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The Band is Back Together

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GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The foursome that took downtown Goodland by storm in the mid to late 2000’s is back! In 2005, I first saw Tripleshot grace the stage of The Little Bar (if I remember correctly, which isn’t often). For two to three years, they were regulars at many local establishments, entertaining and delighting audiences of all ages. And they’re ready to do it again – at The Old Marco Lodge – the place where it really all began. Tripleshot singer and guitarist Ryan Darling explains. “I had been doing my solo act for quite a while but had ... Read More »

Goodland Golf Cart Ordinance

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GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com My anonymous letter writing stalker is at it again! Last edition’s article entitled, “Goodland Remarks,” discussed both positive and negative comments I receive regarding my views of Goodland. It was really an effort to praise our community, especially the kids, but one reader clearly misinterpreted the heart of the article. I clearly made a huge mistake when I jokingly told the story of a “naysayer” who sent me an anonymous letter about an article I wrote about a year ago regarding Goodland’s golf carts. Well, it seems the golf carts are still a hot button topic ... Read More »

Goodland Remarks

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GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Writing about the village you live in can be very strange, but also quite amazing. Sometimes I have so much to say that I don’t know where to begin, and sometimes there is nothing to say so I don’t know how to begin. Sometimes I worry that what I’ve said is too much or that I share too much of myself. Sometimes I think what I wrote was total crap. And then there are the ones where I receive feedback. These are the best of all. It let’s me know what people in the village think ... Read More »

Goodland Hoodlums?

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GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com When I was in about sixth grade, I snuck out of the house in the middle of the night with three of my friends to spray paint the under side of a bridge. A small creek ran through a wooded area of our upper-middle class neighborhood and then underneath a major roadway. Other kids had spray painted there before us. It was hidden away from the public eye, only to be seen by the younger kids who played hide and sneak and make-believe in the area as we once did. The whole idea seemed so bad ... Read More »

Goodland is for the Dogs

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GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Dogs are never lost in Goodland. And it’s not just because our island is only .6 square miles with the only way of getting out being a long and winding road. It’s because they have great homes that they wouldn’t want to leave. Dogs in Goodland are never lost, but they are found. There are countless stories of Goodlanders who have found or rescued dogs in the most peculiar ways. These dogs become constant companions and are forever grateful for being saved of an unsure life. So, I thought I’d share a few of these stories. ... Read More »

Judging a House by its Cover

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GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com In Goodland, we like to paint, adorn and decorate our homes. We choose homes here for a reason – the “Old Florida Feel” of living in cottages that were built in the 1920’s and the sense of friendship, camaraderie and individuality. My dad calls it, “living on a commune.” But it’s nothing like that. We’re just an artsy community of individuals that have all found this special place that allows us to be who we are; and often, the outside of our homes reflects that. At first, I had second thoughts about putting photos of ... Read More »

The Dog Days of Summer

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GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com No dog has ever had a better life than a dog that’s lived in Goodland. I have often talked about my dog, B.B. Wrinkles, in my column because she is very much a part of my life in our village. I hate to be sappy two columns in a row, but this article is dedicated to B.B. Wrinkles Peters-Strom-Erickson, who passed away on July 3, two days before her sixth birthday. I miss her incredibly, and I know I should celebrate her life. So this is my attempt – to share what an amazing life she ... Read More »

There’s No Place Like Home

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GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com I recently traveled back home to visit my family and old friends. A quick five-day trip to celebrate a friend’s baby on the way, meet another friend’s new two-month old and spend quality time with my three siblings, dad and grandparents suddenly took a turn for the worse when, only two days in, I was knocked to the ground with an awful stomach virus. Unable to fly back to Goodland, I was at the mercy of my family, of which my dad, primarily helped take care of me. He let me borrow his Nissan Leaf – ... Read More »

Summer Time and the Living’s Easy

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GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It’s easy to take it slow in Goodland. Most of us are busy, yet relaxed because our living environment makes us happy – literally. Everyone smiles; everyone waves; and everyone takes time to take a time out when needed. This includes our local businesses. As the summer comes into full swing, it’s time for many of our local haunts to take a break for themselves; a chance to really take it slow for a couple months. Leading the race to relaxation was The Old Marco Lodge. Known for its beautiful views, delicious salad bar, live ... Read More »

SPAM for Kids

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GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com This the fourth article I have written about Spammy Jammy – the Little Bar’s annual tradition of keeping hurricanes at bay. Every year, I manage to come up with a new spin on how to tell the story. This year, I will tell it to you as if you were a five-year old. Bear in mind, I don’t have any children, so I really don’t know how to talk to a five-year old, but here we go. Hi there boys and girls! Today we are going to talk about some “adult things.” Has anyone ever ... Read More »

Pickles on my Doorstep

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GOODLAND LIFE Strange things happen in Goodland. But by “strange” I don’t mean bad – not by any means – just unusual, out of the ordinary, whacky, crazy, funny, “You can’t make this s#@! up,” kind of stuff. Here’s a good story that is completely true and completely odd. “The Pickling” Late one evening, I opened my front door for a reason of which I can’t recall. Whatever it is that I was doing, I stopped in my tracks when I noticed something strange on my front doorstep – two jars of brand new, unopened pickles. One a sweet; the ... Read More »

Street Scenes

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GOODLAND LIFE Joanie Fuller joaniefuller@embarqmail.com Goodland is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Well, what I really mean to say is more fun than a traveling polar bear, a mounted deer head, a celebrity parrot and artists perched on a canal bank. Now that’s a crazy combination, isn’t it? First, let’s talk about the artists since they would seem to be somewhat of a normal sighting in Goodland. I just happened to see three women doing their “plein air thing” at the end of one of our canals. It turns out that the famed artist Robert Gruppe likes to ... Read More »

Goodland Potpourri

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Whenever I think of the term “potpourri” I think of dried up flowers that stink. Honestly, I was never into that stuff. But the word, itself, has an alternate meaning. Merriam-Webster’s second definition of potpourri is: a miscellaneous collection. And that, my friends, is what this edition of Goodland Life is all about. A potpourri of information that doesn’t stink. Past President Awarded Recently, the Board of the Goodland Civic Association elected its new officials for 2013. Newly appointed President Greg Bello informed members of the board that an anonymous donation was made toward a plaque for past President, Joanie ... Read More »

Wow! What A Spring Fling!

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What could be more fun than eating hot dogs and hamburgers, listening to music and playing games with neighbors and friends on a beautiful day? The Goodland Civic Association Board of Directors decided absolutely nothing could be more fun for us Goodlanders than to have a “Spring Fling” – complete with all of the above. In other words, we wanted to have a FREE Islander Appreciation Day for residents of Goodland. We wanted everyone to come out, take it slow or shake things up, and just get to know their neighbors a little better. Why not? Consequently, with the help ... Read More »

An Artist’s Eye View of an Art Festival

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So…. I was going to write all about the Goodland Art Alliance’s Inaugural Harbor Arts and Music Festival held on March 10th. But then I found out that the GAA’s President and Coastal Breeze Artful Life Columnist, Tara O’Neill had it in mind for her column. Fine, Tara, it’s all yours. Besides, my fingers are tired and blistered from typing and photos are much more fun anyway. A special thanks to photographer Celeste Navara. Her pictures tell the story of what was truly a beautiful day of art and music, to – literally – say the very least.   [email_link] Read More »

Facts and Artifacts

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Goodland’s Community Center on Mango Avenue used to be home to our Volunteer Fire Department and before that, who knows? It sits on land once occupied by Calusa Indians who were known as shell collectors and fierce warriors. And that’s a fact! These Calusas were fishermen who lived on the waterways of Southwest Florida for years. They died out in the late 1700 hundreds due to disease brought by the Europeans and invading enemy tribes. Incidentally, the Spanish explorers found these Indians to be very unfriendly and I think we would have too! Just look at one of their ceremonial ... Read More »

GCA and GAA: All the Facts

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There are two non-profit organizations in Goodland that have been working towards bettering our small but mighty village. The Goodland Civic Association and the Goodland Arts Alliance not only take on specific community-related projects individually, but also recently collaborated on a project to repaint the hand-carved sign that greets visitors as they pull onto the curvy road from SR-92. The Goodland Arts Alliance is in its fledgling year, developed over the summer by 12 Goodlanders who wanted to shed more light on the multitude of artists, musicians and historians who call the .6 square mile island home. The GAA mission ... Read More »

Drop Anchor – A Goodland Jewel

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By Joanie Fuller joaniefuller@embarqmail.com Pioneers and adventurers always find the best kept secrets. And, lucky for us, one of those is smack dab in the middle of Goodland. Drop Anchor is a unique and sparkling waterfront community for those 55 and older, consisting of 62 manufactured homes with boat docks, a beautiful sunrise view to the East and a slew of interesting people. I have always wanted to learn more about the history of Drop Anchor and of the adventuresome types who reside there. Fortunately, I have become friends with a few of the seasonal residents and they offered to help ... Read More »

Boat Parade Celebrates Broadway

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When I first moved to Florida, I met a woman named Louise. She lived in the condo I worked at on Marco Island; she was my first friend. Louise was 78 and lived alone. She complained about stomach pain and the next thing we knew, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Avow Hospice came to her condo and took care of her until she passed. They were a godsend. I miss Louise and think about her and smile every day. She was so much fun! I even took her to see the Chippendale Dancers at the Seminole Immokalee Casino – ... Read More »

Reasons to live here

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GOODLAND LIFE Joanie Fuller joaniefuller@embarqmail.com I am always getting questions about Goodland. Folks are curious about this place and about how I got here. I have even been asked by some, “Why would anyone want to live in Goodland?” I have thought about that question and when one of my readers recently told me she always looked forward to what I say, this time I thought I would say, “I love living in Goodland!” I came from a big city – Atlanta – and then Naples, and although I loved my life in both those places, I have found that a ... Read More »