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Bella’s Pizza is Matlacha’s newest restaurant

Mark your calendar for the grand opening of Bella's Pizza in Matlacha, to be held at the end of the month. In the mean time, enjoy the food of the "soft opening.""The menu and the food are the same, we're just spending a few weeks painting, updating and renovating the place," new owner Mike ...

Voting to begin for Best of Pine Island

The ballots for the Best of Pine Island will be available in the Pine Island Eagle issues of March 20 and March 27.Only one ballot per person can be submitted and an individual must fill out at least 25 selections. No photo copies will be accepted.The ballot deadline is Fri-day, April 5, and ...

GPICA sends letter to county over 7-Eleven plan concerns

The Greater Pine Island Civic Association held its monthly meeting last Tuesday night. The scheduled speaker cancelled and the meeting was short. Only a dozen people attended.The GPICA sent a letter to the director of Lee County Department of Community Development with concerns about the new ...

Barnhill opens Got Ice, Inc.

Eddie Barnhill, a third generation Pine Island fisherman, has sold his boats and traps and started a new business, Got Ice, Inc.The Barnhill family has been fishing from Pine Island since Eddie Barn-hill's grandfather, Alfred Barnhill, arrived here from Punta Gorda. His father, Edward Sr., also ...

Islanders operate Friddu Gourmet Pops and Bubble Tea shop in Matlacha

Pamela Walker and Gina Sapienza teamed up almost a year ago to open Friddu Gourmet Pops and Bubble Tea shop in Matlacha. The shop is two doors away from the Post Office.The shop specializes in natural ingredients in their gourmet pops and bubble tea. Their ingredients in the pops include herbs ...

Island Floors & Interiors Inc. celebrates 18 years in business

Rod Mazzoli opened Island Floors & Interiors Inc in 2002 and this year marks his 18th year serving the Pine Island community."I had purchased my house in Bokeelia in 1999," Mazzoli said. "Three years later I just happened to be driving by when I spotted a for rent sign in the window of ...

CW Fudge Factory celebrates 5th anniversary with Live Nativity

Friday, Dec. 14, marked the fifth anniversary for CW Fudge Factory in Matlacha. The candy store is owned by Carlos Gomez and William Tidball."The decision to open a candy store was made after many trips through Matlacha," Tidball said. "There's plenty of art in Matlacha but no edible art. After ...

CW Fudge Factory holds annual open house

With Santa waving to passing cars on Pine Island Road, CW Fudge held its annual Holiday Open House Nov. 17."This is our kick-off of the holiday season," co-owner William Tidball said, "while at the same time helping to promote the Beacon of HOPE's Holiday House in a couple of weeks. Tonight we ...

Small Business Saturday celebrated in St. James City

Last Saturday was Small Business Saturday for local businesses. Heather Schwarz, a small business owner of Olde Florida Outpost, has been celebrating the holiday shopping tradition for three years."I really want to get a better understanding out in our community of what Small Business Saturday ...

Civic discusses proposed restaurant for Matlacha

At the Greater Pine Island Civic Association monthly meeting last week, two business partners made a presentation about their plan to build a new restaurant on Pine Island Road in Matlacha.Partners John Berry and Liz Callahan presented their plan for a 150-seat restaurant located at 3948 and ...