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Estero Village Council to Interview 5 Candidates for Vacant Seat

Jun 05, 2017 02:43PM ● By Kevin

Photo courtesy of the Village of Estero.

On June 7, the Village of Estero city council will conduct its first round of interviews to fill the District 3 vacancy left by Don Brown's resignation in early May. The meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the Council Chambers, Village Hall, 9401 Corkscrew Palms Circle, near the entrance to the Estero Community Park.

The applicants under review are Barry Freedman, Frank Howe, Jon McLain, Tim Byal and Bill Williams.

Brown cited health complications as his reason for resignation. He missed several meetings since 2016 due to ongoing cancer treatments. Brown’s term expires in 2019, therefore a special election is not required.

About the Candidates

Information from the candidates' applications, courtesy of Thaddeus Mast of the Naples Daily News:
  • Freedman: "...20-year resident and represented the Vines on the Estero Council of Community Leaders before the village formed."
  • Howe: "...has served five years on the Bonita Springs Zoning Board and Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce." Resident since 2005.
  • McLain: " [Realtor] and a veteran of the U.S. Army." Seven-year resident.
  • Byal: five-year resident; "...has worked in the real estate development industry in Southwest Florida for 25 years ... works with Miromar Development and is a board member for Habitat for Humanity Lee and Hendry Counties."
  • Williams: "...served on the Estero Council of Community Leaders Transportation Committee, the Lee County Metro Planning Organization and is an Estero Fire Commissioner (his terms ends in 2021)." Eight-year resident.
There are other topics on the agenda for the meeting. According to the village's official website, "council will address several resolutions including one supporting FDOT naming US 41 between Corkscrew Road and Coconut Road the Coach Jeff Sommer Memorial Highway."

Sommer served as the Estero High School athletic director and cross country coach. Additionally, council will "review an agreement with J.R. Evans to continue consulting services related to the National Flood Insurance Program." The full agenda is available here: