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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...

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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Estero High School Assistant Principal Named AP of the Year

Estero High School Assistant Principal Named AP of the Year

[dss_post_featured_image _builder_version="4.14.4" _module_preset="default" theme_builder_area="post_content" image_size="medium" hover_enabled="0" sticky_enabled="0" align="center"][/dss_post_featured_image]The Lee County School District announces David Howdyshell of...

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...

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

Resources for Veterans

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...

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

[dss_post_featured_image _builder_version="4.9.4" _module_preset="default"][/dss_post_featured_image]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 We Know About the Quality of Southwest Florida Water – Isn’t Pretty

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...

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