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11-6-12 Renaming the Estero Parkway Bridge to the Don Eslick Bridge

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11-6-12 Renaming the Estero Parkway Bridge to the Don Eslick Bridge
Southwest Florida has long attracted retirees looking to enjoy the beautiful weather and play some golf. However, there are those people who move to Lee County who create a “second act” for themselves – no one personifies that more than Don Eslick; and Whereas: When Don and his wife, Suzie, retired to Estero in 1999, he became passionate about shaping the future of Estero – an area that experienced phenomenal growth throughout the 2000s; and Whereas: Don is a Founding Member of the Estero Community Planning Panel, helping establish the high standards that have guided the growth of the community; and Whereas: Don was instrumental in founding the Estero Council of Community Leaders, a group of volunteer leaders representing about 40 of Estero’s residential communities and community-wide organizations, that serves as a model for active citizen involvement; and Whereas: Through his steady leadership, level-headed persistence, and regular communication to Estero residents regarding countywide issues, Don has quietly, and sometimes not so quietly, ensured that decisions affecting Estero would enhance their quality of life; and Whereas: Don’s pursuits extended beyond Estero to include serving on the County’s DR/GR Advisory Committee, the Smart Growth Committee and the Charter Review Committee, for which he received Lee County’s Citizen of the Year Award; and Whereas: Don’s exceptional leadership skills included inspiring and mentoring others to follow in his footsteps, from his students at Edison College to those working with him in the ECCL, for which he was presented the ECCL’s Visionary of the Decade Award; and Whereas: When he was often the busiest, he made time to reach out to even the playing field for those who did not have a voice because his actions have always been for the betterment of the overall community; and Whereas: Whether it’s architectural design, preservation of natural resources, access to health care or economic development, you can be assured Don’s influence has been realized, which is why he’s known as “Mr. Estero”; and Whereas: Don has been involved in every aspect of planning and transportation within Estero and was instrumental in getting the Estero Parkway Bridge approved and built – once again improving life for the people of Estero. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby take great pleasure in renaming the Estero Parkway Bridge to the: DON ESLICK BRIDGE in appreciation of Mr. Eslick’s dedicated service to the people of Lee County and to ensure that future generations of Lee County residents will know the name of a man who exemplified citizen service to his community.