Estero continues recreational proposal negotiations for 20-acre Williams Rd property

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Golf Coast Driving Range. Credit: Katiuska Carrillo

In March, Estero Council approved four recreational proposals for a 20-acre village-owned property on Williams Road. Dozens of residents attended a public meeting Thursday night to be updated on the progress of negotiations with High 5 Entertainment, Crystal Lagoons, Chicken N Pickle and Pickle & Social.

Newly elected Mayor Jon McLain started off the night by referencing a survey the village did several years ago identifying what residents would like to see in their community in terms of opportunities to recreate. From there, the village’s first steps were to acquire the land and then seek unsolicited offers for private-public partnership.

“Now you might say, why don’t we just do it ourselves,” McLain said. “One reason is in order to really make a first-class facility, that’s going to take a lot of capital. This would be an opportunity for us to get first-class facilities, built with developer’s money, we’ll partner with them with the lands that we already own and get set up for long-term benefits on the income they receive.”

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