Vol. 43 No. 40
Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County
Thursday, October 21, 2010
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ICandidate first from
area to vie for State seat
By Patty Brant
Just 32 years
old, Larry Wil-
coxson is a
energy. This son
and 1996 gradu-
ate of Immoka-
lee High School
has lived a broad Larry
spectrum of life, Wilcoxson
on farms and in packinghouses at
age 14 to high powered corporate
America. Now he's set his sights
on serving as a Florida State Repre-
sentative for District 101. He is the
first Immokalee native to ever run
for state office.
Mr. Wilcoxson, who has No
Party affiliation, believes that all the
great things that happen are root-
ed in youth because young people
have the energy and they put in the
time and effort to research. They
see what has not worked in the
past and come up with new ideas
to solve old problems.
Mr. Wilcoxson believes that
some of his best ideas include:
helping Ave Maria and Florida Gulf
Coast Universities build a football
stadium to share. That would be
good for the universities and, be-
cause it would generate jobs and
revenue, it would be good for the
Another issue for Mr. Wilcox-
son he's against a "tax giveaway"
for Jackson Labs to set up shop in
Immokalee is changing and
growing, Mr. Wilcoxson points
out. Of course, it's still a draw for
migrant workers. It's important
that iTECH continue to make sol-
id, useful education available for
residents. "We need manufactur-
See LW Page 2
Biofuel workshop Landmark agreement signed for field workers
The Florida Feedstock Grow-
ers Association is proud to pres-
ent along with our partners at
The USDA, IFAS and Florida Farm
Bureau a workshop dedicated to
biomass and biofuel feedstock
farming along with a BBQ lunch
on Oct. 22 in Felda which is located
in between the towns of La Belle
and Immokalee off Highway 29 in
South West Florida.
Speakers will include:
Tim Manning, USDA, FSA State
See BIOFUEL Page 2
Farmworker organization, to-
mato industry leader join forces to
root out abuses, write "new chap-
ter in Florida agricultural history"
Pacific Tomato Growers, one
of the country's oldest and larg-
est tomato producers, and the
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
(CIW), the Florida-based farm-
worker organization spearheading
the Campaign for Fair Food, have
signed an innovative agreement
that sets new standards for social
responsibility and accountability
in Florida's tomato industry.
The agreement represents a
significant step forward in the
CIW's decade-long campaign for
labor reforms in Florida's tomato
industry. Not only is it the first for-
mal agreement between the CIW
and a major tomato grower, but
the new accord establishes sev-
eral practical systems designed to
implement cooperatively the key
principles of the Code of Conduct
at the heart of the Campaign for
Fair Food. Those principles include
a joint -- and, when need be, exter-
nal -- complaint resolution system,
a participatory health and safety
program, and a worker-to-worker
education process aimed at insur-
ing that farmworkers themselves
are active participants in the social
The agreement also provides
for third-party auditing of both the
systems needed to implement the
Code and payment of the "penny-
per-pound," the price premium
designed to raise farmworker
wages that is part of the CIW's
agreements with nine major retail
food companies, including sec-
tor leaders McDonald's, Whole
Foods, and Compass Group.
"Pacific Tomato Growers
(PTG) believes that it is time to
speak out publicly about work-
ing conditions in agriculture. We
along with many other respon-
sible agricultural firms work daily
to provide safe and fair working
conditions, yet continued abuses
See TOMATOES Page 2
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October 21, 2010
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ing," Mr. Wilcoxson said, "We need jobs so
Immokalee can prosper." He would spark
that by reaching out to companies. Land,
he said, is one of Collier County's assets for
businesses like distribution centers.
He has three degrees, including criminal
justice, education and a masters in Divinity.
He has attended Tallahassee Community
College, Florida State, Martin University in
Indiana and attended law school in Hous-
His job experience includes being a fi-
nancial advisor at A-1 Financial Firm in
Houston; being a personal assistant for Edg-
errin James and a substitute teacher in the
Indianapolis school system.
Right now, he's devoting all his time to
his campaign. "My campaign is my job," he
He decided to jump into the political
scene because he said he cares about the
people. Unlike politicians he sees as catering
to lobbyists and big corporations who "for-
get about the regular people," Mr. Wilcox-
son feels he's a "good fit" for the job. "I'm
just an everyday person," he said, "I've been
the lowest of the low and the highest... I'm
diversified. I'm fully capable and prepared."
He includes in his qualifications for office:
visibility and being in touch with the people.
He considers his common sense and ability
to listen to be basic for any public servant,
and adds that he can follow directions and
put himself second, after the public.
Of course, District 101 is much larger
than Immokalee and Mr. Wilcoxson has to
campaign throughout the district in popula-
tion centers like Broward County. He's not
intimidated. "They love me," he said. "I'm
a success story. I came from nothing, put
myself through college and now I'm back to
If elected, his first mission would be to do
away with FCAT and return to standardized
tests that don't take up as much class time,
Although he has not held office previ-
ously, he has worked on several campaigns
including Sen. Harris of Texas, Congressman
Carson of Indiana and Walker of New York.
"I can fit in with whomever," he said, "I
can play their game better than they can,"
but added that he also "stands out" as a
leader, not a follower.
For Mr. Wilcoxson, there is no big "chal-
lenge" just getting in there and working.
And he wears his youth, education, diversity
and work ethic as badges of honor.
You can check out his Web site at: www.
Community News in Brief
RCMA opens Head
RCMA will open its Migrant Head Start
Centers on Nov. 15, for children with or
without disabilities of migrant families, ages
6 weeks to 5 years. Applicants must produce
Check stubs, birth certificates, immunization
and physical, Medicaid and proof of migrant
status. Enrollment starts Oct. 25 from 8:30
to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1:30 to 4:30
p.m. Evenings on Oct. 26 and 28 and also on
Nov. 2, 4, 9, and 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
and 2 to 7 p.m. Registration takes place at
any one of three locations including Farm
Workers Village "C" 2225 Chadwick Circle
239-658-3625 or 239-658-3696. RcDe Infant
402 W Main Street, Bldg B, 239-658-3597 or
239-658-3598. Immokalee Community Men-
tal Health Services 123 North 4th Street, 239-
658-3537 or 239-658-3538.
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4-H to benefit from Fall Fest
A Fall Festival is planned for this Satur-
day, Oct. 23 complete with hay rides, face
painting, cake walk, bake sales, animals and
more. The fest will take place at the Roberts
Ranch Museum in Immokalee from 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. For more information or to rent a
yard sale space at the fair for just $10, please
call 239-280-8378. All proceeds to benefit the
Collier County 4-H Livestock Show.
First Baptist Church
to host Fall Fest
First Baptist Church Of Immokalee, 1411
Lake Trafford Road will host their Annual fall
festival on Sunday, Oct. 31, 5:30-8 p.m.
Free Games, prizes, food, Fun and god-
honoring activities for the whole family.
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within the industry demand that we speak
out," said Jon Esformes, Operating Partner,
on behalf of the Board of Directors, PTG, Pal-
"Our two families, as owners of PTG, be-
lieve now is the time to ask other similarly
responsible agricultural companies to join in
the effort to bring positive change to our in-
dustry for the benefit of farm employees. It is
an absolute that farmworkers must have the
same protections as people working in the
white collar world," explained Esformes.
"This breakthrough is a testament to the
leadership at Pacific Tomato Growers, who
truly came to the talks that led to today's an-
nouncement with an open heart," said Lu-
cas Benitez of the CIW "Without that spirit
of partnership, it wouldn't have been pos-
sible to even talk about the kind of changes
contemplated in this agreement, much less
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Rich Galvano, Developer of Florida Gulf
Coast University Innovation Hub
Bill Vasden, Jr. Chairman, Florida Feed-
stock Growers Association
Join us for a tour of the USCJO farm and
see the crops and their harvest for yourself.
Come and learn how Florida farms have be-
gun to supply our military with oil as well
as our state biofuel refineries, and power
plants. Get up to date on the pending and ex-
isting federal incentive programs offered by
the USDA, and meet your state leadership.
Learn how the new FGU Innovation Hub is
hammer out the concrete systems necessary
to make those changes real and sustain-
"As we turn the page on this new chapter
in Florida agricultural history, however, I do
want to make one thing crystal clear," Ben-
itez added. "We are not today claiming that
we have achieved the changes sought by the
Campaign for Fair Food. Rather, we are an-
nouncing that we have forged a plan of ac-
tion that gives us a realistic chance to bring
about those changes. This plan is designed
precisely to address those unsustainable
workplace conditions that have plagued
Florida agriculture for so long, so that we
can eliminate them and build a stronger
foundation for the industry in the future. In
other words, today, Pacific and the CIW are
embarking together on a road toward real
social responsibility. And if that road leads us
where we think it will, it will be a model for
generations of farmworkers -- and farmers
-- to come."
being built around and powered by these
crops, right down the street. There is time
sensitive crop and program information to
discuss and we invite you to be a part of it.
Please join us in a town hall environment at
one of the first commercial feedstock farms
in the state.
For advance grower information please
This free event will be held from 10 a.m.
to 1 p.m. on Oct. 22, at: Biomass and Biofuel
Feedstock Farm, 1881 Church Road Felda
Lunch will be served so please RSVP ear-
Iv at info(&FloridaFeedstockGrowers.com.
The Black Affairs Advisory Board will
meet Monday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. at the
Board of County Commissioners Cham-
bers (BCC) on the third floor of the Harmon
Turner Building (Administration Building F)
Collier County Government Center, 3301 E.
Tamiami Trail, Naples.
The Collier County Tourist Development
Council (TDC) will hold a public meeting on
Monday, Oct. 25, at 9 a.m. in the Board of
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October 21, 2010 Immokalee Bulletin
Letters to the Editor
As the County Commissioner for East-
ern Collier County I, along with many of
our neighbors, have long recognized the
necessity of building an Interchange on
1-75 at Everglades Boulevard as a matter of
health, safety and welfare. In times of forest
fires and flooding, this exit is needed to al-
low residents of the Eastern part of Golden
Gate Estates an avenue for escape. If built,
this Interchange would also allow our resi-
dents to travel in a more efficient manner
and help prevent traffic congestion on our
rural road system. My reason for writing to
you is because of recent events that have
unfolded that could delay and very possi-
bly remove the proposed Everglades Inter-
change from future consideration. Due to
the issues raised recently by environmental
groups, Florida Department of Transporta-
tion is now required to conduct a Cumula-
tive Effects Evaluation (CEE) study be done
to evaluate future changes in the project
study area affecting eight protected species
(Florida panther, Florida black bear, Florida
sandhill crane, wood stork, red-cockaded
woodpecker, gopher tortoise, eastern indi-
go snake, and mangrove fox squirrel). The
CEE study, the first of its kind will delay the
construction of the interchange, if the final
findings indicate unacceptable impacts;
even after mitigation it could still prevent the
Interchange completely from being built.
Collier County believes the present review
process should provide early evaluation of
environmental issues for consideration and
mitigation in the Project Development and
Environmental (PD&E) study phase so the
results can be weighed against other values
such as safety and mobility, not as a tool used
to stonewall this needed public project.
I need your help to keep the Everglades
Interchange Project going forward.
1. I encourage you to attend a Public
Information Meeting to be held on Nov. 4,
from 6 to 8 p.m. at Palmetto Elementary
School, 3000 10th Ave S.E. The purpose of
the meeting is to inform you of the progress
or lack of progress on the Interchange Justi-
fication Report (IJR) http://www.colliergov.
Effects Evaluation (CEE) study, and Project
Development and Environmental (PD&E)
study pertaining to the I-75/Everglades Inter-
change project http://www.i-75everglades.
com. The three state agencies that have initi-
ated the CEE requirement have been invited
to attend and to share their concerns.
2. Members of the environmental organi-
zations will be soliciting no build comments
from their membership throughout the USA.
These comments could number well into
the hundreds, if not thousands. We need
our local residents that are most impacted
by the interchange to also send in their com-
ments. Send Comments to:Gwen G. Pipkin,
Senior Project Manager & District One ETDM
Coordinator (office) 863-519-2375 gwen.
email@example.com or; Transplanning@
3. In order for these efforts to be effective
we need everyone to join together in this ef-
fort. Please forward this e-mail notice appeal
to everyone in your e-mail contact list that
lives in Eastern Collier County.
4. When you are sending this letter to
your contacts it is very important that you
also copy me, send it to jimcoletta@col-
liergov.net, that way you and others will be
added to our notification list. This will be the
only way that I can keep you informed and
indicate when your participation is needed.
Items overlooked in the position taken
by environmental groups are: public health,
safety and welfare; land use rights; federal
requirements to reduce vehicle miles trav-
eled; federal requirements to reduce green-
house gas emissions; projected population
growth of an area already platted; and lack
of appropriate land management already
in public ownership or under conservation
easements. It is important that these other
factors also be accounted for.
Civic groups and interested citizens must
take action for their own future wellbeing
and are encouraged to participate by sending
comments to FDOT regarding the proposed
Everglades interchange. The newly required
environmental overlay for the interchange
is but one more example how the environ-
mental community has held sway over the
process. With this letter, I hope that YOU
will be motivated to counter the no build el-
ement, and that the needed interchange will
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Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph.
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Friday: Sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming northeast between 4 and 7
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Human trafficking awareness event planned
The Collier County Sheriff's Office, in
partnership with the Collier County Coali-
tion Against Human Trafficking, will hold
an anti-human trafficking community
event in Immokalee on November.
A Day without Slavery is scheduled for
Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Immokalee
Community Park, 321 N. 1st St.
This event for seasonal farm work-
ers and members of the community will
provide information on human trafficking
awareness and ways to identify victims of
Members of the Sheriff's Office Immoka-
lee substation, Minority Affairs Task force
and Crime Prevention Section will also
be on hand to provide information about
other programs the Sheriff's Office offers
to the public. The Collier County Health
Department and other area service provid-
ers will be on hand to provide information
and services to attendees.
This event will also feature entertain-
ment, refreshments and activities for chil-
dren. A Day without Slavery is open to
everyone regardless of their immigration
status. IDs will not be checked.
CCSO will also give away bike lights at
the event. Bicyclists who would like a bike
light must bring their bike to the event.
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Immokalee Bulletin October 21, 2010
Red Ribbon Week celebrated
across county school district
The war on drugs and alcohol is well
documented. It's a battle that's waged every
day, and one of the most recognizable war-
riors in the fight is the Red Ribbon. During
the last full week of October each and every
year since 1986, U.S. citizens have worn red
ribbons as a symbol of their pledge to live
drug and alcohol free. Red Ribbon Week
is an initiative of prevention and education
about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
The National Family Partnership, which co-
ordinates Red Ribbon activities nationally,
estimates that over 80 million Americans
participate in Red Ribbon events.
Many children in schools across the na-
tion are given red ribbons to wear, and
the School District of Collier County is no
exception. In addition to wearing red rib-
bons, schools will also take part in activities
to promote a drug-free lifestyle. At Cypress
Palm Middle School, students will be visited
by the Army National Guard to promote the
"War Against Drugs" and students will wear
Army greens on that day; Estates Elementa-
ry School students will learn a drug-free rap
song during music class, and a recording
of the song will be played on the school's
morning news each day; students at Lake
Trafford Elementary School will take part in
a drug-free march that will traverse through
the Lake Trafford Elementary School neigh-
borhood; and students at both Lely High
School and Osceola Elementary School will
conduct a canned food drive. A number of
other events are planned at several schools
from Tuesday, Oct. 26, through Friday, Oct.
To learn more, and to see a full list of
activities, please visit the district Web site at
www.collierschools.com and click on "Red
Ribbon Week Activities" under "What's
New?" If your child's school is not listed,
please contact the school directly.
Edison State College opens registration
Registration for Spring '11 classes opens
at Edison State College to degree seeking
students Oct. 25. Registration for the general
public opens Nov. 15.
College officials encourage anyone inter-
ested in taking classes this spring to register
as soon as possible because classes will fill
"We want to accommodate every stu-
dent who chooses Edison State College,"
said Dr. Kenneth Walker, President of Edison
"Early enrollment allows us to best pre-
pare our professors and classrooms for the
In the past 3 years enrollment at Edison
State College has grown more than 50-per-
cent, bringing total student enrollment to
more than 21,000. ESC has been the fastest
growing state college in Florida for the past
Scouts honored in exhibit
Enjoy the Barron Collier and the Boy
Scouts ofAmerica Centennial Exhibition at
the Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Rob-
erts Ranch, 1215 Roberts Ave. Immokalee
through Dec. 31. Barron Collier, Collier
County's founder and namesake, was in-
troduced to the newly founded Scouting
movement in New York City in 1910. For
the next 25 years he was a tireless pro-
moter and contributor. Collier earned one
of the highest honors bestowed by the
Boy Scouts of America, the prestigious
"Silver Buffalo" award, in 1932, for his ac-
tive support. The exhibit details Collier's
association with prominent political and
philanthropic figures of the time as well
as his efforts to promote Scouting both in
New York and across America. For more
information, call 239-658-2466.
For more information about how to reg-
ister for classes please visit www.edison.
To request more information about
classes at Edison State College, visit: www.
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Election Day comes this way
By Joe Landon
Collier County District Schools
We're a little more than a week away
now from the big day, Election Day 2010.
Whether you are a traditional voter like me,
one who actually prefers voting on the day,
or you're one who likes taking advantage
of the early voting opportunity made avail-
able to us by the Supervisor of Elections,
as we said a couple of weeks ago, there's
a whole lot to consider on this year's ballot
in the way of amendments to the constitu-
tion of the State of Florida and candidates
for various offices, both local and state.
Now the November 2 General Election will
see us selecting three School Board Mem-
bers to serve the students of the School
District of Collier County over the next four
years. To help you decide who you want
representing you on the School Board,
we are presenting a two-hour TV special
featuring all of the candidates vying for the
three open seats. The School Board Can-
didate Forum was made possible by The
Education Foundation of Collier County,
the Naples Daily News, and the Pelican
Bay Foundation, and was held in the Na-
ples Daily News Gates Community Room.
We're televising rebroadcasts of the issues-
based School Board Candidate Forum
each evening, Monday, Oct. 25, through
Monday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. And there are six
amendments on the ballot as well. To help
you decide "yea" or "nay" on these, The
trict Sch.oo> Education Channel
c Schol is presenting a 90-
on them. The
2010 Florida Bal-
Forum was put
.Collier Cou on by the League
of Women Vot-
ers of Collier County, the Greater Naples
Better Government Council, the Greater
Naples Chamber of Commerce, and the
Naples Daily News. It was held at St. John
the Evangelist Church. We're televising
rebroadcasts of the 2010 Florida Ballot
Amendments Forum each evening, Mon-
day, Oct. 25, through Monday, Nov. 1, at
8 p.m. You'll find both programs on The
Education Channel, Comcast cable 99,
and online on the World Wide Web at
www.collierschools.com. The channel is
streamed live on the site, so you can watch
them at the time they're scheduled, plus
we've posted what we call "Webisodes"
of each program there. You can watch
the Webisodes at your leisure. We thank
Blue Sky Media, Inc. for producing the
candidates forum for our channel, and
Alpha Media, Inc. for producing the ballot
amendment forum for us. Those of us here
in the district's Communications Services
Department are hoping these TV specials
will help you be the best informed voter
you can be. Happy voting!
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October 21, 2010
Amendment 8 gives some flexibility to class size rules
Amendment 8: Revision
of the Class Size Require-
ments for Public Schools
Ballot Summary: The Florida Constitu-
tion currently limits the maximum number
of students assigned to each teacher in pub-
lic school classrooms in the following grade
groupings: for prekindergarten through
grade 3, 18 students; for grades 4 through
8, 22 students; and for grades 9 through
12, 22 students. Under this amendment,
the current limits on the maximum num-
ber of students assigned to each teacher in
public school classrooms would become
limits on the average number of students as-
signed per class to each teacher, by specific
grade grouping, in each public school. The
amendment also adopts new limits on the
maximum number of students assigned to
each teacher in an individual classroom as
follows: for prekindergarten through grade
3, 21 students; for grades 4 through 8, 27
students; and, for grades 9 through 12, 30
students. This amendment specifies that
class size limits to do apply to virtual classes,
requires the Legislature to provide sufficient
funds to maintain the average number of
students required by this amendment and
schedules these revisions to take place upon
approval by the electors of this state and to
operate retroactively to the beginning of the
2010-2011 school year.
BACKGROUND: In 2002, 52 percent of
the Florida voters approved an amendment
to the Florida Constitution that set limits on
the number of students in core classes (such
as Math, English and Science) in the state's
public schools. Beginning with the 2010-
2011 school year, the maximum number of
students in each core class would be:
18 students in prekindergarten through
22 students in grades 4 through 8; and,
25 students in grades 9 through 12.
In 2003, the Florida Legislature passed
Senate Bill 30-A that required the schools to
phase in the new class limits. Schools were
ordered to reduce the number of students
in each classroom by at least two students
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be placed on
the ballot that will ask voters to change the
state constitution's current maximum class
sizes to "school-wide average class sizes."
If the amendment is passed, the class size
would be calculated based on the school-
wide average of the number of students in
core classes. In addition, largest number of
students in any individual class could not
21 students in prekindergarten through
27 students in grades 4 through 8; and
30 students in grades 9 through 12.
The proposed amendment would give
the school systems a little more leeway in
meeting the class size requirements. They
could get by with adding three to five addi-
tional students to an individual class, so long
as the school average for that subject in that
grade met the state class size requirements.
Supporters of this proposal say it will give
the school system's much-needed breathing
room. While they agree that small classes
are good for the students and the teachers,
they argue that the current economic condi-
tions make it cost prohibitive to build more
classrooms and hire more teachers if there
is one student over the limit. They argue that
tax payers are already burdened and cannot
afford the higher school taxes necessary to
add more classrooms and teachers.
Opponents on this proposal say smaller
class sizes are good for the students. They
maintain the people of Florida voted on this
in 2002 and it should not be changed.
The Florida Educations Association, the
largest teachers' union in Florida, filed a law-
suit in July, challenging the wording of the
amendment, which they say is "both cloudy
and misleading." FEA attorneys argued that
allowing larger classrooms also allows the
Legislature to escape the funding obliga-
tion that was part of the original class size
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The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that
Amendment 8 can stay on the ballot.
According to Florida TaxWatch's Center
for Educational Performance and Account-
ability, Amendment 8 would save billions of
dollars for Florida taxpayers. According to
TaxWatch, if Amendment 8 does not pass,
school taxes will increase on average about
26 percent per household over the next ten
An organization that opposes the amend-
ment "Vote No on 8" disputes TaxWatch's
estimates. "Vote No on 8" maintains the
amendment would cut school funding with
no guarantee the taxpayers would see any
tax relief. The state could simply funnel
money that currently goes to schools to oth-
er state programs.
Opponents also point to a Harvard Uni-
versity study "The Impact of a Universal
Class-Size Reduction Policy: Evidence from
Florida's Statewide Mandate," which con-
cluded that class size had no clear impact
upon student achievement. However, the
Florida Education Association questioned
the results of the study. The FEA said the re-
search could have been flawed because an
advisory committee chaired by former Gov.
Jeb Bush (who opposed the original class
size amendment in 2002) was involved.
Supporters of Amendment 8 include
Community College Council of Presidents,
the Florida School Boards Association, Flori-
da Association of School Administrators and
the Florida Chamber of Commerce and gu-
bernatorial candidates Rick Scott and Alex
Florida Rep. Will Weatherford (R-Pasco
County) said using an average is a common
sense solution and could help some stu-
dents. For example, he said, under the cur-
rent system, if a high school student is trying
to get into an advanced placement (AP) Math
Class and the class already has 25 students,
then the school can't let the student into the
class unless they hire another teacher. With
schools already struggling to stay within
their budgets, that student will have to settle
for a spot in a regular Math class that has an
open seat. With Amendment 8, the AP Math
class could have 26 students and another
Math class at the school could have 24 and
the school would still meet the average of
Opponents include the Florida Educators
Association, The Florida PTA, the NAACP
and the Florida Association for Child Care
A message from the Florida PTA stated:
"Passage of Amendment 8 will not help the
children of Florida. It will only relieve the
legislature of its obligation to obey the con-
Sources for this article included: Florida
Department of Education, www.FLAmend-
ments.org, the Florida League of Women
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For the first time in the state's history,
Florida voters will be asked for their opinion
on a non-binding referendum question deal-
ing with federal policy.
On the Nov. 2, ballot, under the head-
ing "NONBINDING STATEWIDE ADVISORY
REFERENDUM," voters will find, "Balancing
the Federal Budget, A Nonbinding Referen-
dum Calling for an Amendment to the United
States Constitution." The referendum asks:
"In order to stop the uncontrolled growth of
our national debt and prevent excessive bor-
rowing by the Federal Government, which
threatens our economy and national secu-
rity, should the United States Constitution
be amended to require a balanced federal
budget without raising taxes?"
The Florida Legislature placed the ques-
tion on the ballot, in a move that some have
called politically motivated. Florida Senate
President Jeff Atwater, one of the Republi-
cans who pushed for the referendum, stated
the vote will send a message to Washington,
D.C. in a way that will garner more attention
than if the Legislature simply passed a reso-
lution encouraging the federal government
to balance the budget.
Critics of the referendum say the ques-
tion is designed to appeal to the Tea Party
movement and get conservative voters to the
polls. They also claim the wording, "exces-
sive borrowing by the Federal Government,
which threatens our economy and national
security," is designed to elicit an emotional
response from the voters. Some refer to the
question as a "push poll" comparing it to
polling questions that are phrased in such a
leading way that they steer the respondents
to a desired response.
Under Florida law, the state must bal-
ance state revenues with spending every
year. However, the federal Congress has the
authority and the ability to spend more than
it collects, creating a deficit. Due to federal
spending on the wars in the Middle East, the
bank bailout and the federal stimulus spend-
ing programs, the deficit has been growing
rapidly in the past few years.
According to the Congressional Budget
Office, the deficit has grown from $10 tril-
lion in 2008 to $14.6 trillion in 2010. The
Congressional Budget Office estimates that
the national debt in 2011 will reach $15.5
trillion. That will mean the budget will be
greater than the country's Gross Domestic
Product for the year. This will be the first
time the deficit has exceeded the GDP since
World War II.
Sources for this article included: www.
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of Women Voters.
Health Fair planned
Immokalee Health Fair will take place on
Saturday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Collier County Health Department,
Immokalee & Immokalee Outreach Office.
The Shelter's Immokalee Outreach staff will
provide a presentation on intimate partner
violence and the impact of abuse on one's
health during this community event.
Flu shots offered
The Collier County Health Department -
Immokalee Branch, is currently offering sea-
sonal flu vaccine for anyone over 6 months
of age. Flu vaccine is free of charge for chil-
dren and $25 or less for adults. We are also
offering Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diptheria,
pertussis) for adults 19-64 years of age, free
of charge. Clinic hours are Monday through
Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate of Cultures
Immokalee Celebration of Cultures
Inc. will hold a meeting on Oct. 28, at the
Immokalee Community Park located at 321
North 1st, at 3 p.m. The purpose of this meet-
ing is to organize the Second Celebration
of Cultures Event that will be held on Jan.
15-16 at the Immokalee Airport Park. Volun-
teers who would like to participate should
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Chamber to host
The Eastern Collier Chamber of Com-
merce will be holding its Annual Dinner/
Dance on Saturday, Oct. 23, This year, it will
also include a costume party as well as the
steak dinner and $5,000 Grand Prize. It will
be held at the Eagles Club on 405 W New
Market Rd. Tickets can be purchased by
contacting Ski Olesky at Lake Trafford Ma-
Children's Fair planned to
bring awareness to abuse
Join The Shelter for Abused Women &
Children's Immokalee Outreach Office on
Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. at the Immoka-
lee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia Street
Immokalee for the Children's Fair, Vigil &
Peace March on Main to raise awareness
about the impact domestic violence has on
children. Children's Fair includes food, live
entertainment, games, prizes, an Agency Fair
featuring local service providers and more!
A Candlelight Vigil and Peace March will
also be held. For more information: www.
Indians take hard loss at Bates Stadium 45-13
By Moises Diaz
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
The Immokalee Indians took the field
Friday night to host the Palmetto Ridge
Bears in a non-district game. It would have
seemed to be an easy win for the Indians as
the Bears came into Gary Bates Stadium 0-5.
The Bears upset the Indians 45 to 13.
Immokalee's offense continues to im-
prove as the Indians passed for 208 yards
while running for 101 yards. The defense on
the other hand, hasn't exactly figured out the
option offense. Something they will have to
do before this Friday night when they travel
to Arcadia to face Desoto High School in
their second district game of the season.
Sophomore quarter back Tshumbi John-
son finished the night 18 of 32 passing, one
interception, and big drives of 50, 58, and 70
yards through the air.
During the 1st quarter QB Tshumbi John-
son connected with Freshman J.C. Jackson
on a 50 yard pass down to the Bears 15 yard
line. A few plays later in that drive, Johnson
scores on a quarterback keeper from 3 yards
out. The second score came during the 2nd
quarter when sophomore RB Jacky Marcel-
lus hammered his way through the defense
with a 3 yard touchdown run.
During the 4th quarter with 4:13 to go in
the game, sophomore QB Joslin Alberique
took over for Johnson. With 2:12 left to play,
Alberique went down in an awkward posi-
tion causing his hip to be dislocated. After ly-
ing on the ground for more than 20 minutes
with paramedics at hand, Alberique was
taken to North Collier Hospital where his hip
was popped back in place. He will be out for
4 to 6 weeks.
Senior linebacker and older brother Sam-
son Alberique said, "I didn't know who it
was at first. Coach Rodelin told me that
someone was down. I was like hold up;
hold up wasn't Joslin just running the ball. I
was angry, tears of anger filled me."
Samson Alberique who is a senior cap-
tain for the Indians is looking forward to
their second win in district play this Friday
night at Desoto. "We are really going after it
and do it for him (Joslin). That was our goal,
to make it to playoffs," Samson said.
Desoto Bulldogs are coming off a 35 to
14 win over Port Charlotte, but are down 0-1
in district play with a loss to Estero a couple
weeks ago. The game will be held at Bulldog
Stadium in Arcadia this Friday night. Kickoff
is at 7:30 p.m.
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Adam
(On page 1)lndian's (34) Milsont Pierre
(36) Samson Alberique (55) Deadrin
Senat try to tackle Palmetto's running
back and in above photo Kerby Henry
attempts to stop Bears offense.
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Adam Herrera
Senior linebacker Samson Alberique and Linda Ayer walk off the field after
learning the extent of the injury of his younger brother Joslin Alberique.
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iPAD course added to adult education
The School District of Collier County's
Adult and Community Education (ACE)
program is pleased to announce that a new
course has been added to its "Fall 2" class
selection. The "Fall 1" session introduced
a course to help iPhone users, and now
students will be offered a class to facilitate
getting the most out of the iPad. Students
will learn how to implement and use the
most popular, interesting, and helpful ap-
plications (apps). Class will be held from
6:30-8:30 p.m., for five Thursdays begin-
ning Thursday, Nov. 4, at Barron Collier
High School (5600 Cougar Drive).
The iPad has the capacity to be a vir-
tual jukebox, robust entertainment center,
portable library, navigation assistant, and
weatherman. Students will be able to en-
joy the games and hobbies they love on the
iPad and increase their productivity at work
and home. Cost for the class is $69.
To learn more, please call 239-377-1234
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Lorenzo Walker Open House Festival from
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Open House Festival will showcase the
schools' facilities and programs, and will
be held on the campus located at 3702 Es-
LWIT has year-long programs to pre-
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