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25 ¢ CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Savannah p. 8 Events p. 3 Graduates p. 9 School p. 5 Award Photos p.10 Paradise p. 7 Scholarships p.10 Gulf Coast p. 7 Awards p.10 Florida Tales p. 8 Obituary p.11 Museum p. 8 Sheriff’s Report p.11 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: Graduation Photos, p. 9 The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area MAY 23 – JUNE 5, 2014 2014, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VIII Issue #212 HISTORIC HOME Local contractor Parker Oglesby is renovating this original “Collier” home on North Storter Avenue. The Everglades Society for Historical Preservation congratulates both the contractors and the homeowners who purchase these historic sites and bring them back to their original charm and character. Everglades City is one of the few coastal towns in Florida that has maintained its original character. Too many homes are purchased then demolished, not appreciating the value of their cultural heritage. If you have a home built in the 1920s by Barron Collier and wish to have a plaque with this designation, please contact Marya at 695-2905 for more information. G G R R A A D D U U A A T T I I O O N N I I S S S S U U E E GRADUATION CEREMONY Friday, May 30 School Cafetorium, 7:00 p.m. Everyone is Welcome to Congratulate our Graduates! THEIR FUTURE PLANS ARE: Herbert Bedford Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology – Marine Service Technology Jacob Daffin – Publix Corporate Employment Trevor Daniels – Edison State College – Medical Technician Henry Hiemstra Lorenzo Walker Institute of TechnologyMarine Service Technology Kristin McMillin Edison State College then Florida Gulf Coast University Tyler Pasiuk – Manatee Technical School – Machinist Cristen Steffen United States Coast Guard – Fire Rescue Department Colman Strickland United States Army – Physical Therapist Training Wayde Strickland – Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology – Design Barber (Open Shop in Naples) Dairean Williams – Full Sail University – Comp uter Animation (Bachelor of Science) Kendell Wooten – Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology – Dental Assisting Technology & Management Pastor Appointed The Church of God regional Bishop recently appointed Mrs. Lynnette Morris the permanent Pastor of the Chokoloskee Church of God. Born in Naples, Lynnette lived in Jerome until her teenage years when she moved to Everglades City. She met her husband Caleb in high school and they married right after graduation, now celebrating 17 years! After receiving her nursing certificate, Lynnette raised her two sons Caleb Jr (16) and Scout (14). She was called into the ministry while attending Chokoloskee Church of God, received her Exhorters license in 2012 from the “Church of God School of Ministry” and was ordained in 2013. Lynnette has served as Pastor Dantin's associate Pastor the past two years. She says “Chokoloskee has lost one of its finest with the passing of Pastor Morris Dantin; but as time moves on, the memory of Pastor Dantin will also live on!” Congratulations! Olaia Nikole Mayberry Escubia was born at 12:49 a.m. on May 16 7 lbs 4 oz, 19 in TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS 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 23, 2014 email: PAGE 2 June 23-27: Build-a-Boat June 28: Independence Day Celebration, Art-in-the-Glades June 30-July 2: Summer Camp July 18: Hot Summer Nights 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 23 and June 6 and 20, 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 5/27 (1011 am); Tuesday 6/3, 6/10, 6/17 (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 18 19 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm 20 Academic Awards Banquet 21 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 22 RAPPER 23 24 25 26 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm 27 28 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 29 30 Graduation see p.1,9,10 31 Sales Tax Holiday see p.3 JUNE 1 Sales Tax Holiday see p.3 2 Sales Tax Holiday see p.3 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 3 Sales Tax Holiday see p.3 Museum Reception for Students see p.5,9 4 Sales Tax Holiday see p.3 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 5 Sales Tax Holiday see p.3 RAPPER 6 Sales Tax Holiday see p.3 7 Sales Tax Holiday see p.3 8 Sales Tax Holiday see p.3 9 OFCD Mtg see p.3 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church, 7 pm 10 11 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 12 13 14 15 Happy Fathers Day 16 Summer Camp Begins see p.5 Smallwood Mtg see p.3 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God, 7 pm17 18 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am An Evening at the Museum see p.3 19 RAPPER 20 21 MAY / JUNE 2014


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area May 23, 2014 email: PAGE 3 Veterans Support Group The Veterans Support Group meetings are held every other Friday: May 23, June 6 & 20 at 10:00 a.m. Veterans and family members of veterans meet in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall at the Everglades Community Church. ROAD CLOSURE From Friday, May 30, at 7 p.m. continuing through Monday, June 2, at 5 a.m. (weather permitting), Tamiami Trail (US41) will be closed to traffic between CR951 (Collier Blvd) and Triangle Blvd in order to work on the 951/US41 intersection. Detour will be around the Publix Shopping Center. Memorial Service for Frank Garrett Saturday, May 31, 11 am Avow Hospice Ispiri 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples (obituary to be in June 6 issue) SALES TAX HOLIDAY Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will begin on Saturday, May 31 and end at midnight June 8 Qualifying items related to hurricane preparedness are exempt from sales tax. Visit website: urricanelist.pdf for qualified items. Big Cypress Zone 4 Closure Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve was closed on April 7 due to low water conditions. Pending water levels, this unit will reopen for airboat access on June 6 SMALLWOOD STORE Smallwood Fundraising Committee will meet on Monday, June 16 at 9:30 a.m. in the ESHP office in City Hall. Everyone is invited to attend and participate. An Evening at the Museum Museum of the Everglades “Hurricane Preparedness” Wednesday, June 18, 5 p.m. Guest Speakers: Bryan Fluech and Robert Halman from the UF/IFAS Collier County Extension Services THANK YOU Carolyn Thompson writes: I want to thank our customers and community for their loyalty and concern over the years when the old store burned. Carl and Margaret retired; Jim and I started on the Win-Car journey in the little yellow building behind Circle K in the summer of 1987. You shopped with us. We moved into our present building in the next summer. You patronized us. My son needed a liver transplant. You were there with fund raisers. Margaret lost her leg to the alligator, and you were so caring and concerned. You were so loving and caring with Jim’s illness and passing. I want to thank you again and ask that you continue to stand behind us as Suzie and I struggle to carry on without Jim. You are more than customers. You are friends and family. Pray for us as we strive to serve you. TROPHY FOR FIREWORKS! Collection boxes for the Fireworks Fund have been put out in local businesses (Right Choice Supermarket, Island Caf, Mayberry's Caf, Seafood Depot, and Everglades Bait & Tackle). Help your favorite win the huge trophy by dropping in all your change (and notes!). One of them could win a prize for having the largest donation. If you are out of the area, send your check to "Everglades Fireworks Fund" at P. O. Box 110, Everglades City, FL, 34139. We want to make sure we have the best pyrotechnic display in all of Southwest Florida! The Independence Day Celebration takes place on Saturday, June 28 starting with the parade. There are also prizes for the best floats so phone Elaine at 695-2695 to enter. ROAD SAFETY SURVEY The University of Central Florida is interested in hearing from people who travel through Big Cypress National Preserve on the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41). They wish to learn about the public's awareness and knowledge of road safety issues relating to wildlife. Take a quick multiple-choice survey online at Send this survey link to others who have traveled through Big Cypress on Tamiami Trail. Your participation will help to make roads safer! ____________________________________________________________________________________ OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 05/05/14: Brush Fire, Ochopee 05/06/14: Emergency Med, Everglades City 05/06/14: Vehicle Accident, 75 MM I-75 05/06/14: Brush Fire, Port of the Islands 05/06/14: Emergency Medical, Copeland 05/07/14: Emergency Medical, Copeland 05/10/14: Emergency Med, Everglades City 05/11/14: Vehicle Accident, 77 MM I-75 05/12/14: Emergency Med, Plantation Is 05/12/14: Fire Alarm, Copeland 05/12/14: Fire Alarm, Copeland 05/13/14: Vehicle Accident, 73 MM I-75 05/14/14: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 05/14/14: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 05/14/14: Emergency Med, Everglades City 05/14/14: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 05/14/14: Emergency Med, Everglades City 05/15/14: Emergency Med, Plantation Is 05/15/14: Emergency Med, Everglades City 05/15/14: Emergency Med, Port of Islands 05/16/14: Emergency Med, Everglades City 05/17/14: Emergency Med, Everglades City 05/17/14: Emergency Med, Everglades City 05/17/14: Emergency Medical, Copeland 05/19/14: Emergency Med, Port of Islands The next OFCD Advisory Committee Meeting will be held Monday, June 9, at 4:00 pm in the new Port of the Islands Fire Station at 525 New Port Drive #C in Naples. 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. 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 775-4265. the Shelter provides all services free of charge. Visit for more information. 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. Please do not leave items outside the shop. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Annie at the Thrift Shop. WEIGHT LOSS SUPPORT Success Weight Loss class is held every Tuesday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall at the Community Church on the Circle.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area May 23, 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 THANK YOU for your support! See you in October! Sweet Mayberry’s Caf & Gelato (with WiFi) 207 West Broadway Special Coffee, Organic Teas, Belgium Waffles, Cakes, and more 239-695-0092 MUSEUM OF THE EVERGLADES 105 West Broadway, Everglades City OPEN: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm (239) 695-0008 Hardware Unusual Gifts Marine Supplies T Shirts Knives – Apparel Tackle Caps WIN-CAR, INC. TrueValue. 209 N. Collier Ave. Carolyn Thompson and Suzan Griffis Post Office Box 247 (239) 695 3201 Everglades City, FL 34139 Fax: (239) 659 3344 Email:


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area May 23, 2014 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 TAYLOR’S CORNER Our class went to visit the new aqua culture lab last week and it was amazing! They were raising tilapia and cichlids. Dalton Patt showed us around and fed the fish. When he fed the tilapia it was a feeding frenzy and the fish went bonkers. The aquaculture lab was created so the students can learn about farming and raising fish. They are also learning about the economics of farming fish. Th ey are even withdrawing water from the tank into buckets and testing it on the garden to see how the plants will react to the water from the tank. The last day of school is June 4th and it is just around the corner. Everybody in my class is freaking out. I’m so excited for the summer break because than I w ill be an official fifth grader and my brother will be a seventh grader!!!!! The little bits competition was on Saturday May 10th at Edison State College. The theme was to build something that you would see at the county fair. Our team made the longest snake in the world the freak show and the ping pong ball toss. The room that we were building our projects in was filled with little bits buzzing and lighting up and spinning around, it was amazing and fun too. Our team didn’t win but we did have fun doing it and the judges said it was close. Taylor Dahlke is 10 years old and in the 4th grade at Everglades City School. The Wild Everglades: Florida manatee by Claybrook Story The Florida manatee (T. m. latirostr is) or “sea cow” is one of two sub species of the West Indian ma natee. Manatees have a weight of 880 to 1,210 lb., and mean length of 9.2 to 9.8 ft., with maxima of 12 ft. and 3,913 lb. seen (the females tend to be larger and heavier). When born, baby manat ees have an average mass of 66 lb. Apart from mothers with their young, or males following a receptive female, manatees are generally solitary creatures. Manatees spend about 50% of the day sleeping submerged, surfacing for air regularly at interv als of less than 20 minutes. The Florida subspecies (T. m. latirostris) has been known to live up to 60 years. Manatees typically breed once ever y two years; generally only a single calf is born. Gestation lasts about 12 months and a further 12 to 18 months to wean the calf. Manatees are herbivores and eat over 60 different freshwater and saltwater plants. Claybrook Story is 13 years old and in the 7th grade at Everglades City School. LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL Dear Parents, Students and Community Members, I want to begin by congratulating all of our seniors. We are all looking forward to their graduation ceremony on Friday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m., in our cafeteria. We wish the following students the very best as they close this chap ter in their lives and open a new one: Herbert Bedford, Jacob Daffin, Trevor Daniels, Henry Hiemstra, Kristin McMillin, Tyle r Pasiuk, Cristen Steffen, Colman Strickland, Wayde Strickland, Dairean Williams, and Kendell Wooten. We also need to congratulate the following staff and students for their efforts in the district-wide STEM science competition they competed in at Edison Stat e College. We are very proud of the efforts of the following staff and students: Elementary – Ms. Patti Jones, Brady Bowen, Taylor Dahlke, Charlie Pace, Case Vanleeuwen; Middle School – Mr. Mitchell Roberts, Ricardo Cangas, Jerry Pablo-Ramirez, Stephanie Pablo-Ramirez, Claybrook Story; High School – Mr. Matt Chappell, Dylan Doster, Michael Doster, Triston Kibodeaux, Braxton Kidder. As always, please feel free to call or stop by with any questions you have about our school. Gratefully yours, Bob Spano, Principal Try Rest your head, Little baby. Go to sleep, And have sweet dreams. Create your future, And a past. Live your life, And make it last! As you get older, Things will get harder. Some will be good, And others bad. And when they do, Don't ask why. Do your best, LeAnne Bedford is 16 years old and And try! in the 10th grade at Everglades City School. JUNIOR ARCHAEOLOGY DAY Collier County Museums, in conjunction with the Florida Public Archaeology Network, announces Junior Archaeology Day for students grades 1-5 to discover the fun field of archaeology. The event will take place on Friday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Collier County Museum and includes pottery making, atlatl throwing demonstrations and educational activities. Reservations are required as space is lim ited; call (239) 252-8242. CONGRATULATIONS Mr. Chappell and his science classes put together a STEM video that won first place in our district. Ev erglades City School finished first over all of the other high schools in our county. IMPORTANT DATES 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 Frida y, June 27 Jr. Archaeolo gy Da y, 10 am Na p les


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area May 23, 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 23, 2014 email: PAGE 7 My Little Slice of Paradise by Kathy Brock “Natural Mosquito Control, Is there Such a Thing?” Mosquito season is cranking up and most of us would probably buy stock in any company that could crack the mosquito code and give us a safe and really effective natural control product. Well unfortunately, this article is not going to tell you about a new revolutionary product to invest in...instead, l look to living nature to help us with mosquito control (for the most part). You may have heard about the crazy people with the Bat House in their yard in Everglades City. That would be me/us. Our bat-condo is fully occupied with about 600 of the mosquito loving little guys & gals. Depending on what forum you read, the average bat will consume between 600 and 3000 mosquitoes a night. I tend to think 600 per night sounds more reasonable. So let's do the math: 600 bats x 600 each, that's 360,000 per night I'm in! Bats are nocturnal so you will rarely see one during the day. You can hear them once you learn their "chirp" that I describe as a squeak that needs oiling. Our bats are in the Myotis family of bats. They are small with wooly brown fur on their backs. Contrary to what we once were led to believe, bats do not target our hair, nor do they carry rabies at a higher rate than any other mammal. In fact, my research revealed that bats are not any more prone to rabies than most other mammals, including dogs. Bats are not rodents, therefore they are not related to rats and mice. It is true that you do not want bats to live in your attic or home. For one, the noise alone would drive you out. They get very noisy at certain times of the day, esp ecially when the sun is setting. They also leave droppings or "guano" behind which is a fancy term for bat poo. It is fantastic fertilizer but I would not want it piling up in my attic for sure! It is smelly and a health hazard (as you would expect from any anim al excrement) but my herb garden is thriving from it. There are several colonies of bats in EC. The church across from the school has them roosting in the royal palm seeds (a favorite, natural location for them), and a house on Allen Avenue had some in their palms as well. Colonies will move so they may leave an area for a period of time then come back. This happened with our colony, they were gone for about 2 weeks, then came back and haven't left since. The bats alone are not going to knock out the mosquito population, but they can at least put a dent in it. The purple martins and other swallows in town eat the bugs by day, the bats take over at night...then there is that really big "animal" that rides around the streets at about 5:30 a.m. I heard that really wipes them out too. I like to do as much as po ssible naturally, and also wear long sleeves and pants at night. Every now and then I break out the Eau de Deet, but that is a rarity. I am hoping as my bat population grows (and it is), my mosquito population will decrease (honestly, not convinced...yet). One thing I am sure of, it's really cool to watch them flying out of their house from the porch -we refer to it as "the drop," and then fly into the night. Next time in My Little Slice of Paradise – “ Picking the Right Plants For Our Area” 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 Saltmarsh Mosquito ( Aedes taeniorhynchus ) Other names: skeeter, Jersey birds / Status: FL=all too stable and thriving / Life span: to 2 months / Length: 0.15 in. (4 mm) / Reproduces in the tidal flats of Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve as well as the bay side of Captiva / Found: Throughout all of Southwest Florida. The saltmarsh mosquito is not a major vector in the transm ission of diseases. Although capable of transmitting St. Louis encephalitis and EEE (eastern equine encephalitis) in the laboratory, in the wild it does not fare as well with these two diseases. It is a known vector for dog heartworm and Venezuelan equine encephalitis. This isn’t the case for some of the other species that inhabit most of Southwest Florida. In f act, of all the creatures described in this book, from bull sharks to four-hundred pound alligators, the single most deadly is the mosquito. No other creature has caused so much suffering as th e tiny, ubiquitous mosquito. The most deadly of all the species on the islands is Aedes aegypti. An invasive species that originated in Africa, this mosquito has now spread via the various industries of Homo sapiens to every tropical and sub-tropical region in the world. This is the insect responsible for the spread of yellow fever, dengue fever, Chikungunya and other diseases. Although it is present in fair numbers on the island, we are all blessed in that there is no yellow or dengue fever present in the human population to serve as a reservoir for the disease. Another equally dangerous species is Anopheles quadrimaculatus This species is a well-known vector for malaria but once again, lacking a host w ith a case of active malaria to transmit, this tiny mosquito is no more deadly than its bite. The other two species of concern are Culex nigripalpus which carries West Nile virus and Saint Louis encephalitis and the Asian tiger mosquito ( Aedes albopictus ) which also vectors dengue fever. The other species found in sout hwest Florida are not known to carry any human diseases but all of them are capable of transmitting dog heartworm. If the thought of having all of these potentially dangerous mosquitoes in your back yard might be worrisome to you I can only say that you have every right to be worried. The pain and suffering brought about by these insects is unimaginable. This year alone, more than one million people will die from malaria. When we add deaths from dengue fever, yellow fever and a wide array of various equine and other forms of encephalitis the number exceeds two million, with hundreds of thousands of cases in the third world going unreported. Although mosquitoes are eaten by small birds, bats and their larvae is taken by mosquito fish, frogs and turtles, these natural controls cannot rival their amazing ability to reproduce. Although they are unwitting host s of the diseases they can carry, mosquitoes are the most frightening creatures in LIVING SANIBEL 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 23, 2014 email: PAGE 8 Florida Tales by Chester Keene “Rattlesnake Salesman” Continued from the April 25 issue of The Mullet Rapper. George End saw that he could make a profit by selling off a product that was in abundance, some just for the collection of the snakes. He made key chains, hat bands, wallets and lady purses to sell in his business. He also opened a reptile show in a place they later called Rattlesnake, Florida. It was located on the south side of Tampa Bay. The business attracted large crowds and some people settled there. It was later given a Post Office where you could mail post cards stamped with the name on it. One of his best exhibits was an outfit made out of snakeskin. The jacket, belt and matching shoes were worn and modeled by a girl from Arcadia, Fl. Her name was Myrabeth Reece and she wore it to the Chicago World's Fair 1933-34 and won an award for it. It was there that she met Sally Rand the Bubble Dancer and she was later invited to the opening ceremonies at Carlstrom Field, FL, where cadets from Britain and the United States were trained to be fighter pilots for World War II outside of Arcadia. Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. MUSEUM of the Everglades Pauline Reeves Gallery Muffy Clark Gill’s exhibit "The 20th Century Seminole Experience: Paintings from the Florida Indian Tribes Series" continues through the end of May. If you haven’t yet been by the Museum, you don’t want to miss the last week of this fascinating exhibit; truly unique! The Museum of the Everglades is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. On Tuesday, June 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. the Friends of the Museum will host an opening reception for the Summer Art Exhibit featuring the students of Everglades City School. Every year we are amazed at the dive rsity and creativity of our art students under the direction of Paul “Trib” Tribble. Please come and meet with the students on June 3 Visit for more information about upcoming summer events and programs or pick up a brochure in the Museum. From Savannah’s Eyes I can't believe it's almost the end of the school year! It has flown by so quickly and I'm in shock that I'm gonna be a senior th is coming fall. I think the thing I'm going to miss most is the senior class. I've been with most of them since Pre-K and they're like my brothers and sisters; it's gonna be tough to see them go and not be in my classes or in the hallways. I will always remember the good times we've shared together, the laughter, the crying, and the jokes; you all have amazing persona lities that cannot be replaced by anyone or anything. Now, don't get me wr ong, I love my class just as much but this year I've spent more time with the seniors because we'v e had dual enrollment together and I've been to all their meetings and field trips. It actually feels like I'm one of them. Graduation is May 30 but my time hasn't come yet, and I'm glad I get to spen d one more year in high school. Sometimes, though, I wish I was graduating this year just to be with my friends so I've dedicated th is article to my friends of the Senior Class 2014. Kristin you've stuck with me through thick and th in, no matter what. And I'm going to miss all of our laughs in Chappell's science class and dressi ng alike so we can be twins. I can't wait to go to Edison State with you next year! Trevor you've been with me since middle school a nd I don't think I've ever gotten closer to anyone that quick before. You've made my high school years so much fun and you're so unpredictable! You have the best advice and you're very wise for your age. We've had so many fun and irreplaceable adventures in the times we've been together and I can't wait to roommate with you in college! You go girl you've made it! Wayde you're my best friend! And I hope that you find all that you want through life. And always make the right choices and follow your heart. Herbie you've just came to the school this year but you've became my "big brother" and took me under your wing. I'm glad to have an amazing friend like you and I hope you go far in life. Henry you're definitely a crazy one! I don't think I've ever met anyone like you at all in my life. I hope you find a great job so you can buy a good car so that you might think about not wrecking it or tearing it apart like your other 14 vehicles. Tyler you're such a funny person I think every time I talk to you I end up laughing somehow. I hope that you go far in life and achieve all that you want to. Colman you're such an intelligent student and I hope you go to college to become something amazing and show everyone that you can do anything if you set your mind to do it. Jacob oh goodness you're something el se! I'm really gonna miss you in school; your personality and jokes are unlike any other. I'm gonna miss our ai rplane and paper ball fights in 6th period. Dairiean you have such determination and I know you'll do great things when you go to Full Sail University. I hope in a few years I'll be playi ng a game or watching something on TV that you've created. Kendell your laugh is like a chain reaction, and it's one of a kind. When I hear you laugh it always makes me laugh, and I actually wish that I di d have your laugh it's so cute! I'm so happy that you got a full ride scholarship to Lorenzo Walker, you're gonna do big things! Chris you're such an amazing person and I'm defin itely going to miss your random talks about kiteboarding all the time. I wish you would still be down here with us after you graduate, but I know the Coastguard is going to love having you -just know you will be missed. These are the amazing students of Everglades City School and we hope you will join us to watch them graduate on May 30 at 7:00 p.m. Come celebrate anot her class leaving us and becoming remarkable people in this world. Can't believe I’m graduating ne xt year! 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 23, 2014 email: PAGE 9 G GR R A A D D U U A A T T E E S S 2 2 0 0 1 1 4 4 Herbert Bedford Trevor Daniels Henry Hiemstra Jacob Daffin Kristin McMillin Tyler Pasiuk Cristen Steffen Colman Strickland CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD LU CK TO ALL OUR 2014 GRADUATES Kendell Wooten Dairean Williams Wayde Strickland


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area May 23, 2014 email: PAGE 10 Senior Scholarships Forum Club Gentry Scholarship – Kristin McMillin Founders Fund Scholarship – Kristin McMillin Naples Yacht Club Blue Gavel Scholarship – Trevor Daniels Dairean Williams Lorenzo Walter Institute of Technology – Kendell Wooten Friends of the Museum of the Everglades Carol Moseman Scholarship – Dairean Williams Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation – Kristin McMillin Marco Island Sunrise Rotary Scholarship – Trevor Daniels Kristin McMillin Colman Strickland Upon a Star Scholarship – Trevor Daniels Pelican Bay Rotary Club/Servi ce above Self Scholarship – Kristin McMillin Betterment Association – Tyler Pasiuk Reach Out Everglades & C.O.P.S. Scholarship – Tyler Pasiuk Dairean Williams Specialty Awards President’s Education Award for Achievement – Triston Kibodeaux and Dalton Stokes for Excellence – Houston Brown and Cristen Steffen Harvard Book Prize Award – Houston Brown Florida State Seminole Club of Naples Book Award – Savannah Oglesby Sons of the American Revolution Book Award – Wayde Strickland Naples Daily News Senior of Distinction Award Kristin McMillin Smith College Book Award – Savannah Oglesby Army Scholar Athlete Award – Kristin McMillin Colman Strickland 2014 Student of Distinction Award Savannah Oglesby Many more awards were presented and photos taken – too many to publish them all Congratulations to all our students


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area May 23, 2014 email: PAGE 11 RESTAURANTS Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): 4:00 – 9:00 pm; daily Closed – re-opening June 2 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 Fri-Sat-Sun 6 am 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; Thurs-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): 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 Closed 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 Early on May 13 a tractor trailer made a sharp right hand turn from Gardenia onto Buckner Ave. No one was injured and soon a tow truck arrived. The week before another semi-tractor trailer jack-knifed on CR29. TRIBUTE TO JRG FURRER Jrg Furrer was a friend to many and it was with great sadness that we learned of his passing on May 18. For over 20 years, he was coming to Everglades City with his friends from Switzerland playing their jazz band music, bird -watching and hiking through the Fakahatchee. Most people remember him for his fanciful sketches of the historic buildings, restaurants and homes. He loved the history of this area and he designed the Friends of the River of Grass Greenway (FROGG) logo with the frog waving from his bicycle. He was a very dear friend to many locals, including Jim Webb who traveled to Switzerland to see him when he was hospitalized. The last time Jrg came to visit was in April. He will be missed! SHERIFF’S REPORT On 05/04/14 deputies were dispatched to the 63 mm rest area of I-75 for a suspicious male. Upon arrival the suspect fled the area but after an extensive search he was located as well as a stolen vehicle. Arrested was a 23yr-old male from Fort Myers who was charged with Grand Theft Auto. Other arrests: A 35-yr-old male, formally from Chokoloskee, was arrested and charged on May 2 by Na ples Police Dept. in Naples with the following charges: possession of a controlled substance, possession of cocaine and narcotics e quipment paraphernalia. *Please remember to report any suspicious activity immediately to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 252-9300 or in an emergency by dialing 911. TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 05/23 Fri 05:57am 0.3 L 05/23 Fri 11:26am 2.7 H 05/23 Fri 06:47pm 0.3 L 05/24 Sat 12:08am 2.3 H 05/24 Sat 06:53am 0.4 L 05/24 Sat 12:10pm 2.8 H 05/24 Sat 07:43pm 0.1 L 05/25 Sun 01:16am 2.3 H 05/25 Sun 07:44am 0.5 L 05/25 Sun 12:50pm 3.0 H 05/25 Sun 08:33pm -0.1 L 05/26 Mon 02:11am 2.4 H 05/26 Mon 08:32am 0.6 L 05/26 Mon 01:27pm 3.1 H 05/26 Mon 09:20pm -0.2 L 05/27 Tue 02:56am 2.4 H 05/27 Tue 09:18am 0.7 L 05/27 Tue 02:01pm 3.1 H 05/27 Tue 10:03pm -0.3 L 05/28 Wed 03:35am 2.3 H 05/28 Wed 10:00am 0.7 L 05/28 Wed 02:35pm 3.2 H 05/28 Wed 10:45pm -0.3 L 05/29 Thu 04:11am 2.3 H 05/29 Thu 10:40am 0.7 L 05/29 Thu 03:08pm 3.2 H 05/29 Thu 11:25pm -0.3 L 05/30 Fri 04:49am 2.3 H 05/30 Fri 11:18am 0.8 L 05/30 Fri 03:42pm 3.1 H 05/31 Sat 12:05am -0.2 L 05/31 Sat 05:30am 2.3 H 05/31 Sat 11:55am 0.8 L 05/31 Sat 04:18pm 3.0 H 06/01 Sun 12:44am -0.1 L 06/01 Sun 06:15am 2.3 H 06/01 Sun 12:34pm 0.8 L 06/01 Sun 04:58pm 2.8 H 06/02 Mon 01:25am 0.0 L 06/02 Mon 07:02am 2.3 H 06/02 Mon 01:16pm 0.8 L 06/02 Mon 05:47pm 2.6 H 06/03 Tue 02:08am 0.1 L 06/03 Tue 07:50am 2.3 H 06/03 Tue 02:11pm 0.8 L 06/03 Tue 06:50pm 2.4 H 06/04 Wed 02:55am 0.2 L 06/04 Wed 08:39am 2.3 H 06/04 Wed 03:24pm 0.8 L 06/04 Wed 08:03pm 2.2 H 06/05 Thu 03:47am 0.3 L 06/05 Thu 09:28am 2.4 H 06/05 Thu 04:40pm 0.7 L 06/05 Thu 09:19pm 2.1 H 06/06 Fri 04:43am 0.4 L 06/06 Fri 10:17am 2.5 H 06/06 Fri 05:45pm 0.6 L 06/06 Fri 10:36pm 2.0 H / NOW SERVING EVERGLADES CITY S.W. FLA’s Pest Authority since 1990 CALL 239-455-4300 SPIDERS 6-Month Guarantee 3899 MannixDr #412


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area May 23, 2014 email: PAGE 12 SNOOK CLASSIFIEDS FOR SALE : Chicks & Chickens (assortment of breeds) and farm fresh eggs. Bedford Farms, call 695-0500. --------------------------------------------------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 Last of the old Chokoloskee Cruisers ALBATROSS II (239) 455-1567 or 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 Lions Club has announced the following slate of new officers effective July 1: President – Vicky Wells Vice-President – Glenna Potter Secretary – Elaine Middelstaedt Treasurer – Arita Parker 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, Leigh Richardson, Charles Sobczak, Bob Spano, Claybrook Story 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. 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 Offic e PET PICS Chatham and River Brown Houston and Jennifer bought River a new puppy for his 9th birthday, River named the puppy Chatham. Chatham is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and he and River love to play, swim and even fall asleep together. Send us your Pet Pics by post or email. ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS date _______________________ Please make check payable to “Snook Publications” and send to Snook Publications, P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 ___ The MULLET RAPPER by post ($40) ___ The MULLET RAPPER by email ($10) NAME ___________________________________________ EMAIL _______________________________________________ STREET / P.O.BOX: ALTERNATE ADDRESS _________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ CITY ____________________________________________ CITY _________________________________________________ STATE ________ ZIP ____________________________ STATE _________ ZIP _________________________________ MONTHS AT ALTERNATE ADDRESS __JAN __FEB __MAR __APR __MAY __JUN __JUL __AUG __SEP __OCT __NOV __DEC 5/23/14 See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website.