LEE COUNTY, Fla.- At the stroke of midnight, Estero will officially become a village.
Neighbors overwhelmingly voted for the change in the November election.
When the ball drops Wednesday night, the significance of the new year will bring something extra special to Estero. As the area becomes incorporated, it will need leaders.
A city council will be elected on March 3rd, then it’s time to get to work.
“It will allow people to have more of a say in what they want in their community,” said Nick Batos.
Those who have been working on the village plans for the last 18 months hope to turn an empty lot into the new downtown Estero.
Residents wish to see local businesses grow. They are also looking to elect leaders to will listen to what the community wants.
“I am all for it, my wife and I voted for it,” said resident Marty Potok. “Take your time, put thought into it and ask the people what they are looking for.”
Eleven people have entered the race for a spot on the Estero Village Council. There are seven seats on the council. The deadline to enter your name is Tuesday, January 6th.