Pelican’s Pain Cave Produces Top Triathletes

By Hunter Dail    When Ashley Corliss came to Estero a little more than 18 months ago to teach at Florida Gulf Coast University, she had no cycling experience and just a little bit of training in running and swimming. Today, Corliss has completed more than a dozen triathlons of various distances. Triathlons – swimming,…

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Football, Female & Fearless

Estero High athlete Becca Reisen forges her own path By Hunter Dail   Becca Reisen may be quiet. But she isn’t shy. Estero High football coach Darren Nelson found that out this past January. After a weight-lifting session, Becca walked up to the coach, looked him in the eye and asked, “Can girls play football?”…

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Meet Mama Gronk

The manager mom behind Team Gronkowski By Cheryl Mandell   Athletes aren’t born overnight. Even players with immense natural talent require plenty of training and preparation, not to mention familial support. Diane Gronkowski-Walters dove full-bore into her motherhood role and ultimately became the captain of one of the best teams in the country — her…

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Are You a Pickler?

Guide to Pickleball: America’s fastest-growing sport By Tara September   If you’ve been asked, “Do you pickle?”, chances are, the inquiry wasn’t about canning cucumbers. Pickleball is America’s fastest-growing sport. In 2020, 4.2 million people played pickleball in the United States, up from 3.46 million in 2019, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association’s 2021…

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Storytelling for Good

Local women share their stories and make a difference for orphans and victims of sexual exploitation By Katie Roberts   The ancients have long known the power of storytelling—passing along stories of ancestral heroes from one generation to the next. Narratives have the power to awaken our emotions and unite us in our humanity. They…

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Pelican’s Pain Cave Produces Top Triathletes

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Meet Mama Gronk

The Gronkowski boys The manager mom behind Team Gronkowski By Cheryl Mandell   Athletes aren’t born overnight. Even players with immense natural talent require plenty of training and preparation, not to mention familial support. Diane Gronkowski-Walters dove full-bore into her ...
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Are You a Pickler?

Bob Jeffreys Guide to Pickleball: America's fastest-growing sport By Tara September   If you’ve been asked, “Do you pickle?”, chances are, the inquiry wasn’t about canning cucumbers. Pickleball is America's fastest-growing sport. In 2020, 4.2 million people played pickleball in ...
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7 Questions with Christopher Bernier, Lee County Schools’ New Superintendent

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Christopher Bernier By Laura Cummings   The School District of Lee County welcomes a new superintendent this school year. Christopher Bernier, PhD, returned to the Sunshine State after a stint in Las Vegas as chief of staff for the nation’s ...
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Pelican’s Pain Cave Produces Top Triathletes

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Pre-dawn run at Estero Park By Hunter Dail    When Ashley Corliss came to Estero a little more than 18 months ago to teach at Florida Gulf Coast University, she had no cycling experience and just a little bit of ...
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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 ...

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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 Zen statues near the door ...
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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. Bahia Bowls, run by Florida ...
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Bayfront’s Tantalizing Trio

By Cheryl Mandell If you haven’t been to Bayfront in Naples lately, you’re in for some tasty surprises down at the bay. With revamped, remodeled ...
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De Adriatico: A Taste of the Mediterranean on the Gulf Coast

De Adriatico patio By Autumn Gates Chic and modern on the outside with a simple yet striking dining space, De Adriatico invites the community to ...
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Village Connection – Get Involved With the Budget Process

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Get Involved With the Budget Process!   Capital Improvement Plan The majority of the Village’s budget, 78 percent, appropriates funding ...
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Village Connection – Capital Improvement Projects Planned for the Coming Year

Via Coconut Point-Williams Road Landscaping The Village of Estero will continue to put a major ...
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Village Connection – Hurricane Season in SWFL

It’s that time again to prepare for hurricane season. It begins on June 1 and ...
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Farewell to Estero Planner Howard Levitan

Howard Levitan By Laura Gates   Howard Levitan, one of Estero’s first elected Village Council ...
Publisher's Messages

Publisher's Messages

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 ...

Happy Birthday, Estero!

Gary Israel, President & PublisherEstero Life Magazine My how time flies! It seems like only yesterday that the Village of Estero incorporated, and we elected our very first Village Council. For those of us living here at the time, it was a very proud moment. For those who have settled into Estero since that time, you will be surprised to ...