres. This 578 acre preserve abounds with coots, ducks, sandhill cranes, snail kites, limpkins and an assortment of sparrows. The ma rsh is located at the end of 38th St. SW just west of Sunshine Bl vd. Because there are no signs directing you to Harn’s Marsh it is probably easier to enter the GPS coordinates to find it. Those are N 26.64.949 W 081-68.687. Be advised that the weir gate located on the south end of the marsh is now locked and you can no longer walk the four mile loop. The coots are easily seen walking a few blocks to the north. A raft of coot photo by Bob Gress 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 15, 2013 email: PAGE 9 LOCAL HISTORY The Notorious Gang of Everglades City: The “River Rats” by Jerry Colson Located at the rear of the movie house was the only bar in town that catered mostly to the locals. The bar also had a drive up window which was where the colored folks rang a bell for their service. Keep in mind, this was right before integration, somewhere around 1961; I was about 13 years old. The “Tropical Lounge” was a very important landmark for a few of the under age kids of Everglades City, especial the River Rats. The alley with the drive up window was dark and very dim lit. All we had to do was give a young friend (of age) the money for a pint of Early Times and we were well on our way. The owner kinda suspected what was going on but he could never really prove it. Any way, he was too busy inside with the local drunks as to worry about the outside activities. This one particular night, I remember it well, was my initiation night into the gang. After consuming the whiskey under the large Banyan tree beside the famous “Rod and Gun Club” we converged on serious busin ess. What was I to do to become a true gang member? Suggestions flew through the night air while most of the guys heavily puffed on their cigarettes; their woozie little mischievous wheels turning in their heads. Then our le ader (Our redneck Fonz who spent most of his youth in re-form schools) came up with the best idea (for them). During that era, all the commercial charter boats were lined up at the Rod n Gun Club dock to await their fishing party (customers) the next morning. This was a sight of splendor to see in the daylight hours. The cabin cruisers reminded me of a line of majestic chariots, each awaiting their turns under the beautiful red Poinciana trees that lined Barron River, to enter the arena. Most of these boats were homemade and given the name of one of the captains family member (wife, daughter or grandchild.)There must have been at least 15 different boats tied up at the dock at one time. As the tides small waves rocked the boats to and fro the eerie nights silence would systematical be broken as each took its turn bumping up against the huge pilings that supported the dock. Every now and then one of the boats bilge pump would activate, pumping the water out of the bot tom of the boat. This would startle you to death if you happened to be doing what it was I was doing to become a gang member. What was I to do to become a true River Rat? (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 NEWS Just over a year ago, film-m aker Elam Stoltzfus began an expedition in Flamingo and traveled by canoe, bike and foot to north Florida. Elam will talk about this amazing adventure at the MSD Festival luncheon on Tuesday, February 19. Call Martha at 695-0008 for reservations. Paul Marcellini’s vivid color photography in the Pauline Reeves Gallery is outstanding and dramatic. Don’t miss it! 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. Selected paintings of the Storter Collection are now on exhibit through March 29 at CCSO “CommUnity” Gallery in the Sheriff’s Office in Building J at the Government Center, 3319 Tamiami Trail, in Naples. For more info, phone 252-0810. The winners of the raffle drawing during the Seafood Festival were: Karen Potter (shown left with Dennis Goodman’s photograph) and Sadie Stroud (pictured right with the Clyde Butcher print). EVERGLADES HOMES TOUR Everglades City has over 50 historic buildings and a few of these will open their doors to visitors on March 9 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. during the 4th Annual Everglades Homes Tour sponsored by th e Everglades Society for Historic Preservation (ESHP). ESHP has installed historical markers on about 20 homes and plans to use the money raised this year for signage in front of public buildings to enhance the unique character of the city. The cost of seeing some of the oldest homes and buildings in Collier County is only $20 which includes a souvenir ticket booklet with a map, pictures, and historical information. Get tickets in advance or at Art-in-the-Glades which will be held the same day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in McLeod Park. If you book on-line, your ticket booklets will be posted to you so you can start visiting the buildings right away. For more information, see the organizer’s website at www.everglades or phone Marya at 695-2905. NEW BUSINESSES IN TOWN The Calusa Kayak Outfitters with Captain Jason Sine, a Florida Naturalist and eco-guide, and Rich Jones, a Naturalist and kayak fishing guide who recently joined forces, is now operating down the dock next to City Seafood at 702 Begonia St in Everglades City. Between the two of them, they have almost 20 years of expe rience guiding in the Everglades. Calusa Outfitters offers kayak rentals, family orientated guided kayak eco and historical tours and guided kayak fishing trips. For pricing and more information, call (239) 451-1829 or visit website Varick Niles’ new studio Everglades Arts will showcase her beautiful paintings of the glades, plus cards and books. Beginning February 15, the studio will be open every Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April, then re-opening again in October. The bright yellow building once serv ed as one of the Tamiami Trail workers’ cottages and is located at 110 Camellia St reet. Visit website Everglades Arts will be featured during the Annual Homes Tour on Saturday, March 9 (see photo of studio above in Homes Tour article).


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 15, 2013 email: PAGE 10 Florida Tales “No Perry Mason Moment Here” by Chester Keene Working in the court system, civil division you see and hear a lot of things. Here are a few things that I know happened when I was a Bailiff there. There is a part of a procedure that where the lawyers argue before the court. Some of them have almost come to a real fight in front of the bench. The Judge has a gavel and used it quite a bit. He has admonished some of them to some degree of decorum and to be more polite to each other. But try as he may outside of sanctions he lets them practice. Most are of a civil matter where a large settlement is sought; sometime they give in and agree. There were these two Attorney s who were always disrupting court. The Judge decided to try to come up with some moment that would be of part of the game they liked to play in front of their clients. That's what he said to me "I'm tired of them playing these little games and seeing how far they can get before I bring down the gavel, you got any Ideas"? I said "Well, Judge my wife likes football and she gets into it very seriously. She has this Yellow Penalty flag she throws if the call is a foul”. “Sounds good, you bring it in next time and when things get heated I'll throw in the flag". I said "Judge I have my whistle and if you want, I can blow the game dead when you flag it". We thought about it awhile with a grin on our faces. He said "maybe the whistle would be a little too much”. “Can’t have someone in the gallery or Jury box have a heart attack from the noise." The flag is still on the Bench in a plastic tube waiting for all heck to break loose. Another moment was when he instructed the Jury to retire to the jury room after they had received his instructions and added this little caveat on. “Please give the Bailiff all your cell phones and please, don’t expect someone in the courtroom to have a (Perry Mason Moment) where they will jump up and confess”. “It is your responsibility to reach that decision". "Court stands in Recess”. He never used the flag, because the word got out and the Attorneys were saved the embarrassment. The Judge and I have since retired. Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. S HERIFF’S REPORT On February 6 a 22 yr-old man was arrested and charged with a Burglary an d Battery that occurred on Chokoloskee Island on February 3 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. KEEPING WATCH We are the "eyes and ears" in our neighborhood. We know when someone is away for the weekend or for the summer. Why is that truck parked outside their house? Why are those guys moving the TV set? What was that smashing noise in the middle of the night? Quick! Call 252-9300 and report strange behavior to the CCSO dispatcher. Give the addr ess and a description of the vehicle or person. You don't have to give your own name but it helps to have your phone number in case the deputy has questions while visiting the scene. Paste that number on your phone or put it in your quick-dial, just in case you see something when you're half asleep. One strong message is "don't put yourself in danger". Don't try to apprehend or question suspicious individuals. That's the job of law enforcement. But, do keep your eyes open. Criminals love the dark so if you see a light that's burnt out, have it changed. If it's an LCEC post, read the number on the metal tag and call 656-2300. Install motion-sensitive lights in dark places around your home. Another tip is to trim trees and shrubs near doors and windows so that a stranger cannot hide behind them. We can all help each other by being vigilant. And, of course, by making sure we lock up our own premises and vehicles so they aren't easy targets. Never leave va luables in plain sight to draw criminals to our area. To find out more about Neighborhood Watch, see or phone CCSO Crime Prevention Officer Sue Gentry at (239) 252-0708. This photo was submitted by Amy Fouchea. The “Python Challenge” ended on Sunday, February 10; approximately 50 pythons were found.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 15, 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 Raw Bar & Grill: (next to Glades Haven Deli) 11:00 am to 6:00 pm; Tues thru 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 Chokoloskee: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm; Thursday NEW DIRECTORY Have a look at your listing in the Everglades Area Directory and let us know of any corrections. Did you give up your land line? Do you want to add your cell phone? or POBox? The deadline for submitting changes is Friday, March 1. Just fill in the form at City Hall or Right Choice Supermarket or at Chokoloskee Post Office. The revised Directory should be available before most snowbirds leave. You’ll be able to buy a copy to take with you if you’re travelling, as well as one to keep here in Florida. It is produced by Reach Out Everglades, our neighborhood charity. For info, phone Marya at 695-2905. Girl Scout Cookies Here! Nine-year-old Naples resident, Cendall Gonzalez, will arrive in Everglades City Friday, February 22, from 1-3 p.m, near the McLeod Park pavilion, to offer cookies for sale in her little red wagon. They cost $3.50 per box and the selection is varied. Many of you have already placed pre-orders and these will be delivered that afternoon. Extras will also be on hand for “walk-in” customers. Cookies are only available from February 16 through March 31 and additional trips can be made to Everglades City for deliveries, if necessary. Should you only want to purchase cookies for our troops, which will be drop-shipped directly from the bakery at no charge to you, write a check, payable to Girl Scout Troop 563, which can be a donation for your taxes next year. The minimum check is $10.50 for three boxes of cookies. For info call Maureen at 239-450-4549, or e-mail her at (Cendall is working toward 3,000 boxes of cookies this year, up a thousand from last year, with hopes of getting an iPad as the grand prize) ANY help will be greatly appreciated. Se e you on the 22nd! Observation Tower Open Beginning Monday, February 18 the Observation Gift Shop and Tower across from Everglades National Park will be open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by for a visit! TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 02/15 Fri 12:54am 0.0 L 02/15 Fri 05:56am 1.9 H 02/15 Fri 12:45pm 0.4 L 02/15 Fri 05:53pm 2.5 H 02/16 Sat 01:51am 0.1 L 02/16 Sat 06:59am 1.7 H 02/16 Sat 01:19pm 0.6 L 02/16 Sat 06:41pm 2.4 H 02/17 Sun 02:58am 0.1 L 02/17 Sun 08:13am 1.5 H 02/17 Sun 02:05pm 0.7 L 02/17 Sun 07:40pm 2.3 H 02/18 Mon 04:10am 0.1 L 02/18 Mon 08:51pm 2.2 H 02/19 Tue 05:16am 0.1 L 02/19 Tue 01:26pm 1.6 H 02/19 Tue 05:12pm 0.8 L 02/19 Tue 10:03pm 2.3 H 02/20 Wed 06:12am 0.0 L 02/20 Wed 01:07pm 1.7 H 02/20 Wed 06:14pm 0.8 L 02/20 Wed 11:05pm 2.4 H 02/21 Thu 07:00am -0.1 L 02/21 Thu 12:57pm 1.9 H 02/21 Thu 07:02pm 0.7 L 02/21 Thu 11:56pm 2.5 H 02/22 Fri 07:41am -0.2 L 02/22 Fri 01:18pm 2.0 H 02/22 Fri 07:44pm 0.6 L 02/23 Sat 12:38am 2.6 H 02/23 Sat 08:19am -0.2 L 02/23 Sat 01:44pm 2.2 H 02/23 Sat 08:22pm 0.5 L 02/24 Sun 01:16am 2.7 H 02/24 Sun 08:54am -0.2 L 02/24 Sun 02:11pm 2.3 H 02/24 Sun 08:59pm 0.3 L 02/25 Mon 01:52am 2.7 H 02/25 Mon 09:27am -0.2 L 02/25 Mon 02:38pm 2.4 H 02/25 Mon 09:37pm 0.2 L 02/26 Tue 02:28am 2.7 H 02/26 Tue 10:00am -0.2 L 02/26 Tue 03:05pm 2.5 H 02/26 Tue 10:15pm 0.1 L 02/27 Wed 03:05am 2.6 H 02/27 Wed 10:33am -0.1 L 02/27 Wed 03:30pm 2.6 H 02/27 Wed 10:56pm -0.1 L 02/28 Thu 03:47am 2.5 H 02/28 Thu 11:05am 0.1 L 02/28 Thu 03:55pm 2.7 H 02/28 Thu 11:40pm -0.1 L EVERGLADES CITY Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W see for weather and for storms Fans of all ages gathered to hear the headline entertainers, eat the seafood, and browse through the vendors’ stalls.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area FEBRUARY 15, 2013 email: PAGE 12 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 --------------------------------------------------WATERFRONT LOT FOR SALE : Located in Outdoor Resorts RV Park on Chokoloskee Island. Call (574) 850-4526. -----------------------------------------------------HANGER FOR RENT: Contact Everglades Airpark at (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. --------------------------------------------------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. ---------------------------------------------------SNOOK CLASSIFIED only $10/issue phone 695-2397 or email us at 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) 309-946 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, Ela ine Middelstaedt, 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 2/15/13 PET PICS Ashley Wooten sent in this adorable photo of Cheech her “best dog ever” Send us your Pet Pics by email or post. 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.