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.

What’s at Stake:
Changes to the Comprehensive Plan that make it easier for developers to build in wetlands.
Approvals of new mines in Lee County.

What You Can Do:

Contact the County Commissioners




District 1: John Manning                                239-533-2224
District 2: Cecil Pendergrass                          239-533-2227
District 3: (Position Open)                             239-533-2223
District 4: Brian Hamman,Vice Chair          239-533-2226
District 5: Frank Mann                                    239-533-2225

You can use the talking points in the sample email below in your voicemail.

Attend the Meeting

If you would like to attend and speak to this item in person, the address is 2120, Main Street, downtown Fort Myers, FL 33901. The meeting will be held in the second floor Commission meeting Board room.

Current Status: 

Comprehensive Plan – the Commission approved the changes to the Comprehensive Plan and forwarded it to the State. There is an appeal process, and the ECCL will monitor all opportunities to support an appeal. Despite this setback, individual new mines must be heard and approved by the Commissioners, so your input is still effective.

Current application under consideration: The County Hearing Examiner recently sent their support for a new mine by Troyer Brothers off State Route 82. This mine will be voted upon by the Commissioners at some point in the near future (date not set yet). Read the Report.

  • The mine total area is 1732.75 acres.
  • 781 acre mine pit, 45% of total area.
  • 2000 feet from nearest residence.
  • Expected to begin mining operations in 2025 and operate for 30 years, after completion Rt 82 improvements.
  • No truck access from the mine to Corkscrew Road.
  • No information in HEX report on expected Corkscrew Road traffic.

What Works:
1) Cite details on how this mine would affect you adversely. Use detail. (Info on the DR/GR is available here).  Just saying you “don’t want mines” is not going to get the results you want.

2) Customize the message. The message below is incomplete because simply pressing a button to “send” is not valued nearly as highly as a customized, personal message from you to the Commissioners.



Edit the message in the form below and it will send to all the Commissioners.

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