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Beacon and From Our Hearts merge

January 24, 2019 Two very important Island organizations have combined forces to better serve the residents of Pine Island. more »»

Fire destroys houseboat in Jug Creek

January 24, 2019 Friday morning at approximately 6:15, the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Department was alerted to a houseboat fire in Jug Creek in Bokeelia. “I heard the fire trucks go down the street shortly after 6 a. more »»

PIE students collect canned goods for Food Pantry

January 16, 2019 Last Thursday, students at Pine Island Elementary School presented Dave Grueser, president of Pine Island Food Pantry, with 932 canned foods for the pantry. more »»

DL Havlin presents ‘Florida, the Forgotten Years’

January 16, 2019 Last Monday, as part of The Museum of the Islands lecture series, DL Havlin, local author and historian, presented an informative lecture about an often overlooked historical period of Florida — the... more »»

Troop 20’s Jordan Hamilton receives Eagle Scout rank

January 16, 2019 Jordan Lee Hamilton, 19, was sworn is as an Eagle Scout by his older brother Devon Hamilton Saturday morning. Younger brother Noah also participated in the ceremony. more »»

Island Floors & Interiors Inc. celebrates 18 years in business

January 16, 2019 Rod Mazzoli opened Island Floors & Interiors Inc in 2002 and this year marks his 18th year serving the Pine Island community. “I had purchased my house in Bokeelia in 1999,” Mazzoli said. more »»

DeSantis, Rooney take action on water quality

January 16, 2019 Florida's officials are already setting their sights on algae. Newly sworn-in Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order Thursday in Bonita Springs to address the state's environmental crisis. more »»

Art workshops at the Beacon of HOPE

January 16, 2019 The Beacon of HOPE and the New Light Foundation have teamed up to bring the Art on Wheels program to Pine island. more »»

Pine Island author Ambrose to speak at Friends luncheon

January 16, 2019 Marty Ambrose will be speaking at the author luncheon sponsored by the Friends of the Pine Island Library Monday, Jan. 28, at 12 p.m., at the Pine Island Elks’ Lodge. more »»

Pine Island chef Andrew Hamilton appears on Cutthroat Kitchen

January 9, 2019 Andrew Hamilton, the chef and manager of Saltwater Smoke-house, made an appearance on the Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen, which finally aired on Nov. 23. more »»

Dreikorn announces Lee commission run

January 9, 2019 Long-time Pine island resident and Fire Commissioner Dr. Michael Dreikorn announced Monday that he is running for County Commissioner District #1 in the 2020 election. more »»

Streeter discusses water issues with GPICA

January 9, 2019 The Greater Pine Island Civic Associa-tion held its monthly meeting last Thursday and the theme of the session was clean water. more »»

Brent Moyer coming back to Bert’s

January 9, 2019 Brent Moyer, the "Global Cowboy," fresh from the 2018 World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan, will be back at Bert’s Bar in Matlacha this Sunday, Jan. 13 ,at 2 p.m. more »»

CW Fudge Factory celebrates 5th anniversary with Live Nativity

January 2, 2019 Friday, Dec. 14, marked the fifth anniversary for CW Fudge Factory in Matlacha. The candy store is owned by Carlos Gomez and William Tidball. more »»

Beacon of HOPE delivers 338 Christmas meals

January 2, 2019 Early in the day on Monday, Dec. more »»

Local ‘celebrity’ eagles welcome two new eaglets

January 2, 2019 It was a very Merry Christmas for Harriet and mate M15. They once again became parents. Southwest Florida’s most famous eagle pair welcomed E12 and E13 into the world. more »»

Tickets on sale for ClamJam of Southwest Florida Seafood & Music Festival Jan. 26 at the German American Club

January 2, 2019 ClamJam of Southwest Florida Seafood & Music Festival will be held Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. more »»

Lighted boats on parade

December 27, 2018 Several hundred people lined the Matlacha Bridge Saturday, Dec. 15, as more than 40 boats participated in the annual Matlacha Boat Parad. more »»

Florida Commercial Watermen's Conservation group forms

December 27, 2018 Last Tuesday night, more than 100 people turned out at Pine Island United Methodist Church for a town hall meeting introducing the Florida Commercial Watermen’s Conservation After the red tide and... more »»

Group files petition to stop removal of Chiquita Lock

December 27, 2018 The Matlacha Civic Association and seven individuals from Cape Coral, Matlacha and Pine Island have filed a petition with Florida Department of Environmental Protection to stop Cape Coral from... more »»



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