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Estero looks to crack down on panhandling with new pedestrian safety ordinance

ESTERO, Fla. – The Village of Estero is looking to join Lee County and Bonita Springs in passing a pedestrian safety ordinance that would crack down on panhandling. The ordinance would be nearly identical to ones passed in Lee County and Bonita Springs. It would ban people from lingering in medians and crosswalks. It would also prevent any drivers from interacting with a pedestrian on village maintained roads. The village held its first reading of the ordinance on Wednesday. Estero officials said they plan to pass it at their next village council meeting later in June. The post Estero...

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Estero man sentenced to seven years for child porn

ESTERO, Fla. – A 28-year-old Estero man was sentenced to seven years in federal prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to child porn charges in 2019. Kyle O’Brien was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release after the FBI, joined by other agencies, swarmed a unit at the Coastal Village Apartments in Estero to serve a search warrant in April 2019, according to court documents. O’Brien was accused of sending, receiving, and viewing sexually explicit material involving a child younger than 12 on his iPhone7.  The investigation began in February 2019 when a woman who had met...

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Gator spotted outside Estero woman’s home

ESTERO, Fla. – A gator was spotted outside an Estero woman’s home on Monday! The Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to the woman’s home. She told deputies the gator was blocking her front door. While deputies waited for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to arrive, the gator got tired of his recent shenanigans! The gator left and walked back to his home, according to deputies. Anyone with concerns about a gator should call FWC’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-392-4286. The post Gator spotted outside Estero woman’s...

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Estero’s ‘Orchid Lady’ spreads happiness in a beautiful way

ESTERO, Fla. – Neighbors within the Grandezza community of Estero know Sharmin McKenny as the “Orchid Lady.” For 10 years, McKenny has led the “Orphan Orchids Project” and took care of flowers left behind by snowbirds. The project has grown to include more than 150 orchids that now dot the Grandezza landscape.  “We have a lot of people that go up north during the summer and they didn’t know what to do with their orchids,” McKenny said. “They’d throw them away and I’d hate to see an orchid get thrown away.” Some of the orchids are also planted in memory of loved ones who have...

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Estero Village officials searching for cause of river pollutants

ESTERO, Fla.– FGCU officials are calling the waters of the Estero River “impaired”. Bacteria and heavy metals have been detected in the water. Village leaders want to figure out where the pollution is coming from. “The river is our main water flow sourcing and if that isn’t clean, it flows into the housing and all the other areas of Estero that are important to us,” said Jim Boesch, from the Estero Village Council. “We have to make sure the river is clean to begin with. It all goes out to Estero Bay.”  Over the past few years, researchers...

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Estero hotel guests get early wake-up call from fire alarm

ESTERO, Fla. — An early morning fire alarm had Embassy Suites guests in Estero rising a little earlier than anticipated, officials said. Fire crews with Estero Fire Rescue were dispatched to the hotel off of Corkscrew Road after smoke in the elevator room was reported around 3:45 a.m. Monday morning. The fire alarm in the hotel was going off and guests were told to evacuate the building. Thankfully, firefighters discovered the issue was isolated to the service elevator hydraulic equipment. After about 20 minutes, guests were able to return to their rooms and continue their night’s...

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