Marco, Goodland, Capri, EC & Naples

Claws Crossed, Let’s Hope All That Hard Work Paid Off


On a recent October morning, before the crack of dawn had shown its rosy face, the crabbers of Goodland loaded their boats with traps and bait for the 2018 stone crab season. After the long hot summer of refurbishing thousands of traps in the blazing sun and scorching temperatures without any income, captains and crew were ready and excited to […]

Tommie Barfield Elementary is BLUE and it’s a Wonderful Thing

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond

The usual connotation of “being blue” is mostly seen as a downer, and being sad, but in this case, it’s something to feel great about for students, staff and parents at Tommie Barfield Elementary (TBE). Why? The school has been recognized as a Blue Zone School by NCH Healthcare System in Southwest Florida and is the first school on Marco […]

Goodland’s Gizzi and the Relocation of His Historic Home

Goodland Life

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 […]

Everglades City’s Super Saturday of Events!


Plan ahead to spend a fun and busy day in the Everglades City area on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The day promises a variety of events for the whole family to enjoy. Clyde Butcher Fall Festival From 9 AM to 5 PM, at the Big Cypress Gallery in Ochopee. Meet Clyde and Niki Butcher, see the new calendar, enjoy a […]

Our Sea Life Doesn’t Have a Choice, But It Does Have a Chance

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond

You’d have to be under water or out in the ozone not to read, hear about or personally witness the destruction of our sea and air creatures as a result of the red tide, blue-green algae and the brown, murky water from yet another destructive infestation. It’s almost inconceivable that thousands of TONS, not pounds, of carcasses have washed up […]

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

Goodland Life

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 […]

One Dolphin, Three Dolphins, Then Twelve Dolphins, Oh My!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond

If you haven’t had a chance to take the Dolphin Explorer Eco-Tour and Cruise on Marco Island, you’re missing a highlight of your life or bucket list. I was especially interested in experiencing the Number One National Geographic Guide recommendation in Florida of top adventures for family members of all ages. Hundreds of positive reviews were also incentive to take […]

Home on the Range? FBI Agents Fit Right In

Goodland Life

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 […]


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