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.

As you may be aware, the ECCL has been collaborating with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) since October 2020 to help clean Hwy 41, between the Vines entrance (Breckenridge Road) north of Walmart and south to Coconut Road. During the weekend of December 13th, the team of volunteers collected an incredible 780 pounds of bagged litter. This accomplishment totaled 5,340 pounds of litter for the 2021 calendar year and 6,360 pounds (over three tons) since the beginning of the program in October 2020.

The December volunteers included residents from Copperleaf, Rapallo, Stoneybrook, Wildcat Run, Bella Terra, Meadows of Estero, and Pelican Sound.

The ECCL wishes to express its sincere thanks to Marathon/Dos Amigos Authentic Mexican Grill, who have continued to provide ice and water to our volunteers to help them clean up US 41 since the program’s start.

Adopt a Highway volunteers Dec 2021Residents should also appreciate Estero River Outfitters and Koreshan State Park volunteers’ efforts. They keep the concrete-enclosed pedestrian walkways over the Estero River on Hwy 41 free of trapped vegetative debris that narrows the walkway and obstructs the drainage holes in the barriers. In addition, two of the ECCL’s volunteers from the Cascades are now leading a group of volunteers in Estero’s Adopt a Road Initiative for Estero Parkway. They had their first event this month.

ECCL President Jim Gilmartin said, “This is a great achievement. On behalf of the Board of Directors and Executive Management Team, you have our sincere gratitude for what you have accomplished since the project commenced in October 2020. Congratulations to everyone connected with the project. It is encouraging to see that this initiative with the support of the Estero Village Council will now be extended to other roads in our area in the coming months.”

It is impressive that so many residents are willing to give up their time to ensure the Greater Estero area remains a beautiful place.

The ECCL also posts these details on its Facebook page. If you would like to write a personalized message of thanks to these committed volunteers, please go to your Facebook page, type in “Estero Council of Community Leaders,” and then “share.” You can look at the posting of this article and other topics, but if you press “like” and write a short message, the volunteers would be most appreciative.