Published: Nov 12, 2013 10:45 PM EST
Updated: Nov 12, 2013 10:57 PM EST

ESTERO, Fla -- The push to form a new city in Southwest Florida continues to move forward.

Tuesday night state lawmakers held a public hearing here at estero high school

They wanted to gage interest from residents before taking the issue to Tallahassee.

The response from the audience was overwhelming in support if incorporating estero. Lawmakers tell me that is exactly what they needed to hear.

Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R- Estero, says, "an incorporation effort is a major initiative and so it's nothing that is taken lightly. Before the delegation is going to support something like this we have to know there is wide spread community support."

"Our membership overwhelmingly supports this," says Jerry Masters of Coconut Shores in Estero. "We've been the victim of Bonita Springs to bring us into their fold which we do not appreciate."

Next month, Rep. Rodrigues and five other state lawmakers representing Lee County will vote on this.

If they have a majority it will go to Tallahassee where it will go through the standard process in the house and senate.

Once the Governor signs it the question will be out on the ballot for the November 2014 election.