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Community & Membership Meeting: Proton Therapy for Cancer

Learn about why Proton Therapy can provide an important alternative to traditional radiation treatment. This form of treatment which was only available in other parts of the USA now means that residents will have this form of treatment on their doorstep.

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Estero Park & Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd
Estero, FL 33928 United States
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Village of Estero Meetings

01 May
9:30 am
14 May
15 May
9:30 am
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Safety Council

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.

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Road Safety in Greater Estero

Road Safety in Greater Estero

Road Safety in Greater Estero By Contributing Author, Mark Novitski, and Engage Estero Consultant.  Everyone has their definition of what determines road safety or, conversely, what makes our roads unsafe. In writing extensively about Corkscrew Road, I have...

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Sign-Up for Property Fraud Alerts

Sign-Up for Property Fraud Alerts

Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comprtroller Kevin Karnes is now offering an alert notification system for Lee County property owners to reduce fraud. When you sign-up, if a deed, mortgage, or other non-Court official record is recorded in your name, you will be...

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Environment Council

Engage Estero Environment Council is a volunteer group focusing on improving water and air quality and mitigating and eliminating the effects of climate warming in greater Estero.

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Health Council

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.

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Let’s Make Estero A HeartSafe Community!

Let’s Make Estero A HeartSafe Community!

The facts Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 300,000 lives annually. Approximately 95 percent of SCA victims die before they reach a hospital or receive medical attention. How Can We Help Reduce This...

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Education Council

Engage Estero mobilizes volunteers in our schools, sponsors scholarships, and promotes the involvement of the community through announcements and public forums.

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Estero High Cambridge Students Recognized

Estero High Cambridge Students Recognized

By Mike Wasson, Director, Engage Estero The Village of Estero Council issued a Proclamation its Meeting on Wednesday, March 6th honoring 39 Estero High School Students who were presented the Cambridge Outstanding Learners Awards. In his remarks, Jon McLain, Village of...

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Updates on Issues of Impact

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.

An Enjoyable Evening at Rapallo: Introducing Engage Estero

Although the rebranding of the ECCL to Engage Estero officially occurred on February 1st, over 70 residents and members of Engage Estero got together for a celebratory evening at Rapallo on February 16th. Following drinks and hors’ d oeuvres, Jim Gilmartin, Engage Estero’s President, explained the reasons behind the change and its new direction during a 25-minute PowerPoint presentation. 

Feb 16, 2023 presentation on the ECCL becoming Engage Estero

A recent survey confirmed that many citizens were unaware of the ECCL, what ECCL meant, what type of organization we were, what we did, and knew little of our achievements. The survey confirmed that informing citizens of significant community issues and encouraging citizen engagement was essential to improve our quality of life. Citizens wanted a nonpolitical organization that improved transparency, evaluated government plans and other local activities, and communicated informed and collective opinions and facts.

75% of residents felt a need for a community-based, 501c3 nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonpolitical, and volunteer community organization. 20% were unsure, but only 5% felt no need for such an organization.

More importantly, when asked why they felt that way, many people made the following comments:

  • To ensure politics doesn’t play a role in what is best for the area
  • Because there needs to be unbiased information to help us make good decisions
  • To address issues that the city is not aware of
  • To control new building, protect wetlands, the environment, etc.
  • Because it is part of the checks and balances needed for our community.
  • To keep our community safe and progressive going into the future.

These issues and other considerations encouraged the Executive Management Team to recommend to our Board of Directors that rebranding the ECCL was essential.

ECCL leadership made invaluable contributions over more than 20 years. They ensured Estero’s development was well planned and thwarted plans that would negatively affect our quality of life.

To learn how Estero became such a desirable place to live, work and play, we recommend purchasing the book “Forging a Better Path.” The book explains how Estero developed from the late 1990s to today and outlines some likely future changes. Go to www.estrotoday.com, where you can order a copy for $15.

Engage Estero is an all-volunteer, nonpolitical, nonprofit Community Engagement Association. We exist to inform citizens of significant community issues and encourage citizen engagement to favorably impact the quality of life in greater Estero.

“Be Informed, Get Engaged, and Make an Impact!”