Tag Archives: Goodland

My Surreal Encounter With Angels

This is weird. I no longer trust boat trailers and I think of mangroves as angels. Actually I’ve never thought much about either one. After all, here in Southwest Florida, we see boat trailers all the time. And we take care of our mangroves but we take them for granted. Now my thinking is completely different. About eight o’clock one ... Read More »

Nominate the Artist of the Year

Submitted  Since 2014, every spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) has recognized an Artist of the Year. The non-profit organization is requesting nominations for the Artist of the Year from the public. This special honor recognizes the art or activity of a person or group who has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of our ... Read More »

Buzzard Lope Queen Named at Mullet Fest

By Samantha Husted Mullet Fest has returned once again for it’s 33rd year and with it comes a new Buzzard Lope Queen and probably a hangover. Each year the festival brings thousands of people to Goodland, the small “drinking village with a fishing problem,” located on the outskirts of Marco Island. The three-day festival hosted by Stan’s Idle Hour includes ... Read More »

Food Pantry Serves Local Families

Submitted The Marco Island area is lucky to have its own food pantry, Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, which serves Marco Island, Goodland and the Isle of Capri. Located at the Family Church Marco at 1450 Winterberry Drive, no one is ever turned away. Families can pick up needed food on the second and fourth Saturday of every month from ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement 

Officers Johnson and Tidwell were patrolling Dollar Bay and observed a vessel without navigational lights on while boating at night. During the vessel stop, Officer Tidwell observed that the vessel did not have a hull identification number (HIN). The officers then proceeded to follow the vessel to Bayview Boat Ramp and Officer Tidwell noticed another mullet skiff at the dock. ... Read More »

Are You Ready to See Your New Post Office?

 By MJ Chaput It all started at our condo pool last fall. Apparently I was a little bored and had been watching too much HGTV “Fixer Upper” show, with Chip and Jo and their fabulous makeovers. I said to my fellow “water babies,” Joanie Fuller, Laurie Van Dorn, Linda VanMeter and Jane Ann Smith, that I would like to spruce ... Read More »

Phoenix Award Winners

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Twenty-nine of Marco Island’s first responders were recently honored with Phoenix Awards from the Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department. The Phoenix Award is given to first responders who contributed to the successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim. Some of Marco’s emergency response personnel received multiple awards for their life-saving measures. This year fifteen ... Read More »

EDITORIAL & OPINION: The Holiday Season is Here!

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala What a wonderful time of the year! There seems to be excitement in the air and happy greetings everywhere as people are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, and then Christmas or Hanukah. Of course, we are excited and happy because many of us will be with family and/or friends, but NOT in the snow! My Amish ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands Late November Into December

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com As November rolls into December, our winter fishery is finally here and some big changes are coming along with it. We can usually expect to have our first major cold front hit us around the middle of the month. We can expect Gulf water temperatures to drop down into the mid 60s later in ... Read More »

Executive Auto’s New Roadside Service

By Samantha Husted Tara O’Neill checks in on Samuel Falla’s progress with one of her drawing class assignments. For the past 23 years Marco Island native Dwain Naftal has driven Bald Eagle Towing’s bright red tow truck. Recently Dwain traded in his trademark tow truck for a Mercedes service van that operates out of Executive Auto Repair. “It’s a little ... Read More »

Governor Scott – Goodland’s Pied Piper?

By Barry Gwinn Goodland’s Margood Park, built on the site of the old Margood Trailer Park, was dedicated by Collier County in 2012. The crown jewel of the park is a stately pavilion, situated in the shade of two magnificent rubber trees, watered by an ancient underground spring. It is quiet and serene there. The pavilion, used for community events, ... Read More »

How to Find a (Really) Cute Chiropractor

By Barry Gwinn Goodland residents are known for their generosity in helping neighbors through rough times. In the past two years they have raised over $34,000 for neighbors in need. We have a system of getting in touch with each other when quick action is needed. As Goodland Civic Association (GCA) secretary, I maintain a list of the email addresses ... Read More »

MIA’s Tech Students Offer Help to Community

By Barry Gwinn  A small group of dedicated Marco Island Academy (MIA) techies meets every other Wednesday in Room 106 at MIA. They style the group as Tech Tutoring and will take a shot at fixing most any tech problem that comes to their attention. They are devoted to solving the software problems of anyone who needs help because of ... Read More »

Music from Marco to Norway and Back

By Don Manley Joerey Ortiz has once again left behind his usual gigs on Marco Island and elsewhere in Collier County to experience music’s universal nature. The singer, songwriter and guitarist is back home after spending one month playing dates in Norway, while visiting his brother and fellow professional musician, Gilbert, a former resident of Marco who moved to that ... Read More »

Call to Artists

Submitted  The Goodland Arts Alliance (GAA) is celebrating its 5th Annual Harbor Arts & Music Festival by way of making it a two-day event, March 11 and 12, 2017. Formerly a one-day outdoor arts festival, 2017 promises more great art, more great music, a wider variety of food, and even more wide-spread advertisements and promotions reaching into art communities throughout ... Read More »

Summertime Fun, Porsche Style

By Don Manley   As with “birds of a feather,” connoisseurs of a certain iconic German sports car brand also enjoy “flocking together,” in their case to revel in their shared interest and some good old fashioned fun. Such is the case for the Everglades Region Porsche Club of America, which held its Inaugural Summer Party on a recent Sunday ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

By Maureen Chodaba The City Council of Marco Island held a regular meeting on July 18, 2016. All councilors were present, except Councilor Sacher, who was excused. In a 4-2 vote, council passed a resolution approving the preliminary disclosure of the proposed millage rate for the Fiscal Year 2017. The tentative millage rate is determined to be 1.9966 mils for ... Read More »

Call to Artists

Submitted  The Goodland Arts Alliance (GAA) is celebrating its 5th Annual Harbor Arts & Music Festival by way of making it a two-day event, March 11 and 12, 2017. Formerly a one-day outdoor arts festival, 2017 promises more great art, more great music, a wider variety of food, and even more wide-spread advertisements and promotions reaching into art communities throughout ... Read More »

Call to Artists

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Excitement is building for Spammy Jammy 2016, which will take place on Saturday, June 25 at the Little Bar Restaurant in Goodland. For more than twenty years the annual Spammy Jammy celebration has been encouraging locals to appease the Southwest Florida hurricane gods in a unique way- with great music, creative Spam sculptures, PJs and ... Read More »