Gary Israel

Gary Israel

WOW! We have been enjoying the cooler, drier temperatures for a while now. And more of our seasonal friends continue to return from up north. As we head toward the end of another year, many of us are in the middle of college football rivalries and looking forward to tackling that Thanksgiving bird!

One of the exciting things about November is the beginning of basketball season. And for those of us who have embraced the successes of our hometown team, the FGCU Eagles, it looks to be another great season on the court. We invite you to enjoy this month’s cover story highlighting the rigor of this year’s men’s and women’s schedules.

In addition, the FGCU Women’s Basketball team will be featured in the Gulf Coast Showcase at Hertz Arena right after Thanksgiving, where they might have a chance to face Iowa’s Caitlin Clark, likely the most popular women’s basketball player ever. One thing for certain, it’s going to be an exciting season for FGCU basketball fans!

Speaking of success…how about any business that reaches a 20-year milestone? Such is the success of my friend and community partner, Bill Daubmann. He and his family are celebrating the 20th anniversary of My Shower Door! We know you will enjoy the backstory of this award-winning company, listed among the “Top 5,000 Fastest Growing Businesses in the U.S.” by INC Magazine for over six years.

And what’s all the buzz at Coconut Point? The Cheesecake Factory—our featured dining spot this month. Like many great American success stories, the restaurant’s beginning were humble. Not going to spoil it here, but suffice it to say that those humble beginnings, 45 years later, have led to more than 200 locations around the world, including our new location in Estero! The menu offers nearly endless options.

The Rotary Club of Estero has aimed to invoke community spirit and celebration by presenting “Light Up Estero,” the official Christmas tree lighting for the Village of Estero, for the last nine years. This year’s event will be on Saturday, December 2, at the Estero Community Park from 4-7 p.m. Children’s activities, food trucks and music by Estero students are the prelude for the climactic appearance of Santa and Mrs. Claus, delivered by fire truck, courtesy of Estero Fire Rescue.

Proceeds from the event fund scholarships for Estero High School students. Our Rotakids (Three Oaks Elementary) and Interact students (Three Oaks Middle School) will also be collecting pet food and supplies for Interfaith Charities. Bring a chair and a friend, and help the Village of Estero kick off the holiday season!

And don’t forget to join us as the Village of Estero honors veterans of all military branches and our first responders on Saturday, November 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., also at the Estero Community Park. Enjoy great patriotic music and FREE hot dogs and chips!

Finally, we all have many things to be grateful for, living in our portion of paradise. As we approach Thanksgiving, all of us at Estero Life Magazine wish you the many blessings of the season. Remember to thank those who have contributed to your personal and community success!

Until next time, remember to…

                                    Enjoy the Good Life, Estero Life!!



Gary Israel, President & Publisher

Estero Life Magazine

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