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’s beloved Sr. Judy Dohner located in Haiti, injured but okay and caring for others.

Sister Judy Dohner, who ran Immokalee’s Guadalupe Center for a decade, has made contact with nuns of her order back here in the U.S.  She was apparently injured in the earthquake but in typical Sr. Judy fashion is busy caring for others.  Read the report here in the NAPLES DAILY NEWS. 

Immokalee Middle School dances in the holidays!

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

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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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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," […]

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.