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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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History of the ECCL in Estero book now available

History of the ECCL in Estero book now available

If you live in the Greater Estero Area you need to know this!There are many reasons why residents and visitors enjoy the lifestyle and ambiance of the greater Estero area, but this situation did not emerge by accident. How did this come about, and what will happen to...

Worth a Read: BikeWalkLee – Speed Kills

Worth a Read: BikeWalkLee – Speed Kills

Speed kills For those of a certain age, the phrase “speed kills” may have many connotations. But today, we’re talking about the (literal) impact of increased speed limits on pedestrian injuries and deaths. A 2011 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, looking...

Corkscrew Road Wildlife Crossing Update

Corkscrew Road Wildlife Crossing Update

Work is planned to begin construction on a wildlife crossing across Corkscrew Road in October. It will be located approximately 1000 feet west of the entrance to Cypress Shadows Boulevard, which coincides with a regional flow-way that crosses under Corkscrew Road at...

Resources for Veterans of Afghanistan

Resources for Veterans of Afghanistan

The US Department of Veterans Affairs knows that current events can be causing stress for military veterans, especially those who served in Afghanistan. The following resources are recommended for those in need. Veterans Crisis Line - If you are having thoughts of...

Litter Harms the Environment

Litter Harms the Environment

Litter is not just a land problem. Because storm drains empty into our local waterways with little to no filtering, any object tossed on the road, flying out of an open truck bed, or left in a yard can end up in our river, estuaries, and beaches.

Insurance Discount Course for Senior Drivers

Insurance Discount Course for Senior Drivers

Section 627.0652, Florida Statutes, authorizes drivers who are 55 years of age or older to complete a Mature Driver (Senior Citizen) Discount course that is approved by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). Upon successful completion of...

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 July 2021.  There has been a significant increase in the number of homes on East Corkscrew. When all the homes...

Masks effective against Red Tide

Masks effective against Red Tide

Florida Gulf Coast University's Water School has determined that the same masks the public has worn during the pandemic appear to filter airborne red tide droplets. People susceptible to respiratory illnesses, or who are exposed for long periods of time may find some...

Septic System Care

Septic System Care

Septic systems that are poorly cared for can leak harmful chemicals into the water basin that lies beneath all of Southwest Florida. In addition to saving you money, proper maintenance of a septic system can protect the environment. This link is a helpful guide.

June 2021 Meeting Summary and Video

June 2021 Meeting Summary and Video

June ECCL Monthly Meeting The June 11, 2021 meeting of the ECCL was held virtually on Zoom. The featured speakers speakers were Alexis McLennan, Public Information/Public Education Director for San Carlos Fire Rescue; David Willems, Public Works Director of the...

May 2021 Meeting Summary and Video

May 2021 Meeting Summary and Video

May ECCL Monthly Meeting The May 14, 2021 meeting of the ECCL was held virtually on Zoom. The featured speakers speakers were Village councilmember Jim Ward, Estero Fire Rescue's Susan Lindenmuth, and Vice President of Lee Health Coconut Point Alex Greendood. You can...

Falls: The Good News and the Bad News

Falls: The Good News and the Bad News

Prepared by the ECCL’s Health Council and the “Fall’s” Sub-Committee More people over 65 in Lee County die from a fall than all people who die in a motor vehicle...

2021 Scholarship Winners

2021 Scholarship Winners

2021 ECCL Scholarship AwardeesGroup photo:  Left to right:  Mike Wasson, Blake Chapman, Pamela Mueller, recipient Brian Robinson, Gail Langner, recipient Mary Sue Burun, Vicki Risko and Mark Novitski. ECCL, Estero Historical Society, and Estero Chamber of Commerce...

Bicycle Safety in the greater Estero area

Bicycle Safety in the greater Estero area

  Bicycle Safety in the greater Estero area  More and more adults and children are enjoying biking in the greater Estero area. The ECCL fully supports the initiatives of the Village in extending bike lanes and looking at new opportunities for those who enjoy...

What impairs water quality in Southwest Florida?

What impairs water quality in Southwest Florida?

The Calusa Waterkeeper conducted an assessment to understand the factors contributing to water quality impairment in Florida. The "Water Quality Impairment Status and Trends of Southwest Florida Counties - 2018-2020" assessment is essential for determining pollution...

Greater Estero Community Report: Qtr 2 2021

Greater Estero Community Report: Qtr 2 2021

A short time ago, the ECCL released an important document that outlined the organization's strategic plans for the next five years. If you have not yet seen this document, you can access it by clicking here. A key focus within the plan will be Safety, one of the six...

ECCL Appoints Frank Moser ECCL Board Member

ECCL Appoints Frank Moser ECCL Board Member

The Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Frank Moser to The ECCL Board of Directors. Frank Moser is a resident of Rapallo at Coconut Point.  After graduating from Penn Technical Institute with a degree in...

Are Our Waters Safe?

Are Our Waters Safe?

The ECCL endorses the following article prepared by John Cassani the Calusa Waterkeeper. A key strategic focus for the ECCL is also water quality, pollution and the sustainability of our water supply. This becomes more and more important as our population in the...

March 2021 Meeting Summary and Video

March 2021 Meeting Summary and Video

March ECCL Monthly Meeting The March 12, 2021 meeting of the ECCL was held virtually on Zoom. The featured speaker was Matt Feeney, Assistant Manager of the City of Bonita Springs. You can watch the video or read the summary below. 00:00:00​ Intro 00:00:05​ Welcoming...

Thank You Adopt a Highway Volunteers!

Thank You Adopt a Highway Volunteers!

It was a beautiful morning for volunteers to work their magic along Hwy 41 over the weekend. Many drivers, walkers, and bikers were honking and calling out “thank you,” which was very rewarding for the Adopt a Highway team organized by ECCL’s Julie Yellig. The...

Five Reasons to Wear a Mask Even After You’re Vaccinated

Five Reasons to Wear a Mask Even After You’re Vaccinated

Two of the key areas that the ECCL focuses on concerning our vision, "To make the greater Estero area the best place to live, work, and play," are Healthcare and Safety.  With this in mind, the ECCL considered a recent article published by Kaiser Health Newsworthy of...

You Can Save A Life-Using an AED

You Can Save A Life-Using an AED

It’s frightening to witness someone at home who has collapsed. If they’re not breathing or gasping for breath: call 911 and immediately begin CHEST COMPRESSIONS. Watch the 30 second New York-Presbyterian Hospital YouTube video, “Everyone Can Save a...

February 2021 Meeting Summary and Video

February 2021 Meeting Summary and Video

The February 12, 2021 meeting of the ECCL was held virtually on Zoom. The featured speaker was Mary Gibbs, Community Development Director for the Village of Estero. You can watch the video or read the summary below. The video timeline is divided into topics so you can...

Greater Estero Community Report: Qtr 1 2021

Greater Estero Community Report: Qtr 1 2021

The ECCL wishes you a Very Happy New Year, and we hope that you continue to stay safe and well and benefit from the COVID vaccine "rollout" as soon as possible. We are pleased to provide you with the first of four planned GECR Reports for 2021. Our objective is to...

Masks and sanitation supplies appreciated by community

Masks and sanitation supplies appreciated by community

On behalf of the many individuals and businesses that have expressed their gratitude to the Village Council for distributing many thousands of masks to residents and 300 commercial hand sanitizers to small businesses, the ECCL applauds the recent initiative. The...

January 2021 Meeting Summary and Video

January 2021 Meeting Summary and Video

The January 8, 2021 meeting of the ECCL was held virtually on Zoom. The featured speaker was Lee County Commission Chairman Kevin Ruane. You can watch the video or read the summary below. https://youtu.be/e_LQkJW78ZU President Jim Gilmartin opened the 200th membership...

600 lbs. of Rubbish Collected on Hwy 41 in Estero

600 lbs. of Rubbish Collected on Hwy 41 in Estero

Volunteers Beat the Record! The team of volunteers participating in ECCL’s Adopt a Highway initiative this weekend helped to collect 600 lbs. of rubbish from Estero’s stretch of Hwy 41, bringing the total amount of litter collected over the last three months by...

December ECCL Monthly Meeting Video & Summary

December ECCL Monthly Meeting Video & Summary

The December 11, 2020 meeting of the ECCL was held virtually on Zoom. Featured speakers were Dr. Ana Puszkin-Chevlin, Regional Director, Growing Climate Solutions – Path to Positive; and Jodi Walborn, Policy and Worksite Co-Lead, Blue Zones Project – SWFL.. You can...

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