Gulfshore Opera Makes its Home in Estero

By D.K. Christi   The Gulfshore Opera was birthed the same year as the Village of Estero. It’s only fitting these two young and growing institutions—both about 7 years old now—would call the same community home. “Estero is the geographical center of the three counties where Gulfshore Opera performs—from Marco Island to Port Charlotte,” explained…

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Home Base Helps SWFL Veterans Recover, Live Well

By Craig Handel   When Armando Hernandez graduated from FGCU in 2014, he thought he’d work with athletes. An internship with the Boston Red Sox exposed him to some of the most physically gifted baseball players. Now, as program manager for Home Base, Hernandez and a team of trainers help veterans get stronger and more…

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Forging a Better Path for Estero

Book honors historic contributions of Estero’s civic organizations By Craig Handel   Tears came down Dottie Brown’s cheeks as she received, then embraced, a light blue-colored book from Lanell and Jim Shields entitled, “Forging a Better Path.” Her husband, Bill Brown, is one of the key figures in this newly written history detailing the role…

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Everblades Reload Roster for 2021, Ready to Take On ‘Unfinished Business’

By Craig HandelPhotos by Brad Young   The Florida Everblades rarely have a problem luring and retaining talent. Estero’s professional ice hockey franchise almost always makes it to the postseason, offers shorts-wearing weather throughout the winter, and has loyal booster club members who treat players like their own children or grandchildren. So when the Everblades…

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Emma’s Echo – Estero Teen’s Life Inspires Others

By Laura J. Cummings   By all accounts, Emma Bullock was an unusual teenager. She didn’t gossip about the social misfits—she befriended them. “Emma was special,” said Tony LaMantia, her former youth pastor at Riverside Church. “She was kind-hearted naturally, and she was very aware of the quiet or shy person in the room.” Most…

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Gulfshore Opera Makes its Home in Estero

GO Divas By D.K. Christi   The Gulfshore Opera was birthed the same year as the Village of Estero. It’s ...
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Home Base Helps SWFL Veterans Recover, Live Well

Armando Hernandez By Craig Handel   When Armando Hernandez graduated from FGCU in 2014, he thought he’d work ...
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Estero watershed

Forging a Better Path for Estero

Estero Visionary Bill Brown 1926-2011 Book honors historic contributions of Estero’s civic organizations By Craig Handel   Tears came down Dottie Brown’s cheeks as she received, then embraced, a light blue-colored book from Lanell and Jim Shields entitled, “Forging a ...
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Everblades Reload Roster for 2021, Ready to Take On ‘Unfinished Business’

Florida Everblades get direction from Coach Brad Ralph By Craig HandelPhotos by Brad Young   The Florida Everblades rarely have a problem luring and retaining talent. Estero’s professional ice hockey franchise almost always makes it to the postseason, offers shorts-wearing ...
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Forging a Better Path for Estero

Estero watershed
Estero Visionary Bill Brown 1926-2011 Book honors historic contributions of Estero’s civic organizations By Craig Handel   Tears came down Dottie Brown’s cheeks as she received, then embraced, a light blue-colored book from Lanell and Jim Shields entitled, “Forging a ...
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Estero Wildcats take district title in football

Estero High football seniors
The last time Estero High School won a football district title, none of the current Wildcats were born. That’s how long ago it has been. Estero won its first district title since 2001 when it beat Island Coast 43-40 on ...
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Dining

DINING

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Classy Meets Crazy at Pazzo! Italian Cafe

Pazzo interior dining room By Autumn Gates   Intentionally designed with ingenious touches of “crazy,” Pazzo! Cucina Italiana draws diners seeking to experience the best ...

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Come to Carini’s for Classic Italian Food & Famiglia

Carini's Outdoor Seating By Autumn Gates   In today’s fast-paced culture, Carini’s Pizzeria & Trattoria offers a glimmer of the Old World. In a time when much of the restaurant ...
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Kick Back at The Saloon for Real American Cuisine & Cocktails

The Saloon Wood Fired Grill Interior By Laura J. Cummings   You won’t find dusty boots or spittoons at The Saloon at Coconut Point Mall, and the menu might be ...
Lapa's Costa Rican Bistro

Authenticity Shines at Lapa’s Costa Rican Bistro

By Autumn Gates Lapa's Interior Whether you’re a regular at Lapa’s or you are entering the bistro for the first time, you can be assured ...
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The Food Rock Café opens at University Village with Caribbean-inspired cuisine

The Food Rock whole snapper With a permanent location at University Village Shops & Dining, fans of The Food Rock’s Caribbean island-inspired cuisine no longer ...
Estero Life Magazine October 2021 Cover
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VILLAGE NEWS

Honor Our Heroes at the Village of Estero Veterans Day Event

Estero Veterans Day celebration
The Village of Estero encourages all citizens to attend this year’s Veterans Day event held at the Estero Recreation Center ...
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Village Connection – Get Involved in the Budget Process

Big Improvements Considered Bicycle and pedestrian safety, traffic and landscaping improvements for River Ranch Road ...
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Chris Phillips selected to serve as Village of Estero Finance Director

Chris Phillips Chris Phillips joined the Village staff on August 16, 2021, after having served ...
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Village Connection – Cyber Security for the Village and its Residents

The Village of Estero is in the process of moving all software and data storage ...
Publisher's Messages

Publisher's Messages

A message from the Publisher: Estero Life Magazine is growing to serve YOU!

As Estero’s premier publication, Estero Life Magazine is making some changes to better serve our faithful readers and our growing community. Estero continues to experience explosive population growth (see our real estate story in the July 2021 issue of Estero Life Magazine), and we don’t want any of our “neighbors” to be left out. Over the course of the last ...

More Than Fireworks Exploding in July in the Village of Estero

For nearly 11 years, Estero Life Magazine has been driven by the goal to foster a sense of community for Estero by promoting the people, places, events, businesses, activities and opportunities that abound. The Village of Estero is now exploding beyond imagination, making that mission all the more critical as we welcome new neighbors, businesses and opportunities. We are excited ...

Happy Endings and New Beginnings…

Well, it’s June. And with a simple turn of the page on our calendars brings the annual onslaught of mixed emotions associated with ‘“endings and beginnings.” At the time of this writing, the most glaring happy ending is associated with our emergence from the COVID pandemic, as this will mark the first full month of living without masks!! (As I ...

Estero’s Got Talent!!

That’s right!! You heard correctly, Estero’s got talent! From the stage to the Council Chambers to the kitchens, Estero is all about talent, expertise and imagination. For the second time in just four months, Estero Life Magazine will be spearheading support for another talented contestant on national TV. Just as we did for Estero resident Ben Allen on his appearances ...