Gary Israel

I’d like to offer my personal congratulations to Joe Pavich, Sr., his wife Joni and their sons, Joe Jr. and Jason, on reaching the milestone of 25 years in the always changing real estate market here in Southwest Florida. Joe and I go back more than 20 years as charter members of the Rotary Club of Estero! 

This month’s cover story not only describes the Pavich family history here in Estero since 1989, but it makes evident that the glue that has kept the momentum going for the Pavich family’s successful real estate business—resulting in more than 1.5 billion in sales—is the fact that both of Joe’s sons and his wife whole-heartedly contribute their talents. The two generations feed off each other’s successes. And with seven grandchildren, perhaps some day, a grandchild or two might make it a third generation contributing to the family business’ success. Since many of you probably know at least one Pavich family member, I am sure you will enjoy the back story of how it all began.

It’s also a generational ‘secret’ that allows Sam Purisic to take care of his many guests at his Prime House steak restaurant on Bonita Beach Road, the focus of this month’s dining feature. This upscale, contemporary steakhouse delivers the best quality steaks, seafood and exceptional service from the heart. We certainly enjoyed everything served, but it was the efficiency and personality of his son, Admir, which elevated our experience. Again, family is the theme of this highly successful restaurant, evidenced in the pride and understanding which come from working together.

Although not an actual ‘family,’ two local bands also engage the generations to produce something quite special. Our feature story, “Generations Mingle to Make Music,” shares the secret of the Bonita Springs Concert Band and the newly formed Philharmonia, an ensemble at Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music. Both draw upon differing generations of musicians to add new excitement and cross-generational camaraderie—energizing rehearsals and performances. The intrinsic benefits flow from both young to older musicians, and vice versa. The result is tremendous music and enjoyment for band members and local audiences alike! Please take in some of their concerts to see (and hear) for yourself.

Rounding out the February issue is our Village Connection, which offers an update on the many development projects throughout Estero—sure to benefit residents for generations to come!

Finally, and importantly, mark March 7, 2023, on your calendar. The Estero Village Council elections will take place on that date! You may be are aware that I have had a calling to run for the Village Council, District 5. Many of you have called, written or stopped me to ask why I haven’t run political ads in Estero Life Magazine promoting my candidacy. As a matter of fair and honest campaigning, I have chosen not to. I simply want to encourage ALL residents to VOTE (by mail or in person).


Until next month, remember to…

Enjoy the Good Life: Estero Life!!


Gary Israel, President & Publisher 

Estero Life Magazine


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