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In Between Communities– Little Pine Island
Between Matlacha and Pine Island Center is Little Pine Island. Actually, it’s about three miles across, and not so little. While driving through Little Pine Island you can witness a ten-year wetland restoration project in progress. The State owns Little Pine Island and it has been set aside as a preserve. Here the exotic vegetation is being removed on a grand scale. Replanting with all native grasses and trees. The land is being returned to its natural  state by local developers. This area is full of

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wildlife, Bald Eagles, as well as a myriad of water birds, including Osprey, Pelicans, Kingfishers to mention a few. It is also home to some interesting mammals. Some residents have spotted the rare Florida panther, giant otters and wild boar. This is a beautiful area and it will be preserved for those who come in future years.
Pine Island Center
----Pine Island Center is Pine Island’s "downtown" and is the heart of Pine Island. Here you will find a large Winn Dixie supermarket, Domino's Pizza, Liquor Store, Travel Agency and laundromat, etc. At the center you will find an old round historic building with several smaller shops, a Sub Way Sandwich, Real Estate office, Insurance office, Seamstress, barber shop and more quality shops. The plaza was once a motel and restaurant and then a island hardware, but now it is owned by Sub Way. Pine Island Center also features a fairly new Old Florida style medical and professional center with a dentist, doctors and attorneys. It also features one ice cream shop, barbecue, pizza parlor and other eateries. We also have five island banks, a do-it-yourself car wash, churches, veterinary services just to mention a few. There is no post office at the Center. Every other community of Pine Island has its own post office, but not “downtown”. Oh, by the way, have you ever heard of a town that does not having a traffic light, well Pine Island does not have even one. Our streets are not lined with streetlight that blind out the night sky. On a good clear night you can see every star in the sky, bring your telescope . . . it is a real treat.
----Pine Island Center is also home to a beautiful public Library. It is used by ordinary folk as well as students and many local resident authors for research. The old library building was converted into our Island Museum, which concentrates on local history, especially, that of the Calusa Indians who once had their capital on Pine Island. We are blessed with two parks at Pine Island Center. One is for the kids to swing and play and maybe have a picnic lunch. This park is called Phillips Park, a County facility, which features a huge swimming pool open to the public for a small fee as well as lighted tennis courts at no fee to the users. There is also two-baseball fields for the kids where the Pine Island Little League holds their games. This same park is home of the “Taste of Pine Island” a major fund-raiser for the Greater Pine Island Kiwanis Club scholarship fund. The other park is maintained by the Pine Island Garden Club, it has a few picnic tables and some beautiful native plants. This is a wonderful park to read a book or just take in the nature and beauty of Pine Island.
St. James City (south end of the Island)
----Go south from the Center toward St. James “City”. You will see a smattering of houses and two mobile home communities along the way as well as the VFW, American Legion and the Moose Club. There is also a lot of open pastor land, cows and livestock grazing alone the road. You will also see mango groves, nurseries and acres of palm groves. St. James City is also home to Pine Island Resort, a camping/RV facility. You can hike or bicycle the full length of the island on a newly constructed off the road concrete bike path complete with safety rails. The Greater Pine Island Kiwanis Club sponsored resting areas with drinking fountains along the bike path. So take a ride along our beautiful Island, it’s really the best way to see it.
As you enter St. James City, you will pass the entrance to St. Jude’s Harbor, which is also the entrance to the Calusa Land Trust’s St. Jude Nature Trail. Here you can hike or bicycle through the woods and wetlands to the waters of Matlacha Pass over ground and over wood decking. Observe the native flora and fauna along this half-mile trail.
--   -- St. James City is Pine Island’s most heavily populated area. It was incorporated before Ft. Myers. But, showing itself in true Pine Island character, it “dis-incorporated” itself some time ago. It, too, is a mix of people, mostly retired residents and businesses. You’ll see modest mobile homes, luxurious CBS and piling homes, vacation cottages, and a small number of condominiums and motels. Almost everything in St. James City is on the waterfront. It is a boater’s community where the water is deep and has good Gulf access. There are good places to eat fresh seafood, some offering live entertainment. Pine Island is home to a many artist's, songwriters and musicians so if you visit some of our pubs and restaurants you will be entertained by Pine Island’s best.
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