BEST DINING OF 2018

As we close out another year, it’s time to reflect on the amazing experiences we’ve had and the memories we’ve made. Here at Estero Life, we especially like to reflect on the best meals we’ve eaten! 2018 introduced us to some new favorite Southwest Florida eateries — like the trendy Society and eclectic Dorona —…

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Memory Lane: Estero Residents Cherish the Memories & Traditions of the Season

By Laura J. Cummings & L.J. Bury Memories of childhood Christmases light up our souls — the festive lights, the familiar melodies, the sacred stories, the dinner feasts and sugar cookies with sprinkles…and of course, the anticipation of opening all those presents! While many Estero residents have established new holiday traditions for their families to…

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Lee Health Coconut Point: Technology for a ‘Frictionless’ Patient Experience

By D.K. Christi The much anticipated grand opening of Lee Health’s Coconut Point healthcare and wellness facility happens this month, and administrators can’t wait to show it off. Advanced technology is being employed to create a new level of customer care, which means patients can look forward to fewer phone calls, shorter wait times and…

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VILLAGE LIFE: YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

Youth Empowerment Day at Koreshan State Park is a fun-filled learning experience. In its second year, the Oct. 13 event kicked off with a 5k race through the park. Many community organizations set up displays including Estero Fire Rescue, Koreshan Park Rangers and Girl Scouts. Ruth Fletcher, park services specialist, characterized the event as a…

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Estero Chamber Executive Director answers 7 questions

Questions with Sarah Newcomb By Laura J. Cummings In seeking a first, full-time executive director, the Estero Chamber of Commerce’s Search Team was looking for a strong leader and communicator with a solid background in business and an understanding of Southwest Florida’s economy and culture. They were surprised to find all of that in a…

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Memory Lane: Estero Residents Cherish the Memories & Traditions of the Season

By Laura J. Cummings & L.J. Bury Memories of childhood Christmases light up our souls — the festive lights, the ...

Lee Health Coconut Point: Technology for a ‘Frictionless’ Patient Experience

By D.K. Christi The much anticipated grand opening of Lee Health’s Coconut Point healthcare and wellness facility happens ...

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The Constitution Project: Educating the next generation of voters

By Laura J. Cummings Photos by Autumn Gates Mrs. Patsy Howell, gifted education teacher at Three Oaks Elementary, still has the U.S. Constitution booklet presented to her in fifth grade back in the early 1960s. It’s been a treasured reference ...

Meet FGCU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Michael Fly

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By: Scott Graison Photos by: Tessa Mortensen There will be a very familiar face leading the Florida Gulf Coast University basketball team this season. But he won’t be where you’ve seen him before. Think of the last player on the ...
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BEST DINING OF 2018

As we close out another year, it’s time to reflect on the amazing experiences we’ve had and the memories we’ve made. Here at Estero Life, ...

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DORONA, Modern Italian Steakhouse

‘Rustic Chic’ concept boasts exquisite cuisine Dorona 2110 9th St. N., Naples 239.529.2819 DoronaNaples.com A rare grape variety propagated on the Venetian lagoon islands is the namesake of Dorona Modern Italian Steakhouse. Medieval monks first grew these golden Dorona grapes, but their vines were thought to be extinct until recently ...

It’s BBQ Season!

Planning a backyard barbecue this summer? You’ll wow your guests with the bold and smoky flavors of this grilled chicken and corn on the cob recipe from Southwest Florida’s celebrated teen chef, Taylor Sanders. Ever since she received a kitchen play set one Christmas, 15-year-old Taylor has been enamored with ...
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South Fork Grille Fresh Flavors & a Friendly Feel

South Fork Grille Coconut Point Mall 23161 Village Shops Way, Estero 239.992.5040 SouthForkGrille.com As restaurants come and go at Coconut Point Mall, South Fork Grille has shown staying power. This ...
Sea Salt on 3rd Avenue South

The Artistry of Sea Salt & the ambience of Third Street South

Sea Salt 1186 Third Street South, Naples 239.434.7258 SeaSaltNaples.com Third Street South captivates with its historic charm and festive scene. It’s the heart of Old Naples and home to some ...

SWFL RESTAURANT WEEK

HAPPENING NOV. 30 through DECEMBER 13 SWFL RESTAURANT WEEK Various participating restaurants in Lee and Collier counties Dates: Thursday, Nov. 30 through Wednesday, Dec. 13 ...
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Koreshan State Park Fifth Annual Family Halloween Festival

Rylee Sheltram, Madison Gil

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The Fifth Annual Family Halloween Festival took place at Koreshan State Park Oct. 27, giving local families an opportunity to dress up for some seasonal fun. The festival included a costume contest, “trunk-or-treat” by local businesses and hayrides through the historic Koreshan Settlement.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

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Hundreds of Lee and Collier County residents united with the American Cancer Society for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Miromar Outlets Oct. 20. The event included live entertainment, a spirit station, kids activities, a Survivor Lap and plenty of pink! This annual walk raises awareness and funds to help with innovative research, to provide free information and support, and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or detect it early when it’s most treatable. From the opening ceremony to the post-walk entertainment, the Making Strides event at Miromar Outlets is a celebration of survivors and opportunity to remember loved ones lost.

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ESTERO: A YEAR IN REVIEW

2018 has been a productive year for the Village of Estero. The Village’s leadership has made progress on major projects, ...

Village Moves to Protect Green Space & Provide Access to the Estero River

“Preserve the land along the Estero River!” “We don’t want a cinder block on every ...

Mango Chutney Maven Marlene Fernandez

Marlene Fernandez stirs a vat of fermenting Mango Chutney Meat Sauce at the Estero Historical ...

Snippets of Success

Estero Country Club at The Vines breaks ground on Golf Course Restoration On March 19, ...
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And Now The End is Near…

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“Ol’ Blue Eyes” might have been right about the cycle of life we all face, but for this purpose, I am speaking about coming to the end of another spectacular year in the Village of Estero, full of many accomplishments. It seems like only yesterday we were putting Hurricane Irma behind us and looking forward to the promises of the ...

A Time for Giving Thanks…

As residents of the Village of Estero, we all have a great deal for which to be thankful. So right off, let me encourage everyone to exercise your right to VOTE on November 6 to preserve what we value. On behalf of Estero Life Magazine and our entire staff, we are very thankful for celebrating our 2nd anniversary since becoming ...

Estero’s ‘Vision’ is Taking Shape…

The Village of Estero is enjoying significant progress on the dreams and hopes of its residents and leaders in pursuing their goals of creating a “village center” (a mixed-use development which blends residential, commercial and cultural aspects into an integrated, pedestrian-friendly community). Our Village Council, Village Manager and staff have worked efficiently and methodically to lead us in the pursuit ...

Estero Life Magazine… A Double Anniversary!

During the past eight years, Estero’s growth and development have been extraordinary. We incorporated and became the Village of Estero, held elections for our first Village Council, and put in place an outstanding Village Manager and staff to guide us with the utmost of precision. Now, methodically, with our Village Council, we are carving out the tremendous “personality” of our ...
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