Collier lawmakers to vote today on Immokalee Master Plan

IMM street banner egretIt’s been a decade in its development, a political football for nearly a year, subject of countless conversations and published news stories, debates and public meetings and an August straw vote – and, now, the future of the Immokalee Master Plan comes down September 11 to one single vote by the Collier County Commission. 

The lawmakers are once again set to give the -Master Plan and up-or-down vote: approve it or kill it. The vote is set for 1 p.m. on Tuesday in the Collier County Commission Chambers, third floor of the Harmon W. Turner Administration Building at the Collier Government Center in East Naples. 

Voters in Immokalee gave the plan a resounding endorsement August 14 when just over 67 percent said they wanted to see the plan adopted by the lawmakers. 

The plan – a dynamic, maleable and changable blueprint for Immokalee’s future growth – must garner four of the five Collier lawmakers’ votes to win adoption because it is, formally, a major change to Collier County’s’ overall growth plan. It failed to win adoption in December 2011 when only three of the five county lawmakers voted in favor of its adoption. 

While three lawmakers supported the plan in December – Commissioners Jim Coletta, Fred Coyle and Donna Fiala – one commissioner – Georgia Hiller – voted against it and Commissioner Tom Henning abstained, saying he had a conflict of interest because he owned a piece of property in Immokalee. Henning told the Naples Daily News he will vote on the plan this time around but declined to say how he will vote. 

The December 2011 vote might have killed the plan but the State of Florida agreed in January to grant an extension of the deadline for its adoption unti late this month.

You can read more about the history of the Immokalee Master Plan here. You can also visit the special Master Plan page here or by clicking on the Master Plan box to the right of this page. Information about the plan is available in English, Spanish and Creole. 

You will also be able to keep up with the Collier commission debate and vote by clicking here for a live Twitter feed from the county commission, beginning at 1 p.m. You can also follow directly, @ImmToday or the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Pages on Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest


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