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.

houseThe value of all residential permits issued in 2018 totaled $138 million — the highest in over a decade. The total included $42 million for over 1,100 permits for roofing, presumably related to Hurricane Irma. The 12-year high was achieved even without including the roofing permits.

In terms of new home construction, permits for four hundred seven (407) residential units were issued. The total included a mix of one hundred ninety-eight (198) apartments, one hundred forty-three (143) single-family and duplex homes, and sixty-six (66) multi-family condominiums.  This nearly 50% mix of apartments is similar to 2017 and 2015, when apartments and student housing represented 60+ % of the units. Traditionally, residential permits have been dominated by large-scale developments of single-family homes in gated communities – most recently along East Corkscrew.

In 1998, by community, the 198 apartments were permitted for Estero Grande, the mixed use, multi-family development at the corner of US 41 and Estero Parkway. After several years of inactive development, Copper Oaks on Three Oaks permitted 83 single-family and duplex homes. Development, which began in 2015, continued at Tidewater, the over 55 community at Estero Pkwy and Ben Hill Griffin, and received 62 single-family and duplex permits in 2018. The Genova development on Via Coconut pulled 33 permits for condominium units in its third building. Pebble Pointe at Via Coconut and Coconut Rd obtained 16 permits as it nears build-out.

The following table compares 2018 figures with those of the previous 18 years.

Residential Permits Feb 2019

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