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Painted poles project is back thanks to Chamber, Trout

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com If you take a drive around the island, you may notice various hand-painted poles. Once upon a time, the Greater Pine Island Chamber made it its mission to round up contributing artists for the island beautification project. Although some time has gone by, ...

Lee’s Parks and Rec director addresses GPICA

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com The Greater Pine Island Civic Association held an online Zoom meeting Tuesday, Jan. 5. Topping the agenda was a presentation by the director of Lee County Parks and Recreation, Jesse Lavender, who spoke on local community projects, such as pickleball courts at ...

Business owner uses mindfulness for stress relief, recovery

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com After struggling through the pains of drug addiction, Tim Shevlin says mindfulness brought him back from being unfocused and suffering insomnia. In fact, he admits it helped him in his recovery more than anything else ever did. “Mindfulness is being totally ...

Branning, Caldwell sworn-in to county offices

cjhaddad@breezenewspapers.com New Constitutional Officers were sworn-in this week in Lee County. This past Tuesday, Noelle Branning stepped into office as the new Lee County Tax Collector while Matt Caldwell took the helm of Lee County Property Appraiser. The two take over for Larry Hart ...

Firefighters provide gifts for seniors and kids at Christmas

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com When Union DVP Capt. Bobby Barr and the rest of the Fire Control District aren’t out fighting local fires, it seems they still have the community in mind. According to Barr, this year union members of the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District felt the ...

Beacon of Hope is a beacon of light for island

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Whether you live on Pine Island, work here or are simply visiting for a day, you can hardly cross the Matlacha Bridge without being touched by the Beacon of Hope in one way or another. What began as a group lending a helping hand after Hurricane Charley, has ...

Judd Payne acquires Island Bike Works

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Judd Payne wants to put islanders on the road — not in cars, but on bikes. Although he has been providing maintenance on bicycles at his Matlacha residence for the past three years, his family recently acquired a bike shop in Bokeelia, where he builds, ...