The Village of Estero, Florida
The Village of Estero takes its name from the Spanish word estero, meaning “estuary.” Indeed, the village’s name was taken for its geographical location (estuary is the point where the river meets the sea), near the Estero River, formerly known as Estero Creek. Though Estero, Florida has long been inhabited, the village itself was incorporated fairly recently, on December 31, 2014.
The first election of Estero Village Council members was held of March 3, 2015. Estero’s first mayor was Nick Batos, with Peter G. Lombardi as the interim Village Manager and Burt Saunders the first Village Attorney. In November 2015, Steven Sarkozy was hired as the first permanent Village Manager. A year later, in March 2016, the offices of Estero’s village government found a permanent home at 9401 Corkscrew Palms Circle.
Not far from the Village of Estero offices, Ear to Hear’s Estero clinic is located at 10201 Arcos Avenue, Suite 205. Since 2007, Ear to Hear has been dispensing and servicing hearing aids of all makes and models, especially leading brands such as Oticon, Siemens, ReSound, Phonak, Starkey, and Widex. As an independent hearing aid dispensary, Ear to Hear is proud to serve the residents of Estero for all of their hearing health needs.
Ear to Hear in Estero, Florida
Ear to Hear Online offers quality hearing aid brands and prices to fit your budget, ordered online and shipped to the Estero store. For people with hearing loss, this provides the same name-brand hearing aid products and the same excellent technology at a fraction of the cost. Ear to Hear Online is proud to offer our hearing test and other hearing health services to members of the Estero community. For all of your hearing health care needs, whether it’s hearing protection at an exciting Everblades hockey game or hearing aids to support your essential role at Hertz, we’re here for you!
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Estero’s Geographical Features
The Everglades region of Florida shows human inhabitants as far back as 14,000 to 15,000 years ago. About 5,000 years ago, the area flooded due to environmental changes, which brought about features of the landscape we recognize today, such as the inlets and islands along the Estero Bay Preserve State Park, and further south, the tropical wetlands of the Everglades.
Because of its geographical features, Estero offers a number of outdoor sports and activities. Estero’s natural environment makes for great hunting grounds, with a history of alligator and wild boar hunting. If you are a hunter, it’s important to make sure that your hearing is protected! Additionally, Estero boasts a lovely waterfront for all manner of sports – jet-skiing, parasailing, surfing, and more. If you participate in these water sports, make sure to protect your ears.
Both exposure to loud noise from hunting and exposure to water and wind could lead to hearing damage. Ear to Hear has a number of locations throughout Florida, with one conveniently located in Estero. We provide free hearing tests and evaluations, which provide you with details on your current hearing abilities. We also offer free otoscopic exams, in which a hearing specialist checks the physical condition of your ear canals and ear drums. If you currently use hearing aids, our Ear to Hear office in Estero offers accessories and tune-ups for your hearing aids. Check out our Widex hearing aids online
Estero’s Fascinating History
In 1882, the first reported homesteader, Gustave Damkohler, settled in the area before it was known as Estero. Thanks to the tropical climate, the area became a major producer of citrus fruits. The Koreshan Unity and its enigmatic leader, Cyrus Teed, are perhaps one of Estero’s biggest claims to fame. The Koreshan Unity was a religious group that believed “the universe existed within a giant hollow sphere” and that we as humans “lived on the inside of Earth’s outer skin, and that celestial bodies are all contained inside the hollow Earth.” This utopian, business-oriented community founded The Progressive Liberal Party and incorporated 110 square miles of the region in 1904 as the Town of Estero.
The Koreshan Unity quickly developed the area, establishing a post office, general store, blacksmith, and sawmill. They also established schools and an art hall with a symphony orchestra and theater group. Despite their work, certain homesteaders were not supportive of the Koreshan Unity. In the early years of Estero’s history, the Unity and other homesteaders opened competing schools and businesses, many of which are now closed. The Koreshan Unity itself slowly disintegrated over the first half of the 20th century after its leader Teed – who claimed to be immortal – died in 1908.
Now a historical site for visitors and campers, the Koreshan State Historic Site and Koreshan Preserve are just two miles away from Ear to Hear’s Estero location. Our hearing specialists rely on proven methods to test your hearing and fit your hearing aids so that they provide you the most optimal listening experience. With the proper pair of hearing aids, you are better connected to the sounds in your life – whether that’s a tour at Estero’s historic sites or listening to ghost stories around a campfire at the state preserve.
Estero, Florida Today
Today, Estero is a bustling and rapidly developing village, home to the Florida Everblades ice hockey team, housed at the Germain Arena. In May 2014, the Hertz Corporation moved its corporate headquarters from New Jersey and Oklahoma to a vacant lot in Estero. According to the company’s press release, “Hertz chose Lee County, Florida, primarily because of its diverse community appeal, work force availability, and accessibility. The company worked closely with Florida Governor Rick Scott as well as other state and county government and business leaders throughout the decision-making process.” A $75 million building was built at the southeast corner of US-41 and Williams Road. With Hertz opening up shop in Estero, they created 750 new jobs to members of the Estero community.
Approximately 60% of the American workforce experiences some degree of hearing loss. Did you know that untreated hearing loss can take a toll on your earning power and your performance on the job? If you have begun to experience changes in your hearing, come visit us at our Ear to Hear Estero office.