Matlacha Bridge: A Fishing Mecca

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.

Pine Island: The Last Authentic Fishing Village

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.

Cabbage Key- One of the Coolest Hidden Places in Florida

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.

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Exploring Matlacha

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.

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Pine Island Eyes Incorporation

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.

Pine Island is Postcard Perfect

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.

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Pineland: Step Back into Old Florida

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.

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Matlacha is Colorful

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.

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Exploring The Villages Of Pine Island

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.

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Pine Island Development Battles

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.

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Battle Brewing Over Development on 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.

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It’s A Party At The Cabbage Key Inn

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.

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Tarpon Lodge: Get Away From It All On Pine Island

Royal palms and banana tree leaves shade the front entrance to the historic Tarpon Lodge on the northwest corner of Pine Island, west of Cape Coral. For a romantic evening or a stay, the historic estate is like a page out of an Ernest Hemingway novel set in an “Old Florida”-type lodge.

Pine Island Offers A Glimpse of Old-Florida

Florida’s best-kept secret, Pine Island, is secluded, charming and quaint offering a quiet, laid back atmosphere on the Gulf of Mexico. The lush natural environment of Pine Island is in stark contrast to the rest of Florida because it has no large beaches and is made from the same coral rock as the mainland.

Who is Arthur Rutenberg?

It is rare to look at luxury homes in upscale Southwest Florida neighborhoods without running into one developed by Arthur Rutenberg Homes….they seem to be everywhere. So just who is Arthur Rutenberg and why are his homes seemingly ubiquitous throughout our luxury neighborhoods?

Matlacha Featured in Elvis Movie “Follow That Dream”

The area around The Matlacha Bridge was made famous by Fort Myers author Richard Powell in his book, Pioneer Go Home, which was made later into the popular Elvis Presley movie “Follow That Dream.” The 1962 hit musical film began filming in July 1961 in the summer heat of Florida.

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Matlacha: Pine Island’s Quaint Fishing Village

Matlacha is one of 5 waterfront communities on Pine Island. It is an old historic fishing village surrounded by mangroves, home to many offbeat art galleries, island boutiques, seafood markets, restaurants, Floridian cottages, gift shops, bait and seafood shops. Matlacha is a unique culture of artists and musicians that contribute to the island’s character and laidback lifestyle.

Alden Pines: Pine Island’s Only Golfing Community

Alden Pines is a small subdivision of approximately 220 residential home sites platted around a challenging, professional 18-hole golf course, and tennis courts. The only golf course on Pine Island, the Alden Pines Country Club is open to the public with memberships available.

Calusa Ridge: Pine Island New Construction

Many baby-boomers have childhood memories of a Florida in the 1960s and 1970s that just doesn’t exist anymore. This earlier Florida was dominated by farming, fields of palmettos and pines and free from a 7-11 or CVS on every other corner.

Only 23% of Short Sales Ever Close

According to a recent USA Today article, only 23% of short sale deals actually ever close. This figure came from a February 2009 survey by Campbell Communications of 1,300 Realtors. More than 90% of the agents cited slow responses from the lender as the reason that short sales were lost.[…]

Matlacha madness

Affordable housing disappearing quicklyOnce a quaint fishing village Matlacha is undergoing a transformation much like the majority of SW Florida. Developers have discovered the beauty of the island communities of Pine Island and Matlacha which are located west of Cape Coral and north of Captiva Island. The low income agricultural[…]