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Fire Board sets tentative millage at 3.600

On July 22, the Matlacha Pine Island Fire Control Board held its monthly meeting with commissioners and staff discussing the possible reduction of the current millage rate, which has been set, pending budget hearings in the fall, at 3.6000 mils.The title of the resolution of proposed levy of ad ...

Remembering Ralph Brookhart

According to Barry Brookhart, his late father Ralph found Pine Island to be paradise."He took a lot of pride in doing his part," said Barry, who admits he'd tried to get his father to come to Tennessee many times to no avail.Ralph lived in Pine Island Cove, where he was a resident for 30 years, ...

School to start Aug. 31 with masks mandated

Students will now go back to school on Monday, Aug. 31 and students and staff will be required to wear masks while attending brick-and-mortar schools.Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins told the School Board of Lee County he believes it would be prudent to extend reopening to Monday, Aug. 31 with ...

Homeless Coalition estimates 2,714 without homes in county

The Lee County Homeless Coalition estimates there are 2,714 people without homes in Lee County, a number that is slightly lower than last year's figures.However, those numbers are deceiving, as they were taken before the COVID-19 pandemic surged through the country, creating the expectation ...

COVID-19 test result times a source of frustration

Turns out it's not just those with long wait times for COVID-19 test results that are frustrated, it's the hospital system, too.On Thursday, Lee Health officials voiced their displeasure when it comes to long turn around times for COVID-19 testing, saying some tests have taken up to two weeks ...

Players Circle gears up for second season

The inaugural season for the Players Circle Theatre was certainly a rough one. First the theater wasn't finished until almost midway through the season, and then the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the rest of their season just as they were about to launch their fourth show.The coronavirus could ...

Pine Island Botanicals feeding the island for over a decade

Christine Lindsey, also known as the "Sprout Queen," says what makes Pine Island Botanicals different is that while small farmers tend to focus on seasons or crops, this is year round for them. In her words, they are 5 acres of growing and raising what they can, in order to supply businesses ...

MCA talks annexation, incorporation, water quality

On Wednesday, July 15, the Matlacha Civic Association held a masked monthly meeting with six board members and two others in attendance. Everyone was invited to view and add comments to the meeting, which was streamed live on Facebook and it can still be viewed on the MCA Facebook page.MCA ...

Spotlight on Grown up Islanders: Michelle (Box) Hodges

At just 9 years old, Michelle (Box) Hodges became a resident of Pine Island. She says back then everyone knew everyone, and help was never far away. This island, she says, is where she learned the value of a dollar, and that if you wanted something you had to work hard for it."Nobody locked ...