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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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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.

May ECCL Monthly Meeting

The May 14, 2021 meeting of the ECCL was held virtually on Zoom. The featured speakers speakers were Village councilmember Jim Ward, Estero Fire Rescue’s Susan Lindenmuth, and Vice President of Lee Health Coconut Point Alex Greendood. You can watch the video or read the summary below.

00:00:00 Introduction
00:00:47 Jim Ward, Village Councilmember
00:18:36 Susan Lindenmuth, Estero Fire Rescue
00:31:30 Alex Greenwood, Lee Health Coconut Point
00:58:57 ECCL Councils, starting with new Safety Co-Chair Mark Russet
01:02:43 New Environment Chair Nancy O’Malley
01:07:12 Status Update on council projects, Mark Novitski

Guest Speakers

Village Councilmember Jim WardJim Ward
Village Councilmember

Guest Speakers

Susan Lindenmuth
Susan Lindenmuth
Estero Fire Rescue

Guest Speakers

Alex GreenwoodAlex Greenwood
Lee Health Coconut Point

The meeting of the ECCL took place, via Zoom, on Friday, May 14, 2021.  After a welcome from President Jim Gilmartin and a few opening remarks, the first guest speaker, Jim Ward, was introduced.

Jim is the newly elected Estero Village council member for District 6. He has been active in community activities, especially at Spring Run at the Brooks and at the Commons Club, serving on the Boards of those groups. He is the liaison between the council and the Estero Chamber of Commerce.

Following a summary of his background, Jim spoke of his future wishes for Estero.  He expressed the importance of implementing developments right the first time.  The formation of the newly developed Estero Planning, Zoning, and Design Board will help streamline the planning and development process while considering the needs of both residents and developers. He expressed concern about our water quality and the effect that poorly maintained septic tanks could have on the Estero River and Estero Bay. Regarding the land purchased by the Estero council on the northeast corner of US 41 and Corkscrew Road, which include a part of the Estero River, Jim anticipates that much of the property can be kept natural, but will involve some commercial development to become an important focal point for Estero for both residents and visitors.

The next speaker was Susan Lindenmuth, Director of Public Affairs for the Estero Fire Rescue. She is a certified firefighter and EMT. Susan discussed the new fire station #45, to be built on East Corkscrew. Final plans and approval should be in place by the end of July and groundbreaking by the end of the year. The budget has increased due to increased construction costs, although because of prudent planning and purchasing, this is unlikely to be significant. There will be a training facility included in the plans, six new firefighters will be hired, and a new fire engine purchased. Education programs have been temporarily halted due to COVID. The smoke alarm battery replacement service for homeowners will be halted because of the high demand that affects the department’s readiness to respond to emergencies. The department is hoping to reinstate CPR training as of June 1.

Alex Greenwood, vice-president of Lee Health Coconut Point, gave a COVID update for the locality. He discussed several medical specialty areas added to Lee Health Coconut Point offerings, including allergy, orthopedics, rheumatology, and several pediatric sub-specialties.

Alex also described the initial plans that Lee health has for the 46 acres of land owned at the northwest corner of US41 and Coconut Rd.

Lee Health is currently involved in the planning and development process that is far from finalized. There will be further meetings with stakeholders where the Initial plans that include housing, a hotel, medical offices, health & wellness facilities, entertainment venue, restaurants, and public gathering areas will be examined and discussed. The plans will likely take a further 6 – 9 months before they are ready to be put forward for approval.

He provided these answers to the questions posed during the meeting:

  1. Mortality (covid) in the most recent month is 1.23 compared to 1.57 during year 2020.
  2. 34/350 icu patients are covid positive.

    Council Updates

    Mark Ruset, ECCL Safety co-chair, was introduced, and Nancy O’Malley, the new Environmental Chair. Nancy mentioned the septic tank pollution issue as an item being examined by the ECCL and discussed with the county commissioners and the Village council.

    Mark Novitski, ECCL Chief Operating Officer, discussed several ongoing activities, including the Veteran’s Park location, the highway clean-up program, and Corkscrew Road’s widening. The ECCL also joined with the Estero Chamber of Commerce and the Estero Historical Society in awarding three $1000 scholarships to essay winners from Estero High School.

    The next ECCL meeting, via Zoom, will be held at 10 am on June 11. There will be no meetings in July and August 2021. It is hoped that live meetings will resume in September.