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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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Driving Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility!

Driving Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility!

One of the major causes of vehicular accidents is distracted driving. We have entered the “100 Deadliest Days” - the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when fatal teen crashes increase dramatically. Parents are the best line of defense to ensure a safe ride!...

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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) Updated May 2024 Corkscrew Road Updates Corkscrew Road Widening – Jump to: Ben Hill Griffin to the East side of Bella Terra East side of Bella Terra to Alico Road Three...

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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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The “Skinny” On Obesity

The “Skinny” On Obesity

By Robert P. Belin, M.D. Chairperson, Health and Wellness Breckenridge, Golf and Tennis Club, and member of Engage Estero’s Health Council For the first time, the FDA has approved medication for weight loss! So, why is this important and in the news non-stop? It’s...

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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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