A look at FDOT projects in Immokalee

FDOT plans have a huge effect on how the community can grow so the SR 29 plans there are important for Immokalee. FDOT’s plans for the area south of LaBelle are important for anyone driving that direction, in particular for farm trucks. At this time, there is no accommodation planned for turn lanes to head […]

Asbed honored with McArthur Foundation Fellowship

It’s strange that, even though food is one of the most basic and universal human needs, those who labor to make it readily available to most of us have traditionally gotten so little respect. And that may be the bottom line for Greg Asbed and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). Respect. After years working […]

Museum keeping Immokalee history alive

Everyone needs to have a sense of themselves – of their past – of what created their world. The same can be said for communities. The Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch is the keeper of Immokalee’s own unique history. From the area’s proud Seminole past to those hardy cattlemen and farmers who braved the […]

Kiwanis feeling at home in Immokalee

Immokaleeans have big hearts. If there’s a need, members of the community will step up. Last year, a small group of Immokaleeans came together to form the Immokalee Kiwanis Club, bringing a strong commitment to area kids. Organized in August 2015, it was chartered last December and has been making its presence felt ever since. […]

CRA, MSTU consider multiple projects

The Joint Community Redevelopment Agency CRA Advisory Committee and Lighting and Beautification MSTU meeting May 18 at Seminole Indian Casino event room Michelle Edwards Arnold, Director of Public Transit and Neighborhood Enhancement, was welcomed. Her office is concerned with the CAT bus system and administration of Municipal Services Taxing Units. Dan Rosario of the casino/hotel […]

Chamber offers monthly forum for Immokalee information

It was a big monthly meeting for the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce May 4 at Lozano’s Restaurant. The CRA’s Christie Betancourt invited everyone to the May 18 joint Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the MSTU board meeting at the Seminole Indian Casino on May 18. Discussion will revolve around the transportation needs of the Immokalee […]

Community leaders tour Immokalee schools

Visitors were acquainted with the breadth of local learning during an April 20 tour that included levels from elementary to up-to-date technology education. The tour began at Village Oaks Elementary, continued at Immokalee High School and culminated at iTECH Technical College. Collier County Superintendent of Schools Kamela Patton and Deputy Superintendent David Stump led the […]

Chamber of Commerce has big turnout

The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce held its monthly breakfast April 6 at Lozano’s Restaurant with a number of important speakers sharing. President Danny Gonzalez reminded everyone of the Harvest Festival celebration coming up on April 23 and the softball tournament for IHS scholarships and 5K Run. He also gave a big high five to the […]

Get ready for culinary business accelerator

If all goes as expected, on July 1 the grant money for Immokalee’s culinary accelerator will be in place and construction on the facility can begin. Dr. Marshall Goodman, of Economic Incubators, Inc., a nonprofit company that will run the food facility in a county-owned facility. Not too long ago, the county lost $1.8 million […]

Med student to do residency locally

Immokaleeans continue to keep home in their hearts, even after their path takes them far away. Kristen Dimas, 2008 I.H.S. valedictorian and a beneficiary of the Immokalee Foundation programs, is following her dream of becoming a doctor and was recently matched for her residency in family medicine with Lee Memorial Hospital. Since 2007, Florida State […]