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.

Governor DeSantis appointed the Blue Green Algae Task Force in 2019 to “ensure that objective and sound science informs Florida’s environmental decision-making process.” They made their recommendations, and the resulting proposed legislation is currently being reviewed in both the State House and Senate.

Calusa Waterkeeper, a non-profit focused on local water quality issues, has identified several recommendations of the Blue Green Algae Task Force that are not included in the current wording of the potential legislation.

The article below pinpoints what is missing, and how you as a resident can encourage legislators to protect our water quality by improving the proposed Act.

The ECCL’s Greater Estero Community Report (Nov 2020) highlighted the dangers associated with blue-green algae. Any step taken to minimize the incidence of this type of algae has the full support of the ECCL. Consequently, the ECCL endorses the complete implementation of Governor DeSantis’ initiative.

Recommendations for the Implementation of Governor DeSantis’ Blue-Green Algae Task Force Recommendations Act – SB 1522 / HB 1225

Pictured: Cyanobacteria blooms on Lake Okeechobee were verified as producing microcystin toxins by FDEP. April 7, 2021.

This act, the “Implementation of Governor DeSantis’ Blue-Green Algae Task Force Recommendations Act,” requires owners of onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems to have the system periodically inspected.

Specific Recommendations of the Blue-Green Algae Task Force:

  • Requires the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to implement a stormwater system inspection and monitoring program
  • Requires the DEP to administer inspection program according to specific standards, procedures, and requirements
  • Provides for rulemaking
  • Provides requirements for basin management action plans
  • Provides notices requirements for specific notices of intent to implement pollution reduction measures
  • Provides that verification of specific programs must be completed by a specified date to be presumed to comply with state water quality standards
  • Requires DEP to provide all records promptly and in unadulterated form

What’s Missing:

The current bill language has lost or is missing several key recommendations of the Blue-Green Algae Task Force. It’s imperative that the legislature act now, as another significant blue-green algae bloom has formed on Lake Okeechobee and other areas of the state. These blooms threaten public health, property values, and local economies.

Please call or email your legislators (It is typically more effective to call) and ask them to include essential recommendations of the Blue-Green Algae Task Force that are not included in the bill language:

  • Include a provision supporting verification of agricultural best management practices (BMP). Without this provision, pollutant loads entering state waters from agricultural operations cannot be accounted for or quantified. The presumption of compliance is not working.
  • Recommend that Florida Department of Environmental Protection adopt National Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for blue-green algae toxins as new water quality standards in Florida. Without adopting the toxins as new state standards, environmental restoration and public health notifications of blue-green algae blooms cannot be enforced.

2021 Legislative Leadership and Lee County Delegation members and Bill Sponsors:

Senate: SB 1522 Sponsor:

A similar House version of the Bill has not been taken up in any of its three referred committees.

House: HB 1225 Sponsor:

For more details on the Bill, click Blue-Green Algae Task Force – SB 1522 / HB 1225.

Recommendations by the Calusa Waterkeeper.

Thank you for your support.