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email: PAGE 1 25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 12 – 25, 2014 2014, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VIII Issue #219 CITY COUNCIL REPORT by Marya Repko The September 3 City Council Meeting was adjourned for the First Reading of the Budget. Mayor Sammy Hamilton said he tried to keep the millage down but it was regulated by the state. When the meeting resumed, the Mayor welcomed Jennifer Perry, Manager of the Museum of the Everglades. He then reported news about a CAT bus service and sidewalks which had been surveyed. And, he was pleased to announce that there were no bad debts in the City accounts! Councilor Mackie Collins said that during an interview for Animal Planet on TV, he confirmed that our electricity was out less than a day after Hurricane Wilma, thanks to the Mayor. Councilor Howie Grimm thanked CCSO for helping with the youth in the area, especially with evening activities, because some of the kids do not have anyone else to look up to. The Second Reading of the budget took place briefly on September 8. The next City Council meeting is on Tuesday, October 7, at 5:30 pm. NEW STORTER EXHIBIT During the month of September the Museum of the Everglades will be celebrating the life and art of Rob Storter with the exhibit "History of Fishing in the Glades through the Eyes of Rob Storter." Robert Lee Storter was born September 30, 1894, in the village of Everglade. He lived an abundant 92 years of life as a guide, fisherman, poet and artist who chronicled what it was like in the "earlier" days of Collier County. This exhibit transports viewers to his remote, half-wild frontier of Southwest Florida in the early part of the twentieth century. This illustrate d journey features great swamps, estuaries, and the fantastic array of plants and animal life of a time gone by. Rob's grasp of the Everglades is de monstrated through his work, as it looks back over a life closely linked to the water. The exhibit also tells the story of family and community triumphs and its setbacks. Rob Storter knew the Ev erglades and was one of its first sports fishing guides and from an ear ly age was commercial fishing. He lived and worked here before the Collier era when real estate development, drainage projects, and tourism changed the region forever. Rob’s illustrations offer a glimpse into the wonders of the Everglades during his time and the mixed benefits of progress and th e responsibilities of stewardship. There will be a reception on Saturday, September 20 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Light refreshm ents and hors d'oeuvres will be served. The event is free and ope n to the public. Please join us! FAKAHATCHEE FREE YOUTH FISHING CLINIC The Fakahatchee Fishing Clinic will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20. Kids ranging in ages from 6 to 17 years old are invited to participate. The first 150 partic ipants get a free fishing pole and light tackle. After completing four stations that include knot tying, angler ethics, casting, and tackle needs, you will be able to fish with a Park Ranger. Snacks and drinks will be provided. The location will be Harmon Lake which is next to the event field and across from the ranger station at the main entr ance to Fakahatchee Strand. For more information, telephone 695-4593 or visit website TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Parks p. 8 Events p. 3 Gulf Coast p. 8 School p. 5 Museum p. 9 History p. 7 Book Review p. 9 Sheriff p. 7 Library Month p. 9 Recipe p. 7 Florida Tales p.10 Taxing p. 7 Florida Flora p.10 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: Chokoloskee Bridge, 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 SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 email: PAGE 2 Oct 23-Nov 3: Early Voting Oct 31: Halloween Party Nov 4: General Election Nov 21: ESHP Talk Dec 6 : Swamp Heritage Fest THRIFT SHOP: Sat, 11 am – 3 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) VA SUPPORT: Alternate Fridays; 10 am WEIGHT LOSS: Tues, 5 to 6 pm, Community Church MUSEUM: Mon – Sat, 9 am to 4 pm SMALLWOOD STORE: Daily, 11 am to 4 pm CARNESTOWN Recycle and Trash: 2nd Sat, 9 am to 1 pm SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: 1st Tuesday (4:30-5:30 pm), other Tuesdays (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: 252-899 SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT 7 8 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God, 7 pm ESHP Mtg 2nd Reading of City Budget full moon 9 10 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 11 Lions Club RAPPER 12 VA Support see p.3 13 14 15 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm 16 Mobile Mammography see p.3 17 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 18 SAC Mtg see p.5 19 Sales Tax Holiday see p.3 20 Sales Tax Holiday see p.3 Fakahatchee Fishing Clinic see p.1 Museum Reception see p.1 21 Sales Tax Holiday see p.3 22 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church, 7 pm OFCD Meeting see p.3 23 new moon 24Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 25 RAPPER 26 VA Support see p.3 27 Blessing of the Fleet see p.3 NPS Fee Free see p.3 Estuaries Day see p.3 28 29 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church, 7 pm 30 OCT 1 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 2 3 4 5 6 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God, 7 pm ESHP Meeting Voter Registration see p.3 7 Congressional Aide Visit City Council ORV Meeting full moon 8 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am CCSO Safe Communities Event 9 Lions Club see p.3 RAPPER 10 VA Support see p.3 11 SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 email: PAGE 3 Are you due for your annual mammogram? Digital Mammography is coming to Everglades City. Reservations are recommended (call 239-936-4068 to schedule appointments); no prescription necessary. The date is Tuesday, September 16, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Everglades City Community Center, 205 Buckner Ave (behind the Fire Station) Most Insurance Plans are accepted. Discount Self-pay Price. Visit for eligibility guidelines. VOTER REGISTRATION If you want to vote in the General Election on November 4 or during Early Voting, on October 23 through November 3 and you are not already registered to vote, you must do that by Monday, October 6. For info call 252-8683 or see website where you can find application forms. The forms are also available in City Hall. SALES TAX HOLIDAY If you are buying appliances that qualify for Energy Star or WaterSense ratings, there will be no sales tax for three days, September 19-21 Exempt items include fans, fridges, air conditioners, and even light bulbs plus plumbing supplies. For a complete list, see or call (800) 352-3671. National Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay! Saturday, September 27 The celebration aims to recognize the importance of the habitat where rivers meet the sea. Rooker y Bay's event will include boat tours, introductory kayaking trips, free paddle boarding on Henderson Creek, marine critter touch tank and other live animal presentations. Additionally, there will be games and crafts for children, behind-the-scenes tours of the science labs, films, food and more. A special art exhibition by marine life artist Guy Harvey will be on display in the gallery and merchandise will be available for purchase in the nature store. Visit for more information or call (239) 417-6310. Blessing of the Fleet Before you know it, we'll be eating delicious fresh stone crab claws again! But, do we think about the boats that go out at 4:00 a.m. each morning, whatever the weather? They will set their traps soon to pull them up laden with the rare local goodies on October 15 when the season for harvesting officially begins. To make sure they have a good send off, Everglades City is holding its annual "Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet" on Saturday, September 27 at the historic Rod & Gun Club on the Barron River. The event starts at 1 p.m. with fun for all the family and ends at around 4 p.m. There will be arts & crafts booths, music, and a frog-jumping contest for the kiddies before local pastors bless each boat at 2 p.m. after which the contest results are announced. One traditional highlight is the Coconut Guava Cake Baking Contest with a prize of $100 to the winner. Recipes for this local specialty have been handed down over the years and remain family secrets. New events this year are a Stone Crab Art Contest for youngsters and a Stone Crab Story Contest for Middle and High School students. The winners of the Art Contest will have their pictures hung in the Museum of the Everglades during October and the winning Stories will be printed the The Mullet Rapper The celebration is being organized by the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation ( For more information, phone Tod at 239260-4577 or follow us on FaceBook NPS Free Entrance Days The National Parks are even better when it's free (this includes Shark Valley)! The last “fee free” days of 2014 are September 27 (National Public Lands Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day). For more information, visit website ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 08/26/14: Unknown Problem, Plantation Is 08/26/14: Vehicle Accident, 55 MM I-75 08/30/14: Fire Alarm, Port of the Islands 08/30/14: Emergency Medical, Copeland 09/01/14: Emergency Medical, Copeland 09/02/14: Emergency Med, Plantation Island 09/03/14: Mutual Aid (Fire Alarm), Marco 09/03/14: Chest Pains, 63 Mile Marker I-75 09/04/14: Mutual Aid, Marco Island 09/04/14: Emergency Medical, Plantation 09/05/14: Vehicle Accident, 80 MM I-75 09/06/14: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 09/07/14: Vehicle Accident, 53 MM I-75 09/07/14: Brush Fire, 85 Mile Marker I-75 09/08/14: Vehicle Accident, 54 MM I-75 The OFCD will meet at 4 p.m. on Monday, September 22 at the Fire Chief’s Office at the Everglades City Fire Station, located at 201 Buckner Ave. N., Everglades City. DOCTOR’S CLINIC Dr. Kirk DeMartino’s clinic in Everglades City is closed for the summer. Call (239) 642-5552 for appointments. THRIFT SHOP The Thrift Shop, located behind the Fire Station, is open every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. SHELTER FOR ABUSED WOMEN & CHILDREN If you are in an abusive relationship, call the 24-hr crisis line: 775-1101 or TTY (239) 775-4265; the Shelter provides all services free of charge. Visit for more info. Veterans Support Group Meetings are held every other Friday at 10 a.m.: Sept 12, Sept 26, Oct 10. Veterans and family members of veterans meet in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall behind the Everglades Community Church. Please join us & thank you for your service! LIONS CLUB The Everglades Lions Club meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Oyster House Restaurant. Dinner from the menu will follow a brief business meeting. The Lions Club is an international non-profit which focuses on eye and ear health as well as diabetes. For info, call Vicky Wells at 695-2660.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 12, 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 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 O p en 6 am (239) 695-2682 11 am– 5 pm Closed Tues-Wed 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: MUSEUM OF THE EVERGLADES 105 West Broadway, Everglades City OPEN: Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (239) 695-0008 THANK YOU for your support! See you in October! Sweet Mayberry’s Caf & Gelato (with WiFi) Re-opening in October Special Coffee, Organic Teas, Belgium Waffles, Cakes, and more 239-695-0092 Re-opening October 15


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 email: PAGE 5 IMPORTANT DATES Thurs, Sept 18 Title I Meeting / SAC Meeting / Literacy Night, 6 pm, Media Center Friday, Sept 19 Deadline for Stone Crab Story Contest Thurs, Sept 25 Early Dismissal SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Beautiful World by LeAnne Bedford The daytime clouds And the midnight stars. Just sit there above This beautiful world of ours! The green grass and the desert sand, lay on the ground of this beautiful land! You sit inside Like you’re under a curse Go out and enjoy This whole universe! You may enjoy the birds that sing Or a little butterfly. Or you may just sit outside And watch the beautiful sky! You may be busy, but make it fit. The world is beautiful, go out and enjoy it! LeAnne Bedford is 16 yrs old and is a student in the 11th grade at Everglades City School. INVITATION TO ST UDENTS AND PARENTS Students and parents are invited to attend our annual Title I meeting. Title I information will be presented and available on Thursday, September 18 A translator will be present. This presentation will be followed by SAC and Literacy Night. ATTENTION ALL MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS Middle and High School students are invited to submit your story about our famous seafood, the stone crab. Stone crab season starts October 15 and the crab boats will be celebrated at the “Blessing of the Fleet” on Saturday, September 27. Students may write whatever they wish about stone crab s: the history of the stone crab industry, how Everglades City became the “Stone Crab Capital of the World”, or about the stone crab itself; it’s your choice. Stories are limited to 250 words. The deadline for the Stone Crab Writing Contest is Friday, September 19, with the winner announced at the September 27 “Blessing of the Fleet” event. The two winners (one for middle school / one for high school) will have their articles published in The Mullet Rapper and receive two movie tickets each Please email articles to no later than 5:00 pm on September 19. Honoring Jim Webb Brad Lundy, organizer of the Anglers' Cup, and Amos Tiger presented a check for $1000 to Glenna Potter for a scholarship to be awarded to an ECity School student. Amos said that he wanted to do something to honor his good friend Jim Webb so he collected more than half the amount and the Anglers' Cup topped it up. Glenna was tearful as she thanked them and said it was a great opportunity to help a student with the high cost of further education. About 150 people were at the dinner in the Seafood Depot, all of them happy with their day on the water during this 7th anniversary of the tournament. Pre-K Program Pictured from left: Rylee Mayberry, Madeleine Collins, Chapin Lee, Jack Snyder The parents and students of this year’s Everglades City Sc hool Pre-K class would like to thank Mayor Sammy Hamilton for helping us keep the program going. Without his help there would have been no Pre-K program this year. Thank you also to th e Everglades City community for all your support and strong words while we work to keep this very important program! Also, a big thanks to Mrs. Ascetta who is the new Pre-K teacher! We look forward to a great school year with you! SPORTS SCHEDULE Visit website for a complete schedule Boys’ and Girls’ Sub-Varsity Cross Country Saturday, Sept. 13 at Ft. Myers Optimist Invite Veterans Park, 7:30 am Saturday, Sept. 20 at Triton Invitational Mariner H.S., 9 am VOLLEYBALL HOME GAMES Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Thursday, Sept 18 vs Marco Island Academy, 6:30 pm Tuesday, Sept 23 vs Gulf Coast High School, 4:30 pm Girls’ JV Volleyball Thursday, Sept 18 vs Marco Island Academy, 5:30 pm


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 email: PAGE 6 NOW OPEN on the Circle FRI-SAT-SUN 11 am – 8 pm Beer & Pizza Special LUNCH for 2 people SPECIALS any 3 toppings $8.95 includes 2 beers Pizza starts at 4 pm $19.95 “STEP BACK IN TIME” ORDER 695-0611 pick up at our DRIVE THRU WINDOW Open all day long (Fri-Sat-Sun) for BEER – SUBS – SODA – ICE – SNACKS Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Cones Chocolate Mousse


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 email: PAGE 7 Chokoloskee Bridge Replacement Project This project will replace the existing bridge on the causeway to Chokoloskee with a new wider structure. The existing seawalls will remain in place to both protect the banks and maintain a platform used by many for fishing. The new bridge deck will be at a higher elevation than the existing, so some approach road work will be included in the project. The new bridge will be 225’ long and 52’ wide (existing bridge is 200’ x 33’). The total project length is approximately 1,100 feet or 0.2 mile. The new bridge will have two 12foot wide travel lanes with 8-foot wide shoulders on each side and a single 8foot sidewalk on the east (or bay) side. The sidewalk will be separated from the travel lanes by a barrier wall and it will be connected to the existing asphalt path. The existing water main will be relocated below the channel by means of a directional bore. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during construction (lane widths and speed limits will be reduced during certain operations). Pedestrian traffic across the bridge during construction will be prohibited. Upon project completion, boaters will notice an increase in vertical clearance of about 3 feet and a wider passage due to fewer support columns. Boat traffic will be able to pass beneath the bridge during construction with few exceptions. Certain operations will require short term closures. During construction electronic message signs will be used to alert the travelling public of planned lane closures. Navigational lighting will be attached to the bridge, identifying the bridge span with the highest clearance. The existing parking area along the gulf side will remain and be expanded. The existing bridge deck, railings and piles may be used to expand county operated reefs depending on total project costs and available budget. Recipe for Good Eating Easy Pasta with Shrimp and Vegetables submitted by Patty Huff Ingredients: 8 oz Linguine or fettuccine 1 TBS Butter 1 tsp Virgin olive oil 2 tsp Minced garlic Shrimp (fresh or frozen) 3 oz Cream cheese (low fat) Broccoli, asparagus or other vegetable cup Skim milk 1 tsp Grated lemon rind 4 TBS Parmesan cheese 2 tsp Lemon juice Salt & Pepper 1 TBS Chopped Chives Cook pasta in salted water until a dent; drai n and reserve cup of water. Saut shrimp and vegetables in olive oil and cook for 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat and toss with lemon rind and juice. Melt butter and saut ga rlic for one minute. Add cream cheese, milk, and cheese, salt and pepper, stirring until we ll blended. Add reserved pasta water (as needed), pasta, shrimp and vegetables. Garnis h with chives and serv e immediately. Enjoy! If you have a favorite reci pe to share, please email us at mulletra HOUSEHOLD TIP by Patty Huff Ever wonder what to do with those wine bottle carriers from the grocery stores (after you bring home the wine). They usually have four pockets for tall bottles of wine. I always take my own bags to the store (as most people do these days) for all my grocery needs. I found the wine holders useful when I buy orange juice, milk, a tall bottle of olive oil, etc.; even small bottles or cans stack neatly inside. These holders also come in handy to carry extra shoes on a road trip. Email us your household tips! TAXING THINGS by Mike the Tax Guy WHAT'S ALL THIS ABOUT TAXING MY ESTATE? Estate tax in one form or another has been around for hundreds of years from medieval times to the present and justified for various reasons; not only for military actions but to prevent the wealth of a nation being concentrated into the hands of a few families. These taxes may be termed an inheritance tax, and opponents of the estate tax call it the 'death tax'. The Estate Tax is a tax on your right to transf er property at your death. It consists of an accounting of everything you own or have certain in terests in at the date of death. The fair market value of these items is used, not necessa rily what you paid for them or what their values were when you acquired them. The total of all of these items is your "Gross Estate." The includible property may consist of cash an d securities, real estate, insurance, trusts, annuities, business interests and other assets. Once you have accounted for the Gross Esta te, certain deductions are allowed; these deductions may include mortgages and other debts, estate administration expenses, property that passes to surviving spouses and qualified charities. The value of some operating business interests or farms may be reduced for estates that qualify. Estates of decedents survived by a spouse may elect to pass any of the decedent’s unused exemption to the surviving spouse. In addition to the federal estate tax, many states have enacted similar taxes. For 2014 the tax kicks in for those estates exceeding $5,340,000. This most likely is not an issue for all of us; however, since state laws also apply, those who have settled in Florida from another state might want to have their current position reviewed for compliance by local attorneys who specialize in wills, trusts, and estates Mike, The Tax Guy, provides income tax services. His phone number is 695-0595.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 email: PAGE 8 I-75 Mile Marker 63 Rest Area Open Big Cypress has announced that th e rest area at mile marker 63 along Interstate 75 has reopened. The up-graded facility includes backcountry access parking on the north and south sides of the interstate for those wanting to hike into the backcountry of the national preserve. For more information on this and other access from I-75 into Big Cypress go online to the following website cy/planyourvisit/in terstate-75-accessfacilities.htm. Public Safety Center on Alligator Alley Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services announced that the construction of the long-awaited Public Safety Center Fire Station facility on Alligator Alley at MM 63 is nearing completion and anticipates beginning services by the 4th quarter of this year. Flamingo Concession Contract The National Park Service is soliciting offers for a 20-yr Concession Contract to provide lodging, camping, tour boat, food and beverage, retail, and other services within the Flamingo Area of Everglades National Park. The Concessioner will be responsible for constructing lodging accommodation and installing eco-tents. Additional services provided include fuel sales for marine vessels and automobiles, boat transfer service and other marina services. All offers must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 25 If you are planning to submit an expression of interest and have obtained your RFEI from the website, contact William Gordon, Jr., Concessions Management Specialist, Superintendent’s Office, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks, 40001 Highway 9336, Homestead, FL 33034 at (305) 242-7762. Coast Guard Seeks Comment on Proposed Removal of Backcountry Markers The U. S. Coast Guard has a proposal that could affect the way boaters navigate the backcountry in Everglades National Park. The Coast Guard may remove several dozen Aids to Navigation that guide boaters from Coot Bay through Whitewater Bay to the Little Shark River. In addition, the proposed action would transfer ownership of some markers in Florida Bay to the park. Many of the 44 markers from Coot Bay to Little Shark River are in bad condition and could pose a hazard if not replaced or removed, park officials say. Critics of the proposal say loss of the markers would limit public access to the b ackcountry and pose a safety threat for park visitors. All comments should be sent to with Everglades National Park in the subject line. The deadline to comment is October 1 Comments can be mailed to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District, 909 SE 1st Avenue (STE 406) Brickell Federal Plaza Bldg Miami FL 33131. SNOOK RULES 1. slot limit 28 to 33 inches 2. one fish per person per day 3. valid fishing license with current Snook stamp Open season: SeptemberNovember, March-April. Living Gulf Coast by Charles Sobczak Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens 1590 Goodlette Road, Naples, FL 34102 / Phone: 239-262-5409 / E-mail: info / Website: www. / 43 acres / Admission fee charged. Naples Zoo article continued from August 29 issue The big cats are represented by the endangered Malayan tigers, African leopards, lions, and ocelots. The recently installed glass observation areas allow you to stand toe to toe with many of these animals, including Florida black bears and pumas, and the experience of being a foot away from these impressive predators is unforgettable. Other exhibits include giraffes, several zebra species, Australian dingoes, hyenas, impalas, and the homely but intriguing red river hogs. Admission to the Naples Zoo includes any number of daily shows and educational programs. These are aptly named “Planet Predator” (a show on the big cats), “Fangs & Fiction” (pythons and venomous snakes), “Meet the Keeper,” and “Alligator Bay,” among others. A free primate expedition cruise aboard a pontoon boat runs throughout the day, ferrying visitors to a number of islands where they can observe the lemurs, monkeys, and apes living on them. The zoo has great outreach programs that extend all the way to Madagascar, where efforts are under way to protect the last remaining wild habitats of endangered lemurs and fosas. The daily event and primate cruise schedules are subject to change so please check the website ( or call the zoo before visiting. There is a well-stocked gift shop, restaurant, and a shaded dining and picnic area. What began as a result of an unusual deep freeze near Orlando nearly 100 years ago is now a world-class zoological garden where Dr. Nehrling’s botanical specimens are enjoyed by lemurs and gibbons, as well as thousands of hominoid families every year. Photos courtesy of the Naples Zoo This article is from Living Sanibel A Nature Guide to Sanibel & Captiva Islands. Charles Sobczak lives and writes on Sanibel Island. Visit


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 email: PAGE 9 LOCAL HISTORY “Rob Storter” by Marya Repko Rob Storter was born in 1894 in the village of Everglade where his father Robert Bembery and Uncle George, Jr., and grandfather, George, Sr., had settled in the early 1880s. The Storter family owned most of the property in the area including what is now the Rod & Gun. When Barron Collier established the County in 1923, he bought their holdings. By that time, young Rob had moved to Naples which was even smaller than Everglade. He made his living fishing and knew all the waters well. When he finally retired, he sketched what he could remember and how it had all changed. An exhibit of his work is on display during September at the Museum of the Everglades (see page 1). SHERIFF’S REPORT Sometime between August 20 and August 24 person(s) unknown removed an office sign from Chokoloskee Island Park. The sign is unique and is made out of wood cut in the shape of a fish with the word “Office” written on it. Sometime between August 25 and the 27th a Garmin GPS Model 545s was removed from a fishing boat that was being stored at Parkway Village. Between August 27 and the 28th a resident on Swain St reported the theft of an 18” Home Lite gas chain saw from their property. The Investigator assigned to the case is looking at a named “person of interest” as this investigation continues. On August 31 between 6:30 and 8:30 pm a pickup truck was burglarized while parked unattended on SR-29 at Wagon Wheel Rd. Three crossbows by the brand name of “Mathew Helim” were removed from the vehicle along with other property. If you know anything about these incidents, please notify the Collier County Sheriff’s Of fice at 252-9300. MUSEUM of the Everglades Pauline Reeves Gallery The following is a list of the upcoming exhibits scheduled for the Pauline Reeves Gallery for the 2014-15 Season. Mark your calendars! Unless otherwise indicated, all receptions will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Museum of the Everglades. September 27 is National Museum Day. Stop by our Museum for a visit! October : Bruce Hitchcock, wildlife photographer (reception Oct. 4) November : Various Artists “Through a Lo cal’s Eye” (reception Nov. 8) December : Ke Robinson, oil painter (reception Dec. 6) January : David Thompson, wildlife/Everglades photographer (reception Jan. 10) February : Seminole Exhibit Historic Photographs February 24-28 : Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival March : Karen Barlett, mixed media (reception March 7) March 17: Special Event: Irish Movie April : Tom Andler, photographer (reception April 11) May : Smithsonian traveling exhibit "The Way We Worked" Summer : Everglades City School Art Students (reception June 5, 5-7pm) Visit the Friends of the Museum website for more information about volunteering and becoming a Friend of the Museum of the Everglades. The Museum, located at 105 West Broadway, is open every Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Off the Shelf – Book Review Florida Fiction Marty Ambrose reviewed by Marya Repko I indulged over the Labor Day Weekend in some light reading with The Mangrove Bay Mystery Series by Marty Ambrose, set on an island off the southwest coast of Florida full of fisher folk and mango farms and Calusa mounds but no beaches. The lively heroine writes for the local newspaper and keeps finding bodies so her investigative skills turn to solving murders. There is romantic interest when sparks fly between her and the local detective, a handsome Miccosukee. Their sleu thing is accompanied by a cast of eccentric characters like clairvoyant Madame Geri and feisty Great-Aunt Lily. The author lives on Pine Island and teach es English at Edison College (now FSW) in Fort Myers when not busy adding to the series. So far, th ere are four books: Peril in Paradise, Island Intrigue, Murder in the Mangroves, and Killer Kool See her website to order them from Amazon (also in Kindle versions). Our Collier County Public Library only has Murder in the Mangroves which can be requested for delivery at Everglades City Hall. SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP-MONTH The Collier County Public Library is promoting library card sign up month with the slogan “The Smartest Card: Get It, Use It, @ Your Library!” It’s the smartest card for a lot of reasons, including the access it provides to a wide spectrum of reliable information resources and for the value it provides to every card holder. Customers can borrow rather than buy books and movies, download audiobooks and take advantage of a wide variety of programs and events for every age group. There are two dozen community businesses partnering with the Collier County Public Library to make the library card even more valuable in September. Many restaurants and businesses in Naples are participating, as well as our own Island Caf in Everglades City! Show your library card and r eceive a special offer not availabl e to non-card holders. Check out the library’s website at www.collie for more details. The website will feature the business name, address, phone number and the special offer to library card holders. The Collier County Public Library has been serving the community since 1957 and has 10 locations throughout Collier County. Visit the Everglades City Branch to find out more about library resources, programs/events and how to get a library card or visit the website at


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 email: PAGE 10 Florida Tales “Footing it across the Everglades” by Capt. G. W. Storter submitted by Chester Keene It was in the summer of 1921 that Captain J. F. Jaudon, a wellknown Miamian, suggested to the writer a trip on foot across the unknown route (now the Tamiami Tr ail) across the Everglades to Miami. Few white men had ever attempted it and some of them got lost and searching parties had to be sent out to find them. But we did not anticipate anything like this so we engaged a Seminole by the name of Abraham Lincoln, not as a guide but as a packman. We expected to make this trip in three days and outfitted ourselves with the following articles: twenty-seven lbs. of feed which consisted of biscuits, bacon, coffee, some canned milk, and sugar; a mosquito bar each and a rubber rain poncho weighing two and one half pounds. We travel ed as the real Florida Cracker called it “light.” In our equipment we should have carried an extra pair of shoes as we found out on our second day across the saw grass swamp. On leaving Everglades City we got a lunch to carry us up to Flag Landing on Turner’s river; there we tied up about four o’clock in the afternoon. Then we began our long journey. We traveled until sundown and made our first camp on the Rockwell Prairie. After arising before day to get an early start the next morning and taking a sunrise course (as we carried no compass) it was necessary to watch your course closely during the middle of the day. But after three o’clock all that we had to do was to keep the sun on our backs and go straight ahead. We only accomplished about twenty-five miles the first day, as we had entered that area of scru b cypress that lies miles next to the Everglades and camping gr ounds were scarce. You will observe this as you ride through it in your limousine on what is known now as the Tamiami Trail. So as the sun began to get low in the West we decided to hunt a camping place, and after shooing off several moccasins and alligators from a little knoll in a dense swamp, we took possession and went to work cutting palmetto cabbage fans to build up our beds out of the water and, after eating our supper we retired for the night. We had a splendid night’s rest and arose about four o’clock in the morning. After partaking a very frugal and unsatisfactory breakfast we resumed our long and tiresome journey. I forgot to mention that our Indian packman had no shoes and he had begun to complain that his feet hurt him ojus (plenty); of course we could only sympathize with him. As our own feet had begun to warn us that we had a similar experience before us. As we approached nearer the Everglades the timber line began to dwarf and we could look off on the great expanse of grass and water dotted here and there with hammock islands. Some of which were occupied by the Seminole Indians. We soon found foot prints leading to one of the hammocks which we followed and finally we came to a fine field of sugar cane, pumpkin, bananas, several Indian squaws and papooses, also some pigs and chickens which offered us the opportunity to replenish our already scant supply of “grub.” We purchased some venison and eggs of unknown vintage which our Indian partook and enjoyed of very freely.… to be continued in the next issue of The Mullet Rapper Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. THE COON CAT Hannah Ineson, well-known artist and long-time winter resident to our area, sent in a photo of her new arrival. She and her husband John were recently “adopted” by Willie Nelson (Willie for short), a young Maine Coon Cat. She writes: “Coon Cats are unique the only breed that was developed entirely in the US, over 150 years ago! The name comes from a resemblance to coons, not a genetic link. Maine Coon Cat shows were a Victorian rage, which faded until about 50 years ago. The breed is very popular t oday, especially in Maine! They are large 15-25 pounds usually (ours is at the low end although he seems to be growing), very soft shaggy long fur, square head and long heavy body, and unusually furry ears, tail and feet. They can withstand extrem e cold and wet conditions. But the real difference is the personality. Coon cats are more like dogs although independent like most cats, they follow their people, come when called, and prefer to be interacting with you. Willie came to us very hungry and with one broken tooth we think he somehow got out of the car of a traveling tourist and although he was obviously well cared for and loved, his owner could not be found. There was no doubt he adopted us he walked right in at the beginning of summer, and has shown no desire to move on. He will not be coming with us to Florida this winter, as we have a house sitter and he prefers the Maine climate.” FLORIDA FLORA Frangipani ( Plumeria rubra ) by Patty Huff Recently one of my husband’s rare palm trees had to be transferred from its riverside location to a “nursery” pot in our yard to try and bring it back to life. I like a little diversity with our landscaping so I asked if one of my potted plants could take the poor palm’s space. It had never bloomed but I was very familiar with the beauty and fragrance of the frangipani. My parents had several at their ocean side Keys home, and I always wanted one. You just have to find a branch and stick in a pot or the ground for it to grow. I think I found this one at the Seafood Festival a few years ago. We planted it in the ground about four months ago and suddenly it came to life, blooming with beautiful pink flowers for the first time! The Plumeria rubra is a deciduous plant native to Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Venezuela. It grows well in subtropical and tropical areas around the world. The name “frangipani” comes from an Italian noble family who invented a plumeria-scented perfume. Other common names include: “Tipani” in the Cook Islands an d “Champa” in the southern and western parts of India. In Hawa ii the flowers are used for their beautiful leis and in Cambodia for necklaces as offerings to deities. The leaves have been found to be useful for soothing sores.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 email: PAGE 11 RESTAURANTS Angler’s Cove, Port of the Islands (239-642-1025): 11:30 am – 9 pm; Tues-Sunday Closed Monday Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): Closed until October 15 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 (MarinaFri-Sat-Sun 6 am-12 noon) Havana Caf (695-2214): Closed until October 15 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): 11:00 am – 5 pm; Closed Tues-Wed 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 Step Back in Time (695-0611): 11:00 am – 8 pm; Fri-Sat-Sun only Subway at Gator Express (695-3937): 7:00 am – 7:00 pm; daily Sweet Mayberry’s Caf (695-0092): Closed until October Triad Seafood (695-2662): Closed until October 15 Right Choice Supermarket (695-4535): 9:00 am – 7:00 pm; daily Grimm’s Stone Crab (695-3222): Closed until October 15 Loco’s Fresh Produce (239-462-7050): Closed until October SUNDAY CHURCH 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 Maria Rodriguez, daughter of Chris and Larry Ammerman. She received her 5-year award as a CCSO Dispatcher from Sheriff Rambosk on Aug. 25 in Naples. Festival Sponsors Help Us and Themselves Sponsors are needed for the famous Everglades Seafood Festival which helps this rural Southwest Florida community. Donations ranging from hundreds to thousands are welcome. Depending on your generosity, the contributions will be acknowledged by banners on the big stage, free publicity, and mention on the Festival website. What a great socially-conscientious way to advertise you can help the locals as well as promoting your company. The Festival is organized by the Betterment Association of the Everglades Area, a 501(c)(3) not-forprofit corporation. The Seafood Festival in historic Everglades City takes place in 2015 on the weekend of February 6/8. Top musical entertainers are being booked in advance so funding is crucial now to engage them. For more information about how you can be a sponsor for the Festival, contact (239) 695-2277 or visit website www.evergladesseaf WALLACES RENEW VOWS On August 31, 2014, after 35 years of marriage, Kathy and David Wallace renewed their wedding vows at Everglades Community Church by Rev. Pastor Bob Wallace. Cutting of Anniversary cake was celebrated in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall by church congregation. Congratulations! TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 09/12 Fri 12:17am 0.4 L 09/12 Fri 04:59am 3.2 H 09/12 Fri 12:47pm 0.0 L 09/12 Fri 06:05pm 2.9 H 09/13 Sat 12:59am 0.6 L 09/13 Sat 05:42am 3.1 H 09/13 Sat 01:39pm 0.1 L 09/13 Sat 07:05pm 2.6 H 09/14 Sun 01:44am 0.8 L 09/14 Sun 06:34am 3.0 H 09/14 Sun 02:39pm 0.2 L 09/14 Sun 08:11pm 2.4 H 09/15 Mon 02:39am 0.9 L 09/15 Mon 07:38am 2.9 H 09/15 Mon 03:47pm 0.3 L 09/15 Mon 09:26pm 2.2 H 09/16 Tue 03:54am 1.0 L 09/16 Tue 08:53am 2.8 H 09/16 Tue 04:59pm 0.4 L 09/16 Tue 11:00pm 2.2 H 09/17 Wed 05:17am 1.0 L 09/17 Wed 10:11am 2.7 H 09/17 Wed 06:06pm 0.4 L 09/18 Thu 12:44am 2.3 H 09/18 Thu 06:27am 1.0 L 09/18 Thu 11:23am 2.8 H 09/18 Thu 07:04pm 0.4 L 09/19 Fri 01:02am 2.4 H 09/19 Fri 07:21am 0.9 L 09/19 Fri 12:21pm 2.9 H 09/19 Fri 07:52pm 0.4 L 09/20 Sat 01:22am 2.5 H 09/20 Sat 08:05am 0.8 L 09/20 Sat 01:08pm 3.0 H 09/20 Sat 08:33pm 0.4 L 09/21 Sun 01:46am 2.6 H 09/21 Sun 08:44am 0.6 L 09/21 Sun 01:48pm 3.1 H 09/21 Sun 09:11pm 0.4 L 09/22 Mon 02:12am 2.8 H 09/22 Mon 09:20am 0.5 L 09/22 Mon 02:24pm 3.1 H 09/22 Mon 09:45pm 0.4 L 09/23 Tue 02:39am 2.9 H 09/23 Tue 09:54am 0.4 L 09/23 Tue 02:58pm 3.1 H 09/23 Tue 10:17pm 0.4 L 09/24 Wed 03:05am 3.0 H 09/24 Wed 10:29am 0.3 L 09/24 Wed 03:33pm 3.1 H 09/24 Wed 10:48pm 0.5 L 09/25 Thu 03:30am 3.1 H 09/25 Thu 11:03am 0.2 L 09/25 Thu 04:08pm 3.1 H 09/25 Thu 11:17pm 0.6 L EVERGLADES CITY Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W see for weather and for storms


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 email: PAGE 12 See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website. 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, Helen Bryan, Chester Keene, Hannah Ineson, Mike Klein, Elaine Middelstaedt, Charles Sobczak 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. SNOOK CLASSIFIEDS FOR SALE: Jacuzzi, 2-seater, used but never used; it costs $4,995; get in now for $495. Call 695-0611 for more information. ----------------------------------------------------FOR RENT: Efficiency apartment Everglades City $600/month. Includes water, sewer, electricity, full-size appliances, minisplit A/C. Private courtyard. (239) 340-4770. -----------------------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: Waterfront 3 BR/2 BA mobile home, one lot away from Halfway Creek, 150’ on the water, with dock and boat ramp. 2 lots, large fenced yard and 10’ x 40’ screened decked porch. Furnished. Must see to appreciate! $225,000. Call 340-4770. -------------------------------------------------WANTED : Vacant Lot for Lease: Lot wanted in Everglades City to use for training my dog when in town. Dog will NOT be unsupervised. Will provide fencing if needed with one year lease. Contact Becky (407) 257-4950 or --------------------------------------------------------------------FOR RENT: 2 trailers: 1 bedroom each. $600 (unfurnished) or $400 (furnished), utilities included. Call (239) 784-7507. -----------------------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: Lot #26 in Fisherman’s Cove; dock included. $40,000. Call (239) 300-7077 or (239) 682-6025. ---------------------------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: Deeded dock at Captain's Table (#10). Great location, use of pool & boat ramp. $21,500. Call (954) 662-7003. --------------------------------------------------------------------FOR SALE OR RENT TO OWN House & Barn on 1.02 acres in Fakahatchee Strand. $139,000 purchase or $1200/mo. Rent to Own. Call Don (321) 439-7635. See 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: Chicks & Chickens (assortment of breeds) and farm fresh eggs. Bedford Farms, call 695-0500. JOBS & SERVICES -----------------------------------------------Freelance Writer for articles, books, advertisements, manuals, blog articles and websites for businesses; and editing, proofreading and consulting for those who want to publish and/or write a book! I am also willing to do custom projects. Prices are $15 per half a page or $25 per page. Payment plans available for those who need longer, larger projects, if necessary. Email Danielle Swisher at or call 280-8971. ---------------------------------------------Music Lessons & Tutoring Call Danielle Swis her at 280-8971 or Email: dmswis ----------------------------------------------------English as a Second Language ESL class at Oyster House Restaurant on Monday evenings from 6 8 pm. $5.00 per class for non-employees of Miller's World. 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