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Incorporation Referendum

vote-aniThe issue of Estero incorporation has been debated for several years. In June 2013, the Bonita Springs City Council initiated annexation efforts of properties in our community. Because of this, the ECCL has thoroughly reviewed the reasons for incorporation of Estero.

The ECCL has determined that, due to the unique character of the Estero Community, it is now time for the residents of Estero to consider incorporation.

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Incorporation Workshops

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Governance | 0 comments

Incorporation Workshops

To date there have been 10 Incorporation Referendum presentations with approximately 700 – 750 people in attendance. There is a presentation scheduled at the Estero Community Park at 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 and again on Tuesday, May 20. These presentations will continue, once a month, through the summer. Those wishing to have a presentation in their community should contact John at johnbarbgoodrich@comcast.net....

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Rep. Rodrigues presents Incorporation Bill to Local & Federal Affairs Committee

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Governance | 0 comments

Rep. Rodrigues presents Incorporation Bill to Local & Federal Affairs Committee

The Estero Incorporation Bill (HB1373) was presented before the House Local and Federal Affairs Committee by Rep. Ray Rodrigues on Thursday, March 27.  The bill passed unanimously. HB1373 then goes before the Finance and Tax Subcommittee and then the State Affairs Committee before going to the floor for passage.  Following successful passage, it then goes to Governor Scott for signature. The next step will be for the Lee County Commission to place the incorporation referendum on the ballot.  To do this, the Commission must approve a...

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Incorporation Bill Filed

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Community Planning, Governance | 0 comments

Incorporation Bill Filed

The Estero Incorporation Bill (HB1373) was filed on Monday, March 3. This Bill creates the Village of Estero.  It requires a referendum in November 2014 and approval by a majority vote of those qualified electors residing within the corporate limits of the proposed Village of Estero. There has been no Staff analysis released yet, nor has it been assigned to any committees.  Once it has been assigned to the committees, the date and time it is scheduled to be heard will be announced....

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March 4 Incorporation Workshop

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Community Planning, Council News, Governance | 1 comment

March 4 Incorporation Workshop

ECCL Incorporation Committee Chairman John Goodrich, Chairman Nick Batos and Vice Chairman Howard Levitan responded to questions from the audience of about 40 Estero residents present at the March 4 Incorporation Referendum workshop. This was the first of two workshops to be held in March.  The second will be at 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 27, at the Estero Community Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd. These PowerPoint presentations are designed to provide residents with the most detailed and up-to-date information about the incorporation...

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Bonita Springs’ Annexation Referendum Results

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Bonita Springs relations, EDR-02-2014, Governance | 0 comments

Bonita Springs’ Annexation Referendum Results

The majority of residents of Pelican Landing and The Colony demonstrated an appreciation of the many advantages that a Village of Estero offers them by voting to reject annexation by the City of Bonita Springs in order to be able to participate in the Estero incorporation referendum this fall. The ECCL thanks those residents in The Colony and Pelican Landing who reached out to their neighbors in an effort to inform them of the benefits of a Village of Estero.  They include: Mike Kelly, Jack Polsenberg, Ben Korbly, Howard & Nancy Cohen,...

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Preparation for Incorporation

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Community Planning, EDR-01-2014, Governance | 0 comments

Preparation for Incorporation

A project is underway to identify and address the numerous issues that a new Village Council would face should the state Legislature and Estero residents vote in favor of the incorporation referendum.   Council members would be elected a few months following a positive outcome of the November 2014 election.  The ECCL will provide the new Council and the public with information on options for a wide variety of issues ranging from office space and management and information technology options to briefings on major policy issues that may require...

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Lee County Legislative Delegation approves a bill for an Estero incorporation referendum

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Council News, Governance | 0 comments

Lee County Legislative Delegation approves a bill for an Estero incorporation referendum

On December 3, 2013, the Lee County Legislative Delegation approved Rep. Ray Rodrigues’ local bill for an Estero incorporation referendum on the November 4, 2014, ballot. Estero Council of Community Leaders’ (ECCL) Chairman Nick Batos and Vice Chairman John Goodrich presented the Delegation with petitions signed by 10,238 Estero residents indicating their wish to have an incorporation referendum on the ballot next year. The ECCL initiated the incorporation effort following a special meeting in July 12, 2013, where the membership voted in...

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Donation from the Estero Chamber

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Governance | 0 comments

Donation from the Estero Chamber

Estero Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Gene Montenieri, (right) presented ECCL Chairman Nick Batos (left) with a check for the incorporation referendum effort at the November 8, 2013, monthly ECCL meeting.  The Chamber donated their revenue from the Taste of Coconut Point event, and then matched those funds, for a total of $4,144 to be used to protect Estero’s boundaries.  ...

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Town Hall Meeting About Incorporation

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Governance | 0 comments

Town Hall Meeting About Incorporation

Hundreds of Estero residents attended the second Incorporation Referendum Town Hall meeting hosted by State Rep. Ray Rodrigues on Tuesday, November 12. State Senator Garrett Richter and Rep. Kathleen Passidomo also participated in the meeting. When Rep. Rodrigues asked how many people want to place Estero incorporation on the November 2014 ballot, all hands went up.  When asked how many people didn’t support it, no hands were raised. Sen. Richter commented that this issue has created “the greatest community involvement of any issues since...

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