Goodland Life

Next Happy Hour For Hope at Stan’s

Marco Island Meals of Hope will hold its next “Happy Hour for Hope” on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant from 5 to 7 PM. Stan’s is located at 221 Goodland Drive, Goodland, Florida. Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris had a lot of praise for this month’s venue. “The Gobers go out of their way to make […]

Go There! Do That!

APR 1 Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach – 7-8am. Join us for the 30th annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach. Bring your chair or blanket! JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, 400 S Collier Blvd. APR 7 Relay for Life of Marco Island – 3-9pm. Cancer survivors and caregivers are the heart and soul of Relay For Life. […]

GOODLAND’S SWEETHEART: Residents rally around Carolyn Roth

Carolyn and Richard Roth have lived in Goodland off and on since 1983, splitting their time between Michigan and Florida. They have been married since 1975, a second marriage for both. Carolyn brought four of her own children into the marriage, Richard brought three. They settled in Romeo, Michigan, where Richard owned a funeral home. As blended marriages go, things […]

Denise Santos, Goodland’s Morale Officer: Her Paintings Perk People Up


By Barry Gwinn hortly after Hurricane Irma had devastated Goodland, a painting appeared on the picture window of the Goodland Post Office. It popped up at a time of great stress and turmoil in Goodland. People were returning to find the interiors of their homes covered in stinking mud, appliances and furniture ruined, roofs torn up, and their lives disrupted. […]

Big Bash in Bozicniks’ Back Yard

Ray and Amy Throw a Doozy

It was mind boggling. On Saturday, February 17, 2018, a picture perfect winter day, Ray and Amy Bozicnik (Bo-zich’- nick) threw a wedding by the river and a reception in Ray’s backyard for their daughter, Nina and her bride, Jessica Henske. I doubt if Goodland has ever seen anything like this. Nina grew up in Goodland and is currently the […]

Tara O’Neill, More Than an Artist: Her uphill battle to preserve Goodland’s past

Goodland’s adopted flag pictures a dreamy fishing village, hard by azure blue waters framed by leafy mangroves and a shady mango tree. Tara O’Neill, an award winning artist and longtime Goodland resident, longs to preserve that image. It all started when her dad took his first vacation. “My dad had his own HVAC business in White Plains but had never […]

Danny Mootispaw Gets a Hand Up, Part 2

Lowe’s Comes on Board

In the winter and spring of 2017, Cleve Smith had done everything he could in Goodland to drum up some interest in getting some help for Danny to repair the porous and rotting roof of his boat. Lots of offers came in, but none could overcome the logistics problem of getting the materials out to Danny’s boat. And then in […]

Danny Mootispaw Gets a Hand Up, Part One

His Newest Best Friend

Like many of us in Goodland, I had watched but kept my distance from an unkempt, long haired, bearded, and rather melancholy looking (some would say wild eyed) man, riding a makeshift bike around town or along San Marco Road. Occasionally, he would walk the streets of Goodland to the post office or to the restrooms at Margood Park. He […]

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