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Fuccillo Kia enters into dealership purchase agreement

vharring@breezenewspapers.com Two local Fuccillo Kia dealerships have a huge deal on the table. A Plantation-based automotive holding company has entered into a dealership purchase agreement to acquire the Fuccillo Kia dealerships in Cape Coral and Port Charlotte as well as related real ...

School board adopts $1.9 billion budget

news@breezenewspapers.comThe School District of Lee County has approved a $1.9 billion budget which will support 119 schools and more than 96,000 students. The finance department provided a presentation this week, which broke down the budget into sections to further explain funding ...

PIE experiences successful start to school year

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Pine Island Elementary School Principal Tom Millins said the open house that took place one week preceding the beginning of the new school year was a preview of what was to come. “It was a great start to the year,” said Millins. “We were really excited ...

Island Fire Commissioner Cox resigns after 16 years

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com After 16 years, Fire Commissioner Ken Cox has resigned from the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District. At 74 he says he needed to begin spending time with his grandchildren in North Carolina as well as close family currently dealing with health ...

Task Force prepares for GPICA presentation

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com The Pine Island Covid-19 Task Force opened its weekly meeting Monday, Aug. 31, with a discussion on presentation preparations for the Greater Pine Island Civic Association Zoom meeting, scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 2. Professor of Epidemiology Dr. Jim Koopman, who ...

Pine Island Tropicals grows healthy foods

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com In the early 1990s, Donna and Gary Schneider began Pine Island Tropicals in Bokeelia. All the fruits and vegetables grown on the 16-acre farm are organic, says Donna. “The majority of what we grow is edible or tropical,” said Schneider. In addition to ...

Lee County schools are back in session

news@breezenewspapers.com After, literally, months of effort, school is back in session. Lee County Schools opened Monday for the first day of the new school year, with the district offering a number of education models as the pandemic everyone hoped might be over continued to be cause for ...

Spotlight on Grown up Islanders: Clayton Baker

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Clayton Baker was born an islander. His parents were living in St. James City, where they had been since the 1980s. He remembers there having been far fewer people when he was growing up on the island than there are now. According to the longtime islander, the ...