Governor DeSantis Announces $40.9 Million awarded to county for Hurricane Irma Recovery

Naples – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Collier County is receiving $40.9 million for Hurricane Irma recovery. This funding is awarded by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) to reimburse the county for debris removal in the months following Hurricane Irma’s landfall in Florida. “I am proud to announce this funding for Collier […]

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Launches Rebuild Florida

Collier County residents who still need assistance in repairing property damaged by Hurricane Irma are encouraged to register. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) launched Rebuild Florida, a long-term recovery effort, that will provide $616 million to help Florida families whose homes were significantly damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma repair or rebuild their […]

Immokalee to get aid under EPA Brownfields Grant Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced grants to 144 communities nationwide, including five in Florida, at a news conference in Atlanta on Wednesday, April 25. The projects being financed are part of the Brownfields Redevelopment Program, which will give these cities and regional agencies money to conduct environmental assessments and cleanups in locally designated areas. […]

Debris cleanup delayed as investigation continues

“I’m scared of snakes and there are young kids here who play outside and I don’t understand why it’s been three months,” said Terry Kemp as she described the mounds of debris still lining the street near her home on Grant Avenue. That statement has been repeated by several concerned Immokalee residents since hurricane Irma […]

FEMA makes quick stop in Immokalee

On Sunday, December 3, FEMA set up a temporary Disaster Recovery Center at the Immokalee Community Park in order to further help local residents. Applicants who previously filed for FEMA disaster assistance but were denied, were often told that they could travel to a Disaster Recovery Center in Naples in order to get personalized help. […]

FEMA trailers roll in…slowly

Emergency Management officials briefed Collier County Commissioners on the status of the recovery effort underway due to Hurricane Irma. According to Dan Summers, Director of Emergency Management in Collier County, 69,319 individuals have registered for FEMA assistance thus far in the county. That assistance may be for anything from financial assistance to helping obtain temporary […]

Hurricane Irma Debris Milestone: One million cubic yards of debris collected

Collier County’s emergency debris removal contractor, AshBritt, reported collecting the one millionth cubic yard of Hurricane Irma-related debris today. Of the estimated 4.3 million cubic yards of debris caused by Hurricane Irma, the to-date collection of 1,040,171 cubic yards puts the county a quarter of the way home to having all the debris picked up. […]

New coalition seeks community involvement in Immokalee

Since Hurricane Irma made landfall in Collier County just over a month ago, local residents, organizations, and stakeholders have been working hard to help Immokalee residents recover. Now that the dust is beginning to settle and the community enters the recovery phase, some of those key players have had a chance to meet with other […]

Operation Float: Immokalee – Everyday Hero Project, Guadalupe Center distribute supplies to Irma victims

WHAT: As the Immokalee community recovers from Hurricane Irma, Guadalupe Center is partnering with non-profit organization, the Everyday Hero Project, to coordinate relief efforts in Southwest Florida. Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Everyday Hero Project collaborates with like-minded business and community groups to solicit donations and directly serve identified communities and groups in need. […]

FEMA trailers coming to Immokalee…or are they?

You may recall other news stories in which County Commissioner Bill McDaniel questioned why there has not been a push by local leaders to press FEMA into bringing temporary housing units into Collier County. In fact, his concern was voiced on September 28 which was nearly three weeks after Hurricane Irma devastated the area. Collier […]