Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

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Terms of Use and Privacy Policy 2017-07-24T10:16:24+00:00

Conditions and Use

This computer system, the Village of Estero Internet site, (also known as www.estero-fl.gov and/or www.estero-fl.gov ) is provided as a service to the citizens of the Village of Estero, Florida, and to the general public.   Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on this facility are prohibited.

Continuous Improvement and Site Accuracy

The Village of Estero Internet site will reflect continuous improvement; and therefore we make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this website and associated sites.

Although we try to ensure broken links do not exist, links to other Internet sites may have changed.  If you encounter broken links, please report it to the website administrator; it will be assessed and corrected!

Copy Restrictions

Data on this system is public information and is generally available to copy or distribute.  Information and/or images which may not be copied without permission includes copyrighted materials.

Email to City Officials

Communications made through email and messaging system links contained on this site shall in no way be deemed to constitute legal notice to the Village of Estero or any of its agencies, officers, employees, or representatives, with respect to any existing or potential claim or cause of action against the Village or any of its agencies, officers, employees, or representatives, where notice is required by any federal, state, or local laws, rules, or regulations.

Email directly to Village staff may be used to address business issues and content on this Internet site.  General website related comments, questions or recommendations may be directed to the website administrator.

Linking to the Village of Estero Website

Unless you are subsequently advised otherwise by the Village of Estero, you are granted permission to create hyperlinks to the content on this website, provided that the link accurately describes the content as it appears on the site. The Village of Estero reserves the right to revoke this permission, or access to specific links, at any time, and may discontinue links due to content management practices.

Under No Circumstances May You “Frame” The Website Or Its Content.

Each page within the website must be displayed in full, without any accompanying frame, border, margin, design, branding, trademark, advertising or promotional materials not originally displayed on the page within the site.

Links to Other Websites and Advertising

The Village of Estero does not accept requests for placing personal, political or commercial advertisements on any part of the Village of Estero website.

The Village of Estero permits the establishment of external hyperlinks on its official website only if the links strictly comply with the policy statement above. In establishing and maintaining its official website, the Village of Estero does not intend to create any forum or other means for public discourse. Rather, the sole and limited purpose of the permitted external links is to provide information about the Village of Estero and its government for residents, businesses and visitors. The Village of Estero does not endorse or provide preferential treatment to any third party websites, associated organizations or persons. Additionally, the Village of Estero does not control third party websites and therefore does not warrant that third party websites are accurate or reliable. This policy may be revised without prior notice.

Mapping Accuracy

The geographic information contained in this web site is provided by various agencies (city departments, county, state and federal agencies and third parties). The Village of Estero web site is designed to provide a reasonable representation of this information and not to be considered “official”. Village of Estero website users should use primary sources such as, but not limited to, recorded deeds, plats, surveys and other public records for “official” information.

Translation Accuracy

The Village website language translation service utilizes automated translation provided by a third party. The Village has made reasonable efforts in order to provide accurate translations, however, no automated or computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace human or traditional translation methods. The official text is the English version of the website. Any discrepancies or differences created in the translation are not binding and have no legal effect for compliance or enforcement purposes. If any questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information presented by the translated verison of the website, please refer to the English version of the website, which is the official version.

News and Events

It is our policy to post public announcements that are hosted or sponsored by the Village. If you have an event that meets these criteria, please contact the Village Manager at sarkozy@estero-fl.gov to post the event for you.

Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the Village of Estero web site and reviewing our privacy policy.  Our privacy policy is clear: We will collect no personal information about you when you visit our web site unless you choose to provide that information to us.

Email

E-mail addresses are public records pursuant to Section 668.6076, Florida Statutes, and are not exempt from public-records requirements. If you do not want your e-mail address to be subject to being released pursuant to a public-records request do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by telephone or in writing, via the United States Postal Service.

Electronic Bid Submissions

Terms of Use governing the submission of sealed bids electronically are listed on the page https://estero-fl.gov/bids/ and incorporated as if listed herein.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the web site, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:

The Internet domain (for example, “xcompany.com”) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our web site;

The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;

The date and time you access our site;

The pages you visit; and

If you linked to the Village of Estero web site from another web site, the address of that web site.

We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors — to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits.

If You Send Us Personal Information

If you choose to provide us with personal information — as in an e-mail to Village staff, or by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it to us through our web site — we use that information to respond to your message and to help us get you the information you have requested. We treat emails the same way we treat letters sent to the Village offices. We are required to maintain many documents for historical purposes, but we do not collect personal information for any purpose other than to respond to you.  However, information we receive may be considered public information which is subject to disclosure under Florida law.  Except for information disclosure required by Florida law, we only share the information you give us with another government agency, if your inquiry relates to that agency. Moreover, we do not create individual profiles with the information you provide, or provide such information to any private organizations. The Village of Estero does not collect information for commercial marketing.

Protection of Minors

We are especially concerned about protecting children’s privacy. We hope parents are involved in children’s Internet explorations. It is particularly important for parents to guide their children when children are providing personal information on line. We specifically ask children to get their parents’ permission before providing any information on line — at our site or any other site — and recommend parents always be involved in those decisions. Most importantly, when children do provide information through the Village of Estero web site, it is only used to enable us to respond to the writer, and not to create profiles of children.

Cookie Use

A cookie is a tiny piece of text that, with your permission, is placed on your computer’s hard drive. If your browser is set to notify you before accepting a cookie, you will receive a request for a cookie to be stored on your computer. This cookie, by itself, only tells us that a previous visitor has returned. It doesn’t tell us private information about you, unless you want to give us the information; it’s your choice.

A cookie is used to retain your personal preferences on how you want to access the Village of Estero web site. We do not use a cookie to store your personal information; instead estero-fl.gov will always authenticate who you are (using a password assigned by you) before preloading personal information in web forms for your convenience.

We want to be sure you understand that accepting a cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any personal information about you. We know that some citizens have concerns about cookies, but the benefit we both gain from their proper use is worthwhile.