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. 

WinkNewsNow: Immokalee to become industry hub

 A plan six years in the making is taking shape to bring more business to Immokalee  By Renee Stoll   Right now a plan is underway to change Immokalee from top to bottom with a new look, new businesses, and new jobs starting at the Immokalee Airport. "It’s planned to expand technically by 103 acres," […]

Wildlife Photo Exhibit at Pioneer Museum (Roberts Ranch)

Sponsored by the Hendry Foundation, a conservation organization involved in wildlife habitat preservation in southwest Florida, the exhibit features the works of photographers:  Bobby Holland, Richard Tillis, and Karen Hendry. The Hendry Foundation was founded by the fifth generation descendants of pioneer, Francis Asbury Hendry. Captain F. A. Hendry was a civil war veteran, a […]

Immokalee: Florida in the 21st Century!

 Our collective vision for Immokalee is that of a young, energetic, town with a diversity of new job opportunities in agri-businesses, international trade and distribution, ecotourism, recreation and entertainment, and, hand-in-hand with business growth, in the construction industry when it rebounds.  

It’s a vision of a attractive, sustainable community with affordable workforce housing, parks, and good schools for the children of the families moving into town; where people walk and bicycle to do their errands, and where parents are returning to school to finish their education and master new job skills.

Main Street has a Latin flavor – colorful plazas, outdoor cafes, shops and entertainment — that attracts both local residents and the many tourists drawn to Immokalee for the Seminole Casino and the unique ecology of Lake Trafford and the Corkscrew Swamp. This is a vision that builds on Immokalee’s strengths.

Save the Date – Farm City Barbecue, November 25th, 2009!

The Farm City Barbecue, a Collier County tradition for 53 years, returns to Ave Maria on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Tickets will be available at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce visitor centers downtown and on U.S. 41 north of Coastland Center Mall. The chamber proudly sponsors the annual barbecue that benefits the Collier County 4-H […]

Immokalee MSTU/CRA 2009 Partnership

Late in the fall of 2008 the Immokalee CRA presented a proposal to the Immokalee Municipal Service Taxing Unit/Beautification Committee (MSTU) to join forces in a collaborative approach to improvements in Immokalee.  The proposal asked the MSTU, which parenthetically is a Beautification MSTU, to expand its boundaries to match those of the CRA and to […]

Immokalee Airport to Become National Guard Home

Naples Daily News, September 15, 2009 Some 26 acres of Immokalee Regional Airport is now home to the Florida National Guard. Collier County commissioners Tuesday agreed to a 25-year sublease that would will allow joint forces to build a military readiness center. It is a deal two years in the making, said Theresa Cook, Collier […]

Immokalee’s Farmer’s Market to be Rebuilt – FINALLY!

After four years of waiting the Immokalee Farmers Market should be back in business within three or four months. The State of Florida finally persuaded the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to pay for the reconstruction of three buildings and the repair of an additional building damaged by Hurricane Wilma in October 2005. The […]

IMAP: Making Immokalee business-ready and business-friendly

The Master Plan lays out the goals and objectives that will make the region business-ready and business-friendly.

What businesses will thrive in Immokalee?

The master planning process assessed the region’s strengths, determining what industries can thrive here. In addition to a young workforce and available land, Immokalee has a strong partnership with the schools and colleges, an airport with an international trade zone, and significant incentive programs already in place that make us attractive as a regional commercial trade hub. We have a long history producing agricultural products, which can make us attractive to agribusinesses. If the community addresses the need for attractive public spaces and cultural events, the Seminole Casino and the ecological wonders of Lake Trafford and the Corkscrew Swamp can draw tourists and build our tourism industry — hotels, entertainment and recreation opportunities, restaurants and outdoor cafes, for example. Growth of the construction industry will come hand-in-hand with economic growth in other sectors as the demand for commercial, industrial, and residential space grows and the economy rebounds.

IMAP: How a Vision Becomes Reality?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed it’s the only thing that ever has." —  Margaret Mead

The Collier County Board of County Commissioners chartered the Immokalee Area Master Plan and Visioning Committee to work with the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency to prepare an Area Master Plan that recognizes the unique characteristics of the Immokalee region and will supplement the Collier County Growth Management Plan. The plan has been forwarded to Collier County’s Planning Department for review. A six part series describing the Immokalee Area Master Plan was published, and links to each of the articles are included below.

The new Immokalee Area Master Plan currently awaits the approval of the Collier County Planning Department. The goal of the Master Plan is to encourage growth that will result in economic diversity and prosperity for Immokalee. The plan sets the stage for funding allocations and grant applications, incentives for business and housing development, the requirements for the community’s infrastructure as we grow – transportation, schools, utilities, and design standards. Most important, it articulates our vision for Immokalee’s future.