Stronger than COVID19

As we continue to work to fight the spread of COVID-19, the Florida Department of Health launched a new public website, StrongerThanC-19. This community action survey is intended for you to anonymously answer a brief series of questions which the Florida Department of Health will use to help inform and improve the state’s response to COVID-19. Please do your part to slow […]

Growing concern over lack of Spanish translations for COVID-19 resources

“As government officials across the country issue warnings about the dangers of the novel coronavirus, they are doing so predominantly in English. They’re potentially not reaching the millions of Spanish speakers in the U.S. who aren’t proficient in English to make sure they know how to stay healthy,” says Regina Gutierrez, of Clewiston. Thus, as […]

Executive order causes confusion

OKEECHOBEE – From just about every person you ask about the meaning of Executive Order 20-72, issued on March 20, 2020, as it pertains to medical procedures, you will get a completely different opinion. As I began writing this story, I mentioned I was checking to see if chiropractors were open, and someone said, “Is […]

Seniors use caution when shopping

OKEECHOBEE – Recently, many stores instituted a senior shopping hour in an effort to make shopping safer for some of our most vulnerable citizens. In some cases, though, this effort may have backfired as stores are packed with shoppers during this time period. In many cases there are more shoppers during senior hour than there […]

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. […]

Toilet Paper Worries

There are many mind-boggling things in this 21st Century – space travel, global warming, can humans ever get to a point where they don’t see a benefit in killing each other. Life changing, history making issues. Toilet paper should not be in that category. That’s right. Of all the unimaginable things there are in this […]

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 […]

Meals of Hope meets community need with ‘Drive Up’ food pantries

NAPLES, Fla. (March 25, 2020) – Southwest Florida’s largest food pantry provider, Meals of Hope, is continuing to help people in need of food assistance by maintaining their eight regularly scheduled weekly mobile food pantries with one important difference: Starting Monday, March 30, the pantries will be “Drive Up”-style. Typically, Meals of Hope’s mobile pantries […]

Seminole Tribe closes sites

With a primary focus on the health and safety of guests, team members and the public, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Gaming have voluntarily decided to temporarily close all Seminole and Hard Rock Casinos throughout Florida today. All Seminole casinos will close at 6 p.m.  Hotel guests will be contacted directly to accommodate their […]

Guest Commentary: Preventing the next Coronavirus in Florida

By Jack Payne Special to the Immokalee Bulletin The search is on in Florida for the next zoonotic disease like coronavirus. There may be no place quite like Florida for the potential for disease to jump from animal to human. It’s a sportsmen’s paradise, a state with more than a million cows, heifers, and bulls, […]