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Should Estero become a city?
Should Estero become a city?: An Estero group supports incorporation because it would give the community elected leaders and the ability to preserve its identity. The group is hoping Lee County brings the matter up for vote in November 2014. Video by Chris Umpierre
About 250 Estero residents are attending an incorporation meeting. / Chris Umpierre/news-press.com

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11:55 a.m. update

A powerful grassroots Estero group wants to make the community of 22,000 residents a city.

The Estero Council of Community Leaders passed a resolution this morning to start the process of incorporation. The group hopes to tal to Estero comminities, get the support of local legislators and put the matter up for local vote in November 2014.

About 250 Estero residents attended the meeting. After 90 minutes of discussion, the residents voted to approve the ECCL resolution.

Bonita Springs' recent attempts to annex parts of Estero is why Estero should move to become a city, ECCL chairman Nick Batos said.

"This is a monumental time in the history of Estero," Batos said. "Together, we will take on this challenge and hopefully we will prevail."

10:50 a.m. update

The Estero Council of Community Leaders is meeting this morning to discuss incorporating into a city.

The group is in favor of incorporation following Bonita Springs' attempts to annex Estero property. About 250 people are at the meeting, they will be asked to vote on a resolution.

Follow reporter Chris Umpierre on Twitter at @Chrisumpierre for updates.

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