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Froggy’s owner has island focus

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Boris and Romana Gavrinev purchased Froggy’s in St. James City in 1999. By 2004, they bought out their partners and became the sole owners. Purchasing Froggy’s however, was only part of achieving the “American Dream” for the couple. Both born in the ...

Winn-Dixie food drive raises almost $4,000

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Pine Island Winn-Dixie store manager Dan Loughren never gets tired of thanking his faithful customers for feeding the hungry. On Saturday, Oct. 9, there was a one-day food drive at his store for the Pine Island Food Pantry, totaling just under $4,000 in grocery ...

Owner says Able Towing is here to help

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Twenty-four-year old Wylie Mancuso has been the owner of Able Towing of Bokeelia since February. He wants people to know he’s here to help. Mancuso said since he’s taken over he has a real desire to expand the business, perhaps with an impound lot right ...

Matlacha Tropical Jewelry and Hammocks now open

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Jasmina Pirganoski was influenced in large part by the art world from the time she was just a girl in Macedonia. Even her surroundings were burgeoning with architecture everywhere she looked. Having grown up with a sister who is a fairly well known artist in ...

Pine Island Winn Dixie, Food Pantry teaming up for the holidays

Winn Dixie is partnering with the Pine Island Food Pantry to host a Food Drive in preparation for the holidays, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The goal is to raise $5,000 in food and monetary donations to fill the pantry shelves and prepare for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday meal ...

Stock the Fridge for Lee Health an ongoing success

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com After Centennial Bank Riverwalk office branch manager Jennifer Miller heard about the Stock the Fridge Program, she knew she wanted to get involved. It wasn’t long until Elsie Stearns, manager of the Pine Island branch jumped right on board. Stearns said ...

Businesses, volunteers keep Beacon Bites strong

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com According to Beacon of Hope Program Director Nancy Buthman, the Beacon Bites program, which started in 2017, began because it became too difficult to continue utilizing the Meals on Wheels program on the island. When the program began, there were only eight ...

Lee Health plans medical facility in Cape off Pine Island Road

news@breezenewspapers.com Lee Health has purchased land in Cape Coral for a future medical facility. “Lee Health’s Board of Directors approved the purchase of a 22.7 acre parcel of land off Pine Island Road at their Aug. 26 meeting,” said Ben Spence, Chief Financial and Business ...

Sale of 2 Fish Inn among recent transactions announced by LandQwest Commercial

LandQwest Commercial announced the following transactions in Lee County. Sales • Lee Memorial Health System purchased the 68,025-square-foot office building at 12451 Gateway Blvd., in Fort Myers, from Lynx Gateway, LLC for $7 million. Adam Palmer, CCIM, SIOR and Steve Wood with LandQwest ...

GPICA discusses Calusa Cay project

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com At the monthly meeting of the Greater Pine Island Civic Association, president Helen Fox reported that a letter was sent from the GPICA to the Lee County Development of Operations manager regarding the overwhelmingly negative response of islanders at the public ...