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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

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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 […]

Jukebox by Joanie Enters its Sixth Year

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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

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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 […]

Christmas- Goodland Style!

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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 […]

The Goodland Stars Tradition

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“And having heard the king, they went their way; and lo, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.”        Matt. 2:9-10 The ride in to our Goodland community is a […]

The History of the Deuce

Growing Up in Everglades City

In one of my previous articles from July, I shared a little bit about my grandpa’s train that now sits at the Collier County Museum. In this one, I wanted to elaborate about the history of his train and the company that logged cypress trees from the swamp. To learn about the history of the Deuce and my grandpa, I […]

Let’s Dance! Line Dance Lessons at Stan’s Idle Hour

Goodland Life

On Saturday, October 6th, the very talented (and patient!) Angie Moore began teaching line dancing lessons at Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland. By day (and, not infrequently, nights and weekends), Angie is a Registered Nurse First Assistant at Physician’s Regional Medical Center in Naples. She works in the operating room assisting surgeons and has done so for over nineteen years […]


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