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Drop Anchor – The Residents Take Over

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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 past year and enjoying the present one. They genuinely seem to like each other here. They will jump at any excuse to socialize, gathering for monthly potluck suppers (and occasional happy hours) in their sunny recreation center. This year there ... Read More »

Drop Anchor Trailer Park – The Early Years

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Ritschard apartment complex with main entrance underneath. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

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 up around it. The first residents were winter visitors, lured here by word of mouth, warm weather, fabulous fishing (always the fishing), and Woodall’s Campground Directory. Always known as Drop Anchor, the park was developed as a trailer park, and ... Read More »

Seasonal Condo Activity

A typical open house sign along Collier Boulevard. PHOTOS BY GARY AND SANDY ELLIOTT

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com During season, owners and renters push condo occupancy rates on the island to the maximum. Friends and relatives come for a week or two, and visitors vacation at local hotels and enjoy the superb weather and activities in January, February, March and April. During season, a favorite leisurely pastime between beaching, boating and fishing is checking out open houses. Condo and home owners may be looking to downsize, upsize, change location or to compare their condo’s value for a future resale. Renters check out open houses looking for next year’s rental possibilities or ... Read More »

Marie Thompson Retires from Goodland Post Office

Marie Thompson as customers saw her. PHOTO BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn Friday, October 30, 2015 was Marie Thompson’s last day with the U.S. Postal Service. After 15 years with the postal service, Marie is exchanging her postage machine for a pickup truck and camper. She and her husband Mike plan on doing some traveling around North America. “Mike and I have always wanted to travel,” said Marie, “Our health is still good and we felt that now was the time.” Marie has been a clerk at Everglades City, Ochopee, and Chokoloskee. She was transferred to the Goodland Post Office three years ago, taking the place of Judith Pritchard, ... Read More »

A Goodland Favorite Son Succeeds at MIA – Part One

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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 track teams. In the classroom, Tyler finished the year with a weighted 3.65 GPA. Tyler doesn’t load up with creampuff courses, either. His schedule included a number of honors and AICE courses. AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) is written ... Read More »

Seafaring Norwegian Settles in Goodland

Svein, still in command, at Goodland. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

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 attracted by the uncrowded west coast, and particularly by the leisurely laid-back lifestyle of Goodland. Being on the water with great fishing next door didn’t hurt. Svein Sleipnes was born in 1957, in the picturesque town of Volda on the ... Read More »

COLLIER COUNTY

COLLIER COUNTY Officer Despian was on land patrol performing resource inspections at Jolley Bridge in Marco Island when he observed a subject fishing. The fisherman spotted him and threw something into the open trunk of a vehicle.  Officer Despian approached the subject, who produced a valid fishing license.  While speaking with the subject, Officer Despian noticed a strong distinct odor of cannabis that was emanating from the open trunk of the vehicle.  The subject admitted that the vehicle was his and that there was cannabis in the vehicle.  He led Officer Despian to where it was located and said that ... Read More »

Sailors Love it Here!

The Kathryn. PHOTOS BY JIM FREEMAN

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 didn’t all come here to fish, however. Goodland is also ideally situated for sailors, especially for trips to the Keys, Dry Tortugas, the Caribbean, or even the Bahamas. There are a few sailboats on lifts here. Larger sailboats can be ... Read More »

What Else Can We Say About Water Safety?

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By Don Manley U.S. Coast Guard officials recently announced the suspension of an aggressive eight-day search for teenagers who went missing off Florida’s Atlantic coast after embarking on a fishing trip. The search involved a variety of aircraft, boating vessels and hundreds of people stretching as far north as Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. You think you have heard it all, but there continues to be accidents and deaths on the water that should have been avoided. Bob Belliveau, Senior Navigator/Instructor (retired) United States Power Squadrons, was on Gulf Coast Live, WGCU 91.7 FM, last Saturday afternoon, August 5, 2015. He and ... Read More »

Time for Some Fun

Dr. James Bowen leaves Island Animal Hospital to Pursue His Many Interests By Don Manley Dr. James Bowen may have stepped away from the workaday world, but please don’t describe the move with the dreaded “R” word. “I don’t even like the word retirement,” said Bowen, until recently, the owner and veterinarian at the Island Animal Hospital. “How shall I put it? Working less.” Bowen has sold the practice and is moving on to enjoy his varied interests on an almost fulltime basis. But he’ll still keep his hand in the game as a “relief veterinarian” on Florida’s East Coast, ... Read More »

Location, Location, Location

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CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Location, Location, Location is a familiar rule in real estate and the best locations come at a price. Marco Island is a great location with world class beaches, accommodations, amenities and restaurants creating a fabulous lifestyle with a commensurate price tag. Condos on the island are located in four distinct geographic areas. There are 4,200 condos on beaches, 3,000 on canals and waterways, 700 on the Gulf side and another 2,800 inland. For the last three years about 5% of all the condos on the island change ownership each year. That’s an average ... Read More »

Goodland Returns to Normal

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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 Goodland. Since my prior article, I have learned of two additional burglaries, during the same time period, both of which seem to be related to the golf cart thefts. I have reviewed police reports and newspaper articles. I have interviewed ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement

Officer Lugg and Johnson were on land patrol when they were dispatched to a call reporting that a male was fishing from the beach and keeping undersized snook. When they arrived on scene they saw a male fitting the description of the fisherman described earlier. The officers concealed themselves and watched the male for approximately 20 minutes. After identifying the man’s personal belongings, which included a cooler, the officers approached the man and questioned him. Officer Johnson opened the man’s cooler and discovered two undersized snook. The subject was cited accordingly. Lieutenant Mahoney and Officer Johnson were fueling their patrol ... Read More »

150 Pound Tarpon Caught In The Marco River

Matt Stark, left, and Captain Ted Naftal display a 150 lb Tarpon  caught in the Marco River. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist On June 25, 2015 a trio of guests from Randolph, NJ joined Captain Ted Naftal on board the Miss Nancy II for a day on the waters around Marco Island. Brother and sister Matt and Mattie Stark were joined by their grandfather Jim Grecco, with hopes of catching something good for dinner. Little did they know what was in store for them. Not too far from the Rose Marina basin and working the sand bars and mangrove treelines, Mattie had a catfish for bait on her line. Using 40 lb test line, she felt a ... Read More »

Historic Site #1 Naples Pier

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, the Historic and Archaeological Preservation Board of Collier County produces a 28 page booklet featuring historic sites in Collier County. The 44 sites highlighted in the book are grouped together by proximity and shown on a locator map. Each of the sites listed was given the ‘historic’ designation by County Commissioners. The designation of specific sites, structures, buildings, districts and properties may be initiated by the Preservation Board or the property owner. Consideration of the Preservation ... Read More »

Missing the Man

Darwin Wesley Teague:
My dad, who taught by example and remains with me in spirit. PHOTO BY LAURIE KASPERBAUER

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived and let me watch him do it.” Clarence B. Kelland   As Father’s Day approaches, I suppose it’s only natural that my thoughts float to memories of my dad more frequently than usual. He passed away nearly two years ago of complications from a neurological disease that was never definitively diagnosed. One day he fell in the kitchen of my parent’s home and throughout the 3 years that followed, his body cruelly failed him; one muscle, one nerve ending, one electrically-charged synapse at a ... Read More »

Top 10 Beach List for 2015

Four Florida beaches are listed among the best in the nation in the annual Top 10 Beach List for 2015: Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs ranked #2, St. George Island State Park in the Panhandle ranked #3, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne ranked #6 and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in Naples was ranked #9. Florida State Parks include more than 100 miles of beaches and are a tremendous driver for the state’s tourism industry, creating jobs and economic opportunities. Governor Scott said, “I am excited that four of our beautiful beaches have been named to the ... Read More »

Gulf state recreational red snapper season opens Memorial Day weekend

The recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters opens to harvest Memorial Day weekend. Red snapper is a popular species that has a strong economic impact for many coastal communities throughout Florida. The 2015 season will start the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 23) and run through July 12, closing July 13. This season will resume for all of Labor Day weekend (Sept. 5-7) and finish with Saturdays and Sundays throughout the rest of September and all of October, with the last day of harvest being Sunday, Nov. 1. State waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles. This results in ... Read More »

To Catch a Sawfish….Twice in Two Years!

The Sawfish, which had no rostrum (saw), put up a fight for nearly 2 hours.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist It’s late winter of 2014 and Captain Ted Naftal gets a call. The voice on the line says “I want to go for something big, something that might hurt us.” Captain Ted replies “There are fish that WILL hurt you, and it’s not funny!” It’s an ongoing joke that the Captain has with regular customers, the Graham family. They’ve been friends for years and have caught some trophy-sized fish together. The next prize was about to get very big, and unique! On April 25th, 2014, on board the Miss Nancy 2, guests Michael Graham and ... Read More »

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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By Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net For many island businesses, the month of April is usually when things begin to wind down a little. It can still be busy but not as crazy as the prior months and many call it “a good busy”. A good busy is running your business at an easy controllable pace where you make your customers really, really happy and actually make money at the same time. That would be a perfect world but for me. April is totally the opposite in my world; it can be as hectic as the week before Christmas, No really, many ... Read More »