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Eagles, eaglets enter uncharted territory

April 8, 2020 Harriet and M15 welcomed two new eaglets into the world last week, with E15 hatching Tuesday morning at 5:30 and E16 coming out of its shell at 6:48 p.m. on Thursday. more »»

Grades count, remains message for seniors

April 8, 2020 With distance learning under way, and the end of the school year in sight, seniors are asked to continue turning in their assignments, making the grade and staying in touch with their teachers to... more »»

Lee Health readies: COVID-19 cases expected to jump

April 8, 2020 Lee County can expect to see a drastic rise in COVID-19 patients over the next two to three weeks, Lee Heath officials warned on April 2. more »»

Detectives seek leads in year-old missing person's case

April 7, 2020 Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help in trying to retrace the steps of a Bokeelia man who went missing more than a year ago. more »»

Pilot and Playhouse turn virtual to creatively ride out the storm

April 1, 2020 Pine Island Playhouse is taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of potentially harmful germs by creating a new setting in which to share the local talen. more »»

Pine Island COVID-19 Task Force meets

April 1, 2020 On Monday, March 23, the Pine Island COVID-19 Task Force held its first online meeting to determine which resources should be employed in the face of the current pandemic. Local R.N. more »»

Matching grant program aims to help local businesses weather pandemic

April 1, 2020 Southwest Florida businesses can now apply for an advertising grant to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic and thrive beyond it. Ogden Newspapers In. more »»

Winn-Dixie caretakers caring for the community

April 1, 2020 For Pine Island Winn-Dixie store manager, Dan Loughren, caring for people isn’t a matter of policy but human decency. more »»

Commission stops short of ordering residents to shelter in place

April 1, 2020 Lee County punched up it's stay-home recommendation Monday but stopped short of a order that would require residents to shelter in place. The resolution, drawn up by County Attorney Richard Wm. more »»

Pastor says physical -- not social -- distancing is key to engaging faith in midst of this crisis

April 1, 2020 Island Pastor Eric McCrea is quick to underline the difference between a necessary physical distance, and the misnamed social distance presently going on the world over. more »»

Island restaurants providing food, assistance

March 25, 2020 In the midst of a time most are not likely to forget, where New York City streets are barren and movie theaters are empty, some Pine Island businesses are willing to take one for the team, both... more »»

Mickuleit taking precautions with staff, public

March 25, 2020 When it comes to emergency situations, you cannot replace first responders. Local Fire Chief Ben Mickuleit isn’t taking any chances with his staff, or the community. more »»

Spotlight on Grown up Islanders: Morgan Miceli

March 25, 2020 Morgan Miceli’s parents came to Pine Island in the mid 1980s. Her mother took a job at Pine Island Elementary to stay close to the family, since she had been previously working off-island. more »»

Ambrose discusses writing historically accurate fiction

March 25, 2020 Island author Marty Ambrose is in the midst of completing her romantic, historical, mystery trilogy, based on the Byron/Shelly circle. more »»

‘In my own back yard’

March 25, 2020 John Mills has always been an avid reader. His inspiration for writing in a localized setting came largely from reading books penned by other authors, in which the scenery was familiar. more »»

School District begins new distance learning plan

March 25, 2020 With students not returning to their classrooms until next month, the School District of Lee County has distributed Chromebooks to students. Chief Academic Officer Dr. more »»

Health systems launch ‘SWFL Stronger Together’

March 25, 2020 Two local healthcare leaders are joining efforts to combat challenges that global pandemic COVID-19 has presented. more »»

Remembering Bobby: Holloway family continues to honor 11-year-old’s memory

March 18, 2020 Bobby Holloway was a very special young ma. more »»

FDEP: Chiquita Lock cannot be removed

March 18, 2020 The Florida Department of Environ-mental Protection has upheld the decision made by an administrative law judge in December to deny a permit by the city of Cape Coral to remove the Chiquita Loc. more »»

Spotlight on Grown up Islanders: Robert Ballard

March 18, 2020 In 1910, Robert Ballard's grandfather came to Gasparilla Island. He married Ballard's grandmother shortly after in 1913. more »»



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