The ‘President Next Door’

By Cheryl Mandell   Michael V. Martin, PhD, is a president of the people, and anyone on campus at Florida Gulf Coast University who knows him will tell you so.…

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Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation Gives BIG

By D.K. Christi   Five million dollars makes a difference. That’s how much the residents of Shadow Wood at The Brooks have given to nonprofits in Southwest Florida  through the…

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Estero’s Hurricane Heroes – Helping Neighbors Recover from Hurricane Ian

By Laura Cummings & Hunter Dail Photos by Autumn Gates   Heather Authement was having a “mini freakout session” as the water rose — rapidly — inside her family’s Estero…

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Coach Chambers Brings ‘Dynamic’ Energy to FGCU Basketball

By Hunter Dail   Whether it’s meeting with donors, boosters or members of the Boys & Girls Club and talking about fast-tempo basketball, attitude and gratitude — or faith and…

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FGCU Athletes Become Entrepreneurs

By Hunter Dail    FGCU’s Franco Miller and Dakota Rivers have goals of playing professional basketball when their college careers are done. In the meantime, Miller and Rivers are budding…

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The ‘President Next Door’

ASUN Championship, 2019 By Cheryl Mandell   Michael V. Martin, PhD, is a president of the people, and anyone on ...
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Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation Gives BIG

Harry Chapin Food Bank check presentation By D.K. Christi   Five million dollars makes a difference. That’s how ...
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Damaged household items at the curb in Estero River Heights

Estero’s Hurricane Heroes – Helping Neighbors Recover from Hurricane Ian

Chris Dagge and neighbor Debra Pikula rest on a fallen palm tree in Estero River Heights By Laura Cummings & Hunter Dail Photos by Autumn Gates   Heather Authement was having a “mini freakout session” as the water rose — ...
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Coach Chambers with his family

Coach Chambers Brings ‘Dynamic’ Energy to FGCU Basketball

Coach Chambers with Ken Kavangh at the news conference announcing his hiring By Hunter Dail   Whether it’s meeting with donors, boosters or members of the Boys & Girls Club and talking about fast-tempo basketball, attitude and gratitude — or ...
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The ‘President Next Door’

Mike and Jan Martin
ASUN Championship, 2019 By Cheryl Mandell   Michael V. Martin, PhD, is a president of the people, and anyone on campus at Florida Gulf Coast University who knows him will tell you so. He can easily be found chatting with ...
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Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation Gives BIG

Shadow Wood Community Foundation Trustees
Harry Chapin Food Bank check presentation By D.K. Christi   Five million dollars makes a difference. That’s how much the residents of Shadow Wood at The Brooks have given to nonprofits in Southwest Florida  through the Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation ...
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Best of Estero and SWFL Dining 2022

The food scene in Southwest Florida got more diverse—and delicious—over the last year! During our dining adventures of 2022, we uncovered some truly outstanding dishes…and ...

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Mare Terra Interior

Mare Terra: An Artistic Culinary Journey

Mare Terra Interior By Cheryl Mandell Photos by Autumn Gates   The feast for your senses begins upon entering Mare Terra. Bold, beautiful abstract art by Mexican artist Gabriella Ramirez ...
El Nido Interior

El Nido Modern Mexican: A Nest of Latin Flavors

El Nido Interior By Autumn Gates   Vibrant skeleton art, playful neon signs, and the fragrant aromas of an array of Latin cuisine – one step inside tells you this ...
The Bohemian interior

The Bohemian: An Eclectic Dining Adventure of Flavorful Fusion

The Bohemian exterior By Autumn Gates   From the curb, The Bohemian looks minimalist with its clean, all-white exterior and aesthetic patio dining. Only the ...
Refreshing Eats

Refreshing Eats for Summertime Heat

By Cheryl Mandell   It’s summertime, and the eatin’s easy! It seems there is a new quick-and-healthy eatery or juicery on every corner of Estero. ...
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Village Connection – Hurricane Ian Recovery

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Important Information about Debris, Damage and Repairs   The Village of Estero continues to assist residents and businesses with Hurricane ...
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Village Connection – Get Involved With the Budget Process

Get Involved With the Budget Process!   Capital Improvement Plan The majority of the Village’s ...
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Village Connection – River Oaks Preserve Acquisition to Offer Native Plants, Nature Programs

Volunteers Pat Mauriello and Mackenzie Doyle enjoying their day of hard work in the preserve ...
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In Memorandum – Celebrating the legacy of Larry Newell

Larry Newell Long before others had the vision, Larry Newell could foresee the benefits of ...
Publisher's Messages

Publisher's Messages

Celebrating the Best of Estero!

What tops your ‘Best of’ list? I am sure each of us could think of many ‘Best of’ moments, experiences or items worthy of sharing. This month, we share some of Estero’s best events, dining experiences, and most of all, people! On Saturday, Dec. 3, from 4-7 p.m, the Rotary Club of Estero will present the annual “Light Up Estero” ...

True Passion & Grit

It is nearly everyone’s desire that, at some point in their lives, they discover the kind of true passion about something that converts ‘just a job’ into something they love so much it seldom resembles work. Having published Estero Life Magazine for 13 years and owned for the last six years, I have become truly passionate about celebrating and enhancing ...

Fun OUT of the Sun!

Somewhere between the beginning of hurricane season (June 1) and the peak of the season (mid to late September), we annually experience smoldering summer heat. But this year, it seems we have been at the height of summer heat since, oh, about the beginning of the year! While much of the country is experiencing near-record heat, we can be thankful ...

All’s Well That Ends Well

In a departure from my typical publisher’s message, and in honor of the recent Kelly Cup win by our Florida Everblades, I am offering an inside look at my other “persona.” Although recognized throughout the Village of Estero for being the face of Estero Life Magazine, I am regionally recognized as an accurate and “winning” National Anthem singer. I didn’t ...