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New operations manager joins the Randell Research Center

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com In mid-June, the Randell Research Center hired a new operations manager, Annisa Karim, who will replace Cindy Bear, as she is retiring. Karim, who has had a life-long love for the environment, is a wildlife ecologist. She holds a master’s degree in wildlife ...

It’s business as usual — for now

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Luretta Williams-Sims is patiently awaiting final word on whether sale on the building that houses her restaurant, Capt’n Con’s Fish House, will be closed, and whether she will be asked to vacate the premises. As it now stands, the sale closing is ...

Senior concierge service started on Pine Island

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Occupational therapist Jody Franke began her business, Pine Island Wellness at Home, because she has a passion to help those who need it to stay independent for as long as possible. With a heavy focus on senior concierge, Franke said it’s important to help ...

Islanders oppose deviations for Publix, townhomes projects

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Every proposed deviation at a public hearing Tuesday, June 29, at Pine Island Methodist Church, sponsored by the Greater Pine Island Civic Association, was voted down by Pine Island residents -- most of them left asking why the meeting was even necessary, since ...

Lee County forecasting higher revenues and spending

nmayberg@breezenewspapers.com Rising property values, a boost in tourism and higher sales tax revenues is expected to fill county coffers according to recent county budget talks. How that will affect tax rates is still yet to be seen. The county's millage rate is currently $4.0506 per ...

Kramer’s Kutting Edge finding its place in the island community

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Although Kramer’s Kutting Edge is admittedly new to the island, Tom Kramer has been in business since 1992. Kramer said he is not only a locksmith, but also cuts and originates keys, including hard to find keys and also keys for heavy equipment and boats, as ...

Veterans Hiring Event July 12 at Crowne Plaza

Career Source Southwest Florida's Veterans Team will be holding a Veterans Hiring Event Monday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza, 13051 Bell Tower Drive, Fort Myers. Top tier companies such as Nor-Tech, Amazon, Lee Health, Family Health Center, Honc, 84 Lumber, Shaw ...

Root family history owning D & D bait and tackle shop

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Deb Root and her late husband, David, began the D & D Matlacha Bait and Tackle shop, known to most as D & D, in 2001. The couple and their three high school boys came over from Vero Beach in 1998, because Deb had family in St. James City. Once they got ...

Pine Island Power Couple: Spotlight on Chuck and Nancy Koucky

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Chuck and Nancy Koucky met in a college geology class in 1971. They were good friends, Nancy says, grabbing one another to go to a movie or get a pizza. “I transferred colleges, but then moved back and contacted old friends,” said Nancy. “Chuck answered ...

Financial planner helps people prepare for a worry-free retirement

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Chad Michaels says his clients don’t have to glue themselves to the TV to watch the stock market, because they’ve entrusted him along with the team from Spyrnal with their financial stability to make sure their income doesn’t stop, enabling them to enjoy ...