Gary Israel

What are your passions? Is there anything that really gets you going? Most of us are passionate about something at times in our lives, which is healthy and keeps our society moving forward.

For example, this month’s cover story commemorates World Oceans Day and highlights the efforts of local people who are passionate about preserving the quality of Estero’s waterways. That passion unites professors and students at the FGCU Water School, the Calusa Waterkeepers, and (hopefully) runs right down to our neighbors, attempting to maintain their lawns and gardens in Florida’s extreme weather conditions. Water quantity and quality is one of the most important issues we face — worldwide!

In this month’s tribute to fatherhood, “Beyond the Breadwinner,” we profile two dads who find their passion in preserving a strong family structure for their kids by giving back to areas of the community in which their kids are involved. Many of you probably know Estero residents Vince Modarelli and Jason Pavich and will enjoy reading about both their community involvements and the ways they support their kids. Like many local dads, they are passionate about creating a strong family structure. As we celebrate Father’s Day this month, we salute and congratulate all fathers and father figures who strive for the same ideals. Fathers are a critical component of any family — and community — structure.

This month’s dining feature takes us on a culinary adventure as we “travel” 90 miles off the coast of Florida to the island of Cuba via the fourth and newest location of Fernandez the Bull, tucked neatly into a plaza at the corner of U.S. 41 and Bonita Beach Road. Like many restaurant owners we have encountered during our 14 years of publishing Estero Life Magazine, founder Luis Fernandez is passionate about his country’s cuisine and preserving his culture for others to enjoy. For nearly 40 years, Fernandez the Bull has been known for exceptional and authentic Cuban dishes, and we are sure you will find some of our favorites becoming yours.

Here in Estero, Village Manager Steve Sarkozy and his staff, along with our mayor and the Village Council, are all passionate about enhancing the beauty and quality of life in our “slice of paradise.” This month’s Village Connection enumerates the capital improvements planned during the upcoming 2024–25 fiscal year.

And finally, a last glimpse of this year’s Breaking Par event in our “Scene on Site” photo gallery displays the passion our community has for supporting education.


Until next time, remember to…

                                    Enjoy the Good Life, Estero Life!!



Gary Israel, President & Publisher

Estero Life Magazine

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