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25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area AUGUST 2 – 15, 2013 2013, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VII Issue #191 CONGRATULATIONS to Savanah Oglesby who entered as a state finalist for Florida and competed in Acting, Runway Modeling, and Top Model (a photo shoot) competitions. She won 4th runner-up in Top Model which means she is eligible to compete at the National American Miss competition in California; she was also in the top 15 out of 103 girls which gives her the opportunity to go to California and compete for the Nationals pageant in late November. CHOKOLOSKEE CHURCH OF GOD VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Director Lessie Raffield and Assistant Director Hazel Mitchell held a Vacation Bible School at the Chokoloskee Church of God beginning Monday, July 22. Crew leaders were Diane Smith, Candy Powell, Craig Daniels Jr., Betty Campbell, Ruby Stiltner, and Hazel Mitchell. Nightly snacks were served to all by Shannon Mitchell and Zoanne Zinda. Assistants were Sierra Dungan, Jasmine Lucas, Wendy Lynn Raffield, Destany Vanleeuwen, Stephanie and Jerry Pablo, Emily Brown, Savannah and Shy Humphrey. Jeff Lewis was sound man, Owen Mitchell drove the Church van and was also the nightly performer in the Bible Plays. Amy Fouchea and Donnelle Richards worked in crafts. Lynnette Morris was in charge of Vacation Bible School photos and attendance, recording 47 on the second night. Picture & Article Courtesy of Lynnette Morris, Associate Pastor ORV TRAILS NOW OPEN On Friday, August 2, the 60-day annual recreational off-road vehicle closure will be lifted in Big Cypress National Preserve. However, numerous trails in the Turner River and Corn Dance Units of the Preserve will remain closed for recreational ORV access until further environmental analysis of the trails is completed. People wishing to access the modified trail system should carefully review the most up-to-date maps of open designated trails. Maps can be seen at (click on Plan Your Visit) or picked up from the ORV office at the Oasis Visitor Center (695-1201). Big Cypress Comments Due on ORV Trails Plan A draft Wetlands Statement of Findings has been prepared by Big Cypress National Preserve as one of the steps to implement a designated off-road vehicle (ORV) trail system which will include approximately 130 miles of primary trails that have been in place since before the NPS acquired the Addition. To see draft: ?parkID=352&projectID=11164&docume ntID=54196. Comments will be accepted through Wednesday, August 21 and may be made electronically or mailed to Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida 34141. For more info, call 695-1158. TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Gulf Coast p. 8 Events p. 3 Oral History p. 9 School p. 5 Museum News p. 9 Books p. 7 Florida Tales p.10 Recipe p. 7 FWC p.10 Flora p. 7 Savannah p.10 Fishing p. 8 Sheriff p.10 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: Ochopee Visit p.11 If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email mulletra pp er @g or phone 695-2905.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area AUGUST 2, 2013 email: PAGE 2 Aug 31-Sept 2: Butcher Labor Day Weekend Sept 14: Mobile Pet Vet Sept 28: Blessing of the Crab Fleet Nov 5: BigC ORVs Nov 22: Nostalgia Night “JFK 50th: Where Were You?” Dec 7: Swamp Heritage Festival Dec 14: Art-in-the-Glades THRIFT SHOP: Closed in August 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: Office Hours posted in City Hall 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: 252-8999SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT 28 29 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 30 31 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am AUGUST 1 RAPPER 2 Sales Tax Holiday see p.3 3 Sales Tax Holiday see p.3 4 Sales Tax Holiday see p.3 5 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm new moon 6 Congressional Aide Visit see p.3 City Council see p.3 7 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 8 9 10 11 12 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm Tennis Camp see p.3 13 Tennis Camp see p.1 14 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am Harry Chapin Food Bank see p.3 Tennis Camp see p.3 15 Tennis Camp see p.3 RAPPER 16 School Student Orientation see p.5 17 18 19 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm Back to School 20 full moon 21Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am BigC ORV Comments Due see p.1 22 23 24 25 26 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 27 28 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am BigC ORVs 29 RAPPER 30 31 Butcher Open House see p.3 AUGUST 2013


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area AUGUST 2, 2013 email: PAGE 3 Tennis Camp REGISTER TODAY! The free Tennis Camp for youngsters ages 6 through 13 will take place during the week of August 12-15 but you must register by Friday, August 2. Parents should phone Marcia at Lely Resorts on 298-5775. Permission slips are available at City Hall, Island Caf, and Chokoloskee Post Office. The camp starts each day at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Center and includes a swim in the Rod & Gun pool. For info, phone Helen at 695-3298. SALES TAX HOLIDAY To get ready for back-to-school, Florida shoppers will be able to buy computers, children’s clothing & shoes, and school supplies without having to pay sales tax from August 2 through August 4 CONGRESSIONAL VISIT Karen Harmon, the District Representative in Collier County at the office of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, will meet with constituents in City Hall on Tuesday, August 6, at 3:00 p.m. For info, phone 348-1620. CITY COUNCIL The first meeting after the summer recess will be on Tuesday, August 6, in City Hall at 5:30 p.m. If you would like to speak during Public Comments, you can sign up before the meeting starts. Harry Chapin Food Bank Mobile Pantry at McLeod Park 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 14 Clyde and Niki Butcher BIG CYPRESS GALLERY Annual Labor Day Weekend Open House August 31September 2, 2013 Attend Lecture in Back Pond Theater Saturday & Sunday: 10 am & 1pm Monday (Labor Day): 11am $50 charge per seat fee includes: snacks, drinks, book of photographic stories plus a $25 gallery credit. Very Limited Seating: For reservations, visit website or call 695-2428 Meet Clyde and Niki in the Gallery! FLORIDA MASTER NATURALIST TRAINING Ostego Bay Foundation Ft. Myers August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Cost: $225 for 40 Instruction Hours Contact Joanne Semmer or 239-765-8101 CAMPGROUNDS SUMMER CLOSURE Through August 16 camping will be available at Midway Campground and the “loop” in the Bear Island Campground. For more information, call 695-1107 or visit IDLE-SPEED AREA Everglades National Park announced the seasonal extension of the Jimmy’s Lake idle-speed area in Snake Bight Pole and Troll Zone through October 31 taking into account historic high summer water levels in the area. OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 07/16/13: Emerg. Medical, 71 MM I-75 07/16/13: Emerg. Medical, Everglades City 07/17/13: Emerg. Medical, Ochopee 07/19/13: Emerg. Medical, 77 MM I-75 07/20/13: Emerg. Medical, Everglades City 07/20/13: Vehicle Accident, 63 MM I-75 07/20/13: Emerg. Medical, Plantation Island 07/21/13: Power Line Down, Everglades City 07/21/13: Emerg. Medical, Port of the Islands 07/22/13: Vehicle Accident, 70 MM I-75 07/22/13: Vehicle Fire, 63 MM I-75 07/24/13: Unknown Medical Problem, Chokoloskee Bridge 07/25/13: Public Assist, Port of the Islands 07/25/13: Emerg. Medical, Everglades City 07/25/13: Vehicle Accident, 67 MM I-75 07/26/13: Vehicle Accident, 75 MM I-75 07/26/13: Emerg. Medical, Copeland 07/27/13: Emerg. Medical, 71 MM I-75 07/28/13: Emerg. Medical, Ochopee 07/28/13: Vehicle Accident, 63 MM I-75 Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Board will not meet in August. The next meeting is on Monday, September 9, at 4:00 p.m. The venue will be announced closer to the date. DOCTOR’S CLINIC Dr. Kirk DeMartino of Marco Island will return to Everglades City to see patients next season. You can visit him on Marco Island by phoning (239) 642-5552 for an appointment. MOBILE PET VET Dr. Lopez will be visiting Everglades City on Saturday, September 14 For more info and appointments in Naples, phone 777-7387 or see Little Gator Clinic The free walk-in clinic for youngsters is closed for summer. THRIFT SHOP HOURS The Thrift Shop is closed for vacation during August and will re-open in September. For a family emergency, call Helen at 695-3298. PLEASE do not leave donations on the porch when the shop is closed! See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website. 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 Offic e


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area AUGUST 2, 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 AUGUST 2, 2013 email: PAGE 5 Students & Parents Be sure to attend the Student Orientation and Meet Your Teacher on Friday, August 16 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. SCHOOL & VACATION NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 695-2561 website: ww photo above thanks to Sue Gentry Summer Campers decorated hats and then wore them with their green Junior Deputy Club Tshirts on a trip to Naples Zoo thanks to CCSO. Reach Out Summer Camp Helen Bryan presented certificates and goodie bags for Perfect Attendance during the two weeks of Summer Camp. Campers were kept busy with arts & crafts but also had some active time and some quiet time. Photos by Helen Bryan. IMPORTANT DATES August 16 Student Orientation, 3:00 – 5:00 pm August 19 School Year Begins


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area AUGUST 2, 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 695-2905 for Advertising Rates


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area AUGUST 2, 2013 email: PAGE 7 Off the Shelf Book Review “Backcountry Lawman; True Stories from a Florida Game Warden” by Bob H. Lee Reviewed by Marya Repko This new book tells about the author's adventures as a game warden chasing illegal fishermen and hunters in the St. Johns River region from 1977 to 2007. He admires some of the outlaws who were polite to him and clever enough not to get caught. He was first employed by the Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission but that merged in 1999 with the Florida Marine Patrol to become the FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) which has hundreds of law enforcement officers (w ho have full police powers and statewide jurisdiction). Although he grew up in Lutz, near Tampa, and received a degree in criminal justice from USF, his ambition was to “catch bad guys and work in the outdoors.” This is an easy read with lots of exciting incidents. The book is available in the Collier County Public Library and can be delivered by request to the Everglades City branch. Collier Area Transit Plan The Collier County Alternative Transportation Modes Department announced a 45-day public comment period for the draft Public Participation Plan (PPP) which serves as an outline to the public involvement process with regard to public transit related activities. The plan identifies the process by which the public will have full access and participation in public transit activities. The PPP is designed to ensure opportunities for the public to express their view on public transit issues and to become an active participant in the decision making process. The Draft PPP is on display at Everglades City Hall. The public comment period will close on September 1 For more info, contact Public Transit Manager Trinity Scott at 252-5832 or Alternative Transportation Modes Dept. Director Michelle Arnold at 252-5841 or Recipe for Good Eating Shrimp and Polenta Submitted by Patricia Huff Ingredients: 1 cup Polenta 8 slices Bacon (better to use thick-cut) 2 bunches Green Onions (stem and ends cut off) 3 cloves of Garlic, chopped 1 lb Shrimp (uncooked, peeled and deveined) cup White Wine (dry) 2 TBS Butter 4 oz. Cheddar Cheese, grated Boil polenta in 3 cups water (add tsp of salt to water), stirring continuously. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Cook bacon in a separate frying pan until crisp. When done, remove bacon and pat with paper towel to remove grease. Leaving 1 TBS of bacon fat, cook onions until soft; remove from pan and set aside, keeping warm. In the same pan, add chopped garlic and saut for one minute. Add shrimp until pink (2 minutes); add white wine and cook another 2 minutes. Add butter, cheese and bacon pieces to polent a and transfer to serving plate. Top with shrimp mixture (including sauce). Serve with green onions on the side. Although I was a “ G irl R aised I n T he S outh” and love my grits, this is a nice variation of the standard recipe. If you have a favorite re cipe to share, please phone or email us. Patty Huff California Flora by Patricia Huff California Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) While visiting my daughter and grandchildren in Marin County, north of San Francisco, I spent a morning walking through Muir Woods, enjoying the majestic redwood trees. The tallest of these trees in Muir Woods is over 252 feet and the widest over 14 feet. Although most are 500 to 800 years old, several are 1,000 years old. Many of the old growth redwood trees were logged in the 1800s. To protect these magnificent trees, a local businessman William Kent and his wife Elizabeth purchased this land in 1906. They then donated it to the federal government, and in 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed the area as a National Monument. At Mr. Kent’s request, the area was named in honor of conservationist John Muir. Kent served in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1916 when he introduced legislation to create the National Park Service. In 1945 delegates from the United Nations met in San Francisco and traveled to Muir Woods to honor the memory of President Franklin D. Roosevelt who believed in the value of the National Parks as a source of inspiration and th at good forestry practices and sustainable development of natural resources were keys tones to lasting peace around the world. I was able to photograph this spotted owl which inhabits the area along with bats, raccoons and a variety of birds. Also, the Redwood Creek that fl ows to the Pacific supports one of the last wild populations of coho salmon to survive in their natural habitat on the central California coast.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area AUGUST 2, 2013 email: PAGE 8 Fishing Report by Captain Bill Lindsay If you're going to fish all day at this time of year, start at daybreak. If you're going to fish the flats, most fish will be in cooler water during the middle of the day. If you're fishing for Snook, you almost have to cast into the shade or fish deep water. Redfish don't seem to mind warm water. I have been told that they can be caught in water close to 90 degrees. Tarpon can still be taken in the rivers and passes. On calm days, Permit fishing on shallow Gulf wrecks can be great. Sometimes they will even come into shallow water. I have seen them mixed in with Snook and Redfish. Tripletail seem to be in good supply this year and are great eating. August is also one of the best months for Red Grouper out on the shallow ledges and rocks out in the Gulf. Try not to get caught in our afternoon thunderstorms. 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. Captain Lindsay’s telephone number is (239) 695-0314. Chase Daffin, 8 years old, with his 20-inch redfish caught off the deck at City Seafood. 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) Indigo Bunting ( Passerina cyanea ) Other names: indigo bird, swamp bluebird / Status: FL=stable, IUCN=LC / Life span: to 9 years / Length: 4.75.1 in. (12-13 cm) / Wingspan: 7.5-8.7 in. (19-22 cm) / Weight: 0.4-0.6 oz (12-18 g) / Nests: from northern Florida to the northern edge of the lower forty-eight / Found: All Counties, coastal, near coast, mainland / Months found: jfmAMjjASOnd (lower case indicates its time spent north or south of Florida). A neo-tropical traveler, the indigo bunting is most commonly seen in late April and May and again in August through October as it flies to and from its northern nesting grounds. The indigo bunting winters in the Caribbean, southern Mexico, and Central America. It is a joy to see, but as is the case with so many passerines, it is best observed through a pair of binoculars. An interesting characteristic of the indigo bunting is that it migrates at night. Scientists believe this tiny bird has somehow learned to navigate by starlight. Another fascinating aspect is its song. Each individual bunting’s song is unique to its locale. Males as close together as a few hundred yards have different songs, sometimes retaining these through two or three generations, then slowly changing them over the decades. The indigo bunting is an omnivore, eating a variety of seeds, grains, and wild berries, as well as insects and larvae. It is semimonogamous and a solitary nester. Because it forages around fields, it is vulnerable to pesticid e and fertilizer poisoning. It also suffers from cowbird parasitism and habitat loss. Top photo by Bob Gress; lower photo by David Siebel 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 AUGUST 2, 2013 email: PAGE 9 ORAL HISTORY A Little Trip Back in Time at Caxambus by Gary Pettit This article (the 5th) is reprinted in memory of Gary Pettit who passed away on April 22. Mr. Otter would gather huge piles of large shells anytime he dug anywhere because the mound where the Otter’s house stood was on top of a 1500 year old shell kitchen midden, or as we would describe a huge Indian landfill or dump of the shells of mollusks that they ate. One can imagine the tons of leftover shells from these earlier peoples who lived near this place. If you take a ride to Otter Mound today, you can see these walls terraced just as Mr. Otter and I left them. As a result of these terraces and the gardens within, the gardens bloomed with good fruits and vegetables for the family table. No wonder Mr s. Otter was such a good cook. The birds also helped spread the seeds and I remember the roads up and down the island covered with little cherry tomatoes. I just thought they were growing wild they were so numerous. I have a special memory of a trip I took by boat with my gr andfather to see the hermit on the nearby Island called Horr’s Island. At the time Horr’s Island was only accessible by boat. So that day we rowed over to see the hermit. We tied our boat at the dock and walked up the path to the old Horr House, abandoned now with the second floor partially collapsed. The hermit was cooking a pot of stew in a large kettle over a big open fire. What I didn’t know at the moment was that he was cooking Rattlesnake soup! He invited us to join him for lunch. Gulp! That was my first time eating Rattlesnake. There were other hermits that lived on various islands in the Ten Thousand Islands. It was not unusual to find 3 or 4 on different parts of an island. They often made a few dollars by collecting shells and taking them to my grandfather’s store near the fish camp and selling them to travelers. The money they made gave them enough to buy their staples from the general store at Caxambus or other small island stores. My early childhood experiences laid the foundation for my life of interest and study in all aspects of marine science and education. My early teachers, the local folks and my family taught me the joy and value of this land I called home. MUSEUM NEWS August: Museum of the Everglades Exhibit: Native Art of Everglades City School An Artistic Journey through the Eyes of Local Children August: Marco Island Historical Museum Photography Exhibit: Shorebirds of South Florida & Birds of Prey by Marie Adams (photo right) August: Naples Depot Museum Exhibit: “Contemporary Art of Jessica Osceola August 6: Marco Island Historical Museum at 1 pm Movie: Little Shop of Horrors August 6: Marco Island Historical Museum at 7 pm Program: Marco in the Making, Filmography of Marco by Bill Hughes August 7: Collier County Museum at 2 pm Program: How the Tamiami Trail Got Its Name: The History of Collier County Place Names August 8: Collier County Museum at 1 pm Movie: Cross Creek August 13: Marco Island Historical Museum at 1 pm Movie: Cross Creek August 15: Collier County Museum at 1 pm Movie: My Pal Trigger Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando through January 5 Exhibit: Never No More: Storter’s Southwest Florida The Rob Storter Traveling Exhibit was organized by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades and the Collier County Museums. For more information, visit www. The Marco Island Historical Society will have introductions to their free afternoon films by Robert Messier, author of the very informative book 100 Years of Thrillers and Chillers 1912-2012 The Museum is at 150 S. Heathwood Drive, next to the Library, and is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The society has a new website themihs. com with a calendar of events, an overview of the Museum, and much more. For info, call (239) 642-1440. The Collier County Museum is in Government Center in Naples and is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For info about all the museums in the County system, see or 252-8476. The Museum of the Everglades at 105 W. Broadway 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 fee but donations are welcome. Now that winter visitors are gone the Museum needs volunteers to greet visitors at the front desk. You don’t need to be an expert – just have a friendly smile. For information, stop in and talk to Martha or phone her at 695-0008. If you want to join the Friends, contact Helen at 695-3298 or see our website where you can download a form to send with your check.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area AUGUST 2, 2013 email: PAGE 10 Florida Tales “Talk Up, Can’t Hear You” by Chester Keene It was at a meeting of a political matter, but before it really got started it drew such a large crowd it was decided to move to a larger Hall. One of the speakers had much to say, but was poor on delivery. His voice was not strong and did not carry well, and this caused him some difficulty at time s. On this occasion the hall was much larger than he was accustomed to and did not have a public address system installed. He began pitching his voice as high as he could, but was unable to reach the remote parts of the hall. A man standing in the rear called out for the speak er to speak louder. The speaker ignored his request, being he was doing the best he could. The man in the rear called again and again for him to speak "Louder". Finally an old gentleman seated well to the front, wearied of the repeated call from the voice behind stood up. He looked back where the disturber was standing and said, "can't you hear back there"? "No I can't", bellowed the other man. "Well" said the old man, "just stay where you are and thank the Lord". Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. FWC News A 10-year plan for the Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be presented at a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 1 at the Glades County Commission Chambers, 500 Avenue J in Moore Haven. Hunting and fishing regulations are not included in this plan or meeting; those are addressed through a separate public process. To obtain a copy of the draft land management prospectus, call Diana Kilgore at (850) 487-7063 or David Alden at 850 487-9588, or email The two-day spiny lobster recreational season began July 24. The regular commercial and recreational lobster season starts August 6 and runs through March 31. The Florida FWC will hold a public meeting August 8 in Gainesville to discuss possible options for minimizing the risk of chronic wasting disease (CWD) coming into Florida. CWD is not known to affect people but is a contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk and moose. Th e disease is always fatal, and there is no known cure or vaccine. So far, the disease has been discovered in 22 states, two Canadian provinces and South Korea. For more information, contact Curtis Brown at or (850) 617-9490. For more information on CWD, go to -----------------------------------------------------------------------------For wildlife info and regulations, see Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922) Angler Tag Return: 800-367-4461. From Savannah’s Eyes I have always been fascinated by birds, big or small. I just love how they fly free and can go anywhere they want. They can travel the world without a care. I especially love baby birds and birds that have little families of their own. The other day I was at my RV with my dad and he told me "Hey Savannah, come over here. I want to show you something." So I went over to this tree he was standing by and I was so surprised to see the little present in it. One of the limbs was carrying a baby bird’s nest with three baby birds inside! My dad then put his finger over the nest and they immediately jumped up and stuck out their little necks and started squeaking. They thought he was trying to feed th em! I was so amazed I just kept staring at them while my dad went inside to get something. I started making videos of them jumping up trying to get my finger. They were so cute it was endearing! Yet little did I know the mama bird was watching me from the road. I heard a squawk so I jumped out of the tree and looked around until I saw her on the road. She was turned around facing the other way and was calling the dad I'm guessing because he flew into the tree beside her. She then turned around to face me and squawked one more time, this time towards me! I jumped and ran towards the RV because I was afraid she was going to attack me! When I came back out she was in the nest with the dad feeding the birds but she would stop almost every three seconds and look in my direction. At the time I was scared but now I think about it and laugh so hard that I was afraid of a bird. At my house in one of our trees there is another baby bird’s nest! But this one is too far up in the tree to see them. They belong to two adorable Pigeons that love each other very much! I know this because each day I always see them walking side by side looking for food, flying together in harmony, or either sitting by each other on a wire by our hous e. They are the cutest couple I've ever seen! I always take pict ures of them whenever I see them because it's so beautiful how natu re works and how love is found in everything even animals. Looking for baby birds! Love, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is a student in the 11th grade at Everglades City School and a regular contributor to this paper. SHERIFF’S REPORT The Sheriff’s Office reported that there was a vehicle burglary off of US-41 during the week of July 16. The owner was hiking for four hours and his vehicle was parked in a secluded area. Please be sure to lock your automobiles at all times. Please remember not to leave un attended fishing equipment in boats. This type of property is an easy target for would-be thieves. Also, remember to help us keep our neighborhoods safe by reporting any suspicious activity immediate to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 252-9300 or in emergencies by dialing 911.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area AUGUST 2, 2013 email: PAGE 11 EVERGLADES CITY Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W see for weather and www.nhc.noaa. g o v for storms 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 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 Thanks to Helen Bryan for this photo of a beautiful Chokoloskee sunset. You Can Take the Girl Out of the City … by Deanna Ford “You can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girl,” a famous saying that proves very true to me in recent weeks. My name is Deanna Ford I am your average High School student who lives right here in Florida, but I have not always. I grew up in Denver, Colorado, the famous mile high city! Needless to say when I came here to Florida and was brought down to the Everglades it was quite the culture shock. All it took was a 3 hour drive from my current town, Lakeland, to bring me to a place where I almost could have used a passport. I remember entering the tiny town of Ochopee, Fl. and thinking “Wow! I have never seen so much green and blue in my life!” The sky was so clear and the tall grasses so crisp. A form of beauty I had only seen and heard of in books and magazines. I remember being so shocked and disappointed in my outdoor experiences. I never imagined something so mysterious. To many all it is, is flat land covered in water but to me it was a mysterious place to be discovered. That is exactly what I did. I discovered! From the smallest post office to my first starry night, nothing beat my experience in the swamp. The most interesting of all events being my trip to the Skunk Ape research facilityBigfoot of the South as I called it. The people of Ochopee gave me so many memories enlightening me on how it is living in a place that is their paradise. I was taken from the city and placed in another world. While I wish I had had more time, it was enough to leave me craving more. I look forward to returning again and again showing friends and family, and hopefully one day a family of my own. The Everglades is a sweet taste of the past and the beauty of the world we live in. TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 08/02 Fri 02:26am 2.1 H 08/02 Fri 07:19am 0.9 L 08/02 Fri 12:18pm 2.9 H 08/02 Fri 08:15pm 0.1 L 08/03 Sat 02:23am 2.1 H 08/03 Sat 08:07am 0.9 L 08/03 Sat 01:05pm 3.0 H 08/03 Sat 08:58pm 0.1 L 08/04 Sun 02:35am 2.2 H 08/04 Sun 08:50am 0.8 L 08/04 Sun 01:45pm 3.1 H 08/04 Sun 09:36pm 0.0 L 08/05 Mon 02:59am 2.3 H 08/05 Mon 09:28am 0.8 L 08/05 Mon 02:22pm 3.2 H 08/05 Mon 10:12pm 0.0 L 08/06 Tue 03:26am 2.5 H 08/06 Tue 10:04am 0.7 L 08/06 Tue 02:56pm 3.2 H 08/06 Tue 10:45pm 0.0 L 08/07 Wed 03:56am 2.6 H 08/07 Wed 10:40am 0.6 L 08/07 Wed 03:29pm 3.2 H 08/07 Wed 11:17pm 0.0 L 08/08 Thu 04:27am 2.6 H 08/08 Thu 11:15am 0.5 L 08/08 Thu 04:01pm 3.1 H 08/08 Thu 11:48pm 0.1 L 08/09 Fri 04:57am 2.7 H 08/09 Fri 11:53am 0.5 L 08/09 Fri 04:36pm 3.0 H 08/10 Sat 12:19am 0.2 L 08/10 Sat 05:27am 2.8 H 08/10 Sat 12:34pm 0.4 L 08/10 Sat 05:17pm 2.8 H 08/11 Sun 12:50am 0.3 L 08/11 Sun 05:55am 2.8 H 08/11 Sun 01:20pm 0.4 L 08/11 Sun 06:08pm 2.6 H 08/12 Mon 01:23am 0.5 L 08/12 Mon 06:25am 2.8 H 08/12 Mon 02:16pm 0.3 L 08/12 Mon 07:14pm 2.4 H 08/13 Tue 01:59am 0.6 L 08/13 Tue 07:03am 2.8 H 08/13 Tue 03:23pm 0.3 L 08/13 Tue 08:38pm 2.2 H 08/14 Wed 02:45am 0.8 L 08/14 Wed 07:56am 2.9 H 08/14 Wed 04:38pm 0.2 L 08/14 Wed 10:11pm 2.1 H 08/15 Thu 04:05am 0.9 L 08/15 Thu 09:10am 2.9 H 08/15 Thu 05:50pm 0.1 L 08/15 Thu 11:44pm 2.1 H


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area AUGUST 2, 2013 email: PAGE 12 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. $1,100,000. ------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. -----------------------------------------------------------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. ============================================= SNOOK CLASSIFIEDS only $10/issue phone 695-2905 or email us at 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. -------------------------------------------------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, Bill Lindsay 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 ca p tfrankadams @ 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 8/2/13 PET PICS Patty Huff’s grandchildren Liam and Alyssia find a new buddy “Red” during their summer camp program at Slide Ranch on the California coast. Send us your Pet Pics by email or post.