Where is Engage Estero headed?
- Supported and promoted the effort resulting in the successful vote for the establishment of the Village of Estero
- Ensuring the protection of our water quality and quantity and area wildlife in conjunction with other agencies such as the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and others.
- Preventing the expansion of mining along Eastern Corkscrew Road
- Formalized the strict design/architectural standards, including landscaping designs, in the original Estero Community Plan
- The removal of CR 951 and Coconut Road interchange from the 2035 Transportation Plan
- Assisted the Grandezza Community and Lee County to minimize adverse noise and visual impacts of university community development
- Encouraged and supported the development of Lee Health Coconut Point
- Helped extend the hours at the Bonita Community Health Center to serve residents better.
- Helped Lee County Schools secure volunteers and implemented Junior Achievement programs in five Estero area schools, which has helped enhance teaching and school standards, leading to increased home values.
- At the Village’s request, we help inform residents about storm preparedness and emergency contact information in the event of a hurricane
- Helped to improve paddleboard, kayak, and boat access to Estero Bay at the Bayview Development.
Engage Estero is planning to do a great deal in the immediate and long term. Please read on to learn more.
The Engage Estero Executive Management Team (EMT) formed a Strategic Thinking and Planning Committee in the late summer of 2020. Following interviews with over 20 members, the committee spent a significant amount of time considering and developing actions and strategies for the organization’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan.
Subsequently, the EMT reviewed the recommended strategic plan contents and planning process discussed with Engage Estero’s board of directors. The outcome was Board approval of Key Strategic Issues we should address in the next 5 years:
- Improve Water Quality
- Improve Community Health
- Increase Safety
- Promote Culture and Recreation
- Improve Greater Estero Area Schools
- Support Economic Growth
Although many specific actions require our involvement in our internal plans, we will list just a few of our thoughts for each of the above vital issues to illustrate what we are contemplating.
2. Improve Community Health
- Continue to support specific health initiatives within Engage Estero’s Health Council addressing issues such as including mental health, cognition, cardiovascular concerns, reducing falls and fractures, etc.
- Promote family and youth wellness and determine the level of access community members have to basic health needs, such as food, shelter, health education, clean water, and clean and safe environments
- Determine health services not being provided to the community that are needed and what health services are provided to the community that are underutilized
4. Promote Culture and Recreation
- Establish a committee involving the Village of Estero, Estero Chamber, and local businesses to plan to utilize Estero facilities for various indoor/outdoor cultural events, including orchestral concerts, tribute bands, comedy acts, Shakespeare in the park, themed food events, etc.
- Advocate establishing a performing arts center within the greater Estero area
- Take the initiative to develop a real sports complex plan and funding with pickleball courts, soccer fields, plus other sports, together with a waterpark to drive economic development, in conjunction with the Village and Estero Chamber
6. Support Economic Growth
- Assist in the development of an online “Destination” Website to foster economic growth for the greater Estero area
- Leverage the unique capabilities and resources of local and Southwest Florida’s leading economic and workforce development organizations to advance the greater Estero community
- Form or join a coalition of interested community leaders and others, including the Village of Estero and the Estero Chamber of Commerce, focusing on the quality of life factors such as accessible education, health & wellness services, safety, consumer protection, and preservation of natural resources
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