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.

The ECCL is pleased to provide the following summary curtesy of the Lutgert College of Business and FGCU who produce a regular update of the local economy. Full details of the report can be found clicking the following link https://www.fgcu.edu/cob/reri/rei/indicators202203.pdf.

  • Our area has seen a 30 percent increase in seasonally-adjusted taxable sales in November 2021 compared to November 2020.
  • Lee County’s seasonally-adjusted taxable sales were $1.713 billion in November 2021, an increase of 31 percent over November 2020 and only 1 percent above the previous month.
  • Lee County’s seasonally-adjusted tourist tax revenues totaled $5.5 million in November 2021, a 70 percent increase from November 2020, but 4 percent below October 2021.
  • There has been a 64 percent increase in airport passenger activity between January 2021 and January 2022.
  • Coastal county single-family building permits increased by 15 percent between January 2021 and January 2022.
  • Realtor® Active listings for the coastal counties were down in January 2022, falling 60 percent from January 2021.
  • Median home prices continued to rise for the coastal counties, increasing between 26 to 28 percent over the same period.
  • The median price in Lee County increased from $327,250 to $413,500 over the same period.
  • The region’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate remained the same in December 2021 at 4.0 percent. Seasonally-adjusted employed workers for the region was up by over 45,000 compared to December 2020, while the number of unemployed was up by over 800.
  • The U.S. Index of Consumer Sentiment slipped in February 2022, declining 4.4 points from the previous month to 62.8. Richard Curtin, chief economist for the Surveys of Consumers, noted that the index was at its lowest level in the past decade. “The February descent resulted from inflationary declines in personal finances, a near universal awareness of rising interest rates, falling confidence in the government’s economic policies, and the most negative long term prospects for the economy in the past decade”

Acknowledgments

The Regional Economic Research Institute, Lutgert College of Business Fort Myers extends its sincere thanks and appreciation to the dedicated individuals and organizations which make this report possible. They include FGCU student workers affiliated with the RERI, the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, the individual economic development organizations in Charlotte, Collier, and Lee counties, the convention and visitors’ bureaus in Charlotte, Collier and Lee counties, the regional airport authorities, the Realtors® of Collier, Lee, and Charlotte counties, the University of Florida Survey Research Center, and the county and city permit offices.