Goodland Life

CMCD Spells R-E-L-I-E-F From Mosquitoes That Is

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Since the first week in May, Goodlanders have been swatting and scratching their way through life, facing relentless attacks from swarms of salt marsh mosquitoes, waiting eagerly and ravenously outside their doors. A mosquito that breeds in salt water is one of the worst nightmares for a community surrounded by the stuff. These guys usually ... Read More »

Bonnie Hauke Makes a New Friend: A visit to Joe Douglas

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn I can’t remember a day quite like this since I became a reporter two years ago. Bonnie Hauke couldn’t either. Neither could Joe Douglas. Bonnie Hauke is an accomplished artist who also loves the village of Goodland. She was married here on a sailboat, fortuitously to a sign painter, Kevin Hauke, whom she helps with ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Reserve to Expand Goodland Facility

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn Goodland is awash in saltwater coming from the west and freshwater coming from the east. During the rainy season, the freshwater wins, often bringing with it an alligator or two. For the rest of the year, salt water prevails. But always, at some point, the rivers from the land and the tides from the ocean ... Read More »

Where Did All Those Kids Come From? Goodland Changes Gears

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Monday morning March 13th dawned clear and cold in Goodland. The early morning temperatures were to be in the 50’s all week. At 9:00, as happens every Monday, the ladies of Joanie’s’ Juke Box popular exercise class began filing out of the Goodland Community Center into the chilly morning air to return to their homes. ... Read More »

BIG TIME AT GOODLAND BAPTIST CHURCH: Lindsey Graham Comes to Town

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Yes, Goodland has a church. It has only about 35 members, a 61-year-old pastor, no board of elders, and only one deacon, but it’s been around for as long as anyone can remember. (I will be doing a later article on its history.) We’re not just Collier County’s favorite tourist destination. On Sunday, March 12, ... Read More »

Goodland’s Last Mullet Fisherman – Frog Ellington keeps pulling ‘em in

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn As you enter Goodland, a colorful sign welcomes you to our “Historic Fishing Village.” In many respects, it is still historic, drawing winter visitors to gawk at our quaint cottages brought over from Caxambas in 1949; but fishing – not so much. People still come here to fish, but the commercial fishermen (excluding stone crabbers) ... Read More »

Danny Mootispaw’s Life Afloat: How Does He Do It?

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn Danny Mootispaw has lived on a boat in waters adjacent to Naples or Goodland since 1993. In 2002 he traded a pickup truck for a 26-foot 1973 Chris Craft. He and his wife Roseanne, whom he had known since age 8, and with whom he had two of his children, lived aboard the Chris Craft, ... Read More »

Part Three – Steve Gober Takes Over, But He Never Forgets His Dad

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn By the late ‘80s, Stan’s was humming along on all cylinders. Business was good, and in 1990, Steve Gober got married. Five sons were born of the marriage – Michael in 1991, Dylan and Ryan (twins) in 1993, and Zachary in 1996. And then, the wheels started coming off. In 1997, Stan was diagnosed with ... Read More »

Steve Gober Part Two – Trained by the Master

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn By the late ‘70s, Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant was doing OK, but it was Stan’s sons, plus Fletcher Addison, who were doing the cooking. Steve, 16, (a Naples High School freshman) and Russ, 26, were in the kitchen at night, and Jay, 21, was the daytime cook. “We were open for breakfast, lunch and dinner ... Read More »

Steve Gober Remembers: Part One – The Early Days

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Steve Gober is carrying on the family business in Goodland, and, by all reports, is doing a capital job of it. For any success he has had, he is quick to deflect credit to his dad, Stan Gober, whom Steve says has served as his role model in life. Steve still idolizes Stan to this ... Read More »

Goodland Does Christmas: It Is Intimate, Poignant, and Personal

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn During the holidays, you can watch (on TV) a blockbuster parade in New York, listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, or enjoy a performance of the Nutcracker Suite. Closer to home, we have a truly fabulous Christmas parade in Marco Island. People start reserving their spaces a week before the event. Down here in Goodland, ... Read More »

Merrill Allen Thanks You: Music is his life. Goodland is his town.

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn If you should happen to greet Merrill Allen on the streets of Goodland, you might be surprised at the warmth and friendliness of his response. He says he has found fulfillment and happiness here. Merrill, who was born in Grantsburg, Wisconsin in 1957, moved to Goodland in 1993 and never looked back. He has become ... Read More »

Goodland Road Primer Where Did County’s $13M go? And Why?

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Seasonal residents returning to Goodland in mid-October were dismayed to find another monthly spring tide flooding substantial portions of the road. The author’s wife had to postpone a doctor’s appointment on account of it. “Why isn’t the county doing something about this?” one resident asked, “Driving through the salt water will ruin our cars. Are ... Read More »

Goodland Road Flooded Again: Marco Pressed by Commissioners to Act

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn An unnamed tropical depression, 350 miles west of Marco Island, caused more serious flooding on Goodland Road on Tuesday, August 30. Torrential rains also added to the maelstrom, with rainwater having nowhere to go due to seawater gushing in through the road’s only two drains. The result was the usual chaos in traffic trying to ... Read More »

Goodland Water Line Replacement What Will Happen? When?

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn On or about April 17, 2017, Quality Enterprises, with offices near Collier Boulevard and I-75, will begin replacing Goodland’s main water line from San Marco Road to Harbor Place N. (just short of Stan’s). Grady Minor, of Bonita Springs will be the engineers for the project. The project, costing $612,305, was originally scheduled to begin ... Read More »