Immokalee teacher puts dedication to test in Key West open water swim.

Immokalee High School teacher Steve Becker will put his dedication to students to the test June 22 when he swims 12.5 miles in the open water surrounding Florida’s tropical island when he competes in the annual Florida Keys Community College Swim Around Key West.  Becker is swimming in support of The Immokalee Foundation, the nonprofit […]

Immokalee CRA moving its headquarters to “One-Stop Shop.”

The Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will have a new headquarters in July: The Southwest Florida Workforce Development Center, commonly known as the One-Stop Shop on South Fifth Street.  Collier County Commissioners, sitting as the CRA's board of directors, approved the move May 28. The SWFL Workforce Development Center houses a number of governmental and […]

Immokalee grad: “Not what you’ve been through…what you become.”

Special from the Naples Daily News:  The odds weren’t in Jesus Velazco’s favor early in life. Not when his mother snuck him and his siblings across the border from Mexico without papers, nor the ensuing eight years living undocumented in Immokalee. Not with two parents who, though hard-working, hadn’t made it to college and fought […]

Seminole Immokalee Casino add French flare to menu with new chef!

Special from the News-Press:  James Boukhalfa has been named executive chef for Seminole Casino Immokalee. “I will create new menu items as the casino continues to offer a variety of dining options to satisfy everyone’s palate,” Boukhalfa said in a news release. He possesses more than 20 years in the food and beverage industry. Before […]

Immokalee Golden Apple teacher believes school should be fun!

Special from the Immokalee Bulletin:  For Eden Park Elementary Golden Apple Teacher Yudelka (Judy) Ramirez, the whole experience has been “a little surreal.” In fact, this young teacher said that just to be in the same room with so many “amazing educators” was humbling. “I was beyond honored,” she commented. “I’m thankful to God for […]

Immokalee Business Development Center branching out on its own.

The Immokalee Business Development Center, launched in 2011 by the Immokalee CRA, will become its own, free-standing organization by the end of 2013.  The business development center, known as the IBDC or, sometimes, IMMBIZ, has guided the creation or expansion of over a dozen Immokalee businesses in the past two years. Collier County Commissioners, sitting as […]

Collier Commissioner Nance meets with Immokalee non-profit organizations.

Collier County Commissioner Tim Nance sat down May 22 with leaders and volunteers of Immokalee's many non-profit organizations to introduce himself in his role as county commissioner.  He invited the non-profit agencies to meet with him at the in the courtroom of the Collier Government Center in Immokalee, 106 South First Street (County Road 846).  Nance […]

Immokalee CRA advisory met April 24.

Immokalee's planners and visionaries, sitting as the citizens advisory committee of the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), will met April 24 in its regular session.  The citizens advisory committee is a volunteer group of Immokalee business and civic leaders who guide the CRA in its mission to make the community a shining example of "Florida in […]