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25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MAY 9 22, 2014 2014, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VIII Issue #211 UPDATE ON MAMIE ST On April 1 Florida Georgia Grove (FGG) applied for a vegetation removal permit; this was issued on April 2. They requested removal of exotics and other non-native species. FGG was to initiate the work on April 28 but started four days earlier on April 24. Within a week the vegetation removal, and work on the seawall permit, was finished. The county stipulated that any excavation or vegetation removal be monitored by a certified archaeologist. FGG also has an outstanding permit to renovate the duplex. The destruction to this historic Indian mound is now regrettably complete. FAREWELL TO A FA ITHFUL FRIEND Pastor Morris J. Dantin, 76, of Chokolosk ee, died peacefully in his sleep at home on Monday, April 28. He was born and raised in Louisiana and had served six years in the United States Army. As a minister, he traveled in the Missions of Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. In 1989 Pastor Dantin moved to Naples and became an Associate Pastor with the Naples Church of God, and in 1995 he became the Pastor of the Chokoloskee Church of God. He was a Bishop for the Church of God of Florida and served on the World Mission Board for the State of Florida. Pastor Dantin married the love of his life, Martha Buffington, on June 29, 1957. He is survived by Martha Dantin, his wife of 57 years, three children, Kathy Ann (Joey) Davaine of Larose, LA, Joey (Becky) Dantin of Montegut, LA, and Jennifer (Shannon) Hubbell of Naples; two brothers, Reverend Eno (Lurie) Dantin, Sr., and Javan (Marian) Dantin all of Gold en Meadow, LA; 12 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Annette Ruiz. Pastor Dantin loved to fish, he loved pe ople, and he dearly loved his family and his work for the Lord. Funeral Services were held on May 2 at Parkway Life Church in Naples where the family received friends. Burial services were followed at Palm Royale Cemetery with Military H onors. Donations in his memory may be made to the Chokoloskee Church of God Missions Fund, P.O. Box 368, Chokoloskee, FL 34138. For online condol ences and additional information go to See tribute on page 10. National Day of Prayer The National Day of Prayer in Everglades City was held on May 1 on the steps of City Hall. Mitch Mitchell began the program with spiritual music followed by welcoming remarks from Lisa Marteeny and City Councilwoman Elaine Middelstaedt. The Presentation of the Colors was officiated by representatives from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and from the Ochopee Fire Rescue District. Prayers were given by Chokoloskee Church of God Associate Pastor Lynnette Morris, Everglades Community Church Rev. Dr. Bob Wallace and Holy Family Catholic Church Rev. Father Tim Navin. A luncheon was served afterwards in City Hall. TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Slice of Paradise p. 8 Events p. 3 Gulf Coast p. 8 School p. 5 Book Review p. 9 Business p. 7 Museum p. 9 Poem p. 7 Restaurants p. 9 Recipe p. 7 Florida Tales p.10 Savannah p. 7 Obituary p.11 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: Remembering Pastor Dantin p. 10 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 May 9, 2014 email: PAGE 2 June 15: Father’s Day June 16: Smallwood Fundraising Meet ing June 28: Independence Day Celebration, Art-in-the-Glades THRIFT SHOP: Tuesday and Sat, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm SKATING RINK: Fri, Sat, 7-10 pm DR DEMARTINO: Closed for the summer LITTLE GATOR CLINIC: Closed until October FOOD PANTRY: Sat, 8:30 to 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: Mon – Fri, 9 am to 5 pm; Sat, 9 am to 4 pm SMALLWOOD STORE: Daily, 11 am to 4 pm VA SUPPORT: Fri, May 9 and 23, 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: Tuesday 5/13 (10-11 am); Tuesday 5/20 (10-11 am) 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 4 5 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 6 Weight Loss Support Group 5 pm FME Mtg 7 Ladies Coffee Sweet Mayberry’s Caf 8 am 8 RAPPER 9 School Early Release VA Support Group 10 am 10 Museum Reception see p.3,9 Fish Fry see p.3 11 Mother’s Day ORV Comments see p.3 12 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church, 7 pm OFCD Mtg see p.3 13 Weight Loss Support Group 5 pm full moon 14Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am Museum Talk see p.3,9 15 Stone Crab Season Closes MPO Comments see p.3 SAC Mtg, see p.5 16 Bike to Work Day see p.3 17 Spaghetti Dinner see p.3 18 19 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm 20 Weight Loss Support Group 5 pm Academic Awards Banquet see p.5 21 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 22 RAPPER 23 VA Support Group 10 am 24 25 26 Memorial Day Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm 27 Weight Loss Support Group 5 pm new moon 28Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 29 30 Graduation see p.5 31 JUNE 1 2 Sales Tax Holiday Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 3 Sales Tax Holiday Museum Reception see p.5 Weight Loss Support Group 5 pm 4 Sales Tax Holiday Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 5 Sales Tax Holiday RAPPER 6 Sales Tax Holiday VA Support Group 10 am 7 Sales Tax Holiday MAY / JUNE 2014


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area May 9, 2014 email: PAGE 3 ROAD CLOSURE From Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m. continuing through Monday, May 12, at 5 a.m. (weather permitting), Tamiami Trail (US41) will be closed to all traffic between CR951 (Collier Blvd) and Triangle Blvd in order to work on the 951/US41 intersection. Detour will be through Publix Shopping Center. Museum Reception Meet the Artist Muffy Clark Gill Saturday, May 10 1 – 3 p.m. Museum of the Everglades FISH FRY Mayor Sammy Hamilton invites everyone to the 6th Annual Everglades City Area ‘Thank You Fish Fry’ to honor EMS, the Fire & Sheriff’s Departments and the U.S. Military. Sat, May 10 5:00 p.m. McLeod Park MOTHER’S DAY EVENT SUN-N-FUN LAGOON Sunday, May 11 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mothers will get in for free with one paid admission. Backcountry Access Plan This plan is to provide ORV secondary trails, non-motorized trails, and camping plan and to establish a permanent route for the Florida National Scenic Trail. Comment period ends May 11 See .cfm?projectID=49334 for more info. An Evening at the Museum “Ghosts of Chokoloskee” by Rick Magers Wednesday, May 14 5 p.m. Museum of the Everglades Public Comments The Collier MPO has opened the public comment period for the Draft 2014/15 – 2018/19 Transportation Improvement Program which includes highway, aviation, transit and transportation alternative program projects to be funded with state and federal dollars over the next 5 years. The document is available at Everglades City Hall or online at The public comment period will end on May 15. BIKE TO WORK DAY May is National Bike Month and Friday, May 16 is Bike to Work Day. In Everglades City and surrounding areas bicycling to work is not so hard to do, as long as you don’t have to go to Naples or the east coast. Ride your bike May 16 SPAGHETTI DINNER The Chokoloskee Church of God Ladies’ Ministry will host a spaghetti dinner for the community on Saturday, May 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. (delivery available). Adults $10; Children $5. Big Cypress Zone 4 Closure Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve was closed on April 7 due to low water conditions. This began the 60-day ORV closure for this management unit within the Preserve. Pending water levels, this unit will reopen for airboat access on June 6 SMALLWOOD STORE The next meeting of the Smallwood Fundraising Committee will be held on Monday, June 16 at 9:30 a.m. in the ESHP office on the 2nd floor of City Hall. Join the Parade! Come celebrate Independence Day on Saturday, June 28! The theme of the parade will be "Celebrating Our Heritage." For more information, call Elaine at 695-2695. The festivities are organized by a small group of volunteers. If you can help, please contact Dottie at 695-3781. ESHP News The Everglades Society for Historic Preservation will not meet during the summer months and will resume its Board meetings Monday, September 8, at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall. 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 info. ____________________________________________________________________________________ OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 04/22/14: Vehicl e Accident, Ochopee 04/22/14: Emergenc y Medical, Ochopee 04/23/14: Emergency Medical, Copeland 04/24/14: Emergenc y Medical, Ochopee 04/25/14: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 02/25/14: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 04/25/14: Emergency Med, 63 MM I-75 04/26/14: Vehicle Ac cident, 71 MM US 41 04/26/14: Brush Fire, 60 Mile Marker I-75 04/27/14: Brush Fire, 74 Mile Marker I-75 04/28/14: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 04/28/14: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 04/29/14: Emergency Med, Everglades City 04/29/14: Emergency Med, 73 MM I-75 05/01/14: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 05/03/14: Vehicle Accident, 64 MM I-75 05/04/14: Emergency Med, Everglades City 05/04/14: Emergency Med, 56 MM I-75 05/04/14: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 05/04/14: Vehicle Accident, 81 MM I-75 05/04/14: Medical Alarm, Everglades City The next OFCD Advisory Committee Meeting will be Monday, May 12, at 4:00 pm in Port of the Islands Realty Office at 24998 Tamiami Trail, Naples. The Ochopee Fire Control District would like to inform the community of the recent Insurance Services Inspection rating. The present I.S.O. rating is a 6. The OFCD has been working for the last 3 years to reduce the rating. In October 2013 the I.S.O. condu cted an inspection and review, and OFCD has just received the inspection report. The City of Everglades and all stru ctures within five road miles of the station and have fire hydrants will be credited as an I.S.O. rating of 4 beginning July 1, 2014. This is a significant reduction for commercial occupancies. Copies of the I.S.O. letter for forwarding to insurance companies is available at the Fire Department located at 201 Buckner Ave in Everglades City. DOCTOR’S CLINIC Dr. Kirk DeMartino’s clinic in Everglades City is closed for the summer. For appointments in his Marco Island office, call (239) 642-5552. THRIFT SHOP HOURS The Thrift Shop, located behind the Fire Station, is open every Tuesday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Days may change in June. Veterans Support Group Meets every other Friday at 10 am in Jinkins Fellowship Hall at Everglades Community Church


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area May 9, 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 – 4:00 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 1 0:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sweet Mayberry’s Caf & Gelato (with WiFi) 207 West Broadway Special Coffee, Organic Teas, Belgium Waffles, Cakes, and more 239-695-0092 THANK YOU for your support! See you in October! MUSEUM OF THE EVERGLADES 105 West Broadway, Everglades City OPEN: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm (239) 695-0008


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area May 9, 2014 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 TAYLOR’S CORNER The Naples Optimist Club had a youth appreciation day last week to honor three of our very own Everglades students. They are Blake Dahlke, my brother, and the 6th grade candidate; Stephanie Pablo-Ramirez, our 7th grade candidate; and our 8th grade candidate Bryce Kish. Next time you see these three remember to congratulate them on their achievement. On Friday, May 9, we have an early dismissal, and the last day of school is just around the corner on June 4 so get ready to put on you bathing suit and head to the beach! Have you been to the new ice cream shop Sweet Mayberry’s Caf? It’s the most amazing and unique coffee shop I have ever seen. You should stop by and enjoy the amazing flavors and see all the artwork and wonde rs that are there. Our 4th grade class is going to hatch bobwhite quail for a little project. We have an incubator in the classroom, and it will take 23 days for them to hatch. I’ll keep you posted! Taylor Dahlke is 10 years old and in the 4th grade at Everglades City School. She is the reporter for the elementary school. CONGRATULATIONS to our Straight A Honor Students: Elementary School: Alexis Hendrickson Middle School: Bryce Kish High School: Mark Brown, Savannah Oglesby, Ana Roldan, Brandon Steffen, Cristen Steffan FIRST GRADE CELEBRATES EARTH DAY First grade class group photo with hand-made Earth Day t-shirts. Everglades City School graduating seniors Christen Steffen, Kendell Wooten, Colman Strickland, Trevor Daniels, Kristin McMillin and Superintendent Dr. Patton met together on April 4 in a round-table discussion with all district high school seniors. Students shared what they enjoyed from their public school experience and what they think could be improved. LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL Dear Parents, Students, and Community, What an exciting spring we are having. Yes, we do a tremendous amount of testing, especially since we are the only school testing grades 3 – 12! However, during all of the testing we still have many other activities going on. Some of these activities include Grad Bash at Universal, the Prom at the Marco Marriott, athletic awards banque t, field day, STEM competition, and baseball / softball state tournament competition. As you can see, it is not a time to slow down! We would like to take this time to highlight Blake Dahlke, Stephanie Pablo-Ramirez, and Bryce Kish who were recently recognized by the Optimist Club during the Youth Appreciation Event. In addition, we want to congratulate Kristin McMillin for being awarded a scholarship as our Winged-Foot Award recipient. We are small in numbers, but our students are stepping up and competing with the best of them. Go Gators, Bob Spano Art students decorated the fence in front of the school. IMPORTANT DATES Friday, May 9 Early Release Saturday, May 10 STEM Competition at Edison State Thursday, May 15 SAC Meeting, 6 pm, Media Center Tuesday, May 20 Academic Awards, 6 pm, Depot Monday, May 26 No School, Memorial Day Friday, May 30 Graduation, 7 pm, Cafeteria Tuesday, June 3 Opening Reception for Art Students Museum of the Everglades, 5 pm Wednesday, June 4 Last Day for Students Monday, June 16 Summer School begins


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area May 9, 2014 email: PAGE 6 Richard A. Mills, III Attorney-at-Law Free Initial Consultations: Business formation and sales, contract drafting; residential and commercial real estate, wills, trusts, probate administration, asset protection planning; elder law, establishing Florida domicile; all types of personal injury. (239) 298-8390 cell (239) 227-4149 email: Tri-County Cooling & Refrigeration, Inc. Sales Service Maintenance CALL ANYTIME 239-253-4860 Licensed CAC 1817126


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area May 9, 2014 email: PAGE 7 Business Spotlight Island Caf Gift & Ice Cream Shop Many locals and visitors enjoy their meals out at the Island Caf, located next door to the Everglades City Motel on Collier Ave. Jeff and Carol Foss, owners, have been expanding their gift and ice cream shop in the back of the caf over the past year. Now new metal “yard art” has been added to the interesting items available in the gift shop. You can find just about anything you want, including fish, birds, flowers, etc. Also, their selection of ice cream is extensive. Stop by and see for yourself the fun items in the back, for yourself or gifts for your children or friends. The Ice Cream & Gift Shop are open 7 days a week. My Heart by LeAnne Bedford You're my peace When I'm afraid You're my light When I'm in darkness You find my heart When I am lost You know my words When I can't say You light my path And show the way You're always there When I need help When I need to talk You always listen You know my heart More than I do I guess my point is.. God! No one knows me Better than you! LeAnne Bedford is 16 yrs old and in the 10th grade at Everglades City School. Recipe for Good Eating Mother’s Day Tea & Sandwiches submitted by Patricia Huff Tea: Combine 3 tsp black tea leaves with cup chopped fresh mint. Add 4 cups of boiling water and serve with lemon slices, mint sprigs and sugar (or honey), if desired. Sandwiches: Ingredients: 8 oz pkg softened cream cheese, 2 TBS Half-and-Half 2 TBS fresh chives (chopped ), 12 slices rye or whole-wheat bread 1 cucumber (seedless), cut into very thin slices, 24 fresh basil leaves Combine cream cheese and Half-and-Half and beat until smooth; stir in the chives. Spread cheese mixture on 6 slices of th e bread, top each with several slices of cucumber and basil leaves. Top with remaini ng slices of bread and cut into quarters. Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. If you have a favorite recipe to share, please email us at mulletrappe From Savannah’s Eyes Walking into the darkened room as my dress glided across the floor, I looked around at all the gold, and black and white decorations that covered the walls as the DJ played my favorite song. Seeing all the girls run up to each other, embracing as they conversed about how beautiful their dresses look. Looking up, all you could see was giant chandeliers that glistened along to its own rhythm. Above the DJ, stood an archway that we designed and made in art class that said on top “The Gatsby Gala.” It finally hit me that this was my junior prom. It seems like yesterday I was going into 9th grade thinking “Wow, these four years are going to go by so slowly.” I was wrong. In art class we prepared all the decorations for this very moment, and all our hard work finally paid off. I wore a purple and gold gown that had glass stones going up and down the sides and in the cutouts on the bottom of the dress. My date that was so sweet matched me with a purple bow tie and a grey suit. When we arrived, we met in the lobby of the Marco Island Marriot (where we had our prom this year) and he gave me a beautiful corsage. When we were taking pictures, a little girl that stood near watched us and asked if we were getting married. I thought that was the cutest thin g ever! We then went down and took some pictures around the resort and down by the b each. It was such a beautiful day and the sun shone strong. We went back inside to join the others and see who else arrived when I saw everyone in line checking in. After we checked in, we immediately all headed over to the photo booth and had a little fun with the fake mustaches and glasses. Then we were seated and served dinner. I had just finished eating my dessert when the DJ put on one of my favorite songs, and you can probably guess what I did next. I grabbed my best friend’s hand and we headed out onto the dance floor and rocked it do wn! I danced to almost every song (as usual at every dance or prom). N ear the end it was time to announce the Prom King and Queen; we all surrounded the dance floor as the principal announced the winners. “Kristin McMillin for the Queen! And for the King Tyler Pasiuk!” The crowd roared and clapped as they both went forw ard to receive their sash a nd crowns. Then the traditional slow song came on for them to dance. After a little bit, we all started pouring into the dance floor with our dates to slow dance. When it was all over, some of us headed to the beach to walk down it for a little bit. The moon lit up the water and the waves rolled ont o the shore. Is it strange to say that the beach looked more beautiful unde r the starry sky? Well it did; I’ve never seen anything more gorgeous! But overall, I had an amazing time at my junior prom and I can’t wait to see how it turns out next year at my Senior Prom! On another note I finally finished my first year at Edison State College! I took all my finals and now I’m done, well until next year (Senior Year). But it’s good to get a break and focus on only high school now and relax. Excited for my Senior Prom already! Love, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is 16 years old and student in the 11th grade at Everglades City School.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area May 9, 2014 email: PAGE 8 My Little Slice of Paradise by Kathy Brock “The Great Crested Flycatcher, A Unique Little Bird” At this time of year you can hear the Great Crested Flycatchers call . it's a loud WREEP! As the name implies, they have a small tuft or crest on their head that can help you more easily identify them. There are a few things that make this a unique little bird. First, they are the largest flycatcher in the genus Myiarchus. If you can catch a glimpse they really have beautiful markings; Great Crested Flycatchers are reddis h-brown above, with a brownish-gray head, gray throat and breast, and bright lemon-yellow belly, which is very visible when they are in flight. If they sit still long enough for you to enjoy one, they are very, very pretty. Unlike most flycatchers that feed low in trees, the Great Crested lives and feeds higher up in the canopy of mature trees. Their feeding habits are also unique (for a flycatcher). In addition to insects, the Great Crested also feeds on many native berries and seeds, so they have quite a varied diet. However, one of their most interesting and unique behaviors takes place during breeding season April-May. The Great Crested is a cavity dweller, meaning they live in hollowed out tree trunks (abandoned woodpecker holes, for example) or man-made nest boxes. It is the only member of the Myiarchus family to do so. If you were to investigate the contents of an abandoned nest after the young have flown (fledged), you would more than likely find something that is their nest cavity "calling card," a snakeskin. In the south, Florida in particular (where snakes are abundant), a snakeskin is present in almost every nest. The Audubon Society suggests this is to keep other birds away and to ward off other types of predators (other birds, rats, etc.) naturally if I see a snakeskin, I stretch it out conspicuously so a "flyer-by" can scoop it up. I have had the pleasure of a Great Crested family taking up residence in one of my nest boxes that I made out of a chunk of a chopped down palm tree. They prefer it if you can get them 12 to 20 feet up with a clear flight path to the 2" opening. (Palms are great one or two season nest b oxes because they are easy to drill out, natural and available when I see pieces, I'll pick them up for later use.) Great Crested's like a lo cation that is private. They are skittish around humans and other an imals, so place it where there is not a lot of activity. There are so many beautiful birds in our area that are on a bird-watchers bucket list. The Great Crested Flycatcher is one of them, and we get to hear them a nd see them all the time. The next time you are outside and hear a loud WREEP, you may not see it, but you will know it is one of EC 's treasures the Great Crested Flycatcher. Next time in My Little Slice of Paradise – “Natural Mosquito Control.” Kathy Brock and her husband Tim have been spending weekends in their Everglades City home for over 20 years. Living Gulf Coast by Charles Sobczak Fire Ants (Family Formicidae ) Nicknames: zombie ant, biting ant, RIFA (Red Imported Fire Ant) / Status: FL=thriving / Life span: queens can live for 6 to 7 years / Length: 0.120.24 in. (2-6 mm) / Reproduces in upland areas including lawns, fields and woodlands / F ound: Throughout Southwest Florida. Ants, along with termites, represent one of the most successful species of insects in the world. There are 11,000 known species of ants to date (more are added yearly), 700 species in North America, 207 native species in Florida, 53 exotic species and two species of imported fire ants. The most notorious and familiar is Solenopsis invicta Buren which is the imported, Brazilian fire ant most southerners are all too familiar with. The invicta (which means unconquered) fire ant first arrived in Florida via the port of Mobile, Alabama, between 1933 and 1945. From there it has spread to every state in the South, as far north as Virginia and west to California. The sheer scope of its current range makes eradication of this invasive and notorious insect impossible at this point in time. Fire ants originated in the grasslands of Brazil where their mounds of dirt helped to keep them out of danger during the annual floods of the rainy season. When accidently stepped upon, the worker ants react in defense of their nest, crawling up the legs of the intruder and, through the release of pheromones by the lead ant, the entire colony is signaled to bite at once. The result can not only be excruciatingly painful but sometimes even deadly. For smaller animals, such as alligator hatchlings, baby sea turtles, fledgling birds and small mammals, this en masse bite can cause paralysis and death. Some humans are allergic to the toxins in fire ants and their stings can cause the victim to go into anaphylactic shock, requiring immediate medical attention. Worl dwide, dozens of people succumb to fire ant bites annually. In fact, worldwide more people are killed by fire ant bites than shark bites annually. In the United States alone, more than $5 billion dollars is spent annually on medical treatment, damage and control in invicta infested areas. The bite of a fire ant is incredibly painful. In fact it is not a bite at all but a sting, which originates from the abdomen and injects a toxic-alkaloid venom into its victim called solenopsin. It feels as if someone has taken a lit match and held it against your skin, and the welts that result from these bites can last for weeks. Treating the bites properly is essential to avoid infection. To start with, do not squeeze or pick at the pustule as that will greatly increase the chances of infection. Wash the bite with antibacterial soap for two minutes or longer. Disinfect the site using betadine, rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. If it continues to itch, apply a dab of hydrocortisone cream to the site. Cover with a band aid and repeat the process three times a day until it is healed. The best way to rid your yard of fire ant mounds is through the use of various chemical applications available at most hardware stores. Pouring boiling hot water on the mound can also sometimes work, but the queen, who can lay up to 1,500 eggs per day, is sometimes hidden below ground as deep as seven feet, so boiling water is not always effective. People have been known to soak the nests in gasoline, then light the ground on fire. Aside from being exceedingly dangerous, it has been proven to be completely ineffective if not outright stupid. Fire ants are eaten by only a handful of birds in the United States and in reality have few natural predators in their newfound range. They displace native ants and are very damaging to a host of native flora and fauna. This article is an edited excerpt from Living Sanibel-A Nature Guide to Sanibel & Captiva Islands Charles Sobczak lives and writes on Sanibel Island. Visit for more information.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area May 9, 2014 email: PAGE 9 Off the Shelf Book Review "Ghosts of Chokoloskee" by Rick Magers reviewed by Marya Repko Imagine talking with Ted Smallwood, Edgar Watson, Dan House, and all the characters associated with the famous killing in 1910 in Chokoloskee. That’s what Rick Magers has done for us when they come back as ghosts in his new novel. The Sage of Chokoloskee, G.C. McKinney, makes an appearance, as does Adolphus Santini who tangled with Watson in Key West. What if Watson also arrives that night – can two ghosts fight? The past mingles with the present, fiction with real life, but the setting remains mostly at the Smallwood Store where the narrator (an author) moors his house boat. You will recognize real people you know like Lynn & Gary McMillin and places like Triad Seafood where they talk about Mrs. Webb being bitten by an alligator. That leads to the story of the “beer worms” lady out in Ochopee. There’s plenty of local color, some of it humorous. The author is outspoken about recent events – the destruc tion of Mamie Street and the struggle against the neighboring developers. He says Mamie “probably turned over in her grave when she saw that,” referring to the road named after her. Rick Magers has written a number of books on various subjects. He sells and signs them at the Smallwood Store & Museum when he is in the area. You can also purchase “ Ghosts of Chokoloskee ” from Rick at the Museum of the Everglades on Wednesday, May 14, at 5:30 p.m. He will be giving a talk on this subject with a book signing following the presentation. Re freshments will be served beforehand. The books are available on Amazon or via his website where he explains that profits go to charitable causes. MUSEUM of the Everglades Pauline Reeves Gallery May Artist Muffy Clark Gill’s exhibit "The 20th Century Seminole Experience: Paintings from the Florida Indian Tribes Series" continues through the end of May. In 1990, Muffy became interested in Florid a’s historic Seminole and Miccosukee tribes, specifically from the period dating from the 1890s to the 1990s. She researched and collected historical documents and the oral histories of the life and work of these early Florida settlers. Informed by this intriguing historic data, she began the “Florida Indian Tribes” series of paintings, exploring ways to give the viewer a fresh historical pers pective of an Indian tribe which continues to inhabit and impact south Florida, preserving and interpreting in a new way an important part of its local history. Muffy Cl ark Gill is an award-winning southwest Florida artist and has had over twenty solo exhibitions. In February 2015 this exhibition will travel to the State Capital build ing in Tallahassee, where it will be shown in their gallery until June 30, 2015. Please join us to welcome Muffy Cl ark Gill at a reception hosted by the Friends of the Museum on Saturday, May 10 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. It is an extraordinary exhibit not to be missed! The Muse um of the Everglades is located at 105 W. Broadway and is now open Monday through Saturday. Call 695-0008 for more information about upcoming events and exhibits or volunteering. The Friends of the Museum will host the monthly “Evening at the Museum” with local author Rick Magers giving a presentation on his book “Ghosts of Chokoloskee” (see review of his book on the left side column of this page). The event will begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14 with hors d’oeuvres and followed by the talk and book signing. New Museum Manager Appointed Jennifer Perry has been appointed the new manager of our Museum of the Everglades! Jennifer worked as the Services and Volunteer Coordinator with Collier County Museums from 1998 to 2002. She then served as Executive Director of the Jamali Fine Art Gallery, supervising and training gallery st aff before taking a break to teach school when her children were born. Jennifer graduated from the University of Delaware with a B achelor’s degree in Art History. Stop in and welcome Jennifer to our community. Our town is getting a makeover with the restoration of the historic boat lift in the same bright colors designed by Kenneth Noland; work by Donnie Seabury. McLeod Park pavilion has also been recently re-painted with new colors, light yellow, green and white. RESTAURANT NEWS Camellia Street Grill will close on May 16 through June 1 and will re-open on June 2 for dinner only (4:00 to 9:00 p.m.) Tuesday through Saturday (closed Sunday-Monday). Stone crab season ends on May 15 and will remain closed until October 15. Grimm’s Stone Crab will close during the off-season on May 16. Beginning the day after Memorial Day on May 27, Glades Haven will close earlier. New hours will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. Sweet Mayberry’s Caf is open 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). Triad will continue to stay open, closing just an hour earlier. New hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area May 9, 2014 email: PAGE 10 Florida Tales by Chester Keene “Major James Gavin Storter, Naples Hometown Hero” James Gavin Storter was born in Naples, Florida, on Valentine’s Day 1939 in a house where Tin City is now. He was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame in 2004. He is the son of the late George Milton Storter. “Major James Gavin Storter is inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame for his unfailing devotion to duty and valorous actions against the armed enemies of the United States. On January 30th, 1966, then Sergeant First Class Storter was advising a Vietnamese Airborne Battalion when a nearby friendly unit became pinned down, in open rice paddies, by heavy mortar and automatic weapons fire. Notified that two American advisors had been wounded and were missing, Sergeant First Class Storter immediately left his position, exposed himself to intensive enemy fire, and began searching the forward areas of the battlefield. Locating one of the severely wounded men, Sergeant First Class Storter administered emergency medical treatment and carried his comrade through a heavy volume of enemy fire to a sheltered position. Disregarding his personal safety, Sergeant Storter again exposed himself to the enemy fire to search for the other wounded American until the injured man had been located. On June 24th, 1969, then Captain Storter, led a reconnaissance in force operation deep in enemy controlled territory to capture an enemy village. When his lead platoon was pinned down by enemy fire, Captain Storter rushed forward through open terrain under intense enemy fire to reach his platoon. From an exposed position, he then directed his rear elements to move forward and pl ace heavy suppressive fire on the enemy position. While awaiting the arrival of helicopter gunships, Captain Storter personally employed a 60-millimeter mortar against the enemy. Upon arrival of the supporting gunships, Captain Storter led a successful attack, routing the enemy. The unit then moved on to capture its original objective. During his third tour of duty in Vietnam, Captain Storter assembled a fourman military free fall parachute team (HALO) to conduct a reconnaissance mission deep into enemy territory. August 10th, 1971, the team jumped from 15,000 feet, conducted their reconnaissance mission and were safely extracted four days later. Captain Storter led the first successful combat HALO mission in U.S. Military history. Major St orter completed his Ranger career by serving as a Ranger Instructor and Commander of the Florida Ranger Camp. Major Storter surely lived the Ranger Creed as he confronted the enemies of the United States.” ( direct quote from the Ranger Book ) Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. Remembering Pastor Dantin In my almost 60 years of ordained ministry I have never met a fellow clergyman like this man. He had an infectious Christian spirit. A wonderful smile. A hearty laugh. And a deep concern for those in need. We had many talks together through the years as fellow pastors and friends. He had a vision for his church and its members. Whenever and wherever there was a need, he met it. And when there was a soul needing to be fed, he was ready with Scripture and prayer. Morris had a marvelous memory for Scripture and was always ready to quote the Bible to make a point. He travelled constantly as a Bishop and took his leadership role very seriously, especially when counseling young clergy under his watchful care. Though we have five churches in our community, Morris was always ready to help at the Easter Sunrise Service, National Day of Prayer and the Community Food Bank. We could always count on Pastor Dantin being at Community Church fund raising to purchase a dinner for himself and his Martha. Whenever he was with us, the room lit up with his presence. Everyone was always so happy to see him. He was a good preacher. A trusted counsellor. A fine Pastor. A wonderful husband and father. And a good friend. He was the example spoken of in 1 Peter 3:15 : “Set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.” That is the way Morris Dantin lived. That is the way he died. He will be missed. The Rev. Dr. Bob N. Wallace, Pastor, Everglades Community Church


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area May 9, 2014 email: PAGE 11 RESTAURANTS Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): 12 noon – 9:00 pm; daily Closing May 16 thru June 1 City Seafood (695-4700): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; daily Everglades Seafood Depot (695-0075): 10:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Glades Haven Deli (695-2091): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily (Marina closes at 12 noon) Havana Caf (695-2214): Closed for the summer Island Caf (695-0003): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily Ivey House (695-3299): 6:30 – 9:30 am; daily Joanie’s Blue Crab Caf (695-2682): 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; daily 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): 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Sun, Mon, Thurs 9:00 am 8:00 pm; Fri-Sat; Wifi Closed Tuesday Wednesday The New Angler’s Cove, Port of the Islands (757374-3194): 2 – 9 pm; Tues thru Fri 11:30 am – 9 pm; Sat and Sun Triad Seafood (695-2662): 10:30 am – 4 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 Closing May 16 until October 15 Loco’s Fresh Produce (239-462-7050): ECity Post Office parking lot 7 am – 5 pm; Friday only SUNDAY CHURC H SERVICES Chokoloskee Church of God 10 am Sunday School, 11 am Sunday Worship Copeland Baptist Church 10 am Sunday School, 11 am Sunday Worship Everglades Community Church 11 am Sunday Worship Everglades First Baptist Church 9:45 am Sunday School, 11 am Worship St. Finbarr Catholic Church 8 am (Spanish) and 10 am Mass San Marco Catholic Church 8 am and 10:30 am, 6 pm Sunday Mass Congratulations to Ave Maria Utility Company who recently won the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association’s Best Tasting Drinking Water contest, beating out 10 other regional finalists. Maybe we’ll be #1 next year! OBITUARY JEFFERY ALLAN WHITE 59 Jeff White passed away on April 21. He and his wife Beth lived on Chokoloskee Island and together they previously owned Parkway Motel & Marina. Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Everett White; and his brother, Paul White. He is survived by his wife, Beth White; his mother, June Daniels of Labelle; his sisters, Janet Spindle and Mona (Bruce) Tanner of Labelle, and Wanda (Marty) Whiddon of Felda; along with numerous nieces and nephews. A private memorial service was held in Labelle on April 26. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in honor of Jeff to ReachOut Everglades, P.O. Box 894, Chokoloskee, FL 34138. ReachOut is the nonprofit organization benefiting local children and their families. SHERIFF’S REPORT On April 29 a 33-year-old man from Chokoloskee Island was arrested and charged with the following charges by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office: possession of various controlled substances, obstructing justice, and smuggling contraband into detention facility. Please remember to report any suspicious activity immediately to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at telephone number 252-9300 or in an emergency by dialing 911. TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 05/09 Fri 06:36am 0.4 L 05/09 Fri 11:59am 2.5 H 05/09 Fri 07:19pm 0.5 L 05/10 Sat 12:22am 2.2 H 05/10 Sat 07:21am 0.4 L 05/10 Sat 12:37pm 2.6 H 05/10 Sat 08:02pm 0.3 L 05/11 Sun 01:14am 2.3 H 05/11 Sun 08:02am 0.5 L 05/11 Sun 01:10pm 2.8 H 05/11 Sun 08:43pm 0.1 L 05/12 Mon 02:00am 2.4 H 05/12 Mon 08:41am 0.5 L 05/12 Mon 01:41pm 2.9 H 05/12 Mon 09:23pm -0.1 L 05/13 Tue 02:43am 2.5 H 05/13 Tue 09:20am 0.6 L 05/13 Tue 02:09pm 3.1 H 05/13 Tue 10:04pm -0.2 L 05/14 Wed 03:26am 2.5 H 05/14 Wed 09:58am 0.6 L 05/14 Wed 02:36pm 3.2 H 05/14 Wed 10:46pm -0.4 L 05/15 Thu 04:11am 2.5 H 05/15 Thu 10:38am 0.6 L 05/15 Thu 03:04pm 3.3 H 05/15 Thu 11:29pm -0.4 L 05/16 Fri 05:01am 2.5 H 05/16 Fri 11:18am 0.7 L 05/16 Fri 03:37pm 3.3 H 05/17 Sat 12:14am -0.4 L 05/17 Sat 05:55am 2.4 H 05/17 Sat 12:02pm 0.7 L 05/17 Sat 04:18pm 3.2 H 05/18 Sun 01:02am -0.4 L 05/18 Sun 06:52am 2.4 H 05/18 Sun 12:52pm 0.8 L 05/18 Sun 05:08pm 3.1 H 05/19 Mon 01:54am -0.3 L 05/19 Mon 07:50am 2.4 H 05/19 Mon 01:53pm 0.8 L 05/19 Mon 06:15pm 2.8 H 05/20 Tue 02:51am -0.1 L 05/20 Tue 08:47am 2.4 H 05/20 Tue 03:08pm 0.8 L 05/20 Tue 07:47pm 2.6 H 05/21 Wed 03:53am 0.0 L 05/21 Wed 09:42am 2.4 H 05/21 Wed 04:30pm 0.7 L 05/21 Wed 09:20pm 2.4 H 05/22 Thu 04:57am 0.2 L 05/22 Thu 10:36am 2.5 H 05/22 Thu 05:44pm 0.5 L 05/22 Thu 10:48pm 2.3 H 05/23 Fri 05:57am 0.3 L 05/23 Fri 11:26am 2.7 H 05/23 Fri 06:47pm 0.3 L NOW SERVING EVERGLADES CITY S.W. FLA’s Pest Authority since 1990 CALL 239-455-4300 ANTS 3899 Mannix Dr #412 See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website. NOW SERVING EVERGLADES CITY S.W. FLA’s Pest Authority since 1990 CALL 239-455-4300 ANTS 3899 Mannix Dr #412


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area May 9, 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 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) 439-7635. See more info & pictures at -----------------------------------------------------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 $318K. Call 954-662-7003 for more information. JOBS & SERVICES -----------------------------------------------Income Tax Service Mike, The Tax Guy 695-0595 ------------------------------------------Port of the Islands: Room Attendant full or part time. Flexible schedule to include days, evenings, weekends and holidays is required. Apply online at Also, openings for wait staff and bartenders. Contact Naomi Stephens at (757) 374-3194. --------------------------------------------------Music Lessons and Tutoring for students: violin, pi ano, voice, history, English, writing, science, 3rd & 5th gr subjects and more Call Danielle Swis her at 280-8971 or Email: dmswishe -----------------------------------------------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. 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 LeAnne Bedford, Kathy Brock, Helen Bryan, Taylor Dahlke, Chester Keen e, Elaine Middelstaedt, Savannah Oglesby, Melissa Owen, Glenna Potter, Charles Sobczak, Bob Spano 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 $40 per year by US Post 2014, Snook Publications. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior permission. FOR SALE Last of the old Chokoloskee Cruisers ALBATROSS II (239) 455-1567 or 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 PET PICS Doggie Jitters will be missed by the furry friends and human pals he met during his 15 years. Donations in his memory can be made to Feral Felines, P O Box 564, Chokoloskee, FL 34138. Send us your Pet Pics by post or email. 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