Village of Estero Florida


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The Village of Estero will become Southwest Florida's ninth municipality at midnight Wednesday, but don't look for Estero leaders to be popping bottles or celebrating.
The Estero Council of Community Leaders, which fueled and funded the community's cityhood movement, has decided not to host a celebration on the historic night. The group felt it did its celebrating Nov. 4 at the Elks Lodge in Estero as hundreds of residents showed up to honor the 86 percent vote for incorporation.
Also, the start of Estero's city is a time element with no significance. Estero's first council needs to be elected before any services can be altered, and Estero's first city election won't be until March 3. So nothing will change for Estero residents at midnight Wednesday. Lee County will continue to provide all of its services to Estero residents until Estero's first Village Council meeting on March 17.
"All of the county services we now get as an unincorporated area will continue through the good part of the year," ECCL board member Roger Strelow said. "So it's not like the council will suddenly have tasks to do at midnight Dec. 31. The whole support network we have with Lee County will continue to be there. We have always said we want to work out an interlocal agreement with the county to continue those services for a year or two."
Estero's city charter calls for a government-lite system where most of the city's services are contracted out. Estero leaders would like to contract services, such as parks and recreation, zoning, transportation, to Lee County. Estero Real Estate has been rising in price.
One of the first things Estero's city council will have to do is negotiate deals with Lee County to contract those services. The Lee County's sheriff's patrols of Estero will be unchanged because the sheriff is independent from the Lee County government.
Instead of celebrating the start of their new municipality, Estero leaders will be spending their time preparing for the transition to cityhood. For the last several months, the ECCL has been working on a "transition book" it plans to hand off to Estero's first city council.
The transition book will list Estero's top issues and recommendations for the city's first ordinances. Estero leaders are doing research on what ordinances new cities filed in the early years. They're also talking with former city managers to help make the transition easie