Caught on Camera: Estero Man Saves His Puppy from Alligator

Call it a case of extreme puppy love. One moment, Estero resident Richard Wilbanks was enjoying a cigar and a Bloody Mary in his backyard; the next, he was in the water wrestling his puppy from a gator’s jaws.     It was all caught on video, thanks to the “Sharing the Landscape” project, a…

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The Final Race: Goodbye, Greyhounds…Hello, Poker Room

Vincent Mancini could still see the dogs’ footprints embedded on the sand. Hours after greyhounds ran their final race at the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track on May 3, 2020, he and fellow trainer Jade Fiese sat on the infield and walked around the track with their children. “My daughter asked me how I was feeling.…

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Million-dollar Donors Give to Improve FGCU Athletic Facilities

In the past, when prospective athletes came to visit Florida Gulf Coast University, coaches were quick to show recruits the Eagles’ NCAA tournament and conference victory banners along with the athletic facilities, condo-like student living and, of course, the palm trees. But, as Athletic Director Ken Kavanagh said, visits to the weight room facilities were…

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Celebrating Estero History: Estero Historical Society Marks 20 Years

Estero’s resident historian, Marlene Fernandez, has lived in Estero for 64 years and hopes to pass on a love of local history to the next generation before she fully retires as chief archivist for the Estero Historical Society. She’d like to see someone teach a course in Estero history. And she’d like to educate a…

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Village of Estero Honors Veterans

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Village of Estero will not hold its annual Veterans Day event this year. However, we want to sincerely thank all veterans living in Estero and acknowledge their sacrifices for our freedom. Here, we highlight five local veterans, each representing different eras of service and each with unique stories…

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Richard Wilbanks saves puppy from gator

Caught on Camera: Estero Man Saves His Puppy from Alligator

Call it a case of extreme puppy love. One moment, Estero resident Richard Wilbanks was enjoying a cigar and a ...
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The Final Race: Goodbye, Greyhounds…Hello, Poker Room

Vincent Mancini could still see the dogs’ footprints embedded on the sand. Hours after greyhounds ran their final ...
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Million-dollar Donors Give to Improve FGCU Athletic Facilities

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In the past, when prospective athletes came to visit Florida Gulf Coast University, coaches were quick to show recruits the Eagles’ NCAA tournament and conference victory banners along with the athletic facilities, condo-like student living and, of course, the palm ...
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Celebrating Estero History: Estero Historical Society Marks 20 Years

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Estero’s resident historian, Marlene Fernandez, has lived in Estero for 64 years and hopes to pass on a love of local history to the next generation before she fully retires as chief archivist for the Estero Historical Society. She’d like ...
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Caught on Camera: Estero Man Saves His Puppy from Alligator

Richard Wilbanks saves puppy from gator
Call it a case of extreme puppy love. One moment, Estero resident Richard Wilbanks was enjoying a cigar and a Bloody Mary in his backyard; the next, he was in the water wrestling his puppy from a gator’s jaws.   ...
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Through the Years: Estero’s Historical Milestones

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500 BC — The Calusa tribe migrates to Estero. Numbering about 50,000 at their peak, the Calusa used nets to catch mullet, pinfish, pigfish and catfish and spears to catch eels and turtles. They used fish-bone arrowheads to hunt for ...
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Mykonos Kuzina outdoor dining

Mykonos Kuzina offers warm welcome & delightful dishes

Mykonos Kuzina is marked by a friendly and down-to-earth ambience that few restaurants possess. The family-owned establishment welcomes guests with colorful décor, Mediterranean aromas and ...

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Cantina 109: Tex-Mex & Tequila with Top-notch Service

From the outside peering in, Cantina 109 might seem to be your average Mexican restaurant. But once you step inside, you’ll be transported to a new state of mind. Colorful ...
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Casual Eats

As restaurants everywhere adjust to the “new normal,” we set out to find the best casual eateries in the area. Burntwood Tavern, Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar and Skillets are three ...
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Set Sail for the world’s finest food & wine offerings

“Like Velcro, I put people together,” says General Manager and Co-founder of Sails Restaurant Velko Pavicevic. It’s not just an easy way to remember his ...
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Wine Appreciation 101

So, you’re starting to drink wine (or have been drinking more wine during COVID quarantine!) and would like to know more about it. Learning about ...
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Village of Estero Honors Veterans

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Village of Estero will not hold its annual Veterans Day event this year. ...
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Estero’s Fascinating Past

While the Village of Estero was officially incorporated on Dec. 31, 2014, Estero’s original founding ...
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Hurricane Season in SWFL: Be Prepared!

Hurricane season is now upon us and runs through November 30. It is important for ...
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Estero Community Comes Together during COVID-19

During this pandemic, each one of our citizens has had to adjust their lives and ...
Publisher's Messages

Publisher's Messages

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 ...

A ‘Double’ Anniversary Celebration!

With this September 2020 issue, we are celebrating our 10th anniversary!! In September 2010, at the bottom of an economic recession, Lifestyle Media Group launched Estero Lifestyle Magazine and gave me the opportunity to serve as publisher and director of sales/marketing. Although the business community was hesitant at first, the overwhelming, positive response from Estero residents was the impetus needed ...

Missing the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ (Did I just say that??)

Most of us will remember how we dreaded the “dog days of summer” — when it was hot and muggy, vacations were over, the kids were bored, and we were at wit’s end trying to decide how to cope until school resumed (usually after Labor Day). Fast-forward to 2020, where we have had incessant, record heat, no opportunity to even ...