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Act Now: Protected Species at Risk

An environmentally sensitive site of 1,800+ acres in eastern Lee County, which is home to the endangered Florida panther and surrounded by preserves, is at risk of becoming a 781-acre mine pit, permanently removing habitats for state and federally protected species...

The DR/GR – What is it and why you should care about it

DR/GR stands for density reduction – groundwater resource. It is a large area of land (over 80,000 acres) just east of Estero that was established jointly in 1990 by the State of Florida and Lee County with the specific purpose of protecting the principal water supply...

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Great Results from the Second Adopt-a-Highway Season

Great Results from the Second Adopt-a-Highway Season

The Adopt a Highway Program has Re-commenced its Third Season to Keep Estero Looking Beautiful Want to help? The ECCL has embarked on its third season collaborating with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to help clean Hwy 41 between the Vines entrance...

Estero West Broadway: A Tale of Resilience & Hope

Estero West Broadway: A Tale of Resilience & Hope

Estero West BroadwayA Tale of Resilience and HopeHurricane IanHurricane Ian's center hit Florida at 150 mph near Cayo Costa, a barrier island west of Fort Myers, shortly after 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. In greater Estero, the hurricane selectively...

Bonita Estero Rail Trail

Bonita Estero Rail Trail

Rails to Trails  There are efforts to build a public biking and pedestrian trail in the Greater Estero area, linking with other Florida trails. The ECCL has been tracking these efforts and alerting residents of opportunities to get involved.Background The Lee County...

November 2022 Meeting of the ECCL

November 2022 Meeting of the ECCL

Thursday, November 17 at 10:00 Estero Park & Recreation Center9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Estero, FL 33928(239) 533-1470 MAPThe meeting opened with a status report on the major issues facing the Greater Estero area, followed by current Hurricane Ian community...

Repairing Hurricane Damage?

Repairing Hurricane Damage?

Information You Should Know When Looking to Repair Your Home After Hurricane Ian The ECCL has been working hard to assist families suffering hardship and heartbreak following hurricane Ian. The ECCL, which relies on donations to continue its work, has donated $5,000...

An Amazing Achievement by Estero Students

An Amazing Achievement by Estero Students

An Amazing Achievement by Estero StudentsLEAD Estero is a non-profit that provides scholarships and leadership opportunities for Estero High School students. What’s different is students formed this non-profit to help students. Brothers Jeffrey and Matthew Stevens...

Adopt a Park

Adopt a Park

Estero Park and Recreation Center Adopt a Park            The ECCL established one of the most successful volunteer programs in Estero history. The ECCL Adopt a Highway Program is staffed by Estero residents. Volunteers from over 30...

Mental Health and New College Students

Mental Health and New College Students

Mental Health: Important Guidance For Students Entering Higher Education                  In 2019, the last full year we enjoyed before COVID hit, things were already not well. In the article, Dr. Simeone pointed out, “the...

Perhaps It’s Time to Enrich Your Life in Retirement

Perhaps It’s Time to Enrich Your Life in Retirement

Enrich Your RetirementPERHAPS IT’S TIME TO ENRICH YOUR LIFE IN RETIREMENT!Around 10,000 people retire each day, and this rate will continue for the next 10-15 years. Many retirees will spend roughly 1/3rd of their lives in retirement! Many of these individuals do not...

ECCL Chief Operating Officer Mark Novitski Retires

ECCL Chief Operating Officer Mark Novitski Retires

Mark NovitskiMark Novitski joined the Estero Council of Community Affairs (ECCL) in 2014 and recently retired from our executive management team. We are pleased to announce he is starting a new phase in his life, providing more time for himself and his wife, Ramona....

In memoriam: Frank Mann

In memoriam: Frank Mann

We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann. We send our sincere sympathy and condolences to his family, colleagues, and friends. Commissioner Frank Mann was a lifelong resident of Lee County. He served on the Lee County Board of...

Understanding PTSD and Substance Abuse

Understanding PTSD and Substance Abuse

Studies show PTSD and substance use problems are abundant in people who served in the military and civilians. According to Quyen Bui, Marriage and Family Therapist, American Addiction Centers, almost 1 out of every 3 Veterans seeking treatment for substance use...

Junior Achievement Efforts in 2022

Junior Achievement Efforts in 2022

The ECCL taught Junior Achievement (JA) classes in April/May of 2022 to 63 seniors at Estero High School and 55 students in 8th grade at Three Oaks Middle School. Personal Financial Management was the subject taught by three (3) volunteers at the high school totaling...

June 2022 Meeting of the ECCL

June 2022 Meeting of the ECCL

June 10 at 10:00 Estero Park & Recreation Center9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Estero, FL 33928(239) 533-1470 MAPPlease note: the videotaping begins after Jim Gilmartin, ECCL's President, welcomed the attendees, followed by the "Pledge of Allegiance." Jim introduced...

In Memory: Larry Newell

In Memory: Larry Newell

Lawrence H. Newell, 88, passed away on May 22, 2022, after a long illness at home under the care of Hope Hospice and his loving family, wife of 65 years, Sharon, daughter Kimberly, and son John. Larry was an early member of the ECCL and had a vision for Estero to...

Bicycle Safety Refresher

Bicycle Safety Refresher

Bicycle Safety A refresher for residents.   (Written by Jodi Walborn, Co-Lead for Worksites and Policy, Blue Zones Project with input from Mark Russet ECCL’s Co-Chair of the Safety and Transportation Council) Safety is a quintessential issue for the ECCL....

ECCL Chief Business Administrator

ECCL Chief Business Administrator

The ECCL would like to introduce Terry Flanagan as Chief Business Administrator for the ECCL. This role provides strategic focus and operational efficiency to ensure the ECCL makes the most of a limited and valuable resources: their time and talent. This senior...

2022 Essay Scholarship Winners

2022 Essay Scholarship Winners

2022 Estero Essay Contest Three $1,000 Scholarships for Estero High School Seniors.Congratulations to Estero Students Estero Schools ended their year with a burst of activity and awards. Congratulations to the 305 students that graduated from Estero High this year. At...

May 2022 Meeting of the ECCL

May 2022 Meeting of the ECCL

May 13 at 10:00 Estero Park & Recreation Center9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Estero, FL 33928(239) 533-1470 MAPSummary of May 2022Monthly Meeting   Jim Gilmartin, ECCL's President, welcomed the attendees, followed by the "Pledge of Allegiance." Jim introduced...

Act Now: Protected Species at Risk

Act Now: Protected Species at Risk

An environmentally sensitive site of 1,800+ acres in eastern Lee County, which is home to the endangered Florida panther and surrounded by preserves, is at risk of becoming a 781-acre mine pit, permanently removing habitats for state and federally protected species...

Great Results from the Second Adopt-a-Highway Season

Great Results from the Second Adopt-a-Highway Season

The second ECCL "Adopt a Highway" season has officially and successfully concluded. The ECCL and Julie Yellig, who organized the program in 2020, would like to thank all those volunteers who have participated in helping clean Hwy 41 in Estero. Volunteers from over 30...

Homes on East Corkscrew Road

Homes on East Corkscrew Road

The data below provides the information on the number of homes in the various communities on East Corkscrew Road (East of Ben Hill Griffin), updated as of March 2022.  There has been a significant increase in the number of homes on East Corkscrew. When all the homes...

April 2022 Meeting of the ECCL

April 2022 Meeting of the ECCL

April 8 at 10:00 Estero Park & Recreation Center9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Estero, FL 33928(239) 533-1470 MAPOur SpeakersSummary of April 8, 2022, Monthly Meeting   In the absence of ECCL president Jim Gilmartin, Communication Chair Allan Bowditch welcomed...

The People of Ukraine are in our Prayers

The People of Ukraine are in our Prayers

"We are resolute that a democratic, prosperous, and secure Ukraine is in the interest not only of the people of Ukraine but also of the United States and the international community." Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State The United States reaffirms its unwavering...

March 2022 Live Monthly Meeting

March 2022 Live Monthly Meeting

March 11 at 10:00 Estero Park & Recreation Center9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Estero, FL 33928(239) 533-1470 MAPOur SpeakersRay Sandelli, Lee County Commissioner Following the passing of his predecessor in 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis initially appointed Commissioner...

Benefit from FGCU Interns and Volunteers

Benefit from FGCU Interns and Volunteers

Local Organizations Benefit from FGCU Interns and Volunteers  The Greater Estero Area reaps multiple benefits from having a major university campus in our community, from cultural opportunities, an influx of younger consumers and workers, and the economic...

The ECCL is now a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization!

The ECCL is now a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization!

The ECCL is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, volunteer civic advocacy organization. Our mission is to advocate for meaningful change that maintains and improves the high quality of life in the greater Estero area through consensus-based advocacy, fact-based research,...

The Role of the MPO in Transportation Planning

The Role of the MPO in Transportation Planning

Don Scott, Executive Director, Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), presented at the February 2022 meeting of The ECCL. The MPO is the County’s transportation partnership responsible for transportation planning all of Lee County. The MPO’s mission is...

February 2022 Live Monthly Meeting

February 2022 Live Monthly Meeting

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FGCU Day

FGCU Day

The ECCL is a proud supporter of all that FGCU contributes to our community. Come experience the ways this University contributes. From training world-famous musicians and arts talents, to the practical development of new, entrepreneurial businesses, FGCU brings in...

January 2022 ZOOM Monthly Meeting

January 2022 ZOOM Monthly Meeting

[dss_post_featured_image _builder_version="4.14.4" _module_preset="default" global_colors_info="{}"][/dss_post_featured_image]Our Speaker Jennifer DorningSenior Public Information Specialist Jennifer is an associate at Atkins, a British multinational engineering,...

Estero High School Assistant Principal Named AP of the Year

Estero High School Assistant Principal Named AP of the Year

[dss_post_featured_image _builder_version="4.14.4" _module_preset="default" theme_builder_area="post_content" image_size="medium" hover_enabled="0" sticky_enabled="0" align="center"][/dss_post_featured_image]The Lee County School District announces David Howdyshell of...

Unique way to improve water quality and habitats

Unique way to improve water quality and habitats

This article by WINK news covers a unique use of manufacturing waste to improve our coastlines. "Sanibel’s shoreline is getting protected with help from overseas. Thanks to help from the Dutch government, scientists and volunteers on Sanibel Island installed...

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