Nick Batos was selected as the first mayor of the Village of Estero, unanimous choice, of the then newly elected Village Council on March 17, 2015. The Village is one of the newest cities in Florida and was incorporated with a huge 86% plurality within the community. Estero boasts one of the fastest growing rates in the state. With a permanent population of over 32,000 and a “seasonal” population of about 55,000 the development of this new city has been dramatic. Batos was then unopposed in his re-election to a second term on the village council.
In large part to the leadership of Nick Batos and members of the Village Council Estero has become one of the success stories in the state.
Significant accomplishments include:
Lowering the Property Tax in each of the first 3 years of operation resulting in the lowest property tax rate among any city in Southwest Florida.
Establishing the highest level of Operating Reserves (as a percentage of the annual operating budget) of any city in Southwest Florida.
Establishing a “government-lite” approach to operations with only 10 fulltime staff operating a City of over 32,000 population.
His strategic concerns are first water quality and also serves as liaison to Lee Health and to the Lee School District, where he founded the Estero Education Initiative. He is also working on establishing a SUN Trails, Bike/Pedestrian Pathways and Zip Codes issues.
Batos had served as the Chairman of the Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) from 2012 through 2014 and led the successful effort, with the help of all 6 state delegation members to get the incorporation of Estero on the November, IN THE SOUTH Lee County area 2014 ballot, which passed by a resounding 86 percent.
He joined the ECCL in 2005 to help address some of the issues facing Estero at that time which included mining in south Lee County and protecting the Density Reduction Groundwater Resource (DR/GR) area where the majority of Lee County’s drinking water supply comes from. In 2010, the ECCL honored him with the Village Visionary Award for his many contributions to protecting and enhancing Estero’s quality of life.
In 2007, Batos founded the Brooks Concerned Citizens to address issues specific to The Brooks, such as the proposed I-75/Coconut Road interchange, large culverts under I-75 draining into Halfway Creek, the Agripartners’ ditch and the proposed site of Edison Farms for the Boston Red Sox stadium.
Batos also served on the south Lee County Hospital Committee, Chairman of the Estero Community Improvement Foundation and Chairman of the South Lee County Committee for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.
He became a full time resident of Shadow Wood at The Brooks in 2002 where he served on the Shadow Wood Country Club member’s board and on the Shadow Wood Home Owners Association Representatives group.
Batos worked in the hospitality industry in New York City for 38 years and spent the majority of his career as (1) Vice President of Food and Beverage operations for the 6 Helmsley Spear Hotels in Manhattan, (2) General Manager COO of 2 private country clubs in the New York City area, and (3) Instructor of Food and Beverage Courses for career development for Michigan University (Kellogg Institute). He also served on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Museum in New York City.