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Veteran helping veterans: It’s the reel thing

Captain Jennifer Timothy was enthusiastic when approached by a Southwest Florida non-profit to take a local veteran out for a day of casting a line. What she didn’t expect was that veteran to be blind. Bonita Springs resident and Army Desert Storm veteran George Tice handled the rod with ...

Chief said he looks forward to working with new board

pleblanc@btreezenewspapers.com Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District Chief Ben Mickuleit says he’s already met with both new fire commissioners, Neil Price, who was appointed earlier this year and then elected to seat two, and Jamie DeLacey, who was elected to seat one the board. ...

Pine Island Community Christmas Boat Parade Dec. 12

The Pine Island Community Christmas Boat Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, in St. James City at 6 p.m. The parade theme is “Celebrate.” Due to all islanders have experienced for the past 8 months, it is time to “Celebrate,” something islanders have not done in quite some ...

Bert’s Pine Bay Gallery’s annual Holiday Party Dec. 4

Mark your calendars for Friday, Dec.  4, from 5-7 p.m., because Bert's Pine Bay Gallery is ready for its annual Holiday Party featuring multi-award-winning author Robert N. Macomber, the “2020 Florida Writer of the Year!" Macomber, a local favorite, will mark this tradition by sounding ...

Matlacha Community Center welcomes youth for Fun Day programs

The Matlacha Community Center is planning Fun Day events from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23; Tuesday, Nov. 24; and Wednesday, Nov. 25., while public schools are out of session. The Fun Days are $15 per child, per day and open to children ages 6-13 years. Activities will include games, ...

Homecoming princess looks to future of helping others as a Renaissance woman

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Fifteen-year-old islander Brianna Whitney of North Fort Myers Academy of the Arts was recently voted Homecoming Princess of the royal court at school, something she admits was no easy feat. Although she isn’t certain where the future will take her once she’s ...

DeLacey, Price take seats on M/PIFCD board

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com In the election for Matlacha/Pine Fire Control District Board of Commissioners, Jamie DeLacey claimed seat one and Neil Price grabbed seat two. DeLacey earned 63 percent of the vote at the polls (3,141) to defeat Ila Valcarcel, who received 37 percent of the vote ...

Spotlight on Grown up Islanders: Luke Long

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Luke Long was born an islander. He said his grandfather came out to the island in 1970 from Indianapolis and opened a restaurant called the Seabreeze. He’d brought Long’s mother, local artist Mel Meo with him, beginning their family’s legacy on Pine Island. ...

Islands’ COVID-19 Task Force discusses positive cases on island

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com The Nov. 2 Pine Island COVID-19 Task Force meeting opened with discussion on finding accurate numbers of infection specific to the island. Former WINK-TV News anchor Jim McLaughlin has listed Lee County numbers provided by the Florida Department of Health, on ...

Pine Island VFW’s new chef an old pro

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Raymond Weber has had many years of experience in the field of culinary arts, catering and cuisine. After owning several of his own restaurants, including Beckett Ridge Pizza and Weber’s Grill, and watching his son grow up to follow in his footsteps, this week ...