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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:26:

Florida's Enterprise Zone program to end; some incentives remain

Florida's Enterprise Zone program to end; some incentives remain Florida's Enterprise Zone program, one of the most cost effective incentive programs in Sunshine State history, will vanish at the end of 2015.  The Florida Legislature failed to renew the program, which was by law set to sunset at the end of year, but replaced it - in a way - with some other more limited tax and other economic incentive programs.  Created by Florida lawmakers of a past era, the program was designed to be a ticket out of poverty for small businesses seeking to find a firm financial footing in today’s marketplace. In Immokalee alone, its Enterprise Zone provided over $200,000 in tax incentives and other assistance to nearly 20 businesses over the past decade.  The replacement bill - signed into law June 16 by Florida Gov. Rick Sco

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Tue, 09 Jun 2015 09:30:

Hurricane Season 2015 is here. Are you ready?

Hurricane Season 2015 is here. Are you ready? Welcome to Hurricane Season 2015 – are you ready? Now is the time to get smart, learn new stuff (about weather, hurricanes) and beef up your resources to get prepared for any tropical weather emergency. And that includes learning and using the many online resources for Hurricane Season 2015. Hurricanes – and, for that matter, tropical storms – are nothing to take lightly or take for granted. Sure your home and community hasn’t been hit with a serious hurricane for many years now and the U.S. National Hurricane Center’s official forecast calls for a “below normal” season in 2015. But as one of the top hurricane experts once subtly pointed out: “It only takes one to make it very bad year.” Online resources for hurricane season

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Wed, 03 Jun 2015 18:22:

Major new development announced for Eastern Collier

Major new development announced for Eastern Collier Collier Enterprises has announced it is moving forward with a major new residential and commercial development in Eastern Collier County.  "(We are)  working with Minto Communities on planning and permitting activities for Rural Lands West," announced Patrick L. Utter, Collier Enterprises' Vice-President of Real Estate & Club Operations.  Formerly known as the Town of Big Cypress, the Rural Lands West community has been farmed for decades and is adjacent to the Golden Gate Estates at Oil Well Road. It will receive its development permits under Collier County's nationally recognized Rural Lands Stewardship (RLS) program.  The name “Rural Lands West” is simply a permitting name reflecting the location of the property along t

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Fri, 15 May 2015 17:28:

Collier Commissioner Nance to hold Town Hall, May 19

Collier Commissioner Nance to hold Town Hall, May 19 Collier County Commissioner Tim Nance, who represents Immokalee and Eastern Collier County on the county's lawmaking panel, will hold a Town Hall meeting May 19th.  The public gathering is set for 6 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension Service Center, 14700 Immokalee (next to the county fairgrounds).    Some of the subjects will include updates and information about: ·         Growth Planning/Economic Development/Opportunity Naples ·         Park and Recreation updates – Big Corkscrew Regional Park, ATV Park ·         Roads ? Widening Golden Gate Blvd, Limerock Roads, CR 951/White Blvd, SR29 ·         Updates on local projects – Shopping Centers

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Tue, 05 May 2015 18:17:

CAT Bus offers $30 unlimited pass for students this summer!

CAT Bus offers $30 unlimited pass for students this summer! The CAT Bus, Collier County's public transportation system, is offering Collier students a $30 all-summer, 30-day unlimited riding pass in 2015.  And for adults - with students or not - a Summer 2015 pass will cost only $35 for the 30-day pass.  It's called the Student Summer Paw Pass - get it? CAT Bus? Paw Pass? CAT stands for Collier Area Transit, of course, although everyone refers to the system as the CAT Bus.  To buy the passes, Immokalee students will need to catch one of the buses as they move around the community or visit the North Collier Government Center or the CAT Bus Transfer Station at the Collier County Government Complex in East Naples. 

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Mon, 04 May 2015 15:24:

Applications going out for Immokalee's new Sweat Equity grant program!

Applications going out for Immokalee's new Sweat Equity grant program! The word is circulating, applications are going out for Immokalee's new Sweat Equity grant program - intended for business owner who want to spruce up the exterior of commercial spaces.  The Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) won approval of the program two months ago and is now accepting applications and encouraging business owners to take advantage of it.  All improvements must meet the criteria listed below as well as the current requirements of the land development code, building code and any applicable zoning overlays. Improvements that remedy existing code enforcement violations also qualify if combined with other site improvement.  The CRA is funded by Tax Increment Financing (TIF), a capture of Collier County’s property taxes above t

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