Lake Trafford Management Team meeting will be held in Immokalee on January 26, 2016

Lake Trafford Lake Trafford is the largest freshwater lake south of Lake Okeechobee with an area of 1,600 acres. Located near the town of Immokalee, the lake serves as the headwaters of the Corkscrew Swamp-Imperial River, Cocohatchee River, and Camp Keais Strand-Panther Refuge. Lake Trafford has historically been an important boating, fishing, and recreational resource. […]

DeAngelis Diamond awarded contract to build Youth Development Center in Immokalee

DeAngelis Diamond Construction was recently awarded the contract to build the new Michael G. DeGroote and Gillian Campbell Youth Development Center in Immokalee. Construction for the 24,512-square-foot facility will begin in October and is expected to be up and running by January 2017. The $8 million building which includes one year of operating costs will […]

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 […]