Engage Estero Safety Council is made of volunteers serving as a voice for the citizens of greater Estero on safety and transportation priorities and issues. We advocate for related solutions to Village, County, and State Government organizations.
East Corkscrew Road had improvements in 2014/2015 to help with traffic, but it was not enough. Lee County Department of Transportation (LDOT) collaborated with the developer as the Wild Blue Estero, FL development was planned and approved. LDOT required the Wild Blue east entrance to line up with Bella Terra Blvd.
In 2018, with road impact fees, LDOT installed a traffic signal at Bella Terra Blvd and Corkscrew Road. In April 2021, East Corkscrew Road widening, Phase I (Ben Hill Griffin to the east border of Bella Terra) started. As the Rivercreek development was planned and approved, working with LDOT, their entrance was aligned with the west entrance of Wild Blue. In 2023, the Rivercreek developer, GL Homes, worked with LDOT to fund a traffic signal. There is still hope the Wild Blue community will pay their fair share, as the warrants are not there for LDOT to fund a traffic signal.
September 2023 Greater Estero Community Report Our 3rd GECR provides an essential update on the various building developments that will likely be scheduled in greater Estero over the next few years, together with an update on what changes we can expect regarding our...
The Warning Bells are Ringing! But What Can We Do About Climate Change?On Thursday, Feb 8th, 2024, scientists said the world surpassed a key warming threshold across an entire year for the first time on record, calling to slash planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions....
In January, Engage Estero’s Adopt a Highway team collected 560 pounds of bagged litter, along with various items of wood, metal and assorted plastic parts. That amounts to 1.6 tons which has been collected from Hwy 41 (41 between the Vines entrance (Breckenridge Road)...
Engage Estero Community Health Council comprises health* and safety-minded volunteers who think about community health comprehensively with a common desire to improve the overall health of the citizens of greater Estero.
Health: Your Healthcare Actions for 2024 In the early part of the New Year, taking stock of your health and the actions you should consider to help minimize your reliance on physicians and other healthcare...
What helps to enhance Longevity?During the recent Engage Estero Community Meeting on January 25th at the Estero Recreational Center, Jodi Walborn, Blue Zones, and Policy Lead discussed the thought-provoking but realistic insight into what we can do to increase our...
The Future Plans for our Schools and Students' Education in Greater EsteroBrought to you by the Engage Estero Education Councilby Mark Novitski, Consultant to Engage EsteroPrincipal Leslie Gunderson in her office at Pinewoods Elementary School behind a table full of...
Sponsored by Engage Estero, LEAD Estero develops “Leadership Summer Camp at FGCU” for High School Students“Students helping Students,” says Jeffrey Stevens, Founder and President of LEAD Estero. That motivated him and his brother Matthew Stevens to start LEAD Estero....
Engage Estero believes the best way to get a community involved is to make sure they are aware of the issues impacting their future, and know how to impact those decisions before they are made. We conduct and publish original research and articles aimed at getting residents Engaged.
The December 11, 2020 meeting of the ECCL was held virtually on Zoom. Featured speakers were Dr. Ana Puszkin-Chevlin, Regional Director, Growing Climate Solutions – Path to Positive; and Jodi Walborn, Policy and Worksite Co-Lead, Blue Zones Project – SWFL.. You can watch the video below. A summary of the contents is provided below.
Key Observations from the December 2020 ECCL Monthly Meeting.
After the welcome and opening remarks, Dr. Ana Puszkin-Chevlin, Regional Director of Growing Climate Solutions – Path to Positive (GSPP), was introduced.
Dr. Ana Puszkin-Chevlin oversees the goals of GCS-PP, which strives to educate and empower individuals, businesses, governmental agencies, and communities regarding climate change to help prevent, mitigate and prepare for the changes which may put our area at risk. Their position is apolitical.
In cooperation with FGCU, Collier County, the Conservancy, and SWFL Community Foundation they: –
Help secure grants.
Provide educational seminars dealing with issues that will impact us, such as
other extreme weather situations.
GCS-PP explores and advocates for informed planning in transportation, land use, and conservation of resources. Speakers are available to present programs to area groups.
They plan three lectures for the Spring. For more information: –
The second speaker, Jodi Walborn, is the co-lead for Policy & Worksite, Blue Zones Project. She focuses on environmental issues linked to building projects. She supports green space and how land development, roads, and other developments can be people-centric rather than auto-centric.
Jodi aims to work with Estero leadership to establish priorities and policies that ensure appropriate and continuous growth, ensuring developments enhance public safety and convenience. She is eager to become involved with residents, developers, and the Estero Village Council’s development unit. You can reach Jodi by email firstname.lastname@example.org
President’s & Committee Reports
The “Adopt a Highway” program has collected 800 pounds of trash from Hwy 41 in Estero. Interested in participating in the coming months? Contact Julie Yellig via email at email@example.com
The Estero Historical Society has invited the Estero Art League to use the Society’s deck for their work.
The Veteran’s Pocket Park survey to evaluate the Estero High School students’ designs has received 500 responses. We will provide the results when the survey closes.
Lee Health will be offering private tours of their Coconut Point facility
ECCL, the Estero chamber, and FGCU are working together on a Federal grant to fund a study and planning document on economic development.
The ECCL supports the “Village” Council in supplying 50,000 facemasks to Estero Residents around late December and supporting local businesses with 60,000 facemasks for employees and volunteers plus 300 commercial hand-sanitizers.
ECCL Volunteer of the Year 2020 is Amy Kuchenbecker, for her immersion in the Junior Achievement “2-5-8-Graduate program. Two thousand six hundred sixty-two students have participated in these ECCL volunteer-led JA classes, constituting one-third of all Estero-area students.