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With only four percent of residents paying for re protec tion, Fire Chief, Michael Choate had to look for other ways to fund the re departments budget. The funds are mainly needed to pay reghters salaries. The proposed referen dum will place the majority of the proposed taxes on business owners and non-prot or ganizations and decrease the amount paid by residential taxes. Commercial properties will, on the average, increase from seven percent to 14 percent. The amount of taxes on businesses, including non-prot organi zations, would be determined by the busi ness square footage. Non-prot organiza tions taxes can increase from less than one percent to 14 percent. However, Immokalee commissioners would have the option to ex empt churches from paying taxes. Some business owners are protesting the re protection tax stating that the majority of the re calls are residential, so they think that home owners should continue to bear the majority of the burden. Also, many hous es in Immokalee are valued so low that cur rently these homeowners are paying noth ing in taxes. If the proposed taxes take effect, the homeowners would have to pay $369. Choate asks residents to join the thirty-two other Florida counties and 73 cities that have assessed a re protection fee. The important thing to consider, when going to the polls is that, God forbid, if there were an emergency, everyone would want the re department there ASAP. A Big Reason to go to the Polls on August 28 NAPLES Faculty and resident students at the University of Floridas College of Den tistry, NCEF Pediatric Dental Center, funded through the Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, recently spent two weeks in Immokalee operating a free clinic to serve children in Guadalupe Centers Summer En richment Program. More than 160 kindergartners, rstand second-graders in Guadalupe Centers Sum mer Enrichment Program received free screenings, uoride treatments and sealants provided by residents and hygienists afli ated with UFs dental school. The outreach team also demonstrated proper brushing techniques. Children in Immokalee have limited ac cess to medical and dental services because there are not many providers in town, and with so many families here struggling nan cially, the cost of services and treatments often is too high, said Dawn Montecalvo, president of the Guadalupe Center. The University of Florida and NCEF have been great partners in ensuring that students in rural communities like Immokalee still have access to high-quality dental services and education. University of Florida College of Dentistry offered free clinic By Chris Felker INI Florida As of Tuesday, July 17, anyone harvest ing saw palmetto berries in Florida will be required to have a Native Plant Harvesting Permit issued through the Florida Depart ment of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), its Division of Plant Industry has an nounced. Extract derived from the saw palmetto plants berries has been the subject of re search as a possible treatment for men with prostate cancer. The American Cancer Soci ety says, however, that available scientic studies do not support claims that saw pal metto can prevent or treat prostate cancer in humans. But that has not stopped makers of nu tritional supplements from producing one that they claim may help prevent prostate cancer. As long as the manufacturers dont say the saw palmetto supplement does prevent cancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Ad ministration cannot regulate its production and distribution. Thus, saw palmetto has become a popular supplement in recent years, raising global public demand for the product. As a result and after receiving com ments from private and public landowners, conservation groups and other interested parties the Florida Endangered Plant Ad visory Council recently unanimously rec ommended that the state DACS put the saw palmetto on the departments list of com mercially exploited plants and to require the permit for harvest. Any person wishing to take and sell the berries must submit their application for a Native Plant Harvesting Permit a full two weeks, or 14 days, before they intend to con duct the harvest. Violators may be prosecuted on a misde meanor charge if caught transporting saw palmetto berries for sale without the permit. In addition, any illegally harvested berries will be conscated and returned to the own er. If the owner cannot be identied or locat ed, the berries will be destroyed, according to the DACS news release. Gene McAvoy, Hendry County director of the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Service, said this prohibition of harvesting without a permit means that it is unlawful for any person to willfully destroy or harvest such plant without rst obtaining written permis sion from the landowner and a permit from the state. Furthermore, he said, anyone transport Saw palmetto berry harvesting requires Florida state permit Courtesy photo Dr. Khusbu Patel, a rst-year resident at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, provides a full dental screen ing to Leonard Simon Mateo, who is at tending Guadalupe Centers Summer Enrichment Program in Immokalee. Courtesy photo/ Lewis Perkins In April, the Immokalee Board of Fire Commissioners voted unanimously to place a referendum question on the August 2018 Primary ballot. See Permit Page 2 See Dentistry Page 2


2 Immokalee Bulletin July 12, 2018 In addition to the summer program, UFs pediatric dental team visits Guadalupe Cen ters Early Childhood Education Program four times during the school year for screen ings, treatments, education and referrals. Summer screenings found that about 10 percent of children had serious dental health issues, including abscesses, rapid decay, swelling and toothaches. UF referred par ents of children with oral concerns to local agencies for continued care, and its staff also will follow up with families to ensure that children receive the recommended course of treatment. The UF summer clinic began Monday, June 25 and ran through Friday, July 6. 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 graduate with a post-secondary degree. Dentistry Continued From Page 1 ing saw palmetto berries for the purpose of sale, selling or offering for sale such plant must have a permit in his/her immediate possession. He added, It is unlawful for any person to falsify any paperwork/docu ment that permits another person to destroy or harvest such plant. The native plant harvesting permit re quirement also will apply to anyone trans porting the berries via any public road or highway, who will be subject to a rst-de gree misdemeanor charge and may be ar rested. UF/IFAS Extension and the Florida DACS are advising that any landowners who are having problems with trespassers harvesting the berries should contact their local sher iffs ofce or call the Florida DACS at 800342-5869. Information on how to obtain a permit is available at visions-Ofces/Plant-Industry/Business-Ser vices/Plant-Pest-Permits/Native-Plant-Har vesting-Permit. For any other questions, contact Tyson Emory at 352-395-4709 or email Tyson.Em Permit Continued From Page 1 IMMOKALEE Hundreds of students will receive the essential supplies they need ahead of the new school year thanks to the Lipman Family Farms Backpack Giveaway and Back to School Event. The 7th annual event is expected to draw over 2,000 attend ees on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Immokalee High School Football eld at 701 Immokalee Drive. Lipman Family Farms, Americas largest open eld tomato grower, will give away over 1,500 backpacks, 200 bikes, gift cards and free back-to-school haircuts to elemen tary and middle school students in Immoka lee. Students must be present with their parent or guardian to receive free school supplies such as notebook paper, folders, crayons, glue, pencils and pens. Attendees can enjoy music, food, face painting and games thanks to the generos ity of local business owners, sponsors and more than 40 vendors. The Collier County Sheriffs Ofce will be on site with a rock climbing wall and Ciclovia Immokalee will get children moving with physical activities, making it a great family-fun day. The free event lends a helping hand to students and families in need while celebrat ing the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Lipman Family Farms held a successful 5K walk and run in April generating enough proceeds that they foresee being able to provide every child in attendance with a backpack, eliminating the need for families to arrive early and form a line. For more information about the event, or to volunteer, visit their Facebook page at or call 239-657-4421. About Lipman Family Farms Lipman Family Farms is a full-service to mato and vegetable company operating in both open eld and protected agriculture. Lipman is the largest open eld tomato grower in North America. Lipman also spe cializes in greenhouse grown tomatoes and vegetables with greenhouse operations in Nebraska, Canada, and Mexico. Lipmans seed to shelf supply chain control research & development, farming, processing, re packing, logistics and marketing delivers the consistency and quality that has made Lipman Family Farms North Americas most dependable source of fresh tomatoes and vegetables. Lipman Family Farms hosts Backpack Giveaway New backpacks and school supplies will be given to Immokalee children in need Courtesy photo There was nothing but smiles as children moved through the lines at the 2017 event.


July 12, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 3 The Retired and Senior Volunteer Pro gram (RSVP) is an invitation to serve lo cally in a national organization designed to provide opportunities for persons over 55 years of age who want to remain actively involved in the life of their community. Col lier County RSVP has a variety of opportuni ties for interested seniors. Year to date, Collier County RSVP vol unteers have served 5,631 volunteer hours. According to the IRS, this equates to a sav ings of nearly $140,000 to our county be cause of the time, talent and energy our volunteers dedicate to making a difference. Locally, more than 130 RSVP volunteers are engaged in meaningful community service activities in the following focus areas. Disaster Services Concerns regard ing the preparation, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts that relate to disaster events. Economic OpportunityAddresses un met needs of economically disadvantaged individuals, including nancial literacy, af fordable housing, and employment-related assistance. Environmental StewardshipMatters regarding energy and water efciency, re newable energy use, at-risk ecosystems, and behavioral change leading to increased efciency. Education Topics related to unmet educational needs within communities, especially those that help at-risk youth to achieve success in school and prevent them from dropping out. Healthy Futures Addresses unmet health needs, including access to health care, increasing physical activity and im proving nutrition in youth, and increasing seniors ability to remain in their homes. Veterans and Military Families Ad dresses unmet needs of veterans, members of the armed forces and family members of deployed military personnel. For a detailed look at how you can con tribute to the community through RSVP, watch this video. If you are interested in joining RSVP and would like and applica tion, please click here. For more informa tion, call Dawn Whelan at (239) 252-4230. Retired and Senior Volunteer Program offers opportunities to make a difference in Collier County NAPLES iCoArts a nonprot pro gram in Immokalee (FL) that offers teens the opportunity to explore, develop and hone their inner strength, creativity and unique abilities to improve the quality of their lives, their families and community announces their rst Immokalee Commu nity Clean Up Day on Wednesday, July 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Individuals and groups can join iCoArts members and Co-Executive Directors Lisa Banks and Keith Banks at the Impact Cen ter, 1400 N 15th Street, Immokalee (beside Florida Community Bank), for instruction. iCoArts, a program of at the 1 by 1 Lead ership Foundation, helps teens nd their voice, share their stories and hone leader ship skills that benet them now and into the future through the power of art. Co-Ex ecutive Directors Lisa Banks and Keith Banks, owners of Ft. Myers-based Move ment 4 Life, bring more than 30 years of dance studio ownership and experience to the nonprot, Immokalee-based venture. Together, the husband and wife team have created a year-round program that provides a safe-haven to cultivate budding young artists, help them navigate the often awkward teen years, benet from mento ring by industry professionals, enjoy live shows, participate in a variety of show cases and performances designed to giveback to their community, as well as prac tice healthy relationship skills with peers and mentors. The July 25 Immokalee Community Clean Up Day is the rst of three being hosted by iCoArts for the 2018-2019 sea son. The other two dates are October 6, 2018, and January 19, 2019. For more information on the Immoka lee Community Clean Up Day and iCoArts, please visit https://1by1leadershipfounda, or call 239.841.4044. iCoArts announces Immokalee Clean up dates In 1696, William III introduced a tax which required those living in houses with more than 6 windows to pay a levy.To avoid this, house owners would brick up all win dows except 6. As the bricked-up windows prevented rooms from receiving any sun light, the tax was known as daylight robbery Oklahomas 2016 Teacher of the Year moved to Texas in 2017 for a higher salary.. Did You Know?


4 Immokalee Bulletin July 12, 2018 Courtesy photo/ Lewis Perkins Free Summer Fun With mid-summer approaching, many kids are bored doing the same routines day after day. However, they ignore programs around that help provide children with free summer fun. The Immokalee branch of the Collier County library offers different events throughout the summer and school year to keep kids busy, and challenge their minds. One of these programs, the Summer Reading Program, has been a part of the public library system since the late 1800s. Although there is only a few more weeks of this program, its a way to challenge yourself and to read books that interest you. At the end of the summer, the li brary will host a party for all participants. The Immokalee branch is hosting two Disney family movies, on July 13, at 2 p.m., The Aristocrats, and on the July 29 at 2 p.m., Fantasia 2000. Later this month, the library will sponsor a Riverdale Escape Room where teams of children 11 need to solve clues and puzzles in order to help save Jughead. At the end of the month, the library scheduled A Great American Book Read, where students can share their favorite books with others, a suspenseful, story from the Wild West that encourages audience participation to discover chemical reactions, combustion, air pressure and more. Call the library to enroll in one of these programs. The library also offers a place to be alone where you can either read or write and discover more about yourself or about book characters. Collier County li braries offer different programs at each of their branches. Just go onto https:// to nd the many events that Collier Libraries offer outside of Immokalee. $11.5 Million ways to say THANK YOU. Far m Cr edit is the only agricultural lender that gives you money back for becoming a member This year Far m Cr edit of Florida r etur ned $11.5 Mil l ion in cash back to our borr ower thr ough dividend payments. 340 N Br evar d A ve Ar cadia, FL | 863-494-0500 Far mCr 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 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 9:30am to 7pm Sat10am4pm We accept All Insurances. Lowest prices in town. New Pharmacy. Have Medical Supply (wheelchairs, walkers, canes etc). Se Habla Espaol


July 12, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 5 en-USI-75 under Golden Gate Parkway (3.4 miles west of SR 951): Maintenance contract en-USproject: Motorists should expect intermittent en-US northbound and southbound lane closures en-US during nighttime/overnight hours from 9 en-US p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, July 9 through Thurs day, July 12 while crews perform mainte nance on the bridge, weather permitting. en-USMotorists should use caution and expect en-US delays. I-75 from Alligator Alley (mile marker 61) to mile marker 146 (just north of SR 78, exit en-US143): Construction project: Work is under way to replace 24 Dynamic Message Signs. Motorists should expect intermittent lane en-USclosures between mile markers 142 through en-US 146 and between mile markers 61 through en-US 66 during nighttime/overnight hours from 9 en-US p.m. to 5 a.m., weather permitting. Estimaten-US -en-US ed project completion is fall 2018. The conen-US -en-US tractor is Horsepower Electric, Inc.en-US I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area (mile marken-US -en-US er 63): Construction project: Work is unen-US -en-US derway to build a new rest area and waen-US -en-US ter treatment plant on the north side of the en-US roadway. Estimated project completion is en-US summer 2018. The contractor is West Conen-US -en-US struction, Inc. 9.85" x 3" 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 en-USSHAWNEE, Okla.Blake Crawford of Felda, is competing in the 26th annual In ternational Finals Youth Rodeo July 8-13 at en-USthe Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in en-US Shawnee, Oklahoma. Crawford is participat ing in the worlds richest youth rodeo, hop ing to win his share of more than $250,000 en-USin prize money and championship saddles en-US and buckles. Crawford will join more than 850 of the top high school rodeo athletes from around en-USthe world for the 2018 IFYR. He is vying for prizes in team roping. en-USContestants will compete in 10 events en-US running simultaneously in three arenas en-US throughout the week. Events include barrel en-US racing, pole bending, breakaway roping, en-US goat tying, team roping, tie-down roping, en-US steer wrestling, bull riding, saddle bronc en-US riding and bareback riding. The IFYR conen-US-en-US sists of two long go-rounds and a short go. en-US All contestants compete once in each of the en-US long go-rounds. The top 15 averages in each en-US event will compete in the short go nals on en-US Friday.en-US The International Finals Youth Rodeo en-US attracts the best youth rodeo athletes in the en-US world, said Chris Dunlap, assistant director en-US of the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center en-US and International Finals Youth Rodeo. The en-US IFYR was developed to provide a professionen-US-en-US al level competition to high school athletes en-US and now, more than two decades later, the en-US IFYR is where any hopeful rodeo champion en-US wants to be and be seen.en-US The International Finals Youth Rodeo, en-US held annually since 1993, is a 501 (c)3 en-US non-prot organization that presents top en-US high school athletes with a professional ro en-USdeo. The internationally-recognized IFYR is held annually at the Heart of Oklahoma Ex en-USposition Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The en-US action-packed event includes hundreds of en-US contestants vying to win more than $250,000 in prize money, competing in 10 events run en-USning simultaneously in three arenas over six en-US days. In 2017, more than 920 contestants en-US and their families traveled from 34 states and en-US Australia to participate in the IFYR. For more en-US information, visit or call (405) 275-7020. Felda Resident to compete in International Finals Youth Rodeo en-USCourtesy photo/en-USMDW Photography Blake Crawford of Felda, is competing in the 26th annual International Finals en-USYouth Rodeo. en-USCollier County Road Watch


6 Immokalee Bulletin Thursday, July 12, 2018 Keiths Towing 903 Alachua St. Immokalee, FL 34142 239-657-5741 Auction Date: 07/23/18 @ 9a.m. 2004 In VIN#JNKDA31AX4T212432 2001 Dodge VIN#1B3S46C810127292 Auctions Auctions NOTICE OF MEETINGThere will be a Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners for the Immokalee Water & Sewer District, on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 4:30 P.M. at the office of the Immokalee Water & Sewer District, located at 1020 Sanitation Rd, Immokalee, FL 34142.REGULAR MEETING AGENDA 1. Call to Order 2. Preliminaries A. Pledge of Allegiance B. Roll Call C. Adoption of Agenda D. Employee Recognition 1. May 2018-Tavis Rios E. Public Concerns F. Staff Good Cause Items G. Board Concerns H. Old Business 1. USDA Documents I. New Business 3. Consent Agenda A. Adoption of Minutes 1. June 20, 2018 Board Meeting B. Civil Rights Compliance Report C. June Budget Review D. Fixed Assets Acquisitions-Disposals E. Various Reports F. Project Change Orders G. Engineers Report Greeley and Hansen H. Directors Report 4. Action Agenda 5. Discussion Agenda A. Attorneys Report 6. Other Public Interests 7. Adjournment Public discussion will be limited to three (3) minutes per speaker, unless additional information is requested, and additional time is granted by the Board Members. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: If you require special aid or services as addressed in the American Disabilities Act, please contact the District office at (239) 6583630, no less than five (5) days prior to the above stated workshop date. 273896 IB 7/12/2018 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 Employment Full Time Flash Trucking Wanted Drivers New Pay increase 401K Health Insurance vacation pay Great Equipment Call Matt Shop 863-674-1011 cell 941-232-5407 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. Business Opportunities NOTICE Independent Newspa pers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or consid ered 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 num ber 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. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-595-0093 STRINGERS NEEDED: BE a REPORTER & PHOTOGRAPHER for the IMMOKALEE BULLETIN Love to write and photograph? Enjoy talking to people? Interested in your local community? Your local newspaper needs freelance writers stories. Please e-mail writing samples to READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU. Ad Appears In the Newspaper and Online Free of Charge! Reasonable Rates For Private Party Ads Place Your Ad Online, From the Comfort of Your HomeWHEN Y OU W ANT TO !


July 12, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 7 ACROSS 1 Monday Night Football regular until 1983 7 Gobbled, as a turkey 10 Site with a Buy It Now option 14 Meccas peninsula 15 In the bath 16 __ Rock 17 Hires a new crew for 18 Styled after 19 Shot up 20 Confounded British illumination? 23 Jamaican genre 24 Walkway material 25 Meter or liter 29 Med. plan option 31 Twin Peaks cocreator David 34 White House maiden name between Pierce and Welch 37 Dr. J hairstyle 39 Lone Ranger and Tonto, e.g. 40 Confounded British posies? 43 First __ 44 Horners find 45 Have a strong desire (for) 46 Things to fulfill 48 Its on the streets 50 Flanders river 51 Vinegar vessel 53 Dangerous snake 56 Confounded British residences? 62 Actor Bean of Game of Thrones 63 Aegean __ 64 Give ones word 65 Stock options, e.g. 66 WWII intel agcy. 67 Look through partially open curtains, say 68 Round components 69 Vague degree 70 Flowed in circles DOWN 1 Prep for a marathon, with up 2 N.L. Cy Young Award winner three years after Dwight 3 Nordic language 4 Voice of Israel author 5 Rory McIlroys milieu 6 Big name in vision correction 7 Like an excited puppys tail 8 Takes to task 9 Web business 10 San Franciscoto-Teaneck interstate 11 Round servers 12 Iowa State city 13 Swerve from a course 21 Ill pass 22 Clumsy sort 25 Citified 26 Cross my heart 27 Bless my soul! 28 Howeer 30 Molten rock 32 Bend 33 Car wash employee, at times 35 Excites 36 Wire thickness unit 38 Kidnapped authors monogram 41 Most eccentric 42 Manner 47 Round components 49 Cloth remnant 52 HP competitor 54 Configure 55 Prepared for a shot 56 Texture 57 I dont mind eels / Except as meals / And the way they feels poet 58 Previously driven, say 59 TomKats daughter 60 Lake at one end of the Niagara River 61 Final email step 62 Place for a pedi By Harald Hornung Tribune Content Agency, LLC 01/14/15 01/14/15 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: RELEASE DATE Wednesday, January 14, 2015Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword PuzzleEdited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis Training and support group This support group is for families of chil dr en 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. 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. Community Briefs The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce President Danny Gonzalez has worked very diligently this year to be very visible in the community and to be where the Chamber was most needed. The True Mission of the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce is: To assist business in retaining ex isting business. Attract new business into the area. Assist in the expansion of busi ness. 1. The Immokalee Chamber of Com merce (ICOC) is lending a hand to a Non Prot Organization called Jacobs Safe House with this up coming 4th of July Cel ebration at the Zocalo Plaza located at 1st & Main Street to help the entire community of Immokalee to Celebrate the 4th of July, with lots of food, entertainment and family fun and its all FREE! 2. Opening of the 2018 Collier Coun ty Public School Year for Immokale on Wednesday, August 15. 3. The Immokalee Chamber of Com merce will get a Community Sports Calen dar for the up-coming school year football games: Look for the schedule in the July 5 editon of the Immokalee Bulletin. 4. Lipmans Backpack Giveaway in Im mokalee is Saturday, August 4, at the Im mokalee High Schools football eld starting at 9am. You dont want to miss this event!!! 5. There Will Be NO Immokalee Cham ber Breakfast Meeting in July. ICOCs meet ing will resume in August. The rst August Meeting for the Chamber Breakfast will be n August 1, at 8:30 a.m. at Lozanos Mexican Restaurant. 6. The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be on Friday, December 7 at 6 p.m. 7. Christmas Around the World Parade and Snow Gala will be on Saturday, Decem ber 8 at 5:30 p.m. 8. Networking After 5 Affair at the Sem inole Casino Hotel Immokalee on Wednes day, August 22 at 5:30 p.m. 9. Another Christmas Networking After 5 Affair will take place in December, ICOC will email everyone the details when they are nal.(TBA) The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce had a very trying year with Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and ICOC is still dealing with the aftermath of that storm. The Chamber made its presence known in the community by handing out donations of food and water immediately after the storm. ICOC met with Governor Scott to ask for help with availability of getting Federal and State Grants for the Immokalee area. Asked for Initiatives for small business. Got contacts for improved housing for our work force community of Immokalee. Transportation assistance information for better roads into and out of Immokalee. Job Creation and update information on the future with Immigration laws for our residents of Immokalee. ICOC meet with Cissy Proctor and her staff from our State Economic Development Department for suggestions on how to start with making changes with some of Im mokalees Visions & Needs immediately. ICOC partnered with The Roberts Ranch Museum for a very successful Immokalee Cattle Drive and Jamboree. The ICOC is still Donating funds and time to the community wherever needed be cause of Hurricane Irma. Gave six $500 Scholarships to Immoka lee High School graduating students. Assisted, Immokalee High School Beta Club with transportation to their National Convention. Partnered with CRA & MSTU to make Im mokalee BEAUTIFUL! Donated Funds to One by One Leader ship program with their Earth Day Event at Roberts Ranch Completed Ribbon Cutting and Ground Breaking for businesses in Immokalee, Re sults Care ,The Immokalee Culinary Day and the Ground Breaking and Grand Opening of First1Bank in Immokalee. Chamber of Commerce Events Candidates Forum Hosted by the East Naples Civic Association Notice is hereby given that two or more members of the Collier County Board of County Commissioners will attend and participate in a Candidates Forum hosted by the East Naples Civic Association at noon, Thursday, July 19, at the Players Club and Spa, 8060 Grand Lely Drive, Naples, Florida 34113. This forum is open to the public. For more information, contact Shirley Calhoun, President, East Naples Civic Association, at (239) 435-9410, or visit


8 Immokalee Bulletin July 12, 2018 If passed, it wouldnt take effect until October 1, 2019. Per Florida Statute 191, this referendum would allow our board to increase or decrease the millage rate, but we assure you YOUR FIRE COMMISSIONERS WILL ALWAYS ENSURE THAT YOUR FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL ACT IN A PRUDENT MANNER AND BE GOOD STEWARDS OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS. We encourage you to learn more about this initiative and let your voice be heard! If you would like more information, please contact: Fire Chief Michael Choate or Deputy Fire Chief Tom Cunningham (239) 657-2111 If passed, it wouldnt take effect until October 1, 2019. Per Florida Statute 191, this referendum would allow our board to increase or decrease the millage rate, but we assure you VOTE ONthe Immokalee Fire Control District Levy Dear Community Members In April, the Immokalee Board of Fire Commissioners voted unanimously to place a referendum question on the August 2018 Primary ballot. This referendum is important for the safety of our community and if passed will impact citizens as follows: $369 for all residential units, $0.40 per square ft. for all non-residential units and $237 per parcel of vacant land. IF PASSED FAVORABLY re fee will allow the district to do the following: Keep and Maintain Current Number of Fireghter Staff Improve Safety for Our Citizens and Fireghters Modernize Ageing Fire Trucks and Properly Maintain them Begin to Modernize/Harden Fire Stations, bring them up to Hurricane Standards Slowly Increase Stafng Levels (gradually over next 5 years) Update Critical Communication Technology IF FIRE FEES FAIL the following risk exist: Lay-off Fireghting Staff Close a Fire Station, Increasing the Risk for Citizens and Remaining Staff Increased Fire Insurance Premiums (58% estimate on $100,000 home) Increase Response Times Dramatically Increasing Risk to Citizens Maintenance Cost on Fire Trucks will Continue to Increase due to Ageing Fleet Remaining Fire Station will Continue to be Unsafe to Shelter Fireghters During Hurricanes Administration (239)657-2111 Operations (239)-657-8587 Finance (239) 552-1322 Fire Prevention (239) 597-9227 Fax (239) 657-9489 Chairman Anne Goodnight; Vice Chairman Joe Brister; Secretary/Treasurer Edward Olesky; Commissioner Bonnie Keen; Commissioner Robert Halman By Carica Astrel Special to the Immokalee Bulletin Lydia Pitre was born and raised in Puerto Rico and now works for the Collier County Sheriffs Ofce. Pitre was on the search for a career that was long lasting, benecial to not only herself but to others, and a career that would leave a positive impact on the community she works in. While visiting her sister, Pitre decided to attend a job fair and after a life-changing presentation she knew that law enforcement was the perfect t for her. There was a bunch of cops interview ing people, showing what being a cop has to offer and all the benets. There was a lady who was fantastic, she did great with her presentation. Everything that she was saying, the way she described the job. I was blown away by her and I was like wow this is exactly what Im looking for, Pitre said. After the job fair Pitre joined the Collier County Sheriffs Ofce and has been work ing there for 15 years. I love my job, I love seeing positive things in the community, we see more than people getting arrested. Every day is different, we can get together with the Immokalee Kiwanis, pass out food through out the community, get together with the Guadalupe Center or do things to help the homeless but nobody sees that. We do a lit tle bit of everything. When people come to us and ask for help like they want to study but dont have the money we walk them through it. We focus on helping people in the community better themselves but if they want to stay in a bad situation thats their choice. I am very fortunate that they hired me, she said. Like most people who work in law en forcement, Pitre has a passion for helping others and wanted to go into nursing if law enforcement didnt work out since its an other career that is focused on helping peo ple. Being a cop comes with its challenges but according to Pitre the rewarding mo ments make those difcult times worth it. Seeing people that youve known for years that have been in trouble, one situation to another one and going from little things to bigger crimes be able to straighten up their life and clean up. I remember this one guy, I dont remember his name, but I remember his face. He had some issues and I saw him years later. He was married, he had kids and his own business, I was so happy for him. Seeing people turn around their life is proba bly the most rewarding part of my job, Pitre added. Some advice that Ofcer Pitre has for anyone who is considering going into law enforcement is to take the time to under stand what youre getting into because you must love what youre doing. If you just go to work because you have to do it, then youre not going to do a good job but when you love what youre doing youre not only giving 100 percent but youre going to go above and beyond. If Pitre had the power to change anything about a police ofcers uniform it would be the fabric. Its very hot and humid weather all around southwest Florida but its difcult to nd the perfect answer, they want us to have non-ammable fabrics because were exposed to everything, we need fabric that is easy to wash and wont get wrinkled but just something that is a little less hot. When asked if she could create her own cop car Pitre simply said I love my car now, the SUVs are fantastic. Im not that tall, with the other cars I had to have a booster seat because I couldnt see but the SUVs are perfect. Ofcer Pitre is very proud of the work she does and is thankful that she has been able to see individuals within the commu nity grow. Meet Collier County Sheriffs Ofcer Lydia Pitre Courtesy photo/ Carica Astrel Ofcer Lydia Pitre loves what she is doing with the Collier County Sheriffs Of ce.