Immokalee Christmas Tree Lighting – An extraordinary event!

For the first time, Immokalee held a community Christmas Tree in the First Street Zocalo!  "It's a good start," said Cherryle Thomas to the Naples Daily News. Thomas is chair of the advisory board of the Immokalee Lighting and Beautification Municipal Tax Service, which paid for the decorations. Read more about the event in the Daily News […]

“Have you heard what’s happening in Immokalee lately?”

So proclaims the joyful editorial in the November 29 edition of the Naples Daily News!  Yes, that's right: the Naples Daily News triumphantly boasted of all the advancements and growth occuring in today's Immokalee.  And Immokaleans are grateful for the shout out!  You won't be able to read the full editorial unless you're a paid subscriber to […]

Immokalee seeks Promise Zone designation

The Immokalee CRA will partner with Glades & Hendry counties and Southwest Florida regional planners to establish a Promise Zone, backed by and supported with the resources of the U.S. government.  Collier County commissioners approved the partnership Nov. 18 and work will begin immediately to lay the ground work and submit an application for the valued […]

Immokalee Walmart up for discussion again Nov. 19

Not that it will be controversial but the proposed Walmart planned for Immokalee will be back up for public discussion Nov. 19.  The Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency's (CRA) citizens advisory committee is set to hear updates on plans for the store, which the Barron Collier Companies announced last spring could open as early as autumn 2015.  The […]

Collier Schools’ Virtual Town Hall in Immokalee Nov. 13

Immokaleans will have the chance Nov. 13 to join other Collier County residents in a Virtual Town Hall meeting about and with Collier County Public Schools.  The focus of the county-wide tele-session will be early childhood education, specifically PreK through Third Grade, with the live discussion originating at the Martin Luther King Administrative Center in […]

Open Streets – Ciclovia – coming to Immokalee!

Imagine a community event drawing hundreds of families to walk, run, bike and be active right in the open streets of Immokalee – Ciclovia!  The Immokalee CRA is part of a wide coalition of organizations – led by the Safe & Healthly Children's Coalition of Collier County – to bring such an event to Immokalee […]

Immokalee Zocalo now an award-winning public plaza!

The Immokalee Zocalo – or public plaza – is now an award-winning town square!  The Zocalo, formally opened in May, won two prestigious 2014 Sand Dollar Awards presented by the Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) for outstanding achievement in construction.  Well, okay, the awards were actually given to Surety Construction Company, which built the plaza, […]

CRA moving ahead with more drainage, sidewalk projects

The Immokalee CRA continues to improves the community's drainage system and continues improving safety by building additional sidewalks.  The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has approved the plans and specifications for two additional projects, both part of a long-term Disaster Recovery Initiative, approved by the U.S. Congress. The larger of two projects is a $2.1 million […]

Immokalee H.S. Beta Club makes history at state convention.

“BETA did it again!”   Those were the words straight from Immokalee High School principal Ken Fairbanks as he announced another victorious year for the Immokalee High School (IHS) BETA Club after their participation in the 72nd Annual State of Florida BETA Club Convention, held January 18-19 in Orlando.   The Convention’s theme this year […]

Collier lawmakers look toward Immokalee, Eastern Collier for economic development

Special from the Naples Daily News:  Collier County commissioners are turning their eyes eastward for new economic development opportunities. Those opportunities could include a sports stadium built on rural lands, now zoned primarily for homes. At a workshop Tuesday, Collier County Commissioner Tim Nance brought up the stadium as just one of the potential projects […]