A Taste of Peru: Authentic Peruvian Cuisine & Culture, right in Bonita Springs

By Autumn Gates “It’s hard to go somewhere in the U.S. and get real homemade food,” says Raizza Rouillon, co-owner of A Taste of Peru, one of five Aji Limon restaurants owned by the Rouillon family. Aji Limon prides itself on gifting its customers with authentic Peruvian food in a friendly, relaxed environment. The Rouillon…

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Looking Toward the Future: Estero Council of Community Leaders Restructures for Growth

By Meg Daradanova The monthly meeting of the Estero Council of Community Leaders is a lively affair: the large room is abuzz with conversation. Some attendees have the easy camaraderie that only comes with longtime working relationships. But these days, there are more new faces; the ECCL is expanding and bringing more people and organizations…

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Climate of Collaboration: Economic Outlook Sunny for 2020

By Laura J. Cummings The current climate of collaboration is unprecedented in Estero. Whether talking to Estero’s business executives, incoming residents, Village leaders or community partners, optimism abounds. In the early period of Estero’s development, startup advocacy groups, particularly the Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) and the Estero Chamber of Commerce, had relationships often…

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Your Holiday Wine Questions: Answered!

By Dinah Leach The holidays are swiftly approaching with the attendant holiday parties, Christmas Day dinner and New Year’s Eve celebrations. You might be asking yourself, “What wine should I serve with dinner? Or open for New Year’s Eve for the special toast at midnight?Does wine make a good hostess gift to bring to a…

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Hand-Crafted Holidays: Creating gifts & spreading joy at Aerie Lane

By D.K. Christi The holiday countdown is on, and everyone is in search of something meaningful to give. When socks and sweaters just won’t do, inspiration may be found at Aerie Lane. It’s not a magical street, but rather a unique shop with a maker space to help you channel your inner Martha Stewart. How…

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ECCL leadership includes Barry Freedman, President Jim Gilmartin and COO Mark Novitzki

Looking Toward the Future: Estero Council of Community Leaders Restructures for Growth

By Meg Daradanova The monthly meeting of the Estero Council of Community Leaders is a lively affair: the large room ...
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Village Manager Steve Sarkozy and Estero Chamber CEO Sarah Newcomb shake hands, signifying partnership, surrounded by representatives of other organizations involved in economic development

Climate of Collaboration: Economic Outlook Sunny for 2020

By Laura J. Cummings The current climate of collaboration is unprecedented in Estero. Whether talking to Estero’s business ...
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Hand-Crafted Holidays: Creating gifts & spreading joy at Aerie Lane

Friends Abby Dattilo, Cherie Rodriguez and Elizabeth Robbins enjoy time together at Aerie Lane (owned by Rodriguez)
By D.K. Christi The holiday countdown is on, and everyone is in search of something meaningful to give. When socks and sweaters just won’t do, inspiration may be found at Aerie Lane. It’s not a magical street, but rather a ...
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The Subculture of Serial Cruising: Lifelong Learner Uncovers ‘Treasure’ at Sea

Paul Thornton gets ready to do the skydiving simulator aboard Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas
By Scott Graison Ever been in a buffet line on a cruise and asked the person in front of you if you could sneak by to grab some bacon? Said person lets you by graciously (hopefully), and that’s the end ...
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Living The Blue Zones Life!

Karan Ilowite
By Karan Ilowite Your lifestyle is comprised of all the things you choose to do throughout your day. Every choice you make has a bearing on your health, wellness and peace of mind. This is why introducing the Blue Zones ...
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7 Questions with Nolen Rollins: Team Builder Extraordinaire

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Those who are active in Estero have no doubt brushed shoulders with Nolen Rollins. Some may know him as pastor of Legacy Church; others know him in his role as chairman of the board for the Estero Chamber of Commerce. ...
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A Taste of Peru: Authentic Peruvian Cuisine & Culture, right in Bonita Springs

By Autumn Gates “It’s hard to go somewhere in the U.S. and get real homemade food,” says Raizza Rouillon, co-owner of A Taste of Peru, ...

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Your Holiday Wine Questions: Answered!

By Dinah Leach The holidays are swiftly approaching with the attendant holiday parties, Christmas Day dinner and New Year’s Eve celebrations. You might be asking yourself, “What wine should I ...
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BEST of 2019

The food scene in Southwest Florida is diverse and delicious! During our dining adventures in 2019, we uncovered some truly outstanding dishes…and we’re calling out Our Favorites!   STANDOUT STARTER: ...

MARSALA ITALIAN RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA: Serving Classic Italian Cuisine, with Pride

By Laura J. Cummings When you enter Marsala, you become family. It doesn’t matter if you’re a regular at this longstanding Estero eatery, or if ...
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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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Save the Date To Celebrate! Estero’s 5th Anniversary

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Get ready to celebrate as Estero turns five! The outstanding quality of life our residents enjoy stems from the efforts ...
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Village of Estero Presents Annual Budget

Keeping Taxes Low, Reserves High & Citizens Informed The Village of Estero Council and Staff ...
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Village Life: Save the Date to Salute Our Veterans!

The Village of Estero government and Estero Chamber of Commerce are proud to present the ...
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Family Yoga

Kathryn Pizzino leads Family Yoga in the WINK Playland area of Miromar Outlets on select ...
Publisher's Messages

Publisher's Messages

Happy New Year 2020!!

WOW! Did everyone feel the dramatic tremblers when we changed our calendars over to the new year — and decade — of 2020? The Village of Estero is simply exploding with change, growth, quality, prosperity and opportunity!!            Our cover story, titled “Climate of Collaboration,” details the positive economic outlook and unprecedented optimism that permeates Estero. Partnerships across all platforms and ...

The end of a decade…time to celebrate & reflect!

The last month on our calendar holds many holidays and special celebrations, evoking a range of emotions. Laughter and love for some; loneliness and loss for others. Religious celebrations may stir up our faith. Family traditions bring nostalgia. This month, we simultaneously look back on the year we leave behind and look forward to the beginning of a new decade! ...

Estero… A Community of Giving

As we begin to look toward the end of the year, we are blessed with the month of November which reminds us all to be conscious of how much we have to be thankful for. Hopefully, it is more lasting than just one holiday that is set aside for such introspection. This season provides ample opportunity to truly focus on ...

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 ...