Estero Economic Outlook 2021

Tourism down, but real estate booming as we enter new year   Just 31 years ago, Realtor Joe Pavich bought one of the first 800 homes in Estero — and he couldn’t even get a pizza delivered. “Now, I walk to Ruth’s Chris,” Pavich said of the famed steakhouse located at Coconut Point Mall. In…

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Best of 2020 Food and Feels… from European to Coastal Cuisine

Southwest Florida has no shortage of excellent cuisine! This year we were privileged to sample the menus of restaurants from a variety of unique cultures including Peruvian, Italian and Greek. While 2020 brought many changes to the dining experience, it also introduced us to some new favorite eateries – like the breathtaking Sails Restaurant and…

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‘Quirky’ Everblades Goalie Cam Johnson overcomes personal obstacles, plays for love of the game

Cam Johnson isn’t your normal hockey player. “He’s happy-go-lucky, quirky,” Blades coach Brad Ralph said. “He keeps the mood light.” The Florida Everblades goaltender has two cats: Puss Puss, 12, and Si, 7. And he once starred in a holiday video for the Binghamton Devils in the American Hockey League. “He’s goofy. Not many can…

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Miromar Oulets Shines as Top Attraction on TripAdvisor

Estero outlet mall remains popular during unprecedented times.   Christmas came early for Miromar Outlets. In the midst of this summer’s COVID-19 shutdowns, Estero’s outlet mall received a gift, bestowed by TripAdvisor on behalf of thousands of happy shoppers: a 2020 Traveler’s Choice Award. This prestigious award signifies that Miromar Outlets ranks among TripAdvisor’s top…

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Ben Allen, ‘The Voice’ contestant, reveals his unexpected path to stardom

From ‘shy’ kid to confident country singer, this self-taught musician shares his journey to become one of Southwest Florida’s up-and-coming stars. By Laura J. Cummings, Estero Life Magazine   On stage, “The Voice” contestant Ben Allen oozes confidence as he croons in his classic country voice. He’s been so “consistently good” — as coach John…

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Estero Economic Outlook 2021

Tourism down, but real estate booming as we enter new year   Just 31 years ago, Realtor Joe Pavich bought ...
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Best of 2020 Food and Feels… from European to Coastal Cuisine

Southwest Florida has no shortage of excellent cuisine! This year we were privileged to sample the menus of ...
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‘Quirky’ Everblades Goalie Cam Johnson overcomes personal obstacles, plays for love of the game

Cam Johnson isn’t your normal hockey player. “He’s happy-go-lucky, quirky,” Blades coach Brad Ralph said. “He keeps the mood light.” Cam Johnson greets fans The Florida Everblades goaltender has two cats: Puss Puss, 12, and Si, 7. And he once ...
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Miromar Oulets Shines as Top Attraction on TripAdvisor

Estero outlet mall remains popular during unprecedented times.   Christmas came early for Miromar Outlets. In the midst of this summer’s COVID-19 shutdowns, Estero’s outlet mall received a gift, bestowed by TripAdvisor on behalf of thousands of happy shoppers: a ...
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Meet Joanne Ribble, candidate for Village Council District 1

Joanne Ribble
Joanne Ribble has announced her candidacy for the Village of Estero Council, District 1.  She is a 14-year resident of the Colony in Pelican Landing. Ribble is a graduate of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and received a B.S. Degree in ...
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Meet Larry Fiesel: Candidate for Estero Village Council District 2

Larry Fiesel has announced he will run for the District 2 seat on the Village of Estero Council. To secure his place on the ballot, Fiesel filed petitions supporting his candidacy from hundreds of Estero residents with the Lee County ...
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Best of 2020 Food and Feels… from European to Coastal Cuisine

Southwest Florida has no shortage of excellent cuisine! This year we were privileged to sample the menus of restaurants from a variety of unique cultures ...

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Mykonos Kuzina outdoor dining

Mykonos Kuzina offers warm welcome & delightful dishes

Mykonos Kuzina is marked by a friendly and down-to-earth ambience that few restaurants possess. The family-owned establishment welcomes guests with colorful décor, Mediterranean aromas and big smiles. The cuisine can ...
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Cantina 109: Tex-Mex & Tequila with Top-notch Service

From the outside peering in, Cantina 109 might seem to be your average Mexican restaurant. But once you step inside, you’ll be transported to a new state of mind. Colorful ...
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Casual Eats

As restaurants everywhere adjust to the “new normal,” we set out to find the best casual eateries in the area. Burntwood Tavern, Tommy Bahama Marlin ...
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Set Sail for the world’s finest food & wine offerings

“Like Velcro, I put people together,” says General Manager and Co-founder of Sails Restaurant Velko Pavicevic. It’s not just an easy way to remember his ...
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Meet Joanne Ribble, candidate for Village Council District 1

Joanne Ribble
Joanne Ribble has announced her candidacy for the Village of Estero Council, District 1.  She is a 14-year resident of ...

Village of Estero Year in Review: 2020

As we close out 2020 and head into a new year, the Village of Estero ...
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Three Village Council seats open for election

The next Village of Estero regular election will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, ...
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Village of Estero Honors Veterans

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Village of Estero will not hold its annual ...
Publisher's Messages

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Historically Speaking…

For many of Estero’s 35,000-plus residents who have migrated into our paradise, Estero seems the product of amazing growth and development from just the last 20 years. Most people are unaware that Estero has a truly profound history with great depth and significance, dating back more than 500 years! This issue is dedicated to celebrating the area’s uniquely rich history, ...

Welcome Fall! Time for a change in season…and a change in perspective!

Now that we finally made it to the fall season, by the calendar anyway, I say that we all look forward to slightly cooler temperatures and lower humidity and begin to relax and enjoy the Estero lifestyle! Let’s start to venture out, masks and sanitizers in hand, and begin to support the many local businesses that are trying to hang ...

A ‘Double’ Anniversary Celebration!

With this September 2020 issue, we are celebrating our 10th anniversary!! In September 2010, at the bottom of an economic recession, Lifestyle Media Group launched Estero Lifestyle Magazine and gave me the opportunity to serve as publisher and director of sales/marketing. Although the business community was hesitant at first, the overwhelming, positive response from Estero residents was the impetus needed ...

Missing the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ (Did I just say that??)

Most of us will remember how we dreaded the “dog days of summer” — when it was hot and muggy, vacations were over, the kids were bored, and we were at wit’s end trying to decide how to cope until school resumed (usually after Labor Day). Fast-forward to 2020, where we have had incessant, record heat, no opportunity to even ...