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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Traffic on Corkscrew Road – Traveling East Corkscrew Road. Is it Safer?

Traffic on Corkscrew Road – Traveling East Corkscrew Road. Is it Safer?

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.

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The State of Development: GECR Quarter 3, 2023

The State of Development: GECR Quarter 3, 2023

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...

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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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Your Healthcare Actions for 2024

Your Healthcare Actions for 2024

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...

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What helps to enhance Longevity?

What helps to enhance Longevity?

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...

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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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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.

Construction CommercialCommercial permits in 2018 totaled $62.9 million. After excluding the $100 million Hertz investment in 2014 and the $82 million Lee Health investment in 2017, this past year was the second-best in over a decade.

Estero benefited in 2018 from a wide variety of enterprises, including reinvestments in gated communities, a new hotel, a new pre-school, and multiple small retail and medical businesses.

The gated communities – Pelican Sound and West Bay on Rt. 41 – undertook major investments in their club houses and other amenities, totaling $12.1 million.  Marriott’s TownPlace Suites, an extended stay hotel within Coconut Point, was permitted for $9.4 million.  Primrose School, specializing in day care and pre-school, was permitted in Corkscrew Commons for $4.2 million.  New businesses at the Shoppes at Grand Oak invested over $2.3 million, including Heartland Dental.  A $2.0 million dialysis center opened in Corkscrew Palms, ABC was permitted for a new $2.0 million facility on Rt. 41, and a $1.0 million Bassett Furniture store on Via Villagio is expected to open soon.  Along Rt. 41 at Estero Parkway, the multi-use Estero Grande apartment outparcels were permitted for $ 1.0 million, including a soon-to-be opened Starbucks.

The table below compares 2018 totals with those of the previous 18 years:

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Note: The building values above exclude the value of the underlying land.

Sources

  1. For 2016 through 2018, see Village of Estero Community Development: https://estero-fl.gov/monthly-building-reportrs
  2. For prior years, see Lee County Permit Reports for the Village of Estero: http://www.leegov.com/dcd/reports