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Southwest Florida Info - Pine Island


Pine Island - Only 15 minutes from Cape Coral, Pine Island is an out-of-the-way destination. Fringed with mangroves rather than white sand beaches, Pine Island's secluded, quaint and "country waterfront" atmosphere is a huge part of its charm. Its colorful community steeped in fishing lore, sweetened by a tropical and exotic fruit industry and embellished by a strong artistic presence, defines the island.

Pine Island consists of Matlacha (Mat-la-shay), Pine Island Center, Bokeelia (Bo-keel-ya), Pineland and St. James City. Each community treasures its own distinctive ambiance.

Matlacha looks like an "old Florida" fishing village ("Matlacha Spoken Here"). It also has a growing collection of art galleries, gift and islandwear shops and boutiques, seafood restaurants, small motels and cottages. The drawbridge over Matlacha Pass is known as the "Fishingest Bridge in the World," with anglers customarily fishing the bridge, night and day, in all kinds of weather (mostly sunny). There are plenty of bait and tackle suppliers and two full-service marinas that also rent boats, Olde Fish House Marina and Viking Marina.

Pineland, one of the main sites of Calusa Indian mounds, boasts one of the country's smallest Post Office buildings and provides the island's only golf course at Alden Pines Country Club. It is also site of Pineland Marina, a full-service marina. There are several water taxi, fishing charter and boat rentals services based at the marina, including the "Tropic Star" Cruiseboat.

St. James City is Pine Island's most developed area with about two thirds of the island's population. Most of its homes are located on canals with direct access to Pine Island Sound, San Carlos Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Bokeelia is homeport for many of the island's commercial fishermen and the site of several historic buildings. Fishing charter services, boat rentals and water taxi services are also available.  Bokeelia is also the primary location of many of Pine Island's thriving, subtropical agribusinesses featuring mangoes, pineapples, citrus, row crops and a wide variety of exotic tropical fruits including the carambola, longan, papaya, lychee and loquat.

Pine Island Center is the only completely off-water community and the hub of the island's commercial activity. It "harbors" the main shopping center, a community park with pool, lighted tennis courts and ballfields, Pine Island Elementary School, the Museum of The Islands, a modern library, medical and dental offices and the island's main fire station, complete with EMS rescue and medical support services.

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