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Lee’s Parks and Rec director addresses GPICA

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com The Greater Pine Island Civic Association held an online Zoom meeting Tuesday, Jan. 5. Topping the agenda was a presentation by the director of Lee County Parks and Recreation, Jesse Lavender, who spoke on local community projects, such as pickleball courts at ...

Branning, Caldwell sworn-in to county offices

cjhaddad@breezenewspapers.com New Constitutional Officers were sworn-in this week in Lee County. This past Tuesday, Noelle Branning stepped into office as the new Lee County Tax Collector while Matt Caldwell took the helm of Lee County Property Appraiser. The two take over for Larry Hart ...

Judd Payne acquires Island Bike Works

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Judd Payne wants to put islanders on the road — not in cars, but on bikes. Although he has been providing maintenance on bicycles at his Matlacha residence for the past three years, his family recently acquired a bike shop in Bokeelia, where he builds, ...

Firefighters provide gifts for seniors and kids at Christmas

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com When Union DVP Capt. Bobby Barr and the rest of the Fire Control District aren’t out fighting local fires, it seems they still have the community in mind. According to Barr, this year union members of the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District felt the ...

Beacon of Hope is a beacon of light for island

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Whether you live on Pine Island, work here or are simply visiting for a day, you can hardly cross the Matlacha Bridge without being touched by the Beacon of Hope in one way or another. What began as a group lending a helping hand after Hurricane Charley, has ...

Fire Station 2 gets new fire truck

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Fire Chief Ben Mickuleit is very excited that Station 2 in St. James City has gotten the new fire truck which was purchased earlier this year. The 2020 Freightliner will complete the matching ensemble making all the station trucks in the district identical. ...

Sea Tow captain Craig Stransky honored for rescue effort

cjhaddad@breezenewspapers.com Sea Tow Captain Craig Stransky had just settled into his evening shift earlier this year when he heard the call over dispatch to assist a grounded boat. A phone call to the first number listed on the account resulted in a dead line. On the other end of his second ...