First Street Zocalo opens to the public!!

Immokalee's newest landmark – and gathering place for the community – was formally opened to the public May 20 with lively festivities, honored guests and plenty of music and food – Immokalee style!! 

The Immokalee First Street Plaza – or Zocalo – is now part of the community. 

zo·ca·lo  (s?′kä-l?′)n. pl. zo·ca·los A town square or plaza, especially in Mexico.

Collier County Commissioner Tim Nance was on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremonies and the crowd was entertained by the Immokalee High School Drum Line and band, the Immokalee Community School Dirty Orchestra by Black Violin and the tropical beats of Caribbean Groove. 

Together with a future companion gathering spot at Main and 9th Street, the plazas will serve as linchpins of the Immokalee Public Realm Plan which won the 2010 Award of Merit from the Florida Planning & Zoning Association.

Collier County Commissioners approved the purchase of the two lots at the corner of Immokalee's First Street and Main Street in 2012 and awarded the First Street Plaza design contract to Naples architect David Corban in January 2013. Surety Construction Company built the plaza. The park's landscape was designed by renowned landscape architect Ellen Goetz.

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