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 […]

Infrastrucure and economic plans top “wish list” for Immokalee CRA

Expanding a strategic street, developing a community economic plan, continuing stormwater utilities and business enhancement top the tentative list of workplan goals for the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in the coming year.  The tentative list, which will be formally approved June 18 by the CRA's citizens advisory committee, also includes a number of other community […]

First Street Zocalo opens to the public!!

Immokalee's newest landmark – and gathering place for the community – was formally opened to the public May 20 with lively festivities, honored guests and plenty of music and food – Immokalee style!!  The Immokalee First Street Plaza – or Zocalo – is now part of the community.  zo·ca·lo  (s?′kä-l?′)n. pl. zo·ca·los A town square or […]

Immokalee: a walkable community; safer cycling, walking

Making Immokalee a safer place for pedestrian and cyclists – as well as vehicles – is a goal of the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).  By the official count, 42 pedestrians or cyclists were hit by cars along Immokalee's Main Street or First Street between 2005 and 2012. Three of those victims died.  In an effort […]

Facade Grant transforms Kountry Kitchen to new pizza spot!

Where once there was landmark Immokalee eatery, Abe's Kountry Kitchen, the popular spot is being transformed through an Immokalee CRA facade grant to Abe's Pizza & Wings!  Located at the corner of Nixon Drive and New Market Road, Abe's became eligible for $20,000 in grant assistance from the CRA Facade Grant Program and made the […]

Immokalee’s First Street Plaza – Zocalo – will soon be reality!

Within the next few months, the landscape of Immokalee's Main Street will be forever changed with the completion of the long-awaited First Street Zocalo.  Collier County Commissioners approved December 10th the plaza's construction contract and work will begin within weeks. Surety Construction Company of Naples was awarded the $576,000 construction contract.  While the plaza, or […]

South Immokalee streets get repaved, smoother surfaces

Some of the most heavily traveled streets in South Immokalee have a new, safer and smoother surface.  The Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) began last week repaving the road surfaces along Boston, Colorado and Delaware avenues, including refurbishing over two dozen intersections, along with new pavement markings and incidental improvements. This effort is part of […]

Bienvenido al Zocalo!! Welcome to the Zocalo!!

                              What is now an empty lot at the corner of Immokalee's Main Street and First Street will soon be transformed into a warm and welcoming, aesthetically pleasing central town plaza – or, in the Latin American tradition, a zocalo.  The […]

Flooding in South Immokalee a distant memory.

Even though the streets were flooded just one year ago, it seems as if the flooding of South Immokalee with the heavy summer rains is but a distant memory now.  The Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency’s $3.5 million storm water drainage improvement was completed in December and with approximately 17,000 linear feet of new concrete drainage […]