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Signs they are a changin’

Denise Santos of Goodland painted the post office window to help the village get into the holiday spirit. Photo by Joanie Fuller

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The signs are all around us. Season is here and a change is in the air. Not only can we feel it, but we can see it too. Especially in Goodland. Take a trip down our long and winding road and see for yourself what I’m talking about. Many have noticed that the sign at the entrance of Goodland has gone missing. The hand-carved and hand-painted piece or art was taken down as a part of a restoration effort between the Goodland Civic Association and the newly formed Goodland Arts Alliance. The sign was in desperate ... Read More »

Holiday highlights

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GOODLAND LIFE  Joanie Fuller  joaniefuller@embarqmail.com ere we are right in the middle of another holiday season. They come so fast, don’t they? In Goodland we celebrate our season in many different ways. Let’s share a few highlights. • We held our 3rd annual Christmas Bazaar on December 7 and 8 at the Goodland Boat Park. Artisans, craftsmen, food and music created a holiday atmosphere and everyone had a great time. A big thank you goes to Connie Fullmer and Noreen Seegers for chairing this big event. If you missed it this year, we hope you will come next year! • Everyone ... Read More »

Save the date!

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GOODLAND LIFE  Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. No, Goodland isn’t getting hitched, but the fishing village does offer a little bit of everything as it kicks off yet another season of important dates. First up, the annual Goodland Christmas Bazaar. This year’s bazaar will take place on Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8 at the Goodland Boat Park. From 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM local artists and crafters, along with some out of the area vendors, will set up shop in a fun and family friendly environment. Find something new and unique for ... Read More »

Margood Museum is a must

GOODLAND LIFE Joanie Fuller joaniefuller@embarqmail.com Open your eyes and your mind to the nostalgia of yesteryear by visiting the Margood Museum at Margood Harbor Park. You will be fascinated. I made my first visit to Margood several years ago before I knew anything about the area. We came to Goodland by boat, spent the night at Calusa Marina and walked over to Margood for breakfast the next morning. What an experience! We signed the guest book, made ourselves comfortable at a cozy table, ordered our eggs and special pancakes and waited. The atmosphere was almost like a movie. We had so ... Read More »

The Goodland Gazette

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Goodland is buzzing with activity as more and more residents travel back to our fishing village for the winter months. With so much going on and only a small section of the Coastal Breeze to utilize, this will be the first edition of what I like to call “The Goodland Gazette.” Utilized only when necessary, “The Goodland Gazette” is a newspaper inside a newspaper, created to give readers the scoop on all things good in Goodland. Enjoy! GCA Meeting a Success The first Goodland Civic Association Meeting was held on October 16 at the Community Center ... Read More »

Little things mean a lot

GOODLAND LIFE  Joanie Fuller  joaniefuller@embarqmail.com It’s tiny, it’s old, it’s really used and it’s full of art. Everyone loves it even though there’s no parking. Most would say who needs parking when you can walk to it? Some would say it has become a destination – maybe it should even be on the Historic Register. There’s a well tended garden out front complete with orchids and there are two very nice people inside ready to help you. There’s also a big sign out front displaying the numbers 34140. Surely you know by now I am talking about something that means a ... Read More »

Back in Business

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It’s that time of year again. The hurricane boards spray painted with “See you in October” have been removed and Goodland is back in business. The Little Bar’s answering machine no longer vaguely states, “we will be closed until we reopen” and the dance floors at Stan’s and The Old Marco Lodge are polished and ready. Not to mention that the Interpretive Center at MarGood Park is also now open to the public. A soft opening was held on October 2, at MarGood’s main building which now features historic artifacts relating to Goodland and a small ... Read More »

A feel good place

GOODLAND LIFE Joanie Fuller joaniefuller@embarqmail.com I just flew in from Alaska, the “Greatland,” to our tiny island Goodland. Both places are wonderful, but I missed y’all and it feels good to be home. Since I hadn’t been here for so long, I drove around the island after recovering from jet lag to see if there were any people here. “What would I see?” I asked myself. Marker 8 is the only restaurant open and after all, it is still September and most of the snow birds are not here yet. So I was really pleased when I did see some folks. ... Read More »

Hurricane Party!

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Well, Tropical Storm party really. But we were prepared for whatever Isaac had in store for us. After all, when Jim Cantore takes the time to leave the gym and head down to our neck of the woods, we know we could be up against just about anything. So we prepped. Goodlanders were on Marco in mass numbers in the days leading up to the storm. A trip to the good old Dollar Store for candles and water brought us face to face with our next door neighbors doing the same. At Publix, a couple of ... Read More »

Pirating the backwaters

GOODLAND LIFE  Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com That’s it. I’m turning in my press pass and heading out to sea. This pirate looks at 30 like she’s ready for a change, and after taking a trip with Goodland-based Backwater Adventure I’m declaring a mutiny on my humdrum life. It’s time for this scallywag to commandeer their vessels and start off on my own excursion. After all, life is too short to wait. Just ask owner and operator of Backwater Adventure, Lisa Seymour. Three years ago she nearly lost her leg in a motorcycle accident. Rather than outfit Lisa with an-all-too-perfect-for-this-article peg leg, doctors ... Read More »

The Goodland Olympics

GOODLAND LIFE  Natalie Strom  nstrom81@yahoo.com I have to admit, I have been obsessed with watching the 2012 Olympics in London. From the Opening Ceremony I was hooked. Not because I thought it was that great, but because of the parade of countries. Watching all those tiny island nations showing up with only a handful of Olympians has me thinking… What if Goodland were in the Olympics? Obviously this would only happen if we were our own island nation. So, for the sake of having something to write about, I say that for two weeks during the summer of 2016, we temporarily ... Read More »

Goodland’s Golf Carts

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom  nstrom81@yahoo.com Visitors to Goodland will immediately notice that many of us cruise around town on golf carts. This isn’t necessarily unheard of in Florida. Many golfing communities allow golf carts in their neighborhoods. But Goodland isn’t even close to a golf course, so why is everyone driving around on golf carts? The answer: Because we can. And the county says so too. In 2006, an official ordinance was passed making it legal for residents of Goodland to drive their golf carts on the street. It seems that after years of carefree carting, the question of safety and ... Read More »

Summer celebrations

GOODLAND LIFE  Natalie Strom  nstrom81@yahoo.com It’s been a summer of celebration for the quiet village of Goodland. Even as the temperatures rise, the tropical storms wail and the population plummets, we still find ways to have a good time. Whether we’re celebrating the life of a loved one, eating Spam in our pajamas or shooting off fireworks for the Fourth, one thing is for sure: Goodlanders throw a party like no one else can! On June 24, Goodlanders gathered with people from all over Southwest Florida and beyond to pay our respects to Stan Gober. Tropical Storm Debby couldn’t stop hundreds ... Read More »

The “Do-Goodlanders”

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Exactly two years ago, I wrote my first article for the Coastal Breeze’s Goodland Life Column. It was entitled, “Goodland: Great People.” It was inspired by a recent move. I had lived in Goodland for over two years, in a friend’s art studio. I preferred to call it a shed as it gave me sympathy tips as a waitress. Regardless, I was moving out of the studio/shed and into a small apartment. The generous outpouring of housewarming gifts as well as help with moving surprised me, as I had never seen anything like it. Now, two ... Read More »

Seven years of SPAM

GOODLAND LIFE  Natalie Strom  natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Tired of the same old SPAM? Never! At least that’s what we say at The Little Bar. Mark your calendars for June 30th, as the annual Spammy Jammy event in downtown Goodland is fast approaching. Celebrating nearly twenty years of SPAM is no easy task. Yet, year after year, The Little Bar Restaurant in Goodland hosts the event at the start of each hurricane season. In order to pay homage to the Hurricane Gods and Goddesses of Southwest Florida, the party offers up attendees in their pajamas and food and architecture made out of SPAM. By ... Read More »

Boy Howdy – What a Season!

GOODLAND LIFE Joanie Fuller  joaniefuller@embarqmail.com Boy Howdy! We had a neat season here in Goodland this year. Actually to be current and not back in the 50’s, I should say we had an awesome or cool season, shouldn’t I? Well, we definitely had an “AWEsome” season. Let me summarize it for you. Our second Christmas Bazaar, held in our new Boat Park, was awesome and a jovial Ed Fullmer welcomed everyone in his golf cart. Big crowds, lots of neat kids and cool neighbors joined in the awesome festivities. Christmas also brought some cool carolers to town. Really awesome golf carts ... Read More »

Catch ‘em and Cook ‘em

GOODLAND LIFE  Natalie Strom  nstrom81@yahoo.com Goodland is affectionately known as a “Drinking Village with a Fishing Problem.” Most of us here in Goodland are happy to accept this title. After all, we drink all kinds of stuff; lots of water on those hot summer days, a glass of milk to accompany our cookies and occasionally… alcohol. As for the fishing problem, well, that’s true too. Historically, Goodland was built around commercial fishing. These days, commercial fishing in town is mostly stone crab and, occasionally, blue crab. Mullet fishermen swing through from time to time as well. But just because the commercial ... Read More »

Goodland Gardens Galore

GOODLAND LIFE Joanie Fuller  joaniefuller@embarqmail.com You’ve heard of many famous gardens, right? The Garden of Eden, Cypress Gardens, maybe Kensington Gardens, and the Rose Garden at the White House – I could go on and on. But do you realize there are gardens galore right here in Goodland? Now, of course, they aren’t famous, but they are colorful, sometimes edible and sweet smelling. One of the most unusual ones was created by Cleve and Jane Ann Smith. Cleve, who had never gardened much until this year, started all his plants from seed and he has had plants and vegetables galore on ... Read More »

Easter traditions

GOODLAND LIFE Joanie Fuller  joaniefuller@embarqmail.com Remember those days when we all wanted a new frock at Easter time? I do. As a teenager it was important to have a new dress, shoes to match, white gloves (absolutely!) and, of course, a bonnet with lots of frills upon it. That tradition has certainly waned, hasn’t it? Wonder what happened? I guess the fast lane and more casual living happened, but we still have the Easter Bunny and Easter eggs, don’t we? All that is really fun and both are definitely spring time traditions. In Goodland, the Easter Bunny makes an appearance at ... Read More »

MarGood Harbor Park ribbon cutting ceremony brings mixed emotions

GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom  nstrom81@yahoo.com The MarGood Harbor Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, held March 15th at 10:00 AM, was much different than I had expected. Mostly because I’ve never been to a ribbon cutting ceremony before. But also because I didn’t realize how emotional it would be, on so many levels, for me and many others in attendance. As I arrived, I couldn’t help but remember the first time I had been to MarGood. It was 2004, one of the last years the RV park was in operation. Fresh out of college, I came to Marco Island for a job interview, ... Read More »