Wings & Wheels Saturday in Immokalee!

Saturday, February 6, 2010, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., FREE admission and parking! 

Fly in or drive for a day of Wings and Wheels at the Immokalee Regional Airport. Displays with all types of aircraft, race cars, Florida National Guard, and many other attractions. Get up close with pilots and their aircraft, drivers and their dragsters! IHRA Drag Racing starts at noon.

Immokalee: residents mobilizing to help stricken Haiti…

Responding to a number of inquiries, the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency has coordinated communication between groups and individuals in Immokalee and Naples wanting to help send aid and assistance to Haiti.  The Naples-based Hope for Haiti non-profit organization is the best equipped organization in Southwest Florida to provide that assistance because of its long-standing network […]

Immokalee: wide-spread and serious damage reported on tomatoes and vegetables…

It is widely being reported, both in the press and first-hand reports that damage to winter tomato and vegetable crops is devastating. Some have reported the worst damage in 20 years. It is widely hoped a disaster declaration will be issued soon by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.  Business Week reports on the damage here.  The […]

The BBC’s “World Have Your Say” broadcasting around the world today from Immokalee…

The BBC’s world-wide broadcast of it’s popular program, "World Have Your Say," is originated today at 1 p.m. from Immokalee and the community center of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.  You can listen to the broadcast on WGCU-FM, 90.1, National Public Radio for Southwest Florida and "World Have Your Say" has a YouTube channel here […]

Immokalee’s plan to transform neighborhoods…

When out-of-town businesses consider Immokalee as a potential relocation or expansion site they tell us, “Immokalee needs a better range of housing choices.”

The Immokalee Master Plan sets several “smart growth” goals that will encourage development of diverse, safe, code compliant housing stock and attractive, vibrant neighborhoods.

“Smart growth” looks beyond the short-term to long-range, regional benefits and sustainability. Its goals are to achieve a unique sense of community by expanding transportation, employment, and housing choices; distributing the costs and benefits of development equitably; preserving and enhancing natural and cultural resources; and promoting public health and wellbeing.

This approach to planning concentrates growth in the center of a city to avoid urban sprawl; and advocates compact, transit-oriented, walkable, and bicycle-friendly land use. It includes neighborhood schools, complete streets and mixed-use development with a range of housing choices.

Immokalee: Seminoles, lawmakers hope to resolve gaming pact issues.

 According to the Naples Daily News, there is renewed hope the state will settle with the Seminole Tribe of Florida to resolve gaming issues that affect the Seminole Casino in Immokalee. Read more here. 

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Immokalee Middle School dances in the holidays!

 Immokalee Middle School celebrates holiday with dance! Read more in the Naples Daily News

Images of Hope, Immokalee

Images of Hope is an exhibition of more than 70 works by international award-winning photographer Brynn Bruijn. Brynn’s powerful photographs convey an authentic and illuminating portrait of Immokalee and the people who live and work there. This exhibition, organized by the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Naples Museum of Art, is sponsored by Lowry Hill Private Asset Management. (Photo courtesy of the Naples Philharmonic.)

Click here to view the photo book by Brynn Bruijn. 

Future of Immokalee takes a giant leap forward

The future of Immokalee took a giant leap forward December 16 when the Collier County Planning Commission held an unprecedented public workshop on Immokalee’s Master Plan.

Fred Thomas, chairman of the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency’s advisory board and one of the leading visionaries developing the plan for Immokalee’s future said he was pleased with the county planners’ effort.

“They asked a lot of good questions,” Thomas said. “Immokaleans turned out well to show support. I think it moved the process forward and well.”

The plan is scheduled for approval by the planning commission and the Collier County Board of Commissioners in early 2010.

Once adopted, the plan will change forever the face of Immokalee and make it the future of Florida in the 21st Century. It will be the culmination of nearly seven years of planning. 

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