Have you ever been to Goodland?
If you have, you know that Goodland has a special little place in history!
Goodland is a historic fishing village. There are very few of them left anywhere in Florida!
We happened to have had the privilege of owning a piece of this history for approximately 20 years. We worked hard to turn a place called Mar-Good (the best of Marco and Goodland) Resort into a thriving business for folks going fishing.
We sold our little place which consisted of a marina, museum, cottages, RV park, store, etc. We had all the amenities that the special place of Goodland needed to support itself.
We had developers knocking on the door to put condos on this precious land which consisted of a Calusa Indian shell mound!
We found Calusa artifacts there and decided it should be preserved as such and in turn sold it to the Florida Trust for Public Land.
In the meantime, the trust got involved with Collier County government and I guess you can figure out what happened from there!
They tore down all but four of the cottages and are going to preserve them when they get some more money!
They saved the first movie theater in Collier County — "restored" it, so to speak — and are turning it into a museum to display the artifacts, etc.! They are calling it Mar-Good Harbor Park, run by the Parks and Recreation Department. They will have canoe and kayak trips.
This all sounds well and good, right? Well, the problem is they tore up the heart of Goodland and replaced it with an artificial one!
It is now a generic Collier County park with bright lights, concrete walkways, sand volleyball courts, bocce courts, some kind of plastic picnic pavilions, etc.
What happened to the historic fishing village, Calusa Indians and our intentions of preserving a little place in Goodland!?
If you have never been to Goodland, you should take a drive and see what you missed. If you have been to Goodland, please take a ride and see what they destroyed and how much of our taxpayers' money has been wasted on such a special little place.
For those who don't know where Goodland is, it is on the southern tip of Marco Island!
The state and county were given a special little village in the sun on a silver platter and destroyed it. Why?
We have folks come up to us in parking lots and various places. They remember going there and thank us for having such a wonderful place to enjoy!
Does this make any sense?