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School district launches ‘Peachjar’ program

December 27, 2018 The School District of Lee County has implemented a new way to send digital fliers directly to parents through a program, Peachjar, which will decrease paper use and copy costs throughout the... more »»

Severe weather watch issued for Thursday

December 20, 2018 The Lee County Emergency Management Center has issued a tornado watch that also includes the possibility of high wind gusts and hail. The warning, in effect until 4 p.m. more »»

New Fire Station progressing

December 19, 2018 Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District Chief Ben Mickuleit and Deputy Chief Shawn Brant met recently with Vantage Construction Services president Trent Swartz for an update on the construction... more »»

LCMCD agrees to purchase Woodstock Airport

December 19, 2018 The Lee County Mosquito Control District commissioners voted 5-1 in favor of purchasing the Woodstock Airport on Pine Island at their monthly meeting last week. more »»

Family that escaped deadly California Camp Fire relocates to Southwest Florida

December 19, 2018 A Paradise, California, mother and her two children, who recently escaped the northern California Camp Fire, have relocated for the time being to Southwest Florida. more »»

MCA, residents file challenge to Chiquita Lock removal

December 19, 2018 The Matlacha Civic Association and seven individuals from Cape Coral, Matlacha and Pine Island filed a challenge last week to the City of Cape Coral’s request to remove the Chiquita Boat Lock. more »»

CLT names nature trail after islander Nancy Rogers

December 19, 2018 Recently, the Calusa Land Trust celebrated Nancy Rogers generous contribution to the trust by naming a nature trail at the Wigert Barron Preserve the "Nancy Rogers Trail" Rogers, who has lived on... more »»

Island quilting group donates more than 50 quilts to F.I.S.H.

December 12, 2018 By ED FRANKS About two dozen women got together at the Matlacha Community Center last week to present F.I.S.. more »»

Calusa Waterkeeper addresses Civic

December 12, 2018 The Greater Pine Island Civic Association held its general membership meeting last Tuesday night. more »»

Pine Island Playhouse stages holiday favorite

December 12, 2018 Every seat in the house was filled for Friday's opening night of “A Christmas Story” by the Pine Island Playhouse. “A Christmas Story” is a 1983 comedy presented in a series of vignettes. more »»

Friends of the Pine Island Library honor Fran Mills

December 12, 2018 Friends of the Pine Island Library took a few minutes from setting up their semi-annual book sale at the Methodist Church to honor volunteer Fran Mills. more »»

Chiquita Lock removal may get legal challenge

December 12, 2018 Residents opposed to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issuing notice that it plans to allow the city of Cape Coral to remove a water control device in the South Spreader canal... more »»

School district choice open house begins in December

December 12, 2018 Incoming sixth and ninth grade students and their parents have the opportunity to visit middle and high school open houses in their zone through December and January to help them pick the best choic... more »»

Gatherings Grove temporary housing proposal discussed

December 5, 2018 A public informational meeting was held Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 17, at the Pine Island Public Library by owners of Gatherings Grove farm. more »»


December 5, 2018 Bingo has been played at Flamingo Bay for longer than anyone can remember — possibly 40 years or more. For about half of that time, Terry Van Gilder has been calling the game every Friday night. more »»

Shevlin inducted into Roy Hobbs Baseball Hall of Fame

December 5, 2018 Mike Shevlin, Century 21 Sunbelt Realty broker, was inducted into the Roy Hobbs Baseball Hall of Fame Saturday, Nov. 10. Roy Hobbs Baseball is an amateur baseball league for adults of all ages. more »»

15th annual Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament this weekend

December 5, 2018 This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, the 15th Annual Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament will be held. more »»

‘Extinction of the Dinosaurs, Global Warming and the Origin of Primates’ discussion at Randell

December 5, 2018 Jonathan Bloch, Ph.D., curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Florida Museum, University of Florida, is the next speaker in the Randell Research Center’s One World Lecture Series. more »»

Dolphin lights installed on Matlacha Bridge

December 5, 2018 Mike Gordon, a long-time Matlacha resident and member of the Matlacha Civic Association, once again made sure the dolphin lights were hung on Matlacha Bridge in time for holiday. more »»

Ninth annual Holiday House a huge success

December 5, 2018 Last weekend, the Beacon of HOPE held its ninth annual Holiday House at Tarpon Lodge. more »»



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