Immokalee farm fetched over $10 million at auction

An Immokalee farm fetched over $10 million at auction last week. The farm, an 1,151-acre property formerly owned by Grainger Farms of Bradenton, went on the auction block as part of Grainger’s bankruptcy proceedings, according to the Naples Daily News. The auctioned farm actually straddles the county line separating Collier from Hendry counties. (The photo […]

Immokalee CRA will be featured Sept. 9 on CALL FM

The Immokalee CRA will be featured Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. on CALL FM.  CRA Operations Manager Bradley Muckel and Immokalee Municipal Services Taxing District (MSTD) Project Manager James Sainvilius will answer questions on the radio program, "Out of Immokalee," hosted by long-time Immokalee civic leader Cherryle Thomas, who is also chair of the MSTD citizens advisory committee.  […]

Immokalee sidewalks ready for school – Immokalee CRA

The Immokalee CRA has been working feverishly over the summer to complete its Colorado Avenue Improvements project in time for the start of the fall school season. The project included concrete sidewalks, grading & new sod on both sides of Colorado Avenue from South First to South Ninth Streets in the densely populated downtown Immokalee […]

Immokalean Barbara Jimenez is returning from Cuba

Immokalean Barbara Jimenez is returning from Cuba, following a very serious car crash which left her stranded on the island nation and an amazing fund-raising effort to help her get home.  Known to her family and friends as, "Barbie," Jimenez was seriously injuried August 3 in a Cuban car crash. It was reported she was […]

Enterprise Zone incentives remain open until December 31

Even though the Florida Legislature decided to end the Sunshine State's Enterprize Zone program for communities like Immokalee, small businesses can still apply – Enterprise Zone incentives remain open until December 31.  Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Executive Director Bradley Muckell will explain how the valuable tax-break program will work in its waning months when […]

Workshop set for Commercial Building Improvement Grant Program

The word is circulating, applications are going out for Commercial Building Improvement 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 tthree months ago and is now accepting applications and encouraging business owners to take advantage of it.  […]

Public Hearing on rezone for land near proposed Walmart

While Immokaleans wait…and wait…to hear more definitive news about a proposed Walmart store in northwest Immokalee, a public hearing on land adjacent to the proposed store is set for August 3.  The public hearing – set for 5:30 p.m. on August 3 at Southwest Florida Works, 750 S. 5th Avenue – is focused on a […]

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 […]

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, […]

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? […]