Saturday, February 5, 2011

Learn About Pine Island!

One of the many Palm Tree Plantations!

So many beautiful Palm Trees!

This island really is quite the place!  So quiet and serene!  It includes the town of St. James City which is the most developed area holding over 1/2 of the island's population.  Most of the homes are located along direct access canals that lead to the Gulf of Mexico, but not a CITY at all!  Bokeelia is at the opposite end of the island and has an abundance of tropical fruit farms and palm tree farms of which a lot are owned by PIG - Pine Island Growers.  Their trees are shipped all over the world!  Bokeelia also has a beautiful fishing pier area.  Pineland is rich in archeological resources with the Randall Research Center studying the life of the Calusa Indians of the area.  Pine Island Center is the hub of island activity.  That is where you will find the one grocery store, drug store, park, library and museum.  Then there is Matlacha, an historic fishing village and artist community.  This area really resembles Key West with the colorfully painted fishing shacks that are now small shoppes.  The entire island is only 17 or 18 miles from St. James City to Bokeelia and their is a concrete bike trail almost the whole way.  There are many kajak and canoe launches throughout the island.  The only thing missing for me is a beach, but Ft. Myers Beach and Sanibel are not very far away.  There are 20 to 25 pair of bald eagles that nest on the island.

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