THE FRENCH BRASSERIE RUSTIQUE: Step into Nostalgic Paris & Stay for a While

By Laura J. Cummings The French Brasserie Rustique 365 5th Avenue S., Naples 239.315.4019 www.thefrenchnaples.com “I don’t like to feel stuffy,” says Chef Vincenzo Betulia. It’s an interesting statement from a man whose goal for the last 20 years has been to elevate the local dining scene. And by all accounts, he has. His newest…

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What’s in Our Water?

By Victoria Kinley Village of Estero Teams Up with The Water School at FGCU to Find Out Recent headlines of red tide, blue-green algae and flesh-eating bacteria can make our home seem less and less like the “paradise” we signed up for. As the population of Southwest Florida continues to increase, finding solutions to these water issues is…

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Two ‘Champions of Estero’ Pass the Torch

By Meg Daradanova The retirements of two great Estero advocates is upon us this month. Dick Schweers, chairman of the Board of Commissioners for Estero Fire Rescue, and Don Eslick, chairman of the board of the Estero Council of Community Leaders, are departing from their respective positions in October. Both men are well known as…

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The Coach Who Built a Powerhouse Women’s Basketball Program

By Scott Graison The 2019-20 season for the Florida Gulf Coast University Women’s Basketball team is just about to tip off. Way back before its inaugural year in 2002, a relatively obscure coach who hailed from Ohio was hired to lay the foundation for a program that didn’t even have an arena built for it…

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KC AMERICAN BISTRO

By Laura J. Cummings KC American Bistro University Village Shops 19810 Village Center Dr., Estero 239.237.2133 www.kcamericanbistro.com Increase your Culinary IQ (& treat your tastebuds, too!) Quick: What’s your favorite American food? Pizza? Burgers? Grandma’s apple pie? I’m willing to bet you didn’t think of anything on the KC American Bistro menu. How about wild…

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What’s in Our Water?

By Victoria Kinley Village of Estero Teams Up with The Water School at FGCU to Find Out Recent headlines of ...
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Two ‘Champions of Estero’ Pass the Torch

By Meg Daradanova The retirements of two great Estero advocates is upon us this month. Dick Schweers, chairman ...
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The Coach Who Built a Powerhouse Women’s Basketball Program

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By Scott Graison The 2019-20 season for the Florida Gulf Coast University Women’s Basketball team is just about to tip off. Way back before its inaugural year in 2002, a relatively obscure coach who hailed from Ohio was hired to ...
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Estero Bay Olive Oil and Tea

Owners Doug Thomspon and Diana Todorova
By Meg Daradanova There is much to do at Estero Bay Olive Oil and Tea. You can enjoy a cup of mocha nut maté, try out various olive oils, or mix them with vinegars to see how your vinaigrette is ...
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7 QUESTIONS with Elizabeth McCrank

Elizabeth-Crank
President, Women’s Council of Realtors - Bonita Springs/Estero Originally hailing from Mexico, Elizabeth McCrank was not cut out for the cold and dreary winters of her first U.S. destination: Minnesota. Her family retreated to sunny Southwest Florida as often as ...
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LJ’s Corner⁠—Supermarket Survival of the Fittest

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Herbert Spencer, a 19th Century English philosopher and scientist, is best known for the expression “survival of the fittest,” which he coined after reading Charles Darwin’s “On the Origins of Species.” Spencer wrote: “Thus by survival of the fittest, the ...
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THE FRENCH BRASSERIE RUSTIQUE: Step into Nostalgic Paris & Stay for a While

By Laura J. Cummings The French Brasserie Rustique 365 5th Avenue S., Naples 239.315.4019 www.thefrenchnaples.com “I don’t like to feel stuffy,” says Chef Vincenzo Betulia. ...

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KC-American-Bistro

KC AMERICAN BISTRO

By Laura J. Cummings KC American Bistro University Village Shops 19810 Village Center Dr., Estero 239.237.2133 www.kcamericanbistro.com Increase your Culinary IQ (& treat your tastebuds, too!) Quick: What’s your favorite ...

Casual Eats

By Laura J. Cummings Ah summertime…the perfect time to explore, not only new places but new foods! Dive in with all your senses and discover bold flavors at quirky, casual ...

Shangri-La Springs introduces ‘Harvest & Wisdom’ menu

Harvest & Wisdom, a farm-to-table organic restaurant to open this summer at Shangri-La Springs’ historic property in downtown Bonita Springs Seasonal ingredients just-picked from the ...
ROY’S HAWAIIAN FUSION

ROY’S HAWAIIAN FUSION: Say ‘Aloha’ to Fine Food & Friendly Service

By Laura J. Cummings Where do you go when you’re craving a fine dining experience without all the pretension of waitstaff in tuxes? If it’s ...
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Village of Estero Presents Annual Budget

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Keeping Taxes Low, Reserves High & Citizens Informed The Village of Estero Council and Staff take pride in providing forward-thinking, ...

Farewell, Mr. King

Bob King may not be a name everyone in Estero is familiar with, but he ...
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Snippets of Success

‘LifePod’ Inventor Wins State Competition, Competes in Nationals Following his victory at the Thomas Edison ...
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Estero Improves Customer Service

Need to find a public record? Or get help with a road or drainage issue ...
Publisher's Messages

Publisher's Messages

Celebrating our ‘Champions’

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “champion” in two different ways. The first as a noun meaning an advocate or defender. Secondly, also a noun, as a winner. In this issue of Estero Life Magazine, we are going to explore both definitions. The Village of Estero has two “champions” passing the torches this month: Don Eslick, retiring chairman of the board ...

Happy Anniversary!!

Over the last 16 years, Estero’s growth and development has been extraordinary. And since our incorporation at the end of 2014, progress in defining our municipality has accelerated considerably as our community works to carve out the tremendous “personality” of our village. Estero Life Magazine has been proud to have chronicled it all from the beginning. September 15, 2016, was ...

‘Dog Days of Summer’ in Estero…

When I was younger, I can remember how long and hot the month of August always seemed as I eagerly waited for the start of a new school year. These days, schools start much earlier. All four Lee County public schools, FGCU and FSW begin classes this month. While those with children scramble to get the school supplies and look ...

Happy Birthday, America!!

I love celebrating the 4th of July. I also love fireworks (the louder the boom, the better)! And, as an unabashed patriotic individual, I enjoy performing our National Anthem. Did you know that the United States did NOT have a national anthem until President Woodrow Wilson designated “The Star Spangled Banner” as our anthem in 1931? For me, Francis Scott ...