Marco, Goodland, Capri, EC & Naples

Everglades Seafood Fest a Success


The Everglades Seafood Festival in Everglades City was once again a smashing success! It always amazes me to see all the people that show up on this tiny island and have such a great time. Mayor Howie Grimm was there with plenty of smiles and lots of energy. What a nice guy he is! He invited many dignitaries, but I […]

Goodland Apparel on Sale Now and the GCA Arts & Crafts Fair Rescheduled

Goodland Life

It seems like Goodlanders sure spend a lot of time fundraising for their little village. And with good reason. Goodland is a tiny historical village with a huge heart and a fairly expensive community civic center to boot. Pam DeSmet and Natalie Siavrakas have been tasked with selling the now famous Goodland T-Shirts, the most prized possession in my son’s […]

CCPS Literacy Week Ignites Readers Across the District

Rumination From the Rock

During January of each year, elementary schools in Collier County harness their creative efforts to involve parents and students in literacy activities to promote reading. It was my pleasure to participate in three of these events at three different schools. Messages of encouragement, family involvement and positive memories about reading and learning permeated each Literacy Night event as evidenced by […]

Kat, Kittens and Feline Faces to Celebrate the Return of the Key Marco Cat

Rumination From the Rock

After biding their time stored in chests for about 100 years in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Smithsonian archives, the Key Marco Cat and several other stunning artifacts are back on Marco Island at the Marco Island Historical Museum until April 2021, for the first time in over 100 years. January 26th was the […]

Jukebox by Joanie Enters its Sixth Year

Goodland Life

The Mission of the Goodland Civic Association is to promote the general welfare of its members, to promote community spirit and good will, and to promote education and discussion of issues which can materially affect the members. One of the most popular and longest-tenured group activity for Goodlanders checks all those boxes. “Jukebox by Joanie” was jumpstarted in January 2013 […]

Growing Up Everglades City


February is one of the busiest months out of the year here in Everglades City, and it’s also one of the most exciting because of our annual Everglades Seafood Festival. Each year for the last 49 years, around 50,000-75,000 people drive down our two-lane road into town for great seafood, live music and other festivities. The Everglades Seafood Festival first […]

Goodland’s Mullet Festival, Pancake Breakfast and Arts & Crafts Fair

Goodland Life

Need something to do with your family and friends visiting from out of town? Goodlanders are busy preparing a jam-packed, fun-filled, and wildly popular weekend on January 25-27th that you won’t want to miss! The 35th Annual Mullet Festival at Stan’s Idle Hour is the largest and one of the most well known events in Goodland. Beginning Friday, January 25th […]

Fishing for Red Fish

Growing Up Everglades City

While being home over winter break I spent a lot of time out on the water fishing with my family. We caught many different species, from speckled trout to a mangrove snapper here and there. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to talk about one of the species that we caught, which is one of my favorites. The […]

Out With the Old, In With the View

Rumination From the Rock

Way back about 16 months ago, an angry girl named Irma descended on this area with a wild, untamed demeanor that swept away homes, trees…and boats. Some boats are “anchored” in their new residences, the backwaters and mangrove islands that surround our area, blown from their tethers to ride the wind and waves like surfers until finally settling into shallow […]

Christmas- Goodland Style!

Goodland Life

There is absolutely no better time to be in Goodland than the holidays. With the Christmas Tree Lighting, Golf Cart Parade, Christmas House Lights Contest, Goodland Toy Drive, and the 4th Annual Misfit Island Christmas Party, Goodlanders are sure busy spreading the holiday cheer around our small village. On December 12th, all gathered on Pear Tree Avenue at the MarGood […]


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