FGCU Athletics Inducts Inaugural Class into Hall of Fame

Photos by FGCU Athletics   One would be hard-pressed to find a young university in any 20-year stretch achieving the athletic accomplishments of Florida Gulf Coast University: $5 million from a philanthropist to build a basketball arena in its first year of existence Millions more from another philanthropist for its baseball and softball complexes A…

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Estero Economic Outlook 2022

Up, up and away…Estero’s home prices & tourist traffic soar into the new year   Marlene Fernandez has lived in Estero since 1956. Her husband was from a pioneer family that moved here in 1898. “We had no phones, no air conditioning, very rural, but it was a very close-knit, caring community,” she said. In…

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Meet Estero’s ‘Top 25 Persons of Influence’

As a smiling Don Eslick ambled his way to the front of the Grande Ballroom at The Club at Grandezza, the crowd rose and gave a warm ovation for the man known as “Mr. Estero.” Eslick was one of 25 people recently honored for their influence in shaping Estero’s identity over the years. As founding…

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Welcome to Estero Community Church

Local church finds new home in the heart of Estero By D.K. Christi Photos by Samantha Clements   Rev. Kevin Morris had just arrived at Hope United Presbyterian Church in San Carlos Park when Hurricane Irma struck their two already aging buildings. “Irma took the steeple off and severely damaged the roof,” Estero Mayor Katy…

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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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FGCU Athletics Inducts Inaugural Class into Hall of Fame

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Estero Economic Outlook 2022

Up, up and away…Estero’s home prices & tourist traffic soar into the new year   The Shoppes at ...
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Meet Estero’s ‘Top 25 Persons of Influence’

Estero's Top 25 Gala As a smiling Don Eslick ambled his way to the front of the Grande Ballroom at The Club at Grandezza, the crowd rose and gave a warm ovation for the man known as “Mr. Estero.” Eslick ...
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Welcome to Estero Community Church

Rev. Morris and wife Kim Local church finds new home in the heart of Estero By D.K. Christi Photos by Samantha Clements   Rev. Kevin Morris had just arrived at Hope United Presbyterian Church in San Carlos Park when Hurricane ...
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LJ’s Corner — Ponders from In and Out of My Mind

Judging Observations We’ve all observed—and judged—others at one time or other… some funny, some awkward and some downright “beam me up, Scotty.” Who are we to judge? And yet we do. There’s a clear difference between judging and observing—well, that’s ...
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Forging a Better Path for Estero

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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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Chops City Grill Unveils $1 million Renovation & New Menu

Chops City Grill interior By Katie Roberts and Autumn Gates   Those who enter Chops City Grill are greeted by exquisite décor, the cheerful laughter ...

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Best of 2021 Dining

After all of the pandemic precautions, now more than ever, we appreciate gathering with friends and going out for a good meal. Whether you’re seeking classy or cozy, you won’t ...
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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 Italian cuisine Southwest Florida has ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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Village Connection – Infrastructure Projects Planned for 2022

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Estero residents can expect to see a number of improvements in 2022 which will aid traffic flow, provide greater opportunity ...
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Village Connection – How Can Homeowners Help Protect the Environment?

The Village of Estero has launched an educational campaign to help Estero residents understand how ...
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Vote for Estero’s Most Influential People!

Who has helped shape Estero into what it is today and continues to move the ...
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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 ...
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 ...