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Thanks to both men who know and constantly ght for the needs of the Immokalee community. Most important, since the majority of citizens in Immokalee walk, the grant will be used to create 20 miles of concrete sidewalks on the following roads: Madison Ave., W Alachua St., Jefferson Ave., Broward St., Adams Ave., Charlotte St., Washington Ave., Dade St., Roberts Ave., Flagler St., Jerome Dr., Glades St., S 9th St., Hendry St., and Stockade Rd. The grant will also be used to create a one mile of shared-use path, which will provide a place to walk, bike, and skate. Addition ally, 20 miles of drainage, ditch and swales, will be upgraded. Furthermore, the grant will provide help people who take public transportation by providing 22 bus shelters, including construction of a bus transfer sta tion at the Immokalee Health Department located at 419 N 1st St. Commissioner McDaniel further adds the grant will enhance the streets of Immokalee by providing: Comprehensive lighting im provements that include ve miles of street lights in over 120 intersections and ve miles of bike boulevard network, which is a network designed to make riding a bike safer when riding near trafc. The grant will also provide: benches, and 25 bike racks, 32 intersection enhancements in cluding new signage. This initiative, with the congressmans assistance, and Collier Countys contribution {is} direly need ed for the community. Representative Diaz-Balart states: It was a tough year for South Florida... the good news is that it will recover. We passed the most generous Hurricane bill in the history of the countryTIGER is usually a small portion of programs and this one is huge. Diaz-Balart has been pushing for this money to be sent to Immokalee for years but did not nd encouraging progress. He attributes the new administration and particularly to the secretary of transportation, Elaine L. Chao, for helping Immokalee obtain this grant. Im mokalees community can look forward to these positive changes. Positive changes to take place in Immokalee Submitted photo/ Lewis Perkins Collier County District 5 Commissioner, Bill McDaniel listens as Representative, Diaz-Balart spoke at the Immokalee library giving details about the $13 million that Immokalee was awarded. Their time in the classroom might have ended, but a contingent of retired educators, many of whom relocated to Southwest Flor ida, are still nding a way to enhance learn ing for local school children. Guadalupe Resale Shop, an upscale thrift store in North Naples run by the Guadalupe Center, counts more than a dozen retired teachers among its contingent of 70 dedi cated volunteers. The former educators pro cess donations, price items, stock shelves and work the cash registers, all to help raise money for the education-based, nonprot Guadalupe Center in Immokalee. These ladies spent their professional ca reers making a difference in the lives of their students, so its only tting that in retirement they still carry that same passion for educa tion, said Dawn Montecalvo, president of the Guadalupe Center. The Resale Shop, especially at this time of year, is an extremely busy place, and the tireless work ethic of our volunteers certainly is appreciated. Proceeds from the Resale Shop help fund the Guadalupe Centers Early Childhood Ed ucation, After-School Tutoring & Summer Enrichment and college preparatory Tutor Corps programs. For Sue Morgan of Naples, a visit to the Resale Shop as a customer introduced her to the Guadalupe Center and its mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through educa tion for the children of Immokalee. I immediately thought it was a match, said Morgan, who taught pre-school in New Jersey. What were doing in the Resale Retired teachers volunteer at Guadalupe Center Resale Shop Gloria Padilla an RCMA executive who exhausted herself helping fellow Immoka lee residents recover from Hurricane Irma has been recognized for her selessness in the U.S. House of Representatives. Gloria is an exemplary citizen who has chosen to use her many talents in service of those around her, said U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, in a statement entered into the Congressional Record on March 15. Padilla is an Immokalee native who manages the seven child-care centers that RCMA operates in Immokalee and Bonita Springs. When Hurricane Irma struck Immoka lee in September, Padilla opened the RCMA Immokalee Community School as an un ofcial shelter for staff and families who live in trailers. She and RCMA coworkers commandeered the RCMA school cafeteria and oversaw meals for thousands of peo ple. FEMA set up shop there and accepted more than 1,000 applications for assis tance. Padilla worked with Diaz-Balart to open Horizon Village as temporary hous ing for families who lost their homes. Diaz-Balart was impressed. He wrote in the Congressional Record, I nd myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate with such a dedicated individ ual who cares so deeply about her com munity. Thursdays presentation was a surprise for Padilla, who was attending ceremonies celebrating a $13-million federal infrastruc ture grant for Immokalee. She was grateful to Diaz-Balart for the honor. But really, Padilla added, this was a team effort for the whole community. I share this acknowledgement with every body who helped. RCMAs Padilla honored for hurricane response See Teacher Page 2


2 Immokalee Bulletin April 5, 2018 To 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.immokaleebulletin.comTo 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 Thursdays 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 Thursdays publication E-mail: cbadsales@newszap.comBilling DepartmentE-mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Place a Classied AdCall 1 -877 353-2424 to place it from home or go to www.newszap.comFor SubscriptionsPhone: 1-800-282-8586 Visit or email Katrina Elsken Regional Adveristing Director: Jamie Limoges News and Ad Services: Dale Conyers Reporter: Val White Advertising Services: Barbara CalfeeOur PurposeThe 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 prot margins below industrystandards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledge 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 conicts of interest or potential conicts 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. 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I kind of fell into it, and I love it.en-US The Resale Shop carries a wide selection en-US of name brand furniture, kitchen and dinen-US -en-US nerware, small kitchen appliances, houseen-US -en-US hold dcor, lamps, artwork, linens, jewelry en-US and designer clothing.en-US Mary Cunningham, a former middle en-US school teacher in Michigan and Collier en-US County, started volunteering with the Guaen-US -en-US dalupe Center after retiring more than 20 en-US years ago. Now at the Resale Shop, her prien-US -en-US mary responsibility is pricing and stacking en-US books, a tting task for someone so passionen-US -en-US ate about reading and education.en-US All of the money we earn at the Resale en-US Shop goes right back to the children, said en-US Cunningham, of Naples. We are a bare-en-US bones operation, so nothing is wasted.en-US Thats the key, says Rebecca Davis, a en-US retired elementary school teacher from en-US Naples. Whenever she makes a sale at the en-US Resale Shop, Davis is condent that the en-US revenue will ultimately reach its intended en-US recipients the youth of Immokalee and give the next generation of Immokalee High School graduates hope for a brighter future. Its important to start when theyre en-USyoung, and let them know that everyone has an opportunity to go to college, Davis said. To volunteer at the Guadalupe Resale en-USShop, please contact Resale Shop Manager en-US Kat McNabb at 239-594-2696 or kmcnabb@ The Resale Shop is located at 12980 en-USTamiami Trail N., Unit 10, in Naples, and en-US is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, vis it en-USTeacheren-USContinued From Page 1 en-USBy Jennifer L. Kupiec en-USSpecialist, Communications & Community en-US Engagement Collier County Public Schoolsen-US Pinecrest Elementary School proudly en-US hosted its second annual World Day last en-US month. Students en-US from all cultures en-US celebrated their en-US heritage with songs, en-US dances, music, and en-US fun!en-US Students apen-US-en-US proached the stage en-US to the tune of en-US Coming to Ameren-US -en-US ica. The students en-US joined the performers as they learned about en-US continents, Venezuela, Guatemala, Haiti, Ireen-US -en-US land, France, Puerto Rico, Columbia, and the en-US United States. One Pinecrest Elementary stuen-US -en-US dent couldnt hide her excitement exclaimen-US -en-US ing, I got to dance in front of everyone!en-US Pinecrest Elementary School also hosts a en-US Newcomer Center to support students that en-US are new to the United States. The center en-US currently assists more than 60 students. Foren-US -en-US ty-four of the students are new to Pinecrest en-US this year. One student shared, I get help en-US learning how to speak and read English. It en-US makes me feel happy learning English to en-US that I can be like the rest of the students.en-US Principal Susan Jordan explained that the en-US staff and administrators at Pinecrest Elemenen-US -en-US tary could not be more proud of the students en-US in their care and thanked all of the teachers en-US and staff that helped make the schools secen-US -en-US ond annual World Day a success! en-USStudents First en-USSubmitted photoen-USPinecrest Elementary School proudly hosted its second annual World Day last en-US month. Students from all cultures celebrated their heritage with songs, dances, music, and fun! Lee, Collier, and Hendry Counties, Fla en-USThe Florida Forest Services Caloosahatchee Forestry Center is promoting Wildre Aware en-USness Week beginning Sunday, April 8th and en-US concluding on the 14th. The second week en-US in April is designated as Wildre Awareness Week due to Floridas devastating 1998 wild re season. Lee, Collier, and Hendry Counties have en-USresponded to 43 wildres, compared to 79 in en-US 2017. All res need heat, fuel and oxygen to en-US burn. Heat comes from the ignition source, en-US says Samantha Quinn, Mitigation Specialist for Caloosahatchee Forestry Center. With out ignitions, we are seeing a reduced num en-USber of calls. Residents are encouraged to en-US utilize caution when doing anything that could cause a wildre. Listed are several precautions residents can take: 1. If you drive an ATV or dirt bike, make en-USsure the mufer/spark arrestor system is in good working order. en-US2. Be careful with gas lanterns, barbe en-UScues, gas stoves, and anything that could easily ignite a wildre. 3. Dispose of cigarettes properly. Do not throw them out of your vehicle. 4. Do not put grilling coals into dry, dead vegetation. 5. Use caution while operating a lawn en-USmower. A rock could easily hit the blade and spark a wildre. For more information on wildre or re en-USprevention, please visit FreshFromFlorida.en-US com or download the free app FL Burn Tools. The Florida Forest Service, a division of en-USthe Florida Department of Agriculture and en-US Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests, provides man agement assistance on more than 17 mil en-USlion acres of private and community forests, while protecting homes, forestland and nat en-USural resources from the devastating effects en-US of wildre on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at For questions about burn authorizations en-USand wildre prevention, please contact your en-US local Florida Forest Service eld unit ofce at en-US (239) 690-8001. en-USWildre en-US Awareness Week


April 5, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 3 en-USGuadalupe Center is proud to announce that 29 Immokalee High School seniors en-UShave completed the rigorous Tutor Corps en-US program and will be attending college in the en-US fall. This marks the 13th consecutive year en-US that 100 percent of Tutor Corps seniors have en-US been accepted into colleges and universities. Students will be recognized on Tuesday, April 17 during a celebration dinner at Grey en-USOaks Country Club in East Naples, and will en-US be accompanied by their parents, mentors en-US and Guadalupe Center supporters. Tutor Corps is a college preparatory pro en-USgram that offers scholarship money as well en-USas a wage for tutoring elementary school en-US students in Guadalupe Centers After-School en-US and Summer Enrichment Program. Tu tor Corps participants must maintain a 3.0 en-USgrade point average, and each is matched en-US with an adult mentor to offer guidance and en-US support. The Guadalupe Center Tutor Corps en-US team members also offer guidance on the en-US college application, scholarship and nan cial aid processes, as well as SAT and ACT en-USprep. At one point in their lives, these Immoka en-USlee High students were deemed at-risk of en-USfailure academically, and many struggled en-US with economic and environmental barriers en-US beyond their control, said Dawn Monte calvo, president of the Guadalupe Center. Years of hard work, persistence and deter en-US-en-US mination have paid off, and Im thrilled to en-US see 100 percent of them graduate from high en-US school and move on to college.en-US Through generous donors, Guadalupe en-US Center a nonprot organization focused on en-US breaking the cycle of poverty through educaen-US -en-US tion for the children of Immokalee is proen-US -en-US viding more than $400,000 in scholarships en-US to this years Tutor Corps graduates. Many en-US seniors have earned additional scholarships, en-US grants and nancial aid from colleges and en-US organizations, and their nancial aid total en-US is expected to exceed last years amount of en-US $1.5 million.en-US The celebration dinner begins at 6 p.m. en-US on April 17 at Grey Oaks Country Club, 2400 en-US Grey Oaks Drive North in Naples. At the dinen-US -en-US ner, Tutor Corps senior Marie Claire Andris en-US will share her inspirational story of overcomen-US -en-US ing the odds despite the challenges faced by en-US many youth in Immokalee. The daughter of en-US immigrants from Haiti who never graduaten-US -en-US ed from high school, Andris has managed en-US to excel in advanced classes at Immokalee en-US High and is poised to begin at the University en-US of South Florida this summer.en-US I plan to go on to college so that my en-US mother can be proud and I can thank her for en-US pushing as hard as she did to get me where en-US I am now, Andris said.en-US A majority of Tutor Corps graduates en-US are rst-generation high school graduates, en-US and the list of college commitments is imen-US -en-US pressive: Arcadia University, Michigan State en-US University, St. Johns University, University of en-US Toledo, University of Missouri, Wartburg Colen-US -en-US lege and other well-respected institutions. Tutor Corps has a 100 percent high school en-USgraduation rate and college acceptance rate en-US for its seniors, and more than 90 percent of en-US Tutor Corps graduates earn a college degree. Guadalupe Center to honor 29 college-bound Tutor Corps graduates from Immokalee High School Submitted photo The 2018 Guadalupe Centers Tutor Corps seniors. en-USDavid Lawrence Center, Collier Countys only comprehensive, not-for-prot mental en-UShealth and addiction recovery treatment en-US center serving children, adults and families, en-US is pleased to announce the David Lawrence en-US Center (DLC) Young Executives will host en-US the Elevate Wellness Series Healthy Cook ing Demonstration at the David Lawrence en-USCenter main campus located at 6075 Bathey en-US Lane in the Telford Conference Room (D-2) en-US on April 06, 2018 from 5:30 7:30 pm. In November 2017, the DLC Young Ex en-USecutives, a group of young professionals, en-USnetworking for a cause and dedicated to en-US the mission of DLC, launched the series to en-US elevate personal health and wellbeing, while en-US also promoting awareness of mental health en-US and substance abuse within our communi ty. The inaugural included a boot camp and en-USvendor village featuring goods and services en-US that promote health and wellness. At this event, David Lawrence Center Ex en-USecutive Chef Amy Peters, will be demonstrat ing healthy meals that are quick and easy for en-USyoung professionals on the go. Chef Amy en-US will discuss the importance of healthy eating en-US habits, and how it effects overall health. She en-US will also discuss how healthy meal planning en-US is promoted and facilitated for DLC residen tial clients. During the event, attendees will learn how to make: Mason jar salads with homemade en-USdressings and 20 different toppingsen-US Quinoa, cranberry walnut, feta salad en-US with a homemade dill dressingen-US Homemade Italian hummus with toren-US -en-US tilla chipsen-US Spicy white bean and veggie soupen-US Chef Amys healthy browniesen-US Guests will enjoy a special item to take en-US home. This event is open to all community en-US members. Registration is limited.en-US All proceeds from DLC Young Executives en-US events benet the mission, operations, and en-US expansion of David Lawrence Centers comen-US -en-US munity-based prevention and treatment proen-US -en-US grams that help the 1-in-4 local children and en-US adults who experience psychological and en-US substance use challenges.en-US Tickets are $25.00 per person. For sponen-US -en-US sorship information or to register, visit Daen-US -en-US or contact Emily en-US Budd at 239-304-3505 or emilyb@dlcmhc.en-US com.en-US Southwest Florida nonprot David Lawen-US -en-US rence Center is a national leader in providen-US-en-US ing world-class mental health and addiction en-US recovery solutions for children, adolescents en-US and adults. The Centers innovative, integraten-US -en-US ed treatment includes inpatient, outpatient, en-US residential, and community-based services en-US a comprehensive system of care funded by community and government support. en-USDavid Lawrence Center Young en-US en-US Executives to host event


4 Immokalee Bulletin April 5, 2018 By Chris Felker INI Florida Nature Conservancy Magazines Spring 2018 edition announces a recently estab lished conservation easement on some Glades County land along the northern bank of the Caloosahatchee River, in an area where a female Florida panther was seen last year with two kittens. That was the rst sighting in more than 40 years, according to wildlife agency ofcials. An easement established in October for the 460-acre Cypress Creek Grove property, owned by Falcon Eyrie Farms LC, marks a bundle of rsts for the Nature Conservancy (NC), which already protects, controls or owns several parcels in Florida including the Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Island. This conservation easement forever safe guards the land from urban development. Cypress Creek Grove is the rst working citrus farm in the state to commit to protec tion of the endangered panther by helping to establish corridors, or pathways, connecting the felines habitat and enhancing the pan ther populations long-term recovery and survivability, the NC says. Fewer than 200 of the endangered cats are estimated to remain in the states wildlands, and they continue to be threatened by loss of habitat, develop ment on their rangelands and vehicle strikes. It is also the rst protected tract of land within the identied panther corridor north of the river, and the rst conservation ease ment in that corridor nanced entirely by NC member donations. The property is within an area that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser vice and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con servation Commission have reported is im portant to panther habitat connectivity and expansion, according to the NC. The animal requires wide territory to support a healthy breeding population, and suitable lands in Glades and Hendry counties link panthers larger Southwest Florida habitat with wild areas north of the Caloosahatchee. Florida Forever lands nearby Now, expanded habitat is just a brief swim away for the cats south of the river, as Cypress Creek Grove is directly across the Caloosahatchee from the 1,257-acre Lone Ranger Forge/American Prime property. It is also protected by a conservation easement with the NC and other ones with state and federal agencies. The southern border of that land abuts the 1,527-acre Black Boar Ranch, which is under NC easement pro tection as well with assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Those three easements ensure into per petuity that 3,244 acres of prime Florida panther habitat will remain intact. Also, on the northern end, the panther pathway leads into lands identied for future conservation by the Florida Forever program, including an area directly connected that is high on that programs priority list for acquisition, the NC says. The Nature Conservancy has been working for more than 20 years to create a connected, protected corridor that can sup port Florida panther recovery, said Tem perince Morgan, executive director of the NC in Florida. Cypress Creek Grove is a key piece of the mosaic of natural and working lands that make up the corridor. Were truly thrilled that Falcon Eyrie Farms LC has com mitted to the future of panther conservation, and were grateful to our members for the donations earmarked for panther protection that made this possible. Dan Peregrin of Falcon Eyrie Farms said: Protecting the Florida panther is important to us. We know panthers use our land as they cross from one side of the river to the other, and we wanted to support their ability to expand north in the future. The conserva tion easement allows us to continue to be productive, while also ensuring the land will not be developed. The Cypress Creek citrus grove dates to the late 1980s when that land began being used for commercial production. About 273 acres are planted with Valencia and Hamlin oranges, according to the company, and the tract also has freshwater and forested wet lands and the creek that provides habitat for many other wildlife species including wad ing birds, reptiles and amphibians. The protected, connected lands also offer safety to several other endangered, threat ened or iconic Florida species, such as the snail kite, the swallow-tailed kite and the Florida black bear. Panther workshop scheduled Another major environmental organiza tion, Defenders of Wildlife, has scheduled a Panther Outreach Workshop at a wildlife re search venue in Venus, in Highlands County, next month to help inform the public about the Florida panthers path to recovery. Members of the group received an email announcing the workshop, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the Archbold Biological Station at 123 Main Drive in Venus, Fla. 33960. Those attending will enjoy a complimentary lunch and hear from Florida panther experts, re ceive information about projects that help reduce conict and assist rural residents in living responsibly with the big cats and oth er wildlife, and get Defenders-themed swag. Materials will be provided to allow attend ees to speak accurately with others about the Florida panther as well as conservation programs and projects being conducted for preservation of the species. Anyone planning to attend should bring comfortable shoes for a short walk in the scrub during the workshop. Go to www. to learn more about Defend ers of Wildlife or to sign up to attend. Those planning to participate will need to sign a release of liability form provided by the Fran ces Archbold Hufty Learning Center at Arch bold Biological Station. (Full disclosure: The writer is a member of both The Nature Conservancy and the De fenders of Wildlife.) Give Me a Call to advertise your business here! 239-657-6000 HELLO Immokalee! My Business Is... ...Introduce yourself to new customers in our next local shopping guide! Its a great way to showcase your products and services to consumers who care about keeping our community vibrant and strong by supporting local businesses like yours,Ads are just $35Call John at 239.657.6000 today, and let us start spreading the word about your business. Nature Conservancy protects land for panther pathway Courtsey photo/ Nature Conservancy photo courtesy of fStop Foundation An automatic camera captured a Flor ida panther prowling its territory in Hendry County.


April 5, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 5 So many ways to make every room smile. Find great deals all over the store! So many ways to make every room smile. Find great deals all over the store! So many ways to make every room smile. Find great deals all over the store! The Immokalee Foundation and Champi ons For Learning, Collier Countys afliates in the Take Stock in Children program, have each been recognized with the Gold Level of Excellence Award for the sixth consecu tive year, as well as the nonprot scholarship programs Innovation Award. Both organi zations were recognized at the annual Take Stock in Children Leadership Summit & Day at the Capitol. Were grateful that Take Stock recogniz es the work that we are doing to forge path ways to success for the students of Immoka lee, Steven Kissinger, executive director of The Immokalee Foundation said. The Im mokalee Foundations excellent staff, dedi cated mentors and invaluable community and corporate support make honors like this possible. We are so proud that we are collaborat ing and sharing best practices between our organizations to ensure that the students who are part of the Take Stock in Children program in Collier County have the best possible experience and outcomes for their future, said Susan McManus, president of Champions For Learning. The Gold Level of Excellence is reserved for the local afliates of the statewide organi zation that meet high marks on its Balanced Scorecard indicators. These include student recruitment, mentor pairing, timely advo cacy, two-year action plan, student growth, increased GPA and EDGAR self-certication which indicates compliance with federal education funding guidelines. The Balanced Scorecard provides a uniform way for Take Stock in Children to assess performance of all afliates through the same lens, and to manage their performance through action and improvement plans. The Innovation Award recognizes consis tent innovation and expansion of support to students and families. Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 and operates in every county in Florida. In Collier County, the students in Immokalee are part of the program through The Im mokalee Foundation. Other students across Collier County are served through Champi ons For Learning, to help low-income, aca demically qualied students escape the cycle of poverty through education. Through both organizations, all Collier County students have access to the high-quality program that offers college scholarships to students, pro vides caring volunteer mentors, and instills hope for a better life. Take Stocks compre hensive programs begin in middle school, continue through high school and include the transition to college or vocational edu cation. The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to professional careers through college and post-secondary prepa ration and support, mentoring and tutoring, opportunities for broadening experiences, and life skills development leading to eco nomic independence. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, call 239-4309122 or visit www.immokaleefoundation. org. Champions For Learning, the education foundation in Collier County is an indepen dent, community-based, non-prot 501(c) (3) organization that makes it possible for our community to impact lives by enrich ing the environment for student learning through educators and directly with stu dents. The organization has been awarded a four star rating for sound scal management and commitment to accountability and transparency by Charity Navigator. The Edu cation Foundation of Collier County (Cham pions For Learning) has been ranked among one of the top 25 education foundations in a national study. Become a Champion for Learning and visit www.ChampionsFor TIF, Champions For Learning recognized for excellence with state scholarship program awards Submitted photo Take Stock in Children awards Champions For Learning, Ashley Bowers, Bar bara Uible, Lisa Church The Immokalee Foundation, Steven Kissinger A total of more than $11 million in re cent FEMA grants will reimburse two Flor ida counties for Hurricane Irma-related expenses. Collier County will receive $10.6 million to reimburse county debris removal. FEMA funded 90 percent of the $11.8 million project and the remainder will come from non-federal sources. Manatee County Sheriffs Ofce will re ceive $1 million for emergency protective measures to save lives and protect public health and safety. FEMA funded 100 per cent of the project. FEMAs Public Assistance program ad ministers the grants. The program provides grants to state, tribal, territorial and local governments and certain types of private nonprot organizations so communities can quickly respond to major disasters and emergencies. The agency obligated funding for these projects directly to the state. It is the states responsibility to ensure that the eligible sub-recipient receives this award. Follow ing the states review process and upon re ceipt of appropriate documentation, they will provide funds to the sub-recipient on a reimbursable basis. Collier and Manatee counties are two of 67 Florida counties designated for Public Assistance funding under the disaster dec laration due after Hurricane Irma. To date, FEMA has obligated about $39 million to Florida under the Public Assistance pro gram. For more Hurricane Irma recovery in formation, visit, follow FEMA on Twitter @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and go to FEMAs Facebook page at FEMA approves $10.6 Million for Collier County


6 Immokalee Bulletin April 5, 2018 Thursday, April 5, 2018 Caloosa Belle 9 NOTICE OF PUBLICATION To Whom It May Concern: Notice is hereby given of intention to apply to the 2018 session of the Florida Legislature for passage (Be it Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida). Hence 768.28 F.S. of an act for Relief of Claimant(s): Peggy Bryan Dupree, Betty R. Gosnell, Karen J. Federighi. Excess Judgment Claim filed pursuant as required by Article III, Section 10 of the Constitution. Article X Section 13 Florida Constitution. A BILL TO BE ENTITLED: WHEREAS, Peggy Bryan Dupree & Kenneth Lee Bryan in Collier County Florida. Nature of Injuries: Arising out of Gross Negligence (Torture, Premeditated Attempted Murder, Brain Injuries, Other Health Illness & Irrevocable Physiological Damages). Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice. Property Damages: Incident(s): 10/12/2015, 10/16/2015, 10/19/2015, 10/29/2015, 03/09/2016, 04/14/2016, 05/01/2016 & other dates unknown. WHEREAS, Betty R. Gosnell & Jamie L. Curtis. Nature of Injuries: Arising out of Gross Negligence (Torture, Premeditated Attempted Murder, Possible Death & Irrevocable Psychological Damages), Medical Malpractice, Professional Mal practice, Property Damages. Incident(s): 07/07/2016, 09/16/2016, 04/19/2017 to present. WHEREAS, Karen J. Federighi. Natures of Injuries: Arising out of Gross Negli gence (Torture & Premeditated Murder), Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Property Damages. Incident(s): 01/14/2016, 01/22/2016 to present. Respondent(s) Caused Claimant(s) Injuries: Lee County Sheriff (Mike Scott) Office, Collier County Sheriff (Kevin J. Rambosk) Office. Agency With Persons With Disabilities Director (Barbara Palmer). David Lawrence Center Director/ President (Darcy Taylor, Scott Burgess). Department of Children & Families Director/Secretary (Mike Carroll), Collier County Clerk of Court Chief Judge McHugh. Lauren L. Brodie. James Shenko. Christine Greider. Larry Pivacek, Patrick Charles Weber. Claimant Peggy Bryan Dupree: Claim Amount $166,666,666.00 against State of Florida & Municipal. Collier County Sheriff Office. Agency With Persons With Disabilities. David Lawrence Center. Department of Children & Families & Protective Services. Collier County Clerk of Court. Larry Pivacek. Claimant Betty R. Gosnell: Claim Amount $166,666,666.00 against State of Florida & Municipal. Lee County Sheriff Office. Collier County Sheriff Office. Department of Children & Families & Protective Services. Collier County Clerk of Court. Claimant Karen J. Federighi: Claim Amount $166,666,666.00 against State of Florida & Municipal. Collier County Sheriff Office. Collier County Clerk of Court. Patrick Charles Weber. Larry Pivacek. 485000 IB 3/15,22,29;4/5,12/2018 Public Notice Public Notice 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 Lic#CCC1325950 Ofce: (863) 675-7045 1050 Commerce Dr. Suite B. Fax (863) 612-1158 R oo ng R oo ng Public Notice Public Notice STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE PERMITThe Department of Environmental Protection gives notice of its intent to issue an Environmental Resource Permit (File No. 228414-005) to Stewart Materials, LLC., 2875 Jupiter Park Drive, Suite 1100, Jupiter, Florida 33458, to expand an existing surface water management system at the Immokalee Sand Mine in Collier County. The currently permitted site consists of 219.8 acres, which includes a 17.92-acre processing plant site. The proposed expansion area adjoins the currently permitted site to the west and adds 231.0 acres to the permit area, 220.69 acres of which will be mined for sand. Additionally, the plant site within the currently permitted site will be mined towards the end of the mining operation, at which point a portable plant facility will be used for processing. The addition of the 231.0-acre expansion area will bring the total permit area to 450.8 acres and the additional 238.61 acres of proposed mining will bring the total mining area to 422.31 acres. Mining will be conducted using a dredge, so no dewatering will occur. The mine operates under Water Use Permit No. 11-02875-W from the South Florida Water Management District, which addresses materials washing and pumping. A total of 2.68 acres of impervious surface were previously permitted in association with the plant site and driveway. No additional impervious surface is being proposed. The predominant land cover within the proposed expansion area consists of citrus groves. No jurisdictional wetlands were identified onsite. A total of 10.2 acres of upland cut ditches with low habitat value will be impacted but will not require mitigation. All material mined within the expansion area will be piped back to the existing plant site and processing facility located within the currently permitted area. Additionally, the same Best Management Practices, Erosion Control Measures, and Pollution Prevention Plan associated with the current permitted operation will continue to be used for the proposed expansion. The depth of mining will be 85 feet below natural grade which is about negative (-) 51 feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD). The proposed mining will be subject to the mandatory reclamation requirements of Chapter 62C 39, F.A.C. At completion, the mining and reclamation will result in a single, 415.27-acre rectangular lake surrounded by gently sloping littoral zone wetlands vegetated with native herbaceous plants. The surrounding upland buffer around the lake will be reclaimed to 35.53 acres of rangeland. The estimated life of the mine is twenty years. The construction phase, including reclamation, of this permit expires in twenty years. The post reclamation land types will include lake, herbaceous wetlands, and rangeland. The mine is located approximately 1.25 miles southwest of the intersection of State Road 29 and State Road 82, northwest of Immokalee, in Sections 18 and 19, Township 46 South, Range 29 East, Collier County, Florida. The Department will issue the environmental resource permit unless a timely petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) is filed under sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., before the deadline for filing a petition. On the filing of a timely and sufficient petition, this action will not be final and effective until further order of the Department. Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate final agency action, the hearing process may result in a modification of the agency action or even denial of the application. Therefore, on the filing of a timely and sufficient petition, this action will not be final and effective until further order of the Department. Petition for Administrative Hearing A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Departments action may petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) under sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. Pursuant to rule 28-106.201, F.A.C, a petition for an administrative hearing must contain the following information: (a) The name and address of each agency affected and each agencys file or identification number, if known; (b) The name, address, any email address, any facsimile number, and telephone number of the petitioner; the name, address, and telephone number of the petitioners representative, if any, which shall be the address for service pur poses during the course of the proceeding; and an explanation of how the peti tioners substantial interests are or will be affected by the agency determination; (c) A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the agency decision; (d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition must so indicate; (e) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the specific facts that the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modification of the agencys proposed action; (f) A statement of the specific rules or statutes that the petitioner contends require reversal or modification of the agencys proposed action, including an explanation of how the alleged facts relate to the specific rules or statutes; and (g) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action that the petitioner wishes the agency to take with respect to the agencys proposed action. The petition must be filed (received by the Clerk) in the Office of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000 or at Also, a copy of the petition shall be mailed to the applicant at the address indicated above at the time of filing. Time Period for Filing a Petition In accordance with rule 62-110.106(3), F.A.C, petitions for an administrative hearing by the applicant must be filed within 21 days of receipt of this written notice. Petitions filed by any persons other than the applicant, and other than those entitled to written notice under section 120.60(3), F.S., must be filed within 21 days of publication of the notice or within 21 days of receipt of the written notice, whichever occurs first. Under section 120.60(3), F.S., however, any person who has asked the Department for notice of agency action may file a petition within 21 days of receipt of such notice, regardless of the date of publication. The failure to file a petition within the appropriate time period shall constitute a waiver of that persons right to request an administrative determination (hear ing) under sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., or to intervene in this proceeding and participate as a party to it. Any subsequent intervention (in a proceeding initiated by another party) will be only at the discretion of the presiding officer upon the filing of a motion in compliance with rule 28-106.205, F.A.C. Extension of Time Under rule 62-110.106(4), F.A.C., a person whose substantial interests are af fected by the Departments action may also request an extension of time to file a petition for an administrative hearing. The Department may, for good cause shown, grant the request for an extension of time. Requests for extension of time must be filed with the Office of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000, before the applicable deadline for filing a petition for an administrative hearing. A timely request for extension of time shall toll the running of the time period for filing a petition until the request is acted upon. Mediation Mediation is not available in this proceeding. The files associated with this order are available upon request. Please address your request to and include the file number in your request. 253372 IB 4/5/2018 Keiths Towing 903 Alachua St. Immokalee, FL 34142 239-657-5741 Auction Date: 04/16/18 @ 9a.m. 2000 Freightliner VIN#1FV3EFAD1YHG87027 Auctions Auctions Employment Full Time Person wanted to work in orange grove, lawn maintenance & clean up. $12 hour, must speak English. Flexible hours. Possible Full Time. (239)565-5033 or (239) 369-9567. No wonder newspaper readers earn more!saves you money by providing information about the best buys. READING A NEWSPAPER... Business Opportunities NOTICE Independent Newspa pers 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 772878-2010 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. Houses Rent Farm 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 Campers / RVs Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. 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Motorists should use caution and expect delays. I-75 from Alligator Alley (mile marker 61) to mile marker 146 (just north of SR 78, exit 143): Construction project: Work is under way to replace 24 Dynamic Message Signs. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures during nighttime/overnight hours. Estimated project completion is fall 2018. The contractor is Horsepower Electric, Inc. US 41 from Golden Gate Parkway to Orchid Drive: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect intermittent south bound lane closures during nighttime/over night hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays, while crews replace a driveway, weather permitting. Motorists should use caution as crews work in the roadway. US 41 from Golden Gate Parkway to the Lee County line: Maintenance contract proj ect: Crews will be sweeping from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 2 through Thurs day, April 5, weather permitting. Motorists should expect slow moving trafc and use caution as crews work in the roadway. Collier County Road Watch


April 5, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 7 Master Plan Meeting scheduled The Immokalee Area Master Plan guides the future growth in your community how land uses are arranged for housing, busi nesses, and civic uses; how these are sup ported and connected by the transportation network, and with the protection of import ant environmental areas. The next round of Public Workshops will be on April 25. The Morning Workshop will be from 8:30 10:30 a.m. at CareerSource 750 South 5th St. Im mokalee, FL 34142 OR Evening Workshop 5:30 7:30 p.m. Immokalee Community Park 321 North 1st St. Immokalee, FL 34142. For more information call Anita Jenkins, AICP Collier County Community Planning (239) 252-8288 Training and support group This support group is for families of chil dren with special needs of any kind. It pro vides the ability for parent training and for families to connect and establish supportive relationships. When: The last Wednesday of every month from 9 a. m.-11 a.m. Where: Florida State University College of Medicine, Immokalee Health Education Site, 1441 Her itage Boulevard, Immokalee. Cost: Free to families. Snacks and beverages will be pro vided for free. For more information or to register to attend, call Tara Tallaksen at (239) 254-4279 or Rosa Martinez (239) 658-3129. Este grupo de apoyo es para familias de nios con necesidades especiales de cual quier tipo. Proporciona la capacidad para el entrenamiento de los padres y para que las familias se conecten y establezcan rela ciones de apoyo. Cundo: El ltimo mir coles de cada mes de 9 a. m.-11 a.m. Dnde: Colegio de Medicina de la Universidad Es tatal de Florida, Sitio de Educacin de Salud de Immokalee, 1441 Heritage Boulevard, Immokalee. Costo: Gratuito para familias. Se ofrecern refrigerios y bebidas gratis. Para ms informacin o para inscribirse para asistir, llame a Tara Tallaksen al (239) 254-4279 o Rosa Martnez (239) 658-3129. Looking for volunteers One of the best investments we can make in the life of a child is in their early education experiences. We are looking for volunteers. The goal of the Literacy Buddy Program is to put books into the hands of 3, 4 and 5-year old children. Once you volunteer, you are matched with a child in a preschool con tracted by the coalition. Your child writes to you and tells you what they are interested in and then you write back and include a book about those interests. These exchanges hap pen three times during the school year. Its a great way to start a young child on the path to literacy and the love of learning. For more information visit and click on the Big Buddy Button. Emergency Preparedness & Planning: Collier County Emergency Management invites you to participate in Emergency Pre paredness & Planning: A Workshop for the Immokalee Unmet Needs Coalition. The event will be on Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 8075 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, FL 34113 in the Collier County Emer gency Operations Center (EOC)on the third oor. Learn how to further assist Immokalee before, during and after an emergency -Participate in an Immokalee-designed Table Top Exercise (TTX) -Take a tour of the Emergency Operations Center -Earn a certicate for this free training! -Registration is limited! To register, please contact Lauren D. Bonica, Human Services Program Manag er, Collier County Emergency Management, Lauren.Bonica@CollierCountyFL.Gov or 239-252-3608 Baby Shower Planned The 3rd Annual Immokalee Community Baby Shower is being planned for May 3 for the low income and Migrant farm working pregnant women of Immokalee. Healthy Start of Southwest Florida and FSU Col lege of Medicine partner together to host a community baby shower for these women that may not have anything for their babies, and whom may never have a baby shower of their own. There will be a morning of games, food, gifts, rafes and education. They would like to invite community part ners to come and set up tables with services and information, and an educational pre sentation by one of the FSUPsychologist. The organization is asking for any one or any agency/organization interested in being a sponsor for this event to please contact me: Rosa Martinez -239-658-3129 or Estela Aguilar239-425-6922. 5th Annual Leadership Day Highlands Elementary School, 1101 Lake Trafford RdImmokalee, FL 34142 will cel ebrate their 5th Annual Leadership Day on Friday, May 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. We encourage you to join us as we celebrate our recently achieved Lighthouse status! Our Student Leadership Teams will spotlight the 7 Habits through an array of approaches in order to provide guests with a rst hand look at the important role of each habit! With our theme of Lighting the Wayour young leaders are eager to showcase their accomplishments through leadership! Please RSVP so that we may plan according ly. Send name(s) of each person attending along with their physical mailing address. Formal invitations will be mailed out prior to the event. Please feel free to contact the school with any questions @ 239.377.7100. RSVP to Submitted photo Coming soon to the Firehouse Theater In celebration of 25 years of the Firehouse Community Theater, the Firehouse Singers will present a musical review called Looking Back and Forward on April 6-8 and 12-15. Under the direction of Nick Fidanza, the Singers will per form songs from their past and will also do some songs which will be new to them. Songs from the 20s up and from every genre will be heard! So get your tickets early because it is sure to sell out! Thursday, Friday and Saturday night performances start at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon performances start at 2 p.m. Tickets can be obtained online at or by calling the ticket hotline at (863) 675-3066. Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 at the door. The Firehouse Community Theatre is located at 241 N. Bridge Street in LaBelle, FL. Community Briefs


8 Immokalee Bulletin April 5, 2018 en-USSubmitted photo/en-USRichard Heers Wonderful Easter Worship en-USWell over 100 worshippers from many churches in Immokalee came out ear ly Easter Sunday morning to celebrate together the resurrection of Christ Je sus. Around 7:30 we welcomed the bright sunshine in the morning light on en-USthe outdoor basketball court at First United Methodist Church on the corner en-US of North 11th St., and Roberts Avenue. Beautiful congregational singing led en-US by Pam Mallory of First Missionary Baptist Church, and special music by the en-US members-adults and youth-from Beraca Haitian Baptist Church and Maranatha en-US Haitian Baptist Church lled the air around the community. A powerful presenta tion of the gospel, using Revelation 1: 4-8, was delivered by Evens Saint Louis, en-USpastor of Beraca Haitian Baptist Church. Thanks to the donation of Judy Crews en-US on behalf of Southwest Service and Supply, a free breakfast was prepared and en-US served by several ladies from Allen Chapel A.M.E. and First Missionary Bap tist Church. The sponsoring agency-Immokalee Ministerial Alliance-received a en-USfree-will offering from those in attendance with all gifts going to the I.M.A. Se nior Scholarship Fund of Immokalee High School. It is their hope to be able to en-USprovide at lead three $1,000.00 scholarships to deserving seniors planning on en-US attending college this fall. Anyone from the community who would like to join us en-US in this effort can send donations made out to One by One Leadership Founda tion, Inc., and you will receive a tax-de ductible receipt for you generosity. en-USIndividual or business gifts are glad ly welcome! Checks-with a notation en-USfor I.M.A. Scholarship Fund can be en-US mailed to 1400 N 15th St, Immokalee, en-US FL 34142. en-USSubmitted photo/en-USFred N Thomas, Jren-USCasino opens grillen-USOn March 30, the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee invited the Immokalee en-US Chamber of Commerce to participate in its festive opening of the EE-To-LEET en-US KE Grill. The newest restaurant in the casino had a beautiful dcor that was en-US very appealing to the eyes and to everyones taste buds. Several Community en-US Organizations were in attendance. The food was simply delicious! On behalf en-US of the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce President( Danny Gonzalez) he en-US voiced his appreciation to the staff and to the VP/Assist General Manager en-US for a wonderful time and all the Chambers members appreciated the chance en-US to dine in elegant style. Photo from left to right: Bernardo Barnhart-VP area en-US manager at 1st Bank in Immokalee, Micheal Choates-Immokalees Fire Chief, en-US Danny Gonzalez-President of the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce, Cheren-US -en-US ryle Thomas-ICOC Receptionist, Christie Betancourt-CRA Manager of Operen-US -en-US ations. and Edward Aguilar Sr.-VP/Assistant General Manager of the Semien-US -en-US nole Casino Hotel Immokalee. en-USCollier County residents and visitors are now able to receive Collier County Govern ments popular E-Notications as text mes sages. More and more people are relying pri en-USmarily on cell phones for all their commu nication needs, said Mike Shefeld, direc tor of Collier Countys Communication and en-USCustomer Relations Division. Being able to en-US receive meeting notices, event announce ments and emergency information via text en-USmessage, in addition to email, is just another en-US level of service we can provide to our resi dents. To sign up for E-Notications and/or text messages, go to and en-USuse the Sign Up For E-Notications link un der the Stay Connected navigation bar. Or, en-USclick here. Please note that under Floridas en-US Sunshine laws, email addresses provided en-US through this system become part of Collier en-US County Government public record. If you do en-US not want your e-mail address released in re sponse to a public records request, do not en-USregister for this service. For more information, contact public in en-USformation coordinator Margie Hapke (239) en-US252-2679 or Margie.Hapke@CollierCounty Fl.Gov. E-Notications Now Available en-USas Text Messages