Disaster “declared” on January freeze damage in and around Immokalee.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist declared Tuesday Collier County – Immokalee – to be a disaster area due to the January 10th freeze that destroyed most of the region’s winter produce.  Collier is among the 60 Florida counties Crist declared disaster areas. The formal declaration means farmers will become eligible for assistance in recovering the losses […]

Immokalee “should become the hub of economic progress in America.”

As seen through the youthful eyes of a Fort Myers writer, Immokalee represents the future.  Garret Colas, an 18-year-old computer programmer sees Immokalee as the very embodiment of the traditional "American dream" set amid, as he puts it, a mixing and stirring of peoples and new traditions to create "its own unique culture."  READ GARRETT’S […]

Immokalee: Seminole Tribe announces “Hearts to Haiti.”

The Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Gaming announced “Hearts to Haiti” and “Crank It Up” earthquake relief programs at the Seminole Casino Immokalee. READ MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM HERE. 

Immokalee: Florida Ag Chief tours Immokalee’s frozen fields.

Amid serious concern for growers and farmworkers alike, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Bronson toured Immokalee’s fields and suggested losses will reach into the "hundreds of millions" of dollars.  Coverage here by The Packer, a newspaper of the produce industry. 

Get a glimpse of Immokalee’s future right here.

Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency: Annual Report 2009It is a future that began with a dream nearly a decade ago by visionaries who see and recognize Immokalee as sterling example of what Florida can become in the 21st Century. Immokalee is Florida in the 21st Century!.

The past year, 2009, was by far the most significant year for the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency since advanced planning for Immokalee began nearly a decade ago.

CLICK HERE to see the 2009 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE IMMOKALEE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY HERE in a swiftly-moving PowerPoint presentation. 

Under the leadership of Executive Director Penny Phillippi and Advisory Board Chairman Fred N. Thomas, Jr., the Immokalee CRA completed its Master Plan and submitted it to Collier County where its approval is expected in the coming months.

Immokalee: Hundreds gather to pray, collect aid for Haiti.

 Immokaleans of all races, creeds & colors are coming together to pray and collect money and goods for those hurt and suffering in the aftermath of earthquake in Haiti. Immokalee is home to hundreds of people with relatives in Haiti. Many have not yet heard from family members there.  CLICK HERE to read and see […]

Immokalee: Congressmen tour frozen fields

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, who represents Immokalee in Washington, and Congressman Adam Putnam of Lakeland spent part of Monday taking a look at tomato and produce destruction from the January 10th freeze.  Both congressmen suggested the damage warrants federal assistance and promised to push for disaster relief in Washington. Putnam is leaving the U.S. House of […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]