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Marty and John Kendall win Al Mills Award

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Current board member and former Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce Board President Mel Brinson had the honor of presenting the Al Mills Award to Marty and John Kendall of the Calusa Land Trust at the recent chamber dinner, where the award is traditionally ...

Voting begins for Best of Pine Island

It's time once again to cast your ballots for the Best of Pine Island! The Best of Pine Island ballots are featured inside today's issue of the Pine Island Eagle and will be repeated next week, April 7. Only one ballot per person can be submitted and an individual must fill out at least 25 ...

El Pollo Rico celebrates five years on the island

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com In addition to waiting to celebrate their first child being born (Oliver Sergio Miceli), Mike and Morgan Miceli celebrated five years in business for their restaurant, El Pollo Rico, in Bokeelia on Friday, March 26. Although it took two years to open the doors, ...

Islander cleaning up with nanotechnology

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Ted Tidwell, president of 1st Enviro Safety, said people tell him his products are the best kept secret on Pine Island, but he’s trying to get the word out about his nanotechnology driven cleaning and agricultural goods. He began as a retiree who ended up with ...

The Perfect Cup isn’t going anywhere

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Rich and Rachael Chalupsky recently purchased and took over the Perfect Cup in Matlacha, however, Rich said while they plan to add to the menu, nothing will be taken away, ensuring that if you have a favorite dish, you will still be able to get it there. “We ...

Tacos El Viejon on Pine Island getting everyone’s attention

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com If you find yourself sitting at the stop sign in the center of Pine Island, you may see a line at the new food truck everyone is raving about. Before Tacos El Viejon started operating at the end of February, owner Alfredo Gomez had been making food at a stand he ...

Beloved island fire captain retires

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Another island hero has taken his last ride on duty. Capt. Bill Russell, who has given over 40 years of service to this island as a firefighter, is hanging up his helmet to chart different waters. However, something that turned into a lifetime commitment didn’t ...

Bocilla Island Seaport project forges ahead

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Hans Wilson and Associates is in the process of designing and permitting the much talked about Bocilla Island Seaport project in Bokeelia. The marina renovation has been a topic for many islanders concerned with increased traffic, both on the water and on land, ...

Nick B’s Artisan Food Market opens at The Center

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com As of Monday, March 1, the much-awaited opening of the new artisan food market at The Center has finally happened. Owner Maria Albano said, “I’m so happy to finally be opened. We’ve been waiting for two months.” Albano commented that their first day ...

Villa’s Insurance Group here to help

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com James Smith of Villa’s Insurance Group says he gets asked all the time how he came up with the business name. “When I created the agency, I wanted to start something that I could leave to my children one day,” said Smith, explaining it was named for ...