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The ECCL Has Adopted a Highway

Help Us Keep Estero Looking Beautiful The ECCL (as the adopting organization) is working with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to recruit and coordinate groups of volunteers to help clean an approximate four-mile section of Tamiami Trail. Including both...

Open Letter to Members in Support of Our Schools

Dear Community Residents & Businesses, In two weeks, the start of one of the most, if not the most, uncertain school years in our lifetime will begin. This comment is not hyperbole. The first day of school in our Estero area will be Monday, August 31. On this day,...

It’s Time to Mandate Face Masks in Lee County

Why Face Masks are Now Crucial in the Battle Against COVID-19What do I do: Urge local legislators to mandate masks in public How: Use the forms below When:  Now! WINK News featured this issue on June 24, including a call with ECCL President Jim Gilmartin. The Lee...

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...

News and Posts

Breaking Par at Grandezza Postponed.

Breaking Par at Grandezza Postponed.

The ECCL is a sponsor of the Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s Breaking Par at Grandezza event. Both organizations are monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and are taking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended precautions...

Important Voting Deadlines

Important Voting Deadlines

The ECCL reminds all qualified residents in Estero and surrounding communities that calendar year 2020 presents opportunities to exercise the power of your vote in three major elections, with local, state and federal implications. To prepare for these important voting...

Greater Estero Community Report

Greater Estero Community Report

Happy New Year to Estero and Surrounding Areas! Our positive, proactive vision for 2020 includes a NEW Estero Community Report. We hope this quarterly report provides you with insightful, engaging, informative news about the communities where we live, worship, work,...

January 7 Member Reps and Alts Breakfast Meeting

January 7 Member Reps and Alts Breakfast Meeting

Approximately forty (40) Member representatives and alternates attended a breakfast meeting on January 7, hosted by the ECCL Executive Management Team (EMT).  In addition to our guests, the ECCL Council Chairs were in attendance. Following introductory remarks by...

Estero Area Excellence in Education Celebration 2019

Estero Area Excellence in Education Celebration 2019

Thanks to Master of Ceremonies Clay Miller, NBC2 Morning Anchor and co-sponsors The Club at Grandezza and Lee Health Coconut Point, the ECCL Education Council hosted its 2nd annual “Estero Excellence in Education” celebration at The Club at Grandezza on December 3,...

Important BoCC Vote Wednesday on Wetlands

Important BoCC Vote Wednesday on Wetlands

Important Vote Wednesday. Speak to Protect Lee County Wetlands at BoCC Vote Dec. 18.What's at Stake:Voting on a Comprehensive Plan amendment that incentivizes commercial and industrial development on wetlands. When:Wednesday, December 18 at 9:30 a.m....

I-75 at Corkscrew Road Interchange Improvements Begin

I-75 at Corkscrew Road Interchange Improvements Begin

Improvements Include Additional left turn lanes in each direction Extending ramp distances New high mast lighting Sidewalk improvements Schedule Start: October 16, 2019 Expected Completion: Spring 2021 Lane closures: Sun - Fri overnight from 7:30 pm to 6 a.m. Workers...

4th Annual “An Evening Under the Shadow Wood”

4th Annual “An Evening Under the Shadow Wood”

Monday DECEMBER 16, 2019 6:00pm Shadow Wood Country Club 22801 Oakwilde Blvd (map) The much anticipated 4th Annual “An Evening Under the Shadow Wood” tickets are now available for purchase.  One of the premiere fundraising events in Estero is back to benefit the Arts...

Are you up to date with your vaccinations?

Are you up to date with your vaccinations?

Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Whooping Cough) are serious diseases that are preventable with vaccination.  But, the immunity wears off over time. So, everyone needs a booster shot every 10 years after first being immunized.  You can get the vaccination at your...

BE the Difference in a Kid’s Life

BE the Difference in a Kid’s Life

The Estero Education Initiative and ECCL Education Council have partnered with Three Oaks Middle School to mentor academically "at-risk" students. We are seeking volunteers who would like to help a child and invest in the future of our Estero youth. This is not a...

Flu Facts

Flu Facts

About one of every twelve Americans were sick from the flu last flu season Almost 80,000 died Close to one million hospitalizations And, 22.7 million medical visits The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like...

Jim Gilmartin, New ECCL President

Jim Gilmartin, New ECCL President

The ECCL Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Gilmartin as the ECCL president. Jim and his wife Bettie have lived in Lighthouse Bay at the Brooks since 2004. In August 2019 with the untimely and unfortunate passing of recently appointed...

Call for School Volunteers

Call for School Volunteers

The Estero Education Initiative is looking for adult volunteers to serve immediately at Three Oaks Middle School with 7th and 8th-grade students.  The students are part of the AVID program that promotes being college and career ready.  AVID’s mission is to close the...

Help Wanted – Finance Committee

Help Wanted – Finance Committee

HELP  WANTED Are you interested in the long – term sustainability of ECCL? Then you should consider becoming part of the Finance Committee. Financial background is a plus but not a requirement. You will not be overwhelmed with meetings and responsibilities; just...

H.R. 3502 Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act

H.R. 3502 Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act

H.R. 3502: To amend the Public Health Service Act and title XI of the Social Security Act to protect health care consumers from surprise billing practices, and for other purposes. This bi-partisan bill is now before the U.S. Congress. The bill's general idea is to...

Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL)  Reorganizes

Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) Reorganizes

August 27, 2019: Don Eslick, Chairman of the ECCL has been the driving force behind the organization’s effectiveness for more than 19 years. In April 2019, Don announced his retirement scheduled for the fall of this year. Over two decades Don’s many accomplishments...

Orthopedic Services at Lee Health Coconut Point

Orthopedic Services at Lee Health Coconut Point

Get back in the game of life with increased mobility and reduced pain. From a simple hand condition to a total knee or hip replacement, the orthopedic specialists at Lee Health Coconut Point treat ailments with a focused plan and advanced rehabilitation that ignite a...

A Tribute to Bob King

A Tribute to Bob King

On August 14, 2019, Bob King, President of the Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) peacefully passed on August 14, 2019, at the Hope Hospice, Lee Health Park. The ECCL lost one of its most important, highly respected, and significant advocates for improving the...

Surgery Center gets you back on your feet – the very same day!

Surgery Center gets you back on your feet – the very same day!

Convenience just one part of Lee Health Coconut Point Our active lives take us many places at all hours of the day – from morning walks, to lunch with friends, to shopping, work, kids, grandkids, and so much more. Most of us don’t have time to be sick much less put...

Troyer Brothers Mine – Action Alert

Troyer Brothers Mine – Action Alert

We need new voices on Aug. 21   The final hearing on the Comprehensive Plan and a new Troyer Brothers mine.Aug. 22:Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve all the changes in favor of the Troyer Brothers mine, with Commission Mann being the only opposing vote. ...

Join the ECCL Communications Committee

Join the ECCL Communications Committee

The Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) is a network of communities working together to serve as the “Voice of the People” to advocate for positive change and protect our quality of life. The Communications Committee, led by the Chief Communications Officer, is...

2-5-8 Program featured in Estero Life Magazine

2-5-8 Program featured in Estero Life Magazine

Estero Life Magazine featured the Estero volunteer efforts of the Education Council in their magazine on August 2, 2019. "Have you taught your middle schooler how to balance a checkbook yet? Or explained to your 7 year old what taxes are? Thanks to the Estero...

Get into the Spirit of Summer

Get into the Spirit of Summer

10 Ways You Can Get into the Spirit of Summer at Lee Health Coconut Point Wellness and nutrition classes, routine exams and health checkups, a pharmacy, healthy cafe and beautiful gardens - all available now at Lee Health Coconut Point. View All Ten!

State of the Art Physical Therapy Opportunities

State of the Art Physical Therapy Opportunities Lee Health Coconut Point Physical Therapy from Lee Health on Vimeo. Lee Health combines personal care with high-tech solutions, including virtual reality and zero-g therapies for patients with sports injuries, joint...

New Projects Coming to Lee Health Coconut Point

New Projects Coming to Lee Health Coconut Point

For the last few months, Lee Health Coconut Point has welcomed thousands of patients. “These are visits and appointments that used to happen elsewhere and members of the community would have to travel 30 minutes or even longer than that to access these services,” said...

Signs in Estero

Signs in Estero

Basic Guidance for the Legal Use of Signs in Estero from the Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) August 2014 This document is designed to provide citizen education and awareness.  It summarizes often-complex provisions and thus is not intended as, and cannot be...

County adds website to track widening of Corkscrew Road

County adds website to track widening of Corkscrew Road

Lee County has created an entire website for residents to answer questions and track progress of the Corkscrew Road widening project. Currently in the design phase, the project will widen four miles of Corkscrew Road from 2 to 4 lanes from Ben Hill Griffen Parkway to...

Census 2020

Census 2020

We all know how important funding is to support our state and local programs, so we are supporting the Census Bureau 2020 informational initiative to explain the importance of every head in SWFL being counted. Federal support is crucial to assist our population and...

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