3 To Know: Estero makes land moves; Bonita, Marco items

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The Friends of River Oaks held a 'friend-raising' event Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the site of the proposed preserve at the end of East Broadway in Estero.

1. Estero will purchase ‘River Oaks,’ Gess property; rezones 30-acres  

Council voted to purchase the 10-acre vacant property commonly known as “River Oaks” at the east end of Broadway Avenue. The property contains old oak hammocks, pine and palm trees and will eventually be used as a passive park with walking trails for Estero residents.  

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Council also came to a consensus to purchase the Gess Family Partnership and Gulf Coast Driving Range LLC-owned property. This is approximately 10 acres and is located on Williams Road south and west of the Estero Community Park and Estero High School, and east of Village-owned property.  

Council voted approve a rezoning and comprehensive plan amendment to rezone the 30-acre Estero on the river property south of the river.  It currently is zoned “mixed use” and the Happehatchee property is zoned “agriculture.” This new zoning allows for active and passive recreation, preserved lands and civic uses only. – Marilyn Edwards/Estero Communications Specialist

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2. Marco Island seeks applications for audit advisory committee

The City of Marco Island is accepting applications to fill one vacancy on the audit advisory committee.

The Audit Advisory Committee monitors the annual city audit, reviews financial statements, evaluates management’s proposed corrective action plans, and monitors action plans.

The purpose of the audit advisory committee is to serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council in the selection of an auditor to conduct the annual financial audit.

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There is one vacancy on the committee which meets at 9 a.m., one Wednesday of every quarter. The committee meetings take place in the community room at the Marco Island Police Department at 51 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island.

This appointment will expire on June 1, 2023 at which time the member may seek re-appointment. All applicants must be residents of Marco Island.

Interested individuals should complete the online application on the City’s website at https://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/bc/webform/online-advisory-board-application. The deadline for applications is April 15. The appointment to this committee will be made at the May 2 City Council meeting. – Submitted

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fILE: The 11,000-square-foot Early Learning Center at Bonita Springs' SKY Family YMCA.

3. Bonita Springs YMCA Why Cook event raised over $200,000

The Bonita Springs YMCA hosted their annual fundraiser Why Cook! On March 15 raising over $200,000 to give back into the local community. Guests experienced an engaging evening as they participated in an interactive dinner. Attendants prepared a fabulous four-course Mediterranean meal for their table as the talented Executive Chef at Michael’s On East, located in Sarasota, led the presentation.

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The event included live and silent auctions featuring items such as a staycation and various luxurious trips from the beaches of Los Cabos to Europe. Guests also gave generously through a paddle raise.

All funds raised at the event go directly back into the Bonita Springs community to support the Children and Families Scholarship Fun and programs at the Bonita Springs YMCA.

For more information on how to donate or sponsor, visit https://www.ymcaswfl.org/give. – Submitted

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