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Vol. 43 No. 25


Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Immokalee Master Plan approved by lawmakers

Collier County
lawmakers put
Immokalee on path
toward the future
After six years of planning
by the community, the Collier
County Commission approved the
Immokalee Area Master Plan and

FCAT scores finally
out ...Page 4

CCSO urges July 4
safety ...Page 3

See Page 2 for information about
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sent it on to the State of Florida for opment Agency, tasked with the ternational trade zone, and signifi-
final sign-off. responsibility for shepperding the cant incentive programs already in
If approved there, as expected, community to its future. place that make us attractive as a
the new Master Plan will be in From the beginning the master regional, national and international
place and changing the future of planning process assessed the re- commercial trade hub.
Immokalee by the end of 2010. gion's strengths to determine what It has a long history produc-
"This is indeed a red-letter day industries can thrive here. In ad- ing agricultural products, which
for the community of Immokalee edition to a young workforce and can make it attractive to agribusi-

and its people," said Penny Phil-
lippi, executive director of the
Immokalee Community Redevel-

available land, Immokalee has a
strong partnership with the schools
and colleges, an airport with an in-

The new master plan addresses
the need for attractive public spac-

es and cultural events. It celebrates
the Seminole Casino and the eco-
logical wonders of Lake Trafford
and the Corkscrew Swamp, which
can draw tourists and build a new
tourism industry: hotels, entertain-
ment and recreation opportunities,
restaurants and outdoor cafes.
The plan anticipates growth
of the construction industry will
See PLAN Page 2

Transit meeting helps plan for better system Preparations

By Rick Heers
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
Staff from the Collier Area Tran-
sit (CAT) met in a public workshop
last week to discuss the Transit
Development Plan for 2010-2020.
This meeting was one in a series
of meetings designed to review ex-
isting operations and share ideas
to improve the services of the
transit system throughout Collier
County. From the business people
and citizens who attended it was
obvious that there is a great desire
to maintain this valuable service.
Michelle Edwards Arnold, Director
of the CAT introduced her staff and
the staff of Tindale-Oliver & Associ-
ates, Inc. who were hired to do an
independent analysis of existing
transit and helped takeincorporate
community informationput to de-
velop an action plan for improving
services to our community.
The Florida Department of
Transportation (FDOT) requires
a detailed analysis of the tran-
sit system and its operations be
conducted every 5 years and the
plan must show system improve-
ments for a ten years period. Data
collected for the Transit Develop-
ment Plan shows that there were
over 1.1 million riders on the CAT
system annually in the last three
years, with a majority of riders

special to me ImmoKalee tuiletin/HICK Heers
The newest of Immokalee's CAT shelters at Goodwill Indus-
tries on Main Street. The meeting held last week to discuss
changes to help serve the public better included many county
residents and business community members.

using it to get to their places of to the regular buses, CAT also runs
employment. Currently there are an ADA (American Disabilities Act)
ninto 7:0 p. Monda-Sund from a para-transit service for those who
to 7:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday (ex
cept there currently is no Sunday have special transportation service
service in Immokalee). In addition See CAT Page 2

under way as

storm season

ramps up

By Rick Heers
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
Immokalee residents were
given another great opportunity
to prepare in advance of storms
hitting our community this past
week. Judy Scribner, Human Ser-
vices Program Manager for Collier
County Emergency services hosted
a meeting at the Community Park
in which she invited representa-
tives of local agencies to share their
responsibilities, and recommenda-
tions for the individuals in the com-
munity to take.
Mark Johnson of the American
Red Cross, accompanied by vol-
unteer Meaghan Nichols, provided
valuable information on the work
that ARC does in the immediate
aftermath of a storm as well as ad-
vise family members of their own
preparations. The ARC will provide
emergency shelters in Collier Coun-
ty depending on the severity of the
storms. They reminded people that
See PREP Page 2

Immokalee Bulletin July 1,2010

Continued From Page 2

come hand-in-hand with economic growth
in other sectors as the demand for commer-
cial, industrial, and residential space grows
and the economy rebounds.
The plan acknowledges new businesses
-- international trade and distribution, green
and high-tech industries, agribusiness, tour-
ism, and construction -- are good fits for
Immokalee and will become the focus of
the future..
"Immokalee's leaders understand the
community is competing with other com-
munities and Florida counties," Phillippi
said. "Companies considering Immokalee
for a new home will evaluate if they can
find or quickly develop adequate space and
infrastructure. They will assess how sup-
portive and cooperative the local govern-
ment is; the availability of a reliable, skilled
workforce; and whether the community is
one where current employees would like to
live. They will weigh what Immokalee and
Collier County have to offer and how long it
takes to get things done."
The Master Plan lays out several steps that
government agencies, local businesses, the
Chamber of Commerce, and other groups
should take to make the region business-
ready and business-friendly:
Government agencies can address land
use issues, streamline and expedite the ap-
proval processes, provide technical assis-
tance, and align incentives and bonuses with
planning goals. In some cases, government
can provide funding or partner with private
entities for funding streams. These changes

Continued From Page 1
needs. Special workshops have been held in
the county along with along with oonline and
onboard surveys which were being conducted
in order to obtain public input.
The following list (not in any specific order)
provides some of the recommendations ob
trained from the public workshops:
*Routes operating every 45 minutes rather
than every 90 minutes
*More shelters, benches/bike racks/bike
*Connections to Lee County Transit Sys
tem/Lehigh Acres/SWFL International Region

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can take as much as three years, but time is
money. To expedite change, interim land de-
velopment codes are in the pipeline for ap-
proval early next year. In addition, we've de-
veloped a program to reimburse businesses
up to 50% of the Impact Fees.
Educational institutions, businesses,
and Workforce Development Board can
collaborate to strengthen our workforce by
improving high school graduation rates and
by providing convenient and affordable op-
portunities for adults to complete their high
school education and pursue job skills train-
ing. A strong partnership has already begun
to bring results like the new technical high
school, iTech.
Working together, the community can
see built attractive homes for skilled work-
ers, management, and their families and an
interesting destination for tourists by upgrad-
ing Main Street, cleaning streets and vacant
lots, developing recreation centers, improv-
ing the housing stock, and dealing with oth-
er quality of life issues. The CRA has already
introduced a Commercial Fagade Improve-
ment Program and community groups are
planning volunteer clean-up efforts.
State, County, and local agencies with
responsibility for infrastructure components
like traffic and transportation, sewers, and
storm water management, can move quick-
ly to secure public and investor funding to
implement improvements already planned.
"Immokalee is now poised to become the
vanguard of a new Florida," Phillippi said.
"We can join hands to market Immokalee's
commercial, industrial, and tourism oppor-
tunities. Immokalee is Florida in the 21st

al Airport/beaches/Everglades City
*Extending an existing route to go to Ave
Maria/Immokalee Road (State Road 846) (near
the Immokalee Airport-Trade Center)
*Greater east-west service
*Adding hours to extend to 10 p.m. as well
as Sunday operations in Immokalee (was cut
in 2009 due to budget constraints)
Replacement buses/uses video cameras
and, vehicle locators, and increase "Park and
Funding for the tTransit system is derived
from fares, ad valorem taxes, and grants. The
public needs to understand that there are re
strictions placed on how the funding can be
used, capital or operational, and the funds can
not be co-mingled. Keeping in mind, in order

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when they go to a shelter they need to take
blankets, pillow, and personal hygiene sup-
plies. Those needing a pet-friendly shelter
(located at North Collier Park on Livingston
Road in Naples) or a special needs shelter
(located at Palmetto Ridge High School),
must call the ARC and pre-register in ad-
vance. Transportation may be made avail-
able for the special needs shelter, but only
in advance of the storm. It is important to
remember that no public vehicles-sheriff's
department, fire department, CAT or other
county transportation-are allowed on the
road once the winds reach 35 mph. Other
items in their personal kits should include
medicines, a flashlight, extra batteries, and
important papers, including prescriptions in
a sealed plastic bag. Homeowners who stay
in their homes need to have at least 3 days of
water supply (1 gallon per person per day),
have several frozen plastic bottles of water
that can be placed inside refrigerators to
help keep it cool during a power outage.
Kurt Zeitler of the Domestic Animal Con-
trol recommended that, whenever possible
animals be micro-chipped, and that owners
also provide pictures of their pets...all of
which must be housed in cages at the shel-
ter on Livingston Road. Owners must also
provide leashes for their pets.
Raul Dimas, Jr. of the Immokalee Fire De-
partment reminded residents that they must
prepare by having sufficient medicines and
extra oxygen tanks for those on oxygen. He
also reminded everyone that great care must
be taken when running portable generators.

to fund all the projects recommended through
the public process, the transit system would
be operating at an $85 million deficit over the
next ten years, with inflation. Grants are vigor
ously being pursued to help fund expanded
programs to make the service even more ben
eficial for the ridership but alternatives funding
sources are needed. Once funds do become
available, the recommendations included in
the plan will be brought back to the public to
determine which services should be imple
mented first.
CAT personnel have been looking into pur
chasing vehicles with alternate alternative kinds
of fuel, and thanks to sStimulus funding two
hybrids buses have already been purchased
that run on diesel and electric. Not only that

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Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Rick Heers
Mark Johnson of the American Red
Cross showing a complete family hur-
ricane kit.

A good precaution is to never run them in-
side...in the house, of course, but also on
porches or in garages. It is a worthwhile pre-
caution to have the power company check
any direct connections of an emergency
generator to the power system in a home
before using it. Families are well advised to
install carbon monoxide detectors in their
homes, as the deadly fumes are odorless,
but deadly.
I HOPE director Rick Heers reminded
everyone that emergency operations for
the Immokalee community in the event of
a power outage would be held at the iTECH
center across from Immokalee High School.
They along with Ron Mosher of the CCSO
would direct emergency operations and be
connected directly with the Emergency Op-
erations Center in Immokalee.

is there an expected to be a cost savings when
using hybrids but also and reduction ofe the
carbon gas emissions into the environment.
Hybrids vehicles have become very popular.
The Transit Develolpment Plan was present
ed to the MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organi
zation (MPO)) in June. It, followed by a pre
sentationwill be presented to the BCC (Board
of County Commissioners (BCC)) in July, and
then will be submitted to FDOT in August.
Without exception those attending the
workshop applauded and complimented the
staff for the value of the service they are pro
viding and the opportunity to share input to im
prove the operation to benefit those needing
and using the service.

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July 1, 2010

Immokalee Bulletin

July 1,2010 Immokalee Bulletin

Letters to the Editor

Goodbye to Immokalee
Twenty years. Twenty beautiful years. My
family and I have been so blessed to be able
to serve the beautiful people of Immokalee.
But now it is time to say goodbye.
I am moving to Brownsville, Texas. In
several ways, the patient demographics of
Brownsville is similar to that of Immokalee.
You may say it's like I am leaving behind
a family. I have grown to love the people of
Immokalee so much that it took years of
agonizing decision to see what can be done
to continue my practice---to serve you. After
years of prayers, I believe that the Lord God
Almighty is pointing me to Brownsville.
Fortunately, Immokalee is blessed to be
having an excellent medical facility in Collier
Health Services, Inc., that is willing to handle
your medical needs. Its medical director, Dr.
Jerry Williamson, has thrice assured me that
his facility will accept my patients if I ever
On July 30, 2010, the doors of Immoka-
lee Pediatrics will be shut. Until then, you
can get a copy of your medical records from
our reputable staff. After that, most of your
charts will be handled by calling a telephone
number we will disclose later on.

Allow me to tip my hat to the follow-
ing people that I will be eternally grateful
to: Reid Carpenter and the other members
of the One by One Leadership Foundation,
who recognized early on that my work in
Immokalee was a ministry to the poor; the
priests and laity of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Church who were so instrumental in helping
me make the Couples for Christ Youth group
a success: to this awesome youth group
whose members made me feel so young
and was like an extension of my family; to
Ave Maria University who has helped me so
much with the youth group; to Steve Price of
Florida Community Bank; to my employees
who had to survive my quirks and wants;
and to my patients and their families who
undoubtedly showed me why pediatrics is
the best medical specialty on Earth! And
of course, a great thanks to our Lord Jesus
Christ and His mother, Mary, who sustained
my family and my office through several tri-
als and victories.
Dr. Melanio Villarosa
Immokalee Pediatrics

The Eastern Collier Chamber of Com-
merce is pleased to announce that sales for
its upcoming community guide and mem-
bership directory are now underway.
The 5,000 guides are on target to print
this winter, and will be distributed in and
around the Chamber service area.
The forthcoming Immokalee community
guide and membership directory will act as
an ideal community reference guide with the
ability to serve as an informational relocation
publication and exceptional Chamber mem-
bership recruitment tool. This customized
publication will feature a refreshing writing
style, coupled with eye-popping design and
colorful pictures grasping the distinct char-
acter of the community. In addition to the
profile portion, the publication will include
a complete Chamber membership directory
and/or comprehensive buyer's guide (cat-
egory listing).
Advertising in the Immokalee commu-
nity guide and membership directory has
unrivaled advantages. The multi-platform
advertising bundle goes beyond the tradi-
tional print publication to include: a commu-
nity Website and downloadable NewView
eBook, which convert the publication's
editorial, pictures and design elements into
a digital format; on-the-go wireless access
via various Web-enabled devices; and the
searchable vpMobile.us Business Direc-
tory Portal, featuring the Chamber's entire
membership directory, available wirelessly,
24/7. All of these elements come together to
offer the Eastern Collier Chamber of Com-

merce, participating advertisers and the
community valuable added exposure to a
global audience.
This technologically advanced, royalty-
generating publication is produced at NO
COST to the Chamber. This leading-edge
publishing program is made possible
through a partnership between the Eastern
Collier Chamber of Commerce and innova-
tive Chamber publisher Village Profile.
For publication and advertising informa-
tion, contact the Eastern Collier Chamber of
Commerce or Sales Representative George
Marsoobian at 239-657-3237 to reserve ad
space now.


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Local Forecast

Weather forecast for Collier County from the National Weather Service
Immokalee Forecast
Thursday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Partly
cloudy, with a high near 93. Southeast wind between 5 and 8 mph. Thursday night: A 30
percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. Light
southeast wind.

Extended Forecast
Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a high
near 92. Light southeast wind.
Friday night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with
a low around 75.
Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a
high near 91.
Saturday night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy,
with a low around 75.
Independence Day: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly
cloudy, with a high near 91.

CCSO urges safety during

July 4 holiday celebrations

CCSO urges residents and visitors to put
safety first when celebrating the Fourth of
July holiday. Deputies will be on the lookout
for illegal displays.
It is illegal in Collier County to use any
fireworks that explode or fly, unless they are
being used in a professional demonstration
with proper permits or for agricultural pur-
Sales at fireworks stands are limited to
only legal fireworks which are on the Florida
Division of State Fire Marshal's approved
sparkler list. The list can be found on the
Web at:
Residents and visitors who want to create
their own fireworks displays should consid-
er the safety issues. You can injure yourself
lighting the wick. Lit fireworks can travel and
injure someone else or set a tree or house
on fire.
Firing a gun into the air in celebration
of holidays like Independence Day is also
against the law. Florida law states that it is
illegal to have a gun in any public place,
over an occupied building or house, or in
the right of way of any paved road, highway
or street.
Deputies will also be patrolling neighbor-

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fireworks. The initial complaint may result in
a warning to the offender, but continuing to
disturb the peace could result in arrest.
Be considerate of your neighbors and
keep any celebrations involving noise to a
reasonable level, especially after dark.
Better yet, the best way to stay safe is to
avoid using fireworks and attend a display
handled by professionals.

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July 1, 2010

Immokalee Bulletin

Immokalee Bulletin July 1,2010

FCAT scores finally released

The School District of Collier County has
released the FCAT Assessment results for
grades 3-10. Highlights from this year's re-
sults include improvement in science across
all grade levels tested and improvement in
reading and math in grades 6 and 10. Over-
all, the results show that the district main-
tained the gains noted from last year.
The FCAT Sunshine State Standards (SSS)
results reported here are for all students test-
ed, including Exceptional Student Education
(ESE) students and students in the English
Language Learners (ELL) program.
The FCAT Sunshine State Standards (SSS)
assessment was administered for the first
time in January 1998 to measure achieve-
ment in reading at grades 4, 8, and 10; and
mathematics at grades 5, 8, and 10. Start-
ing in 2001, all grades 3 through 10 were
assessed in reading and math, and starting
in 2003, grades 5, 8, and 10 (changed to
11th grade in 2005) were also assessed in
science. The FCAT SSS was designed spe-
cifically to assess student achievement on
Florida's rigorous academic standards, the
Sunshine State Standards.
Total scale scores and achievement levels
are reported for reading and math. Only the
total scale scores are reported for science.
Total scale scores range from a low of 100 to
a high of 500 and achievement levels range
from a low of 1 to a high of 5. Currently, level
3 is used as the grade level criteria.
The FCAT SSS results reported here are
for all students tested, including ESE and ELL
students. Overall, the results show that the
district maintained the gains noted from last

year (FY09). Highlights from this year's re-
sults include improvement in science across
all grade levels tested and improvement in
reading and math in grades 6 and 10.
Figures show that the district improved
overall in reading and math in the last five
years. Similarly, most grades decreased or
stayed the same in the percent of students
scoring at Level 1 in reading and math.
Scores for overall reading and math show
that the combined grades 3-5 and grades
3-10 increased in the percent scoring at 3 or
higher in the last five years.
In reading and math, we are higher than
the State in some grade levels and lower
than the state in others.
About half of the elementary schools
showed improvement in reading and math.
Most schools showed significant im-
provement in sixth grade reading and math,
and grade 8 math, while about half of the
middle schools showed improvement in
grades 7 and 8 reading.
Almost all high schools improved in
reading and math.
Over the last seven years since FCAT sci-
ence was administered, the district showed
improvement in all grade level tested. Com-
pared to last year, 74 percent of all elementa-
ry, 100 percent of all middle, and 60 percent
of all high schools showed improvement in
In the last five years, the district has
maintained its performance in FCAT writing
across the grade level tested. We are about
the same as the state average.

News in Brief

Free Family Law
seminar offered
Legal Aid is hosting a FREE family law
seminar for individuals who would like to
file for a divorce. The seminar is only for in-
dividuals with no children and no property
in the marriage. Registration is required. No
walk- ins. The seminar will be held at the
Legal Aid Office at 4125 E Tamiami Trail,
Naples on Wednesday, July 15, from 5 to 7
p.m. For more information or to register call

County Health Dept
to hold blood drive
Collier County Health Dept. will hold
a blood drive on Monday, July 12, from
noon until 3 p.m. at 419 North First Street,
Immokalee. To sign up, please call Judes
Albert at 239-252-7326. Successful donors
will receive a free pass to Naples Zoo and a
t-shirt. Also, donors participating from June
21-Sept. 30 can qualify for a drawing in the
vacation getaway package. Prize drawings
will be held on Aug. 2, Sept. 1 and Oct. 1.
Winners will be notified.

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Edison State College to explore

charter collegiate high school

The Edison State College District Board
of Trustees has unanimously approved
the exploration of a collegiate charter high
school in Collier County.
The planned high school will be the third
charter high school for Edison State Col-
lege, each with the mission to provide an
opportunity to earn college credits toward
an associate degree while completing high
school graduation requirements.
Jackson Laboratory is a private biomedi-
cal research organization that is developing
a large facility in a new research park in Col-
lier County.
The Collier Collegiate High School will
be a small, welcoming charter high school
with a curricular emphasis on Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Enrollment will be capped at 400 stu-
dents in grades 9 through 12.
High school and college textbooks,
college-credit classes, use of a personal
laptop computer, and access to support
services will be provided without cost to the
Admitted students will demonstrate
readiness to undertake challenging aca-
demic work and maturity to participate in a
college environment.
This innovative high school will em-
phasize Science, Technology, Engineering,
and Mathematics (STEM), while, at the

same time, providing a strong liberal arts
foundation and developing the skills of criti-
cal thinking, reading and writing.
The Program:
Freshman and sophomore students will
enroll in a pre-collegiate program. Qualify-
ing juniors and seniors will enter collegiate
level courses when they have met dual en-
rollment requirements.
The pre-collegiate program will consist
of challenging honors level classes taught
by high school teachers who also will work
with students on correcting academic defi-
The collegiate program will consist of
courses taught at the college level by college
professors. All students will be encouraged
to achieve both a high school diploma and
an associate degree.
The rigorous, well-structured educa-
tional program, which will meet all Florida
statutory requirements for both a high
school diploma and an associate degree,
will demand high standards for all students.
All courses will be designed to align
with the Next Generation Sunshine State
The Edison State College will take the
proposed charter to Collier County Public
Schools for approval. If approved the charter
high school could open in August of 2012.

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July 1, 2010

July 1,2010 Immokalee Bulletin

Latest fitness craze comes to Immokalee

Fitness pro, Hol-
ly Imbus moved
to the Immokalee
community from
Ohio just one year
ago. She began
teaching the new-
est fitness craze,
Zumba in 2008
and has brought
her teaching and
technique here to Fitness Instructor
Immokalee. Holly Imbus
If you are not
familiar with the Zumba program, it is a
dance fitness party that blends Latin and
International rhythms and body energiz-
ing moves into an exhilarating and effect
tive fitness program that has revolutionized
the way millions of people feel about their
workout and their lives.
No dance experience or English is need-
As of April 2010, Zumba is in 75 coun-
tries with more than 6 million participants
per week.

Zumba classes, which began at the
RCMA Charter School Cafeteria, 123 N.
Fourth Street in Immokalee, began on June
2, just two days a week.
"Now that school is over we don't want
the party to end."
Prior to June 2, RCMA had contracted
with Ms. Imbus to give Zumba classes
two days a week for their employees only.
And now that the word is spreading, the
Immokalee party is getting even bigger.
"RCMA Charter School is allowing me
to use their space to continue offering the
most exciting and contagious fitness pro-
gram in the world to the community of
Immokalee," says Ms. Imbus.
Her fitness classes are open to everyone
and take place on Monday and Wednes-
days at 5:30 p.m. The fee for the class is
just $5
You can find out more about Zumba at:
www.zumba.com. Or contact Holly with
any questions at holly.imbus@gmail.com
or 239-565-8765. Each participant should
wear athletic shoes and bring water to

By Rick Heers
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
I HOPE is unable to provide more mo-
bile homes for people whose homes need
replacing, so they continue to do the next
best thing. Through partnership with Home
Depot, the Community Foundation of Collier
County-Immokalee Initiative, and volunteers
continuing to provide assistance, rehabbing
continues unabated.
The family who endured living in these
conditions are now the proud owners of a
refurbished home that was literally falling
apart from several years of rain damage. The
roof was in atrocious condition and now has

Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Rick Heers
The roof in this kitchen was literally
falling in. The family had to keep up
with continually leaking and odor from
the damaged materials. The roof the
removed as well as the damaged walls,
replacing them with new materials.

a new, sealed, rubber membrane that will
prevent any rain from coming through. Walls
and ceilings that were water damaged have
been replaced and painted (with resident as
distance), and Home Depot who has made I
HOPE their "Charity of Choice" has provided
a complete new set of kitchen cabinets and
This is but one of at least a half dozen
projects that keep the limited staff of I HOPE
and their volunteers busy.

special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Rick Heers
A happy family enjoys their new kitch-
en. It has new appliances, cabinets,
roof and walls to make it one that will
last for many years.

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The Collier County Housing Authority is cur-
rently accepting applications for experi-
enced Maintenance Technicians to maintain
multi-family residential units.

Major Functions: Duties will involve per-
forming preventive, routine, scheduled, and
emergency maintenance. This type of work
involves the performance of skilled mainte-
nance tasks in connection with repairs to
and maintenance of buildings such as car-
pentry, plumbing repairs, HVAC, electrical,
plaster & dry wall, painting and other prop-
erty maintenance duties. Knowledge of
standard practices, methods, materials,
tools and equipment used in building and
grounds maintenance.

Experience and Training: Graduation
from High School or GED Certification. Must
have 3-4 years practical experience ( in-
cluding supplemental training) in the areas
of plumbing, mechanical, HVAC, electrical,
building, custodial, and overall property

Special Requirements: Possession of a
valid State of Florida Driver's license. Ability
to be insured under the Authority's fleet in-
surance carrier and Authority's fidelity bond.

Call 239-657-3649 or apply at 1800
Farm Worker Way, Immokalee, Florida
34142 between the hours of 8:00 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m.

The Collier County Housing Authority is an
Equal Opportunity Employer and a
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Immokalee Bulletin

July 1, 2010

Farm Worker Village
invites you to come
home. Available now 1,
2, 3 & 4 bedroom rental
homes, starting as low
as $425.00. Call us
at 239-657-3649
or stop by at 1800
Farm Worker Way.

Your new home could be
in today's paper. Have
you looked for it?
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Need proof of Employ-
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(239) 601-2217
Immokalee, beautiful
2BR/1BA, Central A/C,
W/D hookup. Big
fenced yard.

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Greater Immokalee Southside Front Porch Community, Inc,
The Greater Immokalee Southside Front Porch Community, Inc. (FRONT
PORCH) is seeking bids from qualified contractors licensed in the State of
Florida for the "Installation of Central Air and Heat" for 100 units in the Im-
mokalee Apartments located at 601 West Delaware Avenue, Immokalee,
Florida. Bids, in triplicate, must be received at the Front Porch office no
later than 4:00pm on Friday, July 16, 2010. Submissions received after
this date and bme, for whatever reason, will not be considered. Any ques-
bons regarding this Invitation to Bid should be directed to:
Vicki Carr
Greater Immokalee Southside Front Porch Community, Inc.
419 North 1st Street
Immokalee, Florida 34142
Phone: (239) 503-7733
Email: frontporch imm~vyahoo.com
Contractors are strongly encouraged to inspect the site prior to submitting
bid. Please email: frontporch imm~yahoo.com to schedule an appointment.
Bids submitted in response to this solicitation will be opened in the Front
Porch Office at 2:00 PM on Friday, July 23, 2010. Interested parties are wel-
come to observe the bid opening but no decision will be made nor opinion
offered untl final review by the Immokalee Apartments, LLC and approval
by the Front Porch Board of Directors. Proposals may be held by the Front
Porch office for a period not to exceed sixty (60) calendar days from the
date of opening proposals for the purpose of reviewing them and investiat-
ing the qualifications of the bidders prior to awarding the contract. All bids
shall be accompanied by a bid bond, certified check, cashier check or mon-
ey order in the amount of not less than five percent (5%) of the total
amount bid.
The Board of Directors reserves the right to reject any or all bids and waive
any formalities. The Board of Directors encourages participation by business
owned and operated by minores and women.
Funding is provided by Collier County Department of Housing, Human and
Veteran Services using the Community Development Block Grant Recovery
Act (CDBG-R) funds.
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Seminole Casinos debut no limit high stakes poker

Beginning today, July 1, a Seminole Ca-
sinos began offering exclusive Las Vegas-
style high stakes, no-limit, around-the-clock
poker play thanks to the recent actions by
the Florida Legislature and Seminole Tribal
The new "all in, all the time" action, only
at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos in
Hollywood and Tampa, as well Seminole
Casinos in Coconut Creek, Hollywood,
Brighton and Immokalee, removes the $100
maximum buy-in for no-limit poker and
eliminates the $5 maximum bet per round
in limit games. Poker tournament buy-in

limits will also be removed, as a $1,000 limit
had previously been imposed.
Only the Seminole Tribe of Florida will
offer high stakes, no-limit poker 24 hours a
day, seven days a week. Seminole Casinos
offer 1,360 poker seats at six casinos, far
exceeding any other card rooms. The new
legislation allows the other poker venues,
at horse tracks, dog tracks, and jai alai fron-
tons, to be open 18 hours, at most, during
Additionally, since January of this year,
Seminole Casinos distinguished themselves
in the payout of nearly $2.5 million through

their exclusive Mega Bad Beat Poker Jack-
pot program that guarantees a minimum
of $100,000 each time someone hits. A bad
beat occurs when an apparently unbeatable
hand loses to a better hand. The Seminole
Casinos Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpot is
funded by a $1 contribution from every
poker pot of $10 or greater at each of the six
Seminole poker rooms in Florida.
The Seminole Casino properties have a
history of producing star-powered, celeb-
rity poker events. With this new legislation,
the potential certainly exists to attract larger,
globally recognized poker tournaments.

Agrees Scott Long, publisher of Ante Up,
a Florida magazine that covers poker in more
than 12 southeastern states, "Nowhere is the
potential exposure for Florida poker bigger
than in the tournament arena. With buy-in
caps removed, Florida rooms can now court
the World Poker Tour, the North American
Poker Tour, perhaps even a World Series of
Poker circuit event, all of which provide ex-
pansive television coverage that will show
players around the world that real poker can
now be played in Florida."

CCSO program encourages good deeds

With the support of the Collier County
Sheriff's Office, Circle K, 7-Eleven and
Handy Food Stores, kids throughout Collier
County can stay cool during the summer
by performing good deeds.
Whenever a deputy sees a student
wearing a bike helmet, going out of his or
her way to help someone, or giving back
to the community, the deputy will hand out
a coupon for a free small ICEE or Slurpee
Thousands of coupons have been do-

nated to CCSO to help emphasize the im-
portance of good decision-making, being
kind to others and doing the right thing.
Youth Relations Bureau Cmdr. Beth
Jones said the coupons are a great tool for
deputies to approach and develop relation-
ships with youngsters.
Some places where deputies will be
on "patrol" include local community and
county parks, neighborhoods and beaches,
and even during traffic stops when kids are
found to be wearing their seat belts.

Museum launches theatre seeks members

Discover history infused with a little dra-
matic stage presence with Collier County
Museum's newly launched theatre com-
pany beginning October 2010. The Histori-
cally Speaking Theatre Company is currently
scouting for prospective members to join
in the fun of bringing history to life on the
The theatre company will debut in Octo-
ber 2010 with their performance of "Killing
Mister Watson." Celebrating it's 100th an-
niversary, this story recounts how Edgar J.
Watson, a sly yet reserved sugarcane farmer
in the swampy, mosquito-infested Ten Thou-
sand Islands of Florida, was murdered by lo-
cal Chokoloskee residents.
The Historically Speaking Theatre Com-
pany is considering other productions, but

Workshop open to homeowners

The Empowerment Alliance of South-
west Florida is conducting a Foreclosure
Prevention workshop today, Thursday,
July 1, at the Immokalee Public Library
5:30-7 p.m. to help current homeown-
ers understand the foreclosure process
and possible ways to save their homes.
Homeowners can also meet with a Hous-
ing Counselor at the end of the workshop
to discuss their situation and options for
them. The library is located at 417 N. First
The Empowerment Alliance is a non-
profit, HUD approved Housing Coun-
seling Agency. The workshop and any
follow-up counseling are free and are
funded through grants from HUD and
Collier County. Please call Ana Salazar at
(239) 658-3318 for more information on
the workshop and to register.

will also incorporate one-woman shows de-
picting some of the local heroines in their ex-
clusive performances. The theatre company
is also looking for prospective participants
to include in their newly created company.
People interested in becoming a part of the
Historically Speaking Theatre Company,
please contact Mary Margaret Gruszka at the
Collier County Museum, 239-252-8287.
About Collier County Museums: More
than 10,000 years of Southwest Florida His-
tory is on display at Collier County Museums'
four locations -the main museum location
in Naples, two additional museum facilities
in Everglades City and Immokalee, and the
historic Naples Depot, a former train station
and local favorite in the heart of downtown
Naples. The main location is located just five
minutes east of downtown Naples at 3301
Tamiami Trail East in Naples. The Museum's
five-acre plot includes a native plant garden,
orchid house, two early Naples cottages, a
logging locomotive, swamp buggies and a
WWII Sherman tank. The main facility is
open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.
until 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4
p.m. Admission is free and the site is handi-
capped accessible. For more information,
visit www.colliermuseums.com or call 239-

Melanio "Dr.V" Villarosa is
leaving Immokalee!
Immokalee Pediatrics Inc will be permanent-
ly closed on July 30, 2010! Dr. V is moving to
Brownsville, Texas. If you want your medical
records, please notify the office at
239-658-2555 from 9-11:30 A.M. and 1-4
P.M.. Dr. V. sincerely thanks the beautiful
people of Immokalee for 20 wonderful years!



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Volunteers brave extreme heat to help with repairs

By Rick Heers
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
A small team of seven volunteers from
two Presbyterian Churches in northwestern
Pennsylvania drove to Immokalee to spend
a week working in 95 + degree heat on mo-
bile home roofing repairs in Immokalee. The
group worked 10-hour days and thoroughly
enjoyed getting acquainted with several I
HOPE families. It helps the groups to stay-for
a small fee-in the wonderful, air-conditioned
facilities of Bethel Assembly of God Church,
even using the pool for a refreshing dip after
their day is completed. They, along with oth-
er groups have commented that I HOPE's fa-
cilities are the most enjoyable that they have
stayed in. When larger groups are in town,
the County Parks and Recreation Center al-
lows them to use the swimming pool and
shower facilities free.
Some of their work was completing the
jobs that a previous group had started, and
the rest was starting on a new project in
Eden Park. The double-wide in the accom-
panying picture has been leaking since Wil-
ma came through. A 'friend' helped 'repair'
their roof with the $400.00 they had received
after the storm. Needless to say, the job was
very inadequate. The volunteer group pres-
sured-cleaned the roof, removing a great
deal of mold and mildew, and then rolled on
a thick roofing compound that will seal all
leaks. The pressure cleaners were donated
by Home Depot, and the roofing material
was paid from a Chase grant obtained by the

Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Rick Heers
Volunteers from Bethel Assembly of God Church in Pennsylvania pose with the
family that they are helping on Peach Street. They enduring extreme heat and
humid conditions during their visit and completed a roof repair sealing it from
future leaks.

Community Foundation of Collier County-
Immokalee Initiative.
The group had one day of fun-filled ac-
tivities that included an airboat tour around
Lake Trafford and para-sailing at Bonita
Beach. The next volunteer group to arrive in
July will renovate several walls and ceilings,
along with replacing a number of the bath-
room fixtures. I HOPE's clients are on very
limited income and cannot afford the repairs
without assistance. Thanks to the generos-
ity of donors, work continues as volunteers

This mobile home has had a roof
leaking since Hurricane Wilma came
through in 2005. Now, with the 2010
storm season upon us, the home final-
ly has a non-leaking roof.

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