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BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County Thursday, May 31, 2018 Vol. 51 No. 22 By Fred N Thomas, Jr Special to the Immokalee Bulletin The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce (ICOC) and the Community Redevelopment Agency hosted a Roundtable Meeting with Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of DOE at the Boys & Girls Club-Bolch Campus located at 1155 Roberts Ave in Immokalee on May 29 with various community business mem bers. There was an opened discussion on the following topics: Availability of State and Federal Pro grams Initiatives for small business Plans that will advance Collier County (Immokalees vision) Economic Development Projects Capital Projects Infrastructure Employment Opportunities Before starting the questions and answers with Proctor a committee member asked for her rst impressions of the Immokalee com munity. She and her assistant told the com mittee that she went to two ribbon cutting ceremonies events and was amazed to see so much community involvement. She said that speaks well of the community. Usually the Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies she attends have mostly government ofcials there and not a lot of community residents. This was not the case in the Immokalee community. Proctor told the committee she was very im pressed with what she has viewed so far in Immokalee. Proctor and her assistant, Julie Dennis began the discussion with the various busi nesses with an overview of exactly what their jobs entailed and how it could help Immokalee. After listening very attentively to all the community businesses comments, Proc tor and Dennis made a suggestion that Im mokalee needs to form its owned Econom ic Development Committee and prioritize the most important needs of Immokalee by different categories. After completing that function Proctors staff will come to Immokalee and meet with the committee to help in securing grants, and help with proposals needed to get Immokalee goals accomplished. ICOC and the community businesses of Immokalee will nally know how to get started with their community needs and nd out what grants or proposals are avail able and appropriate with State and Federal funding. There were 15 businesses in attendance with lots of questions and comments. Chamber hosts Roundtable with Redevelopment Agency Courtesy photo/ Fred N Thomas, Jr From left to right: Julie Dennis (DOE), Estil Null (Nulls Notary& Tax Services), Danny Gonzalez (President of the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce) and Cis sy Proctor( Executive Director of DOE). Courtesy photo/ Jennifer L. Kupiec Students waiting their turn to cross the stage. By Jennifer L. Kupiec Specialist, Communications & Community Engagement Collier County Public Schools Congratulations, students! Youve made it! Its the last day of school and we could not be more proud of your accomplish ments this year. You persevered through the impact of Hurricane Irma, continued to make learning gains, and developed some impressive lead ership skills. The results were demonstrated last Friday as 380 Immokalee High School students took the all-important walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. Togeth er, those students received $5.1 million in scholarship support. That is an increase of $1.3 million over last year! Well done, Class of 2018! When asked to share some advice with our younger students, almost all of our grad uates said the same thing, Dont procrasti nate. Another word of advice, Participate. Getting involved in various clubs and activi ties helps to nd your passion and keeps you connected with your fellow students. Also for our future graduates, do not let summer diminish what youve learned. There will be resources available on our website ( to con tinue your growth and learning during the summer months. You will also want to be sure to contin ue to check your schools website for im portant back-to-school information such as school supply lists, dress code information, and Meet the Teacher events. To nd your schools website, visit www.collierschools. com and select Schools in the green navi gation bar. Click on your childs school and choose the School Website link under the picture. Again, congratulations on making it through another successful school year. Well see you in August! Congratulations Class of 2018 Special to the Immokalee Bulletin An unknown vehicle recently struck and killed a male Florida panther that was 2 1/2 years old on Interstate 75 east of State Road 29 in Collier County, Defenders of Wildlife (DOW) reports. The carcass was collected May 18, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. While the part of Alligator Alley where he was struck is fenced, the panther most likely ac cessed the road through areas where fenc es had been downed by Hurricane Irma, an email from DOW said. Bids had been received the day before on Florida Depart ment of Transportation contracts to replace the fencing. DOW had been requesting that FDOT make xing the damaged fencing a priority, but it is not considered an emer gency repair like signals. Fencing repairs are scheduled to begin within a few months, the FDOT says. Panther killed by downed I-75 fence


2 Immokalee Bulletin May 31, 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 Fri day 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 Group Advertising Manager: Jamie Limoges News and Ad Services: Dale Conyers Advertising Sales: Anakaren Salinas 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 industrystan dards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Indepen dents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Consti tution, 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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This years graduating class includes 88 children, and more than 700 family members are ex pected to attend. The students, in nautical costumes, will perform songs around the theme Sailing to a Bright Future. A Pow erPoint presentation featuring photos of the children throughout the school year will take place between the performance and the graduation procession in which students will be wearing red caps and gowns. Guadalupe Center offers a voluntary pre-kindergarten program (VPK) to families in Immokalee with tuition on a sliding scale based on household income. Historically, 95 percent of children completing Guadalupe Centers pre-kindergarten program meet or exceed Collier Countys kindergarten read iness standards, far surpassing the average for youth in Immokalee. Guadalupe Center has earned the Gold Seal from the Florida Legislature for receiving outside accredita tion from nationally recognized agencies while implementing high-quality academic and operational programs. The ceremony will start at 6 p.m. at the Immokalee High School auditorium, 701 Immokalee Drive, Immokalee. Guadalupe Center to hold pre-kindergarten graduation ceremony tonight, May 31 Importance of Books for Collier Kids: Literacy is one of the best predictors of a childs future success A lack of basic literacy skills is linked with academic failure, delinquency, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, unemploy ment, low productivity and welfare depen dency Nationally, in some of the lowest-in come areas there is only one book for every 300 kids Children whose parents are unable to read tend to struggle with reading too, per petuating a cycle of poverty Low-income children without access to books experience the summer slide; starting fall classes with reading scores 30 percent lower than students with steady ac cess to books By the end of 5th grade, children-inneed are nearly three grades behind in read ing skills 63 percent of Collier Countys 22,000 el ementary students are economically needy; Collier County has designated 64.38 percent of the students as economically disadvan taged across all schools 22 of Collier Countys 30 elementary schools are Title I schools where a majori ty of students are from low-income families where at least 75 percent of students en rolled in the free and reduced lunch program An average of 90 percent of children in Title I elementary schools are economically disadvantaged children and benet from our free book program My four-year-old carries all her books from Books for Collier Kids in her backpack every single day. At night, we read them to gether to her little brother. Then, she puts those books right back into her backpack to keep them safe. ~ Parent of a student at Fun Time Early Childhood Academy Books for Collier Kids: Launched in 2005 as First Book-Collier County to provide new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy access to books Changed its name in 2015 to Books for Collier Kids; this leading chapter of the award-winning national nonprot, First Book, changed its name to reect its focus on disadvantaged children in pre-K, kinder garten, rst and second grades across Collier County Early childhood experts select top-qual ity, age-appropriate books that are pur chased in-bulk, at heavily discounted prices, through The First Book Marketplace Added Palmetto Ridge and Poinciana Elementary schools to the program in 2017; three more schools to be added in 2018 Supports the curriculum in more than 380 classrooms in Collier County Distributes books in every Title I school and Head Start pre-K program in the county Provides more than 100,000 new books to Collier County students each year Gives a new book each month to some 7,400 children to develop their personal home libraries Collaborates with Habitat for Humanity and Christ Child Society of Naples to provide more than 100 starter home libraries to low-income families in our community Partners with numerous organizations to get Books for Collier Kids into the hands of children, including: Backpacks for the Homeless, Collier County Public Schools, Early Literacy and Learning Model (ELLM), Friends of Foster Children, Grace Place for Children & Families, Guadalupe Center for Immokalee, Immokalee Housing & Family Services, NCH Healthcare System, Ronald McDonald Caremobile, Youth Haven, etc. The childrens faces just light up when its Books for Collier Kids day. ~ Aman da Kubin, reading coach, Lely Elementary School Books for Collier Kids Success: Measurable improvements in Collier County childrens reading scores since ma terial distribution began in 2005 Survey ratings of more than 98 percent for value and effectiveness Thriving partnerships with more than 20 local nonprots serving disadvantaged children Praise and appreciation from Collier County School Board and Superintendent Dr. Patton Named Outstanding Nonprot of 2012 by the Community Foundation of Col lier County Praise from teachers, parents and stu dents More than 7,400 children a month en gaging their imaginations to learn, play and grow as they enjoy their monthly new book selection 2018: Milestone of ONE MILLION books distributed throughout Collier County since inception Thank you for the books. I read the book. I sound out the words that I do not know. You are the best. I love you. I love you cause you gave us the books.~ Maria, pre-K student, Manatee Elementary School Support for Books for Collier Kids: Books for Collier Kids is an all-volun teer nonprot organization Community support enables the char ity to continue providing life-transforming educational adventures and experiences to our neediest children $50 buys one book for every child in a Head Start pre-K or Title I classroom $100 buys one book for every child in two classrooms $250 buys one book for every child in ve classrooms $500 supports an entire classroom (over 200 new books) for a full year, provid ing each child with a book a month to take home, cherish and share For more information on Books for Col lier Kids, please visit www.BooksForCol, or call Sallie Williams, Chair, at 239-394-4062. Books for Collier Kids is dedicated to putting a steady stream of new books into the hands of children living in poverty in our community books for them to read and own. Books in the home are vital to a childs ability to read and learn. www.BooksforCol Fact Sheet for Books for Collier Kids Celebrating One Million new books to children in need since 2005


May 31, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 3 Courtesy photo Aubrey Garcis raised $1,550 by selling advertis ing on her prom dress, she donat ed the proceeds to the Guadalupe Center. Talk is Cheap Governor Rick Scott brought his talk to Immokalee and tax payer money to Naples. The Immokalee Bulletin reports that the Governor scheduled an informal meeting last week with the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce to speak to with various people. The Governor was asked how he could help the community recuperate from Hurricane Irma and help to get a Detox Center for the area. In that meeting the Governor gave only contact information for these and other concerns brought up to him. However, when the Governor went to Naples last week, and without apparently being asked, he stated We have to support the safety of all the Jewish Day Schools, and talked about a two million dollar in se curity funding in the Florida budget for this purpose. I have worked in Immokalee for three decades and believe that two million dollars spent in Immokalee to feed the hungry and care for the sick could save more lives than protecting any school. Juan Puerto, M.D. 555 N. 15th St. Suite A Immokalee, FL 34142 Democracy Shouldnt be Forced I am surprised that State Representative of Fort Myers, Heather Fitzenhagen did not seem to know the history of U.S./Cuba poli tics. In her recent guest column in the News Press, My trip to Cuba: Sad and appalling, but also eye opening, she blames Castros brand of Socialism for the dire straights of the Cuban people today. She has apparent ly not heard of the Cuban Democracy Act, which prohibits foreign U.S. subsidiaries to trade with Cuba, the Helm-Burton Act or the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. The U. S. uses these blunt tools to bring economic oppression to force changes in Cuba. The U.S. embargo on Cuba has cost 1.126 trillion dollars in damages to the Cuban economy. a damage that cannot be blamed on the Cu ban Government. Nearly unanimously for the past twen ty-two years the U.N. has condemned the U.S. embargo on Cuba. It seems the U. S. doesnt always believe in Democracy. I agree with Ms. Fitzenhagen that De mocracy is good, but in my opinion, works best when it cannot be bought. Juan Puerto, M.D. 555 N 15th St. Suite A Immokalee, FL 34142 Letters to the Editor NAPLES A junior at Golden Gate High School who sold advertising space on her prom dress as a fundraiser has donated the proceeds to Guadalupe Center. Aubrey Garcia, like many teenagers in Collier County, witnessed rsthand the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma and searched for ways to help those in need. Garcias fundraising idea was to sell blocks of advertising on her prom dress, and the 17-year-old student reached out to local businesses and organizations with her idea. I got a lot of rejections, but heard a lot of positive feedback as well, Garcia said. The teen ended up collecting $1,550 through eight sponsorships, and after care ful consideration, she decided to donate the money to Guadalupe Center, citing the non prot organizations track record of success within the community. On prom night, most students are fo cused on their hair, makeup and transpor tation, said Dawn Montecalvo, president of Guadalupe Center. Ive seen the photos, and Aubrey looked stunning in her prom dress, but she was more concerned with using that special night to create an oppor tunity to help others in the community. She wanted to send a strong message that we need to look beyond ourselves. What an in credible young woman! Guadalupe Center, which has a mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through edu cation for the children of Immokalee, select ed 2018 Immokalee High School graduate Barbara St. Fleur, a senior in its college-pre paratory Tutor Corps program, to receive the funds. St. Fleurs laptop was severely dam aged during the hurricane, and shes been using a borrowed computer since last fall. St. Fleur, who is heading to Arcadia Univer sity in Pennsylvania on a full scholarship, needed to nd a permanent solution. On Wednesday, May 23, Garcia present ed St. Fleur with a new HP laptop. It was the rst time the two teens had met, but after chatting, they realized each was taking early admissions classes at Florida SouthWestern State College. St. Fleur, 18, was happy to see a fellow teen step forward and make the news for a positive action. You usually dont hear about a dress or fashion unless a person is wearing some thing inappropriate, so for her to use her prom dress for a good cause is amazing, said St. Fleur. Golden Gate High held its prom on April 28 at the Hilton Naples, and Garcia wore a black skirt coupled with a white sleeveless top. The dress featured advertisements from Barron Collier Companies, the Maurizi fami ly, Remnant Construction, S&J Renovations, Asset Management Solutions, FOX4, Good year and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, each printed on fabric paper, attached to a sash made by Garcia and pinned to her skirt. Only a small group of friends knew about Garcias dress before prom night. Everybody is so stuck on graduation and prom, and what they want to wear, Garcia said. They all wondered, Why are you wearing logos? After they found out, though, most of them thought it was a cool idea. About Guadalupe Center Guadalupe Center is a purpose-driven, nonprot organization with proven results in creating endless possibilities for the students of Immokalee through education and fos tering personal and academic success that leads to economic independence. With a fo cus on breaking the cycle of poverty through education, Guadalupe Center is proud of the childrens accomplishments: 94 percent ex ceed kindergarten readiness measures, 100 percent of Tutor Corps high school seniors graduate high school and are accepted into college, and more than 90 percent graduat ed with a post-secondary degree. Naples teen sells advertising on prom dress and donates proceeds


4 Immokalee Bulletin May 31, 2018 Give Me a Call to advertise your business here! 239-657-6000 By Chris Felker INI Florida A funny video showed up on Facebook recently, by Daniel McNamara via Storyful, that shows a resting alligator, awakened by an errant golf drive, then devouring said ball and slinking off into the water hazard. So far they havent been trained to fetch by Florida golf course owners, but a local trapper tells the story of how human activity can condition them to become nuisances. Alligators become more active and visi ble in populated areas at this time of year because their mating season is under way, so the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva tion Commission (FWC) wants Floridians to be cognizant of how best to stay safe around them, what measures they can take to keep alligators at a safe distance and what to do if they feel threatened by one. Although they were removed from the endangered species list decades ago, alliga tors still are a protected species because of their resemblance to the endangered Amer ican crocodile. Under Florida law, it is ille gal to feed, kill, harass or possess alligators without a farming or hunting license. All residents and visitors are advised to be aware that as a fundamental part of Floridas natural landscapes, ecosystems and food chains, alligators are found in all 67 counties, especially in and near freshwater or brackish water bodies. So it is important to always be watchful when engaging in outdoor recre ation nearby or in the water, even, possibly, in ones own back yard. And because gators are most active between dusk and dawn, swimming at night in inland water bodies is to be avoided. Clean up the scraps while shing Fishermen especially are asked to be pro active in not providing articial food sources or attractions for alligators. The FWC advises disposing of all sh scraps in garbage cans at boat ramps and sh camps; never throw them in the water. People are asked to ob serve and photograph alligators only from a distance. Alligators under 4 feet long generally are not big enough to be dangerous to people unless handled. But male alligators 7 feet or longer, and females 6 feet or longer, most likely are sexually mature. Mating season oc curs during May and June, and the animals are more active outside their usual ranges and are apt to act more aggressively during these months. In any case, people are advised never to swim outside of posted swimming areas or in any waters where large alligators might be present. Also, people who own pets must re member that dogs and cats are close in size to alligators natural prey, so they should not allow their pets to swim, exercise or drink in or near water bodies that might harbor ga tors. Attacks on humans are extremely rare but still possible, so always be wary if one is sighted, and leave it alone. Alligators may be seen anywhere near ponds, canals, ditches, streams, pools and golf-course waterholes. Often they may just be sunning themselves or moving between wetland areas, but if anyone observes an alligator that is believed to pose a threat to humans, pets or property, they are encour aged to call the FWCs Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP) at 866-392-4286. The programs goal is to reduce the threat from alligators to people and their property in developed areas, while conserving alliga tors in areas where they naturally occur. In 2017, SNAP received 13,210 nuisance alliga tor complaints, resulting in the removal of 8,455 nuisance alligators. The number of calls was about 3,000 fewer in 2016, but the number of animals harvested was up from 8,036 that year. Overall, the recent number of calls is below the 2012-16 average of 15,124 calls but harvests are up substantially over that four-year average of 7,379. This program permits the removal of alli gators that pose a threat to people, pets, live stock, or property. It is illegal for members of the general public to kill, capture or relocate nuisance alligators. For more information about nuisance alligators, visit http://myfwc. com/wildlifehabitats/man. Local trapper has been keeping busy Local FWC-licensed nuisance-gator trap per Allen Register, who also is co-owner with wife Patty of the Gatorama attraction in Glades County, said on Saturday, May 19, that hes been somewhat busier lately than usual at this time. Its the breeding season so theyre out moving around. Ive got ve open permits right now, he said. Five different people had called FWC in his area, reporting nuisance alligators, but some of them were reporting multiple gators. Mr. Register, whos been working for FWC as a trapper for about seven years, is assigned the territory between the Caloosa hatchee River and Fisheating Creek. Theres high trapping trafc right now, because alligators are breeding so theyre on the roads and theyre in peoples ponds, said Mrs. Register. She added that the alliga tors he traps are not killed. We bring them back here (to Gatorama) and, depending on their size, we either put them in the breeding area as new bloodlines, or we put them in this barebacking opportunity for a little bit. Thats a new photo-op available to Gatora ma visitors where they can be photographed as though they were riding an alligator. Sometimes people report alligators that are too young to be a nuisance; Mr. Register said a woman in Moore Haven had reported several but they were only 2-3 feet. A nuisance alligator is deemed as one 4 feet and above, but we as the trapper indus Be wary and safe during alligators active season, FWC advises See Alligator Page 5 Special to INI Florida/ Courtesy of Gatorama Youll usually nd FWC licensed nuisance-alligator trapper Allen Register feed ing the specimens at Gatorama, or giving a lecture for visitors.


May 31, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 5 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 Ana at 239.657.6000 today, and let us start spreading the word about your business. 107 W. Main St. Immokalee, FL (Across from Mimis Pinatas) HOURS: Monday-Fri 9am to 7pm Sat9am5pm We accept All Insurances. Lowest prices in town. New Pharmacy. Have Medical Supply (wheelchairs, walkers, canes etc). try or group have said that well go get those alligators to keep the complainant happy, and well relocate them ... to another body of water. The nuisance trapping never ends; it goes on year-round, Mr. Register explained. The state has to respond because of public safety, and so thats why they call the trappers. But some are not, in my opinion, he added. Asked when its necessary to report an alligator one might encounter as a nui sance, he replied: I think when a person feels threatened but theres different thresholds for that I have a lady whos lived in the same house since 1977, and she said theyre worse this year than theyve ever been. Her house is up on stilts, and it was underneath her house or in her carport. Thats certainly an incident where we need to take care of the alligator. But, he added, there becomes a heightened awareness when theres an inju ry or death from an alligator and people start to freak out. We had that happen in Moore Haven several years ago when a boy got his arm bitten off, so its a frenzy now. Generally what happens is, if an alligators up on your property closer to your house than to the water, thats a good indication that it could be a problem alligator. That can be because the animals lost his fear of people, said Mrs. Register. Alligators seem to be easily trained If people start to feed them, then they lose that fear. It only takes one or two times to feed an alligator before that gator ... I mean, theyre smart, Mr. Register contin ued. Weve trained some of these alligators here you see that triangle hanging from the tree over there (on a bank along Gatora mas alligator pond); if we go there and ring that triangle, then whomp, they all go over there, and then we can call them one by one back over here and then well feed them, stop them, have them walk around the trees and come back. It doesnt take but just a few incidents, or a few times of them doing that, and they understand whats going on. They easily get conditioned to know when theres food present or nearby and when theres not. They have a natural fear of people, they just lose that fear whenever people start to feed them. Mr. Register even thinks the alligators might be smart enough to modify their be havior based on trappers routine. The gators know theres this one in Moore Haven that weve been chasing for about three weeks, and hes just in a canal system; theres ... four different things with culverts going through. You put out the bait, and hes not even close by. And then youve got to think about how long he is because you dont want to put it too low; then other animals would get it. You dont want to get the four-footers if youre after an eight-foot er. Alligator harvest program The rst application period for 2018 State wide Alligator Harvest Permits ran from May 18 through May 28. Participants had to either complete an online harvest report form or mail in a hard copy form; but if they transfer their alligator carcass to a commercial pro cessor, then they must also print out a copy of the form and submit it with the carcass. Theres also a Private Lands Alligator Harvest Program with similar reporting re quirements, except that participants also must verify alligator habitat and population data using certied wildlife biologists. Male alligators 7 feet or longer, and fe males 6 feet or longer, most likely are sex ually mature, and mating occurs in May and June. Females build a mound nest of soil, vegetation and debris and lay 32 to 46 eggs in late June or early July. Hatching occurs from mid-August through early September. The basic rules for coexisting with gators are: never feed them; keep pets away from waters edge; swim during the day and only in designated areas; and keep your distance if you see an alligator. If an alligator is on your property and causing concern, call the FWCs toll-free nuisance alligator hotline at 866-FWC-GA TOR (392-4286). Alligator Continued From Page 4 INI Florida/ Chris Felker A sign on trapper Allen Registers vehicle identies him as licensed by the Flor ida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Often, he joked, he thinks he should send up a are when he arrives at a call because he goes right to work and nervous residents might not see him right away.


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May 31, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 7 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. Lets Talk Lets Talk is a workshop for Parents on How to Communicate Better with their Chil dren. The workshop will be held on June 11 from 5 p.m. 7 p.m. at the Center for Child Strees and Health, FSU College of Medicine, 1441 Heritage Boulevard, Immokalee, FL 34142. Pizza Night! Kids are invited to cre ate their own healthy pizza. Free dinner and childcare Provided. RSVP not required but appreciated at or call 239-658-3123. Taller para familias sobre cmo comu nicarse mejor con sus hijos 11 de Junio 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 1441 Heritage Boulevard, Immokalee, FL 34142. Noche de Pizza para los Nios! Los nios estn invitados a venir y crear su propia pizza saludable. No se re quiere reservacin, pero se agradece fsus 239-658-3123. iTech Summer Class Summer ELL Classes from June 5 to July 26, Monday Thursday from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. The class is $30. Must be 16 years old to attend and not enrolled in the K-12 system. ELCATE is tuition exempt. Some students may qualify to receive free tuition. Clases De Ingls Del Verano 5 de Junio 26 de Julio Lunes Jueves 8 a.m. -12 p.m. $30 Klas Angl Nan Sezon EteA 5 Juin 26 Juy Lendi Jedi 8 A.M. 12 P.M. $30 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. Coming soon to the Firehouse Community Theatre This season the Firehouse Community Theatre will offer two Summer Youth Pro grams. These Summer Youth camps offers area children the experience of live theatre. Registration fees are $50 per child, $25 for additional children in a family. The rst Summer Youth Program will be for the older kids ages 10 to 16. THE GREAT AMERICAN TALENT SHOW directed by Kristin Green. Play dates are June 14, 15 and 16 at 7p.m. and June 18 at 2 p.m. The second Summer Youth Program will be for the younger kids ages ve to 10. MONSTER IN THE CLOSET directed by Kylie Bancroft and Valerie Shough. Play dates are: June 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. and July 1 at 2 p.m. For more info call 863-675-3066 (leave a message) or online at www.rehousecom NOTICE OF PUBLICATION To whom it may concern Notice is hereby given of intention. To apply/file/Enroll into the 2018-2019 Session of the Florida Legislature for passage (Be it Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida). Petition the Florida Legislature to waive statutory. Hence 768.28 F.S. of an act for relief for the local Claim Bill of Claimant(s): Peggy Bryan Dupree & Betty R. Gosnell, Karen J. Federighi. Petition Excess Judgment Claim filed pursuant as required by Article III Section 10 of the Constitution Article X Section 13 Florida Constitution. SECTION 284.30 F.S. TO BE ENTITLED TO: A BILL TO BE ENTITLED. & PETITION THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO REQUEST EXCEPTION WAIVING A STATUTORY WAIVER. SECTION 11.066 PETITION LEGISLATURE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH IT RULES, TO SEEK AN APPROPRIATION TO PAY A JUDGEMENT, AGAINST THE STATE OF FLORIDA OR STATE AGENCY OR SUBDIVISION THEREOF: IN EACH OF THESE LOCAL CLAIM BILLS OF EACH CLAIMANT(S) IN THE CIRCUIT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR COLLIER. LEE, CHARLOTTE, GLADES HENDRY REQUES/PETITION CON GRESS TO WAIVE ABROGATE STATE IMMUNITY FLORIDA FAILED TO WARN IT CITIZENS THE DANGER OF LIVING IN FLORIDA OF THIS STATE AGENCIES TARGETING ITS CITIZENS WHICH SENATOR NANCY SHAFER INFORMED WASHINGTON D.C. OF THE DANGERS AND WARN OUR CONGRESS TO WARN IT CITIZENS WHICH GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT FAILED TO WARN CLAIMANT(S)PEGGY B. DUPREE,BETTY R.GOSNELL, KAREN J.FEDERIGHI,FAILED IN THE AGENGIES EXECUTION OF POLICIES & OPERATIONAL ACTIONS. NOTICE OF 11.065 HAS BEEN GIVEN. PETITION FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO HEAR THESE LOCAL CLAIM BILLS AT THE SAME TIME AT THE MASTER HEARING SET. WHEREAS: Peggy Bryan Dupree & Kenneth Lee Bryan: Nature of Injuries & Financial lost: Arising out of gross negligence supervision, Brain Injuries, other health illness, Torture & Irrevocable Psychological & Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Breach of Contract, Duty, Causation, damages, Property Damages: Incident(s) 03/09/16 & 04/14/16 & 5/01/16-to the Present. WHEREAS: Betty R. Gosnell & Jamie Lynn Curtis: Nature of Injuries & Financial lost: Arising out of Gross Negligence Supervision, other health illness, Torture &Irrevocable Psychological & Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Breach of Contract, Duty, Causation, damages, Property Damages: Incidents(s) 07/07/2016, 09/16/2016, 04/19/2017to the Present WHEREAS: Karen J. Federighi: Nature of Injuries & Financial lost: Arising out of Gross Negligence Supervision, Torture & Premeditated Murder, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Breach of Contract, Duty, Causation, damages, Property Damages: Incident(s) 01/14/2016, 01/22/2016to the Present. Respondent(s) Caused Claimant(s) Injuries Lee Sheriff (Mike Scott) Office, Collier County Sheriff (Kevin J Rambosk) Office, Agency for Persons with Disabilities Director (Barbara Palmer), David Lawrence Center Director /President (Darcy Taylor & Scott Burgess), Department of Children Family Director (Robert Anderson & Jerry Seiden ), Collier County Clerk of Court Chief Judge (Michael T. McHugh & (Judges)Lauren Brodie, Frederick R. Hardt, Christine Greider, James Shenko, Hugh D. Hayes, Magistrate Maria Dented, Magistrate Amy Ellis, Mary Evans, (Magistrates) Maria Dente, Amy W. Ellis, David Friedman ,Larry Pivacek, Patrick Charles Weber, SENATOR KATHLEEN PASSIDOMO, GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT. Claimant (1): Peggy Bryan Dupree claim amount $166,666,666.00 against the State of Florida & Municipal of Collier County, Collier County Sheriff Office, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, David Lawrence Center, Department of Children and Family & Protect Services, Collier County Clerk of Court, Larry Pivacek. SENATOR KATHLEEN PASSIDOMO & GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT. Claimant (2): Betty R. Gosnell claim amount $166,666,666.00 against the State of Florida & Municipal Lee County & Collier County Florida. Lee County Sheriff Office, Collier County Sheriff Office, Department of Children and Family & Protect Services, Collier County Clerk of Court. SENATOR KATHLEN PASSIDOMO & GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT. Claimant (3): Karen J. Federighi Claim Amount $166,666,666.00 against State of Florida Municipal, Collier County Clerk of Court, Patrick Charles Weber, Larry Pivacek. SENATOR KATHLEEN PASSIDOMO & GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT. 259689 IB 5/10,17,24,31/2018 Public Notice Public Notice 1 Part of 10/29/14 6 With the bow, to a violist 10 The Godfather novelist 14 Its strings are tuned in perfect fifths 15 Gulp (down) 16 Alternative to Windows 17 Geometric products 18 Patron saint of Norway 19 Evening, informally 20 Classic country song with the lyric Ive lived my life in vain 22 Pass the welcome mat 23 Gamblers method 24 Image handlers, for short 26 Clueless actress Donovan 29 Ice cream treat 32 L x XLVIII 35 Support for a weak joint 37 Deforestation remnant 38 __-Locka, Florida 39 Manners expressed in letters 41 Queen Victorias realm, e.g.: Abbr. 42 Kibbutz teacher 44 Steady fellow 45 U.K. mil. awards 46 Buzzards grippers 48 Big name in appliances 50 Les __-Unis 52 California wine region 56 Newsletter choice 58 Writer/director known for his coming-of-age films 61 Genesis son 62 Golden rule word 63 Showy flowers, for short 64 Deadliest Catch narrator Mike 65 Not quite dry 66 Eagles hideaway 67 Place for private dining? 68 First name in mysteries 69 Political essay 1 Picket line crossers 2 Bad, Bad Brown of song 3 As and Jays 4 Not on the level 5 Inexpensive lodging 6 Missing reveille, perhaps 7 Chewy candy brand 8 Purse fastener 9 Bids 10 Strong-smelling 11 Deduction on many paychecks 12 Rigatoni alternative 13 Field team 21 Drops 25 Rumple, with up 27 Born From Jets automaker 28 Sleep __ 30 Arsenal supply 31 Love & Basketball actor Omar 32 Media mogul Zuckerman 33 Film-rating org. 34 24/7 information provider 36 Mild cheese 39 Colada fruit 40 Suppress 43 Pop holders 45 Pendant earring, say 47 Childrens hosp. co-founded by Danny Thomas 49 Chewy candy 51 Sub tracker 53 BUtterfield 8 novelist 54 Physician at the front 55 Its a good thing 56 Growing concern? 57 Double-reed woodwind 59 Standard Web page code 60 You wish rfntbttb rfnntb ttEdited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis Community Briefs Monday, June 4: Pine Ridge Road and I75 on-ramps Ag gressive Driving Pine Ridge Road and Goodlette Frank Road Red-light running Golden Gate Parkway and Airport-Pulling Road Red-light running Tuesday, June 5: Golden Gate Boulevard West Speeding Naples Boulevard Aggressive Driving Collier Boulevard and U.S. 41 Red-light running Wednesday, June 6: Collier Boulevard and Manatee Road Speeding Grand Lely Drive and Collier Boulevard Speeding Immokalee Road at Wilson Boulevard Speeding Thursday, June 7: Immokalee Road at Randall Boulevard Speeding Airport Pulling Road and Pine Ridge Road Aggressive Driving 97th Avenue North Speeding Friday, June 8: Immokalee Road and Vanderbilt Beach Road Aggressive driving Santa Barbara Boulevard Speeding U.S. 41 East and Barefoot Williams Road Speeding Trafc Enforcement


8 Immokalee Bulletin May 31, 2018 AUTO HOME COMMERICAL BOAT RV Phone (239) 657.3614 Fax (239) 657.6468 Email 711 West Main Street, Immokalee, Florida 34142 Se habla Espanol LOW DOWN PAYMENTS LOW MONTHLY PAYMENTS We make sure youre always with the best company! WE SHOP FOR YOU! Over 25 Dierent companies NORTH FORT MYERS World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is honored each year on June 15. The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) is asking the community to wear purple on that day to raise awareness of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. We associate the color purple with dig nity, respect, and royalty, explains Sherry Young, AAASWFL Elder Abuse Prevention Coordinator. And those are often the same words we use when describing how to treat our elders. Wearing purple on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is another reminder of how we need to treat our seniors with re spect and dignity. Elder abuse impacts millions of people around the world each year. The Nation al Council on Aging estimates that one in ten Americans age 60 and over have expe rienced some kind of elder abuse, and the U.S. Administration for Community living states that older Americans lose an esti mated $2.6 billion annually due to nan cial abuse and material exploitation. Other forms include emotional or psychological abuse, neglect and self-neglect, and physical and sexual abuse. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was established in 2006 by the International Net work for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The goal of WEAAD is to promote a better understanding of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older persons. AAASWFL provides informational semi nars on elder abuse recognition, prevention, and reporting. To schedule a presentation for your group, call the AAASWFL Helpline at 866-413-5337 (866-41-ELDER). The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is a nonprot organization serving Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, and Sarasota Counties. AAASWFL is the states designated Aging and Disability Resource Center for Southwest Florida. The organization is committed to helping adults ages 60 and over and people with disabili ties to live with independence and dignity in their own homes and communities. More information is available at or by calling the toll-free Helpline at 866-4135337 (866-41-ELDER). AAASWFL encourages people to wear purple on June 15 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day commemorated annually on June 15 to raise awareness of abuse and neglect in our communities NAPLES The Immokalee Foundation has received a $10,000 grant from South west Floridas League Club to support its Immokalee Readers program. Immokalee Readers is an after-school early intervention literacy tutoring program designed to help the lowest-performing young readers by supplementing their reg ular classroom instruction in reading. The tutors are high school students supervised by certied classroom teachers in all ve ele mentary schools in Immokalee. Ninety-eight percent of the young students achieve mea surable gains in reading scores; the tutors also have shown improvements in overall reading prociency. This grant from the League Club, cou pled with generous community support, en able The Immokalee Foundation to continue providing services for thousands of students in Immokalee, said Steven Kissinger, execu tive director of The Immokalee Foundation. Immokalee Readers helps to set our young est students on their pathway to success. Each year, grant requests are reviewed by The League Clubs volunteer Community In volvement Committee. Grants are awarded for projects or critical services, equipment, and improvements to make a valuable im pact in the lives of local residents. Since 1987, The League Club has granted over $4.2 million to 157 local nonprot agencies. For more information, visit www.leaguec The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to professional careers through support, mentoring and tutoring, and life skills development leading to eco nomic independence. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, volunteering as a career panel speaker or host, becoming a mentor, making a donation, including the foundation in your estate plans, or for addi tional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit The League Club grants $10,000 to The Immokalee Foundations Immokalee Readers program The Immokalee Foundations Steven Kissinger with Liz Winebrenner, president of The League Club I-75 from Alligator Alley (mile marker 61) to just north of SR 78 (exit 143): Construc tion project: Work is underway to replace 24 Dynamic Message Signs. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures during nighttime/overnight hours. Estimated proj ect completion is fall 2018. The contractor is Horsepower Electric, Inc. During the nighttime/overnight hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Monday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31, motorists should expect southbound and northbound lane closures between mile marker 109 and 114. I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area (mile mark er 63): Construction project: Work is under way to build a new rest area and water treat ment plant on the north side of the roadway. Estimated project completion is spring 2018. The contractor is West Construction, 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. Collier County Road Watch