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25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MARCH 28 – APRIL 10, 2014 2014, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VIII Issue #208 Everglades Bike Ride Come join the fun and adventure of the Annual Everglades Bicycle Ride which will be held at McLeod Park on Sunday, April 13, with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. A continental breakfast and coffee will start your day. You may choose from a guided 16-mile ride which will take you to Carnestown, back to Everglades City, Chokoloskee and return to McLeod Park for a catered seafood lunch. If you prefer just to ride 8 miles, you’ll have that option. Other alternatives will be an “off-road” guided tour along Janes Scenic in the Fakahatchee or an “on-the-road” 62mile ride. To receive a discount, please register early by April 4 at or If you would like to be a sponsor, volunteer, or need more information, contact Patty Huff at 695-2397. Come join us for some fun and exercise! INSPIRATION by Patricia Huff A few weeks ago I received an email message from Steve Jablonowski with the Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation Department. He had befriended a “young” couple close to his office and over the past year and a half learned a lot about their long life together. He discovered that they had eloped to Everglades City on March 15, 1942, and were married by Justice of the Peace J.W. Russell in his home with witnesses Lovie Fitzpatrick (a next door neighbor) and Mrs. J. W. Russell; Judge Jolley signed the marriage certificate. This year marked their 72nd wedding anniversary and their new friend Steve brought the couple back to Everglades City on March 15 for lunch at the Rod & Gun Club, the same venue where they had dined (at a cost of $1.50) after the short wedding ceremony in 1942 (which costs them $2.00). I had the pleasure of joining John, age 92, and Betty Onoprienko, age 91, and their family (son-in-law Bill Budd, grand-daughter Brie, son Jim, a retired Colonel with the U.S. Air Force stationed in Homestead and daughter Doti, pictured left at the Museum ). John and Betty told me that they decided to drive the distance to Everglades City to get married because there would be no questions asked (or proof) about their ages: Betty was only 17 and still a student at Miami Senior High where she met John. Betty confessed she lied on the certificate to say she was 18; John was 19. John recalls that the Tamiami Trail was a narrow road; Betty had been here the year before when her 1st cousin Pat Reardon decided to elope to the Everglades. Betty remembered that she and John couldn’t stay overnight here since her curfew was 10:30 p.m. and they didn’t tell their parents about their adventure to Ever glades City and the marriage until a year later when John was shipped off to the S outh Pacific to serve in WWII (he was the recipient of the Bronze Star). By that time Betty was pregnant with their son Jim. Also, in order for Betty to receive the $50 per month allotted to servicemen’s wives, she had to tell her parents. All in all, everything worked out for the best. Although there was no honeymoon at that time, John and Betty travel to Europe every year (this year they will be sailing to Rome before flying off to Paris). Together we tried to find J. W. Russell’s home where they were married; Arita Parker and her sister Barbara Daniels thought it may have been on what is now Allen Avenue. John and Betty couldn’t identify any part icular house there but recalled that it looked very similar to the other homes on Allen. If anyone has any information about J. W. Russell, his wife, Lovie Fitzpatrick or the home of the justice of the peace in the 1940s, please email The Mullet Rapper We’d love to hear from you! Congratulations, John and Betty Onoprienko, on your 72nd anniversary. I hope you’ll return to Everglades City every year to celebrate!! TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Gulf Coast p. 8 Events p. 3 Taxing Things p. 9 School p. 5 Museum p. 9 Recipe p. 7 Florida Tales p. 9 Sheriff p. 7 Angel p. 9 Fishing p. 8 Everglades p.10 Sawfish p. 8 Obituary p.11 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: Poetry, p. 7 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 March 28, 2014 May 10: Emergency Workers' Fish Fry June 2-14: Sales Tax Holiday June 28: Independence Day Celebration THRIFT SHOP: Tuesday and Sat, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm SKATING RINK: Fri, Sat, 7-10 pm DR DEMARTINO: Fri, 1:30 to 4:30 pm LITTLE GATOR CLINIC: Tuesday, April 1 and 8, 5 to 7 pm FOOD PANTRY: Sat, 8:30 to 10:30 am, Community Chur ch CR-29 HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP: Thursday, 8 am AA: Wed, 5:00 pm, Community Church AL-ANON: Thurs, 12 noon, Community Church NA: Sat, 11:30 am, Community Center (S kating Rink) MUSEUM: Tues-Fri, 9 am to 5 pm; Sat, 9 am to 4 pm SMALLWOOD STORE: Daily, 10 am to 4 pm VA SUPPORT: Fri, Mar 28, 10:30 am and April 11, 10 am WEIGHT LOSS: Tues, 5 to 6 pm, Community Church CARNESTOWN Recycle and Trash: 2nd Sat, 9 am to 1 pm SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: See office in City Hall for April days/hours POST OFFICE HOURS: Everglades City 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m.; Sat: outside pick-up 3:30 p.m. ; Chokoloskee 9 a.m. to 12 noon; 1 to 3 p.m. Sat: outside pick-up 3:30 pm; Ochopee 8 to 10 a.m.; 12 noon to 4 p.m. Sat: Open for service 10 to 11:30 a.m. SHERIFF: 252-9300 CITY HALL: 695-3781 PUBLIC LIBRARY: 695-2511 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 695-3941 AIRPORT: 695-2778 FAKAHATCHEE: 695-4593 BIG CYPRESS: 695-2000 EVG NATIONAL PARK: 695-3311 CURBSIDE TRASH PICKUP (FRIDGES, WASHING MACHINES, TVS): 252-2380 COLLIER COUNTY: 252-8999 SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT 23 24 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God, 7 pm 25 Kids’ Clinic see p.3 26 Ladies Coffee Havana Caf 8 am 27 An Evening at the Museum 5 pm RAPPER 28 VA Support Group 10:30 am 29 Calusa Days see p.3 new moon 30 Calusa Days see p.3 31 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm APRIL 1 Kids’ Clinic see p.3 Congressional Aide Visit, 3 pm FME Mtg see p.9 City Council 5:30 pm 2 Ladies Coffee Island Caf, 8 am Service for Jim Thomas see p.11 Fakahatchee Public Workshop see p.3 3 Everglades Book Club see p.3 4 5 Diamonds Tea see p.3 Starry Night see p.3 6 7 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm ESHP Meeting Smallwood Mtg see p.3 8 Kids’ Clinic see p.3 School Board Meeting see p.5 Public Workshop see p.3 9 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 10 RAPPER 11 VA Support Group 10 am see p.3 MPO Meeting City Hall see p.3 12 Museum Reception see p.9 13 Palm Sunday see p.11 Everglades Bike Ride see p.1 14 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church, 7 pm OFCD Meeting see p.3 full moon 15 Weight Loss Support Group see p.7 ReachOut City Hall, 8:30 am 16 Ladies Coffee Sweet Mayberry’s Caf 8 am 17 Maundy Thursday see p.11 18 Good Friday see p.11 19 20 EASTER Sunrise Service National Park 7 am 21 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm 22 Weight Loss see p.7 ORV Meeting see p.3 23 Ladies Coffee Havana Caf 8 am 24 RAPPER 25 VA Support Group 10:30 am see p.3 26 Pancake Fly-In Museum B’day Art-in-theGlades 27 28 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church, 7 pm new moon 29Weight Loss Support Group see p.7 30 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am MAY 1 National Day of Prayer 2 3 MARCH / APRIL 2014 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 March 28, 2014 email: PAGE 3 CALUSA DAYS On March 29 & 30 come celebrate Calusa Days & Florida Archaeology Month at the ENP Gulf Coast Visitor Center. Learn about the prehistory and archaeological resources in the 10,000 Islands; visit Indian shell mounds and see exhibits on basketry, pottery, shell tools, atlatl spear throwing and lots more. Activities are free except for the boat tours to the shell mounds. For more information, call 695-3311. Public Workshop There will be a pr esentation of the proposed management plan for the Fakahatachee Strand Preserve State Park at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 2 at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 300 Tower Rd, in Naples. A copy of the draft plan and agenda are available online at For more information, email or call Renee at (239) 695-4593. Everglades Book Club The last meeting of this season will be held on Thursday, April 3 at 9:30 am at Rena Magolnick's house, 15 Spoonbill Avenue on Plantation Island. The book to be discussed is "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole. Everyone is invited to join us. DIAMONDS' TEA The annual Diamonds' Tea will take place on Saturday, April 5 at 2:00 pm in the Everglades Seafood Depot. If you are 70 years old or older, you're welcome to attend. Younger women are invited to help as hostesses. For information and reservations, please phone Annie at 695-2009. STARRY NIGHT On Saturday, April 5, at 8:30 p.m., Big Cypress National Preserve will give its final astronomy program of the season. Presentations will include constellation tours and telescope viewing of stars. Call 695-1165 or see COPELAND PRAIRIE To see the Environmental Assessment Plan, visit Comments due April 5 online or by mail to Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida 34141. For questions, contact Bob DeGross at 695-1107. SMALLWOOD MUSEUM FUNDRAISING MTG There will be an open meeting to discuss fundraising ideas and events for the historic Smallwood Store & Museum at 9:30 am on Monday, April 7, at Havana Caf. All interested parties are invited to attend and participate. Public Workshop Backcountry Access Plan The purpose of this plan is to provide ORV secondary trails, non-motorized trails, and a camping management plan and to establish a permanent route for the Florida National Scenic Trail. The workshop will be held from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 8, at the Big Cypress Welcome Center in Ochopee. Further details are available online at me.cfm?projectID=49334. 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) The public comment period for the 2035 LRTP Amendment will close April 11 To view the document, visit The MPO Board will consider the adoption of this amendment together with comments received at their meeting on April 11 at 10 am at Everglades City Hall. ORV MEETING The next ORV Advisory Committee meeting for Big Cypress National Preserve will be held 3:30 pm to 8 pm on Tuesday, April 22 at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center in Ochopee. For more details go online to Comments may be made to Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141. Attn: Superintendent, Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee. OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 03/12/14: Emergency Med, Everglades City 03/12/14: Airboat Accident, Everglades City 03/12/14: Boating Accident, Everglades City 03/13/14: Fire Alarm (Mutual Aid), Marco 03/13/14: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 03/13/14: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 03/13/14: Vehicle Accident, 62 MM I-75 03/13/14: Fire Alarm (Mutual Aid), Marco 03/13/14: Stand By, Chokoloskee Island 03/14/14: Emergency Medical, 51 MM I-75 03/14/14: Emergency Med, Everglades City 03/14/14: Emergency Medical, 80 MM I-75 03/14/14: Emergency Medical, 80 MM I-75 03/15/14: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 03/15/14: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 03/15/14: Trash Fire, Carnestown 03/15/14: Brush Fire, Turner Rr Rd & US 41 03/16/14: Fire Alarm, Port of the Islands 03/17/14: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 03/17/14: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 03/17/14: Emergency Med, Everglades City 03/18/14: Brush Fire, SR 29 and US 41 03/19/14: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 03/20/13: Fire Alarm (Mutual Aid), Marco 03/20/14: Brush Fire, Ochopee 03/20/14: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 03/21/14: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 03/21/14: Vehicle Accident, 81 MM I-75 03/21/14: Emergency Medical, 83 MM I-75 03/22/14: Vehicle Accident, 64 MM I-75 03/22/14: Brush Fire, South Blocks 03/23/14: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 03/23/14: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 03/23/13: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 03/23/13: Emergency Med, SR 29 and I-75 03/23/14: Emergency Med, Everglades City 03/24/14: Vehicle Accident, 51 MM I-75 03/24/14: Vehicle Accident, Ochopee 03/25/14: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee On March 25 the Board of County Commissioners unanim ously approved for the County Manager to create a merger plan between the Ochopee Fire Control and Rescue District and East Naples, possibly with an Interlocal Agreement. The OFCD Advisory Committee Meeting will be Monday, April 14, at 4 pm in Port of the Islands Realty Office at 24998 Tamiami Trl. DOCTOR’S CLINIC Dr. Kirk DeMartino will see patients every Friday 1:30 to 4:30 pm behind the Fire Station. Call (239) 642-5552. Little Gator Clinic The free walk-in clinic behind the Fire Station will be open Tuesday, April 1 and April 8, from 5 to 7 pm. THRIFT SHOP HOURS Beginning April 1 the Thrift Shop will be open only on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Veterans Support Group Meetings every other Friday: April 11 at 10:00 am, and April 25 at 10:30 am at the Everglades Co mmunity Church.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area March 28, 2014 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 10:30 am – 6:00 pm; daily Full Table Service Stone Crabs Shrimp Conch Crab Cakes Homemade Key Lime Pies Orlo & Pam Hilton (239) 695-2662 “On the River behind the School” O p en 6 am WANT ED 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 Spring Show “Everglades Skies” Everglades Art Varick Niles Studio 110 Camellia Street Fridays & Saturdays, 11:00-4:00 p.m. Closing April 19 for the Summer 1 0:00 AM – 5:00 PM


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area March 28, 2014 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 TAYLOR’S CORNER This week our school had another great book fair, and the class who bought the most books won a party! The wining team was 2nd grade; 4th grade came in second place and 3rd grade came in third. Just a friendly reminder that report cards are coming out on April 7 so be on the lookout. I think April will be an exciting month because on April 10 fourth grade, sixth grade and high school will be competing in a science competition at Edison State Collage. Fourth grade is going to be working with electrodes called “little bits,” middle school will make solar powered cars, and high school will be doing geo cashing. The little league team has starte d practicing at the ball field behind the Catholic Church. We have games on Saturdays and practice on Mondays and Fridays. I’m playing catch er and short stop. Big thanks to Mr. Owen & Mrs. Donnell for organizing it and getting everyone together. Spring break is already here, and I can’t wait to go camping and fishing and just relax and hang out with my friends; I might even go kayaking while I’m at it, too. I’d like my readers to write in and tell me about what cool things YOU did over your spring break. I’d like to include them in the next edition of The Mullet Rapper so send them to Taylor Dahlke is 10 years old and in the 4th grade at Everglades City School. She is the reporter for the elementary school. COMMUNITY THANK YOU FROM EVERGLADES CITY SCHOOL Everglades City School would like to thank its community book fair sponsors. We are so fortunate to have the community’s support! Your donations to sponsor our teachers’ classroom books from the Scholastic Book Fair are greatly appreciated. The following businesses/people sponsored books for our school: Ms. Dimas, Evergl ades Private Airboat Tours, Grimm’s Stonecrab Company, Patty Huff, Island Caf, Rock Can Handy Man, LLC, the Stroud family, Mr. Spano and Speedy’s Airboat Tours! Thank you for believing in Everglades City School and supporting literacy! NOTE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT Last week Mr. Spano showed me around, and I could see and feel the excitement and energy from the students and staff. I was able to tour the campus and I enjoyed hearing from several teachers and students! I al so enjoyed visiting a variety of classrooms and meeting some of the new and veteran teachers. I very much enjoyed my visit a nd hearing all the great work at Everglades City School!!!! I happened to catch students working on their practice FCAT, and they su re seemed ready to go! I also really enjoyed seeing your fish in their revitalized tanks!! Additionally, a student then showed me the two gardens using two types of water!! Thanks for all you do and have a great Spring Break and rest of the school year!!! Kamela Patton, Ph.D., Superintendent Collier County Public Schools LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL Dear Students, Parents and Community, We hope our families had an enjoyable and restful Spring Break. When students return on April 1, we will continue to prepare them for the many end-of-year activities they have coming up. The last two months of school always seem to fly by, especially with all of the assessments we will be administering. We are all very anxious to begin FCAT testing in April. We feel very confident that all of our students are well prepared for these upcoming assessments. In addition to FCAT testing, we have several End-Of-Course exams to administer to our high school students. On the enjoyable side of things, for our students, are events such as Grad Bash at Universal, Junior/Senior Prom at the Marco Marriott, awards programs, and district play-offs in both baseball and softball. We hope you are able to join us on April 8 at 4 pm, as we are hosting the School Bo ard Meeting. As we prepare for next year, you can look forward to a new program called College Summit This program serves as a “Launchpad” to college and career success for our students. We will provide more information to our students after Spring Break. As always, please feel free to call or stop by with any questions you may have. Gratefully yours, Bob Spano HOME SPORTS SCHEDULE Boys Varsity Baseball Tuesday, April 1 vs Seacrest Country Day School 4 pm Wednesday, April 2 vs Marco Island Academy 4 pm Monday, April 14 vs Immokalee High School at 8 pm Tuesday, April 15 vs Marco Island Academy at 4 pm Boys JV Baseball Thursday, April 3 vs Moore Haven Junior-Senior HS at 3:30 pm Monday, April 14 vs Immokalee High School at 5 pm Girls Softball (Holy Family Catholic Church Softball Field) Tuesday, April 1 vs Seacrest Country Day School 4 pm Thursday, April 3 vs Ahfachkee School 4 pm Monday, April 7 vs Immokalee High School 4 pm IMPORTANT DATES March 24-28 Spring Break – No School March 31 Teachers’ Planning Day – No School April 4 Grad Bash (departing school at 2 pm) April 8 School Board Meeting, Cafeteria, 4 pm


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area March 28, 2014 email: PAGE 6 Tri-County Cooling & Refrigeration, Inc. Sales Service Maintenance CALL ANYTIME 239-253-4860 Licensed CAC 1817126 Driftwood Spa Massage Therapy and Spa Services 239-695-0069 Please come and see us at our new location inside Everglades Isle Motorcoach Retreat, just South of the Bridge coming into Everglades City, across from Jungle Erv's Airboat Tours. Hand made soaps Soy candles Unique Gifts BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area March 28, 2014 email: PAGE 7 LIVEABOARD BOAT SLIPS – NAPLES Slip Sales Starting at $39,000 Slip Rental starts at $400/mo Contact: (239) 289 3143 or ( 239 ) 389 0367 Everglades Area Hot Lines Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 313-530-3395 AlAnon 239-263-5907 Narcotics Anonymous (NA) 239-776-1525 12-Step Meeting Schedules are available in City Hall and Chokoloskee Post Office Recipe for Good Eating Cornbread Pudding by Jane Rackley Ingredients: 1 17 oz. can whole kernel corn, drained 1 17 oz. can cream style corn 1 stick butter, melted and cooled 1 8 oz. pkg. sour cream 2 eggs beaten 1 pkg. Jiffy corn muffin mix Heat oven to 350. Butter a 2.5 quart casserole. Beat eggs. Add melted, cooled butter; add sour cream, corn, and Jiffy mix. Pour into casserole dish. Bake about 1 hour at 350. WEIGHT LOSS SUPPORT GROUP Success Weight Loss class is held every Tuesday from 5 6 p.m. at the Community Church. Christian based support group for wellness. Call Kathy Kronk (573) 619-9929. HOUSEHOLD TIPS When you pack up to travel aw ay for the summer, don't forget Unwanted or outdated medicines can be deposited safely in the box just near the front door at City Hall Unopened packages of dried food (eg, pasta, cereal) and tin cans can be donated to the Food Pantry in Everglades Community Church. Go into the door between the sanctuary and fellowship hall where you'll find a large donation box. Clothing, shoes, and household items can be donated to the Thrift Shop on Tuesday and Saturday between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p. m. Please do not leave things on the porch! Have a good summer and keep up with our news in the Rapper with a subscription. SHERIFF’S REPORT Between March 20 and 21 persons unknown removed a white boat cushion from a boat at Parkway Village (investigation continues). On March 21 an Ochopee man was arrested and charged with grand theft which oc curred at Circle K in Everglades City. On March 25 two individuals from Chokoloskee were arrested and charged with a burglary and grand theft that occurred at a residence on March 19 in Parkway Village. Always remember to secure your valuables and report any suspicious activity immediately to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 252-9300 or in an emergency by dialing 911. Stay Safe! THE SHELTER FOR ABUSED WOMEN & CHILDREN If you or someone you love is in an abusive relationship, call the confidential 24-hour crisis line: (239) 775-1101/TTY or (239) 775-4265; the Shelter provides all services free of charge. Visit for more information. What Will Happen by LeAnne Bedford Will the sun come out? The very next day? Will the moon go down? Or run away? Will this world Ever change? Or in the end, Stay the same? Will next year Be different from now? Will this world Find peace somehow? I think we all agree, The world is going insane! But if we work together, LeAnne Bedford is a new contributor who writes poetry. We can make a change! She is 16 yrs old and in the 10th grade at Everglades City School. NOW SERVING EVERGLADES CITY S.W. FLA’s Pest Authority since 1990 CALL 239-455-4300 Palmetto Bugs, Roaches YUCK!! 3899 Mannix Dr #412 See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area March 28, 2014 email: PAGE 8 April Fishing Report by Captain Bill Lindsay Snook fishing gets good; cast noisy topwater plugs early in the day. A surface strike from a snook at first light is one of the great experiences in saltwater angling. La ter in the day, when the sun is up, snook will roam shallow wa ter where they become prime sight-casting targets. Tarpon fishing also improves as they begin their migration up the west coast. These fish can be caught on the outside points as they swim by or in coves where they rest. The best fishing is done in the morning before the sea breezes put a chop on the water’s surface. Re dfish action will be good this month, and they can be caught while you’re snook fishing. Offshore king mackerel, grouper, triple tail, and cobia can be caught on rock piles, wrecks an d ledges. Spanish mackerel will feed on bait schools below diving birds. A spoon or jig cast into the action will get the job done. Capt. Bill Lindsay lives in Chokoloskee and has been fishing in the Everglades National Park for over 35 years. In 1992 he was Master Angler of the MET Tournament. Captain Bill’s telephone number is (239) 695-0314. March 2014 Sawfish Abundance Survey by Dana M. Bethea NOAA Fisheries Panama City Laboratory Panama City The March research expedition was successful despite a shorter sampling week and a heavy band of thunderstorms that moved through the area on March 6. In Everglades National Park, one small young-of-the-year was sighted on the mud flat on the east side of the mangrove island in Mud Bay and nine newborns were captured and tagged on the west-side of Chokoloskee Island. The team also caught three sawfish tagged on previous expeditions on the west-side of Chokoloskee Island, two from June 2013 and one from October 2012. The Smalltooth Sawfish Abundance Survey field team will be back in Everglades City April 9-12. Smalltooth sawfish were listed as endangered in 2003 under the Endangered Species Act and the current core population is limited to waters off the coast of southwest Florida. It is illegal to target, possess, or injure this animal, but incidental encounters with fishermen do occur. If you see or encounter a smalltooth sawfish, please contact the International Sawfish Encounter Database at (352) 392-2360. Input and cooperation from the public is greatly valued. Please exercise caution when untangling a sawfish from fishing line and never remove the saw. This research follows permits EVER-2014-SCI-0009 and ESA-17787. Funding is provided through the NOAA Fisheries Service Southeast Regional O ffice in St. Petersburg, FL. Photo caption: NOAA field crew with a recaptured juvenile male smalltooth sawfish (148 cm STL) on the west-side of Chokoloskee Island on March 4, 2014. L to R: Interns, Cosette Larash and Rebecca Peters, FPC & Research Fishery Biologist, Dana Bethea, Fishery Biologist, Kelcee Smith, and Sawfish & Johnson’s Seagrass Coordinator, Shelly Norton. Photo credit: Dana M. Bethea, NOAA Fisheries Pa nama City Laboratory Living Gulf Coast by Charles Sobczak Eastern Oyster ( Crassostrea virginica ) Other names: coon oyster, oy ster / Status: FL=stable, IUCN=NE / Life span: to 10 years / Length: 3-8 in. (7-20 cm) / Weight: .15-.35 lb (90158 g) / Spawns: in the near-shore waters / Found: Throughout the mangr ove forests and shorelines of Southwest Florida / Very common. In the 1930s, fishing guide Esperanza Woodring used to gather “coon oysters” from the mangroves of Tarpon Bay for oyster roasts on Woodring Point. The coon oyster is smaller than the commercially grown variety ordered at raw bars across Florida every day. It grows close enough to shore to make easy prey for raccoons—hence, its nickname. This is an abundant shellfish. Look anywhere along the canals on either side of Wildlife Drive in Sanibel at the “Ding” Darling Refuge, especially at low tide, and you will see the long roots of red mangroves covered in oysters. Some of the local oysters may be Ostreola equestris, which is a similar but smaller species. Worldwide, there are more than 40 species of oysters. They have been a food source for humans for tens of thousands of years, and Paleolithic oyster shell middens have been verified from Australia to the United Kingdom. There is little doubt that the indigenous Calusa Indians harv ested and ate local oysters. The oysters we eat are not closely related to the pearl oysters. Although the eastern oyster can pr oduce pearls, they are small and irregular with no commercial value. The oyster is considered a ke ystone species. Oyster bars provide habitat for many marine species, including crabs, minnows, and barnacles, which in turn attract red drum, snook, and sea trout. The oyster is a f ilter feeder and plays an essential role in removing excess nutrients from the water. A single oyster can filter up to 1.3 gallons of water per hour. Think of oysters as the kidneys of our estuaries. Th e species is so important in maintaining a healthy estuary ecosystem that various environmental organizations across Southwest Florida will seed oyster beds to maintain stable populations. While oysters are not farmed locally, there are large oyster farms in Florida, especially in Apalachicola Bay and along the Panhandle. The oyster is unusual in that it will change sex one or more times during its life. The biological reasons for this are unclear. In the wild the oyster is eaten by raccoons, a host of gastropods, the American oyster catcher, and fish such as the sheepshead, whose strong, forward-facing teeth have evolved to crack the oyster shell open. This article is an excer pt from Living Sanibel A Nature Guide to Sanibel & Captiva Islands by Charles Sobczak. The book is available at Barnes & Noble and your favorite online sites. Charles Sobczak lives and writes on Sanibel Island. To find out more about the author and his books, visit BIG CYPRESS POETRY CONTEST April is National Poetry Month. Big Cypress National Preserve invites submissions for their 2nd annual poetry contest. Poetry submissions are accepted through April 14 For more information, visit bicy/planyourvisit/bicy-poetrycontest.htm.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area March 28, 2014 email: PAGE 9 TAXING THINGS by Mike the Tax Guy Early Retirement Plan Withdrawals and Your Taxes Taking money out early from your retirement plan may trigger an additional tax. Here are seven things from the IRS that you should know about early withdrawals from retirement plans: 1. An early withdraw al normally means taking money from your plan before you reach age 59. 2. If you made a withdrawal from a plan last year, you must report the amount you withdrew to the IRS. You may have to pay income tax as well as an additional 10 percent tax on the amount you withdrew. 3. The additional 10 percent tax does not apply to nontaxable withdrawals. Nontaxable withdrawals include withdrawals of your co st to participate in the plan. Your cost includes contributions that you paid tax on before you put them into the plan. 4. A rollover is a type of nontaxable withdrawal. Generally, a rollover is a distribution to you of cash or other assets from one retirement plan that you contribute to another retirement plan. You usually have 60 days to complete a rollover to make it tax-free. 5. There are many exceptions to the additional 10 percent tax. Some of the exceptions for retirement plans are different from the rules for IRAs. 6. If you make an early withdrawal, you may need to file Form 5329, Additional Taxes on Qualified Plans (Including IRAs) and Other Tax-Favored Accounts, with your federal tax return. 7. The rules for retirement plans can be complex. No matter how you prepare your taxes, you should always file electronically. More than 80 percent of taxpayers e-file for faster refunds or for easier electronic payment options. Mike, The Tax Guy, provides income tax services. His phone number is 695-0595. BEST WISHES The Mullet Rapper would like to extend best wishes to Ron Boyce who is transferring from being the Executive Director of AMIkids Big Cypress to the same position at AMIkids Panama City Marine Institute. We appreciate all his work with the Swamp Boys. We also welcome Ron’s replacement, Abraham Ruiz, from the program in Miami. MUSEUM of the Everglades Artist Christine Reichow will open her exhibit “Florida Nature: Through the Artist’s Eye” on April 1. Christine grew up in rural Mi chigan where she developed a deep love of nature. At an early age, her father taught her to observe the nesting birds and to identify th eir individual melodic warbling. A reception, hosted by the Friends of the Museum, will be held on Saturday, April 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. Everyone is invited! The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To volunteer, call Martha at 695-0008. The Board of Directors of the Fr iends of the Museum meets the 1st Tuesday of every month (next meeting April 1 ) at 3:30 p.m. in City Hall. All members are invited to attend. Florida Tales “Another One of Chili Williams’ Adventures” by Chester Keene Collier County Sheriff E. A. Doug Hendry was a Decorated WWII Veteran and had done a lot for Collier County. He did things for the youth. He always said "if you take your child hunting, you won't have to go hunting for your child." He started the Junior Deputies League which was for the younger boys. He had a lot of his friends and mine help build the club. We all pitched in and built the club, or camp, as it was often called. It was built off Alligator Alley ab out the 18 mile marker, best I recall; this was when they first built the Alley. It was to teach the young about the importance of the woods, hunting, fishing and wildlife. They would go out on the weekend and pitch tents and, with the deputies supervising, spend time around the campfire. They were taught the skills needed if lost or injured in or out of the woods and how to cook over a camp fire. Sheriff Hendry did a great job on that, a nd he was a good law enforcement officer. He had some great deputies working for him; they were men like Chuck Whidden, Kenny Kitchell, Be rt Morris, Jim Bradley and Wallace Hudson. He had Aubrey Rogers as his Chief Deputy, and they covered a lot of territory back then. Picture courtesy of Ret. Deputy Jim Bradley Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. ANGEL OF THE SWAMP Few people move to our area and immediately have a connection with so many. One individual has never met a stranger. As soon as visitors say where they’re from, our angel immediately finds a link which establishes a relationship with them. This phenomenon happened not long ago, around the holidays, when our angel met a couple from Scotland. They found her so endearing that they befriended her again when they returned this month. She was the first person they thought to call when they found themselves in trouble. While touring around Everglades City, the husband felt suddenly ill and his wife was unable to communicate due to a language barrier. Not knowing what to do, they contacted our angel. She immediately went to their aid and was able to handle the situation with care an d professionalism. Above and beyond her position at the Museum, she has arranged trips for others to visit various historical sites in South Florida. She always shows her appreciation to the volunteers at the Museum of the Everglades. These are just two examples of how Martha Hutcheson has been an angel to everyone she m eets. She enjoys talking with the public and does this with sincerity and kindness. Martha is equally attentive to the residents of the area which is one reason she is accepted by so many locals. As a native Floridian, she fits in with all sectors of our community and enjoys outdoor pursuits as well as knowing our history. Martha, you are a true Angel of the Swamp


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area March 28, 2014 email: PAGE 10 The Wild Everglades: “Bobcat” by Claybrook Story The bobcat resembles other members of the Lynx genus, but on average the smallest of the four. Its coat is variable, though it’s usually tan to grayish-brown, with black streaks on the body and dark bars on the forelegs and tail. Its spotted fur acts as camouflage. The ears are usually black-tipped and pointed, with short, black tufts. Bobcats are carnivores; they usually hunt and kill small prey, such as rabbits, hares, birds, rats, and lizards, but if there is an over population of deer they will hunt the fawns by sneaking up on them then pouncing on them and biting their neck which kills them. The bobcat is an adaptable animal. It prefers woodlandsdeciduous, coniferous, or mixed-but unlike other Lynx species; it does not depend exclusively on the deep forest. It ranges from the hot swamps of Florida to desert lands of Texas or rugged mountain areas. It will make its home near agricultural areas, if rocky ledges, swamps, or forested tracts are present; its spotted coat serves as good camouflage. In the wild the population is approximately 725,000 to 1,020,000. They breed in late winter, but throughout the year is possible. The litter size is about 1 to 6 kittens which are born around early spring. Bobcats are in danger from habitat destruction and being killed by farmers. Claybrook Story is 13 years old and in 7th grade at Everglades City School. Manatee Protection Manatees are an endang ered species, protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act, the Federal Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act. The most pressing human-related threat to manatees is injury and death resulting from collisions with watercraft. Manatee protection areas have been established in many Florida counties, including Collier. Numerous manatee speed zones have been established by the State of Florida in the bays, rivers, and other waterways of Florida. Great strides have been made in the protection and recovery of the Florida manatee. It is certainly no longer "on the brink of extinction." However, there is much left to be done to secure its future. This will require the cooperation and support of everyone: government, the private sector, and you! Please observe Manatee Slow Zones. If you have specific questions, comments or need additional help contact the North Florida Ecol ogical Services Field Office at (904) 731-3332, or e-mail your questions, comments or requests for assistance to Manatee@ NEW DIRECTORY! The new Everglades Area Mini-Directory with local phone numbers and addresses is now available at Right Choice Supermarket, City Hall, and the Thrift Shop. Copies cost $5.00. You can also order online at w (click on Books). Southwest Florida is Winter Home to Many Migratory Birds by Kathy Brock When the first signs of winter set in across the US, the march south begins. Not only do scores of people move towards Florida at this time of year, but birds fr om as far away as Canada to the north and parts of South America, begin their annual journey here to escape the brutal weather. For many years, I have documented the comings and goings of my favorite migratory birds. Painted buntings are on the top of my list. The males feature purple heads, green wings sometimes gilded with yellow and red bellies. They are unbelievably beautiful. The females are olive-green, designed to blend in with any scrub or tree. I mark my calendar each year when I see them and when they l eave. Without fail they are here by October 15 and gone by the firs t week of May. They are in the cardinal family but smaller, approximately the size of a common sparrow. On their journey south they will lose approximately one third of their body weight…so I make sure I provide them with their favorite snack, spray millet. I have seen painted buntings in Everglades City (I also saw an indigo bunting at the Rod and Gun Club a few years back). Another loyal visitor is the purple martin. We have several colonies on the three sister is lands. These are the black/purple swallows that populate the familiar “bird condos” and gourd houses you’ll see in people’s back yards. The martin’s journey is incredible. They visit us each year from South America. What makes them truly unique is that, unlike most migrants, they nest in both places and they are almost en tirely dependent on the housing provided to them by humans. The martin’s song is a “happy chortle”. Hearing them always makes me smile. What also makes me smile is their diet…they love mosquitoes and we can all be happy about that! Males typically arrive first and are referred to as “scouts”. This year I saw my first scouts the second week of January, approximately the 10th. That is a bit early, typically they start arriving around the 15th. March is nest building time for them and they are very busy in my condos! Once their babies have fledged, they will collect together and fly back to South America together in September. Researchers have documented that migratory birds like the buntings and martins actually can, and most often do, return to the exact locations year after year which means they can navigate thousands of miles and find my house! How amazing is that? Humans have had to develop GPS technology to help us navigate the cities…and these little birds have been doing it on their own for centuries! There are too many to include them all, but here are some others you can look out for in our area: American Kestrels (small falcons); Ruby Throated Hummingbirds (they love the Hong-Kong orchid blooms by Rod & Gun) White Pelicans (go out Sand-fly Pass and you will see them) Black & Blue Warblers; Yellow Rumped Warblers; Cape May Warblers; American Redstarts; Ovenbirds; Cedar Wax-wings You can find pictures of these bi rds online so you can keep an eye out for them yourself. March begins the migration home for many of these tiny visitors. Come next October I will be ready to welcome back these amazing “snowbirds” so I can enjoy watching them all winter. Kathy Brock and her husband Tim have been spending weekends in their Everglades City home for over 20 years.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area March 28, 2014 email: PAGE 11 RESTAURANTS Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): 12 noon – 9:00 pm; daily City Seafood (695-4700): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; Mon thru Wed 6:00 am – 10 pm: Thurs thru Sun Everglades Seafood Depot (695-0075): 10:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Glades Haven Deli (695-2091): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily Havana Caf (695-2214): 7:00 am to 3:00 pm; Sun thru Thurs 7:00 am to 8:00 pm; Fri-Sat Island Caf (695-0003): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily Ivey House (695-3299): 6:30 – 9:30 am; daily Continental breakfast, box lunches Joanie’s Blue Crab Caf (695-2682): 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Thurs thru Tues Oyster House Restaurant (695-2073): 11:00 am – 9 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 Sweet Mayberry’s Caf (695-0092): 8:00 am – 7:00 pm; Sun – Wed; Wifi 8:00 am 10:00 pm; Thurs-Fri-Sat The New Angler’s Cove, Port of the Islands (757374-3194): 11 am – 9 pm; Tues thru Sun Triad Seafood (695-2662): 10:30 am – 6 pm; daily Right Choice Supermarket (695-4535): 9:00 am – 7:00 pm; daily Grimm’s Stone Crab (695-3222): 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Mon-Sat Loco’s Fresh Produce (239-462-7050): ECity Post Office parking lot 7 am – 4 pm; Thurs, Fri, Sat SUNDAY CHURC H 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 9:45 am Adult Sun. School, 11 am Sunday Worship Everglades First Baptist Church 9:45 am School, 11 am Sunday Worship Holy Family Catholic Church 10:30 am Mass (Good Friday, Mass at noon) CONGRATULATIONS Willow Marie Hickok, 7 lbs. 2 oz., 20” long Born March 13, 2014 MomAmber Carroll and DadWillie Hickok OBITUARY James B. Thomas, age 77, of Chokoloskee, passed away on March 21. Jim was honored as the “ Angel of the Swamp ” in the November 30, 2007, issue. This is an excerpt from that article: Jim is “someone who is always there, always available, to be of service to his neighbors and community…with the booths at the Seafood Festival, to pick up food from Collier Harvest, take a neighbor to a doctor’s appointment or get a prescription… Jim, with his wife Winnie, was a seasonal resident beginning in 1994 when they discovered how much they loved this area. They purchased their home in Chokoloskee in 2001 and moved to the Everglades full time in 2004 after Jim retired from his automobile dealership. …when Jim is not assisting others, he loves to watch football and enjoy his hobbies of fishing, hunting and spending time with their grandchildren in Pennsylvania and Atlanta.” Jim is survived by his wife, Winifred Thomas, of Chokoloskee; children, Kathryn Ann Thomas (Tad Swift) of Union City, PA., James B. Thomas, Jr. (Susan) of New London, PA., John C. Thomas (Sherry) of Pittsfield, PA., and David L. Thomas (Laury) of Normal, IL; brother, Roland Thomas (Tryella) of Muncy, PA.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, April 2 at 11:00 a.m. at Everglades Community Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Jim’s memory to be made to the charity of your choice. 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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area March 28, 2014 email: PAGE 12 SNOOK CLASSIFIEDS FOR SALE : Lot #26 in Fisherman’s Cove; dock included. $38,000. Call (239) 300-7077 or (239) 682-6025. ----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: 2013 Suzuki Outboard 4 hp Motor, like new and used 6 hours. $850. Phone (306) 531-4430 Ochopee after 7 pm. -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: Deeded dock at Captain's Table (#10). Great location, use of pool & boat ramp. $21,500. Call (954) 662-7003. -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE : 1995 Suzuki 25 hp, long shaft, tiller, runs great. $500. Call (239) 695-2791. -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE : 10’Kayak (fiberglass) & paddle Excellent condition. $500 (574) 850-4526. -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: Manufactured Home, 3/2 on waterfront Plantation Is: walkway/mooring to water. $104,500 (REDUCED PRICE) Call Pat (239) 352-7328. -----------------------------------------------------WANTED: All Motor Homes, 5th wheels and travel trailers. Any condition. Cash paid on the spot. Call Paul at (941) 347-7171. ------------------------------------------------FOR SALE Deeded Waterfront Fishing Cottage: This unique 2 story fishing lodge is an excellent live-in plus incoming producing property. 2 BR and 2 Baths upstairs and 2 BR and 2 Baths with private entrance downstairs plenty of room for large groups and families. Patios and decking allow for beautiful views of the sunsets over Chokoloskee Bay. Boat dock and lift, direct access to the Gulf or Back-Country fishing. The perfect South Florida Fishing retreat. Enjoy the Florida Everglades, whether you like fishing and boating or kayaking and canoeing. Home is available furnished and is move in ready-to-fish. A steal at $318 K Call 954-662-7003 for more information. JOBS & SERVICES -----------------------------------------------Income Tax Service Mike, The Tax Guy 695-0595 ------------------------------------------Guest Services Agent – Fulltime (30-32 hrs) at POI: Position requires friendly, efficient registration, guest settlement, and the ability to provide accurate information to guests, co-workers & visitors. Previous hotel guest services experience is preferred. Flexible schedule – includes days, evenings, holidays & weekends as needed. Must speak, read and write in English; Bilingual a plus. Visit --------------------------------------------------Music Lessons and Tutoring for students: violin, pi ano, voice, history, English, writing, science, 3rd & 5th gr subjects Call Danielle Swis her at 280-8971 or Email: dmswishe ----------------------------------------------------------Port of the Islands: openings for wait staff and bartenders. Contact Naomi Stephens by calling (757) 374-3194. -----------------------------------------------Notary Public Services: Denise Johnson, By Appointment, 239-465-1580 -----------------------------------------------Job Wanted: Pressure cleaning homes, boats, RV, store fronts. Call Justin 695-0500. -------------------------------------------------WANTED : Automotive Window Tinter Certain Requirements Apply. Call 695-3667. FOR SALE OR RENT TO OWN House & Barn on 1.02 Acres in Fakahatchee Strand State Park, $139,000 purchase or $1200 monthly Rent to Own. Call Don at (321) 4397635. 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