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2022 Essay Scholarship Winners

2022 Estero Essay Contest Three $1,000 Scholarships for Estero High School Seniors. Sponsored by: Mike Wasson and Terry Flanagan, ECCL, presented the $1,000.00 Governance History Scholarship to Clayton Chauncey.Gail Langner, President, Estero Historical Society,...

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...

Florida Legislature to Eliminate Energy Credits for Homeowners with Solar Panels

The Florida Senate and House are now considering legislation to end credits homeowners receive on their electric bills when their home installed solar panels provide electricity to the power grid. Senate bill SB 1024 and House bill HB 741 would “undermine current...

Important Water Quality Legislation in Florida’s House and Senate

Governor DeSantis appointed the Blue Green Algae Task Force in 2019 to “ensure that objective and sound science informs Florida’s environmental decision-making process.” They made their recommendations, and the resulting proposed legislation is currently being...

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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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. Sponsored by: Mike Wasson and Terry Flanagan, ECCL, presented the $1,000.00 Governance History Scholarship to Clayton Chauncey.Gail Langner, President, Estero Historical Society,...

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...

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...

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...

Decreased Tire Life Causes Increased Stopping Distances

Decreased Tire Life Causes Increased Stopping Distances

As residents of Southwest Florida, everyone has experienced those unexpected downpours while driving that some refer to as “liquid sunshine.”  Do you ever consider how big of a role your tires play in giving your car, van or truck the proper braking and handling...

December 2021 ZOOM Monthly Meeting

December 2021 ZOOM Monthly Meeting

 Highlights of the 209th ECCL Membership Meeting December 10, 2021 After the welcoming remarks, President Jim Gilmartin introduced the speakers. Estero Mayor Katie Errington and Florida state Representative Adam Botana. Mayor Katy Errington. Mayor Errington provided a...

Featured Volunteer: Mike Wasson

Featured Volunteer: Mike Wasson

Junior Achievement AmbassadorInterim Co-Chair, Education CouncilCommunications CommitteeECCL’s work and success would be limited if not for a committed and resolute team of volunteers. All our volunteers contribute to making the Greater Estero Area a beautiful place...

Act Now: Important School Funding Survey

Act Now: Important School Funding Survey

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act was signed into law. The United States Department of Education (USDOE) is providing an additional $121.9 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III Fund). These grants will be...

Pollution Notification: Right to Know

Pollution Notification: Right to Know

The ECCL believes residents have a right to know about pollutants in our waters. The Safe Waterways Act (SB 604 / HB 393) is designed to address this public health risk.  We encourage our readers to learn more about this effort, and then contact legislators with your...

Roundabout Myths and Tips

Roundabout Myths and Tips

RoundaboutsMyths and How TosThe short video above shows how a multi-lane roundabout works. The sooner you need to turn, the further to the right side you drive.Fact vs. FictionFact: Roundabouts have fewer and less severe crashes, 90% fewer deaths, and 75% fewer...

October 2021 Meeting Summary and Video

October 2021 Meeting Summary and Video

October ECCL Monthly Meeting The October 8, 2021 meeting of the ECCL was held virtually on Zoom. The featured speakers speakers were: Jon McLain, Vice-Mayor of the Village of Estero Barry Freedman, Greater Estero Virtual Information Center Antonio Carangelo, ECCL...

Take Action: Right to Clean Water Legislation

Take Action: Right to Clean Water Legislation

The ECCL and Calusa Waterkeeper needs your help promoting the Right to Clean Water and the Florida Wetlands Protection amendment petitions to the state constitution before time runs out. Nearly 900,000 signatures need to be collected by November 30th to qualify the...

September 2021 Meeting Summary and Video

September 2021 Meeting Summary and Video

September ECCL Monthly Meeting The September 24, 2021 meeting of the ECCL was held virtually on Zoom. The featured speakers speakers were Lee County School Board Member Chris Patricca, Junior Achievement SWFL President Angela Fisher, and Estero Life Magazine Editor...

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