Over the last 16 years, Estero’s growth and development has been extraordinary. And since our incorporation at the end of 2014, progress in defining our municipality has accelerated considerably as our community works to carve out the tremendous “personality” of our village.
Estero Life Magazine has been proud to have chronicled it all from the beginning. September 15, 2016, was a turning point for the magazine. First, our name changed from “Estero Lifestyle” to Estero Life.” Next, we moved our total design, publishing and distribution from the east coast to Presstige Printing in Bonita Springs, which has paid big dividends. Elevating our primary writer/photojournalist, Laura Cummings, to direct our editorial operations as editor-in-chief, also was a major step forward.
Today, as we quietly celebrate our third anniversary of that new beginning, we have continued to grow both in distribution, to more than 15,000 copies/month (97 percent delivered to the mailboxes of our readers), and with the addition of several talented writers and photographers whose abilities are adding unique perspectives to our stories each month.
We are grateful to our loyal advertising partners and appreciative of our community and the local readership. Your thoughtful comments and encouragement inspire us to reach for new heights to bring you the stories behind Estero in ways that no other publication does.
One such story is this month’s cover story updating us all on the current and historical value of the Bonita Community Health Center (BCHC), which has served our community for nearly 20 years. For those who have been around for awhile, this story should help to reaffirm this institution’s purpose, while also assisting Estero’s newer residents on the offerings of BCHC in comparison to several new healthcare facilities.
A second feature story this month uncovers a unique, new business: Estero Bay Olive Oil and Tea, a specialty boutique at Coconut Point Mall. It’s unique in several ways. First, one owner is a fifth-generation Lee County resident, while the other is an ambitious immigrant. Secondly, there is as much social value to the business as there is a retail value. You’ll be inspired to try the hundreds of tasty combinations of olive oils and balsamic vinegars, along with the extensive selection of teas and local honeys.
Exploring our local shopping districts can lead to unexpected discoveries. While doing our photo shoot for our Mom of the Year recently, we discovered a gem tucked away in University Village Shops just south of FGCU. KC American Bistro is the convergence of elegance, culinary diversity, culture and a keen historical perspective on dining across America. KC’s is sure to climb to the top of our local dining scene as more and more fine-dining enthusiasts discover its cuisine.
Attention Golfers!!! Please take notice of two extraordinary golfing events coming up soon. First is the Rotary Club of Estero’s annual fundraising tournament at the beautiful Vasari Golf & Country Club on Saturday, Sept. 21. Proceeds from this golf, lunch and silent auction are used to offer assistance to more than 25 organizations and nonprofits in our local area.
The second upcoming golf fundraiser is the Estero Chamber of Commerce annual scholarship golf tournament being held on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Stoneybrook Golf Club. This annual event supports the Chamber’s scholarship giving program. Check out the details of both golf events in this issue!
Discover all of this, along with our readers favorites like Village Life, Village Connection, Best Bets and LJ’s Corner!
As always, remember to…
Enjoy the Good Life: Estero Life!
Gary Israel, President & Publisher’
Estero Life Magazine.