State awards grant funding to help facilitate speedier internet in Esto, Holmes County
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State awards grant funding to help facilitate speedier internet in Esto, Holmes County

The Town of Esto and unincorporated areas of Holmes County are receiving millions in grant funding to add fiber optic cable to facilitate internet download and upload speeds, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office announced Friday, Feb. 2. The funds will specifically go to local internet provider Tritech Wireless, LLC dba Tritech Fiber, who have previously received…

Esto to celebrate Community Garden with upcoming open house
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Esto to celebrate Community Garden with upcoming open house

An open house will be held March 9–a Saturday–to recognize Esto’s Community Garden. The event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at John Clark Park on Commerce Street, around the corner from Esto Town Hall. “This event promises a day filled with enriching activities for families, children, and community members, marking the commencement of…

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Precautionary boil water notice issued for Esto

The town of Esto is under a boil water notice following a loss of pressure at the town’s water wells. The incident occurred because of a power outage during the night of Sunday, Jan. 21. “As a precautionary measure, the town advises all residents and businesses to boil their water before consumption or use until further notice,”…

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Esto looks to get new internet service for Community Center

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz New internet service could be coming to the Esto Community Center at John Clark Park. The Esto Town Council approved pursuing internet services at the Center from Verizon at a monthly cost of $36.05.  The initial set-up cost is $1,128.92. The internet capability would be provided for people who rent the Community Center for…

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Esto considers potential solar panel use

Editor’s note: This article has been updated from a previous version to include comments from West Florida Electric.  cbreaux@kentsmith.biz The Town of Esto has been discussing and pursuing using solar energy, specifically getting solar panels on their Community Center building at John Clark Park and developing the junkyard property into a solar farm. Town Clerk…

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Esto Council gets new member, cancels election

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz Two members will be sworn onto the Esto Town Council at their Jan. 16 meeting, one a new member. Longtime resident Maxie Yates is joining the decision-making board. He is filling Seat 4, which has been vacant after previous holder Casey Laycox had to resign in July after moving out Esto. Laycox was elected…

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Esto looks to sort out water service issues

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz The Town of Esto is looking to fix some problems with their water system and how it’s handled.  “I’ve been told by representatives with our Florida Rural Water Association that some of the required testing has been late being submitted,” Town Clerk Ben Tew said to the Town Council during a meeting on Tuesday,…

Esto gears up for return of Two-Toed Tom Festival
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Esto gears up for return of Two-Toed Tom Festival

cbreaux@kentsmith.biz With the next year on the horizon, the small town of Esto is preparing to hold the Two-Toed Tom Festival again. The event recognizing Esto’s legendary folklore alligator and celebrating the area in general will occur September 14, 2024, at John Clark Park. The festival started in 1987 but has been dormant for several…

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Esto to hold election for two council seats

  cbreaux@kentsmith.biz The Town of Esto is gearing up for campaign season. The rural Holmes County community will hold elections for two council seats on Dec. 4 for seats two and four on the Town Council. The election date is a Monday.  Candidate qualifications will happen in a five-day period from 8:00 a.m. on Oct….