Let’s Talk Dementia

Carol Howell found her calling through caring for her mother By D. K. Christi Photos by Autumn Gates Estero resident Carol Howell didn’t intend to become an author, but the neurodegenerative illness of her mother—and grandmother before her—propelled Howell in that direction. When she lost her momma on May 31, 2019, she lost her best…

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Casey Bishop: The voice that’s ‘just plain phenomenal’

Bishop continues trek toward ‘American Idol’ title By Laura J. Cummings   Casey Bishop is well on her way to fulfilling Luke Bryan’s prediction that she’ll win the title of American Idol 2021. The Estero teen’s style is so unique—it’s got superstar written all over it. After putting her own soulful spin on the Judy…

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International Illusionist Wayne Hoffman Discovers Real Magic at Home in Estero

By D.K. Christi Asking Wayne Hoffman what’s on his mind might elicit an offer to read yours. An expert illusionist, Hoffman has performed for celebrity events and international audiences. On one occasion, he was elevated to supernatural status by a covetous voodoo priest. But the Estero resident’s “powers” are actually the product of years of…

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Meet Estero’s New Council Members

Ribble, Fiesel and Ward share visions for community building & growth management By Craig Handel    When Jim Ward worked on collaborative projects in The Brooks — one of Estero’s largest master planned communities — he and fellow residents constantly brainstormed ways to bring their four gated communities (Shadow Wood, Copperleaf, Lighthouse Bay and Spring…

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Estero teen Casey Bishop an instant star on ‘American Idol’

Bishop becomes the latest talent show contestant from Estero By Laura J. Cummings When Casey Bishop was in kindergarten, her favorite day was Friday. That’s when her parents had date night and she went with her babysitter to karaoke night. “She had no problem getting up on stage at that age and singing in front…

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Let’s Talk Dementia

Carol Howell found her calling through caring for her mother By D. K. Christi Photos by Autumn Gates Carol Howell ...
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Casey Bishop: The voice that’s ‘just plain phenomenal’

Bishop continues trek toward 'American Idol' title By Laura J. Cummings   Casey Bishop gets closer to winning ...
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International Illusionist Wayne Hoffman Discovers Real Magic at Home in Estero

By D.K. Christi Asking Wayne Hoffman what’s on his mind might elicit an offer to read yours. Wayne Hoffman and Kaitlyn Schoeffel with their son in Estero_photo by Kelly Goggin Photography An expert illusionist, Hoffman has performed for celebrity events ...
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Meet Estero’s New Council Members

Ribble, Fiesel and Ward share visions for community building & growth management By Craig Handel   Bill & Joanne Ribble  When Jim Ward worked on collaborative projects in The Brooks — one of Estero’s largest master planned communities — he ...
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Remembering Sis Newberry

Don and Sis Newberry When Zelma ‘Sis’ Newberry retired in 1997 after surviving stomach cancer, she chose to help make Estero a better place to live. “If you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing, I think God stretches your ...
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Casey Bishop: Which Disney character are you?

In honor of Disney Nights on "American Idol," we asked Casey Bishop the question, "If you were a Disney character, who would you be?" NO SURPRISE! She chose Rapunzel, Disney's long-haired, strong-willed heroine who loves her hairbrush and loves to ...
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Dining

DINING

Beyond Steak & Seafood: Charley’s Boat House chef casts creative vision for ‘next level’ cuisine

By Laura J. Cummings Gates Photos by Autumn Gates Who knew a place that’s been around for nearly half a century could deliver such surprising ...

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Here’s to Tasty Tapas & Togetherness at T42

By Autumn Gates “I live in the moment. I don’t worry or stress about anything,” says Anthony Quattrochi, owner of the newly opened T42 restaurant. T42 Exterior In the current ...

Amfora Fuses History, Hospitality into Innovative Mediterranean Cuisine

By Autumn Gates Hospitality comes naturally for Gzim Molabeciri. “I was born in a hotel,” says the Montenegro native who has helped open numerous hotels, including Estero’s Embassy Suites by ...

The Saloon Wins Two SWFL Palm Awards

The Saloon steak and seafood restaurant in the Coconut Shopping Center has won two SWFL Palm Awards. Beverage manager John Tucker, an eight-year Culinary Concepts ...

Hooked on Snug Harbor: Waterfront restaurant takes ‘fresh catch’ to next level

By Autumn Gates With a relaxing vibe, spectacular views and seafood so fresh it was swimming this morning, Snug Harbor Waterfront Restaurant is every angler’s ...
Village News

VILLAGE NEWS

Village Council Thanks Outgoing Members, Welcomes Three New Councilmembers

Original Village Council     On March 17, 2021, the terms of three Estero Village Council members expired, and three ...
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Estero Develops its First Land Development Code

The Village of Estero held a series of workshops and public hearings to discuss the ...
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Village of Estero seeking volunteers for new land use board

Estero is forming a Planning, Zoning & Design Board as a result of adopting its ...

Estero’s Greenspaces: Years of Planning Paying Off for Village Residents

By Craig Handel During a recent virtual meeting, members of the Estero Council of Community ...
Publisher's Messages

Publisher's Messages

March Reflections: Connecting our Community

Since 2010, Estero Life Magazine has had the great pleasure of highlighting many wonderful people, businesses, nonprofits and restaurants in our community. This March 2021 issue continues that tradition while offering an opportunity to reflect on our beginnings. One of our continual story lines has been athletic successes at Florida Gulf Coast University. Estero Life has been a corporate sponsor, ...

Estero Life Magazine: Pride, Value, Impact

A word from the Publisher: The very first email that I ever received from a reader, way back in September 2010 after publishing our first issue, came from a resident in Bella Terra who wrote, “Congratulations on your new magazine and ‘thank you’ for realizing that Estero was capable of standing on its own two feet! Thanks for taking pride ...

Historically Speaking…

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For many of Estero’s 35,000-plus residents who have migrated into our paradise, Estero seems the product of amazing growth and development from just the last 20 years. Most people are unaware that Estero has a truly profound history with great depth and significance, dating back more than 500 years! This issue is dedicated to celebrating the area’s uniquely rich history, ...

Welcome Fall! Time for a change in season…and a change in perspective!

Now that we finally made it to the fall season, by the calendar anyway, I say that we all look forward to slightly cooler temperatures and lower humidity and begin to relax and enjoy the Estero lifestyle! Let’s start to venture out, masks and sanitizers in hand, and begin to support the many local businesses that are trying to hang ...