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Florida is an unincorporated area of southern Lee County, located north of the
City of Bonita Springs and south of Fort Myers, Florida. Since 2000 Estero has
been one of the
fastest growing areas in the U. S. Until recently most of Estero's growth
has been residential, over 11,000 housing units have been permitted during the
last 5 and one half years. However Estero's commercial corridors, US 41 and
Corkscrew Road, are now zoned for 10,000,000 square feet of commercial
development. With only 1,500,000 of commercial development in place as of the
end of 2005, Estero will experience tremendous commercial growth over the next
All four sponsors of EsteroFL.org: the
Estero Council of Community Leaders, the
Estero Community Planning Panel, the
Estero Design Review Committee, and the
Estero Civic Association; are citizen driven organizations
dedicated to preserving Estero's unique quality of life despite its
quick growth. They are the driving force behind the Estero Community
Plan, amendments to the Lee County Comprehensive Plan and the Lee
County Land Development Code designed to protect the unique quality
of life in Estero.
Plan: a short summary
explanation of what the Estero Community Plan means to
residents, developers and the government of Estero, Florida.
Estero Development Report
get up to speed on current issues facing Estero, Florida, read the
most recent Estero Development
Report. This monthly document details each announcement,
review meeting, presentation, funding issue, and upcoming meeting
relating to Estero.
Past issues are also available.
you are primarily concerned about a specific development, roadway,
or other topic; or if you would like to review a topic's history,
use the Topics
Index to find summaries of the topic, links to
EDR articles, special reports, maps, and graphic. For
example: see the page on US 41 to
read about all traffic and road expansion projects along this major
Presentation: Village with a Vision
original “Village With A Vision” was developed in 2003 to better inform
all Estero residents, both full time and “snowbirds” about the history
and recently adopted Estero Community Plan.
At that time many new residents did not know they lived in Estero
because they were served by the Bonita Springs Post Office and because
the community was growing rapidly and most
residents were newly arrived.
During 2003-05 the program was presented over 30 times to a cumulative
audience of 3,000. Since then another 20,000 persons have settled in
Estero at least part of the year.
Estero’s all volunteer community organizations, the Estero Council of
Community Leaders (ECCL), the Estero Community Planning Panel (ECPP) and
the Estero Design Review Committee (EDRC) are seeking an opportunity to
present a new, updated version to all Estero residential community and
service organizations during the upcoming “season”.
“Village with a Vision/2011” opens with an information-packed 40-minute
Power Point presentation that graphically portrays:
the community’s tremendous growth was managed during the last decade
through widespread citizen participation, and
challenges that the community and its volunteers must deal with during
the coming decade, and
all Estero residents can participate in this all volunteer undertaking.
question & answer period with a panel of community leaders follows the
program focuses on the Community Plan and how its provisions impact
Estero’s commercial development and enhance the community’s appearance
and how our infrastructure and emerging community needs are satisfied as
the community grows.
Naples Daily News has editorially hailed Estero as, “The little engine
that could,” in recognition of its citizen-initiated Community Plan. The
Plan has been honored as best in the state by the Florida Planning &
Zoning Association. The
Village with a Vision program has been universally hailed as a modern
model of America's traditional "town hall" meetings - an example of
community self-determination in deciding its future.
encourage you to ask your community board to select a time and date for
a meeting in your community and email that information to
draft of the Village with a Vision/2011 power point presentation can be