Immokalee Bulletin goes digital

IMMOKALEE – For more than 50 years, the Immokalee Bulletin has served the local community with news and advertising to keep readers up to date on local issues and help them make decisions about issues of community concern. In that time, the Bulletin (formerly known as the Southwest Floridian News) has gone through a number […]

Governor directs Floridians to ‘limit movements’ Hunting, fishing and hiking still allowed

TALLAHASSEE — In an April 1 press conference, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced an executive order “directing all Floridians to limit movements and personal interactions outside the home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or to conduct essential activities.” “We’re going to be in this for another 30 days,” said the governor. […]

Turnout light for primary

Turnout was light for the March 17 presidential primary, as most Floridians’ attention was focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. Statewide, Joe Biden received 61.9% of the vote; Bernie Sanders, 22.8%, Michael Bloomberg, 8.4 %; Pete Buttigieg, 1.9%. Others on the ballot received less than 1% of the votes. Some of the candidates whose names appeared […]

A message from the Publisher – This is the time for pioneer spirit

By Katrina Elsken Publisher Immokalee Bulletin The pioneer founders of this community dealt with many hardships, but they always came together as a community, and found ways to help each other through even the more difficult times. Now this community faces a new challenge. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world, and the situation keeps […]

Sparrow debate spans over 20 years

WEST PALM BEACH — An email message from a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official expressing frustration with the restrictions on water movement from the water conservation areas north of the Tamiami Trail in order to protect the nesting grounds of the Cape Sable seaside sparrow has been circulating online recently. That’s not surprising, since […]

Algae task force considers recommendations

NAPLES — The Department of Environmental Protection Blue Green Algae Task Force worked on recommendations on Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs), Best Management Practices (BMPs), septic systems, sewage spills and storm water storage and treatment at their Sept. 25 meeting at Florida Gulf Coast University. BMAPs The task force noted the BMAPs have been hindered […]

Gun in car leads to LaBelle High School’s teacher’s arrest

LABELLE — A LaBelle High School English teacher was arrested Friday on charges of possession of a weapon on school property. Lisa Horton, who just started teaching in Hendry County this semester, has a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permit. According to the press release from the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, “On Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, […]

SFWMD considers changes to nutrient load rules

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District governing board is considering changes to the phosphorus and nitrogen reduction rules in the northern Everglades. At their Aug. 8 meeting at the SFWMD district office in West Palm Beach, Steffany Olson, SFWMD Science Supervisor, explained the process for amending the Florida Statutes related to […]

Algae task force considers nutrients from septic tanks

FORT PIERCE — The Blue-Green Algae Task Force considered a human source of nutrient loads into Florida’s lakes and waterways at their Aug. 1 meeting. They reviewed the nutrient load from septic tanks and leaks and overflows from sewage systems. Dr. Eb Roeder of the Florida Department of Health explained septic tanks are meant as […]

Project could turn algae into fuel

MOORE HAVEN — Can the algae in Lake Okeechobee be extracted and turned into biofuel? An experiment conducted near the Moore Haven lock in July indicates this could be a possibility. Dr. Martin Page, project manager, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the 2018 WRDA provided the corps with some funding for research […]