Village of Estero December 2019 Meeting Recaps


Council meeting on December 18, 2019

Happehatchee Center

Council started their meeting with a discussion regarding the acquisition of the 4.5-acre Happehatchee Center property located at 8791 Corkscrew Road. This property is in the center of the 62 acres the Village of Estero purchased on the northeast corner of US 41 and Corkscrew Road, extending north to the Estero United Methodist Church and east to the railroad tracks.

The Board of Directors of the Happehatchee Center intends to convey the property to the Village to preserve and protect as a unique environmental asset for future generations. The Board prepared a memorandum of agreement and resolution to deed this property to the Village at no cost. The Board’s attorney Mark Ebelini explained that the transfer of this property would be a culmination of the founder of Happehatchee Center Ellen Peterson’s wishes to have the property preserved for environmental education and preservation. Council approved authorizing Village Manger Steve Sarkozy to enter into an agreement for the transfer of property.


Village Attorney Burt Saunders gave a report on electric scooters. He stated that according to state law no person may use micro mobility devices or devices which are not human powered. Council discussed the fact that these devices can be a hazard. Saunders will provide an ordinance for adoption in January.

Public Comment:

Jack Meeker stated he is opposed to the Village annexing the 10-acre property on Coconut Road.

Residents may view the archived meeting by going to the Village website

The next Council meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

Design Review Board on Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Florida Cancer Specialists

The Board conducted a public hearing for Florida Cancer Specialists. The applicant presented their plans to develop a 16,000 square foot single story medical office and outpatient treatment center at 8440 Murano Del Lago Drive, east of US 41 and south of Pelican Colony Boulevard, next to Extra Space Storage.

There will be a sidewalk on the interior and exterior to this property, the approach aprons will be pavers and there will be 22 parking spots. The architecture is a blend of Estero Mediterranean with high tech, with some barrel tile roof, aluminum shade structures, trellis and button decorations on the rear of the building. Their plans also included the proposed light fixtures and monument sign.

The Board voted to approve this development order with the stipulations associated with the changes to the signage.


Burger King

The Board conducted a workshop for a Burger King Fast Food Restaurant to be located at 21301 Town Commons Drive in the Estero Town Center Development (Lowe’s) next to Ruby Tuesday’s located to the east.

The Board stated the building looks good but the applicant might consider brackets under the roofline, along with a few other modifications including extending the roofline of the current design, or changing the orientation of the building and/or providing enhanced landscaping along Corkscrew Road.

No voting occurs during workshops.

Residents may view the archived meeting by going to the Village website

The next Design Review Board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

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