Tag Archives: Goodland

Goodland Gator

‘Ray the Trapper’ attempts to snag the Goodland gator, who made no appearance that day.  PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com There’s a new predator in town, and he’s causing quite a stir. An alligator rumored to be at least eight feet long has been trolling the canals and causing unease amongst Goodland residents. Buzz about frequent sightings has been swirling for a few weeks now, but following a recent uncomfortably close encounter, a call notifying ... Read More »

Sweet Victory


GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com In my experience, especially as a writer, learning about any new place always begins with getting to know its people. I love listening to the local stories, and I’m always eager to shine a well-deserved spotlight on the people that make their town great. I’ve written once before about Goodland’s own, Nick Lemke, and his ... Read More »

Surviving Year-Round in a Seasonal Town

Blue sky to the north and a mean storm rolling in from the south came together to pose for a beautiful picture.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com Doldrums – a state of inactivity or stagnation; a dull, listless, depressed mood; low spirits. The term “summer doldrums” is new to me, but apparently it describes what I’ve been experiencing but successfully fighting off. How does a person of modest means ensure survival when home is a place that lives and dies by the ... Read More »

Independence Day

Birds of a feather!! Goodland's favorite winged-resident, Pirate, and his feathered friend, this year's Buzzard Queen. Pretty ladies got a "hello" and a wave.

GOODLAND LIFE  Melinda Gray  melinbrya3@yahoo.com Living in a seasonal town is still very new to me. Though I am trying to acclimate quickly, many unfamiliar things about my home continue to surprise me. My July 4th memories have always been made of Hallmark staples: red, white, blue, family, fireworks and food. But, they also were tainted by the woes of over-planning ... Read More »

A Spamtacular Night

With attention to some cool details, the second place winner, Spam Idle Hour, stood out. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com In the weeks leading up to Saturday, June 28, my Facebook news-feed confirmed that time had run out. While my local friends had been diligently shopping and preparing, I had procrastinated. The nasty rumors claimed Bealls had completely sold out of pajamas. I chalk my ill-preparedness up to the fact that, until now, it never occurred ... Read More »

The Anatomy of a Rumor

Collier County water department workers  directed the light flow of traffic in and out of Goodland on June 16. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com It’s a well-known fact that big news, or any news for that matter, travels fast in a community as small as Goodland. It’s also widely accepted that as news travels farther from its source it tends to lose the original, factual information in favor of a more dramatic, sensationalized version. In short, minor issues feel ... Read More »



Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Last week, during a meeting with people from the fuel industry, I questioned whether all this oil that everyone seems to be drilling for is sent out of the country for other counties to use. They said something about sending the Florida oil to refineries. “That wasn’t the question,” I stated. “Does it stay here, or is ... Read More »

Happy ‘100’ Gretchen Hawes!


By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Gretchen Hawes was born on June 4, 1914, in White Water, WI, and on June 4, 2014, she celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by friends in her Goodland home. It was a day filled with hugs, life stories, laughter, Chinese food and birthday cake. To say Hawes has lived through some amazing times and has ... Read More »

The Long Trip Home

One last walk along our private Lake Erie beach.

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com The mission: a seemingly impossible road trip with the ultimate goal of packing up the last of my worldly possessions. I’ve got to gather what’s left in Ohio and bring it all back home to Goodland. I hear the “Mission Impossible” theme song in my head every time I think about the gravity of the ... Read More »

It’s That Time Again…

Used traps are pulled and stacked. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com The smell of crab traps in the open air — after months of being underwater — is a tell-tale sign of the end of stone crab season in Southwest Florida. “It’s quite pungent over there,” said Pat Kirk, the matriarch of the Kirk family and owner of Kirk’s Fish Company. Anyone living or passing by ... Read More »

Denise Santos, TBE Students Create Mural


By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Art and education go hand-in-hand at Tommie Barfield Elementary School. A stroll through the school’s hallways proves it — student artwork is everywhere. The theme also shines through during the school’s annual Authors & Artists night, an evening in May when the entire school turns into a giant art gallery for students to display works ... Read More »

MMC Installation Ball

The women behind the men of the Marco Men’s Cub (l-r): Pat Dugas,  Vicki Engin, Sandi Friend, Marge Superits, Betsy Zinner, Jacky Childress and Hilde Kyes. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Marco Men’s Club held its annual “Installation Ball” at the Island Country Club on the evening of May 10. It was a festive evening with dinner and dancing as 230 MMC members and their spouses/friends welcomed the new Board and the start of a new year. The MMC is celebrating its 23rd year. In 1992, Paul Kurtz and ... Read More »

If We Build it, Will They Come?

Goodland enjoys 2 county parks inside her very modest amount of land, pictured above is Margood Park. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com “Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.” — Samuel Taylor Coleridge “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” Summer is quickly approaching, and with it come the horror stories warning first-timers like me of mutant bugs, face-melting heat and the unbearable boredom to come. Of course, ... Read More »

The Goodland Good Life

Dub holds up his prize proudly. (left) J.W. "Dub" Abbott will celebrate his 100th birthday next month. (right) SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com Life has been good in Goodland for J.W. “Dub” Abbott, who will turn 100 years old this month. The Drop Anchor resident was born May 2, 1914, in Checotah, Oklahoma, to Wayne and Beulah Abbott, who had five other boys and one girl; his youngest brother is only 93 years young. He says his mother ... Read More »

And the winner is…

Richard’s mother is blindfolded to pull out the winning entry.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff A drawing was held on Friday, April 11 in front of dozens of hopefuls at Harbor Goldsmith. The prize? A green diamond ring valued at $10,000. Richard Alan, owner of Harbor Goldsmith, came up with the idea for the contest earlier this year. His plans included a treasure map and a series of five clues. ... Read More »

Camping at the Y Keeps Youth Moving, Learning and Exploring All Summer Long


KEEP MOVING TODAY FOR A HEALTHIER, WELL-BALANCED FAMILY TOMORROW! Did You Know- According to the New England Journal of Medicine today’s young people are not expected to outlive their parents!  This is a startling statistic and is mostly related to Youth Obesity-Type 2 Diabetes. Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But, for ... Read More »

Great American Realtor Days in Tallahassee

Steve Josselyn, Governor
Rick Scott and Bette McGilvray. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Bette McGilvray As in years past, the Marco Island contingent made up of Bette McGilvray (MIAAOR President, 2014 and Florida Realtor’s Key Political Contact for Rep. Kathleen Passidomo), Dick Shanahan (MIAAOR Legislative Committee Chair 2014), and Steve Josselyn (Legislative Committee member), teamed with NABOR (Naples Area Board of Realtors) to meet with legislators in Tallahassee last week to discuss ... Read More »

MICMS Student Nominee for Tech Trek

MICMS 7th-grader Laura Poelstrap (left) is pictured with her science teacher, Mary Jo O’Regan, who nominated her for the Tech Trek camp. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com “If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering and math.” – First Lady Michelle Obama, Sept. 26, 2011   At a ... Read More »

Bariatric Surgery–much more than a numbers game


To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Considering the onslaught of media coverage given to the obesity epidemic in the United States, you may be wondering: why write another? The answer: it’s one thing for the media to report on the problem—it’s quite another to educate the public on possible solutions. If your weight—or the weight of a loved ... Read More »

ENFD Mergers


By Coastal Breeze News Staff While East Naples Fire Control and Rescue District Chief Kingman Schuldt prepared to head to Tallahassee to testify about his district’s proposed mergers with Golden Gate and Isles of Capri fire districts, the Board of Collier County Commissioners voted expand ENFD’s boundaries to include Ochopee. During its March 25 regular meeting, the BCC unanimously approved ... Read More »