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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 ...

Lee awards contract for new Matlacha Fishing Pier

Last Tuesday, the Lee Board of County Commissioners awarded a contract to replace the Matlacha Fishing Pier to Kelly Brothers Inc. The project calls for the removal and replacement of the fishing pier at Matlacha Community Park.The contract, in the amount of $833,805, is part of a total $1 ...

Matching grant program aims to help local businesses weather pandemic

Southwest Florida businesses can now apply for an advertising grant to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic and thrive beyond it.Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of Breeze Newspapers, has established a $1 million nationwide fund to help local businesses get back to full strength ...

Winn-Dixie caretakers caring for the community

For Pine Island Winn-Dixie store manager, Dan Loughren, caring for people isn't a matter of policy but human decency. Having been the store manager for 13 years, minus a small hiatus in which he was moved to another store, Loughren admits he's come to care for islanders like they're his own ...

Benefits of body work through massage

It was only a few decades ago the health benefits of exercise were discovered and popularized in the U.S. Although the practice of massage therapy has long been a habit of the Eastern culture, in the west it is still widely thought of as a luxury.According to Vonnie Bixby LMT (licensed massage ...

Fish-Tale Marina’s a ‘special’ Fort Myers Beach location

Fish-Tale is a full-service marina, and that's literal.Visitors to the establishment on Fort Myers Beach can boat up and park for an hour, or a day, or week - or even longer. With transient space rentals, 75 in-water slips, and more than 200 dry slips contained in multiple boat barns, the ...

Brother-sister team make Little Lilly’s Island Deli a big hit

In 2008, Robin Lilly took over the island's only deli. She says her brother, Matt Romejko, had been thinking of leaving Pennsyl-vania for years before coming down. She'd told him when he was ready to make the move she would have a job for him. Romejko proposed to his then-girlfriend and they ...

MOTI — Jewel of Pine Island celebrates 30 years

The Museum Of the Islands is celebrating 30 years in operation in 2020, and an anniversary, re-dedication and ribbon-cutting event will be held Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This home for local artifacts and antiques is run by a network of volunteers, who study to preserve and keep ...