The Best Things About Pine Island Florida

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January 23rd 2016
Published: January 26th 2016
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There are so many reasons why we return to Pine Island time after time; but here are some of the biggies in no particular order:

1. Oysters $9/dozen at the Waterfront on Saturdays.

2. "No see ems" go away if it is windy... It is often windy

3. Tex Mex lunch at the VFW on Thursday with giant Margaritas. O Fraternal clubs (Legion, Moose) offer delish, low priced specials on a rotating schedule. Great prices at the bar always.

4. A wide, off-road, flat and string stright bike path spans the island from St. James City to Bokeelia.

5. There are no high rises.

6. There is no beach (this keeps the crowds down and actually there is a beach in a secret location that we have sworn not to reveal).

7. There are no traffic lights (nor are there any rotaries) just the "four way" stop intersection.

8. There are over a score of great, independently owned and operated bars restaurants - many serving fresh sea food, many with water / sunset views and many designed as chickkee huts.

9. Special events like Art Night, The February Art Show, A Taste
Alondra Docked at Tarpon LodgeAlondra Docked at Tarpon LodgeAlondra Docked at Tarpon Lodge

It's on our short list to charter this beauty for a sunset sail!
of Pine Island and the giant sale at the Catholic church.

10. There is only one gas station (actually this can be a pain; but it is an interesting factoid)!

11. It provides the quickest, most direct route to Sanibel and Captiva (as long as you have access to a boat).

12. There are no big box stores - the only "chains" are Winn Dixie, DQ, Dollar General, Dominos and SubWay.

13. The people have a lot of heart - when the Dollar General was proposed, many residents were against it (resistant to growth and change); but the argument that some of the agricultural workers (on palm tree plantations) and other lower income folks didn't have cars to get "off island" to shop flipped the opinion!

14. There are probably more artists, authors, musicians, fishermen and agricultural workers per square mile that any other part of Florida.

15. Beautiful Bokeelia and Funky, Artsy Matlacha (these don't need explanations).

16. Homes on the canals of St. James City (this doesn't need an explanation).

17. The draw bridge is a great way to catch bank robbers (this has proven true).

18. The KOA
Leoma Lovegrove's Botanical GardenLeoma Lovegrove's Botanical GardenLeoma Lovegrove's Botanical Garden

Be sure to walk out on the dock for a great canal scene.
/ Encore RV park is an amazing spot from which to base your day trips and plan a social life: poker, golf, bingo, jam sessions and always live music on Sunday, annual Variety Show, tennis, great pool and hot tub, exercise room, two club houses, great bird watching on the two lakes, fitness and craft "clubs", trips off island - like Thrift Shopping With Shirley, beaches, theatre and flea market via our own Red Bus.

19. Historic sites including Calusa Indian shell mounds, two museums and a great library make up for the total lack of theatres.

20. There's a great Writers' Group that is accommodating and helpful.

21. There are a few thrift shops - one is better than the other; decide for yourself.

22. Sunsets at Tarpon Lodge are spectacular (as is the food)

23. Fishing charters and fascinating sites - like aging "fish houses" on stilts - out in the bay

24. Fabulous galleries like Cross Palms, Wild Child, Mel Meo, Island Visions and Leoma Lovegrove

25. Interesting potters who double as sloop captains and present drumming events - it's eclectic!

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Charlie Charlie

So many musicians - You can enjoy a "gig" every night.
Last Resort at the MooseLast Resort at the Moose
Last Resort at the Moose

This is the KOA "House Band"

26th January 2016

Pine Island
I have not been there in twenty years but hope to get there soon.
26th January 2016

Worth the Trip
You might find this one spot in the Sunshine state that remains unchanged - it is really "old Florida" you can't judge it with a "drive by" viewing - it's heart and soul calls for more than a perfunctory glance,
26th January 2016

Don't Believe Me
So, some of the ladies at the pool take exception to my "chamber of commerce" type post about Pine Island. They want to keep it all to themselves and I do see their point! So, please don't come to PI - the natives are restless!
26th January 2016

Oysters,Art and Music, I'm In Love
As described by your list Pine Island sounds like a great place to start an adventure in Florida!
27th January 2016

Paradise on Pine Island
This spot looks super. You are great detectives to find it!! Shhhhhhh!
27th January 2016

Entre nous!
Yes, shush! LOL!

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