Gary Israel

Gary Israel

During Estero’s formative years, the Village’s leaders convened many focus groups to determine the needs and desires of the community. As the Village of Estero celebrates 10 years of incorporation, the current leadership continues to carry out the will of its citizens. One of the top three concerns uncovered was a great desire for recreational opportunities in Estero.

Huge advances in recreation and land preservation have been approved through agreements with the Lee County School District. In our cover story, “You asked…Estero answered,” you’ll find details of both a land purchase on Three Oaks Parkway as well as a shared-use agreement for land behind Estero High School that will answer the call for more sports and recreation. These new projects will complement the public-private partnerships going into the 20-acre Family Entertainment Center being built on Williams Road at Via Coconut.

This month’s Village Connection provides more details on the 72-acre land purchase on Three Oaks Parkway which will be used to address flooding and stormwater issues, a concern for all residents. The Village of Estero is stepping up in a BIG way for our community!

A village, however, isn’t made through governance alone. It takes cooperation and commitment from community organizations. Both the Rotary Club of Estero and the Greater Estero Chamber of Commerce are offering residents a chance to escape their gated communities and enjoy fun outdoor activities on March 16. Everyone is invited to participate in the inaugural 5K run/walk at Coconut Point presented by the Rotary Club, with event proceeds supporting mental health in our area—one of Southwest Florida’s greatest needs. That same afternoon, the Estero Chamber will host Estero Fest, a wildly popular, family-friendly event combining the excitement of a Kids Zone, beer and wine garden, business expo and educational displays by Estero Fire Rescue and Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Read about these Happenings on page 12.

The Village is nothing without its people. Our feature story, “Honoring Steadfast Commitment to the Community” shines a light on the dedication of Estero resident Jim Shields, recipient of the inaugural Don Eslick Person of the Year Award. Enjoy reading about the depth of commitment Jim has demonstrated to our community, especially with educational efforts. Congratulations, Jim!

And what is any community without good food to gather around? This month’s dining feature introduces our area to J. Alexander’s, a concept that originated in Nashville. This upscale, contemporary American restaurant is known for its wood-fired cuisine of prime rib, hand-cut steaks and a wide array of fresh seafood, sandwiches and entrée salads. We are certain that some of our favorites will also become yours!

With so many great people, organizations and opportunities in our community, we’re all lucky to be living in the Village of Estero! If you are prone to becoming “Irish” on the 17th, please celebrate carefully. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!


Until next time, remember to…

                                    Enjoy the Good Life, Estero Life!!



Gary Israel, President & Publisher

Estero Life Magazine

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