The official opening day of the boat park was August 20, however, a soft opening of the Goodland Boat Park was held Thursday evening, August19, for Goodland residents. Collier County Parks and Recreation Director, Barry Williams, was on hand, along with Nancy Olson, Collier County Parks and Recreation Manager for Beaches and Water. Approximately 25 Goodlanders attended.
The boat park will house 75 boat trailer parking spaces and 16 regular vehicle parking spaces. The main surface of the parking area is grass. There is also a salt water retention pond where a multitude of birds have already found a home. A boardwalk for fishing and a continuation of a walking path run along a good portion of the perimeter of the park. There are 22 boat slips of which 12 are wet slips and can be rented monthly. A covered picnic pavilion, that will house grills and tables and benches, may be reserved for a fee. An indoor community room and game room is available. Goodlanders have the opportunity andchoice to close the boat park for three weekends during the course of the year for Goodland events.
The Ship Store will carry shrimp and frozen bait, salt water fishing tackle, ice, boat batteries, drain plugs, oil, grocery items, and other necessities. Nancy Olson said, “There will be a fair trade gift shop in the store called Fair Harbor. Gift items for sale will come from all over the world and are made by women in small communities.” The proceeds from the sale of these will go back to the women who purchase land, livestock, and whatever is needed, thus encouraging families within the villages to become self-sufficient. Olson goes on to say, “One of the ship’s store vendors carries a line of products from which the proceeds go toward not-for-profit organizations.” The snacks are color coded with each color denoting a charity. For instance, ifa pink bag of chips is purchased a portion of the proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Research.”
The Collier County’s Coastal Zone Management Department supervised the construction project. Day to day operation of the park will be managed by the County’s Parks and Recreation Department. BCBE Construction Co., Inc was the general contractor and Johnson Engineering was the design consultant for this $1.9 million dollar project.
Olson proudly said that The Goodland Boat Park is “a marina with a purpose.” The Ship Store hours are from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Park Hours are from 7 a.m. to sunset daily. Launch fee is $5.00 with the opportunity to purchase an annual $75 non-commercial boat pass. The speed limit in Goodland is 25 miles an hour and Goodland is a golf cart friendly community. When you check out the Goodland Boat Park, remember to honor and respect this very special residential village community.