Forecasting Estero’s Future: Economic Outlook 2019

By Laura J. Cummings The Fort Myers metropolitan area continues to make the Top 10 lists of both Forbes and USA Today for the fastest growing cities in the U.S. — and Estero is clearly a major contributor to this growth. Construction is booming in the Village of Estero, and all indicators point to continued…

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At 100 Years Old, Estero United Methodist ‘Raises the Roof’ Again

By Meg Daradanova For Estero residents, the United Methodist Church is one of the most familiar landmarks in the Village. Dating back to the times of the original settling families, the church turns 100 this year, making it one of the oldest institutions in the area. Celebrations will be anchored by the second installment of…

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ISLAMORADA FISH COMPANY: Relaxed atmosphere & an awe-inspiring aquarium

By Laura J. Cummings Islamorada is Spanish for “purple island,” so named by the earliest explorers of the Florida Keys. But here on the Gulf Coast, the name is associated with top-notch seafood dinners. If you’ve ever been tooling around Bass Pro Shops at Gulf Coast Town Center, perhaps looking for some new fishing lures…

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The Estero Education Initiative: Another ‘First’ for Estero

By D.K. Christi What could happen if a city teamed up with its local school district to better education and opportunities for all of its residents? This question is just beginning to be answered by a first-of-its-kind agreement between the Village of Estero and the School District of Lee County. The idea has been building…

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BEST DINING OF 2018

As we close out another year, it’s time to reflect on the amazing experiences we’ve had and the memories we’ve made. Here at Estero Life, we especially like to reflect on the best meals we’ve eaten! 2018 introduced us to some new favorite Southwest Florida eateries — like the trendy Society and eclectic Dorona —…

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By Laura J. Cummings The Fort Myers metropolitan area continues to make the Top 10 lists of both Forbes ...

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The Estero Education Initiative: Another ‘First’ for Estero

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By D.K. Christi What could happen if a city teamed up with its local school district to better education and opportunities for all of its residents? This question is just beginning to be answered by a first-of-its-kind agreement between ...
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ISLAMORADA FISH COMPANY: Relaxed atmosphere & an awe-inspiring aquarium

By Laura J. Cummings Islamorada is Spanish for “purple island,” so named by the earliest explorers of the Florida Keys. But here on the Gulf ...

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BEST DINING OF 2018

As we close out another year, it’s time to reflect on the amazing experiences we’ve had and the memories we’ve made. Here at Estero Life, we especially like to reflect ...
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Longstanding Local Favorite Re-emerges as…The Pewter Mug North

By Gary Israel Photos by Lisa Macias For nearly 50 years, The Pewter Mug has been renowned for its signature cuts of prime rib and its famous soup and salad ...

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Culinary innovation with classic roots Barbatella 1290 Third Street South, Naples 239.263.1955 barbatellanaples.com By Laura J. Cummings             What is Barbatella? This Third Street South ...

FLIPPER’S ON THE BAY

Experience Elevated Dining with Estero Bay Views Flipper’s on the Bay 8771 Estero Blvd., Ft. Myers Beach 239.765.1025 flippersotb.com Flipper’s on the Bay, the waterfront ...
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Discovery Day Academy Enchanted Garden Gala

Alexia & Udo Fischer

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Discovery Day Academy hosted its first Enchanted Garden Gala in the gardens of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point on the evening of Nov. 17, 2018. Proceeds from the gala will benefit structural and program development, which includes new books for the library, supplies for the school’s entrepreneurship program, art and engineering Maker Spaces, security and safety, counseling and the culinary program. The evening included a “mix and mingle” with drinks and hors d’oeuvres, children’s artwork on display and a sit-down dinner, along with an evening of enchanting entertainment.

Light Up Estero

Doris & Chuck Titko

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The 5th Annual Light Up Estero, the Village of Estero’s Christmas Tree lighting celebration, was presented by the Rotary Club of Estero on Dec. 1, 2018, at Estero Community Park. Attendees were treated to the musical talents of the New Horizons of Southwest Florida Children’s Choir and the Three Oaks Middle School Jazz Band and enjoyed a group sing-along. Proceeds from sponsorships and a raffle of 15 holiday wreaths support scholarships for Estero High School students. The three recipients of last year’s Light Up Estero scholarships were honored. The highlight of the evening was Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by firetruck courtesy of Estero Fire Rescue.

Night at the Nest

Art & Cindy Pickering

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The 9th Annual “Night at the Nest” was held on Nov. 30, 2018, at Alico Arena on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University. The sell-out crowd of 800 was treated to appetizers, an open bar and a sit-down dinner. There was an amazing array of silent auction items, as well as a live auction called by Jay Severson. Live items included a VIP Masters experience, a private concert by the Ben Allen Band and a Napa Valley experience. Student athletes set tables, served meals, cleared tables and helped identify bidders. WINK TV’s Lois Thome served as event emcee.

Estero Veterans Day program

Betty & Steve Shandor

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The second annual Village of Estero Veterans Day program was held on November 17, 2018, at Estero Community Park, honoring all veterans, active military, first responders and Gold Star parents. Starting with the Estero High School ROTC presenting the colors, this high-paced celebration featured a military theme song tribute, a 21- gun salute and Taps, and a keynote address by Major General James Dozier. The highlight was patriotic and popular musical selections performed by Estero’s own Lindsey Graham.

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2019 Projects

As we begin 2019, Estero residents can look forward to significant public projects to come. In the year ahead, the ...

Village of Estero Budget

Lower taxes, better roads & environmental preservation The Village of Estero has lowered its tax ...

Village Moves to Protect Green Space & Provide Access to the Estero River

“Preserve the land along the Estero River!” “We don’t want a cinder block on every ...

Mango Chutney Maven Marlene Fernandez

Marlene Fernandez stirs a vat of fermenting Mango Chutney Meat Sauce at the Estero Historical ...
Publisher's Messages

Publisher's Messages

Happy New Year, 2019!

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 ...

And Now The End is Near…

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“Ol’ Blue Eyes” might have been right about the cycle of life we all face, but for this purpose, I am speaking about coming to the end of another spectacular year in the Village of Estero, full of many accomplishments. It seems like only yesterday we were putting Hurricane Irma behind us and looking forward to the promises of the ...

A Time for Giving Thanks…

As residents of the Village of Estero, we all have a great deal for which to be thankful. So right off, let me encourage everyone to exercise your right to VOTE on November 6 to preserve what we value. On behalf of Estero Life Magazine and our entire staff, we are very thankful for celebrating our 2nd anniversary since becoming ...

Estero’s ‘Vision’ is Taking Shape…

The Village of Estero is enjoying significant progress on the dreams and hopes of its residents and leaders in pursuing their goals of creating a “village center” (a mixed-use development which blends residential, commercial and cultural aspects into an integrated, pedestrian-friendly community). Our Village Council, Village Manager and staff have worked efficiently and methodically to lead us in the pursuit ...
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