Gary Israel

Gary Israel

As I reflect on our lifestyle living in the “paradise” we call the Village of Estero, there have been so many positives that it is almost impossible to enumerate. Just when we think, “WOW! Can it get any better?” something new comes along. Some of us might even say we are living in the “best of times,” but there are as many opinions as there are residents.

To former Mayor Katy Errington, even in good times, there is always an opportunity ahead to grow and improve. This month’s cover story shares Katy’s history of community engagement and humanitarian outreach. One might have thought that after eight years on the Village Council, she might want to kick back and relax. Not Katy! It’s simply on to the next challenge, that of accepting the position of president and CEO of the Greater Estero Chamber of Commerce. We know you will enjoy her vision of creating yet another “best of times” era for the business community here in Estero.

To Betty Zimbro, one of the original Fountain Lakes homeowners who recently turned 100 years young, life in Estero has changed over the years. Although appreciative of reaching this milestone of living, her “best of times” were in a slower-paced season for the village. We invite you to enjoy her thoughts about her time in our community.

For those who travel the Corkscrew corridor, the “best of times” just might be the here and now. With the help of a traffic signal and other safety improvements, the new Estero Crossing project has taken shape and now offers a variety of fast/casual dining options. This month’s dining review continues our efforts to showcase an array of delicious “casual eats” over the summer months. Check out Crisp & Green, Chicken Salad Chick and Bubbakoo’s Burritos. We are certain you will find many options that pique your interest as we share a few of our favorite dishes.

So, what could possibly be the “best of times” of the future? Just check out the Village Connection as the Village presents an update on the new entertainment district being planned for Williams Road. Chicken and Pickle, a national leader in the provision of private pickleball facilities, and High 5, a provider of multigenerational recreational activities, are the first to be welcomed to the 20-acre site. This will be a great and long-awaited recreational opportunity for all ages here in the Village.

Finally, please be mindful that local schools start this month (as do the buses), along with students returning to FGCU. Please drive carefully and safely!


Until next month, remember to…

Enjoy the Good Life: Estero Life!!


Gary Israel, President & Publisher 

Estero Life Magazine


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