Vol. 44 No. 26
Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County
Thursday, July 7, 2011
moves to larger quarters
By Patty Brant
The Community Redevelop-
ment Agency (CRA) and Immoka-
lee Business Development Center
(IMMBIZZ) are in the business
of helping business people in
Immokalee prosper which, in turn,
invigorates the entire community
economically, socially and cultur-
Now, it's the CRA's turn to ex-
Find us on
See Page 2 for information about
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pand and grow.
The agency and its personnel
will soon move into the old Bar-
ron Collier building at 1320 N. 15th
Last week the Collier County
Board of County Commissioners
approved a request for the CRA to
lease the Barron Collier building
and on July 15 CRA employees will
begin moving in.
Barron Collier has relocated to
Currently, the CRA, with the
Business Development Center,
shares the tiny building with the
permitting department, which re-
quires one employee one day a
See CRA - Page 2
Firefighter Heath accepts voluntary buyout
Move keeps younger
firefighters on board
On June 21, The Immokalee
Fire Commission Board voted to
accept a buyout offer presented by
the Union President on behalf of
Firefighter/EMT Terry C. Heath.
Firefighter/EMT Heath was born
in Fort Myers Florida and raised in
Immokalee; he graduated from
Immokalee High School in 1980. As
a young man he was one of many
local farmers raising cattle, work-
ing the local citrus and pineapple
nursery farms before his uncle
Roger McGill who was a full time
firefighter for the City of Fort Myers
and Volunteered with the Immoka-
lee Dept. on his days off peaked his
interest in the fire service. Along
with his grandfather Sam Ewing
Heath who was one of the original
Charter Members of Immokalee
Fire Dept. and served on the Fire
Commission Board until approxi-
mately 1978. Terry's mother Joann
Williams also served on the Fire
Board from approximately 2000 -
until her passing in 2006. Without
even realizing it, fire service was in
At the age of 27 Terry became
a volunteer with Immokalee Fire
Dept., a year later on March 24,
1990 he was offered a full-time paid
position, one of the original 10 to
be paid, after attending fire school
he became a certified firefighter by
the end of 1990, continuing on to
attain his EMT certification.
Lt. Mendoza stated "He takes
with him lots of experience that he
shared with the rest of the dept."
Firefighter Heath will be greatly
See HEATH - Page 2
special TO me immoKaiee tUiieiIn/i-isa Yanes
Immokalee Firefighter Terry Heath discusses the situation with
a fellow firefighter at a recent accident involving a truck hauling
July 7, 2011
Continued From Page 1
week. Code enforcement, with four employ-
ees, has the bulk of the space. Collier County
Commissioner For District 5 Jim Coletta has
an office there to conduct county business
when he's in Immokalee.
Once the CRA vacates, code enforce-
ment, permitting and the commissioner's
office will remain in the building.
Over the years, the county-owned facility
has been used as office space by a number
of agencies and groups, including the health
department and parks and rec, as well as the
chamber of commerce.
Penny Phillippi and her team are over-
joyed at the prospect of having enough
room for everyone - they've been cramped
since the CRA first moved in there. That was
in December 2007, when Ms. Phillippi came
to work for the CRA and the agency got its
first physical presence in Immokalee.
Employees expect to have everything
ready for the public shortly after the July
15 move-in date. Watch for an open house
some time at the end of the month to give
Continued From Page 1
missed, he hopes to continue volunteering
with the dept., which would be only an add-
ed asset, he knows the history of the town
and the people, any firefighter who has
had the privileged to be his ride partner for
the month knows, if they went anywhere,
a restaurant, bank, grocery store, or even
running on a call, it was almost guaranteed
Terry would run into someone he knew. "He
is very generous," states Lt. Mendoza who
was fortunate to have been his Lt. on A-shift
for the last couple of years.
On April 14, 1994, The Immokalee Fire
Commission Board approved the Mission
Statement that state's The Immokalee Fire
Department is committed to protecting the
people and property within our community.
We will be responsive to the needs of our
citizens by providing rapid, professional, hu-
manitarian services essential to the health,
safety, and well being of the community.
Firefighter Heath has fulfilled this mission
Serving Immokalee Since 1969
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Physical Address: 22 Ft. Thompson Ave.
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the community a glimpse of the spacious
With 11 offices in the new building, the
CRA will be able to have advisory board
meetings on site. In addition to offices, there
will be space for a computer lab. They will
even be able to lease some space as incuba-
tors for small businesses only needing office
space. These start up businesses will be able
to share some basic office equipment with
the CRA like the fax machine.
A very pleased Ms. Phillippi said, "Space
is the driving factor. We need professional
space." As the primary group seeking to
elevate Immokalee's profile to prospective
businesses, the CRA needs to project the de-
meanor it encourages.
She added that Barron Collier is giving
the CRA an "unbelievable" rate and a two-
year lease. The company has always been a
strong corporate partner to Immokalee, she
This is the next step in the evolution of
the CRA. Ultimately, if the CRA fulfills its vi-
sion to help Immokaleans create a vibrant
and continually growing economic commu-
nity, the CRA hopes to built its own brand
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Elisa Yanes
Immokalee Firefighter Terry Heath
takes to the streets in Immokalee dur-
ing the annual MDA "Fill the Boot"
fundraiser. Heath has been with the
department for over two decades.
On behalf of the Immokalee Fire Control
District, we thank you Firefighter Heath for
your 20 plus years of service and dedication
to the community of Immokalee and a thank
you to every Firefighter past and present for
their service to this Dept., the Communities
of Immokalee and Ave Maria.
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Ninety percent of Americans suffering
from addiction started smoking, drinking, or
using other drugs before age 18. Almost half
of all American high school students smoke,
drink, or use other drugs.
Nine out of 10 Americans who meet the
medical criteria for addiction, started smok-
ing, drinking, or using other drugs before age
18, according to a national study released
today by The National Center on Addiction
and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia
Adolescent Substance Use: America's #1
Public Health Problem reveals that adoles-
cence is the critical period for the initiation
of substance use and its consequences. The
CASA report finds 1 in 4 Americans who be-
gan using any addictive substance before
age 18 are addicted, compared to 1 in 25
Americans who started using at age 21 or
Adolescent Substance Use at Epidemic
The CASA report underscores the fact that
addiction is a disease with adolescent ori-
gins. The underdeveloped teen brain makes
it likelier that teens will take risks, including
using addictive substances that interfere
with brain development, impair judgment
and heighten their risk of addiction.
The CASA report reveals that:
* 75 percent (10 million) of all high
school students have used addictive sub-
stances including tobacco, alcohol, mari-
juana or cocaine; 1 in 5 of them meets the
medical criteria for addiction.
* 46 percent (6.1 million) of all high
school students currently use addictive sub-
stances; 1 in 3 of them meets the medical
criteria for addiction.
The CASA report noted that alcohol is the
preferred addictive substance among high
* 72.5 percent have drunk alcohol;
* 46.3 percent have smoked cigarettes;
* 36.8 percent have used marijuana;
* 14.8 percent have misused controlled
prescription drugs; and
* 65.1 percent have used more than one
News Editor: Patty Brant
Community News Editor: Dee Hamilton
Advertising Services Coordinator: Dale Conyers
Advertising Services: Barbara Calfee
Publisher: Tom Byrd
Executive Editor: Katrina Elsken
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community's deliberation of public issues.
American Culture Drives Teen
Cultural messages and the widespread
availability of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana
and controlled prescription drugs normalize
substance use, undermining the health and
futures of teens.
Forty-six percent of children under age
18 (34.4 million) live in a household where
someone 18 or older is smoking, drinking
excessively, misusing prescription drugs or
using illegal drugs.
Less than half (42.6 percent) of parents
list refraining from smoking cigarettes,
drinking alcohol, using marijuana, misusing
prescription drugs or using other illicit drugs
as one of their top three concerns for their
teens; almost 21 percent say that marijuana
is a harmless drug.
The report also finds that many teens
with other challenges such as a family his-
tory including a genetic predisposition, a
co-occurring health problem, or a victim of
trauma are at even higher risk of substance
use and addiction.
A Costly Epidemic
The CASA report declares teen smoking,
drinking, misusing prescription drugs and
using illegal drugs to be a public health epi-
demic presenting clear and present dangers
to millions of American teens, and severe
and expensive long range consequences for
In addition to the heightened risk of ad-
diction, consequences of teen substance use
include accidents and injuries; unintended
pregnancies; medical conditions such as
asthma, depression, anxiety, psychosis and
impaired brain function; reduced academic
performance and educational achievement;
criminal involvement and even death.
The report finds teen substance use is the
origin of the largest preventable and most
costly public health problem in America
today. Immediate costs per year of teen use
include an estimated $68 billion associated
with underage drinking and $14 billion in
substance-related juvenile justice costs. Total
costs to federal, state and local governments
of substance use, which has its roots in ado-
lescence, are at least $468 billion per year -
almost $1,500 for every person in America.
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Teen substance use top
public health problem
Kids 'Get Colorful' with CCSO Weather Forecast
The Collier County Sheriff's Office invites
area children and teens to share their artistic
talent this summer. Youths who participate
in "Get Colorful With CCSO" will select one
of two scenes that can be printed from the
CCSO web site and create a piece of artwork
with a safety message. One drawing is of
a CCSO deputy and the other is of a CCSO
patrol car. On the back of the artwork or a
separate sheet participants will write a brief
description of what the scene is about.
"Get Colorful With CCSO" is not a com-
petition. Rather, it is an opportunity for the
children and teens to share their creativity
and partner with CCSO to help keep Collier
County a great place and a safe place. En-
tries may be created using crayons, markers
or any other creative materials. To print one
of the scenes go to: www.colliersheriff.org
and click on the "Get Colorful With CCSO"
Completed artwork may be dropped off
at any CCSO substation or mailed to:
Collier County Sheriff's Office Public Af-
3319 U.S. 41 E.
Naples, Florida 34112-4901
"Get Colorful With CCSO" will run
through Aug. 12. At the end of the sum-
mer CCSO will share the artwork with the
community on its Facebook page, www.fa-
cebook.com/colliersheriff, and its YouTube
Anyone with questions about "Get Color-
ful With CCSO" may call 239-252-0604 or e-
Attention builders, etc.
Immokalee Business Development Cen-
ter invites you to the Builder's Expo July 21,
from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 750 S. 5th Street. Gen-
eral contractors, developers, builders and
suppliers - meet with local tradesmen and
procurement specialists. Admission is free.
If you would like the opportunity to
showcase your organization please contact
RosemaryDillon@colliergov.net of call 239-
269-9628. Please respond by July 15.
There is a business networking meeting
today, Thursday, July 7, 4-7 p.m. at Chile
Caliente, 204 Boston Ave. Discussion will
be on check/cash fraud detection. For more
information please call the Eastern Collier
Chamber of Commerce at 239-657-3237.
Certification can significantly help your
business gain access to government con-
tracts. Whether you are just starting a busi-
ness or your company is already established,
you can drastically benefit from these con-
Come and learn about the State's Minority
Business Enterprise program. Attendees will
be introduced to the application process and
obtain answers to questions about how to
navigate through the certification process.
Free workshop July 15, 3-5 p.m., 402
West Main Street Immokalee. Call 239-269-
9628 or register via e-mail RosemaryDillon@
* Immokalee CRA/EZDAAdvisory Boards
will hold a public meeting on Wednesday,
July 20, at 8:30 a.m., at Southwest Flor-
ida Works located at 750 South 5th Street,
Immokalee Community Redevelop-
ment Agency -Immokalee Cra Advisory
Board-Immokalee EZDA for Month of
Notice is hereby given that two or more
members of the Immokalee CRA/EZDA Ad-
visory Boards may attend public meetings
during the month of July.
Immokalee Rotary Club: July 6, 13, 20,
& 27, at iTech, conference Room, located at
508 North 9th Street, Immokalee, noon.
Eastern Collier Chamber of Commerce
Breakfast Meeting: July 6, at Roma in
Havana Ristorante, 1025 W Main Street,
Immokalee, 8 a.m.
Eastern Collier Chamber of Commerce
Board Meeting: July 13, at the Chamber
of Commerce Office, 720 North 15th St.,
Immokalee, 8:30 a.m.
Inter-Agency Council: July 13, at South-
west Florida Works (formally known as the
Career and Service Center of Collier County-
Immokalee), 750 South 5th Street, Immoka-
Immokalee Fire Control District: July
21, at the Fire Station, 502 East New Market
Road, Immokalee, 7 p.m.
Immokalee Water & Sewer District Board
of Directors: July 20, at the Immokalee Wa-
ter & Sewer District Office, 1020 Sanitation
Road, Immokalee, 3:30 p.m.
Immokalee Community Taskforce Meet-
ing: July 26, at the Collier County Health
Department, 419 North First Street, Immoka-
lee, 10 a.m.
Immokalee Beautification MSTU Adviso-
ry Committee: July 27, at Southwest Florida
Works (formerly known as the Career and
Service Center of Collier County-Immoka-
lee), 750 South 5th Street, Immokalee, 4:30
Immokalee Business Development
Center (IBDC) Builder's Expo: July 21, at
Southwest Florida Works (formally known
as the Career and Service Center of Collier
County-Immokalee), 750 South 5th Street,
Immokalee, 10 a.m. For more information,
call Christie Betancourt at 239-252-2313.
Weather forecast for Collier County from the
National Weather Service
Thursday: Scattered showers and thunder-
storms between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., then showers
likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2 p.m.
S, Mostly cloudy, with a high near 89. East wind 5 to 8
mph becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 70
Thursday night: Showers likely and possi-
bly a thunderstorm before 8 p.m., then a chance
of showers and thunderstorms after 8 p.m. Mostly
cloudy, with a low around 72. South wind around 6
mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a
high near 90. South wind between 6 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
Friday night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2 a.m. Mostly
cloudy, with a low around 74. Calm wind.
Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 8 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high
near 94. Light south wind. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Saturday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around
75. Light south wind. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 93. Light
south wind. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Sunday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around
76. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Monday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.
Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Monday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around
77. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
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July 7, 2011
Immokalee Bulletin July 7, 2011
IHS Beta Club excels at
The Immokalee High School (IHS) BETA
Club recently sent 62 of its members to the
31st Annual National BETA Club Convention
held in Nashville, Tennessee. The theme of
the convention was "A Volunteer State of
Mind!" The Immokalee club had cause to
celebrate as it received numerous accolades.
In the team competitions IHS was crowned
National Champions in both the Campaign
Skit and Group Talent categories! The team
also placed fourth in Scrapbook. Other no-
table individual honors:
� Efren Moreno, Top 10 - Spanish Exam
� Linda Ayer, named National BETA Club
Sponsor of the Year
BETA is an acronym for Better Education
Through Achievement. The club motto is
"Let us lead by serving others." To be eligible
to take part in convention activities, BETA
members must maintain a 3.0 grade point
average. IHS has been involved with BETA
for 56 years, and the club has a proud his-
tory of doing exceptionally well in both state
and national competitions - having won
awards at the state level every year since the
mid-80's and at the national level every year
legacy and keeps
them as one of
the top perform
. ing clubs in the
nation," says IHS
BETA Club spon-
sor Linda Ayer.
courtesy photo "The club wants
Recently retired IHS to thank the com-
BETA Club sponsor munity for their
was named "Sponsor continued sup-
of the Year" at the re- port, especially
cent annual national The Immokalee
BETA Club Conven- Foundation, The
tion held in Nashville, Texas Roadhouse
Tenn. Foundation, and
Six E's Packing."
If you'd like to make a contribution, or
help in any way, please call the IHS School
Activities Office at 239-377-1818, or reach
Ayer via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reminder to parents of elementary
and middle school students who need to
enroll their child (if they are new to the
district), or need to transfer or withdraw
their child can do so this summer instead
of waiting until school offices open in Au-
gust. And with full implementation of the
Class Size Reduction Amendment hap-
pening in August, it's more important than
ever to have early enrollment numbers
for all schools so staffing assignments can
be made. To better serve our families and
provide schools more accurate enrollment
numbers, the Collier School District's Stu-
dent Services Department is offering ad-
ditional opportunities for parents to take
care of this very important school busi-
ness. Personnel is available Tuesdays from
7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Services
Department at the Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. Administrative Center (5775 Osceola
Trail, behind Barron Collier High School)
to enroll, transfer, or withdraw elementary
and middle school students now through
July 26. Parents should call Monica at 239-
377-0505 to make an appointment.
Remember, the enrollment, transfer,
or withdrawal of high school students will
be handled at the respective high schools.
Guidance offices will be open on Wednes-
days from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please call
your high school in advance to make an
appointment to allow school staff to better
And Immokalee families can continue
to take advantage of one-stop enrollment,
transfer, or withdrawal of elementary, mid-
dle, and high school students on Wednes-
days from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Immoka-
lee High School (701 Immokalee Drive,
Immokalee), now through July 27. Student
Services personnel from elementary and
middle as well as high school personnel
will be able to work with families. Parents
should call Olivia at 239-377-1813 to make
If you have additional questions, please
call Student Services at 239-377-0505.
Students' immunizations - Get them now
The 2011-2012 school year is fast ap-
proaching. Why wait until the end of sum-
mer to get your child immunized for school?
To avoid the lines and extended waiting
periods, we encourage you to visit your
local health department or private health-
care provider as soon as possible. Avoid
the lines and get your child's vac Additional
information can be obtained by calling 239-
252-8595 or 239-252-2564. You can also visit
the Collier County Health Department web
site at: http://www.collierhealthdept.org/
for more information.
United Way awards grant
to Edison State College
Dr. Seuss perhaps summed it up best
with his book, "The Places You Will Go"
when talking about possibilities and over-
coming obstacles. For the students partici-
pating in the Edison State College Project
HOPE (Help One Person Excel) Scholar-
ship Program, the potential continues to be
endless, in part thanks to a $20,000 grant
from the United Way.
"Part of the process of earning this grant
includes the United Way Allocation Team's
analysis of our progress and how effective-
ly we use the funds," said Fred Morgan, Di-
rector, Project HOPE, Edison State College.
It's the fourth consecutive year that Proj-
ect HOPE Scholarship Program has been
awarded a grant from the United Way. The
Project HOPE Scholarship Program offers
first-generation, at-risk students starting in
ninth grade, financial assistance with col-
lege tuition and books, mentoring, tutor-
ing, leadership training, educational field
trips, Career Development Days, and spe-
cial guest programs featuring business and
academic leaders and in order to ensure
academic success. These students gradu-
ate from Edison State College and can
continue their academic careers at Edison
State College or another college or univer-
sity of their choice.
The $20,000 grant, said Morgan, helps
pay for a part-time instructional assistant,
in addition to school supplies, enrichment
workshops and more.
Community involvement is also stressed.
Incoming HOPE Scholars at Edison State
are asked to work together to determine a
community need and a possible solution
to the problem. As a group they will decide
which projects to pursue.
Church holds anniversary celebration
Please join us at the House of Prayer to celebrate the 11th Anniversary of this Min-
istry. The focal Theme for this occasion is 'A Call to Build the House of the Lord." It all
happens July 11-17, 401 South 2nd Street - Immokalee. Service Hours are: 7:30 p.m.
Weeknights and 1 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday. An array of powerful speakers
will bless us through the Spoken Word. There will be a "special T.D. Jakes viewing on
Tuesday night. A community fellowship is slated for Saturday-rain or shine. There will be
songs, testimonies, music, food, children activities and more.
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reminder for parents
July 7, 2011
U10 Soccer Pit Cobras take U10 Champion spot
The U 10 Soccer Pit Cobras under Coach
Aniceto won the Championship in the
Clewiston Summer League by defeating
Belle Glade 3-2. Coach Aniceto said that it
was a tough game where the two teams
played great soccer. The boys did this the
day after they had claimed third place in
the Bonita Summer Leaiue. This is a verv
talented group of ten year olds that have a
great future in soccer. The boys will take a
little time off and will start to get ready for
their regular league play in the fall with The
Southwest Florida Soccer league. This year
the boys will play in the U11 division.
The team was heavily supported by their
families at home and awav oames.
special iO me immoKaiee tUlleenn/ivianny iouron
Parents at the Championship celebration. The Soccer Pit Cobras wants to thank
the parents for their support throughout the season.
Alumni 'Hoops' game planned
Take it back to the ole' school days, the
Greater Immokalee Front Porch will host
and celebrate a basketball heritage with an
alumni basketball game Friday, July 22.
"We're not sure what kind of turn-
out we'll have, but we're going to give it
a shot," organizers said. "We've received
commitments from about a dozen people,
but players from the 70s to present are en-
couraged to pre-register or just show up
The game will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in
"the Gym" located at 505 Escambia Street,
and all former male and female players
are invited, along with cheerleaders and
coaches. "We're thinking this might be a
way for some of the alumni to meet and do
some fellowship," organizers said. "
Spearheaded by the South Immokalee
Community Circle group, all proceeds will
benefit Front Porch's back-to-school give-
away. Donations are $2 at the door. Spon-
sors are welcomed. No events are planned
for Friday night, so we are hoping the lack
of schedule conflicts will lead to a large
turnout for the alumni game.
Come out and make this a great eve-
ning. For more information, call Wilson
"Toot" Riley 239-867-1394), Vicki Carr
239-503-7733 or e-mail frontporch_imm@
Youth Leadership program announces grads
The Leadership Collier Foundation is
proud to announce the graduation of its
2011 Youth Leadership Collier program.
The mission of Youth Leadership Collier
(YLC) is to develop ethical leaders commit-
ted to active community involvement. YLC
empowers students to become effective
leaders, showcase CollierCounty and en-
courage students to consider coming back
to their community to begin their careers
and families. YLC intends to instill the val-
ues and importance of community steward-
ship, helping youth to create networks and
resources within their own community that
will encourage involvement.
Youth Leadership Collier is a six-day in-
tensive program that begins with a weekend
of teamrn-building activities. After the first
weekend, participants will interact in daily
sessions designed to give them first-hand ex-
perience in different aspects of the commu-
nity. Topics will include local government,
healthcare, business, and the arts.
Among the students who successfully
completed the Youth Leadership Collier pro-
gram graduating from the 2011 program are
local Immokalee students including:
Benissa Chery, Immokalee High School
Manuela Martinez, Lorenzo Walker Tech-
nical High School
Daniela Salazar, Lorenzo Walker Techni-
cal High School
Juan Sandoval, Immokalee High School
Diana Sanon, Immokalee High School
Youth Leadership Collier Class of 2011
during the presentation by the Board of
County Commissioners of CollierCounty of
the proclamation June 14, 2011 as Youth
Leadership Collier Day.
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Manny Touron
Soccer Pit Cobras U10 Champions Bonita Springs Summer League
The U10 Cobras coached by Alex Hernandez took the Championship at the Bo-
nita Springs Wildcat Summer Tournament. This is one of two U10 Cobras claim-
ing Championships this summer. This group of boys was newly formed this
Spring as they did not participate in regular league play, but they have shown a
lot of promise and will be a group to be reckoned with this fall when they play
in the Southwest Florida League. The Soccer Pit Cobras wants to thank all the
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July 7, 2011 Immokalee Bulletin
Lawrence Center receives grant to help
improve access telemedicine services
The David Lawrence Center, Collier Coun-
ty's only comprehensive, not-for-profit com-
munity mental health and substance abuse
treatment facility serving children, adults
and families, is pleased to announce that the
Civic Involvement Committee of The League
Club, Inc. has awarded the David Lawrence
Center and Foundation a $10,000 grant from
their Community Trust Fund.
The grant will be used to fund the pur-
chase of a new vehicle in order to improve
access to mental health services at the David
Lawrence Center Immokalee Satellite Ser-
vices Office. The vehicle will be used by case
management staff to transport clients to the
office for individual therapy and psychiatric
medical appointments - many of which are
delivered through the innovative, new tele-
medicine program - and to provide commu-
nity based outreach, assessment and referral
Case management services are designed
to help clients with a diagnosed mental
health disorder and/or co-existing substance
abuse problem achieve an optimal level of
independence by coordinating care and as-
sisting with problem solving, overcoming
treatment barriers, medication manage-
ment and socialization. These services are
provided in the individual's natural environ-
ment such as the home or school where
they can be monitored regularly to ensure
* The Conservation Collier Land Acqui-
sition Advisory Committee (CCLAAC) will
hold a public meeting on Monday, July 11,
at 9 a.m. in the Board of County Commis-
sioners Chambers, third floor, Collier Coun-
ty Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail
* Collier County Board of County Com-
missioners will meet Tuesday, July 26, at 9
a.m. in the Board of County Commissioners
chambers, third floor, Collier County Gov-
ernment Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East,
* Thursday, Aug. 18, has been set as the
date for the Collier County State Legislative
Delegation's Public Hearing for the local
bills. The meeting will convene at 9 a.m., in
the IFAS Auditorium in Immokalee, located
at 2685 State Road 29 N, Immokalee, and
will last until 11 a.m.
The delegation will reconvene at 2 p.m.,
in the City Council Chamber, City Hall, lo-
cated at 735 8th Street South, Naples. This
session will last until the completion of the
agenda. Members of the public will have an
opportunity to address the delegation about
issues not related to local bills upon comple-
tion of the local bill agenda.
an ongoing continuity of care is maintained,
newly identified needs are addressed and
progress is being achieved toward treatment
In January 2011, the David Lawrence
Center launched the new telemedicine pro-
gram which utilizes high-definition video
conferencing units to bring doctors, thera-
pists and clients together virtually between
the Center's main campus in Naples and the
rural, agricultural community of Immokalee
approximately 30 miles inland. Since that
time, the launch of telemedicine has dra-
matically increased the number of clients
being served in Immokalee and the volume
of individual services each client receives.
As a result, additional bilingual case
management staff has been added to the
Immokalee team to help deliver these tele-
medicine services. Case managers not only
assist with transportation to telemedicine
appointments, but also set up/log into the
telemedicine equipment, provide translation
services as needed and often remain in the
room with the client during the telemedicine
David Lawrence Center CEO David
Schimmel states, "Due to the mobile nature
of delivering these services, case managers
needed a reliable economy vehicle in order
to assist clients - particular children - and
their families without the ability to come
to the office for their telemedicine appoint-
ments. With the League Club's generous
support, the Center has eliminated trans-
portation as a barrier to receiving treatment.
This has greatly improved the likelihood that
individuals will receive the care they need,
when they need it, resulting in more preven-
Prior to the launch of telemedicine, the
Center relied on a handful of Spanish and
Creole speaking staff from Naples to travel
to Immokalee to provide medication man-
agement and outpatient therapy. Clients
now have immediate access to doctors four
days a week rather twice a month. In addi-
tion to improved, timely access to mental
health services, the telemedicine technol-
ogy has expanded the different specialties
available at the remote satellite location.
The treatment team can now consider who
the best clinical and medical staff person is
company-wide to treat each case.
Penny Isermann, League Club Vice
President-Community and Chair of the
Civic Involvement Committee, stated, "We
are pleased to award this grant to agencies
like the David Lawrence Center who work
tirelessly to strengthen our community and
raise the quality of life for all residents in Col-
lier and Lee counties."
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July 7, 2011
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FWC report: Nile monitor lizards sighted in South Florida counties
Sightings of monitor lizards in Broward
and Palm Beach counties have increased
this summer, prompting biologists with the
Exotic Species Coordination Section of the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) and others to begin survey-
ing and trapping efforts. The primary area
of concern is the C-51 canal along Southern
Boulevard in West Palm Beach.
Nine Nile monitors have been seen in re-
cent surveys of the area. One was trapped,
and a second monitor, 5 feet in length, was
removed from a homeowner's screened
patio last week after gaining access through
a doggie door. Both reptiles were eutha-
The FWC is working with the South
Florida Water Management District, which
manages the canal, to monitor traps and
Several species of monitor lizards have
been reported more sporadically in central
Broward County but not all have been Nile
monitors and not all could be verified.
"This is a high-priority species for us,"
said Scott Hardin, coordinator of the FWC's
Exotic Species Coordination Section. "We
plan to go after them aggressively to ei-
ther try to eradicate them or suppress their
numbers if they are determined to be estab-
The FWC asks the public to report sight-
ings of Nile monitors to 888-IVE-GOT1 (888-
483-4681). The hotline has been set up by
the Nature Conservancy and Everglades
National Park in cooperation with the FWC.
The public may also report sightings and
upload photos on the Web at www.Ive-
Monitor lizards may exceed 7 feet in
length and are known to be very defensive
when cornered, so the FWC discourages
attempts to capture the lizards. They are
known to be more active during the hot
summer months, explaining why reports
Nile monitors are large, predatory lizards
native to Africa. This species nests around
water, and the FWC is concerned about po-
tential predation in bird rookeries. A popu-
lation of Nile monitors is established in an
area of Cape Coral, on the southwest coast
This Nile monitor lizard was photographed June 10 during a survey of the
C-51 canal along Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach.
'Bufo' or Cane Toads can be deadly and dangerous to dogs
The recent death of a Port St. Lucie dog
after an encounter with a Bufo Marinus toad
has brought attention to the dangers posed
by poisonous toads."
The Giant Bufo Marinis Toad (a.k.a. Ma-
rine Toad or Cane Toad) is the largest of the
frogs and toads found in Florida. The giant
toad is not native to the United States. It was
originally released in the U.S. in sugar cane
fields to help control "white grubs," larvae
of pest Scarabaeidae. B. marinus became
established in southern Florida as result of
accidental release of about 100 specimens
from the stock of a pet dealer at Miami air-
port in 1955, and by subsequent releases by
pet dealers in the 1960s (Krakauer, 1968).
Giant Toads are a highly predacious exotic
species that will eat all types of native frogs
and toads. This species is skilled at locat-
ing all types of food, they have even been
known to eat pet food.
The giant toad breeds year-round in
standing water, streams, canals and ditches.
CAUTION: When this non-native species
is threatened or handled, it secretes a highly
toxic milky substance from its large parotoid
glands at the back of its head, behind the
ears. This secretion can burn your eyes, may
irritate your skin, and can kill cats and dogs
if they ingest the secretion.
Symptoms of Giant Toad poisoning in pets
include drooling, head-shaking, crying, loss
of coordination, and, in more serious cases,
convulsions. The dog's (or cat's) gums often
turn red, an indicator used by veterinarians
to distinguish toad poisoning from epilepsy.
For this reason, pet owners should be famil-
iar with their pet's normal gum color. Treat-
ment: If you suspect toad poisoning, get a
hose and run water in the side of the dog's/
cat's mouth, pointing the animal's head
downward so water isn't swallowed. Rub
the gums and mouth to remove the toxin.
This treatment is usually successful, but call
your veterinarian immediately.
Its call is a low-pitched trill and a chorus
that sounds like an idling diesel engine.
The native Southern Toad (Bufo ter-
restris) is sometimes mistaken for the Giant
Toad. Here are a few ways to tell these toads
* The Giant Toad has very large paratoid
glands. The Southern Toad has smaller kid-
ney-shaped paratoid glands, which secrete a
I Giant Toad - Bufo marinus I
Courtesy photos/USGS Florida Integrated
Cane toad giant toad bufo marinus.
southern Toad - Bufo terrestris I
Cane toad southern toad bufo ter-
substance that may be irritating to mucous
membranes but is not toxic.
* The Southern Toad has two ridges on
its head that end in knobs. The Giant Toad
does not have these.
* The adult Southern Toad ranges in
length from 1.75 to 4.5 inches. The adult Gi-
ant Toad ranges in length from 4 - 6 inches.
Photos and information for this article
are courtesy the USGS/Florida Integrated
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