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Tropical Point Park waters cause concern

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Island resident and GPICA President Scott Wilkinson often finds himself running back and forth to Fort Myers to test the waters from Tropical Point Park in St. James City. After noticing several people, including school children, wading in these waters, he ...

Instilling a love of music for people of all ages

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Among the many programs offered by the Beacon of Hope is the Monday night Musical Experience from 6-7 for people of all ages. According to Warren and Gregory Van Kirk, who direct the Musical Experience, it’s not called a classroom for a very specific reason. ...

Dr. Hanley tells Task Force island testing at his office could be delayed

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com At its Monday, Oct. 19 meeting, the Pine Island Task Force suffered a setback on island testing as Dr. Daniel Hanley reported that he might not be ready as soon as he’d originally thought. “I have bad news on my end,” said Hanley. “Apparently, Abbott ...

10,000-plus students switch to in-school classes

news@breezenewspapers.com More than 10,500 families have notified the school district that they are looking to change the way their child receives instruction. The first deadline has passed for families looking to switch the Face-to-Face and Lee Home Connect instructional models, which ...

Pine Island Elementary to host Drive-Thru Veterans Day program on Nov. 10

Pine Island Elementary invites all veterans to join the students and staff for a special time of recognition Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. (the gates will not be open prior to this). Those attending will enter the back of the school via Tipton Drive and drive around the circle to be honored at ...

Droves of Lee County voters cast their ballots early

cjhaddad@breezenewspapers.com More than 240,000 ballots have been cast in Lee County in the ongoing early voting period as the country inches closer to the polarizing Nov. 3 General Election. As of Monday morning, the voter turnout throughout the county topped 49% as lines formed outside ...

Members of Proud Boys show up at political rally on the Matlacha Bridge

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com For the past five weeks, members of ROAR (Rise up, Organize, Agitate and Resist) have held rallies on the Matlacha Bridge in support of the Biden/Harris presidential ticket. This week, a group claiming to be members of the Proud Boys, a reported all-male adult ...

Olde Fish House Marina, Matlacha Menagerie to host fundraiser for Chamber

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Olde Fish House Marina is teaming up with the Matlacha Menagerie to host the “Adopt a Fish” fundraiser and live auction at the Olde Fish House to benefit the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce. “The fundraiser is benefiting ...

Task Force discusses continued island protection

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com At the group’s weekly meeting on Oct. 12, Pine Island Task Force member Ellen Ballard reported having passed out several flyers to local businesses in Bokeelia encouraging patrons to wear masks, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “There was not a lot ...

Fishers of Men Lutheran stresses reopening safely

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com After closing the church doors due to the pandemic, Pastor Bob Gordon at Fishers of Men Lutheran Church says they got back to worshipping again as soon as possible. “Everybody is spaced out,” said Gordon, “only two couples to a pew — one on each end. ...