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December 2013 ECCL Meeting
At the December membership meeting, Todd Poste (left) explained how Hertz decided to build their global headquarters in Estero.
Rep. Matt Caldwell (right) described the process for getting approval of the local bill for incorporation of Estero
Lee County Legislative Delegation approves bill for an Estero incorporation referendum
On December 3, 2013, the Lee County Legislative Delegation approved Rep. Ray Rodrigues’ local bill for an Estero incorporation referendum on the November 4, 2014, ballot.
Estero Council of Community Leaders’ (ECCL) Chairman Nick Batos and Vice Chairman John Goodrich presented the Delegation with petitions signed by 10,238 Estero residents indicating their wish to have an incorporation referendum on the ballot next year.
The ECCL initiated the incorporation effort following a special meeting in July 12, 2013, where the membership voted in favor of going forward with this effort. Burt Saunders, Gray/Robinson Law Firm, was hired to prepare the Estero charter and Joe Mazurkiewicz, President, BJM Consulting, performed the feasibility study.
Thirty-three community meetings were completed and two Town Hall meetings, hosted by Rep. Rodrigues, were attended by over 3,000 Estero residents combined, all indicating support for a referendum.
The ECCL will now proceed with Phase II community workshops. These workshops will provide Estero residents with more detailed information about the incorporation process so that they may make an informed choice on November 4, 2014.