Immokalee bulletin
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Title: Immokalee bulletin
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Publication Date: 11-24-2011
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Thursday, November 24, 2011 V ol. 44 No. 45 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Inside...Church to host free concert ...Page 5 0% IS BACK!!!!BUY A NEW 2011 F150 AND GET 0% APR FINANCING THROUGH FORD CREDIT FOR UP TO 60 MONTHS.**With approved credit. Some buyers will not qualify for 0% APR financing. Images are for illustration purposes only. Offer ends 01/03/12.NO DEALER FEE!! NO DEALER FEE!! IHS Indians take tight victory over Lehigh, 19-16 After a close win at last Friday’s game against Lehigh High School, the Class 5a District 12 Champs Immokalee Indians, the team is breathing a tough sigh of relief after winning with a score of 19-16. The Indians will advance to regional semi nals where they will play at Cape Coral in a game rematch to start at 7:30 p.m. The team had a tough start during the game with some of the same problems that they had against the Lake Wales team a few weeks ago but, they brought it all back to the eld and took home the win with some impressive plays from the Indians defense. Don’t forget! Turkey Hoops this Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Gym, 505 Escambia St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tip off is at 7:15 p.m. Lots of family fun, great music, special local performances, door prizes and drawings and lots, lots more! Cost for the event is just $3 donation per person. All proceeds bene t the Front Porch Youth Programs!. Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Adam HerreraImmokalee Indians, Xavier Richardson leaps over Lehigh’s defensive back for a touchdown during last Friday’s game against Lehigh bringing in a win of 19-16. The team plays in regional seminals tomorrow night against Cape Coral. For more photos, see Page 8 By Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin Democracy is all about people speaking up for themselves. That is the intent of a small group of locals who want to be the nucleus of a new community civic group. This nucleus met with two Golden Gate Estates Area Association representatives, Tim Nance and Peter Gaddy, who have offered their expertise in getting the organization started. Mr. Gaddy is the president of the GGEAA. Mr. Nance is with the GGEAA and has declared himself a candidate for the District 5 county commission seat now held by Jim Coletta. The men explained that their group does not have a political agenda, but is issueoriented. They emphasized to the Immokalee group that the GGEAA is completely separate from politics it does not support political candidates or champion political causes. It is a voice for Golden Gate area residents to focus on issues important to them. Mr. Gaddy said even within the group, members do not always agree. He said his group disseminates information many locals don’t always get. The group follows what the county commission does; pays attention to what New group hopes to impact countySee GROUP — Page 2 A TV Park site announced ...Page 5 Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Rick HeersMeet and GreetCollier County School District Superintendent, Dr. Kamela Patton meets and greets with parents attending the recent Town Hall meeting held in Immokalee. For more see story on Page 2.


2 Immokalee Bulletin November 24, 2011Serving Immokalee Since 1969To Reach UsMailing Address: P.O. Box 518€ LaBelle, FL 33975 Physical Address: 22 Ft. Thompson Ave. Phone: (239) 657-6000 € Fax: (863) 675-1449 Website:www.newszap.com/immokaleeTo Submit NewsThe Immokalee Bulletin welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, story ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (239) 657-6000 to reach our newsroom. The deadline for all news items is 11 a.m. on Monday prior to the following Thursdays publication. E-Mail: ibnews@newszap.comTo Place a Display AdPhone:(239) 657-6000 The deadline for all advertising is 4 p.m. on Friday for the following Thursdays publication E-mail: cbadsales@newszap.comBilling DepartmentE-mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Place a Classified AdCall 1 -877 353-2424 or to place it from home go to www.newszap.comFor SubscriptionsPhone: 1-800-282-8586 Visit newszap.com or email readerservices@newszap.com.StaffNews Editor: Patty Brant Community News Editor: Dee Hamilton Advertising Services Coordinator: Dale Conyers Advertising Services: Barbara CalfeePublisher: Tom ByrdExecutive Editor: Katrina ElskenOur PurposeƒThe Immokalee Bulletin is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. P P u b l i s h e d b y government is doing the way individuals often cannot. Mr. Nance agreed, saying the Immokalee group can make its organization whatever they want it to be. Immokalee organizer Pam Brown suggested that the local group could represent local citizens and endorse issues of local interest to the county commission, promoting those they feel are positive and lobbying against those that may have a negative impact. Those present included Jerry Blocker, Steve Fletcher, Greg Shepard and Bonnie Keen. One thing several in the Immokalee group hope to accomplish is to make sure commissioners from the other districts become familiar with Immokalee. Business means economic power. Mr. Nance emphasized that outlying areas like Immokalee and Golden Gate need to make the county aware of how important being business-friendly is to these communities. It is the key to success, he noted. The group will need ve to seven of cers/ directors; they will need to le with the state and will need a registered agent to serve as a liaison with the state. They handed out examples of the GGEAA's newsletter. The new group will also need by-laws, and the men provided a copy of theirs as a guide. Immokalee's by-laws will be its own, they explained, but there are certain elements required by the state. The group must decide on criteria for membership. Those present felt it was important to keep membership open to those who may not live in Immokalee, but have business or other strong interests here. In addition to regular membership, the group could offer non-voting associate memberships. One of the most important opportunities community groups have is to affect long lasting government projects like the watershed management plan that has been stalled with the county. It is essential to the wellbeing of all Collier County residents "forever," the visitors emphasized. One reason it's important for local residents to follow the county commission is to maintain oversight. For instance, sometimes county government will enact an ordinance without realizing all its practical applications. Well informed, active local community groups can help minimize these unintended consequences. "Community activism is critical to good governance," Mr. Gaddy agreed. "You'll be surprised at what you can do as a group that you can't as an individual," Mr. Nance advised. The next meeting of the group will be Tuesday, Nov. 29. They meet at 6 p.m. at the re department. Interested persons are welcome. GROUPContinued From Page 1 By Rick HeersSpecial to the Immokalee Bulletin Dr. Mary Murray, new principal at Immokalee High School, hosted the new superintendent of the Collier County Public Schools, Dr. Kamela Patton, in her rst town hall meeting at the recently renovated Immokalee High School auditorium last week. This was one of many trips the superintendent has made out to Immokalee including a recent board workshop at the high school and visits to the other school sites on previous occasions. Over 120 parents and interested local people turned out to hear the Superintendent share the district goals and their application to the local programs in its ten academic centersthe iTECH Center, Immokalee High and Middle Schools, ve elementary schools, the Charter School, and Bethune Education Center. Much of her time was spent in presenting the four district priorities-#1. Student achievement, #2. Early Childhood education, #3. STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and #4. Workforce Development. She also shared with parents the new graduation requirements: students graduating in 2012-2014 are required to have 26 credits and pass, in 2012 and 2013 the FCAT Reading and Math Assessments, in 2014 the FCAT 2.0 Reading and Algebra I Assessment which counts for 30 percent of their nal grade. In 2015, the credit total drops to 24 required for graduation, but add Geometr y and Biology Assessments that count for 30 percent of the course grade. While many guests were interested in information on the upper grade levels, Dr. Patton also explained that the Early Childhood Education curriculum included learning about letters and sounds, words (writing), numbers and the world (preliminary lessons on science and social studies.) Dr. Patton emphasized the importance of parental involvement in their children's education, and shared how the district and schools would communicate with the parents and make many parent resources available for them. She congratulated the parents on the ne turn out the evening's Town Hall. Entertaining guests at the meeting was the fabulous Immokalee High School's Brass Ensemble. Following the program, most o f the guests stayed afterwards to chat with the Superintendent, and district and school administrators, and thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful refreshments which were prepared by many of the parents of Immokalee High School students. Good turn out for area Town Hall meeting Join The Shelter for Abused Women & Children's 2011 Holiday Drive and help make the season safe and bright for hundreds of domestic violence victims by donating new, un-wrapped, non-violent toys and gift items at Options Thrift Shoppe, 968 Second Ave. North, Naples, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. "While The Shelter's primary responsibility is ensuring the safety of our residential and outreach program participants," explains Volunteer & Resource Coordinator Rebecca Grabau, "we also work to ensure these children, women and men experience the joys of life, including a peaceful and bright holiday season." The Shelter needs the following new, non-violent, un-wrapped gift items to ensure a safe and happy holiday for all: Gift cards to Walmart, Target, Coastland Center Phone and gasoline cards Non-violent toys, games and batteries Dolls (all ethnicities) Non-violent CDs and DVDs Non-violent books for adults and children Non-violent video games Baseballs, basketballs, soccer balls, etc. Sports equipment Roller skates/blades Skate boards Portable CD players, MP3 players Adult clothing (all sizes) Children's clothing (all sizes especially teen boys) Shoes (boys, girls, men, women) Purses and wallets Gift sets bath and body scrubs, lotions, etc. Make-up sets (adult and children) Hair brushes, hair dryers and accessories PJs for adults and children (all sizes) Slippers for adults and children Kitty litter Pet toys and supplies To host a Giving Tree, Adopt-a-Family or host a Donation Drive, please call 239.775.3862, ext. 235. To Prevent. To Protect. To Prevail. The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. For more information on The Shelter, please call 239.775.3862/TTY 239.775.4265, or visit www.naplesshelter.org W omen’s Shelter helps to make the holidays little bit brighter


Women’s Network Luncheon date setCome to the December Women’s Network Luncheon at Roberts Ranch, 1215 Roberts Ranch Ave., Immokalee on Dec. 8. The luncheon is free of charge but you must RSVP. For luncheon time and to RSVP, please call Rosemary Dillon at 239-867-4121 ext 206.Flu shots availableThe 2011-2012 seasonal u shots are now available at the Collier County Health Department. This year, in addition to the u shot we are offering the high-dose u shot that is speci cally designed for people 65 years and older. The pneumonia shot continues to be available year round. Cost: Flu vaccine $30; High-dose Flu $50; Pneumonia vaccine $70 *The Health department will bill your Medicare or insurance, please bring your card and a photo ID. Immokalee residents, please call 239-252-7300. Community News in Brief SHEWMAKERANIMALHOSPITAL1095 N. State Rd. 29 € LaBelle € 863-675-2441WED & SA T FROM 8AM TO 10AM IMMOKALEEANIMALCLINIC1400 Roberts Ave, Immokalee € 239-657-2266WED & SA T FROM 10:30AM TO NOON CLEWISTONMOBILEUNITCLINICat the Tractor Supply Store € Clewiston € 863-675-2441WED 2PM TO 4PM 3 Year Rabies $10 € Parvo/Distemper $12Half price laser spay & neuter w/full puppy & kitten shots Half price boarding Cash OnlyDisclaimer:The Patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free discounted fee or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. LOW COST VACCINATION CLINICS At a time when newspapers everywhere are struggling to survive, you can show your support for your Immokalee Bulletin newspaper by purchasing an e-subscription. Its only $26 annually (50 cents a week). Each week youll receive an email with a live link to the latest issue. This will allow you to read the entire newspaper online --even when youre traveling. Please call 1-800-282-8586 or subscribe online at http://circulation.newszap.com S u p p o r t u n b i a s e d l o c a l j o u r n a l i s m 3 Immokalee Bulletin November 24, 2011 Weather forecast for Collier County from the National Weather Service Local Forecast Thanksgiving Day: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming north between 4 and 7 mph. Thursday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Northeast wind around 8 mph. Extended ForecastFriday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. East wind between 7 and 11 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. East wind around 7 mph. Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Sunday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Monday: A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Weather Forecast As part of the American Conservative Union’s rst-ever rating for the Florida Legislature, State Representative Denise Grimsley was today honored by ACU Chairman Al Cardenas as a 2011 “Defender of Liberty” for championing issues important to conservatives. “I am grateful for the recognition the A merican Conservative Union has offered on behalf of a pro-family, smaller-government agenda for America,” said Representative Grimsley. “We’re doing our part in Florida to hold the line on taxes and government growth, and proud to have partners like ACU in the effort.” “On behalf of the American Conservative Union, I am pleased to present our 2011 State Legislative Ratings for members of the Florida Legislature,” said Chairman Cardenas. “Just as we hold every member of Congress accountable for his or her voting record on the most important issues facing our nation, the ACU will ensure voters in Florida have access to the latest information on their state representatives’ conservative credentials.” The “Defender of Liberty” award recognizes a perfect 100 percent score on ACU’s ratings for the Florida State legislature. Additionally, it re ects outstanding support of conservative principles on a wide range of issues during the 2011 session. Founded in 1964, ACU represents the v iews of Americans who are concerned w ith economic growth through lower taxes and reduced government spending and the issues of liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values and national security. The ACU Ratings of Congress have been the de nitive guide for decades on where Members of Congress stand on conservative issues. Published by the ACUF, it provides the public and the news media a yearly score for each Member of the United States House and Senate. Grimsley recognized as a 2011 “Defender of Liberty” Courtesy photoState Representative, Denise Grimsley. When the Tamiami Trail w as completed across the Everglades in 1928, Barron Collier set up six patrol stations along the road to help motorists. One of these historic buildings is Monroe Station, once a popular w ayside stop in the desolate Big Cypress east of Ochopee. It became a popular meeting place for hunters who still leave their trucks there when negotiating the Loop Road on swamp buggies. The building has been closed and boarded up for many years but it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can hear about the history of Monroe Station, the gladesman culture that favored it, and plans for its future at an illustrated lecture on Friday, Dec. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Church Annex in Everglades City. Speaker Bob DeGross is the Chief of Interpretation and Public Affairs at Big Cypress National Preserve where there are many archival records. Members of the public are welcome and invited to share their memories of Monroe Station after the formal presentation. This free event is hosted by the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation. For more info, see their website www.evergladeshistorical.org or phone Marya at 239-695-2905. Learn about the Monroe Station and the Trail Courtesy Photo/ Collier HistoryA photo of how it was in the 1920s Collier at Monroe Station a common stop in the Big Cypress area. Do you know your credit score and how it affects you? Do you know what causes your credit score to increase or decrease, how to dispute incorrect items, and how to rebuild damaged credit? To learn more, join us for this free workshop on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Clewiston United Way House, 969 W. Sugarland Highway, Clewiston. You can also stop by for a free credit counseling session between 2-7 p.m. Pre-registration for the counseling is required by calling the numbers below. Please call Angela Johnson at 239-6583325 to register for the class or the counseling sessions or for more information. You can also call Mercedes Maturana at 863-983-2774 to register. The workshop is Empowerment Alliance of Southwest Florida, Florida Community Bank and United Way. Understanding your credit workshop offered


4 Immokalee Bulletin November 24, 2011 Being thankfulBy Joe LandonCollier County District Schools Here we are giving thanks on this Thanksgiving Day. As we re ect on what's really important in life the many things we should be thankful for from where I sit in the district's Communications & Community Engagement Department, I nd there is so much to give thanks for: Our 43,427 students: We are grateful for your thirst for knowledge and desire to learn, and for giving all of us who work in our schools and district of ces much joy and a reason for being. Our students' parents/guardians and families: Without your support our schools wouldn't be able to do what they do. Thanks for being there for your children our students. Our 3,074 teachers: You de nitely put students rst! Thank you for your daily commitment to giving your all to your students as you honor your call to serve in the most noble profession. All school and district staff: The support that you provide to our schools and our students is absolutely essential to the learning that's taking place in the classroom each day. Our principals and leadership teams: You truly have the best interest of our students at heart. Our School Board Members: We appreciate the direction you provide as policymakers and members of the district's governing body. And thank you for hiring Dr. Kamela Patton. Our Superintendent: We thank you, Dr. Patton, for joining us. Thanks for your energy, passion, and wisdom. Thanks for all of the enhancements you have brought to us in such a short time. Our more than 4,400 active volunteers: We very much appreciate your gift of an amazing 261,000 hours of service to our schools and students this past school year alone. Our nearly 700 community partners: Thank you for working shoulder-to-shoulder with us. The Immokalee Bulletin: Thanks for providing this wonderful communications opportunity. You: Thanks for reading our Class Notes columns each week as you show an interest in learning more about what's taking place in your schools and your school district. Students First Edison State College will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24, in observance of Thanksgiving. There will be no weekend classes and all of the libraries will be closed. Regular hours will resume on Monday, Nov. 28. For more information about Edison State College please visit www.edison.edu. Celebrating nearly 50 years of excellence, Edison State College is Southwest Florida's largest, most accessible and most affordable institution of higher education. Proud to be tobacco-free, Edison State serves more than 25,000 students per year in ve counties and online. For more information please visit www.edison.edu. Edison State College closed for Thanksgiving break The Tobacco Free Collier Partnership (TFP) is pleased to announce a resolution w as passed by the City of Naples City Commissioners on Nov. 16, that urges tobacco retailers to stop the sale and marketing of avored tobacco products to underage y outh in Collier County. Beatriz Angeles, Students Working A gainst Tobacco (SWAT) member, shared, before City Council, images of what these products look like and how the marketing entices underage sales. These marketing tactics continue to lead minors down a path that encourages usage and lifelong addiction. The resolution was passed with a 6-1 v ote. "I was extremely happy that this resolution passed. It shows great support for our SWAT youth and their local policy initiatives," stated Mayor Bill Barnett. In 2009, the FDA banned the sale of av ored cigarettes, however; smokeless tobacco, cigars, cigarillos and other products are not regulated. Currently in Collier County 11.8% of High School youth use avored tobacco products as well as 3.7% of middle school youth according to the 2010 Florida Y outh Tobacco Survey. Michael DePante, Respiratory Therapist and Chairperson of the Tobacco Free Collier Partnership for Collier County said, "I want to thank Mayor Barnett and the Naples City Council for taking a strong stand against underage use of tobacco. Candy avored tobacco products are developed and marketed speci cally to entice our youth to try and use tobacco, providing the tobacco industry with replacement customers for the thousands who die each year due to tobacco-related disease. As Collier County celebrates another year as the healthiest county in Florida, taking action to protect our youth from the in uence of the tobacco industry and a lifetime of addiction to their products is a great way to insure that we maintain our position going forward." The Tobacco Free Collier Partnership and the City of Naples Council urges all local retailers who sell tobacco products where youth have access to their store or products to refrain from the sale and marketing of all avored tobacco products to underage youth, in order to reduce the exposure and use of tobacco products to Collier County youth. Resolution passes retailers to halt selling avored tobacco to youth Registration for Spring 2012 classes at Edison State College opened to the general public on Nov. 15. Edison State College of cials encourage anyone interested in taking classes this spring to register as soon as possible because classes ll up quickly. In the past three years enrollment at Edison State College has grown more than 50 percent, bringing total student enrollment to more than 25,000. ESC has been the fastest growing state college in Florida for the past two years. There are three Spring terms offered: Full Spring Semester classes begin January 9, 2012 Spring A Semester classes begin January 9, 2012 Spring B Semester classes begin March 14, 2012 Registration runs from Nov. 15 through J anuary 9 for classes beginning Jan. 9. Registration runs from Nov. 15 through March 14 for classes beginning March 14. For more information about registering for classes please visit www.edison.edu/future. To request more information about classes at Edison State College, visit www.edison. edu/requestinfo. For media inquiries contact Francesca Donlan 239-433-6917 or email at fdonlan@ edison.edu Celebrating nearly 50 years of excellence, Edison State College is Southwest Florida's largest, most accessible and most affordable institution of higher education. Proud to be tobacco-free, Edison State serves more than 25,000 students per year in ve counties and online. For more information please visit www.edison.edu. Spring registration opens at Edison State College campuses


By Michael Lancellot, rst grade teacher, Highlands ElementaryWhat has delicious aromas wafting from the barbecue grill, red bandanas, navy blue striped cotton hats, and a cheerful train w histle? You’ve got it! It is a passion for reading encapsulated by the Parent Academy at Highlands Elementary in Immokalee. On Tuesday, Nov. 15, parents and students of Collier County were welcomed to step on board for an evening of reading education. The school community gathered in the “dining car” underneath the outdoor pav ilion. School principal, Mr. Sean Kinsley and A ssistant Principal, Mr. Steve Grimes offered passengers a scrumptious barbecue dinner. A s boarding passes were hole-punched, itineraries offered an array of activities to arrive to a destination of reading. Students sprawled in the Media Center as they listened to teachers read aloud poetry. Teachers in the school cafeteria prov ided a menu of phonemic awareness/ phonics entrees including alphabet bingo, Making W ords and a delectable dessert of Conjunction Junction in Mrs. Houston’s Kindergarten classroom. As the train whistle sounded, clicks of keyboards were also heard in the computer lab. Leadership team members assisted families to integrate technology with Ticket to Read and other suggested literacy web sites. The hallways and classrooms in the main building buzzed of activities to promote vocabulary acquisition, Reader’s Theatre to support uency and a Concentration game to practice the higher order comprehension strategy of Cause and Effect. Complimentary RIF books were distributed to families by Media Specialist Deb Slopek and School Counselor Kate Hahn. Reading Coach, Mary Charles shared, “Our main focus is to show parents how easy and important it is to read with children...I think the interaction is important for all.” Teachers involved students in the reading activities by having parents play along with their children. As students, families and school staff “got caught reading”, warm smiles scraped the heart. Highlands Elementary is committed to student achievement. Its staff embraces the home/school connection as our students’ rst teachers of reading are parents. Information about our school, resources for parents and students may be found at http:/ / www.collierschools.com/hle/ Highlands Elementary families are All Aboard for Reading 5 Immokalee Bulletin November 24, 2011 Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Michael LancellotHighlands Elementary second grade teacher, Sue Leitner tells students a story at the recent Parent Academy gathering held on Nov. 15. Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Michael LancellotHighlands Elementary kindergarten teacher, Jessica Eyre involve students in a reading activity during the Parent Academy Reading program held at the school on Nov. 15. Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Michael LancellotOlder students at Highlands Elementary work alongside their parents on computer reading activities during the Parent Academy held at the school on Nov. 15. Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, 208 South Third Street, Immokalee, will present a free Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 4 p.m. The concert will feature tenor singer Charles Haugabrooks. Rev. Lori Snell, pastor will be present at the concert to greet visitors in fellowship. There will also be giveaways and refreshments. A free will offering will be taken for anyone who would like to donate. Local church to host free Christmas Concert


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After dwindling to as few as 300 bears in the 1970s, the Florida black bear population has rebounded to an estimated 3,000 bears today. Bears and their cubs roam forests and swamps from Eglin Air Force Base in the Panhandle to Ocala National Forest in the state’s midsection and Big Cypress National Preserve in Southwest Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which worked w ith its partners to increase the state’s black bear population, today released a new draft management plan for the bear and is asking for public input. Both a summary of public feedback and the draft plan will go before the Commission at its February 2012 meeting. “The Florida black bear is truly a conserv ation success story. Bear populations have clearly bene ted from broad public support and diligent conservation efforts across Florida, particularly in those communities where black bears have become more common,” said FWC Executive Director Nick Wiley. “We welcome the public’s thoughts on how to best continue our bear conservation efforts in the future, as both our human and bear populations expand.” The goal of the draft management plan is to “maintain sustainable black bear populations in suitable habitats throughout Florida for the bene t of the species and people.” It includes measurable objectives regarding bear populations, habitat, citizen education and outreach, and human-bear con icts. The Florida black bear currently does not meet the criteria of being at high risk of extinction, based on the FWC’s Biological Status Review on the species completed in early 2011. When a bear management plan is approved, the bear will no longer be on the state’s list of threatened species. A similar process was followed for the bald eagle, which is no longer listed as a state threatened species but is carefully managed through speci c conservation measures established under an FWC management plan. The FWC is seeking public input on the draft bear management plan. The open process will include four public workshops: Bristol (Nov. 22), Naples (Nov. 29), Deland (Dec. 6), and Gainesville (Dec. 13). Go to MyFWC.com/Bear to access workshop details, read the plan and comment online. The draft bear management plan includes: § Establishment of seven bear management units (BMUs) to provide localized bear management and public involvement appropriate to the area, from about 1,000 bears in the Central BMU, which includes Ocala National Forest, to about 20 bears in the Big Bend BMU, which includes Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge. § A section on the history of bear hunting in Florida. A bear hunt is not proposed in the plan. Currently, Florida black bears may not be hunted, harmed or killed, and similar prohibitions would continue under a rule proposed in the plan. § Creation of “Bear Smart Communities” in areas of high bear activity. Human-bear con icts are on the rise in Florida. In 2010, the FWC received more than 4,000 calls from citizens about bears. In the past 10 years, more than half of those calls were related to bears rummaging through garbage. A “Bear Smart Community” would involve residents, local governments, businesses and schools in changing people’s behaviors to reduce human-bear con icts. “People’s involvement in conserving bears is critical,” Wiley said. “For example, employees at the U.S. Air Force’s Hurlburt Field have an active bear education program for base residents and recently acquired hundreds of bear-proof garbage cans. Those efforts dramatically reduced the number of bears wandering into their neighborhoods.” Black bears are generally shy and nonaggressive toward humans. But bears can smell food from more than a mile away and so are tempted to leave forests and swamps to dine on garbage and pet food that is left outdoors and unsecured. The diet of Florida black bears is mostly vegetarian, with 15 percent insects, and 5 percent animal matter. The bear’s menu includes saw palmetto, acorns, ferns, blackberries, bees, alligator eggs, armadillo and opossum. Male bears typically weigh between 250 and 400 pounds; females are smaller, weighing 125 to 250 pounds. At birth, a bear cub is about the size of a can of soda and weighs less than a pound. Conservation of Florida wildlife habitats on both public and privately owned lands helped ensure the rebounding bear population had room to grow. However, expected future loss of large forests is the major longterm challenge to maintaining black bears in a growing state of nearly 19 million people. The adult male black bear rambles over a 60,000-acre range; the female’s range is 15,000 acres. The more immediate danger to a black bear is crossing the road. Being hit by a car or truck is the major cause of known bear deaths in the state, with 158 bears killed or euthanized after being injured on highways in 2010. The Florida black bear is among the 62 wildlife species that soon will join the list o f Florida species, like the bald eagle, alread y under an FWC management plan. Florida’s new threatened species conservation model requires that management plans be created for all species that have been state-listed and then updated at speci ed intervals. Those management plans give citizens an active role in Florida’s efforts to conserve its diverse wildlife for future generations. Suggestions on revising the bear plan will be accepted online through Jan. 10, 2012, at MyFWC.com/Bear, where more information also is available on the Florida black bear. FWC solicits feedback on new bear management plan A new Web page is available on the Collier County Government Web site to provide information on the county’s plans to locate an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Park as well as gather input from those interested in helping search for a potential ATV Park site. The new site can easily be reached at: www.colliergov.net/atvpark Currently the site includes a brief background on the reason the county is involved in locating an ATV Park site, a map showing some potential park locations, comments received to date and a way to provide comments and be added to an e-mail distribution list to be noti ed of upcoming meetings regarding the potential ATV Park. In July, the Board of County Commissioners approved that county staff move forward with public involvement and concept evaluations for an ATV Park. Funds have been set aside from a settlement with the South Florida Water Management District for the purpose of establishing a public ATV Park. In September, the county held a public information meeting to gather input needed on where the potential park should be located, the size of the potential park and what type of facilities should be included. Once further study has been made another meeting is expected to update the community on the progress of an ATV Park Site which could be as early as this winter. For more information contact Collier County Parks and Recreation Department Operations Coordinator Sidney Kittila at 239252-4018. All terrain vehicle (ATV) Park web site announced ROOFING HOME SECURITY AUCTIONBUSINESS & SERVICE DIRECTORY 7 Immokalee Bulletin November 24, 2011 Volunteers from the Immokalee area are needed for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a collaborative effort between Catholic Charities of Collier County, the Legal Aid Society of Collier County, Redlands Christian Migrant Association and the Internal Revenue Service. Last year the program assisted 47 families who received more than $60,000 in tax returns. Training is provided and volunteers will be asked to donate four to six hours a week during February and March helping clients at Guadalupe Social Services of Catholic Charities in Immokalee. For more information contact Ninfa Drago at 239-657-6242 or email ninfad@centurylink.net. Volunteers needed for income tax assistance program Courtesy photo/ FWC


Celebrations .newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? Birthday? Holiday? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineFor a modest charge, each package includes: and family Submit your good news today at 8 Immokalee Bulletin November 24, 2011 Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Adam HerreraImmokalee offense line had their hands full with Lehigh’s defense. From left to right are: Deadrin Senat (not pictured), Junior Reyes, Lado Garcia, Michael Campbell, and Kerby Henry. The Indian’s offense had some trouble getting started in the rst half but came back with a win over Lehigh. Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Adam HerreraTshumbi Johnson avoids Lehigh’s High School’s Big “D” to take the team to a win. 8882Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Adam HerreraThe Alexander’ brothers tackle Lehigh’s kickoff returner during the last half of Friday night’s game against Lehigh High School. The team took a win over their rival 19-16. Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Adam HerreraDeadrin Senat sacks the Lehigh Quarterback during last Friday night’s game. The Indians took a tight win over the Lehigh team and will advance to regional seminals tomorrow night against Cape Coral at 7:30 p.m.