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Don Eslick
Don Eslick

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The residents of Estero welcome the Hertz Corp.’s decision to locate its corporate headquarters in the center of the Estero community. We are flattered that Hertz wants to add its name to the list of outstanding venues already located in Estero: the Coconut Point Town Center; the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort, the Miromar Outlets and Design Center and on our northern boundary, FGCU.

In addition, we are hopeful that next month the Agency for Health Care Administration will approve Lee Memorial’s application for a new 80-bed hospital on the southern border of Estero.

Estero prides itself on being a well-planned community. In 2002, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners adopted an extensive community plan for Estero. As a result, when Coconut Point was built several years ago, we worked with the county to ensure that our roadways could handle the increase in traffic. Hence, the site Hertz has selected; this large facility is fronted by six lanes on U.S. 41 with four lanes on Via Coconut Point along the rear of the property. Hertz’s 700 employees will have no difficulty reaching their jobs.

According to the 2010 census, about 37 percent of Estero residents are “snowbirds,” which is one of the reasons why many of our several hundred merchants and restaurants struggle during the summer months. Adding 700 full-time, year-round, well-paid workers in the community every day will greatly strengthen the south Lee County economy.

All of us believe Estero is a great place to live and the 700 Hertz employees will want to locate close to work in south Lee County. At present, there are 10 new residential communities under construction in Estero and several others in Bonita Springs. There is no doubt that Hertz will further strengthen the south Lee County housing market.

In the years between 2000 and 2008, commercial developers invested more than $720 million in Estero. This investment expanded Estero’s commercial, mainly retail, base from about 500,000 square feet to about 4.3 million square feet. About half of that space is in Coconut Point and the Miromar Outlets.

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Since the summer of 2008, commercial development in Estero has come to a standstill. Between 2008 and 2012, commercial investment in Estero totaled only $43 million, less than 9 percent of the total for the prior four years. Hertz’s $50 million, 300,000-square-foot headquarters will get that growth engine going again. In addition, we expect Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to begin constructing its nearly 200,000-square-foot store at Estero Parkway and U.S. 41 as soon as the widening of U.S. 41 in that area is complete.

Up to now, Estero’s commercial development has been consistently first class in layout, architecture and design, and landscaping. The Estero Council of Community Leaders, the Estero Community Planning Panel and the Estero Design Review Committee appreciate the news reports indicating Hertz plans to build “a showcase world headquarters” using Tuscan architecture. All these organizations look forward to working with Hertz to gain the necessary approvals for an attractive, first-class facility in a timely manner.

Don Eslick is chairman emeritus, Estero Council of Community Leaders.

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