Immokalee bulletin
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Title: Immokalee bulletin
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Publication Date: 06-14-2012
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Thursday, June 14, 2012 V ol. 45 No. 22 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Today June 14 is Flag Day! W hat I did on My Summer V acation ...Page 5 Letters to the Editor ...Page 3 Inside... Little League ...Page 8 Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Bill CoatsWet politicsWhen Florida Rep. Ron Saunders visited Immokalee Community School on June 6, he arrived just in time for a weekly water frolic enjoyed by the charter school’s 115 summerschool students. Rep. Saunders is shown here with Rachel McDonald, the school’s reading coach. By Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin The proposed amendment to the Immokalee Master Plan continues to develop twists and turns as it goes through the process of acceptance or rejection by the county. Although it seemed dead last December when it failed to achieve the required super majority vote by the Collier County Board of Commissioners, District 5 Commissioner Jim Coletta managed to win an extension from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The county has until the end of September to approve the amendment. if that effort fails, the current plan remains in place. On June 7 a group of citizens met at Raynor’s Restaurant to voice concerns about the proposed plan. Pam Brown and District 5 County Commission candidate Tim Nance led the meeting. By then word of Commissioner Coletta’s plan to include a straw ballot on the Immokalee Master Plan amendment on the August 14 Primary was known. A straw ballot is an unof cial vote to indicate the relative strength of opposing issues and give the county commissioners a clearer idea of what the people of Immokalee want for their future. At their Tuesday meeting, the county commissioners voted to go forward with the straw ballot and include it on the August Primary. In the August Primary, Republican voters will make their choices for their General Election candidates in county of ces. The lunchtime June 7 meeting attracted some 40 locals with questions about the validity of the Straw vote to monitor dream for future plans By Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin Lake Trafford, Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee River shing and boating have been a natural part of this area for longer than anyone can rmember. In fact, it’s a big draw for shermen from all over. So, it’s a natural place for Storm High Performance Boats to nd a home. Owners Steve Ellyson and Sander Entus have done just that. Local shermen know about Storm boats custom bass and bay boats now manufactured in nearby Moore Haven. The company began in 1978 and moved to Fort Myers several years ago, That’s where Steve said he really got involved in the business. He and Sander, both Stor m boat “groupies,” spent lots of thei r free time just hanging around th e operation, soaking it all in. Whe n they got a chance, they bought th e business and moved it to Moor e Haven. Custom Bass boat makers open up nearby shopSee BOATS — Page 2 Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantStorm High Performance Boats is now within reach of Lake Trafford boaters and anglers. See VOTE — Page 2 Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantThis is how the Master Plan question will be worded on the August Primary ballot.


amendment. Robert Davenport said he questions density changes he feels may threaten his livelihood and has objections pertaining to the airport. Tim Nance, candidate for District 5 Collier County Commissioner, told the group that local residents are important stakeholders in this decsion and wondered if a the pracital application of this plan would be fair. He said that the standard approach of “growth paying for growth” hasn’t worked so far and that residents need to consider this plan carefully. Calling the plan’s scope “tremendous,” he raised questions about its impact on existing properties and about the proposed loop road that would circumvent Immokalee. One attendee, Steve Fletcher, longtime owner of a crop dusting operation at Immokalee Airport, said he feels county government doesn’t appreciate the fact that Immokalee is still agricultural. He said the coastal establishment is pushing its agenda, saying, “Naples doesn‘t understand ag.” He continued by saying that “they paint a picture of bigger planes coming in” an impossibility, he says, since the runways at Immokalee Airport will not support big planes. Even if the runwways are extended, he points out, they were built in 1942 during World War II for B-24 bombers lightweights by today’s standards He also points out that, without a fourlane highway to provide adequate ground transpotation to and from the airport, it’s just a “pretty picture that can never happen.” Meanwhile, he said the county is ruining his life and business. Pam Brown fears the new plan could decrease property values. She also fears the proposed airport expansion, which will take land off the tax rolls, and sees the new pedestrian crosswalks more of a hazard than a help. She said the idea of reducing the Level Of Service on Main Street is just a way to justify bypassing immokalee east of the airport, “killing Immokalee.” Mr. Nance suggested to the group that it’s important to keep abreast of what is happening with the Master Plan amendment. He noted that business owners and Immokalee residents are the most important stakeholders in this discussion. He said there’s is a lot that’s good about the amendment, but it is far-reaching and not fully understood. The people of Immokalee need to be more engaged in the process. “Everybody wants Immokalee to be a nice place, with environmental responsibility, but it’s a slow transition.” Mr. Nance, who worked in agriculture for many years, said that Immokalee is “strategic” in agriculture, supplying winter vetetables for the entire United States. In this amendment, he said, “Agriculture gets the short end in this plan.” He questioned how Master Plan projects would be paid for, especially with grants drying up, and feared that the taxpayers will be stuck with the bill. He urged those at the meeting to stay involved and talk to neighbors. If the new master plan doesn’t pass, he pointed out, Immokalee will simply sta y with the current one. He said he feels that most of the amendment is ne, but there are 5-6 things that need to be addressed. The June 18 county commission meeting that was to be held in Immokalee to address the plan has been cancelled. Commissioner for District 5 Jim Colett a said he has not advocated for either side of the issue. He said there have been three meetings to acquaint Immokaleeans with the new Master Plan proposal, which is an the “overall view” is about the future. After the straw ballot, he said the community will be able to “go forward.” “What better way than to ask the people what they want?” he commented. V OTEContinued From Page 1 2 Immokalee Bulletin June 14, 2012Serving 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 Immokalee Bulletin/Patty Brant Pam Brown and Tim Nance, candidate for District 5 County Commissioner led the meeting that explained the proposed amendment to the Immokalee Master Plan Steve brings to the operation some 14 y ears experience in custom berglass work and admits to being great at troubleshooting w iring problems. The company employs three full time veteran boat manufacturing workers and will be looking for two part timers to do berglass work and general boat rigging. In addition to manufacturing custom boats, Storm also provides repairs on all makes and models of boats and has an awesome retail store packed with boating accessories like trailers, power poles, upholstery, custom lighting even apparel and tackle. By the way, they will also customize aluminum boats. Steve said their two-year goal is to expand the operation to include 22-24’ bay boats, 18-18.5’ bass and ats boats and airboats. Steve is proud that Storm provides handbuilt boats, one at a time, for each individual customer. They can modify the standard layout in any number of ways, all from scratch using raw materials. Storm is also working with a group to manufacture custom boats for veterans and other shermen who need wheelchairs, who have prosthtetics or other special requirements. Boating is a way of life among the shing population around Lake Okeechobee, Steve commented. He said Storm Boats has a reputation among the locals and that’s where he wants to be “back with the core boat owners.” He also said Storm is planning to sponsor four tournaments per year: two open tournaments; one for Storm owners and their guests and a kids tournament. This Saturday, June 16, 4-8 p.m., Storm High Peformance Boats will have a grand opening with information, raf es and lots more. The facility is located at 213 Florida Ave. in Moore Haven, at the foot of the bridge, two blocks directly behind the new re station. BOATSContinued From Page 1 This Saturday, June 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. is the Seminole Casino Immokalee Truck Show, 506 South First Street, Immokalee. Big Trucks, Small, Truck All Trucks welcome! No Registration fee!; Trophies for Top Trucks!; FREE $10 food voucher for driver and 3 passengers (must be 21 years or older)!; $20 FREE Play for driver and 3 passengers (must be 21 years or older)!; FREE “Truck Only” parking!; Best of Show receives framed portrait of their truck by internationally acclaimed artist Bill Kreutz and a write up in Florida Hot Rods & Hogs monthly magazine, plus inside VIP parking at the December 2, 2012 Car & Bike Show.; Music by Tommy Tunes! This is a great truck show that you won’t want to miss! See you there! Seminole Casino Immokalee to present Motorsports event Are you a tenant? Do you have questions about issues with your landlord? Come to a one hour workshop presented by: Maria I. Barbosa, Esq, Housing attorney at Legal Aid Service of Collier County on June 20 at 3 p.m. at Guadalupe Social Services/Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice 211 S. 9th Street, Door #7, Immokalee. Learn about the importance of handling your Landlord Tenant issues correctly! Leases; How to handle maintenance problems.; How to respond to Three Day Notices; What to do if you are served with an Eviction; Deposits disputes; Tenants in Foreclosure; Don’t miss out! Mistakes in handling your rental can result in eviction! Free hour long Tenant/Landlord Workshop offered


Baptist Church to host Vacation Bible SchoolGlendale Baptist Bible Church, 1205 W. Main St. Immokalee, is having Vacation Bible School on June 18-22, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. For more information call 229-254-0073.Club VBS to openSpace Quest John 14:6, Jesus: The Way, the Truth, the Life! Join us for Fun, Water Play, Games and Refreshments! Students Kindergarten-Sixth Grade are invited to come to Iglesia Bautista De Jesucristo, 214 N. 2nd St. for Fun Day-June 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Classes-June 24-28, 6-8 p.m. Esta Fuera De Este Mundo Con Club VBS! Space Quest, Juan 14:6 Jesus: El Camino, la Verdad, y la Vida! Vengan a disfrutar de juegos, refrescos, y juegos en agua! Invitados: ninos de Kinder-sexto grado Lugar: 214 N. 2nd St. Iglesia Bautista De Jesucristo Dia de Diversion-June 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Clases-June 24-28, 6-8 p.m. Vacation Bible School Big Cypress Zone 4 to re-open trails to the public With recent rains water levels in Zone 4 of Big Cypress National Preserve have risen to allow for the reopening of airboat trails within the zone. The trails will reopen effective June 18, 2012. The National Park Service reminds all permitted Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) operators that the other portions of the Preserve that allow for wheeled vehicle access remain closed, as part of the annual 60-day closure period, through August 2. Zone 4 is located within the southeast corner of the Preserve, south of Loop Road, and is the only area within the Preserve that allows for backcountry access via airboat. Joseph ‘Jake’ Blackburn, 99 IMMOKALEE — Surrounded by his three daughters, Joseph ‘Jake’ Blackburn, went home to be with the Lord on June 10, 2012. Jake moved from the Florida panhandle to southwest Florida in 1947, w orking with C.J. J ones in Jerome, Fla. and Immokalee, Fla. He ran grocery stores in Jerome and Immokalee, and later in Ft. Myers, Fla. He eventually owned his own stores in Immokalee, and Dothan, AL. Jake enjoyed many friendships over the years and treasured his loving family. He loved his daily quiet times reading God’s word. He loved shing in his younger days, and enjoyed working in the yard and planting a garden well into his 90s. He amazed everyone with his quick step, high energy, and ready hugs. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Doris Blackburn; his son, Tyrone Blackburn; and ve sisters. He is survived by his daughters, Jo Fain, Joy (Larry) Hart, and Silvia Blackburn; and one sister, Louise Pelham; eight grandchildren, Tammie Blackburn, Shelly Coumalatsos, Jimmy (Ann-Elizabeth), Ty (Virginia) Blackburn, Fletcher Blackburn, Suzanne (Jason) Arrington, Rick Hart, and Billy (Dawn) Hart; 21 adored greatgrandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews. Jake’s memorial service, of ciated by Pastor Gray Foshee, will be held Saturday, June 16, 2012, at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Ft. Myers FL 33907, at 3 p.m. Visitation is from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The family also encourages donations to Hope Hospice of Lee County, 9470 Health Park Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908. Online condolences can be expressed at www.fortmyersmemorial.com. PET VET VACCINATION CLINICDOG & CAT Packs start at $50 with HEARTWORM TEST $60 KITTEN & PUPPY Packs start at $42Save money on your favorite Heatworm and ”ea products such as Revolution, Heartgard, Confortis & FrontlineAll major credit cards accepted Saturday, June 16 from 8 to 9:30 amWALGREENS SHEWMAKER ANIMAL HOSPITAL IMMOKALEE ANIMAL CLINIC CLEWISTON MOBILE UNIT CLINIC Your pet will always be cared for by a licensed veterinarian1/2 Price on Dentals Free Kidney & Diabetes testing with annual Wellness Exam 1/2 Price boardingDisclaimer: 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 3 Immokalee Bulletin June 14, 2012 Obituaries IAMP voteCommissioner Coletta, you are a coward. You have violated the trust of the the Immokaleeans by going back on your promise for the scheduled June 18, Board of County Commission meeting in Immokalee to vote on the Immokalee Area Master Plan A mendments. You sel shly decided this after holding three public meetings in Immokalee, where the residents expressed their opinions against the IAMP. You are afraid of public opinion going against you and losing your upcoming election. You are beholden to the special interests of the Barron Collier company, and their proposed 4,000 acres of land use change in the IAMP. John Lundin Candidate for County Commissioner, District 5, Democrat Letters to the Editor Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Calm wind. Thursday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, w ith a low around 69. Calm wind. Extended ForecastFriday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92. East wind between 3 and 6 mph. Friday night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. East wind around 6 mph. Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Saturday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, w ith a low around 67. W eather Forecast


The Collier County Parks and Recreation Department will provide nutritionally balanced meals to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. All children 18 years old and younger, if open site, are eligible for meals at no charge, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. The programs are only approved for geographical areas of need where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free and reduced-price meals during the school year. Summer feeding sites that are located at schools provide meals to all children in the immediate vicinity in addition to those enrolled in summer school. The following sites will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program: Cold meals (Breakfast and Lunch) will be available ve days a week (Monday through Friday) at the following sites Immokalee Community Park Immokalee South Park Highlands Elementary Village Oaks Elementary CCPS Summer feeding sites Big Cypress Elementary will serve hot meals four days a week from June 18 July 26 from 8:10 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 12:10 to 12:30 p.m. Pinecrest Elementary will serve hot meals ve days a week from June 13 Aug 3, from 8:10 to 830 a.m. and lunch from 12:10 to 12:30 p.m. Lake Trafford Elementary will serve hot meals ve days a week from June 11 Aug 3, from 8:10 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 12:10 to 12:30 p.m. Immokalee High School will serve hot meals ve days each week from June 11 Aug 3, from 7:15 to 7:45 a.m. and lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Parks and Recreation Sites Immokalee Community Park 321 N. 1st Street, Immokalee will serve cold and hot meals ve days a week from June 11-Aug 3 from 8:45 -9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:45 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Immokalee South Park 418 School Dr., Immokalee will serve cold meals ve days a week from June 11-Aug 3 from 9:15-10 a.m. and lunch from 12:15-1 p.m. Highlands Elementary, 1101 Lake Trafford, Immokalee, will serve cold meals ve days a week from June 11 Aug 3 from 7:30-9 a.m. and lunch from noon-1 p.m. Village Oaks Elementary, 1601 S.R. 29, Immokalee, will serve cold meals four days each week from June 25 July 26 from 7:309:45 a.m. and lunch from noon-1 p.m. ** Immokalee Community Center will only receive Breakfast at this speci c location. Lunch will be available only at Immokalee High School for a hot meal ve days a week. To le a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Of ce of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free 866-632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339; or (800) 8456136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 4 Immokalee Bulletin June 14, 2012 PET VET VACCINATION CLINICDOG & CAT Packs start at $50 with HEARTWORM TEST $60 KITTEN & PUPPY Packs start at $42Save money on your favorite Heatworm and ”ea products such as Revolution, Heartgard, Confortis & FrontlineAll major credit cards accepted Saturday, June 16 from 8 to 9:30 amWALGREENS School’s Out for mostBy Joe LandonCollier County District Schools School's out for the summer as of last week. It's of cially summertime for our students. More on that in a moment; but rst, a word to share with parents of children who have taken Algebra 1 and the Endof-Course (EOC) exam that follows. Your son or daughter may have received a very important letter while at school on Monday regarding their score on the Algebra 1 EOC. If your child did indeed receive this letter, it would have explained that he or she did NOT pass the Algebra 1 EOC and must attend summer school. It's very important that your child attend summer school since your child must pass the Algebra 1 EOC to graduate from high school. Summer school begins on Monday, June 18, and it's not too late to register. Please get with your school counselor today if you haven't already registered for summer school. Now, the message for parents or guardians of every other student attending one of our schools... Even though classes won't be in session again until August 20, that doesn't mean learning needs to stop for the next 10 weeks. Research tells us that the average loss of knowledge for a child is 18 to 22% during summer break, and it's estimated that for an English Language Learner the loss may be at least 30%. So, mom and dad, there's a lot you can do to keep your child's brain active this summer. We suggest you try to make reading a part of every day. Our Chief Instructional Of cer, Beth Thompson, directs us to a ton of resources available on the "Parents" pages of the school district Web site (www.collierschools.com), including several reading lists. "One of the things we've learned by working with children over the years is that they say one of the reasons they don't read much is that they don't have material they really like to read," says Thompson. "Taking your child to the library should be fun, and everything there is free. You might even get a library card for your child, and that's free, too." The library also has computers you may use to explore the online resources we just spoke about. Beth Thompson further suggests that you read to your children daily. Reading to them increases their listening comprehension, vocabulary, and uency because they are hearing a good role model (you) read. But don't stop there. According to Thompson, "It's the questioning and the talking about what you've read that's most important." So, if you can't read to your kids each day, Storytime will! The TV read aloud show can be found on The Education Channel, Comcast cable 99, at 7 a.m., Noon, and 7 p.m., Monday thru Friday. There's more to share and we will next week. For now, it's summer for you and the kids. Enjoy! Students First Summer meals for children program sites open The Shelter for Abused Women & Children hosts Give Back Fill a Pack, a backto-school drive ensuring the nonpro t organization's younger participants have the supplies they need for school. "It's crucial we have enough supplies not only for the rst day of school, but for children who access our services throughout the year ahead," explains The Shelter's Resource & Volunteer Coordinator Rebecca Grabau. Needed school supplies include: Gift Certi cates: Wal-Mart, Target, Payless for backto-school clothing needs (i.e. uniforms, shoes, socks, underwear) School clothes, School shoes, Backpacks, Kleenex, Lunch boxes & thermoses, Black & red pens, Highlighters, Pocket folders with prongs, White board markers, Washable markers, Rulers, Glue sticks, Loose leaf paper (wide-rule), Primary color paint set, Watercolors, Pencil boxes, Construction paper, 2" binders, Writing tablets & composition notebooks, Calendars, Protractors, 1, 3, 5-subject notebooks, Dividers, Erasers, Calculators, Scissors, Pencil sharpeners. Materials will be distributed by August 1. Please drop off donations at Options Thrift Shoppe, 968 Second Avenue North, open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information and to host a Give Back Fill a Pack Drive, please call 239.775.3862, ext. 235, or email RGrabau@ NaplesShelter.org. For information on The Shelter, please call 239.775.3862, or visit www.naplesshelter.org. Shelter launches Back Pack drive


Did you plan something for this summer v acation? Do you have a story of an “unp lanned event that happened during your s ummer plans? Share your photos of spec ial sights, happenings or something spect acular happening where you are. Here is one such vacation story from loc al resident and I HOPE Executive Director, R ick Heers.Thoughts not far from homeBy Rick Heers, exec. director I HOPESpecial to the Immokalee Bulletin Here I am 2800 miles away from the hurricane area of southwest Florida.... thinking I’m safe from natural disasters. What a mistake that was! While staying in a motorhome next to my kids home we experienced extreme weather here in Glenns Ferry, Idaho. A few months ago my youngest granddaughter here was suggesting that we move to Idaho to work with her Dad & Mom & be near them. I told her that would be nice but that GOD hadn’t called me here and I have to keep I HOPE going. She immediately responded with “Papa, just move out here and start Ida-HOPE.” After last night I think she could have been accurate in her thinking. Storms have no respect My wife and I were looking for some quiet time in the remote areas of Idaho with our family-Hilario, Becca and girlswho had moved to south central Idaho along the Snake River about a year ago. This pristine community of less than 2000 people was shaken last night by a sudden and powerful storm. Fortunately warnings had come through that the storm would come about 7 p.m. They were only about 30 minutes late in their predictions. By 6:30 P.M. the temperature had risen to 109 degrees... within less than two hours it had dropped to 62 degrees, and, although there was a little or no rain, the wind had w hipped up a powerful and dark dust storm. The power went out at 7:30 and was not restored until 2 a.m. Sustained wind and gusts were clocked at over 60 miles per hour. Our motor home shook quite a bit, but stood rm... even though dirt and gritty sand came through windows that had been cracked open to let the heat escape. (I’ve learned an important lesson-better heat than grit!) Morning light revealed what damage was done by the storm... massive trees uprooted or broken in two; at least one home severely damaged by the fall of a 30foot tree on its roof; a motel with a huge tree laying across its roof; countless roofs with shingles missing and debris everywhere. People were literally weeping as they assessed the damage to their homes and properties. Power companies and individuals were out doing what they could to restore some order... a massive job that will take weeks to clean up and years to replace the beautiful, huge trees that were toppled. How thankful I am that in my home area-Collier County-there is a very effective Emergency Management System that w orks effectively with our Immokalee Recovery Coordinating Center (IRCC), public/ private of cials-CCSO, IFD, I HOPE, Health Department, Information Collier— and local individuals to prepare our community to respond effectively and ef ciently to potential disasters. While our churches and people of faith continue to pray for protection from storms, wise is the community that prepares for potential disasters. Nationwide Insurance comes to ImmokaleeNationwide Insurance has partnered with Bruce Hendry Insurance in Immokalee offering Auto, Business Insurance, Life Insurance, Workers Comp, Boat, Motorcycle, RV and more... Call or stop by for an One Your SideŽ review. 5 Immokalee Bulletin June 14, 2012 W hat I did on my summer vacation... Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Rick HeersA huge tree uprooted and laying across a pristine white picket fence distorts the beautiful Idaho mountain backdrop after an “extreme weather episode.” Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Rick HeersA sight not uncommon to many Floridians after a night of wild weather storms. This tree tore through the roof of this wood-frame home. Edison State College Collier Campus has received a proclamation from the Board of County Commissioners of Collier County in recognition of the college’s 50th anniversary. The proclamation declares July 24, as “Edison State College Day.” July 24 is the day the District Board of Trustees will be on the Collier Campus for their regular monthly meeting. “We appreciate the Collier Commissioners recognizing our 50 years of service throughout Southwest Florida,” said Ann Berlam, Chair, District Board of Trustees. “As we move forward, we will continue our mission of providing excellent educational opportunities to the students we serve.” The Edison State College Collier Campus, 7007 Lely Cultural Parkway, is located of f Collier Boulevard, three miles north of Tamiami Trail East. Edison State College Collier Campus receives Collier Count y Commission Proclamation Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ ESCTo commemorate the proclamation declaring July 24 as Edison State College Day several gathered including: in the back row from left to right are Commissioner Georgia Hiller, Commissioner Donna Fiala, Commissioner Fred Coyle, Commissioner Jim Coletta and Commissioner Tom Henning. Front row from left: Dudley Goodlette, Interim District President, Edison State College; Chris Vernon, Edison State College Trustee; Ann Berlam, Edison State College Trustee; and Dr. Robert Jones, Edison State College Collier Campus President.


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ESPERANZA PLACE, affordable 3Br/2Ba Apartments, Handicap unit available Energy ef cient appliances, washer/ dryer hook ups, spacious oor plans, community center on site with computer lab for resident use and classes. From access to Carl Kuehner Community Center educational and social programs. Must be farm or grove labor employed Call Rental Of ce at 657-2009 Mon-Fri, 8:00AM-5:00PM 2693 Marianna Way, #308 (TDD 1-800-955-8771) Equal Housing Opportunity Condos/Townhouses RentLEHIGH 2br, 1ba, carport. Newly remodeled. Excellent neighborhood. $550 mo. + sec. dep. Includes lawn care. (239)369-9567. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.ŽCORAL PINES APARTMENTS~ IMMOKALEE ~Apts. 601 to 613 Nassau St., 2BR, Central A/C, heat, carpet, verticals, laundry on premises. Convenient location in quiet residential area. $600 includes water/sewer/trash No Application Fee. Apply at 601 Nassau St. #4 Immokalee or Call 239-694-1951 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time Edison State College is a dynamic and rapidly growing institution serving Southwest Florida. We invite you to join with us in helping to build an educational institution that will continue to positively contribute to the area. We are currently accepting applications for Director, Hendry Glades Center located in LaBelle, FL. The successful candidate will have the appropriate work experience and Masters degree. To view the full job description and apply online please visit our website at: jobs.edison.edu Edison State College is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access employer. Employment MedicalNeed LPN / RN for outpatient services in Hendry Co. Temp. Position (35 hours a week) to start ASAP! Bilingual (Eng/Span) preferred due to the population being served. For info, call Dir. of HR at (863) 983-1423 or send an email to hgbhc13@ embarqmail.com. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Employment Full Time Employment Part Time NURSE MANAGER Immokalee Pregnancy Center is seeking a parttime Nurse Manager. The position will post till June 15. See www.partnerso pc.org for job description and application process. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com FurniturePine China Cabinet Beautiful China Cabinet in excellent condition! It has mirrored back, glass shelves and lots of storage on the bottom portion. Located in Immokalee. $400.00/or best offer. (239)290-8011 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Apartments How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Apartments Condos/Townhouses Rent TRAFFORD PINE ESTATES INC. • 3 BR & 2 BR CBS Construction All include Stove, Refrig., Air, Ceiling Fans, Util. Rm. w/W&D Hookup, Sound Barrier Between Apt./Twnhs. Free Trash Pickup, Free Lawn Service. Pets Allowed w/ Deposit. Walk to Store. NEW Management Privately Owned Call (239)867-4265 Houses RentFarm Worker Village invites you to come home. Available now 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom rental homes, starting as low as $425 per month. You may qualify for Rental assistance. Please Call us at: 239-657-3649 or stop by at 1800 Farm Worker Way. Apartments For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile HomeSaleBetween LaBelle and Immokalee 3br/2ba doublewide. Like new on 1/2 acre lot in nice subdivision. We nance even with bad credit. $492 monthly. Kenny 863-673-4325 FOR SALE: 3 BR, 2 BA, Good condition. New central air and heat. Set up in mobile home park. Nice neighborhood. $14,000 (239)823-1254 New Jacobsen doublewide only $49,900 on your lot. We accept trade-ins and do have lots available. Call 863-675-8888 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds 6 Immokalee Bulletin June 14, 2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments For more listings, go to www.newszap.com When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds.


With temperatures in the 90s, Collier County residents are turning on their air conditioners -and deputies are turning up the heat on unscrupulous air duct cleaning companies. Ads offering a low price on air duct cleaning can seem like a great deal with minimal risk. And while most air duct cleaning companies are legitimate, the Collier County Sheriff’s Of ce cautions the community to beware of companies that use less-thanreputable tactics. CCSO is investigating complaints involving elderly homeowners who claim they w ere scammed by companies that specialized in determining the health of a home environment for $49.95. In all of the cases, a technician came to the house, examined the air vents and then determined the homeowner had the kind of mold in the air conditioner that posed an immediate danger to their health. The technician offered to clean the ducts for several thousand dollars and asked for immediate payment in the form of a check made payable to the technician. In one of the cases, the technician asked the homeowners to sit outside their home w hile he and two other technicians were inside unsupervised allegedly cleaning out the ducts. After the technicians left, the victims became suspicious and called other reputable cleaning companies for a second opinion and learned the company they hired w as a fraud. When looking for a professional to clean out air ducts, CCSO recommends consumers: Check out the company rst. Before setting up a visit, con rm whether the company or person you are considering hiring to perform work is licensed in Florida by going online to www.my oridalicense.com. You can also check with your Better Business Bureau. Ideally, the business will be accredited by BBB or at least have a good rating. Pay close attention to the name of the business you’re researching because unscrupulous out ts often choose a name that is similar to an existing business that has a solid reputation. To check out a business’ Reliability Report or locate a BBB Accredited duct cleaner visit http://www.bbb.org/us/Find-BusinessReviews/ Get a second opinion. If the duct cleaner discovers that you have a mold problem, get a second opinion. Mold remediation can cost thousands of dollars so you’ll want expert advice on how to take care of it. Be wary of anyone requiring immediate payment. Being asked to pay in cash or by check made payable to the service technician who conducts the work should be a red ag. Purchases made by credit card will usually allow the consumer to dispute the charges and therefore offers the most protection. Look for the ne print. Ads and contracts may contain ne print which the business might think will absolve them from honoring their advertised price. Always ask plenty of questions and get to the bottom line of what it’s going to cost you, before you sign on the dotted line. Check a company’s complaint history by contacting your Better Business Bureau, or by visiting http://www.800help a.com/, or by calling 1.800.HELP.FLA. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice NOTICE OF MEETING There will be a Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners for the Immokalee Water & Sewer District on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 3:30 P.M. at the of ce of the Immokalee Water & Sewer District, located at 1020 Sanitation Rd, Immokalee, FL 34142. REGULAR MEETING AGENDA 1. Call to Order 2. Preliminaries A. Pledge of Allegiance B. Roll Call C. Adoption of Agenda D. Employee Recognition 1. AprilEmployee of the Month-TBA E. Public Concerns F. Staff Good Cause Items G. Board Concerns H. Old Business 1. RFP for design, build and nance of the Bioset system I. New Business 3. Consent Agenda A. Adoption of Minutes 1. May 16, 2012 Regular Meeting B. Civil Rights Compliance Report C. May Budget Review D. Fixed Assets Acquisitions-Disposals E. Various Reports F. USDA Reporting for Stimulus Money G. Project Change Orders H. Engineer’s Report Greeley and Hansen I. Director’s Report 4. Action Agenda A. Price for a Back ow Preventer into the Price of a Service 5. Discussion Agenda A. Attorney’s Report 6. Other Public Interests 7. AdjournmentSPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: If you require special aid or services as addressed in the American Disabilities Act, please contact the District of ce at (239) 658-3630, no less than ve (5) days prior to the above stated workshop date. 419405 IB 6/14/2012 Business & Service Directory AUCTION ROOFING Metal Roofs Re-Roofs Roof Repairs Seamless Gutters Soffit & Fascia Free Estimates Lic# CCC037019 981 Cowboy Circle Office (863)675-7045 Fax (863)612-1158 7 Immokalee Bulletin June 14, 2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice  Notice Of Continuation Of Public Meeting Collier County Board Of County Commissioners Adoption Hearing Petition Cp-2008-5 Amendments To The Immokalee Area Master Plan, and Immokalee Area Master Plan Future Land Use Map; And The Future Land Use Element And Future Land Use Map And Map Series Of The Growth Management Plan Collier County, Florida Notice that the meeting scheduled by the Collier County Board of County Commissioners for Monday, June 18 at 6 p.m. in the Immokalee High School Auditorium, has been continued to the Sept. 11, Board of County Commissioners meeting. For more information, call Mike Shef eld at 239-252-8383.  There will be a public workshop on Phase III of the Master Mobility Plan (MMP) on Tuesday, June 19 with the Collier County Planning Commission (CCPC) from 9 a.m. to noon at the Board of County Commissioners Chambers, third oor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. The workshop will include discussion of the second draft MMP Phase III A, and B as well as the conceptual Growth Management Plan (GMP) policy and Land Development Code (LDC) language to implement the nal MMP Phase II recommendations, if time permits. The public is encouraged to participate. The CCPC will not make formal recommendations for consideration by the Board of County Commissioners at this workshop. The draft language is available for review on the project Web site at www.colliergov.net/mastermobilityplan. To access the document, select “MMP Phase III” from the menu on the left side of the screen, then select “Draft #2 – Conceptual GMP/LDC language.” This draft will continue to be vetted and revised until a nal report will be presented to the CCPC for recommendations later this year. The meeting is open to the public.  The Collier County Planning Commission will meet Thursday, June 21 at 9 a.m. in the Board of County Commissioners chambers, third oor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. The meeting will be broadcast live on Collier Television on Comcast channel 97, and via colliergov.net.  The Collier County Government Domestic Animal Services Sub-Committee for Ordinance Revisions will hold a public meeting on Monday, June 18 at 1 p.m. at the Domestic Animal Services meeting room located at 7610 Davis Blvd., Naples.  The Collier County Government Productivity Committee will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, June 20, at 2 p.m. in the County Manager’s Of ce conference room, second oor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. the Collier County Planning Commission will meet on Tuesday, June 19, at 1 p.m. in the Board of County Commissioners chambers, third oor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Information regarding the 2012 Land Development Code Amendment Cycle 1 can be found on the Collier County LDC Amendment website.Father’s Day Celebration at Sun-N-Fun LagoonCollier County Parks & Recreation will be hosting a Father’s Day Celebration at Sun-NFun Lagoon on Sunday, June 17 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Bring your father to Sun-N-Fun Lagoon on Father’s Day and he will get in free with one paid admission. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park Facility Attractions One waterslide drops into Sunny’s Laz y River Five water slides take you to a drop pool Heated family pool Tadpole Pool, a children’s activity wading area with a sh slide and more Turtle Cove, a pool for ages 5-12 years old with lily pads and ropes for climbing Sunny’s Lazy River, 1,200 feet long All pools except Tadpole wading are a are heated The park is offering a special discount this year to Collier County residents with a Florida Driver’s License. With a Florid a Driver’s License showing a Collier Count y address, you and your party will receive $2 off any 48-inch or taller $12 entry. Children three and under enter free, and those shorter than 48-inches are just $5.50. Add sales tax to all fees listed above. Group rates, seasonal passes and part y packages are available. Call 239-252-4073. For more information about Sun-N-Fun Lagoon or other public pool facilities, please visit the Parks and Recreation Department online at www.napleswaterpark.com. Or, call Sun-N-Fun Lagoon at 239-252-4021. Public Meetings A ir conditioner duct cleaning scam artists target seniors Have you ever thought of Machining as a Career? iTECH Center will offer an 84 hour course that will prepare students with basic skills that lead to a competitive edge when interviewing for entry level machine work. An entry level machine operator salary ranges in the competitive range of $11$13 hr to start. The course itself is designed to help students to brush up on basic reading and math and develops measurement and blueprint reading skills. Upon successful completion, students will earn a certi cate of completion that can be used to enhance their applications for employment. The classes will begin on June 18 and continue untill July 12 with July 4 and 5 off for the Independence Day holiday. Classes will be held Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. -3 p.m. Prerequisites include a high school diploma or GED certi cate. Fees are $224 for the couse plus $85 and includes text, application and assessment fees. Financial Aid is available. Call 239-658-7080 for more information or to enroll. iTECH to open Machining Courses next week


We would like for the community of Immokalee to come out and support our kids on baseball and softball Little League. The photos of our boys and girls All Stars baseball 9 and 10 year old Division, baseball 11 and 12 years old division and girls softball 9 and 10 year old division will be the players in the upcoming Championship tournament games. The girls Senior softball division and the 11 and 12 year old softball girls pictures w ill be in upcoming edition of the Bulletin. The 9 and 10 year old division are managed by Teo Alviar, assisted by Erik Martinez and Mr. Cardenas. Their tournament will begin on Saturday, June 23, at 10 a.m. and will last through June 25, with the Championship game ending on June 26, at 7 p.m. in Labelle. The 11 and 12 year old division is managed by Robert Turrubiartez, assisted by William Trevino and Juan Aviles. The 11-12 year old boys baseball tournament will begin on Saturday, June 28, at 6 p.m. and will last through July 1, with the Championship game ending on July 2, at 7 p.m. in Bonita Springs. The girls softball 9 and 10 year old division managed by Leon Gonzalez assisted by Courtney Gonzalez (not pictured) Ray Garcia and Tabitha Cambell. Their tournament will begin on Saturday, June 23, at 11 a.m. and will last through June 24, with the Championship game ending on June 25, at 7 p.m. in Bonita Springs. Come and join our youth representing the town of Immokalee (My Home). The Immokalee Little league Board of Directors says thanks again for the support. If you have any questions, need information on game times feel free to give us a call: 239-324-3072, 239-634-2407, or 239-5649645. 8 Immokalee Bulletin June 14, 2012 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 Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ William Trevino T he Immokalee Little League 9-10 year olds division Rangers Softball team is ready to play their upcoming tournament games beginning June 23-24. Little League All-Stars ready for Championship Games Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ William TrevinoThe Immokalee Little League 11-12 year olds division boys baseball team is ready to play their upcoming tournament games beginning June 28-July 1. Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ William TrevinoThe Immokalee Little League 9-10 year olds division boys All-Star baseball team is ready to play their upcoming tournament games beginning June 23-25. Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ William TrevinoImmokalee Little League President Juan Garcia, Jr. prepares to hand out the all-important trophies signifying end of regular season play at the banquet held this past Monday, June 11 at the Immokalee Ballpark. The Board of Directors would like to thank all the parents, grandparents, relatives and friends who came out to enjoy and be a part of Immokalee’s kids after a very successfull year. Win or lose all the kids were winners, starting from the Tee-Ball players to the senior players. We hope this coming year 2013 will be a better year all the way around.