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Islander works to keep bee populations alive

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com When someone’s home becomes overrun by honeybees, many people may use that as evidence that the world has such a large bee population they have taken to setting up camp in residential areas, but bee rescuers like Wayne Owen would argue the opposite is true. Due ...

Application for Doppler radar tower withdrawn

Lee County Department of Community Development received an email last week informing staff that Fort Myers Broadcasting Company has decided to withdraw its special exception/variance application for the radar tower on Pine Island. According to architect firm Morris Depew Associates, the ...

Vintage Market Days at Civic Center attracts a crowd

news@breezenewspapers.com Vintage Market Days, an event that was gaining in popularity before the pandemic put the kibosh on both 2020 shows set for the Lee Civic Center, was apparently missed. Those who like vintage and antique items made up for lost time Friday with thousands attending on ...

Masks required at all airports

cjhaddad@breezenewspapers.com Travelers and visitors to Southwest Florida International Airport over the last week and half may have noticed an uptick in face coverings. In compliance with new federal restrictions, Lee County Port Authority officials last Monday imposed the mask mandate ...

Little Lilly’s Island Deli celebrates 13 years of feeding islanders

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com To Robin Lilly, owner of Little Lilly’s Island Deli, her time here has gone by quickly. “I remember when I first bought the deli,” said Lilly, “they all called us the kids. We were the newbies and I felt like we were going to be the ‘newbies’ forever, ...

Microwave engineer weighs in on radar tower

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Alfred Hislop of St. James City is a microwave engineer with more than 45 years of experience, specializing in millimeter, or short-wave mics, who opposed a radar tower in the town of his summer home in Colorado, not unlike the one currently being proposed on Pine ...

Business owner uses mindfulness for stress relief, recovery

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com After struggling through the pains of drug addiction, Tim Shevlin says mindfulness brought him back from being unfocused and suffering insomnia. In fact, he admits it helped him in his recovery more than anything else ever did. “Mindfulness is being totally ...

Judd Payne acquires Island Bike Works

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Judd Payne wants to put islanders on the road — not in cars, but on bikes. Although he has been providing maintenance on bicycles at his Matlacha residence for the past three years, his family recently acquired a bike shop in Bokeelia, where he builds, ...