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Annual Holiday House of Hope event goes off without a hitch

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com The Beacon of Hope held its annual Holiday House of Hope event Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-6, at the Tarpon Lodge in Bokeelia. This year’s theme was simply “Christmas,” as after almost a year of the nation’s battle with COVID-19, Beacon board ...

GPICA discusses traffic, Doppler radar, water quality

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com The Greater Pine Island Civic Association invited Lee County District 1 Commissioner Chairman Kevin Ruane to speak about some of the island’s key issues at its December Zoom meeting. Ruane, who was recently elected to the chair of the board, said he welcomes ...

‘Seamless’

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Principal Tom Millins says his transition to Pine Island has been seamless even with the challenges of COVID-19.  “Although my official start date was not until July 1, I met with former principal, Mr. Hook, and key personnel, including Mendy Nelson and ...

Task Force looks toward upcoming COVID-19 vaccinations

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com On Monday, November 30, the Pine Island COVID-19 Task Force opened its meeting with discussion regarding contact tracing in Florida. Member Sue Dahod said she’d contacted the Department of Health to ask about becoming a volunteer contact tracer back in May. She ...

Not forgotten — 25 years after the net ban

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Generational islander Rhonda Dooley has a burning desire that no one forget the Florida net ban. She says many people still don’t realize what it was really about, and how it continues to affect the island and the families who made their living on the water. ...

Local Supermarket Sweep fundraiser for Kiwanis becomes big win for community

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com What started as a fundraiser for the local Pine Island Kiwanis Club has become a big win for the community at large. After islander Amy Lynch heard she’d won the grand prize of the Winn-Dixie Super Market Sweep 10 minute run, she immediately offered the ...

Jug Creek Marina keeps the tradition going

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Steve Johnston took over Jug Creek Marina in October 2019. He said his desire is to keep the tradition of the marina the same as it’s always been. “We know that this isn’t going to become a massive fish-industry building,” said Johnston. “Our goal is ...

Holiday House of Hope 2020 this weekend

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Beacon of Hope Board member Elsie Stearns would like to remind everyone that the 11th Annual Holiday House of Hope is this coming Friday, Dec. 4, from 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, from 4-9 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 6, 1-4 p.m. The event is open to the public and ...

Local businesses join forces for third annual Thanksgiving giveaway

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com On Sunday Nov. 22, a group of local businesses was prepared gave away Thanksgiving turkeys for the third year in a row. “The first year was just myself and Baxter Appliance,” said Miceli. “We saw the outreach from the community and local businesses so ...

Supermarket Sweep winner gives it all back

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com On Nov. 16, Amy Lynch of Bokeelia won the Supermarket Sweep grand prize, given by the local Kiwanis Club for its fundraising event. Lynch has been granted 10 minutes to zip through the local Winn-Dixie on Stringfellow Road in St. James City, grabbing up all ...