Thursday, April 15, 2021

Goodland turns 63

Free boat rides.

Free boat rides.

Natalie Strom 

nstrom81@yahoo.com

Goodland’s found another reason to celebrate…. it’s our birthday! Join us on March 10th, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM at the Goodland Boat Park where we are putting on a fabulous party! Where EVERYTHING IS FREE! Just wait until you hear about all the events the Goodland Civic Association has planned for this year’s birthday bash. Trust me, this is the birthday party every “kid” wants to be invited to… and you are!

The theme of this year’s party is “Celebrating Goodland as a Historical Fishing Community.” As co-chair, Noreen Seegers explains, “in 1995 the net ban hurt the commercial fishing folks in Goodland. There are lots of smaller fishermen and crabbers in Goodland, but it’s not like it used to be.” The community once thrived on the fishing industry but now has a larger focus on restaurants and marinas. Yet, we are all still proud of the fishing village background. The birthday party will feature Goodlanders gathering to show off our heritage in an educational and fun fashion.

“Goodland’s residents are coming together as

Kids can compete in a fishing competition hosted by the Marco Sportfishing Club. PHOTO BY NATALIE STROM/COASTAL BREEZE NEWS

Kids can compete in a fishing competition hosted by the Marco Sportfishing Club. PHOTO BY NATALIE STROM/COASTAL BREEZE NEWS

a true community to help each other and support good causes. When you come to this event you will be greeted by many of the 400 diverse Goodland locals. We have fishermen, artists, horticulturists, environmentalists and hardworking entrepreneurs, all volunteering their time and skills for the party,” Seegers continues.

Here’s a few examples of what to expect from some of our locals. Emilee Lake will be giving away starter aloe plants she has plucked from her own yard. This will coincide with a horticultural exhibit as Emilee is extremely knowledgable on the local flora and fauna of the area. Denise Woods and Dave Fuller will be helping visitors make “fish prints.” This involves taking fish, donated by local fisherman, painting them, and then rolling them onto sheets of paper. They make for beautiful displays of our local fish population. Colleen Boyle will have kayak demonstrations and discuss kayak safety. Jared Kelley and Sandy Bryson will hold a bingo tent while Deb Pappy will be in charge of cupcake decorating. Carolyn Roth will be holding a “Goodland

Denise will be making fish prints at the party.

Denise will be making fish prints at the party.

Pet Parade” that will feature the myriad of animals our pet-friendly village boasts. All of these activities will be accompanied by live music a la Terry Lee and Friends.

The Marco Sportfishing Club will sponsor a fishing contest as well as seminars and clinics. Marco Island fishing guru, Don Robb, will be conducting the fishing seminars. Some of the other topics covered will be fish identification, casting demonstrations, tackle box contents, conservation and good angler ethics. The fishing contest begins at 11:00 AM and ends at 2:00 PM. Bait is provided, but participants must bring their own rod and reel. Participants must also be between the ages of five and twelve. There will be prizes for biggest fish and most fish caught for different age and gender categories.

The party will also host a “mullet toss” competition. Locals have gathered to donate mullet fish and toilets for the event. It basically involves throwing a fish into a toilet. Somewhat of a local tradition here in Goodland, the mullet toss is a way of honoring the fish that gave Goodland its fishing background.

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