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.

Kierstan Bell

The ECCL congratulates the emerging local stars in basketball and lacrosse. Keep an eye out for their upcoming games; they appreciate your local support.

Kierstan Bell, FGCU’s star woman basketball guard, was named ASUN Conference “Player of the Year” for her second time. She was one of the five finalists for the 2022 Ann Meyer-Drysdale Award. The award was presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. In its fifth year, the annual award recognizes the top shooting guard in NCAA Division I college women’s basketball.

“Kierstan is one of the best players in the nation,” said head coach Karl Smesko who was also named Coach of the Year (his 12th time.)  “She has had another outstanding season, and it is great to see her earn this recognition.”

Florida Gulf Coast Junior Grant Shafer has been named USA Lacrosse/MCLA February Player of the month in Division II. Shafer, in 5 games, has turned away 105 shots as the goalie, allowing just 40 goals — a save percentage of 72.4.

The FGCU Lacrosse team is off to a 4-1 start this season. The Eagles are in the Top 10 of the weekly polls based on the performance of Shafer. Against No. 14 Missouri State, Shafer held the high-powered Bears offense to just seven goals while making 28 stops in net. Division II foes have averaged just five goals per game against the FGCU Lacrosse team.

Grant Shafer

“Grant has been a great captain and a great leader for our team this year,” said Florida Gulf Coast coach Vinny Valentine. “With the two years off, he is taking each day as a blessing and has been absolutely outstanding so far this year. He lives to play lacrosse, and his attitude and energy ripples through our entire team. Each save is a boost of confidence, as we know we can be in any game against any opponent we play because we have a ‘brick wall’ between the pipes.”

Shafer will receive a one-year membership to USA Lacrosse, the governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse in the United States, for his efforts. Membership includes on-the-field insurance coverage, discounted tickets, and apparel, along with a subscription to USA Lacrosse Magazine.