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Cayo Costa dock use at center of controversy

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Whether Cayo Costa State Park visitors will continue to be able to access the barrier island’s south side via ferry remains in limbo. A vote before the Acquisition and Restoration Council that has been set for June 11 in Tallahassee has been postponed while ...

Pine Island sees bump in property valuation

news@breezenewspapers.com Predictions that the COVID pandemic would impact Southwest Florida’s property values have been proven wrong — and then some. Lee County saw an overall increase in taxable valuation of 6.3 percent, and the islands, which saw a boost of 3.99 percent within the ...

The Fly-N-Cigar is new to Pine Island

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Marc Escobar and his dog Salmo came to Bokeelia because he wanted something different. He said he fell in love with Pine Island right away. Back in New York he was a fishing and hunting guide who loves a good cigar. “There were two things I couldn’t get ...

Ad&PrintCraft continues to handle islands’ printing needs

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Pat and Mike Burman have been in the printing business at Ad&PrintCraft since 1978. In fact, the family business was the first print shop on the island. In 1969 Mike’s mom, Lynn Burman, started the publishing-news company Pine Island News and Shopper, ...

Islander helps get speed limit reduced on portion of Stringfellow Road

By PAULETTE LeBLANC pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Islander Priscilla Baluja has been trying to get the speed limit lowered on part of Stringfellow Road for months. “It was concerning to me that it was 55 miles per hour,” said Baluja. “Not even Veterans is that high. I live in ...

Sluggers edge Reds in high-scoring tilt, 11-10

Special to The Eagle In recent Pine Island Little League Majors Division play at Bobby Holloway Memorial Field, the game between the Pine Island Sea Sluggers and Reds got off to an uncharacteristic wild start. Amidst a flurry of miscues on both teams, a combined 14 runs were scored in the ...

Pine Island ROAR to resume indoor meetings

Pine Island ROAR (Rise Up-Organize-Advocate-Reform) will begin indoor meetings for all vaccinated members (live-streamed for those who prefer) beginning Saturday, June 19. The group will gather at the Fellowship Hall of the Fishers of Men Lutheran Church, 10360 Stringfellow Road, St. James ...

New ESOL classes to start on July 7 at Beacon of Hope

The Beacon of Hope is starting a new ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) class on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. beginning July 7. The teacher will be Amy Kutschbach. The sessions will be held in the classroom at the Beacon of Hope. Please call 239 283-5123 (Beacon of Hope) or 239 ...

Hookers’ 2021 School Supply Drive for Pine Island Elementary under way

While school is not quite out, it is time to look ahead to the fall as things get back to normal. The Matlacha Hookers have started their annual summer school supply drive, which began last week and runs through July 31. The Hookers are once again counting on the generosity of the island ...