The people who followed Dr. Cyrus Reed Teed’s Koreshan Unity Theory colonized Estero, FL in 1894. The settlement officially became a city in 1904. Between the years 1903 to 1908, the population of Estero Florida had risen to 250 individuals. The community included a power plant, printing house, concrete works, bakeries and other establishments that made this business-oriented communal society thrive enough to found its own liberal political party.
The last remaining member of the Koreshan Unity joined the commune in 1940 and gave the land to the state of Florida to preserve it as a state park. Her name was Hedwig Michel and she lived in the Planetary Court building on the grounds of the park until her passing in 1981. This state park, known as the Koreshan State Historic Site, was ceded in 1961 and opened to visitors in 1967. Today, people can visit the park and enjoy activities such as camping, hiking, canoeing, boating, and fishing. There is also a beach on the Gulf on which to enjoy beach activities. While visiting the Koreshan State Historic Site, you can also see the remaining buildings that were built by the original settlers and members of the Koreshan Unity.
The current population for Estero Fl is a little over 18,000 individuals, and it is considered a college town with the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) located in its city limits.
FGCU is considered mainly a commuter school with the majority of its students coming in from Fort Myers, but there are dorms on campus and some overlook the water.
Estero is a part of Lee County and is located within the Cape Coral–Fort Myers Metropolitan area.
Another main attraction of Estero is the popular Germain Arena, where home games for the Florida Everblades ECHL Hockey team are played.
This arena also hosts the home games for the Florida Firecats af2 Football team and has music concerts and public ice-skating during parts of the year.