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.

Julie Yellig

Featured Volunteer
Mike Wasson

Adopt-a-Highway Coordinator
ECCL Environment Council

Julie’s career has involved 33-years as an ICU registered nurse in Ohio, retiring two years ago. She has been a seasonal resident in Estero for 13 years.

In 2019, Julie approached the ECCL to consider adopting Hwy 41 in Estero through the FDOT Adopt a Highway program, and the program commenced in October 2020. Participants from over 30 communities and businesses have stepped up and helped in these efforts on Hwy 41. Marathon/Dos Amigos Authentic Mexican Grill has provided water and ice at each event to support the volunteers.

Julie also participates in Lee County’s Adopt a Road program and Keep Lee County Beautiful events. Julie helped initiate the Village of Estero Adopt a Road program, starting with Estero Parkway, and encouraged others to clean up roads and properties. Her efforts resulted in more volunteers stepping up and adopting other county and village-maintained roads in Estero.

Julie said, “I am very pleased to be a part of efforts to promote the environmental health and beauty of Estero while increasing awareness throughout our community.”

Julie’s efforts were recently acknowledged by the Estero Village Council at a recent meeting (recognizing Julie Yellig), the ECCL/Adopt-a-Highway Coordinator. 

(From left to right- Vice-Mayor Jon McLain, Councilmember Larry Fiesel, Julie Yellig, Councilmembers Joanne Ribble, Jim Wilson, Jim Ward, Jim Boesch, and Mayor Katy Errington.)

More than 4 tons of litter have been collected since the program began. Yellig also assists volunteers for the local Adopt-a-Road program supported by the Village of Estero and the Keep Lee County Beautiful program. The ECCL is immensely pleased to have Julie as a part of our team of volunteers.

We have many opportunities to contribute your talent, experience, and skills. If you are encouraged by Julie’s commitment, please visit Volunteer | Estero Today to learn about our health, recreation, education, environment, safety and transportation, communications Councils and committees, and other programs.

For more information, please get in touch with our Chief Operations Officer, Mark Novitski, ecclsecretary@gmail.com, to learn more about how you can participate, be productive and give back to our community.