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New islander opens Island Tech in his home

Craig Judson has been repairing and upgrading computers throughout his entire adult life. When the pandemic hit, he said traveling back and forth from his island home to Cape Coral became too financially overwhelming.Judson with his wife Brandy and 6-year-old daughter Kadance had moved to the ...

Islanders raise funds for servers affected by pandemic

In March, as the pandemic was hitting the nation and everything was beginning to close down, two Matlacha residents took it upon themselves to set a goal to help local restaurant servers and bar tenders financially.Doug Brust and Lou Ford know that living the Matlacha lifestyle means going out ...

Bocilla Island Seaport ramping up with repairs, better vessel accommodation

Some much needed improvements are coming to the Bocilla Island Seaport.Bocilla Island Seaport, which is located at 8395 Main St. in Bokeelia, was established in 1908. According to property manager Cynthia Welch, it has been a marina for just as long, having seawalls, which were built in the ...

Pine Island Botanicals feeding the island for over a decade

Christine Lindsey, also known as the "Sprout Queen," says what makes Pine Island Botanicals different is that while small farmers tend to focus on seasons or crops, this is year round for them. In her words, they are 5 acres of growing and raising what they can, in order to supply businesses ...

MCA talks annexation, incorporation, water quality

On Wednesday, July 15, the Matlacha Civic Association held a masked monthly meeting with six board members and two others in attendance. Everyone was invited to view and add comments to the meeting, which was streamed live on Facebook and it can still be viewed on the MCA Facebook page.MCA ...

Local business lends a hand to Beacon of Hope

If you've recently stopped by the Beacon of Hope on Doug Taylor Circle, you may have noticed the sidewalk had begun to break from the roots of a huge mahogany tree out front."We were obviously getting very concerned about it," said Beacon board member Elsie Stearns, "so we asked Gerard Cicoria, ...

Blue Dog Bar & Grill reopens with renovations, and much gratitude

For Blue Dog owners John Lynch and Jesse Tincher, the months residents have all spent battling the pandemic, though long, have been well utilized. Although allowed to open in early May, the hot spot was undergoing several renovations, including plumbing and electrical, as well as work in the ...

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 ...