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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

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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 […]

Who was Barron Collier?


Read about the amazing man who bought over one million acres of South Florida land and had a county named after him. Besides completing the Tamiami Trail across the swamp and developing Everglades City, he also owned a group of resort hotels which attracted the rich and famous to Useppa, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Boca Grande, Lakeland, Bradenton, Punta Gorda, […]

Getting to Know the American Alligator

Growing Up in Everglades City

The Everglades is home to an array of interesting wildlife, but the one creature that you will see nearly everywhere is the American Alligator. A staple to the State of Florida really, the American Alligator is found anywhere that is near warm water. They tend to like freshwater more than they like saltwater, but in the Everglades, they live mainly […]

Okinawa A Trip of a Lifetime

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After a grueling thirty-hour journey, Goodlander and Sensei Nick Lemke along with his student Bryant Martinez landed in magical Okinawa, the fifth largest Japanese island in the East China Sea. The purpose of their month-long expedition was to train in karate and kobudo called Seibukan Shorin-Ryu and Matayoshi Shinbukai Kobudo. Okinawa is an island that sits very close to Taiwan […]

The Goodland Civic Association’s 9th Annual Holiday Bazaar: A Must!

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With great pleasure, the townspeople of Goodland invite you to the 9th Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 17th, from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Margood Harbor Park, 321 Pear Tree Avenue. Up to twenty vendors showcasing sculptures, jewelry, photographic art, paintings, baby items, cards, trivets and dolls will adorn the meandering walkways of Margood Park, creating a […]

Birds of the Everglades

Growing Up in Everglades City

Birds are one of the most graceful creatures on the planet. They soar over us on a daily basis, and perch on tall trees during the day and night. The Everglades is a vast river of grass where you can see the most beautiful and extraordinary birds. In fact, there are approximately 350 bird species in the Everglades National Park! […]

Goodland’s Gizzi and the Relocation of His Historic Home

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It’s not everyday you see a house travelling down Goodland Drive West. And as fellow Goodlander Paula Fabian put it, “This takes moving to a whole different level; no moving boxes required!” Marziano Gizzi, affectionately known as Gizzi around Goodland, has successfully moved his 108-year-old home from 507 Goodland Drive West to 316 Pear Tree Avenue. The home is now […]

Hurricane Irma Behind Us? Story is Told on Post Office Window

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On October 9, 2017, while Goodland was reeling from the effects of Irma, a painting appeared on the picture window of Goodland’s post office. It was conceived and posted there by artist Denise Santos, and it raised the morale of all who saw it at the time. Santos had depicted Goodland as a young man hanging gamely to a palm […]


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