Estero, Florida is a village in South Lee County, located north of the City of Bonita Springs and south of Fort Myers. Since 2000, Estero has been one of the fastest growing areas in the United States. Until recently, most of Estero’s growth has been residential; over 11,000 housing units have been permitted during the last five and a half years. However, Estero’s commercial corridors (US 41 and Corkscrew Road) are now zoned for 10,000,000 square feet of commercial development. With only 1,500,000 of commercial development in place as of the end of 2005, Estero will experience tremendous commercial growth over the next decade.
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- County Codes and Ordinances: Lee County’s official laws, including building codes.
- Lee County Land Development Code (LDC): Lee County’s Land Development Code addresses zoning and building requirements.
- Long Range Transportation Plan: The Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2030 Long-Range Transportation Plan documents the transportation needs of Lee County for the next 25 years.
- News-Press Web Site
- Launched in December 2005, this neighborhood site seeks to incorporate news headlines, local happenings, and reader opinions and dialogs.
- Bonita Daily News/Naples Daily News Web Site
- The Bonita Daily News covers south Lee County and north Collier County. It is the sister paper to the Naples Daily News and its twice-weekly tabloid, The Banner.
- “BikeWalkLee is a community coalition raising public awareness and advocating for complete streets in Lee County — streets that are designed, built, operated and maintained for safe and convenient travel for all users: pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities.”
- Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council
- The mission of this council is to be the Bonita Springs and Estero area’s economic development authority, fostering regional collaboration for the retention, expansion, creation, and attraction of jobs and businesses.
- Conservancy of Southwest Florida
- Through science, policy and education, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida promotes smart growth, preservation of wildlife and habitat, and increased awareness of environmental needs.
See also our links to local environmental groups.
- Corkscrew Road Rural Community
- A community website which assists residents of the East Corkscrew Road Rural Community by providing timely news and information about local issues and events.
- Estero Art League
- The Estero Art League is a non-profit organization established in 1997 to promote the arts in Estero and the surrounding area. Members meet to paint every Monday from 9 am to 12 noon. Classes are offered in oil, acrylics, watercolor and drawing. Several shows are held each year including a juried member show in February. If interested, please stop by on Monday mornings at the Estero Community Center at 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd. or write to:
Estero Art League, PO Box 864, Estero FL 33929.
- Estero Fire and Rescue
- “The Estero Fire District comprises 56 square miles of South Lee County. The 28 square miles in the western half of the District is home to the vast majority of the population of the District. While there are a few residential areas in the eastern half, most of the land is used for agriculture, mining and conservation.”
- Estero Historical Society
- “The Mission of the Estero Historical Society is to learn, teach and preserve the history of Estero, Florida. By our continuing efforts, we hope to secure a rich historical legacy for future generations and a strong sense of community identity.”
- Florida Turnpike Enterprise
- “Operating as a separate business unit of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida’s Turnpike has expanded and increased revenue, while continuing to protect bondholders and improve customer service across the board. Florida’s Turnpike is now responsible for all operations on every FDOT-owned and operated toll road and bridge. This represents about 600 miles of roadway and 80 percent of all toll facilities in Florida.”
- Friends of South County Regional Library, Inc.
- “The Friends of South County Regional Library, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed to enhance programming and services provided by the South County Regional Library, located at 21100 Three Oaks Parkway in Estero, Florida.” The Friends of South County Regional Library, Inc. is a member of the Estero Council of Community Leaders.
- Gulfshore Playhouse
- “Gulfshore Playhouse promises to be a place to find innovative and stimulating new plays and musicals, recent Broadway and off-Broadway hits, exciting concerts and one-man shows, as well as our beloved classics. I believe that our community, and every community for that matter, can always benefit from an increase in the arts, and that creating a regional theatre here will add another colorful thread to the already vibrant fabric of the current arts scene in Southwest Florida.”
- Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization
- “The MPO is responsible for conducting a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process for all of Lee County. It must plan for the movement of both people and goods within the county by all modes of travel–including highways, public transportation, bicycles, and foot. It also plans for the connections (such as airports, seaports, or bus, railroad, and pipeline terminals) linking these modes or tying us to the rest of the world.”
- Lee County Sheriff’s Office
- The Lee County Sheriff’s office provides law enforcement for unincorporated Lee County, including Estero, which is in the South District.
- San Carlos Park Civic Association
- “The San Carlos Park Civic Association, Inc. was established to promote and advance the good and welfare of the community and to be a liaison for the community with Lee County. The Association is a non-profit organization maintained from dues, social functions, contribution and other fund-raising activities. The funds raised by the Association are used to assist individuals and organizations for specific purposes or hardships with membership approval.” San Carlos Park is located immediately north of the Estero area.
- South Florida Regional Water Management District
- “The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is a regional agency of the state of Florida, and is charged with managing and protecting water resources of the region by balancing and improving water quality, flood control, natural systems and water supply. SFWMD’s boundaries extend from central Florida to Lake Okeechobee, and from coast to coast, from Fort Myers to Fort Pierce, south through the sprawling Everglades to the Florida Keys and Florida Bay.”
- Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council
- “The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council is a locally formed regional planning agency serving six counties: Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee, and Sarasota. Its mission is to protect and improve the Region’s physical, economic, and social environment…The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council acts as a regional information clearinghouse, conducts research to develop and maintain area wide goals, objectives, and policies, and assists in implementing a number of local, state, and federal programs.”
- Lee County Government
- The official web site of Lee County, Florida, the county in which Estero, Florida resides.
- City of Bonita Springs
- Official web site of the city of Bonita Springs, Florida.
- Wikipedia Entry for Estero, Florida
- Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia edited by users worldwide, has an entry for Estero, Florida.
- Florida Yards & Neighborhoods
- Florida friendly landscaping tips from University of Florida Extension Services
For a list of Estero residential communities, see the Community Index.
For a list of new and recent Estero developments, see the Topics Index.