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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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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...

The ECCL Congratulates FGCU

The ECCL Congratulates FGCU

FGCU named best public school in Florida for undergraduate entrepreneurship By Kyle McCurry Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) has been named the top public college or university in Florida for undergraduate entrepreneurship studies, according to The Princeton...

CPR –An Emergency Life Saving Procedure

CPR –An Emergency Life Saving Procedure

      An Important Message on CPR from ECCL’s Health Council’s Cardiac Subcommittee. According to American Heart Association statistics, 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital each year. Seventy percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) occur in...

November ECCL Monthly Meeting Video & Summary

November ECCL Monthly Meeting Video & Summary

The November 13, 2020 meeting of the ECCL was held virtually on Zoom. Featured speaker was Estero Councilmember Jon McLain speaking on transportation issues. You can watch the video below. A summary of the contents is provided below....

The Estero River Development Update

The Estero River Development Update

Brought to you by the ECCL During the recent October 9 "virtual" ECCL's Monthly Meeting, Steve Sarkozy, Estero Village Manager, spoke about the Village's purchase of 67.5 acres at the northeast corner of Corkscrew and US 41. Mr. Sarkozy summarized the steps that are...

Junior Achievement in Southwest Florida: Why it’s Important!

Junior Achievement in Southwest Florida: Why it’s Important!

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida and The ECCL Hosted First-Ever Virtual Gala earlier this year at The Club at Grandezza. FORT MYERS, Fla. (October 28, 2020) – Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida and The Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) hosted a...

Off to a Great Start!

Off to a Great Start!

The ECCL support of the “Adopt a Highway” initiative headed by Julie Yellig and her team of volunteers started the cleanup of Hwy 41 over the weekend (October 24).  The ECCL is working with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to help clean an approximate...

Summary of October 2020 Meeting

Summary of October 2020 Meeting

Key Points from the ECCL's Monthly Meeting Report  October 9th (Reporter Karen Katz) President Jim Gilmartin called the meeting to order and there followed a moment of silence for COVID-19 victims. Kyle Coleman, Estero Deputy Village Manager, spoke about the Estero...

The ECCL Has Adopted a Highway

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...

Summary of September 2020 Meeting

Summary of September 2020 Meeting

https://youtu.be/PNrj0LTQoTE The monthly Membership Meeting of the ECCL was held virtually on Friday, 9/11 at 10 am. Pres. Jim Gilmartin welcomed the participants and Mark Novitski led a moment of silence in memory of 9/11. Speakers Chief Scott Vanderbrook of Estero...

Open Letter to Members in Support of Our Schools

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,...

ECCL Appoints Melva Borley ECCL Board Member

ECCL Appoints Melva Borley ECCL Board Member

The Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) is delighted to announce the appointment of Melva Borley to the ECCL Board of Directors. Melva was born and raised in Washington, DC, and at 15, was awarded an academic scholarship to the prestigious Emma Willard Prep...

Traffic on East Corkscrew Rd.

Traffic on East Corkscrew Rd.

Ever wonder why the traffic seems to be getting worse on Corkscrew Rd east of Ben Hill Griffin? The below chart identifies the current homes built and occupied, and the potential homes to be built in the next 5 years. The Phase I expansion/widening of Corkscrew Rd...

More students equals more schools needed in South Lee County

More students equals more schools needed in South Lee County

Ever wonder why we need to build new schools in south Lee County?  The linked infographic identifies K-12 students in the Estero Area and South Lee County. This information will be used in the Village of Estero Community database so new residents can determine...

ECCL Appoints Rachel Pierce  ECCL Board Member

ECCL Appoints Rachel Pierce ECCL Board Member

The Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Pierce to the ECCL Board of Directors. Rachel Pierce is proud to call Estero home with her husband and four young children. She specifically picked Estero for its...

To Mask Or Not To Mask?  That is the Question

To Mask Or Not To Mask? That is the Question

The numbers continue to rise The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state and the Lee County numberscontinue to confirm the significant and worrisome rise in COVID–19 cases. However, face masks have become a go-to topic of conversation and debate for many. While...

Transportation Planning Acronyms You Should Know

Transportation Planning Acronyms You Should Know

MPO, TIP, TMA, & CIP Introduction Planning for the Village of Estero is one of the municipality’s primary overriding governing functions. It provides the framework for the development of the community and the management of land use and other resources. “Strategic...

What to do when a hurricane threatens

What to do when a hurricane threatens

Hurricanes are violent and dangerous to your family and your home. When a hurricane threatens to bear down, make sure that you know how to batten down your hatches and protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property. When it's hurricane season Hurricane season...

Join Us for the Lee Health Coconut Point Blood Drive

Join Us for the Lee Health Coconut Point Blood Drive

Did you know that one pint of blood can save two lives? We invite you to make a difference in these troubled times at the Lee Health Coconut Point Blood Drive! Join us from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 29 at our Coconut Point facility, 23450 Via Coconut Point,...

June ECCL Meeting Held Virtually

June ECCL Meeting Held Virtually

The June 12, 2020 meeting of the ECCL was held virtually on Zoom. Featured speakers included Chris Patricca from the Lee County School Board and Steve Sarkozy, Village of Estero Manager. You can watch the video below.

The ECCL Health Council Needs Your Help!

The ECCL Health Council Needs Your Help!

The purpose of the ECCL’s Health Council is to advocate for the resources to improve the health and wellbeing of persons living and working in Estero and surrounding communities by supporting the creation of physical, social, and economic environments resulting in...

Safety Top Priority at Lee Health Coconut Point

Safety Top Priority at Lee Health Coconut Point

Don’t let fear keep you from emergency care or an outpatient procedure. The change in how we’re living these days is intended to slow the spread of COVID-19. But our “new normal” has also had an unintended effect: Many people experiencing symptoms of a...

Lee Health Joins Mayo Clinic Study

Lee Health Joins Mayo Clinic Study

Dr. Larry Antonucci, M.D., MBA, President & CEO, is proud to share this exciting announcement: “We are excited to announce that Lee Health was accepted and registered as a participating site in Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Study. Starting Monday,...

Grocery Shopping during COVID-19

We’re now a few weeks into the pandemic, and those groceries you managed to binge-buy a month ago are dwindling. It’s time to restock the pantry. But what should you buy this time around? And what’s the secret for keeping food fresher longer? Although you can still go...

Estero Area Roads Improvement Status

Estero Area Roads Improvement Status

Working with the Village of Estero and Lee County transportation we have composed a rough timeline of road project start and completion dates. This is our best information known at this time.  We will do our best to update on a quarterly basis. If you want to help the...

Estero Health Care Advisory  March 27, 2020

Estero Health Care Advisory March 27, 2020

A consortium of emergency health care advisors has developed the attached outline, which details information and actions for addressing Caronavirus issues including: Social distancing When to seek medical attention Home self-quarantine Visiting an emergency department...

We are seeking a Chairperson for our Environmental Council

We are seeking a Chairperson for our Environmental Council

Established in 2000, the Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) is a non-partisan all-volunteer civic advocacy organization. Our purpose is to inform, educate, and enable residents to act to support and improve the quality of life in Estero and surrounding...

Lee Health: Answering Your Questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Lee Health: Answering Your Questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus making headlines across the world, Lee Health wants to answer your questions and keep you healthy. A few key things to know: There are seven known coronaviruses that can affect humans, and four of them are relatively common and...

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