Somewhat of a “fishing mecca”, Matlacha Bridge offers more than simply a way to connect up Pine Island with Cape Coral. While the bridge certainly serves its purpose in spanning Matlacha Pass, it’s also an extremely popular spot for fishing.
Noted as one of the last authentic fishing villages in Southwest Florida, Pine Island offers up a true taste of Old Florida. The island’s been a major commercial fishing community for years, and many of its residents are still involved in the fishing industry today.
There are a lot of fun places to go in Florida, but one of the coolest might just be Cabbage Key. This almost hidden island sits off the coast of Southwest Florida, and virtually overflows with Old Florida-style appeal.
The tiny community of Matlacha may be small in size but it’s definitely larger than life when it comes to character. Found just off Cape Coral, the unincorporated village is known for its friendly vibe and for exuding a generous amount of appeal.
A new city could soon join Lee County, this as Pine Island eyes incorporation. In an effort to prevent Cape Coral from taking the lead, the local civic association recently sent out sample ballots, finding that about 80-percent of Pine Island residents want to be incorporated.
With its unique setting and “postcard perfect” scenery, Pine Island invites with a small island feel and an abundance of natural beauty. You won’t find large attractions and resorts here, nor will you find massive shopping centers and beaches, but you will find a delightfully peaceful and tranquil environment, filled with appeal.
Just imagine a place where you step back into the old days, where Old Florida comes alive with a relaxed, “old school” lifestyle in check. That’s what you’ll find in Pineland, one of the most unique destinations in all of Lee County.
The man-made island of Matlacha provides a colorful and spirited destination, filled with Caribbean-style shops and galleries and the decades-old charm of an old fishing village. A popular location for kayakers to visit, the community also houses an eclectic mix of places to visit and to see.
Pine Island is noted for its lovely scenery, friendly relaxed vibe and balmy island breezes. Pine Island is the largest island on Florida’s west coast (17 miles long), but still keeps a charming small town sensibility. Pine Island is made up of a community of villages.
Residents are concerned that a plan that limits development of their quaint community may be abandoned, and traffic and other congestion, like more people and more dwellings, would change the character of Pine Island. A battle is brewing between government leaders, landowners, developers, and preservationists over the direction of Pine Island.
A battle is brewing between local government officials, developers, landowners and preservationists over the direction of Pine Island. A proposal put on the table, called the Pine Island Plan, would allow large-scale property owners to sue local government for lost income if there is restrictions put in place preventing them from selling to developers.
Tiny Cabbage Key is a 100-acre island located in Pine Island Sound between Bokeelia and Cayo Costa State Park. This remote island is free of paved roads and cars and features a picturesque turn-back-the-clock restaurant and inn that sits atop a 38-foot Indian shell mound.