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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Road Safety in Greater Estero

Road Safety in Greater Estero

Road Safety in Greater Estero By Contributing Author, Mark Novitski, and Engage Estero Consultant.  Everyone has their definition of what determines road safety or, conversely, what makes our roads unsafe. In writing extensively about Corkscrew Road, I have...

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Sign-Up for Property Fraud Alerts

Sign-Up for Property Fraud Alerts

Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comprtroller Kevin Karnes is now offering an alert notification system for Lee County property owners to reduce fraud. When you sign-up, if a deed, mortgage, or other non-Court official record is recorded in your name, you will be...

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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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Let’s Make Estero A HeartSafe Community!

Let’s Make Estero A HeartSafe Community!

The facts Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 300,000 lives annually. Approximately 95 percent of SCA victims die before they reach a hospital or receive medical attention. How Can We Help Reduce This...

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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.

New Law Requires Condo Associations to Conduct Structural Inspections and Maintain Reserves-For Condo’s Three Stories or More High

The Engage Estero organization would like to keep owners and HOA’s informed of the following new legal requirements for condominiums which have three stories or higher.

by Patricia Sjolander, Consultant to Engage Estero

New Law Affecting Multistory Condos

A new law has been passed in Florida that requires condominium and cooperative associations to conduct comprehensive structural inspections (called Milestone Inspection Reports) and maintain reserves for future capital expenditures and deferred maintenance. This law was passed in response to the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building in Surfside, Florida in 2021.

This new law applies only to buildings that are at least three stories high.

What Does This Mean for You? 

    • If you are a condominium or cooperative owner, this law means that you will have to pay more in assessments to cover the cost of the inspections and the reserves. Although this may be a small price to pay to ensure the safety of your building and your neighbors. (not part of the law)
    • Unit owners will be notified by their HOA that an inspection report is required within 14 days of receiving the notification from the local enforcement agency.
    • The findings in the inspection report will be sent to unit owners within 45 days of completion. (not part of the law)

What Can You Do? You can contact your condominium association to learn more about the new law and how it will affect you. You can also attend association meetings and vote on issues related to the inspections and reserves.

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Additional Details

Here are some additional details about the new law:

The inspection must include:

  • A visual inspection of the exterior and interior of the building
  • An assessment of the building’s structural integrity
  • A review of the building’s maintenance records.

If the inspection finds any defects, the association must:

  • Repair the defects in a timely manner.
  • File a report with the state.

It applies to buildings that are at least 30 years old.

The inspections must be performed by professional engineers or architects.

The reserves must be sufficient to cover the cost of repairs necessary to maintain the structural integrity of the building.

Existing associations must meet the new requirements by December 31 in the year the building reaches 30 (or 25 years based on local conditions, such as proximity to saltwater). The law also specifies that a structural integrity reserve study must be conducted by a “qualified engineer” and must include the following:

  • An assessment of the structural integrity of the building.
  • An estimate of the cost of repairs to maintain the structural integrity of the building.
  • A recommendation for the amount of reserves that should be maintained to cover the cost of repairs.
  • The structural integrity reserve study must be completed by December 31, 2024.

For additional insights into the new law and the reasons behind it please click on this link to a Forbes article.

  Be Informed, Get Engaged, and Make an Impact!

Engage Estero is an all-volunteer, nonpolitical, nonprofit Community Engagement Association. We exist to inform citizens of significant community issues and encourage citizen engagement to impact the quality of life in greater Estero favorably.