Tag Archives: Goodland

Building the Community: Marco Island

The Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge as it was being constructed in 1969. SUBMITTED photoS

By Don Manley Marv Needles is one of a relatively small group of people who can recall a Marco Island much different from the modern, bustling resort community of today. Marco’s full-time population now stands at about 16,000, with the number of residents almost tripling during the winter tourist season. The population stood at about 750 when he arrived in ... Read More »

2015 Spirit of Marco Island Award Winners Surprised and Humbled


By Don Manley Shock at haven been selected is a common shared reaction for the recipients of the 2015 Spirit of Marco Island Award. “I’m very excited, said Carole Roberts, who is one of the eight recipients this year. “I think it’s great. I can honestly say I was totally surprised.” Now in its seventh year, the Spirit of Marco Island ... Read More »

MI Half Marathon Takes off at Sunrise


By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The sun just broke over trees as the horn sounded for the start of the Marco Island Half Marathon Run last Sunday. Runners assembled in the pre-dawn hours to prepare for the event which benefits many local organizations. The Half Marathon originated as a way to give back to the community of Marco Island and was ... Read More »

9th Annual Digital Scavenger Hunt 2015

Just Us II with Peggy and Ted.

By Andy Battaglia & Gene Burson Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron held their Digital Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, March 14th. There were twentythree who participated in the Scavenger Hunt! At 9:30am Fire Chief Mike Murphy and his wife Barbara arrived at the Calusa Marina dock in Goodland via jet skis to deliver the “hunt list” to Co-Captains Rhonda McAuliffe-Gloodt ... Read More »

Scholarship Program


Submitted Each spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) presents scholarships to area students majoring in an area of the arts. High school graduating seniors as well as college students living on Marco Island, Goodland or the Isle of Capri are eligible to receive a scholarship up to $1,000 if they will be studying the arts such as ... Read More »

Boater’s Local Knowledge: Marco Island


By Laurie Harris Flotilla Staff Officer, Public Affairs There are two types of boaters on Marco Island – those who have run aground and those that will!   The waters around Marco Island are constantly changing. If you are either new to boating or new to Marco Island, the Boater’s Local Knowledge and the Boater’s Local Knowledge – Backwater Edition ... Read More »

The Man Who Put Man on the Moon

Tom Williams and Darrell Loan. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Rocket scientist Darrell Loan took the Marco’s Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution out of this world at its Jan. 15 meeting at the Hideaway Beach Club. Loan, a part-time Marco resident, was one of the few “rocket men” whose brilliance, imagination and dedication put the first men on the moon, astronauts Neil Armstrong, followed by Buzz ... Read More »

Is Consolidation An Option for Collier County?


By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It appears consolidation may still be an option for the Isles of Capri Fire-Rescue District (ICFRD) — along with Collier County’s other three dependent fire districts — especially if Collier’s Board of County Commissioners (BCC) has a say in it. During the December 9 BCC meeting, the topic of fire-rescue district consolidation came up twice. ... Read More »

An Island Christmas

At our house, even the pets are forced to be merry.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Christmas is just around the corner, and “island-style” holiday preparations are being made all around me. I’m also nearing the one-year anniversary of my big move here in February, and I’ve been reflecting back on this past year in sunny southwest Florida. I’ve never been happier, and my kids are doing really well. We are ... Read More »

Homegrown Clams

Nick spent most of the day covered head-to-toe; the process of  getting into a wetsuit proved more complicated than I thought. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Does the average seafood lover ever wonder about what is involved in bringing their favorite oceanic edibles to the table? As a seafood lover myself, I’ve always gravitated to the surf items on any menu, but I’ve never really put much thought into how that delicious shellfish came to land on my plate. Where do ... Read More »

Goodland ‘Pink Out’

Pictured left to right: Trish Oehler, Zach Gober, Michael Gober and their dad, Steve Gober collectively showed support in their pink shirts.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It was a sea of pink as far as the eye could see at Stan’s Idle Hour on Sunday, Oct. 26, where Salon and Spa Botanica of Marco Island came together with the small community of Goodland to host their second annual Pink Hair for Hope fundraiser to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The usual ... Read More »


are due to Noelle Lowery for the well written article concerning the efforts of Marco Island Academy to become one of the leading charter high schools in the state. This comprehensive piece of journalism details every facet of MIA’s progress and needs. Not often have I seen a local article of this caliber which seems to leave nothing out. It ... Read More »

Think Pink


By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The staff at Salon and Spa Botanica of Marco Island is at it again. For the second year in a row, they are participating in “Pink Hair for Hope” in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland will host the entire salon team on Sunday, Oct. 26, where they will provide a ... Read More »

Open for Business


By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com As the temperatures slowly start to cool and the daily amount of rainfall begins to dwindle, things are heating up on our small, seasonal island of Goodland. Heavier traffic and longer lines at the grocery store mark the return of our migrating snowbirds, flying south to escape their now frigid northern homes. By now, it’s common ... Read More »

Keep Calm and Boat On

Just a few of the 10,000 islands.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Since moving to Florida almost one year ago, I’ve felt like a stranger in a strange land, a tourist most times, learning the lay of my new homeland with each different excursion. Until now, the various trips I’ve taken have always been structured with a fairly strict itinerary of stops and attractions, but I can ... Read More »

Stone Crabs are Back!

Little room to maneuver.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com The beginning of another Stone Crab season is here! On Wednesday, Oct. 15, crabbers began pulling their crab traps, set just ten days before on Oct. 5. Fresh, delicious stone crab claws will be available until May 15, when they go back out of season. Kirk’s Fish Co. in Goodland expects to be stocked with fresh ... Read More »

Together Again

In one final marathon road trip to Ohio, we brought the boys and their toys back home to Goodland. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com I have to admit that I wasn’t ready; it seemed like only a few weeks had passed since the original plan was laid. The last six months have flown by, though, and now my family is finally back together again. My two younger brothers, Chris and Tyler, and yet another dog, have joined our already ... Read More »

Safe Boating


By Laurie Harris US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 95 Did you know that if you were born before Jan. 1, 1988, you can buy a boat and immediately drive it home with no prior boating experience necessary? That means so can your fellow boaters. Safe boating doesn’t just happen. It requires dedication by the captain and crew of a boat. ... Read More »

Cultural Alliance of Marco Island & Goodland CAMIG Announces Election of Officers


Last week, twelve leaders from seven not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations met to formalize the structure of their alliance, the foundation needed to meet their mission, “To be a unified voice promoting cultural awareness and activities that enhance the quality of life in Marco Island and Goodland.” The Cultural Alliance of Marco Island & Goodland (CAMIG) was founded in April 2014 after ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Studying Mangrove Die-off

A reference point within the die-off area is marked with white rope.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have partnered to conduct a long-term study of the 225-acre mangrove die-off area near Goodland known as Fruit Creek Farm. USGS awarded funding to this project for a minimum of three years to assess the hydrologic restoration, which now is partially underway. Since ... Read More »