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25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JUNE 21 – JULY 4, 2013 2013, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VII Issue #188 Congratulations to Tim Brock and Allison Nist! The following is a message from Governor Rick Scott to Florida State Employees. Tim and his wife Kathy own a home in Everglades City. Allison has served on the Board of the Friends of Fakahatchee. “I want to applaud Tim Brock, Utility Engineer of the Florida Department of Transportation, for leading the District Four Engineering Program to being awarded the 2013 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Value Engineering Award by saving more than $32 million on a major road and bridge project. This national recognition demonstrates Tim and his team’s commitment to providing the most efficient services to our state.” and “I would also like to acknowledge Dr. Allison Nist, senior physician with the Florida Department of Health, for being honored with the Naples Daily News Heroes in Healthcare Award for Physician Excellence. This annual award was given to Dr. Nist for her exemplary 25 years of work in Collier County.” Celebrate with Us! The Sons of the Confederacy will start off our Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, June 29, with a blast from their cannon at 10:00 a.m. in front of City Hall before the Opening Ceremony. That is followed by the Patriotic Parade around town. The theme this year is “Stars & Stripes” and there are prizes for the best golf cart, swamp buggy, and other categories. For more information and to sign up, call Elaine at 695-2695. The schedule for our family-fun day is: 10:00 Opening Ceremony 10:30 PARADE 11:00 Booths Open (food, music) 11:30 Parade Winners Announced 1:00 Kiddies’ Best-Dressed Contest 2:00 Raffle Winners Picked 9:00 FIREWORKS Donations are still welcome for the Fireworks Fund. You can put your money in the collection boxes around town or drop it off at City. EVERGLADES POST OFFICE MEETING & NEWS by Marya Repko "I am not here today to close Everglades City Post Office" said Richard Barber, Operations Manager of the 341 zip code area and Post Master of Naples, at the public meeting on June 13. He explained that the Post Office had financial worries (e.g., higher fuel costs, less business because of email) and would be trying to minimize administrative time but there were no plans for job cuts. Mr. Barber said that post offices are measured by the money they take over the counter and by the number of items that they receive from the sorting office. The meeting was called, in a routine exercise, which is taking place all over the country to streamline postal operations. Survey forms had been sent to each boxholder last month. Since then, the Post Office has published the results of their review process. As from July 27, the Everglades City office will have window service on Monday through Friday for six hours daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a break for lunch from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. The Chokoloskee Post Office hours will remain the same from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you have questions or comments, talk to your local postmaster. TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 FWC p. 8 Events p. 3 Florida Flora p. 8 School p. 5 Gulf Coast p. 8 Angel p. 7 Oral History p. 9 Sheriff p. 7 Museum News p. 9 Recipe p. 7 Florida Tales p.10 Review p. 7 Savannah p.10 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: Hurricane Poem p.9 If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email mulletra pp er @g or phone 695-2397.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JUNE 21, 2013 email: PAGE 2 July 23: Food Bank Aug 6: City Council, National Night Out Aug 13: Food Bank Aug 19: Back to School Aug 28: BigC ORVs Aug 31-Sept 2: Butcher Labor Day Weekend “Muck-About” Sept 28: Blessing of the Crab Fleet THRIFT SHOP: Thurs, Sat, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm through June SKATING RINK: Fri, Sat, 7-10 pm DR DEMARTINO: Closed for summer LITTLE GATOR CLINIC: Closed for summer FOOD PANTRY: Sat, 8:30-10:30 am, Community Church AA: Wed, 5:00 pm, Community Church AL-ANON: Thurs, 12 noon, Community Church NA: Sat, 11:30 am, Community Center (Skating Rink) MUSEUM: Tues-Fri, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sat, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm SMALLWOOD STORE: Daily, 11 am to 5 pm SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: Tues, 7/2 (10–11 am); Tues, 7/ 9 (10–11 am); Tues, 7/16 (10-11 am); Tues, 7/30 (10-11 am) SHERIFF: 695-2007 CITY HALL: 695-3781 PUBLIC LIBRARY: 695-2511 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 695-3941 AIRPORT: 695-2778 FAKAHATCHEE: 695-4593 BIG CYPRESS: 695-2000 NATIONAL PARK: 695-3311 CURBSIDE TRASH PICKUP (FRIDGES, WASHING MACHINES, TVS): 252-2380 COLLIER COUNTY: 252-8999 SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT 16 17 Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm 18 Reach Out City Hall, 8:30 am 19 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 20 RAPPER 21 22 full moon 23 24 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm Build-a-Boat 25 26 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 27 28 29 PARADE! see p.1 Last Day of Thrift Shop until Sept. see p.3 30 JULY 1 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm Build-a-Chair 2 3 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 4 Independence Day RAPPER 5 6 7 new moon 8 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm Summer Camp OFCD Mtg see p.3 Chamber Mtg 9 10 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 11 Lions Club Depot, 5:30 pm 12 13 14 15 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm Summer Camp 16 17 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 18 RAPPER 19 Hot Summer Nights 20 JUNE / JULY 2013


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JUNE 21, 2013 email: PAGE 3 Viva 500: The Hidden History of the Dry Tortugas Dry Tortugas National Park will join the State of Florida in commemorating 500 years of history since Ponce De Leon landed in Florida. All are invited to enjoy special programs by archaeologists and park rangers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday June 21 The Yankee Freedom III has arranged for an informal interpretive program on the boat to Dry Tortugas (800634-0939). If you’re not up to the boat trip to the park you can enjoy a series of fascinating lectures at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center at 33 East Quay Road in Key West on Saturday, June 22, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. NATIONAL LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK The week of June 19-25 has been designated by NOAA’s National Weather Service as Lightning Safety Awareness Week. When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! The months of June, July, and August are the deadliest months for lightning strikes in South Florida. Lightning safety tips for inside the home include: Avoid contact with corded phones. Avoid contact with el ectrical equipment or cords. If you plan to unplug any electronic equipment, do so well before the storm arrives. Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, take a shower, wash dishes, or do laundry. Stay away from windows and doors; stay off porches. Do not lie on concrete floors nor lean against concrete walls. For more information visit website ART-IN-THE-GLADES Support our local vendors at Art-in-theGlades on Saturday, June 29, in McLeod Park from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during our Independence Day Celebration. Everyone is welcome to set up a table at no charge so if you have craft works to sell, phone Marya at 695-2905. INDEPENDENCE DAY City and County offices, as well as the post offices, will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Harry Chapin Food Bank Mobile Pantry at McLeod Park 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. July 23 and August 13 Annual ORV Closure The 60-day recreational ORV closure for all units of Big Cypress National Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will be lifted on Friday, August 2 This annual closure allows a period free from resource pressures related to ORV use. Landowners, and their guests, that hold special use permits to access private properties will retain continued access to property along approved routes. Updated maps of the designated trails within each unit of the Preserve may be found at ignated-trail-implementation.htm. CAMPGROUNDS SUMMER CLOSURE Through August 16 camping will be available at the Midway Campground and the “loop” in the Bear Island Campground. All other established campgrounds operated by Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed. For more information, call 695-1107 or visit Community TV Channel Thanks to the efforts of Mayor Hamilton, our Community Channel is back up and running on Comcast Channel 98. Nonprofits are asked to provide any and all current information and any up-coming events in a timely ma nner. Area for-profit organizations’ advertising is available for $25 per week. Email event information, desired clip art or photographs to Basic information changes/requests can be received by phone at 695-3781. COLLIER COUNTY TV Collier Television, Collier County government’s information channel, is now available on most smart phones and computer tablets, providing live coverage of meetings and workshops. It also televises programs and videos 24 hrs/day, 7 days a week. To access, visit For more information, call Mike Sheffield or Troy Miller at 252-838. OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 06/07/13: Emergency Med, Plantation Island 06/06/13: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 06/06/13: Power Line Down, US 41 & Union Rd 06/06/13: Power Line Down, US 41 & SR 29 06/06/13: Emergency Med, Plantation Island 06/07/13: Emergency Med, Plantation Island 06/07/13: Emergency Med, Janes Scenic Drive 06/07/13: Vehicle Accident, 60 MM I-75 06/07/13: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 06/07/13: Emergency Med, Plantation Island 06/07/13: Vehicle Accident, 53 MM I-75 06/07/13: Emergency Med, Plantation Island 06/07/13: Emergency Med, Plantation Island 06/07/13: Vehicle Accident, 54 Mile Marker I-75 06/08/13: Emergency Med (mutual aid), Marco 06/08/13: Vehicle Accident, 66 MM I-75 06/08/13: Vehicle Accident, 67 Mile Marker I-75 06/09/13: Vehicle Accident, 77 Mile Marker I-75 06/10/13: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 06/10/13: Vehicle Accident, 78 MM I-75 06/11/13: Emergency Med, Everglades City 06/12/13: Vehicle Accident, 71 MM I-75 06/13/13: Emergency Medical, 63 MM I-75 06/13/13: Emergency Med, Plantation Island 06/13/13: Power Line Down, Everglades City 06/13/13: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 06/13/13: Emergency Med, Copeland 06/14/13: Median Fire, 74 MM I-75 06/14/13: Vehicle Fire, 75 MM I-75 06/14/13: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 06/15/13: Vehicle Accident, 54 MM I-75 06/15/13: Emergency Medical, Copeland 06/15/13: Vehicle Accident, East of Port of Islands on US 41 06/15/13: Vehicle Accident, 70 MM I-75 06/16/13: Vehicle Accident, 69 MM I-75 06/16/13: Public Assist, Plantation Island 06/16/13: Vehicle Accident, SR 29& US 41 06/17/13: Vehicle Accident, CR92 & US 41 Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Board will meet Monday, July 8, at Port of the Islands at 4:00 p.m. DOCTOR’S CLINIC Dr. Kirk DeMartino of Marco Island will return to Everglades City next season. You can call for an appointment in Marco Island at (239) 642-5552. MOBILE PET VET Dr. Lopez will return in August or September. For appointments in Naples, phone 777-7387 or see THRIFT SHOP NEWS The Thrift Shop will close for vacation at the end of June for two months (July and August). It will be open through Saturday, June 29, (our Independence Day Celebration). The Thrift Shop operates behind the Fire Station on Thursday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please do not leave donations on the porch when Thrift Shop is closed.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JUNE 21, 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 Closed for the Summer. Thank you for your business. See you in the Fall. Orlo & Pam Hilton (239) 695-2662 “On the River behind the School” O p en 6 am EVERGLADES LIONS CLUB Serving our community with eye and hearing assistance since the 1950's. Call us with your needs. New members welcome. Come join our unique organization. Phone Elaine 695-2695 or email


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JUNE 21, 2013 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL & VACATION NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 695-2561 website: ww Message from the Superintendent It is hard to believe another school year is complete! We are proud of our nearly 2,900 students who participated in high school graduations held on May 31, 2013. It was a thrilling experience for me to see all of the smiling faces and proud family members at the Gulf Coast High an d Immokalee High school gra duations I attended. I know that the school board members and cabinet members who attended graduations at our other hi gh schools felt the same. I also enjoye d attending my third Project Gradua tion. We would like to thank the community partners that support our seniors with both their time and donations to make Project Graduation such a wonderful experience for ou r seniors! We know that learning doe s not stop when the class bell rings. Summer months provide rich opport unities to keep students engaged, excited, and inspired. You can find r eading and other learning resources as well as information about summer pr ograms, enrollment, and more on our Summer Information page on our webs ite. Have a safe and happy summer. I am looking forward to another successful school year beginning when students return to school on August 19, 2013. ~ Dr. Kamela Patton P.S. It should also be noted that Everglades City School, a K-12 school, earned higher scores at most school levels for the FCATs and End-ofCourse assessments. To see more information about the test results, please visit the district's website at bout/testresults.asp. Message from a School Board Member The end of each school year is a mixture of what we have accomplished and planning for what we can do in the future. Over the past month all of our schools recognized the accomplishments of their students. The elementary schools held moving-on ceremoni es and recognized all of those who excelled over the past year. Middle schools prepared for incoming fifth or sixth graders, recognized the eighth grade students, and prepared them for their transition to high school. High schools recognized student achievement for the year and then celebrated the graduation of the class of 2013. Needless to say, this is a gratifying time in our schools. The St ate Legislature is wrapping up its business in Tallahassee. The district has been given their budget for next year and changes have been made to state laws and mandates. We are thrilled that the support for education increased this year, although it is still way below 2007 levels. A lot of the new money is mandated to specific programs, so flexibility by local school districts is not available. SB 1076 provides some major changes to the e ducation landscape. In the area of testing, passing an end-of-course test in Civics is no longer required to move on to the ninth grade. The test will now count for 30% of the student’s grade. All high school end-o f-course tests will count for 30% of the student’s grade and are not required to pass the course, with one exception. Students will still be required to pass the Algebra I end-ofcourse test in order to pass the cla ss. Another area impacted by SB 1076 is the pathway to graduation. There are now two routes a student can follow to qualify for a high school diploma. On e is the original academic pathway and the other is a career pathway. Th e Florida Department of Education will provide further clarification this summer. I want to thank all school personnel for their hard work this school year. I would also like to particularly thank our students an d their teachers for a job well done. ~ Roy M. Terry Summer Activities Schedule June 24 Build-a-Boat (High School) July 1 Build-a-Chair (Middle School & High School) July 8 Summer Camp (K-5 th), $20/week, 9 am-2 pm July 11 CCSO "Escape" trip July 15 Summer Camp (K-5 th), $20/week, 9 am-2 pm July 18 CCSO "Fun & Sun" trip July 19 Hot Summer Nights 1st Baptist Church Bible School Young Reader’s Award Program The Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award program is a statewide reading program for st udents in grades 3-8. The Purpose of the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program is: to encourage students to read for personal satisfaction to help students in understanding relating to, and enjoying life through experiences with literature to help students become discriminating readers in their personal selection of books to develop an awareness of outstanding literature for children and young people to encourage cooperation among administrators, library media specialists, and teachers in broadening reading experiences to give recognition to those who write books for children and young people. Take the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge! Throughout this summer, write down the books you read on the tracking sheets that you can down load from the school’s media center website. Scholastic also provides a list of age appropriate books from which to choose. Visit website www.collierschoo for more information and a list of books. IMPORTANT DATES June 17 – July 25 Summer School August 19 School Year Begins


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JUNE 21, 2013 email: PAGE 6 Tri-County Cooling & Refrigeration, Inc. Sales Service Maintenance CALL ANYTIME 239-253-4860 Licensed CAC 1817126 Your Business Ad Could Be Listed Here Call 695-2397 f or Advertisin g Rates


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JUNE 21, 2013 email: PAGE 7 Angels of the Swamp These talented musicians always gather up a group for our Art-in-the-Glades to enliven the atmosphere and they don't charge a penny. They also play at the Everglades Community Church on Sunday morning before the main worship service. And, they provided the music and sound system for National Day of Prayer on the City Hall porch, despite the rain. We miss them in the summer when they leave the area but are grateful that they are here in the busy "season". Thanks, Joe Stem and Mitch Mitchell, for being so a generous of your time in our community. SHERIFF’S REPORT The Sheriff’s Office reported on June 6 the theft of fishing equipment from a boat docked along North Storter Ave. Please help us deter this type of theft by not leaving your fishing equipment unattended. In a separate incident Deputies took a report of an outboard motor that was removed from a boat on a trailer located at a residence on Smallwood Drive in Chokoloskee. It has since been recovered and the investigation continues. On Sunday, June 9, persons unknown damaged several picnic tables at the McLeod Park Picnic Pavilion in Everglades City. Det ectives are following through with leads. Between June 14 and 15, a home located in the 200 block of Smallwood Drive was burglarized and property taken. There were no signs of forced entry. The investigation continues. Don’t let yourself become an easy victim – always remember to lock your doors. The Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a cell phone scam. If you receive a call and hear an automated voice stating that “Your debit card has been locked and to press 1 to unlock,” this is a scam. Please remember to help us keep our neighborhoods safe by reporting any suspicious activity immediately to the universal non-emergency dispatch number for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 252-9300 or in emergencies by dialing 911. If you have any information on crimes, you are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 252-9300. Recipe for Good Eating Lulu’s Brownies by Adelaide Skoglund Ingredients: 3 squares (1 oz each) unsweetened chocolate 1 piece (no more than 1 oz) bi ttersweet chocolate (optional) (Ghiradelli is good) 1 stick butter 2 eggs (extra large or jumbo) 1 cups sugar (heaping) cup flour (heaping) Pinch of salt 1 tsp vanilla Melt chocolate and butter. Mix flour, sugar and eggs and salt. Combine chocolate mixture and flour mixture. Add vanilla. Grease an 8 x 8 metal, non-stick pan with PAM or butter. Pour mixture into pan and bake at 350 for 23 minutes. Check if done, depending on oven. Continue baking 2 or 3 more minut es until cracks appear on surface. DO NOT OVER BAKE. Enjoy!! Note: My daughter-in-law in the Keys offered me one of these brownies (can’t eat just one) and I just had to have the recipe from her friend. You’ll love them! Patty If you have a favorite re cipe to share, please phone or email us. Patty Huff Off the Shelf Book Review “Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society” by Amy Hill Hearth reviewed by Marya Repko Here’s an interesting new novel loaded with nostalgia for the 1960s in our area but with some poignant social comment about women’s social position and civil rights then. Glamorous and sophisticated Bostonian Jackie comes to Naples because of her husband’s job and starts a reading group with the cooperation of the County librarian. The narrator of the story is a young divorcee working in the Post Office who joins along with an elderly woman who has served prison time for allegedly killing her husband, a quiet “Plain Jane” whose brain and writing sk ills are alert, a young man who advises on interior dcor for Sears, and a Negro maid from a big house. Among the books they read are Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Betty Freidan’s The Feminine Mystique, and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God – all of them thought-provoking in those days. And, it affects their lives by opening up new ideas about the world around them. They share a growing friendship and get in to some crazy situations, led by Jackie who has no respect for the Southern conventions of the area and times. Little by little, they reveal their secret past lives to each other. The finale is staged at the Swamp Buggy R aces in a farcical tableau and the Postscript sees three of the main characters heading off to new futures on the Greyhound bus. They “all found their places in the world”, even the other three who stayed in Naples but with different horizons. The author went to the University of Tampa and married a ma n from Naples whom she acknowledges as helping her with some of the local color. The writing is fast-paced and easy to read. One passage I noted was abou t Yankees “being scared to death to drive the part of the Tamiami Trail between Napl es and Miami. At 75mph … you’d better not let your mind wander … you could end up as alligator chow if you made the smallest mistake.” The book is available at our public library by request.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JUNE 21, 2013 email: PAGE 8 FWC News The Florida Fish and Wild life Conservation Commission reviewed the current status of snook populations at its June 12 meeting before deciding to allow the recreational harvest of Gulf of Mexico snook to reopen this September. The harvest of snook in Gulf of Mexico has been clos ed since early 2010, when a cold snap negatively impacted the population. In 2012, the Commission extended the temporary closure through August 31, 2013, in an effort to further protect this important species and give it more time to recover. When the Gulf recreational harvest reopens September 1 all bag limits, size limits, gear restrictions and closed seasons will be in effect. This includes the one-fi sh-per-person, per-day bag limit, the 28to 33-inch total length slot limit and the two annual closures in Gulf waters, which are from December 1 through the end of February and May 1 through August 31. The next stock assessment for snook is scheduled for 2015. For wildlife info and regulations, see Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922) Angler Tag Return: 800-367-4461. FLORIDA FLORA by Patricia Huff QUEEN OF THE NIGHT ( Selenicereus grandiflorus) We have featured this night blooming cereus cactus several times, but these photos submitted by Helen Bryan of Chokoloskee just had to be shared. It’s difficult to determine the exact species since many are hybrids and some bloom only once a year (always at night). However, the cacti in our yard bloom several times a year and worth the late night trip! 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) Brahminy Blind Snake ( Rhamphotyphlops braminus ) Other names: flowerpot snake, worm snake / Status: FL=invasive, introduced and thriving, IUCN=LC / Length: 2.5-6.5 in. (6.35-16.5 cm) / Weight: 1-4 oz (28-113 g) / Life span: to 2 years / Nests: unknown, it lays eggs or may be live bearing all individuals are females and reproduce unisexually without sperm from a male. Up to eight genetically identical females are born / Found: All Counties, coastal, near coast, inland / Months found: JFMAMJJASOND (note: this small snak e breeds year round). Originally introduced into the Miami area from Asia, this very small, completely blind snake is easily mistaken for a black earthworm. One of the primary reasons for its success at establishing itself on every continent except Antarctica is that it is parthenogenetic, meaning it reproduces asexually. A rare characteristic in vertebrates, shared by Komodo dragons, Nile monitor lizards, some sharks, and a handful of other reptiles and amphibians, parthenogenesis allows a single individual to establish a beachhead in any given environment by essentially cloning itself, though the process is far more complex than that. The Brahminy blind snake lives most of its life underground. It feeds on larvae, eggs, and the p upae of ants and termites. It is eaten by moles, armadillos, and opossums. Because of its subterranean habitat, it is very unlikely that you will find a Brahminy blind snake, but it has become fairly well established here and is thriving somewhere beneath us. Florida Brown Snake ( Storeria victa ) Other names: brown snake / Status: FL=stable, IUCN=NE / Length: 12-19 in. (30-46 cm) / Weight: unknown / Life span: to 7 years / Nests: gives live birth to 318 offspring / Found: All Counties, coastal, near coast, in land / Months found: JFMamjjaSOND ( lower case: breeding season). The second-smallest terrestrial snake in Southwest Florida, the Florida brown snake, is only slightly larger than the ring-necked snake. It has a distinctive patter n, and some adult brown snakes have a light tan marking that rings the back portion of the head. It prefers a moist or aquatic habitat and can be found around ponds, drainage ditches, or homes where there is a source of water such as air conditioning units and garden hoses, but it is not a common sighting. When captured this tiny snake will flatten its body and strike repeatedly, but its head and teeth are too small to inflict a serious bite. In time it does well in captivity and is commonly kept as a pet. The brown snake feeds on earthworms, slugs, and small invertebrates such as crickets and roaches. It is fed upon by other snakes, birds of prey, and small mammals such as rats. Photos 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 JUNE 21, 2013 email: PAGE 9 ORAL HISTORY A Little Trip Back in Time at Caxambus by Gary Pettit This article (the 2nd) is reprinted in memory of Gary Pettit who passed away on April 22. I was born in Lee Memorial hospital but I lived in Marco with my parents and grandparents at the fish camp …. Because there weren’t many kids here on the island, I followed all the adults around. I had a little red wagon that I pulled around with me and busily collected shells, small things and some creatures to be preserved in a jar. My neighbor, Mrs. Otter, was a school teacher and loved kids. Seeing my interest in collecting, she often invited me up to the mound and she would teach me things. I was then about 4 years old. I think my little collections were the beginnings of my lifelong love for and interest in Marine Biology. I went to school up the road at a school called Scripps School. It had two stories. There were four big classrooms. Grades 1 thru 3 in one room, 4 thru 6 in another. Upstairs were the upper grades and the high school. You can imagine that the number of students was quite small. Walking up the road to school in those days was like walking in an overgrown hammock. I often saw panther, bobcat, raccoon and other animals around me. It was typical of Caxambus at this time. Caxambus wasn’t always as small a place as it was during my youth. Barron Collier owned a lot of property on the island and there was a clam factory near the bay which employed many of the residents. My grandmother and grand-dad also worked there. My grandfather was employed to find buttonwood trees and provide wood for cooking the clams before they were canned and shipped out to other ports. The island had a flourishing little economy. To be continued in upcoming issues… Note: Above photo of Lawrence Pettit’s large white house was taken in the 1970s after the Pettit’s vacated the Fish Camp (photo courtesy of Craig Woodward). MUSEUM NEWS Collier County Museum in Naples: June 19 The Unconquered Seminole People and their Traditions. The lecture elaborates on the cu lture, customs and legends of the Seminole people. Program will begin at 2 p.m. For more information, call 252-8476. Collier County Museum in Naples: July 3 The Florida Crackers: Pioneer Life in Southwest Florida The discussion informs audiences ab out the early pioneers that had to live in the Florida wilderness without air conditioning, bug control or paved roadways. Program will begin at 2 p.m. For more information, please call 252-8476. Marco Island Historical Museum: July 11 Shore Birds of South Florida by Marie Adams. Since 2007 Marie Adams has been capturing So uthwest Florida’s shorebirds and birds of prey in all seasons and in every light level, from dawn to dark. The photographs depict the lives of these birds in their natural environments, documenting flight and landing, mating rituals, nest building, feed ing their young, seasonal plumage and more. For more information, please call (239) 642-1440. The Mennello Museum in Orlando ( is featuring an exhibit based on the memoirs of Rob Storter (1894-1987), an early pioneer of the Everglades area. Stop by the Muse um when traveling this summer. The Museum of the Everglades continues to exhibit the art work of the Everglades City School Students through August. The Museum is open every 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 fee but donations are welcome. For information, call 695-0008. GONE WITH THE WIND ‘Twas the night before “Donna” as I fondly surveyed My orderly house with the mortgage just paid. Possessions were stacked to the ceiling with care In hopes that tomorrow the roof would be there. Norm with a raincoat and me without rations Took off for Manhattan’s twelve-foot elevation. We listened with ire as the wind mounted higher, My house on the river – I once had a buyer! Then outside and in -there ‘rose such a clatter I dropped my highball and my glass – it was shattered. Away to the window I flew like a flash – No window, no shutter, not even a sash! Through the hole in the wall wild things did appear – My aluminum runabout and part of the pier. The stump of a palm hit me full in the teeth And a toilet seat circled my head like a wreath. She ripped up the shrubbery – took my lawnmower in tow, This spawn of a witch was no lady, you know. Off with the rooftops, down with the walls, Now bashaway, crashaway bedrooms and halls. Her fury continued and then a brief calm, Respite from ruin? – It didn’t last long. From the other direction, she lashed us with rain Then screamed with delight at this leveled terrain. But I heard her exclaim as the tidal wave hovered, “Happy Chaos to all, rising water’s not covered.” (with apologies to an unknown Naples poet) This poem was found on the back of a Rod & Gun Club menu, written after the devastating hurricane hit the area in September 1960.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JUNE 21, 2013 email: PAGE 10 Florida Tales “The Adventures of Chill Williams” by Chester Keene Charles Stratton Williams, alias "Chill" as he is now called; one time a waitress waiting on the table was calling him "Charley". She served us our mullet and grits at the usual gathering of us ol d timers, we kept calling him Chill, she said “I thought his name was Charles; we said it is but his street name is Chill." She still shakes her head when we go in there. Chill is a legend around Naples, he came here in 1949 from N. Ft. Myers, FL. Born in Slater, Florida, at the sawmill community in 1928, he also built the first Swamp Buggy Jail. The first jail was a Bea r cage on loan from the Evergl ades Wonder Gardens and haule d around on Leon McCormick’s trailer. The jail was a money making thing for the Naples JCs for charity and other projects. I f you didn't have a beard you were put in the jail and it cost a dolla r to bail out during the Parade events, swamp b uggy Days an d swamp b uggy races. It was all in fun and no one got out of jail even a Judge. The favorite places they patrolled were the bars. Chill tells about one time when he was a Chevrolet man and he bought a new one and everybody that could p ile in would. The y would go roller skating and to the movies. They had a skating rin k in LaBelle, FL; most of the girls liked to skate and square dance on the weekends. He also used that Chevy for other activities than j ust riding around in. He would take his old dog he called Spo t ; dog didn't have a spot on him. Anyway he and a few of his friends would take old Spot out for exercise, starting at the Courthouse in E. Naples and letting him trot alongside of the trail all the way to Royal Palm Hammock. He'd trot along about 10 miles an hou r and if a raccoon ran across the ro ad it would tree it. They had a cane fishing pole and would prod the raccoon out. "We'd watch the coon and dogfight and then put him in a cage to sell. Sometimes we'd get 10 coons to se ll at a dollar apiece, that was our entertainment and gas money". Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. SWAMP BOYS The Swamp Boys of AMIkids Big Cypress visit the Bentley Village Retirement home almost every week as part of their Adopt-aGrandparent program. The retirees love it and miss them as much as their own grandchildren when they are not there. The boys love it, too! One of the boys r ecently returned to visit after he had graduated. From Savannah’s Eyes Yes! Summer has officially begun, and I have already had a great start to mine! I went with my parents for almost two weeks traveling out of state looking for adventure. First we started out at Disney World where my dad and I went to the Magic Kingdom to ride all the new rides in Fantasyland which were recently added in the fall of last year. We went to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom for two days, then it was off to find another adventure. We ended up in Savannah, Georgia, and stayed there for 3 nights. I found out that it was the most haunted city in America so I only slept one night out of the three, haha! We stayed at the Hyatt Hotel which had the best breakfast I've ever had in my entire life! Everything that is ma de to eat in Georgia will make your mouth water about every second of the day. Which also leads me to this: my parents and I went and had lunch at Paula Deen’s restaurant there which is called "The Lady and Sons" and I have never eaten anything more delicious ever (excluding the breakfast at the hotel). You could order from the menu but most everyone (including us) got the buffet which had everything from fried chicken to mashed potatoes, to collard greens. I was so full from eating in Georgia I think I added on a few extra pounds to my weight! From Georgia we went to Maggie Valley, North Carolina, and stayed with my Uncle who has a house there. Each day was filled with something exciting; for instance, one day we went horseback riding up one of the mountains all the way to the top and back down for two hours; it was a gorgeous trek through the wilderness. Speaking of wilderness, another thing that I checked off my bucket list is zip lining through the mountains in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, with my Dad. I loved it and want to go again someday, maybe down a bigger mountain! After North Carolina we started back towards Florida and went to St. Augustine where we went to the Fountain of Youth. There were peacocks roaming everywhere, and they were so tame that I walked up to one and was about two feet away and it didn't even move! I also drank from the fountain of youth twice! I'm going to live forever! That same day we headed over to Lake City to visit my family from my Mom's side, and I was able to see my cousins that I haven't seen in a while. Then it was time for us to go home, and I was so ready to see my cats again; I missed them so much! And when we pulled up into the yard, I hopped out of the truck and called Peanut Butter’s name and he came galloping towards me as I scooped him up into my arms. I loved my vacation and it’s only beginning! Can't wait to see what happens next! Love, Savannah Savannah Oglesby will be entering the 11th grade at Everglades City School and is a regular contributor to this paper.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JUNE 21, 2013 email: PAGE 11 EVERGLADES CITY Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W see for weather and for storms Everglades Area Hot Lines Narcotics Anonymous (NA) 239-216-1208 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 313-530-3395 AlAnon 239-263-5907 12-Step Meeting Schedules are available in City Hall and Chokoloskee Post Office VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Greet Visitors in the Museum Meet people from around the corner or around the world! Phone Martha 695-0008. RESTAURANTS Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): Closed for the summer City Seafood (695-4700): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; daily Fish Market also open Everglades Seafood Depot (695-0075): 10:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Glades Haven Deli (695-2091): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun thru Thurs 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; Friday-Saturday Deli closes one hour earlier daily Havana Caf (695-2214): Closed for the summer 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 – 5:00 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 Rod & Gun (695-2101): 11:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Subway at Gator Express (695-3937): 7:00 am – 7:00 pm; daily$5 specials Susie’s Station (695-2273): 11:00 am 5:00 pm; daily The Catch at Port of the Islands Closed for the summer Triad Seafood (695-2662): Closed for the summer Right Choice Supermarket (695-4535): 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, daily Grimm’s Stone Crab (695-3222): Closed for the summer Loco’s Fresh Produce (239-462-7050): ECity Post Office parking lot 7:00 am 4:00 pm; Friday SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICES Chokoloskee Church of God 10 am Sunday School (all ages) 11 am Sunday Worship Copeland Baptist Church 10 am School, 11 am Sunday Worship Everglades Community Church 11:00 am Sunday Worship Everglades First Baptist Church 9:45 am School, 11 am Sunday Worship CONGRATULATIONS to Margaret Webb who turns 92 on June 28. She is seen here in April during the Tamiami Trail 85th Anniversary Celebration where she enjoyed greeting old friends. IN MEMORY Alice T. Morrow 03/02/1939 06/25/2012 "I miss you so much; it seems like your passing was yesterday!" Myron H. (Moose) Morrow ============================== Carolyn Thompson would like to express her gratitude to everyone who sent kind thoughts after her mother passed away. Celebrating Father’s Day Everglades Community Church June 16 TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 06/21 Fri 02:09am 2.3 H 06/21 Fri 08:14am 0.8 L 06/21 Fri 01:06pm 3.4 H 06/21 Fri 09:18pm -0.4 L 06/22 Sat 02:59am 2.4 H 06/22 Sat 09:07am 0.8 L 06/22 Sat 01:51pm 3.5 H 06/22 Sat 10:08pm -0.5 L 06/23 Sun 03:47am 2.5 H 06/23 Sun 09:58am 0.7 L 06/23 Sun 02:37pm 3.6 H 06/23 Sun 10:56pm -0.6 L 06/24 Mon 04:33am 2.5 H 06/24 Mon 10:49am 0.7 L 06/24 Mon 03:25pm 3.6 H 06/24 Mon 11:43pm -0.5 L 06/25 Tue 05:20am 2.5 H 06/25 Tue 11:39am 0.6 L 06/25 Tue 04:18pm 3.4 H 06/26 Wed 12:29am -0.4 L 06/26 Wed 06:07am 2.6 H 06/26 Wed 12:31pm 0.6 L 06/26 Wed 05:16pm 3.2 H 06/27 Thu 01:16am -0.2 L 06/27 Thu 06:53am 2.6 H 06/27 Thu 01:27pm 0.5 L 06/27 Thu 06:21pm 2.9 H 06/28 Fri 02:04am 0.0 L 06/28 Fri 07:39am 2.6 H 06/28 Fri 02:30pm 0.5 L 06/28 Fri 07:30pm 2.6 H 06/29 Sat 02:55am 0.2 L 06/29 Sat 08:25am 2.6 H 06/29 Sat 03:41pm 0.5 L 06/29 Sat 08:42pm 2.3 H 06/30 Sun 03:51am 0.4 L 06/30 Sun 09:14am 2.7 H 06/30 Sun 04:54pm 0.4 L 06/30 Sun 10:01pm 2.0 H 07/01 Mon 04:51am 0.6 L 07/01 Mon 10:06am 2.7 H 07/01 Mon 06:02pm 0.3 L 07/01 Mon 11:34pm 1.9 H 07/02 Tue 05:51am 0.8 L 07/02 Tue 10:59am 2.8 H 07/02 Tue 07:01pm 0.2 L 07/03 Wed 01:22am 2.0 H 07/03 Wed 06:48am 0.8 L 07/03 Wed 11:51am 2.8 H 07/03 Wed 07:53pm 0.1 L 07/04 Thu 02:23am 2.0 H 07/04 Thu 07:40am 0.9 L 07/04 Thu 12:37pm 2.9 H 07/04 Thu 08:39pm 0.0 L See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area JUNE 21, 2013 email: PAGE 12 JOBS & SERVICES -------------------------------------------------Year–Round Jobs: Camp Staff in nearby Ochopee. Drug/Background screens/H.S. or GED required. Send re sumes to or call 695-1001 for info. -----------------------------------------------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 695-5930. -------------------------------------------------WANTED : Automotive Window Tinter Certain Requirements Apply. Call 695-3667. -------------------------------------------------Part-Time Position Port of the Islands Everglades Adventure Resort is looking for a parttime team member for their Guest Services department! Please see website for a full job description. Resumes cannot be substituted for the online application but may be included with completed application. -------------------------------------------------PUT YOUR JOB ADS IN THE RAPPER no charge! phone us at 695-2397 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, Chester Keene, Elaine Middelstaedt, Savannah Oglesby, 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. SNOOK CLASSIFIEDS -----------------------------------------------------------For Sale Last of the old Chokoloskee Cruisers Albatross II For details: (239) 455-1567 or SNOOK CLASSIFIEDS -----------------------------------------------------------REAL ESTATE FOR SALE ------Panoramic views of Chokoloskee Bay from this 3-bed, 2-bath home. Deeded waterfront, open floor plan, high ceilings, terrific kitchen. 2 storage rooms for fishing/hobby equipment. $799,900. ------Perfect getaway spot in Everglades City. Fish, kayak, bird watch or boat to your heart's content when you buy this great 2-bed, 2-bath condo located on Lake Placid in Everglades City! Beautiful views of the lake. Offered at $179,900. -------Motorhome site for sale in luxurious Outdoor Resorts in Chokoloskee. Deeded dock & lift included. Go rgeous views of Chokoloskee Bay. 40' Tr avel Supreme Fifth Wheel may be purchased separately. Outdoor Resorts has 3 pools & hot tubs, 2 tennis courts, exercise room. Only 30 minutes to Marco Island or Naples. Offered at $280,000. ------Duplex in Chokoloskee rent out one level & use the other yourself. Terrific location, deeded waterfront with dock & boat lift. Lower level has been completely renovated. Each level has 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms. Good rental income and motorhome hook-up, too. Offered at $349,900. For all of the above, call Bonnie Woodward, Keller Williams Realty, (239) 860-6369. -----------------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: Lot#23 Fisherman's Cove, furnished, 1BR/1BA, dock, ramp, fish stn,bath/wash house, stor age. Price 65K. Call Browns Real Estate for more info @ (239) 695-0002 or (239) 494-7270. FABULOUS HOME / ONE OF A KIND Beech Mountain, NC (239) 695 2645 FOR RENT: 10 x 10 Storage units at 103 S. Storter, $60 a month. Call Deb at 695-9267. -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: Mosquito Magnet $100.00 Call ( 239 ) 719-0020. 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 6/21/13 PET PICS Edgar and Gretchen in their “swim class pool” at Deb and Jimmy Trujillo’s home. Send us your Pet Pics by email or post.