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.

7-Eleven Grand Opening

Special to PIN by M. Cozzad

I had the long awaited 7-11 opening marked on my calendar for Sept. 12, 2019. Although the opening started at 6 AM, I decided to go about 10:30 to avoid the early morning rush. As I pulled in coming from the back through Nicki Drive, the place was packed.

Verizon Running Cable

Verizon is running fiber optic cable to the north of Pine Island, attaching it below the Comcast cable. Century Link has fiber optic cable buried for a few years going north and south.Verizon running fiber optic cable


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