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Islander remembers his role at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center on 9-11

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Islander Joe Hernandez of Urban Search and Rescue is among an elite few who fought through the rubble at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center just after the towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001. “It was a morning that was just like any other day,” said Hernandez, ...

Dreikorn appointed to vacant Fire Board seat

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com At a special meeting held on Wednesday, Sept. 16, the Matlacha Pine Island Fire Control District Board unanimously appointed Michael Dreikorn to seat 5, for the remainder of the term. The seat was vacated when former Commissioner Ken Cox retired. Dreikorn was ...

Task Force talks about adding Dr. Hanley

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com At its meeting Monday, Sept. 21, the Pine Island COVID-19 Task Force discussed a flyer they’d like to print and release from local civic associations reminding people to please wear a mask in consideration of others. If business owners agree, the flyer would be ...

Locals hold Biden-Harris rally on Matlacha Bridge

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Residents gathered Sunday, Sept. 27, on the Matlacha Bridge for a rally organized by local ROAR members. The rally, which was scheduled to take place from 9-10 a.m. drew 100 supporters, with 87 waving signs, which was even more than what had been expected, ...

Lee County tourism falls 64 percent April to June

nmayberg@breezenewspapers.com The number of visitors to Lee County dropped 64 percent per lodging statistics in the tourism snapshot of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau's data for April to May this year, representing the damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic. The county was hit ...

Bevis the banana eating duck lost and found 3.7 miles from home

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com When you say the word pet, many people envision dogs and cats, but for Donald Willis and Lisa Raghnell, Bevis, the duck, is counted among their beloved. They got Bevis along with three other white ducks when she was only a few days old and began raising them ...

Sherry, Riverdale Dental marks 40 years on island

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Markus Sherry DMD describes Pine Island as a hidden gem. At only 29 years old, when he decided to open his first dental office here on the island, he said people asked him why on earth he would do that. After 40 years and having opened five more offices, he ...

Fire Chief Mickuleit serving the island with honor

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com In 2004, Fire Chief Ben Mickuleit began his career as a firefighter. He describes the opportunity to save people’s lives as very rewarding, adding that he couldn’t ask for anything more. He sees the future of fire service providing more medical services, ...

2020 Best of Pine Island winners announced

The residents of Pine Island have spoken — the ballots have been counted — and the Eagle’s Best of Pine Island 2020 have been determined. The categories and individual winners are: Service/Medical/ Real Estate Accountant - Pine Island Tax & Accounting Air Conditioning & ...