Gary Israel

Gary Israel

As the 33928 ZIP code continues to grow, so do the opportunities. Take, for example, the new Estero Fire Rescue Station 45, featured in our cover story this month. Not only has the fire district gained a state-of-the-art facility to serve the developing communities out east on Corkscrew Road, but its unique design can withstand winds up to 173 mph. The facility also offers space for cross-training with other emergency services units. We invite you to read about the many amenities of Estero’s newest addition to community services.

Speaking about expansion, have you explored everything that’s new this year at University Village? This month’s dining feature showcases three new options for “casual eats”– Pelican Larry’s, Off the Bone and Fat Kats Slider Bar. Park on the north side of UV, and you can literally walk from one to another. Whatever casual fare you are hungry for, you will find – ribs, BBQ, chicken, sliders of every description, salads, shrimp, lobster & crab rolls, quesadillas, Texas-style brisket, wings, beer, wine and cocktails – plus live entertainment and happy hour specials. Try all three of these unique concepts right in our “backyard!” If you’re having trouble choosing, just close your eyes and point to any of the dishes featured on these pages. You won’t be disappointed!

            Travel a little further, and the opportunities for adventure abound. After two years-plus of Covid-19, followed by Hurricane Ian – not to mention unmanageable inflation – it’s finally a somewhat “normal” summer. So, now what?? Our feature story, “Rediscovering Florida,” comes to the rescue to help you expand your paradigm to see opportunities for exploration, close to home! At your fingertips are nearly 30 options for wildlife encounters, water adventures, wineries and more throughout south and central Florida, all within a two- to three-hour drive. We know many of you will find something that piques your interest. The next step is up to you!

Whether you’re heading out for a “staycation” or simply coming home to Estero, you’ll likely pass through Exit 123 at I-75 and Corkscrew Road. While most interstate exits are minimally landscaped with a bland, one-style-fits-all concept, the Village of Estero desired to enhance and showcase the entrance to our community. Landscaping is scheduled to be completed this month, and we suggest you slow down to take in the beauty. This month’s Village Connection explains the thoughtful landscape design at our interstate exchange, which uses “Florida-friendly” and native plant species requiring less irrigation. You might even discover a species or two that would work well with your own home landscaping.

            And finally, all of us at Estero Life Magazine, along with our production team, want to wish each of you a safe and happy Fourth of July. May your patriotism never waiver as we send Godspeed to our troops everywhere and pray for God to bless America!


Until next month, remember to…

Enjoy the Good Life: Estero Life!!


Gary Israel, President & Publisher 

Estero Life Magazine


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