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Singer/Songwriters Hold Fundraiser for Frank Thomas


Florida Singer/Songwriters from around the state assembled on Goodland recently at Margood Harbor Park to stage a fundraiser for Florida Artists Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, whose historic home in rural Polk County, Florida—affectionately dubbed “The Cracker Palace”—burned down recently. Fundraisers are being held throughout the state for the beloved Florida folk legend. “We’re all here to honor Frank Thomas,” […]

Florida Songwriters Benefit for Frank Thomas


J.Robert’s Florida Songwriter Showcase is gathering in concert at the Margood Harbor Theater May 19th from 6–9 PM for a one-time event to benefit Florida Hall of Fame songwriter Frank Thomas. Legendary songwriter, Frank Thomas, lost his historic “Cracker Palace” home located in Lake Wales, Florida, to a ravaging house fire recently.  As well as the loss of their home and […]

An Extraordinary Event in an Extraordinary Community

Goodland Life

Shelly Colley, Sherri Morrison and Noreen Seegers contributed to this Goodland Life column. Every spring, since 2013, Goodlanders break bread together under the spreading rubber trees and the beautiful pavilion at Margood Park. In 2012, the park and pavilion were gifts from Collier County. In 2013, the Spring Fling, as we call it, was the brainchild of former Goodland Civic […]

15th Annual Arts Extravaganza!


Tara O’Neill, award-winning artist, community activist, and devout Floridian, is hosting her 15th annual home-grown art extravaganza, Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, from 1-4 PM, at Little Bar Restaurant, 205 Harbor Place, in the historic fishing village of Goodland. This year O’Neill will be joined by nationally-recognized guest artist Popo Flanigan. The two artists’ combined coastal interpretations explore […]

EDITORIAL & OPINION: Reflecting on the Last Seven Months

More Straight Talk


It’s kind of amazing that it was just seven months ago that we were all thanking God for minimizing the damage that Hurricane Irma might have done when she made landfall here on Marco. That’s not to say that damage wasn’t done, for she left her share of wreckage and heartache behind her, but she spared us the terrible ravages […]

Goodland Post Office Box Rifled May Be Related to Other Local Incidents


When Bradley Davis, Goodland’s postal clerk, arrived at work last week, he discovered that the outdoor mailbox had been burglarized. There were no pry marks and it appeared that bolt cutters were used to cut off the padlock. “It must have happened sometime [over the] weekend, most likely Sunday night,” Davis said. “You’d have to be crazy to steal from […]

Next Happy Hour For Hope at Stan’s


Marco Island Meals of Hope will hold its next “Happy Hour for Hope” on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant from 5 to 7 PM. Stan’s is located at 221 Goodland Drive, Goodland, Florida. Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris had a lot of praise for this month’s venue. “The Gobers go out of their way to make […]

Goodland Baptist Bounces Back

Services to resume on Sunday, October 29

On October 17  Goodland Baptist Church Pastor Richard Hughe announced, at a Goodland town meeting, that Hurricane Irma had caused $30K to $40K in damages to the church sanctuary, and that fellowship hall in the rear had been almost totally destroyed. “The Southern Baptist Convention has sent down volunteers” Hughes said, “and they are furnishing all of the workers and […]

This Trash Pile Never Quits

Another headache for Steve Gober

During the week after Irma, Steve Gober offered Stan’s parking lot as a repository for Goodland residents who had no place to put their debris. Gradually 10-foot high trashed personal items and damaged building parts were dumped there. Working with the county, the debris was gradually hauled away until the ground became visible. It wasn’t visible for long. On Sunday […]

Goodland Road Suffers More Fair Weather Flooding

Village all but cut off for four hours

Saturday, October 7, was a clear day in Goodland. A moderate southwest breeze and slightly cooler temperatures were welcomed by residents here. For the first time in weeks, no storms were reported anywhere near the village. And yet, between 2 and 6 PM, Goodland was all but cut off from the mainland by the worst fair weather flooding in the […]


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