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.

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Catch up on whats happening at Florida Gulf Coast University, Southwest Floridas hub for cultural activities, educational programs and exciting athletics.

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FGCU professors algorithm aids in identifying snakes
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Imagine being bitten by a snake. In the moments of chaos that might ensue, the snake slithers back into the bushes and you are rushed to the hospital. Would you know what kind of snake bit you? Would you remember what the reptile looked like? These are questions healthcare workers must answer as they determine a course of treatment.

Snakes are diverse across the world. A lot of them look similar to each other, so it can be really hard to tell them apart, explained Andrew Durso, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at FGCU. Most snakes cant hurt you, but 20% of snakes worldwide are venomous.

As a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, Durso joined a team to develop Snake ID, an algorithm to automatically identify snakes in photos and thus provide helpful guidance for the 500,000-plus people bitten by snakes worldwide each year.

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Former Alico exec recalls site selection process
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This year Florida Gulf Coast University is celebrating its 25th anniversary, culminating Aug. 25, 2022 25 years since FGCU offered its first classes. However, the effort to open this institution started many years earlier. Between 1991 and 1992, one of the most critical decisions was where to build Floridas 10th state-controlled university.

Many locations were presented as options to the state. By mid-February 1992, the Board of Regents selected on an offer by Alico, Inc., an agribusiness company led by Ben Hill Griffin III, to build the school on roughly 760 acres in southern Lee County. But the choice of the site didnt come without its battles. In 1991, the Board of Regents listened to 20-some different landholders make their pitch in hopes of being chosen as the universitys new home. The list was eventually whittled down to a few options from which the Alico, Inc. site between Alico Road and Corkscrew Road was chosen.

It was friendly, Bernie Lester said about the meetings to select a site for FGCU. At the time, he was executive vice president of Alico, Inc. and remembers the process well.

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What is The Water School at FGCU?
The comprehensive, interdisciplinary school allows the university to focus on key areas critical to our water-driven world: climate change, natural resources, ecosystem health and well-being, restoration and remediation.
FGCU - What is The Water School?
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Mark your calendar to visit FGCU
April 15: Liebert World Affairs lecture. Details

April 19: FGCU baseball vs. FAU. Details

April 22: Stories of Spoon River performance. Details

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