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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 […]

Delicious & Unique Everglades City Restaurants

Growing Up in Everglades City

Airboat rides, stone crabs and sunset kayak tours aren’t the only good things Everglades City has to offer. Many come from far and wide (some even fly into our airport) just to eat at the local restaurants we have! Every restaurant in Everglades City and Chokoloskee is owned by a local who has resided here for years. The majority of […]

Home on the Range? FBI Agents Fit Right In

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J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI excelled at fugitive apprehension. In my experience, nobody did it better. In the early ‘70s an intriguing fugitive case landed on my desk in the backwater Phoenix Field Office. The case bore the caveat “Armed and dangerous” and came in the form of a teletype, our most urgent form of communication. Bill Cox, a central Florida […]

ONE-YEAR POST IRMA | Looking Back & Looking Ahead

Growing Up in Everglades City

September 10, 2017 felt like the day the Earth stood still. It had been 57 years to the day since Hurricane Donna made landfall and devastated Florida, and Hurricane Irma was on the path to do the same. It’s now easy for me to talk about what happened on that day and the ones following, but I’ll admit when I […]

The Goodland Overlay, 12/13/00 | Why was it necessary?


The Goodland Civic Association (GCA) has recently experienced 10 solid years of growth and is enjoying a popularity not known since 2000-2001. It was in those two years that the GCA achieved the pinnacle of community service and accomplishments, successfully completing three major projects which were to have a lasting effect on our quality of life. In 1999, the GCA […]

Behind the Scenes in the Stone Crab Capital

Growing Up in Everglades City

If you ever come to Everglades City, make sure to check out the view of the stone crab boats along the Barron River and head to a local restaurant to try some fresh stone crab! Even though it isn’t season, I can still remember hearing the vibration sounds of stone crab boats heading down the river at 2 AM. If […]

2000-2001, Goodland’s Golden Years An Era of Accomplishment

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The Goodland Civic Association (GCA) has recently experienced 10 solid years of growth and is enjoying a popularity not known since 2000-2001. It was in those two years however, that the GCA achieved the pinnacle of community service and accomplishment, successfully completing or initiating several major projects which were to have a lasting positive effect on our quality of life. […]

Nancy Gwinn Goodland’s Unsung Artist | Nobody Did It Better

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When Nancy and I arrived in Goodland in May 2006, the first thing we did was to decorate our first floor with her artwork. A lot of thought went into how we should arrange it. It was a combination of her magnificent photographs of memorable scenes from our past and her exquisitely beautiful porcelain dolls, each of which started out […]


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