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Islanders have experience with large sawfish

Special to The Eagle My girlfriend Courtney Westmiller and I walk out to the Matlacha pier to watch the sunrise every morning. One recent morning we were running a bit behind, but being a little late is what led us to be part of such a great experience. An older gentleman was fishing and hooked up with a fish. I didn’t think much of it till he yelled out, “It’s something big.” So we turned and looked to see him fighting something that was crashing its head through the water back-and-forth. Once we got closer it was clear that it was a sawfish. The gentleman was having ...

Zsebe and Associates finds a home on the island

Lee Health issued an urgent call to our community this week: The need for blood donations is critical. To supply the needs of the health care system’s four acute care hospitals—Cape Coral ...

News from around the region

Island server beneficiary of ‘Tip Challenge’

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Islander Stephen Longest is one of many happy recipients of the "Tip Challenge." Simply put, the “Tip Challenge” is when a restaurant patron leaves a 100 percent tip, which equals the size of their check. Having been a server for at least 11 years, ...


John Charles Smith

John Charles Smith, 68, of Saint James City, FL passed away February 21, 2021. Arrangements entrusted to Fuller Metz Cremation and Funeral Services. www.fullermetz.com

Letters to the Editor

Guest Opinion: What does heat have to do with it? Just everything!

Last year tied with 2016 for the hottest year on record, even though statistically it was a little bit higher. But the fact that the last seven years are the warmest on record should wake us up. Scientists have warned us that we have to keep the overall rise under 2.5 degrees Celsius to ensure ...


Zsebe and Associates finds a home on the island

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com CPA Dylan Zsebe has been helping people for over 20 years in Cape Coral. Zsebe and Associates handles individual and business taxes, specializing in business accounting, book keeping, payroll and advisory services. Having not only clients but also ties to the ...

Local Columns


Building a bridge to early learning success

Parents of children set to start kindergarten this fall have a new option for their little ones — Young Five. It’s a VPK-to-kindergarten “bridge program” for children whose birthdays make them eligible to start kindergarten — but just barely. Known as transitional kindergarten, ...