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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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Corkscrew Road: What is going on, and when?

Corkscrew Road: What is going on, and when?

Corkscrew Road: What is going on, and when?(Written by Mark Novitski, Consultant to Engage Estero)March 2024 Corkscrew Road UpdatesCorkscrew Road Widening – Jump to:Ben Hill Griffin to the East side of Bella TerraEast side of Bella Terra to Alico RoadThree Oaks Pkwy...

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Hurricane Safety in 2024

Hurricane Safety in 2024

Hurricane Safety in 2024Local Safety Improvements since Ian.Several hurricane shelters in Southwest Florida have received significant upgrades to increase their ability to handle Category 5 storms, the most dangerous and potentially catastrophic hurricanes. The...

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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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Loneliness and social isolation are problematic!

Loneliness and social isolation are problematic!

Loneliness and social isolation are problematic!By Mike Wasson, Engage Estero Board Member and Communications Team Member.“Loneliness causes people to feel empty, alone, and unwanted,” says Kendra Cherry, a Master of Science in Education, Author, Psychosocial...

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Understanding and Coping with Dementia

Understanding and Coping with Dementia

Health Understanding and Coping with Dementia Written by Allan Bowditch, Chief Communications Officer Engage Estero Understanding the Difference: Alzheimer’s Disease vs Dementia Dementia is a collective term that refers to various symptoms affecting cognitive...

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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.

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Community & Membership Meeting: Proton Therapy for Cancer

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT

Part 1: Proton Therapy for Cancer Treatment

Engage Estero is delighted to bring you an important program for the May 23rd Community and Member Monthly meeting. Lee Health has partnered with Advocate Radiation Oncology to provide Proton therapy, an advanced form of radiation therapy that uses protons rather than traditional X-rays. It targets tumors and cancer cells more precisely. This means less damage to surrounding tissue, resulting in a lower risk of side effects and a better quality of life during and after cancer treatment. It is a highly effective cancer treatment option for patients diagnosed with:

  • Breast cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Lung cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pediatric cancer
  • Soft tissue cancer
  • and more…

“We are excited to bring this state-of-the-art technology and forward-thinking cancer care to Southwest Florida,” said Dr. Larry Antonucci, president and CEO of Lee Health. “Lee Health is pleased to be able to work with like-minded partners focused on establishing Southwest Florida as a destination for cutting edge, first-rate cancer care.”

Learn 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 it on their doorstep. The program will focus on Proton Therapy, how it works, how it differs from standard radiation therapy, and where it is appropriate. It will also include specific information about the center and the services offered in partnership with Lee Health.

Our Speakers


Todd A. Pezzi, M.D., M.B.A., is an Advocate Radiation Oncology Board-certified Radiation Oncologist. He first became interested in oncology at a young age after seeing cancer impact his own family. He is passionate about delivering state-of-the-art oncologic care to the residents of Southwest Florida.

Dr. Pezzi completed a four-year residency program at the nation’s largest radiation oncology department, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.


Arie Dosoretz, M.D., MBA., earned a joint MD/MBA degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Wharton School of Business. He completed his residency at Yale University’s New Haven Hospital, Department of Therapeutic Radiology in New Haven, CT. He returned to his hometown of Fort Myers in 2015. He is a widely published researcher in nationally recognized peer-reviewed journals, and is a member of the American Society for Radiation Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.


Ben Spence is the Chief Financial Officer of Lee Health and a senior executive team member. He joined Lee Health in 1995 and has served in many key roles during his career in healthcare finance. Ben’s responsibilities include overseeing and guiding all system financial functions and corresponding financial performance, as well as developing and executing long-term and short-term financial plans to provide the resources needed to achieve the health system’s strategic initiatives, vision, and mission.


Dr. Mark Roh serves as Lee Health’s chief physician executive of oncology services. He is responsible for providing direction and support to the medical staff while working collaboratively with the operations team and other cancer care leaders. Dr. Roh will partner with Debra Wilson, the vice president of oncology services. Alongside Wilson, he will be jointly responsible for Regional Cancer Center operations and developing and executing the strategic plan for oncology services. Before joining Lee Health, Dr. Roh most recently served as Orlando Health University of Florida Health Cancer Center president.

Part 2: Estero’s Sense of Place

Estero’s “Sense of Place” and Future Priorities Suggested by Residents
See a Statement Describing Estero’s Sense of Place

Allan BEngage Estero is also pleased to bring you the results of the March 2024 survey. The study explored residents’ opinions about what Estero should convey to residents and visitors about its “Sense of Place.” Estero may not be well positioned in the minds of its citizens or visitors. It needs distinction! Estero’s “Sense of Place,” or brand, should convey a favorable character, culture, and attractive image to visitors and its citizens so said survey respondents.

The study also explored what priorities the Village should focus on. Details of the survey results and the winners of the Sense of Place competition will be announced, along with a statement describing Estero’s Sense of Place and other findings relating to the priorities residents would like to see addressed by the Village.

Speaker:  Allan Bowditch, Engage Estero’s Chief Communications Officer.


May 23
10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT
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Estero Park & Recreation Center
9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd
Estero, FL 33928 United States
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