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General Questions About Pine Island

General Questions About Pine Island

Are there any boat ramps if I do not have a property on the water? Yes, there are a couple of county boat ramps, one in Bokeelia, on the East side of Barrancas Ave., and one off of Maria Drive in St James City, open to the public weekends only. St. James City has a public ramp at Monroe Canal Marina. For more information on Lee County boat ramps, please go to: http://www..n-florida-qetaways.corn/ leecountyboatramps.cfm .


Are there any schools on the island? There is an elementary school for K thru 5th grades. After 5th grade, students must go off island to one of rnany schools. Lee County has “school choice”. For rnore information please go to their website: www leeschools net/ For more information regarding School Choice, please go to: http.//studentassiqnrnent leeschools net/.


Are there any beaches on Pine Island? Not really. Pine Island is bordered by mangroves, so we do not have beaches like the barrier islands. Along the bayfront properties, especially in Bokeelia, there does appear to a beach, but be aware, this is all private property. There is a county park at the east end of Tropical Point Drive with picnic tables and wonderful views of Matlacha Pass.


Is there a golf course? Yes, Alden Pines Golf Course is on the north end of the island, in the Pineland community.


Where do you go out to eat? Pine Island is very fortunate to have many wonderful restaurants frorn St. James City, to Pineland and Bokeelia on the north end, to Matlacha. Many serve local seafood fare.


Where do you go for shopping? Pine Island has a shopping center just south of PI Center (aka the 4-way stop) in the Winn Dixie PSza. There is the Winn-Dixie grocery store, CVS pharmacy, Doc Watson’s Liquor Store, Laundromat, and a few restaurants. There is a hardware store at PI Center that has quite a variety of boat and household repair items. There are also a couple of marine hardware stores in St. James City. Not far off the island is Cape Coral with Lowes, Home Depot, plus some major stores, i.e. Sarn’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Wal-Mart’s Target, office supplies, etc., for most anything else, and then Ft. Myers beyond.


How far is the airport? Southwest International airport is just off 1-75, south of Daniels Parkway. There is a new off rarnp to the airport from 1-75. You should allow at least one hour if you are dropping off or picking up passengers. If you are returning a car, then you should allow at least an hour and a half. It depends on the time of day as to how rnuch traffic you will encounter.


Are there any ferries to the outer islands? Yes, there is the Tropic Star in Bokeelia that takes guests to Cayo Costa state park and Cabbage Key, call 239-283-0015 for more information. For other charters, you may .11 Island Girl Charters, 239-633-8142.

What about fishing charters? There are a nurnber of fishing guides on the island. Call for more information.


Are there any boat rentals? St. James City has a couple of boat rentals. You should contact Two Fish Inn Seaport, 239-283-4519, or call Monroe Canal Marina, 239-282-8600. In Bokeelia, you can call Four Winds Marina, 239-283-0250. There are others off island also, so check before you come.



Terri James

My husband and I made our first trip to Pine Island in November, 1981. We were awed by the natural beauty and unspoiled nature of this quaint island. For the next 16 years, we continued to travel back and forth from Kentucky, only to feel more and more attached to such a peaceful paradise. In 1997, we purchased a condo in Bokeelia. It only took us a couple of years to decide that Pine Island would be our new home. So, like many of you, we purchased the lot that we decided we would build on eventually. Having moved to Pine Island full time in 2000 with our teenage son, we have realized the fulfillment of one of our lifetime dreams! I am very proud to have been listed in the Gulfshore LIfe magazine for 13 years as “Best in Client Satisfaction”. Customer satisfaction is most important to me. Since moving to Pine Island, I have been amazed by the sheer beauty of each sunset and the Eco system that abounds. The island is home to many raptors, including Bald Eagles and Ospreys. It is a haven for amateur and professional photographers alike. If you are looking to own a piece of Florida the way that it used to be, then Pine Island is the place for you!

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