Goodland Life

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 »

County to Install New Main Water Line To begin April 2017 – Fiala makes it happen

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Following the Easter holidays next spring (Easter Sunday is April 16) Collier County will begin replacing the 35-year-old main waterline into Goodland. Prior to 1981, Goodland depended solely on water collected in cisterns, or from artesian wells. Many visitors brought their own supplies of water, cistern water being unpalatable to many. In the late 1970s ... Read More »

The Oldest Realtor in Town Art Calvert Sells Goodland

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn In the spring of 1945, when Art Calvert returned to the States from the South Pacific, his children didn’t recognize him. He had been taking Atabrine for his malaria, and it gave him a yellowish hue. He resettled the family in Miami Springs and resumed his electric supply business. He also got involved in politics ... Read More »

My Newest Best Friend A Carolina Love Story

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn My newest best friend lives in North Carolina. Her name is Cassandra. She is a strikingly beautiful blue-eyed blond. She lives in Canton, N.C. where she grew up and spent most of her life. Until September of last year, I had never heard of her. On May 28, 2016, Cassandra, 46, (affectionately known to me ... Read More »

Goodland’s Guardian Angel Fiala steps up

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Goodland Road (as it is known here) has been mired in controversy since Collier County turned it over to the City of Marco Island (CMI) in 2002. It turns out that because of increased flooding, the road needs to be rebuilt and elevated at a cost which may exceed $5M, an amount which CMI says ... Read More »