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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 […]

LOTS OF BRIGHT LIGHTS ON ISLES OF CAPRI

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond

Starting with the traditional boat parade, the creativity that Capriers exhibit was outstanding. Thanks to Mike Cox, who coordinated the parade and the Greater Naples Fire/Rescue Boat 90, which led the boaters. This year, our first responders had an exceptionally decorated boat all the while making it a safe event for all to enjoy. As darkness crept in, cheers and […]

The Goodland Stars Tradition

Goodland Life

“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 […]

Hero House Raises Funds to Honor Our Servicemen/Women

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond

Once again, Brandi Tramazzo sponsored a fundraiser for her cause, BT Hero House, at the popular Speakeasy on Marco Island, with a crowd of lively supporters in attendance. Proceeds from the event enable BT Hero House to honor our military members who are in active service and dedicated to our country, but Brandi does this in a very unique way. […]

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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