Pine Island is the largest island in the state of Florida.
Through the years, Pine Island has stayed true to its “old Florida” roots. Pine Island’s natural, rural atmosphere attract both residents and visitors. Fishing and boating are a mainstay in both the Pine Island economic make up and tourist draw.
Pine Island is made up of mostly agricultural zoning. Pine Island is famous for its tropical fruits such as lychee and mangos. The island toasts the mango each year with its annual Mango Mania festival.
Nature plays a significant role in Pine Island with the Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge and the Little Pine Island Wildlife Refuge. Ospreys, herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills, and ibises are often seen traveling around the island. Owls, hawks, bald eagles, and songbirds also call Pine Island home.
Inhabitants of Pine Island date back more than 6,000 years. The Calusa Indians are thought to have inhabited the island back in the year 300. The Calusa Indians lived on the island until the collapse of their empire in the 18th century. It was not until the late 1800’s that the island began to become inhabited again.
Pine Islanders, as they are called today have a deep sense of tradition and loyalty to their past, and celebrate the rich history of Pine Island daily.
Pine Island Government
Pine Island is part of the Lee County government. Pine Island is part of Lee County’s first district, overseen by County Commissioner John Manning.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for policing the city.
Pine Island also has its own fire district and is served by three separate fire stations.
Pine Island Schools
Pine Island is part of the Lee County School District.
Pine Island Demographics
According to the 2010 census report, the population of Pine Island is 10,649 people, an increase of 22% since 2000. There are 7,041 total homes with 3,804 occupied by owner.
The racial makeup of Pine Island in 2010 was;
- 79.5% Non-Hispanic White
- .3% African-American
- .5% Hispanic
- .2% American Indian
- .9% Asian
- .8% reporting two or more races.
Pine Island Weather
The average high temperature on Pine Island is 82. The average low temperature is 62. The warmest months of the year are June, July and August with average high temperatures during the day of 89. The coldest month of the year is January where the average low temperature is 53.
Pine Island Events/Attractions
- Randall Research Center
- Museum of the Islands
- Pine Island Sound Aquatic Preserve
- Cayo Costa Island State Park
- Cabbage Key
Pine Island Resource Links