Goodland Life

Why I Love Journalism The Amazing Hannah Matthews

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn I have been writing for Coastal Breeze News since March of 2015. Writing stories about people, places and things is something I have always wanted to do. That I have had some measure of success is due mainly to one diminutive woman – my high school English teacher, Hannah Kirk Matthews (with a nod to ... Read More »

Goodlanders Open Hearts and Wallets – Again

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn On April 2nd, the Goodland Civic Association put on its 4th annual Spring Fling, the immensely popular town barbecue where guests need bring nothing but their appetites. “It is our way of wrapping up the season and thanking our members and friends for their support during the year,” said GCA President Greg Bello. Bello, who ... Read More »

The Goodland Civic Association – The Early Years

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn The GCA was incorporated in 1978 as a “corporation, not for profit.” It is designated as a 501(c)(3) corporation in the IRS Code. The first two of its stated primary purposes were, “To preserve in perpetuity, the good life of Goodland,” and “To promote the general welfare of the residents and property owners of the ... Read More »

Gwinn v. Delta Airlines (Gwinn Wins!)

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com I arrived in the Phoenix FBI field office from New York in 1969. One year later I was immersed in white collar crime and was running down a couple of con men from Tampa who were peddling worthless Control Metals Corporation stock. The stock was coming through Phoenix via a stock transfer agency, run ... Read More »

Goodland Road Disintegration Accelerates

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com “A policy of only repairing potholes and blocked drains is not a maintenance program.” – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers A discerning engineer would have foreseen coming trouble as Goodland Road was first being built. In November 18, 1992 a newspaper (Eagle) explained how it was done: In the early 20th century, Samuel Petit, ... Read More »

Drop Anchor – The Residents Take Over

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net As earlier reported, the Drop Anchor Trailer Park today is a gathering of brightly painted and colorful trailers and mobile homes. Mostly empty in the summer, the park fairly explodes with activity in the winter. There is a constant to and fro of residents socializing and visiting with each other, catching up on the ... Read More »

Drop Anchor Trailer Park – The Early Years

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Drop Anchor is a collection of sixty-three gaily painted and well maintained 1950s, 60s and 70s travel trailers, and single wide manufactured homes crammed onto less than two acres of land in the heart of Goodland. Today it is a quiet, well-run, close-knit community, revered by its residents and neighbors. Goodland kind of grew ... Read More »

Rookie Agents Corral Car Thieves. Save Careers.

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net On November 30, 1964, at the age of 26, I reported to the Justice Department in Washington to be sworn in as an FBI Special Agent. After three months of training, we were all given our first office assignments. The protocol then was to serve for a year in your first office; then be ... Read More »

The Noes Arrive in Goodland

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net After the war, Walker Noe used his G.I. Bill to get a B.A. in English Literature from Center College in Danville, Kentucky (1948). Walker claims he never bought a book while there, but paid close attention and took good notes in class. He and his wife were housed in prefab housing for vets and ... Read More »

SALUTE TO VETERANS Walker Noe Goes to War

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Walker Noe has wintered in Goodland since 1985. He has lived in a cottage at 519 Goodland Dr. W., which he purchased from his father who had the place moved over from Caxambas in the 1960’s. Walker was born at Stanford, Kentucky on May 18, 1923, the first of five siblings. Walker’s father owned ... Read More »

Goodland’s Orphaned Access Road – Part Two

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Rich Pappy, a long time resident and Goodland Civic Association (GCA) board member and officer, had previously told me that after the second Interlocal Agreement in 2002, the Village of Goodland was riven by strife and bad feelings. “Many residents felt betrayed by the GCA, for allowing City of Marco Island (CMI] to take ... Read More »

Goodland’s Orphaned Access Road – Part One

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net There is only one way in and one way out of Goodland. It is aptly named Goodland Road and designated CR 92A by Collier County. On good days, one need only dodge potholes, and endure a washboard drive over the crumbling roadway. On bad days, the waters of the Gulf of Mexico on one ... Read More »

Little Bar’s Merrill Fest Raises $20K

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Niki Bauer and her brother, Ray Bozicnik, have been the owners and operators of the Little Bar in Goodland for over 25 years. In general, Ray looks after the food end of the business, while Niki oversees the front of the house. Among Niki’s responsibilities is the booking of musicians, for the entertainment of ... Read More »

Calusa Island Marina – Goodland’s Good Neighbor

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net I have lived across the street from the Calusa Island Marina (the “Marina”) for the past 10 years. Despite the rumbling of forklifts and the beeping of back-up signals, I am content to be hemmed in by a navigable waterway on one side, and a boatyard on the other. Boats and boating have always ... Read More »

A Goodland Favorite Son Succeeds at MIA – Part One

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Tyler Gresham is going into his junior year at Marco Island Academy. It will be tough to top his sophomore year there. Last year, Tyler, as fullback, was the leading rusher on the MIA football team. He also played middle linebacker on defense. During the winter and spring, he starred on the basketball and ... Read More »

Seafaring Norwegian Settles in Goodland

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net After spending much of his life on the high seas, Svein Sleipnes (pronounced “Sven Slipeness”) has chosen a quiet canal-front residence in Goodland to ultimately spend his retirement. Svein and his wife Katherine, along with sons Hans, 15, and Christian, 12, became my neighbors in 2011. Like many on the east coast, they were ... Read More »

Sailors Love it Here!

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Goodland has long been known as a fishing community, both commercial and private. Being located in the Ten Thousand Islands, with quick and direct access to the gulf, makes it a natural for fishermen. With our many canals, almost every waterfront residence here has a fishing boat sitting on a lift out back. We ... Read More »

How We Got to Goodland

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net Everyone has a story about how they ended up in Goodland. Many, like Nancy and I had never heard of Goodland or knew where it was. Our story begins back in 1993. That was the year that my company sprung for a retirement seminar at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando. The three day seminar ... Read More »

Goodland Returns to Normal

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn bgwinn@comcast.net In the July 10, 2015 issue of the Coastal Breeze, I reported the theft and vandalism of four golf carts and an attempted burglary at Stan’s. An arrest has been made in the Stan’s burglary which has no connection with the other incidents during that week. That suspect has never lived or worked in ... Read More »