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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial to move to Cape Coral

cjhaddad@breezenewspapers.com A monument dedicated to local veterans who lost their lives in the Vietnam War will join a myriad of other military memorials in Cape Coral. The Veterans Midpoint Memorial Charitable Trust, Inc. has announced the Southwest Florida Vietnam Veterans Memorial ...

Legion Post 136 to celebrate Marine Corps birthday, Veterans Day

American Legion Post 136 will celebrate the Marine Corps birthday Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. It’s not just open to island fellow Marines -- all Marine veterans are invited. Veterans Day will be celebrated on Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., at the American Legion Post 136 in St. James City. All ...

DeLacey, Price take seats on M/PIFCD board

In the election for Matlacha/Pine Fire Control District Board of Commissioners, Jamie DeLacey captured seat one and Neil Price was re-elected to seat two. DeLacey is looking forward to her time on the district board. “I’m honored and blessed to take on the responsibility of fire ...

Dave Tyrrell retires after lifelong career as a local fireman

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com After 40 years in various fire departments, Dave Tyrrell had his final engine ride on Oct. 2. Having worked from Captiva, Cape Coral and Pine Island, Tyrrell has had a bird’s eye view of many different positions on many different teams, not only as a ...

Gulf Coast Kayak raising money in tourney

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Gulf Coast Kayak will be raising money for Candlelighters via the 17th Annual Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament, scheduled Nov. 14 in Matlacha. The cost is $45 per angler or $180 for a team of four. The cost of entry includes registration and ...

Stone crab season is here again!

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Island Seafood Market owner Casey Streeter knows stone crab is a delicacy in Southwest Florida. The season, he said, is limited, beginning Oct. 15 and ending April 15. “When it comes along and we get our crabs in, everyone rushes to get them because they’re ...

Task Force discusses safety for holiday travel

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com According to Pine Island COVID-19 Task Force member Dr. James Koopman, the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday represents a significant risk. “People from very different places mix in situations where they can transmit, and many different parts of the country are ...

Island server beneficiary of ‘Tip Challenge’

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Islander Stephen Longest is one of many happy recipients of the "Tip Challenge." Simply put, the “Tip Challenge” is when a restaurant patron leaves a 100 percent tip, which equals the size of their check. Having been a server for at least 11 years, ...

Pine Island Chamber of Commerce shedding brick and mortar for online presence

pleblanc@breezenewspaeprs.com With the launch of a new up-and-coming website, the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce will soon take its place in the digital age as the business organization's building is officially up for sale. “Keep in mind, it’s still going to be business as usual for the ...

Chief Mickuleit describes district’s response to fatal accident in Cape

pleblanc@breezenewspaeprs.com Firefighters from Station 4 in Matlacha were a stone’s throw from the crash Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the intersection of Pine Island Road and Burnt Store Road, resulting in the death of 62-year-old Armando Rodriguez-Rodriguez, who was driving a dump truck when ...