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Free COVID-19 testing available at Phillips Park Aug. 18

Additional free COVID-19 testing will be available to Lee County residents throughout the month of August.The Florida Department on Health on Monday announced it will provide free walk-up COVID-19 testing throughout the county in partnership with Lee County Government.According to FDOH, testing ...

Islanders provide masks for Immokalee community

By PAULETTE LeBLANCpleblanc@breezenewspapers.comA group of mostly Pine Islanders recently provided 1,060 masks to workers and residents of Immokalee. Nancy Cote of the Southwest Florida Face Mask Crew calculated that 400 masks went to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, 300 to the Grass Roots ...

GPICA’s Wilkinson talks incorporation

According to Greater Pine Island Civic Association Board President Scott Wilkinson, the incorporation of Pine Island would afford islanders the ability to restore local control. Lee County seemed to be receptive to putting a non-binding referendum to incorporate Pine Island on the November ...

Islanders prefer return to the classroom for students

The votes are in regarding which learning plan works best to educate island students. According to Pine Island Elementary School Principal Tom Millins, approximately 60 percent of parents whose children attend PIE have elected to let their children return to school.This will mean face-to-face ...

COVID-19 Task Force focuses on public health, safety

The Pine Island COVID-19 Task Force began its meeting on Monday, July 29, with the observation that islanders revealed having reached their fill with conversation regarding the coronavirus and the pandemic.In an attempt to keep the focus on public health and safety concerns, the group will ...

Hospitalizations due to pandemic continue to drop in Lee

For Lee County's primary heath care provider, COVID-19 admissions continued to drop last week.Lee Health President and CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci on Wednesday shared encouraging news when it comes to the number of new patients the system is admitting on a daily basis. Antonucci also announced ...

Mickuleit provides update on island fire department

Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Chief Ben Mickuleit has been taking the coronavirus very seriously by following guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, such as having the firefighters keep track of their temperature twice a day, social distancing and staying home if they show symptoms of the ...

Census 2020: Complete count urged

While the pandemic is dominating the thoughts of many this year, officials want to remind everyone 2020 is a Census year and participation is crucially important for communities around the country.The U.S. Census Bureau has once again moved the timeline back this time for an additional three ...

Property appraiser race features Republican Primary

The Lee County Property Appraiser race appears on both the Aug. 18 Primary and Nov. 3 General Election ballotsThe Republican primary has two candidates -- Matt Caldwell and Matt Miller.The top vote-getter will then advance to the General Election where a write-in candidate, Elaina Cosentino, ...

Millins, school district carefully preparing for reopening of PIE

Tom Millins took over the job as principal of Pine Island Elementary in the midst of much worldwide consternation. He says the district office in Fort Myers is working with every school in the district in order to ensure a safe reopening plan on Aug. 31.According to Millins, four different ...