Scanner Rejects Second Page of Ballot at Precinct 21

Presidential election, Nov., 3, 2020: Early reports are that the second page of the ballots where most of the amendments are located are being rejected by the ballot scanner at Precinct 21 at the Catholic church in Bokeelia. The first page of the ballot scanned without a problem. Without some other intervention it is expected that these ballots will require hand tabulation by poll workers and this hand tabulation is expected to go well into the evening. Voting as of early morning required about a 45 minute wait.

GPIWA Announces Water Outage

Greater Pine Island Water Assoc. announces a water outage starting at 9pm, Oct., 2, 2020, and scheduled to be completed at midnight. The notice is primarily for most of, if not all of northern Pine Island, the Bokeelia area, but it is expected that some of northern St. James might also be affected. Some customers may notice just lower water pressure. A boiled water notice accompanies the outage.

Storm Band Takes Down Power, Internet in Bokeelia

A fast moving storm band moving through Bokeelia, Monday, Aug., 24th at about 1:45pm blew down Australian Pine trees at the intersection of Bokeelis Rd. and Stringfellow Rd. The storm only lasted about 40 minutes, however, the winds were about 65mph gusts and the rain was seen blowing horizontally. The trees fell down across the road and took with them the power lines and the internet cable.

GPI Chamber Developing Business Plan

Excerpts from a Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce release;

"As of Thursday July 2, the Chamber Welcome Center will be open from 10am to 3pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. We would like to be open more days and are still seeking additional volunteers to do so. Please call the Chamber if you are available 5 hours, once a week or even once a month."

Pine Island's 4th of July Parade Has Been Canceled for 2020

A spokesperson for the Pine Island VFW stated that the 4th parade that they have sponsored would not be held this year since Lee County wouldn't issue a permit on the instructions from the State of Florida.

The Pine Island Chamber sponsored it for many years but decided they couldn't justify the insurance expense and dropped the event. The VFW picked the event back up and has been managing it for over ten years. (ed. Note; Maybe we should have a "peaceful" protest supporting the 4th of July.)

Bokeelia Water Outage 6-12-20

There is a water outage from about the Center north to and including Bokeelia in the afternoon at least up to 5:30 pm. There is some indication it may have been accident related. GPIWA issued a boil water notice at 5:30pm for all of Bokeelia. Water pressure was restored at around 8pm.

Pine Island Chamber of Commerce "Clarification"


"While it is unfortunate that this information was communicated prior to our scheduled announcement to the Chambers membership, the Greater Pine Island Chamber Board of Directors would like to provide clarity to today’s article in order to prevent any further miscommunication of certain facts. 

Pine Island Chamber of Commerce Administrator Resigns

MangoMania Not Being Held in 2020.

Jennifer Jennings, Director of the The Greater Pine Island Chamber handed in her resignation effective 6-2-20. Jennings was director for ten years and also chaired the event MangoMania.

MangoMania which would normally be scheduled for the end of July has not been promoted and will not be held for 2020, ostensibly due to the wuhan virus.

MPIFCD Assists Collier Brush Fire Teams

Matlacha-Pine Island Fire District posts on their Facebook page May 15, 2020 at approximately 10:50 AM.
"Last night, MPIFCD firefighters joined a five engine strike team with reserve Engine 150 to assist with the brush fires in Collier County. They worked tirelessly through the nigh from 8pm-9am. Excellent work, Knight, Russ, and Robertson!"

Open Letter to Sue B.

3/30/20. . . people coming from all over. I’m hoping they aren’t coming from other places carrying this virus! Can you tell me if there are any cases of the virus in Pine Island right now? Thank you so much for your time. Sue B

Open Letter to Sue B.

Benjamin Disraeli, a 19th century politician is generally credited with saying “there is the damn lie and then there is statistics.” Which means politicians can tell any lie simply by cherry-picking statistical numbers. . .and they do!

Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce Wuhan Virus Related Info

Dear Members, In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak. Please go to for more information on the programs listed below. Paycheck Protection Program This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.

Hoarders and Looters Should Be Dealt With Harshly

There was a rumor that off-island people, even other county residents, were "raiding" Pine Island's Winn-Dixie. It was suggested that this was a organized effort and not just an accident.
There is no way to tell if, or how much, was true. However, there is no doubt that it is true to some extent.

This IS a declared epidemic emergency situation. Winn-Dixie needs to begin a "no-hoard" policy: 1) One must show a Pine Island residency with name. 2) 1 bulk item or no bulk items. 3) No more the two regular size items of a particular category.

Traffic Backs Up for Miles

Traffic backed up all the was to Pine Center to the west and to Burnt Store Rd. to the east on Jan., 13th, 2020. The average wait was 45 minutes to as much as over an hour for cars to get through Matlacha in either direction.


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