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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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

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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

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What helps to enhance Longevity?

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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.

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Achieving Longevity: January Community and Membership Meeting

January 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EST

Engage Estero’s Management Team is delighted to provide our greater Estero citizens with this thought-provoking but realistic insight into what we can do to increase our life expectancy and quality of life. Our speakers for the meeting include Jodi Walborn, Blue Zones Policy Lead on Life Longevity; and Anthony Carangelo, Engage Estero’s Head of Research Co-Chair of the Safety and Transportation Council, who will speak about the “Sense of Place.”

Our Speakers


First, Jodi Walborn will discuss that Blue Zones are areas where people live the most extended lives, consistently reaching the age of 100. In contrast, according to the CDC, the average life expectancy in the U.S. is 77 years: Dan Buettner, a National Geographic explorer, identified five such Blue Zones.

“And it’s not just about longer lives; it’s about healthier ones, too,” says Caitlin McAfee, a wellness dietitian at Houston Methodist. “People living in Blue Zones are also much less likely to suffer from chronic illnesses.” But what can we do here in greater Estero that would work to enhance our longevity? Come and find out!

Jodi Walborn

Blue Zones Project Policy and Worksite Lead

Jodi graduated from FGCU with a Bachelor of Health Science and a background in childhood injury prevention, teaching pedestrian and bike safety. Jodi found her purpose in keeping the roads safer for everyone and igniting a passion to help create Complete Streets and educate all road users on how to use and share these roads. Jodi was recruited to the Blue Zones in 2020, where she wears many hats, including Organization, Worksite, School, and Policy Lead, as she works with community leaders to implement healthy choices that help support those who want to live longer and better. She still gets to advocate for safer streets and teaches pedestrian and bicycle safety!


Our second speaker is Antonio Carangelo, Engage Estero’s Chief Research Officer and Safety and Transportation Council Co-Chair.

Tony will talk about the Sense of Place where the community and business can share their ideas of the Future Estero using technology to express their viewpoints.

Antonio Carangelo

Chief Research Officer / Transportation Council Co-Chair

Antonio Carangelo Jr. is an Information Technology entrepreneur, innovator, and consultant in the Financial, Educational, Banking, and Insurance industries. Antonio focused on strategic transformational initiatives for business and technology executives, helping organizations move from current business practices to a new future state using advanced information technology solutions.   He led cross-discipline, collaborative teams.  Antonio is a Boston University graduate with an MS in Systems Software Engineering and a BA in Mathematics from Boston College.  Antonio is currently retired and gives his time to community initiatives. 


January 25
10:00 am - 11:00 am EST
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