As the Village of Estero reaches its fourth anniversary, we pause, briefly, to catch our breath from the tremendous list of accomplishments this past year, to gaze into our crystal ball and into our future. That “crystal ball” comes in the form of a number of talented, informed experts around our area who have offered us their professional opinions on the economic outlook for 2019. If you have been reading along in our “Village Connection” article each month, you may be aware of many forthcoming developments. Our cover story delves deeper into the numerous developments being built (or soon to be), the prospects for the real estate market, infrastructure improvements, as well as enhancements in education due to a cooperative spirit with FGCU, Lee County Schools, the ECCL and the Village. Additionally, exciting changes within the Estero Chamber of Commerce will lead our local business community in a new direction. It’s certain 2019 will be another successful year in the history of our young city.

Part of the ongoing success of the Village will be the continuation of the Estero Education Initiative, a “first-of-its-kind” community partnership. The Village of Estero is committed to making the four schools in our area the very best in the state. This will become a win-win opportunity for every resident, as the worth of any community is the quality of its education.

From a historical perspective, 2019 marks the 100th Anniversary of the United Methodist Church. A centennial celebration and concert series are planned to honor its continuing legacy. We hope you will enjoy reading about early Estero history and that you will want to get out to enjoy the upcoming performances.

This month, we are also profiling two businesses owned by Estero residents. We announce the first CBD oil business, just to our south in the Pelican Landing area of Bonita Springs, opened last month by Max Mitchley and his partners. The future of this derivative of the hemp plant offers great promise to those suffering from a variety of conditions.

My Shower Door, which may be familiar to many of you, just capped off its 15-year history with a groundbreaking this past month for a new headquarters off Alico Road. It will combine their two businesses, My Shower Door and a glass manufacturing business, 3D Glass, under one roof. Bill and Donna Daubmann and their sons, Keith and Douglas, work tirelessly for both their business and in support of the community. This is a family and business in which we can all take pride.

Also this month, we partner with The b Store at Coconut Point for our Winter Fashion photo shoot, featuring community model Judy Mittino, president of the Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation. See seasonal looks for both formal and casual occasions.

Our dining feature this month is the Islamorada Fish Company, hidden (literally) on the south side of Bass Pro Shops at Gulf Coast Town Center. This casual dining experience offers the best of the Florida Keys with many exciting and tasty options for both lunch and dinner.

And, of course, you will find your usual favorites such as Best Bets for entertainment, the popular “Scene” pages (check out extra photos on our website), LJ’s Corner, and local “Happenings” for all to enjoy during the month of January.

On behalf of all of us at Estero Life Magazine, I wish you a very safe, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

As always…Enjoy the GOOD Life: Estero Life.


Gary Israel, President & Publisher

Estero Life Magazine

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