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25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 13 – 26, 2013 2013, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VII Issue #194 EVERGLADES AREA TOURS WITH DIANA NYAD On Saturday, August 31, 64-year-old long distance swimmer Diana Nyad began her 100-mile solo swim from Havana, Cuba, across the Florida Straits to Key West. Everglades Area Tours supported Nyad’s epic effort with the donation of a fully outfitted kayak, a satellite phone and two kayak guides as members of the sixperson kayak crew that was part of the 65-person Extreme Dream Team. Diana successfully completed her swim in 53 hours, arriving in Key West on Monday, September 2. Congratulations to Diana and the Everglades Area Tour guides Don McCumber (kayak support team captain) and Darlene Meadows who traveled with Diana and supported her in her 5th and final trip. CITY COUNCIL REPORT by Patricia Huff Mayor Sammy Hamilton began the Septembe r 3 meeting with a Public Hearing: the 2nd Reading of Ordinance exempting Everglades City from early voting in the November 26 city elections; the 1st Reading of the Ordinance adopting the ad valorem taxes; and the 1st Reading of the Ordinance adopting the final budget for 2013/14 ( note: the second Readings were held September 11 ). The City Council meeting was officially opened with the Mayor welcoming Karen Harmon, district representative for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart. The Mayor then stated that he will be going to Tallahassee to finalize grant funding for Phase II of the sewer plant and to Ft. Myers to meet with the DEP. The Mayor also reported that Camellia Street will be completely re-paved rather than just repairing the potholes. Sargent John Wargo reported that 2 susp ects had been arrested in the August 31 burglary of the boats on Hamilton Lane. He also stated that a piece of equipment (a bobcat) was stolen at a construction site on the Tamiami Trail. The Council approved of the ordinances and the write off of a city truck; the City had no bad debts. John M. Wilson asked what was happening with the airport. The Mayor responded that it looked “very, very good” that the City will get the airport back. He also said that he is still working on the property next to the airport. Rob Storter Exhibit Over 150 visitors were present at the Mennello Museum on Friday evening, September 6, in Orlando for the Rob Storter Never No More: Storter’s Southwest Florida reception. This is the first venue for the traveling exhibit sponsored by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades and Collier County Museums; the exhibit will be on display through January 5, 2014. Pictured above are Betty Briggs, granddaughter of Rob Storter; Patty Huff, Friends of the Museum of the Everglades Board Member; Lynn Pierce of Windermere and granddaughter of F. J. Frankenhoff ( see page 9 ); and Vicky Wells, Friends of the Museum of the Everglades Board Member. Also attending were Jessica Thomas and Doug Hanks of Naples, grandchildren of George M. Storter (Rob’s brother). TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Gulf Coast p. 8 Events p. 3 Local History p. 9 School p. 5 Museum News p. 9 Tips p. 7 Taxing Things p. 9 Recipe p. 7 Florida Tales p.10 Flora p. 7 Savannah p.10 FWC p. 8 Sheriff’s Report p.10 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: F. J. Frankenhoff, 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 SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 email: PAGE 2 Oct 26: Halloween Party Nov 5: BigC ORVs Nov 22: Nostalgia Night “JFK 50th: Where Were You?” Nov 26: Election Day Dec 7: Swamp Heritage Festival Dec 14: Art-in-the-Glades Feb 1: Church of God Winterf est Feb 22: Everglades Ultra THRIFT SHOP: Thurs, Sat, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm SKATING RINK: Fri, Sat, 7-10 pm DR DEMARTINO: Closed LITTLE GATOR CLINIC: Closed 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 4 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: 252-8999 SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT 8 9 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm OFCD Mtg Chamber Mtg Booster Club 10 11 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am City Council Budget Mtg 12 Lions Club Depot, 5:30 pm SAC Mtg see p.5 RAPPER 13 14 Mobile Pet Vet see p.3 15 16 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm School Town Hall Meeting see p.5 17 18 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am full moon 19 Thrift Shop reopens see p.3 College Night see p.5 20 21 22 23 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 7 pm 24 25 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 26 RAPPER 27 28 Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet see p.3 NPS Free Day Rookery Bay see p.3 Museum Day see p.5 29 30 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm Soccer Sign-up Deadline see p.5 OCT 1 Congressional Aide Visit City Council Meeting see p.3 2 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 3 4 new moon 5 6 7 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm ESHP Mtg 8 9 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 10 SAC Mtg see p.5 RAPPER 11 12 Pet Vet SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2013


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 email: PAGE 3 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, October 1, at 3:00 p.m. For information, phone 348-1620. CITY COUNCIL The next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 1, at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall. If you would like to speak during Public Comments, sign up before the meeting. FLORIDA BAY PLAN Everglades National Park is seeking public comment on its Draft Seagrass Habitat Restoration Management Plan for Florida Bay. Comments will be accepted through Friday, October 4 A public meeting will be held on September 16 in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. To see the plan and to comment, visit the park’s website Call (305) 242-7700 for paper copies. Written comments should be mailed to: Everglades National Park, Attn: Florida Bay Seagrass Plan – Fred Herling, 40001 State Rd 9336, Homestead, FL 33034. Florida's Water and Land Legacy Campaign Did you know? Deep funding cuts are seriously jeopardizing the great work Floridians have been doing for decades to protect what's best about Florida: miles of beaches, beautiful parks, crystal clear springs, endless opportunities to swim, bike and fish, and an amazing diversity of plants and animals. The proposed Florida Water and Land Legacy Amendment will allocate less than one percent of our state budget (starting with $625 million in 2015) to keep our waters clean and to protect our beaches, springs, wildlife habitat and other natural areas for future generations! So far more than 210,100 Floridians have signed petitions, but to get this important amendment on the November 2014 ballot, a total of 683,149 valid signatures from Florida voters are needed by November 30, 2013, to reach that goal! If you are a Florida resident and would like sign the petition or see how you can help, call (850) 629-4656 or visit website Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet Saturday, September 28 Rod & Gun Club at 1:00 pm Arts & Crafts, Frog Jumping Guava Cake Contest Ted Smallwood Look-Alike Cash Prizes For more information, call Tod at 239-260-4577 or fo llow on FaceBook ( Blessing-of-the-Stone-CrabFleet/102906976439347). National Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay! Saturday, September 28 This event will include boat tours, kayak trips, paddle boarding demonstrations, marine critter touch tank, kids' games and crafts, behind-the-scenes tours of the science labs, films, food, and more. FREE admission for the day includes special activities associated with a special new designation. Visit for more info or call (239) 417-6310. NPS Free Entrance Days America's Best Idea the National Parks is even better when it's free! The next “free” days are September 28 (National Public Lands Day) and November 9-11 (Veterans Day Weekend). If you're planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that prov ides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many others. For more information, visit website k/feefreeparks.htm LICENSE-FREE DAYS Florida FWC has added four more licensefree fishing days: the saltwater licensefree fishing days will be October 12 and November 30 ; additional freshwater license-free days will be November 29 and December 28 OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 08/27/13: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 08/27/13: Fire Alarm, Port of the Islands 08/28/13: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 08/28/13: Emergency Medical, Copeland 08/29/13: Emerg. Med, US41W of Port of the Islands 08/29/13: Fire Alarm, Everglades City 08/31/13: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 08/31/13: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 09/01/13: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 09/01/13: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 09/02/13: Vehicle Accident, 65 Mile Marker I-75 09/02/13: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 09/04/13: Fire Alarm, Chokoloskee 09/04/13: Call Box Alarm, 71 MM I-75 09/05/13: Fuel Spill, Everglades City 09/05/13: Fire Alarm (Mutual Aid), Marco 09/05/13: Emerg. Med, Everglades City 09/05/13: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 09/08/13: Call Box Alarm, 67 MM I-75 09/08/13: Public Assist, 70 MM I-75 09/08/13: Sinking Vessel, Cape Romano (Mutual Aid) 09/09/13: Emerg. Med, Everglades City The Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Board will meet on Monday, October 13, at the Everglades City Fire Station at 4:00 p.m. DOCTOR’S CLINIC Dr. Kirk DeMartino of Marco Island will return to Everglades City to see patients later in the season. You can visit him in Marco Island by phoning (239) 642-5552 for an appointment. MOBILE PET VET Dr. Lopez will be visiting McLeod Park in Everglades City on Saturday, September 14. For more info and appointments, phone him at 777-7387 or see Little Gator Clinic The free walk-in clinic for youngsters is currently closed. THRIFT SHOP HOURS The Thrift Shop, behind the Fire Station, operated by our neighborhood charity Reach Out, will be open beginning Thursday, September 19. Scheduled days are Thursday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you would like to volunteer, stop in or phone 695-3298. PLEASE do not leave donations on the porch when the shop is closed! See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 13, 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 October 1. 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 WANTED CASH REWARD Antique & Used Fishing Tackle Buy & Sell – Reels, Wood Rods, Lures, Fish Mounts, Tackle Boxes, Fly Rods & Reels, Gaffs, Fighting Chairs, Nets, Nautical Items Old Rod & Reel Collector 239.695.4288 Free Appraisals


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 6952561 SAC / ANNUAL TITLE I MEETING New Officers will be elected at the September 12 SAC Meeting. Also, information will be provided regarding the Title I Status and questions are welcome. Everyone is invited so please plan to attend. The next meeting of the School Advisory Council will be Thursday, October 10 at 6:00 pm in the Media Center. Online Parent Resource InSync Education InSync Education has hundreds of resources and activities in core subject areas such as reading/language arts, math, science, and social studies/history. InSync Education also offers additional resources to help prepare students for standardized tests, practice academic skills over the summer and school breaks, and develops study skills and life-long learning strategies. InSync offers special resources for students in grades 9-12 to focus on life skills, applying to college, and career readiness. The company is able to offer additional services to the district which include more detailed data analysis, teacher tools and resources, new content and subjects. Visit the school’s website for more information. Miss Southwest Florida Launches Stiletto Sprint Pageant The Miss Southwest Florida Scholarship Pageant is teaming up with Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Southwest Florida and The Garden of Hope and Courage to help fight cancer and crown three new titleholders during the inaugural Stiletto Sprint Pageant which will be held on Saturday, October 19 at 3 pm in Cambier Park in Naples. Contestants of all ages will compete for the titles of: Stiletto Queen (women 25 and over), Miss Southwest Florida for the Cure (ages 17-24) and Miss Teen Southwest Florida for the Cure (ages 13-16). The organization is also seeking girls ages 5 – 12 to serve as Sunshine Princesses. The winners of the Miss SWFL for the Cure and Miss Teen SWFL for the Cure will each receive a $500 cash scholarship. A $500 cash prize will be awarded to the Stiletto Queen. Anyone interested should contact Kimberley Ouimet at (248) 342-8112 or by email, NEW TEACHER Welcome, Shana Secory, our new 6th – 8th grade Language Arts teacher. Shana grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, and graduated with a B.A. in English (Literature, Language and Culture) from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Afterwards, she went to The College of St. Scholastica in St. Paul, Minnesota where she received a Masters in Education. Shana came to Florida and worked at Immokalee High School during the past three years, teaching 9th grade English and Intensive Reading. Shana says that she is really excited to join the amazing staff at Everglades City School. In her free time she likes to go to the beach, read and watc h classic movies. ============================================== SPORTS SCHEDULE Visit website for a complete schedule Boys’ Sub-Varsity Cross Country Sat, Sept. 21, vs Middle School XC at Pine Ridge Middle School at 8:15 am Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Monday, Sept. 16, at Gulf Coast High School at 6:15 pm Tuesday, Sept. 17, vs Marco Island Academy at 5:00 pm Friday, Sept. 27, vs Community School of Naples at 6:30 pm Girls’ JV Volleyball Monday, Sept. 16, at Gulf Coast High School at 5:00 pm Tuesday, Sept. 24, vs Pemayetv Emahakv Charter at 5:00 pm Friday, Sept. 27, vs Community School of Naples at 5:30 pm ================================================== Free Beginners Soccer Clinic For Ages: 4 9 Come learn the basics of SOCCER! 9 am to 10:30 am Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 2 Please contact us by September 30 if you are interested: Shannon Synder: 695-8462 Email: or Sarah Lee: 334-734-4525 Email: Gator School Store Earn Gator Bucks and spend them in the School Store, open every Tuesday and Thursday before school in the cafeteria. IMPORTANT DATES Thurs, Sept. 12 SAC Meeting, 6 pm, Media Center Mon, Sept. 16 Superintendent’s Town Hall Mtg in Everglades City from 6 – 7 pm Tues, Sept. 17 Early Dismissal Thurs, Sept 19 College Night at Golden Gate High School at 4:30 pm Sat, Sept 21 ACT Test s (Juniors and Seniors)


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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 email: PAGE 7 HOUSEHOLD TIPS by Marya Repko I try not to eat too much "junk" food and always look at the list of Ingredients on packages but one of my favorite snacks is Rice Crackers, not too salty but with different flavors in each morsel. And, I've found them here in ECity at Right Choice Supermarket at the end of the last aisle opposite the meat coun ter. There are other oriental groceries on those shelves: cans of special veggies, sauces, noodles … whatever you need to create an interesting meal. My doggie was constantly licking his feet. One vet said it might be a toe-nail fungus, another said it was probably a nervous habit; older dogs do get "hot spots" which they lick. I couldn't figure out what to put onto my guy's feet that would be safe when he ingested it. Then, I thought of Orajel which is intended for little human kids with teething aches. I put some on my finger which went a bit numb and then I licked it, tongue was tingly. When I applied a small amount to doggie's foot, he licked it once and then stopped! You can buy Orajel at Right Choice Supermarket here in ECity. Property Deed ServiceDwight Brock, Clerk of the Circuit Court, issued a notice that Florida homeowners are receiving letters from a company called Property Transfer Services, offering to provide a copy of their property deed for $83.00. Collier citizens can obtain a copy of their property deed free of charge on or by visiting the Clerk’s Recording Department on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse Annex at the Government Center Complex. The Clerk’s charge is $1.00/page, plus an additional $2.00 charge for a certified copy, plus any mailing costs. For more information, call the Clerk’s Recording Dept at 252-7242 or 252-8261 or email questions to Recipe for Good Eating Roasted Chicken in a Slow Cooker submitted by Vicky Nagle Ingredients: 1 small bag thick-cut carrots and 3”cut celer y ribs (line bottom to act as meat rack) 4-5 lb. whole chicken (cut in parts) or chicken legs, skinned 2 Tbs. fresh rosemary, chopped 2 tsp. sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2 tsp. kosher salt, divided 1 tsp. coarsely ground pepper, divided 12 garlic cloves, sliced 3-4 Tbs. olive oil c chicken broth 2 lb. small Yukon Gold potatoes, halved* 1 tsp. olive oil *Fresh Market sells them loose, unwrapped or use bagged fingerlings. Place vegetables in a single layer in a 5-qu art slow cooker. Mix th e rosemary, paprika, 1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper, and rub all ov er chicken. In a skillet, saut garlic over medium heat 2 minutes or until brown. Remove garlic, and save. Brown chicken in reserved oil in batches, 3-4 minutes each side, and then remove. Add broth and reserved garlic to drippings to loosen brown bits. Transfer chicken and broth to cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 2 hours. Toss potatoes with 1 tsp. of oil, 1 tsp. salt, and tsp. pepper; add to slow cooker, cover, and cook 2 more hours. Transfer chicken and potatoes, and carrots an d celery if desired, to a serving platter. Pour juices from the cooker through a fine strainer into a bowl and skim the fat. Serve on the chicken and potatoes. If you have a favorite re cipe to share, please phone or email us. Patty Huff FLORIDA FLORA by Patricia Huff Pink Bromeliad ( Aechmea Fasciata ) Over the years friends have given us a number of bromeliads, and we continue to add them to the base of our Royal Poinciana or the cut-frond sections of our palm trees; in both places they enjoy partial shade. These plants do like a lot of water so during our heavy rainy season with high humidity, they have been very low maintenance. This beautiful “pink” bromeliad is a native of Brazil. It is also known as the “silver vase” (due to its powdery light green leaves) or “urn’ plant. Many people buy bromeliads as houseplants, but in south Florida a spot outside offers the best setting. These bromeliads do grow slow but can reach up to 35 inches in height (this one in our tree is 24 inches). Because water is held in the base of its oval-shaped leaves, scale insets and mosquitoes will sometimes breed in the pools of water. However, its bloom can lasts for months and is a very attractive addition to your garden. Notice Fresh Market will be opening Wednesday, September 18 at Eagle Creek (near 951 and Tamiami Trail) in Naples


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 email: PAGE 8 SEAFOOD FESTIVAL Yes … it’s that time of year again!!! We’re already planning ahead for a great Festival on February 7-8-9, 2014, and lining up top entertainers. Sponsors are needed to support our event and help us make money to give back to the community. For info, visit the Festival office behind Island Caf from 1:00-4:00 p.m. or phone 695-2277 or see our website at www.ever where you can download vendor application forms. FWC News Panther Sightings As of August 2013, the public had submitted 790 sightings in Florida on website Only 12% of the reports included a photograph and could be evaluated by Commission biologists. Other animals identified by FWC biologists were bobcats, foxes, coyotes, dogs, house cats and even a monkey. The verified panther re ports were largely confined to southwest Florida, the well-documented breeding range for panthers in the state. There also were several verified sightings in south central Florida. The FWC has a new “E-Z guide to identify panther tracks” available at ww w.FloridaPanther The Florida panther population is estimated to be 100 to 160 adults and yearlings, a figure that does not include panther kittens. As recently as the 1970s, the Fl orida panther was close to disappearing, with as few as 20 animals in the wild. Learn more about Florida panthers at Rare Snake Sightings Florida FWC biologists are asking the public to report on-line sightings of 3 rare snake species: Florida pine snake, southern hognose snake and short-tailed snake, all of which have been petitioned for federal listing and are found in dry, upland habitats, spending most of their time underground. They are only occasionally seen moving along the surface or crossing a road. Citizens are asked to provide photos (when possible), the location where they saw the snake and th e month / year the observation occurred. Reports can include liv e or dead animals. Although these species are nonvenomous, citizens should avoid disturbing them. For more information, visit, select “How You Can Conserve,” and choose “Snakes” under “Living with Wildlife.” Chronic Wasting Disease On September 6 the FWC passed a rule prohibiting the importation of live captive deer in to Florida from out-of-state sources. The rule was passed in an effort to reduce the chances of chronic wasting disease (CWD) bein g introduced into the state. For wildlife info and regulations, see Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922) Angler Tag Return: 800-367-4461 SNOOK RULES 1. slot limit 28 to 33 inches 2. one fish per person per day 3. valid fishing license with current Snook stamp Open season: SeptemberNovember, March-April. Living Gulf Coast by Charles Sobczak ( The Living Gulf Coast is available at the Big Cypress Swamp Visitor Center) Cane Toads (Continued from August 30 issue ) Originally from the forests of Central and South America, the cane toad has been used by natives in that region for food as well as for their toxic poison, called bufotoxin, which is carefully rubbed on arrow tips when hunting. The toxin, which is a milky substance released from the parotid gland located behind the eyes, is the toad’s primary defense mechanism. It is often lethal to dogs, cats, raccoons, ring-tailed coatis and various bi rds, such as eagles and owls. Death by cane toads is extremely painful for any animal ingesting one. Symptoms include drooling, head-shaking, loss of coordination and finally, convulsions and death. The dog’s or cat’s gums often turn dark red, a good indication the animal has eaten a poisonous cane toad. The trouble with cane toads co mes in a combination of their size, fecundity and voracious appetite. Cane toads have been known to eat insects, lizards, snakes, frogs, small mammals, garbage, various plants, pet food and birds. Females, which are larger than the males, can lay up to 25,000 eggs at once. A single string of these black eggs was measured at 66 feet long. On barrier islands such as Sanibel and Captiva, the cane toad could quickly overwhelm native species such as the southern toad, Eastern narrow-mouth frog, ring-necked snake, rice rats and the green and brown anole. Although fatal human encounters are rare, licking cane toads to get high from the chemicals in their secretion has been known to happen. It is not recommended. Cane toads originally came to Florida in 1955 when a pet dealer in Miami accidently rel eased 100 toads. They are now firmly established throughout much of South Florida, including Collier and Lee Counties. In Australia, millions of dollars and numerous experiments have been used in an attempt to control the spread of the world’s largest frog. Nothing has worked. Stopping the spread of cane toads across all of Florida will prove an equally daunting task and is yet another example of the inherent dangers imposed by introducing non-native reptiles, plants or mammals into a new environment. One limiting factor could be a prolonged cold snap, as cane toads are no t adapted to living in colder climates. SCCF along with the staff of J.N. “Ding” Darling are working diligently to control the spread of these toxic toads on Sanibel and they have asked that any confirmed sightings or hearings of their distinctive call (go to: toad) should be reported to their Wildlife Habitat Management office at (239) 472-3984. 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 SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 email: PAGE 9 LOCAL HISTORY ESHP News The next Board meeting of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation is on Monday, October 7, at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall. To learn more about our historical society, visit website www.evergladeshi F. J. FRANKENHOFF by Patricia Huff ESHP recently received a phone call from Lynn Pierce who said her grandfather F. J. Frankenhoff had lived in Everglades City and worked for Barron Collier. I was familiar with the name “Frankenhoff” since it was also one of our street names in the 1930s (many streets were later changed to the name of flowers: Frankenhoff, now Gardenia). Lynn also told me her mother Hilda was valedictorian of her Everglades High School graduating class of 1939. Our conversation led me to do some research about her grandfather. Through a google search, I found the Florida Railroad and Navigation Corporation, incorporated June 18, 1928, listed D. Graham Copeland as President, F. S. Lewis, Secretary, F. J. Frankenhoff, Treasurer, and directors F. D. Lowe and Percy Smith. In the November 1942 “Florida Educational Directory” I discovered that F. J. Frankenhoff was Chairman of the Collier County Board of Public Instruction. Lynn added that her grandfather was born in Germany in 1887 and later married Elsie. They had one daughter, Hilda, and her “Godfather” was Snooky Senghaus, famed Bavarian chef at the Rod & Gun Club. In the “ History and Organization of the Everglades Presbyterian Community Church, ” I read that Mrs. F. J. Fran kenhoff was a charter member of the Community Church. In 1998 the Naples Daily News published an article about its own 75-year history (originally the Collier County News established on July 25, 1923). The article mentioned that F. J. Frankenhoff was Collier’s chief finance officer in Everglades and the newspaper’s principal contact person, working out of the main offices of D. Graham Copeland who was manager of the Collier concern. Collier County MUSEUMS September Exhibits / Programs Museum of the Everglades: Waves of the Gulf of Mexico by Caroline Davis Collier County Museum, Naples: Journey back to the beginni ng of Southwest Florida's unique past in the Museum's exhibit hall. Newly d eveloped artifact displa ys, audio-visual programs and three-dimensional dioramas take visitors on a se lf-guided tour of local history and explain the people, places and events that have s haped and reshaped Florida's last frontier. September 25 Program at 2 pm : Beer Worms, Square Grouper & Indians, Oh My!: The Hidden History of Everglades City September 28: National Museum Day Event from 11 am to 4 pm Naples Depot Museum: Journey of the Hispan ic Artist in America Marco Island Historical Museum: Shorebirds of South Florida by Marie Adams The Museum of the Everglades is open Tu esday 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. If you want to join the Friends, contact Helen at 695-3298 or see our website to download a form to send with your check. The Museum is also looking for volunteers to greet visitors at the front desk. For information, stop in and talk to Martha or phone her at 695-0008. .TAXING THINGS by Mike the Tax Guy Many folks will be planning for their retirement soon and possibly selling their former home as they relocate to their new home. Even if you make a profit from the sale of your home, you may not have to report it as income. Here are 10 tips from the IRS to keep in mind when selling your home. 1. If you sell your home at a gain, you may be able to exclude part or all of the profit from your income. This rule generally applies if you’ve owned and used the property as your main home for at least two out of the five years before the date of sale. 2. You normally can exclude up to $250,000 of the gain from your income ($500,000 on a joint return). This excluded gain is also not subject to the new Net Investment Income Tax, which is effective in 2013. 3. If you can exclude all of the gain, you probably don’t need to report the sale of your home on your tax return. 4. If you can’t exclude all of the gain, or you choose not to exclude it, you’ll need to report the sale of your home on your tax return. You’ll also have to report the sale if you received a Form 1099-S, Proceeds From Real Estate Transactions 5. Use the worksheets in Publication 523, Selling Your Home to figure the gain (or loss) on the sale. It also will help you determine how much of the gain you can exclude. 6. Generally, you can exclude a gain from the sale of only one main home per two-year period. 7. If you have more than one home, you can exclude a gain only from the sale of your main home. You must pay tax on the gain from selling any other home. If you have two homes and live in both of them, your main home is usually the one you live in most of the time. 8. Special rules may apply when you sell a home for which you received the first-time homebuyer credit. See Publication 523 for details. 9. You cannot deduct a loss from the sale of your main home. 10. When you sell your home and move, be sure to update your address with Social Security, the IRS, and the U.S. Postal Service. File Form 8822, Change of Address, to notify the IRS.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 email: PAGE 10 Florida Tales “Chill Williams” by Chester Keene This is a story Chill Williams told to me awhile back about Marco Island, FL. When I was working at the Ready-Mix Industry in Naples, FL, Fuller industries bought them out and got the contract to build the Missile Tracking Station on Marco Island, FL. This was for missile tracking from some other states and lasted into the Cuban Missile Crisis era. We se t up a little portable batch plant that Fuller had purchased. It was a little push hard ready-mix plant, everything was manual about it. Bagging cement was done by hand. Well, they shipped me down to Marco to run that plant. I had two white men; one was from Marco and three black men. One of the black men was the best truck driver I ever saw drive a cement truck. He taught the white men how to drive; the truck from Miami brought 700 bags of powdered Portland cement and mortar mix cement. We met the truck from Miami and loaded half of the 700 bags with a forklift onto our old government surplus army truck flatbed. This was all done at the old wooden Goodland Bridge before the new one was built years later to Marco Island. The mosquitos and sand flies (No-see-ums) were the worse ever seen at that end of the bridge. The driver was waiting on the truck and they were waiting on him, biting and buzzing on the calm, windless morning before good daybreak. He could only take a half load at a time but the insects were driving him crazy. He didn't want to take the chance of a full load and falling through the wooden bridge but the bugs were hungry and in need of a morning meal. He decided to take the whole load across at one time, the fellow said drive real fast so the bridge won't cave in and don't stop till you get on the other side, and he took off. If they had been caught by the Law they would put us all in jail for overloading the bridge. He got across to the other side where th e plant was in the swamp and the bugs were not too bad. The mainland side of the old wooden bridge was the worse place in Collier County for mosquitos and sand flies and may still be. The tracking station was built, occupied and running soon. A special thanks to Charles S. "Chill" Williams for this story. He said: "sometime I'll tell you where and how I got that nickname." Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. From Savannah’s Eyes You are 16 only once and that is true for every age that you turn. But, 16 is one of those special birthdays where girls or guys have sweet 16birthday parties which I have always dreamed of since I was little; and I finally got to have one! My party was in the back of Island Caf restaurant and was also catered by them: the pizza and wings were amazing! There was a dance floor so that people could dance and rock to the music. My mom and I went to Pa rty City and got the Sweet 16 pink, black, and white themed decorations that were beautiful and sparkly. There were streamers hanging from the ceiling, pink tablecloths, balloons all over the place, and or course the number 16 everywhere. I felt like I was in a wonderland where you are 16 forever! My cousin and brother made me CD’s filled with dance songs that everyone had a blast dancing to. My favorite probably was the Cha Cha Slide, because everyone jumped from their seats and went to the dance floor. Since my mom loves to take pictures, and this was such a memorable moment, we had a photo booth Polaroid that said “Savannah’s Sweet 16” so I could take picture with all my friends and guests, and people could take some with other people. It wa s so beautifully crafted and was so sparkly; it shone every time that the disco lights would hit it! And finally the cake; I was in awe over it and so was everyone else! It was a three-layered cake and each layer was a different design and a different flavor! The bottom was pink and black stripped with a big white bow wrapped around it and was a coconut pineapple flavor (which was delicious). The middle looked like a quilt pattern and in each diamond where they would meet each other there was a little pearl. Pearls also surrounded each layer where they were sitting upon each other at the bottom. In the center of the middle layer my name was written in cursive writing on a pink circle. This flavor was carrot cake! The top layer had white and black circles with anothe r big bow wrapped around it; this one was red velvet cake. And to top it off, at the very tiptop was a big 16 with stars sticking out behind and around it! Sitting beside the cake was a sweet 16 crown made of candy (I actually wore it later on during the party and then ate it with my frie nds)! Over all the cake was gorgeous and breathtaking! (Above photo of Savannahs with her brother Shaun) I had such an amazing sweet 16 part y and I had a blast dancing with friends and eating my magnificent cake! Thanks to everyone that helped with the decorations, Carol for letting me have my party in the back and for catering it, Karen and Bobby for my lovely photo Polaroid for my photo booth, and thanks so much to the special lady who made my birthday cake! Also thanks so much for the two people that made this possible, my parents. You guys are the best and I love you both so much! Had an amazing sweet 16! 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 two suspects were arrested and charged with two counts of burglary and theft on August 31 of boats and fishing equipment. Please remember not to leave unattended fishing equipment in boats. This type of property is an easy target for would-be thieves. Please 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 SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 email: PAGE 11 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 EVERGLADES CITY Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W see for weather and www.nhc.noaa. g o v for storms RESTAURANTS Angel Fish Caf (331-9624): 8:00 am – 6:00 pm; Mon thru Sat Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): Re-opening October 15 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): Re-opening October 15 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): Re-opening October 1 Right Choice Supermarket (695-4535): 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sat-Sun Grimm’s Stone Crab (695-3222): Re-opening October 15 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, 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 Chester Keene sent in this Facebook photo of someone reading the Rapper during lunch. Happy Birthday to Jim Bryan who celebrated his 81st on August 28! This is a ‘Russell’ Avocado, with its very long and unusual neck. It originated in Matecombe (now known as Islamorada and which was founded by the Russell’s) in the Keys so it's not surprising that it found its way to Chokoloskee where this specimen was harvested. If someone asks you "do you want some pears?" they are talking about the green "alligator pears" that have grown in this area for years. TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 09/13 Fri 04:02am 1.1 L 09/13 Fri 08:53am 2.9 H 09/13 Fri 05:27pm 0.2 L 09/13 Fri 11:30pm 2.3 H 09/14 Sat 05:32am 1.0 L 09/14 Sat 10:33am 3.0 H 09/14 Sat 06:33pm 0.1 L 09/15 Sun 12:33am 2.5 H 09/15 Sun 06:42am 0.9 L 09/15 Sun 11:51am 3.1 H 09/15 Sun 07:30pm 0.1 L 09/16 Mon 01:15am 2.6 H 09/16 Mon 07:40am 0.7 L 09/16 Mon 12:53pm 3.3 H 09/16 Mon 08:22pm 0.1 L 09/17 Tue 01:48am 2.8 H 09/17 Tue 08:32am 0.5 L 09/17 Tue 01:46pm 3.4 H 09/17 Tue 09:09pm 0.1 L 09/18 Wed 02:18am 2.9 H 09/18 Wed 09:21am 0.3 L 09/18 Wed 02:33pm 3.4 H 09/18 Wed 09:52pm 0.2 L 09/19 Thu 02:48am 3.1 H 09/19 Thu 10:06am 0.2 L 09/19 Thu 03:17pm 3.4 H 09/19 Thu 10:33pm 0.3 L 09/20 Fri 03:17am 3.2 H 09/20 Fri 10:50am 0.1 L 09/20 Fri 03:59pm 3.2 H 09/20 Fri 11:12pm 0.4 L 09/21 Sat 03:47am 3.2 H 09/21 Sat 11:33am 0.0 L 09/21 Sat 04:42pm 3.0 H 09/21 Sat 11:49pm 0.6 L 09/22 Sun 04:19am 3.2 H 09/22 Sun 12:16pm 0.1 L 09/22 Sun 05:28pm 2.8 H 09/23 Mon 12:25am 0.7 L 09/23 Mon 04:53am 3.1 H 09/23 Mon 01:01pm 0.2 L 09/23 Mon 06:18pm 2.6 H 09/24 Tue 01:00am 0.9 L 09/24 Tue 05:32am 3.0 H 09/24 Tue 01:50pm 0.3 L 09/24 Tue 07:15pm 2.4 H 09/25 Wed 01:38am 1.0 L 09/25 Wed 06:23am 2.8 H 09/25 Wed 02:47pm 0.4 L 09/25 Wed 08:19pm 2.3 H 09/26 Thu 02:31am 1.1 L 09/26 Thu 07:36am 2.7 H 09/26 Thu 03:55pm 0.5 L 09/26 Thu 09:29pm 2.2 H


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 email: PAGE 12 The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area PUBLISHER Patricia A. Huff, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 (239) 695-2397, EDITORS Patty Huff & Marya Repko CONTRIBUTORS to this Issue Helen Bryan, Chester Keene, Mike Klein, 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 -----------------------------------------------------------REAL ESTATE FOR SALE -----Fabulous views of Chokoloskee Bay from this lovely 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with 160' of deeded waterfront with dock. Open floor plan. $799,000. ------Lovely views of Everglades City's Lake Placid from this 2-bed, 2-bath condo with deeded dock & lift. $179,900 -------Duplex in Chokoloskee, 2 beds, 2 baths on each floor. Deeded waterfront with dock & lift. Good rental income. $349,900. -------RV home site located directly on the bay in Chokoloskee, deeded dock with lift. Incredible views of the bay. Includes 40' Travel Supreme 5th wheel. $280,000 Call Bonnie Woodward, Keller Williams Realty, 239-860-6369. -----------------------------------------------------------WANTED : Two (reliable) cars for graduates of the AMIkids Big Cypress program. If you can donate a vehicle (tax-deductible), call Ron at 695-1001. ------------------------------------------------FOR SALE : Manufactured Home, 3/2 on waterfront: walkway / mooring to water. Price $122,500.00. Call Pat (239) 352-7328. ----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: 5th wheel, perfect condition $6,500 OBO. Brand new Jacuzzi bathtub w/jets $500 OBO. Large size dog kennel $175 OBO and a medium size (or for 2 small dogs) kennel $100 OBO; both all metal; good quality. 25” TV with remote $40. Call (239) 232-0054. ------------------------------------------------FABULOUS HOME / ONE OF A KIND Beech Mountain, NC 695 2645 FOR RENT: 10 x 10 Storage units at 103 S. Storter, $60 a month. Call Deb at 695-9267. JOBS & SERVICES Year-Round Full Time Sales Associate positions available i mmediately for local non-profit. Call Jim at 305-247-1216. -------------------------------------------------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. -------------------------------------------------PUT YOUR JOB ADS IN THE RAPPER no charge! phone us at 695-2905 SNOOK CLASSIFIEDS -----------------------------------------------------------FOR SALE Last of the old Chokoloskee Cruisers Albatross II For details: (239) 455-1567 or 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 9/13/13 PET PICS “Dixie” was visiting Everglades City School at the end of the day the first week of school. Send us y our Pet Pics b y email or p ost.