Although Estero, Florida doesn’t have a huge population or a lot of square mileage, it can certainly leave a lasting impression! Estero is home to some of the best shopping experiences in Florida. With Coconut Point and Miromar Outlets located in Estero, and Gulf Coast Town Center just outside of the small town, these three outdoor shopping centers provide great retail and restaurant options.
Estero is also home to Hertz Arena, where professional hockey, arena football, college basketball and hockey tournaments all take place! Just down the road from Hertz Arena is Florida Gulf Coast University where you can watch the Eagles take on the competition!
Around 1850, Army records reveal that most of the coastal mainland was under nearly a foot of water. Once the water table was lowered, the first homesteaders arrived. In 1882, German born Gustave Damkoehler after living in Australia and Missouri brought his young family to the banks of the Estero River to grow silk worms and raise honey bees.
In 1894, Damkoehler transferred his land to Dr. Cyrus R. Teed, the captivating leader of The Koreshan Unity; a utopian society which offered complex religious, social and economic solutions for problems people were enduring throughout this time. Often highly educated, they valued celibacy, temperance, equality of men and women, racial equality, education, the arts and industry.
The 1920's saw the formation of Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) and the construction of two railroad lines, shifting travel and shipping from the river to road and rail. The 40's brought mosquito control and added motor home parks to the older trailer camps in the area. The first subdivisions arrived in the 50's and 60's. The 70's brought the first condos and gated communities.
Florida Gulf Coast University, Hertz Arena (formerly Teco and Germain) and Miromar Outlets came in the 90's, paving the way for the astounding growth we see around us today.