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Lee Builders Care builds ramp for Pine Island Navy veteran

After Pine Island resident and Navy veteran Francis Gersic suffered a stroke, and his legs became immobilized due to neuropathy, he had no choice but to use a wheelchair. His daughter, Camille Gersic, recalls that her father began to lose circulation in his legs and watched as walking became ...

Owners celebrate 4th anniversary at Ragged Ass Saloon

When Peter and Heather Ennis took over the Ragged Ass Saloon, with business partners John and Kim Shields and Nick and Mary Ruland, they knew keeping the name was an absolute. Built in 1954 in St. James City, Ennis says he believes the building is one of the most historic on Pine Island.Now ...

Sweeney’s SOS helps people stay clean through COVID-19

Sweeney's SOS has had the unique opportunity to be considered an essential business through the pandemic. Owner Patti Sweeney says soap is, of course, the number one defense against a virus."The more you wash your hands, the better off you'll be," said Sweeney.Although people were ultimately ...

Riverdale Dental welcomes Mitchell Shoemaker DDS

Mitchell Shoemaker DDS is not only new to Riverdale Dental, but to his profession altogether.Having graduated in May of this year from the Indiana University School of Dentistry, Shoemaker said goodbye to Indianapolis just two days after graduation and set his sights on Pine Island. Born and ...

Christine Karow Hair Designs keeping islanders safe and beautiful

During the coronavirus pandemic, many people skipped their beauty regimen in an effort to stay healthy.Christine Karow Hair Designs owner Christine Karow is determined to keep the staff and clients safe, so they can resume visits to her salon without fear.For starters, Karow keeps 15 minutes in ...

New chef at Saltwater Smokehouse

Saltwater Smokehouse owner Michael Flynn said for the time being, everything will be "business as usual" at his restaurant. Having recently changed the kitchen staff won't change the menu, promised Flynn."Andrew was my partner for the past four or so years," said Flynn, speaking of Andrew ...

Ancuram Family Clinic opens in Bokeelia

Daniel and Nadia Hanley are a husband and wife team determined to care for Pine Island. They've recently come here to open Ancuram, their Bokeelia clinic, where Daniel will practice family medicine.Although Daniel suffered profound hearing loss before he'd even learned to speak, he refuses to ...

Keeping island restaurants afloat through the pandemic

A lot of us are looking forward with anticipation to a time we can eat, drink and be merry out in public again. Most restaurateurs didn't plan on takeout being a major portion of their income bu like everyone else, they've had to adjust to a new normal just to survive.If islanders are to find ...