A Cat Café? Purrfect!

By Tara September   Tokyo, New York City and now Southwest Florida. Located in Gulf Coast Town Center, Cattyshack Café brings the popular cat café trend here to Lee County while saving thousands of local feline lives in the process — 1,271 to be exact since it opened its doors in June 2020.   What…

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A Ruff Life? Not for Estero’s Pampered Pooches!

By Samantha Roesler To many pet owners, their fur babies are like children. They want nothing but the best doctors and professionals handling their pets. Luckily for Estero residents, there are many local pet professionals who are determined to provide top services to ensure happy and healthy pooches.   Training Together Those in Estero looking…

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Beholding Beauty: Artists of Estero Exhibit at COCO Art Gallery

By D.K. Christi   Browsing the COCO Art Gallery is a feast for the senses — 7,000 square feet of eye-catching exhibits from local artists, all in one place. Located near the main entrance to Coconut Point Mall, the gallery is a non-profit cooperative owned by the Art Council of Southwest Florida (ACSWFL), featuring the…

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Empowering At-Risk Youth to ‘Grow Further’ – New Horizons of SWFL Celebrates 20 Years

By Autumn Gates   Twenty years ago, Bob and Ellen Nichols were inspired to provide free, after-school tutoring for local Hispanic children living in areas of poverty. They recruited some volunteers and began serving about 20 students at Rosemary Park in Bonita Springs, combining homework help with mentorship and faith building. Thus began the first…

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Cycling Gains Traction in Estero

By D.K. Christi   Frank Schuler, 81, recently captured some media attention for cycling a whopping 3,500 miles last year—all in Estero. He wasn’t so much going for a record as he was simply engaging in a daily habit. Regardless of weather changes, he religiously rides his bike 10 to 12 miles each day in…

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A Cat Café? Purrfect!

Volunteers Grace Labbe and Matthew Morinello By Tara September   Tokyo, New York City and now Southwest Florida. Located in ...
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A Ruff Life? Not for Estero’s Pampered Pooches!

Dog Trainer Joe De Simone By Samantha Roesler To many pet owners, their fur babies are like children. ...
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Beholding Beauty: Artists of Estero Exhibit at COCO Art Gallery

COCO Art Gallery By D.K. Christi   Browsing the COCO Art Gallery is a feast for the senses — 7,000 square feet of eye-catching exhibits from local artists, all in one place. Located near the main entrance to Coconut Point ...
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Empowering At-Risk Youth to ‘Grow Further’ – New Horizons of SWFL Celebrates 20 Years

Estero Super Kids Club By Autumn Gates   Twenty years ago, Bob and Ellen Nichols were inspired to provide free, after-school tutoring for local Hispanic children living in areas of poverty. They recruited some volunteers and began serving about 20 ...
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New exhibit at Estero Historical Society honors legacy of founder

Estero Creek Schoolhouse
There are people who, without achieving fame for themselves, manage to accomplish many things on behalf of their community.  The community of Estero, Fla., can look to the legacy of Mimi Straub for just such accomplishments. Starting May 14, 2022, ...
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Farewell to Estero Planner Howard Levitan

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Howard Levitan By Laura Gates   Howard Levitan, one of Estero’s first elected Village Council members and co-chair of the Planning, Zoning and Design Board (PZDB), has been involved in Estero’s governance since moving here in 2010. He is soon ...
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Dining

DINING

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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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Yabba Island Grill: Upscale Seafood With a Breezy Tropical Feel

By Katie Roberts Fifth Avenue South is known for its energetic nightlife, unique boutiques, and of course, the diverse selection of restaurants. For top-notch seafood, Yabba Island Grill has long ...
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Del Mar Delights the Senses With Masterful Mediterranean Cuisine

By Autumn Gates   “We want every day to be like a first date,” says Rick Giannasi, general manager of the newly opened Mediterranean coastal restaurant, Del Mar.  Located in ...

Harvest & Wisdom Restaurant at Shangri-La Springs re-opens, welcomes new chef

Executive Chef Michael Swartz is leading the recently reopened farm-to-table restaurant in Historic Downtown Bonita Springs, FL   Chef Michael Swartz of Harvest & Wisdom ...
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Enjoy ‘The Sweet Life’ at Aldo’s Italian Table and Bar

By Autumn Gates Aldo's Exterior   Seeking to experience exquisite Italian cuisine in an atmosphere that is classy yet relaxed? Aldo’s Italian Table and Bar ...
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Village News

VILLAGE NEWS

Farewell to Estero Planner Howard Levitan

Village of Estero
Howard Levitan By Laura Gates   Howard Levitan, one of Estero’s first elected Village Council members and co-chair of the ...
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7 Years to Celebrate

Estero Parkway As the Village of Estero marks its seventh anniversary this month with a ...
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Village Connection – Meet the Village of Estero Staff

The Village of Estero keeps taxes low with“government lite” operations. Many functions, such as waste ...
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Village Connection – Infrastructure Projects Planned for 2022

Estero residents can expect to see a number of improvements in 2022 which will aid ...
Publisher's Messages

Publisher's Messages

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 ...

A message from the Publisher: Estero Life Magazine is growing to serve YOU!

As Estero’s premier publication, Estero Life Magazine is making some changes to better serve our faithful readers and our growing community. Estero continues to experience explosive population growth (see our real estate story in the July 2021 issue of Estero Life Magazine), and we don’t want any of our “neighbors” to be left out. Over the course of the last ...

More Than Fireworks Exploding in July in the Village of Estero

For nearly 11 years, Estero Life Magazine has been driven by the goal to foster a sense of community for Estero by promoting the people, places, events, businesses, activities and opportunities that abound. The Village of Estero is now exploding beyond imagination, making that mission all the more critical as we welcome new neighbors, businesses and opportunities. We are excited ...

Happy Endings and New Beginnings…

Well, it’s June. And with a simple turn of the page on our calendars brings the annual onslaught of mixed emotions associated with ‘“endings and beginnings.” At the time of this writing, the most glaring happy ending is associated with our emergence from the COVID pandemic, as this will mark the first full month of living without masks!! (As I ...