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Pronounced Mat-la-shay, this sleepy fishing
village still reflects the charm of days gone by, with bait
shops, seafood signs, fishing nets drying in the sun and
shrimp boats, common sights year-round.
Actually a small island in it's own right that
connects Pine Island proper to Cape Coral via
bridges, Matlacha still depends on commercial
fishing for it's livelihood, as it has for decades.
The old wooden swing bridge at Matlacha (finally
connecting Pine Island with the mainland in 1927)
is known as the "fishingest bridge in the world"
and it's more modern replacement, completed
in 1968, continues to be a very popular spot
for anglers, with impressive catches of Snook,
Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead and Mangrove
Snapper recorded throughout the year.
In addition Matlacha has developed a cultural
side with many artists displaying their work
at the galleries, and a variety of entertain-
ment venues including restaurants,
bars, live music etc.
Paintings above by local award winning artist, Jesse McKnight, 1922-2007
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