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Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:24:

Immokalee Construction projects moving along on schedule.

Immokalee Construction projects moving along on schedule. Two major street projects are moving on - or ahead of - schedule in Immokalee.  The storm water drainage project at the western end of Immokalee Drive and the sidewalk construction project on Colorado Avenue will, when completed, make Immokalee a much drier and safer community.  The larger of two projects is the $2.1 million storm water drainage system, sidewalks and roadway improvements to Immokalee Drive, which began at North 16th Street and moved to the west. The second, which is primarily a pedestrian safety initiative, is a $500,000 drainage installation and sidewalk construction project along both sides of Colorado Avenue, from South First to South Ninth Streets in the vicinity of Pinecrest Elementary School.   Money for both projects came through Coll


Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:38:

Sweat Equity grant program for Immokalee businesses.

Sweat Equity grant program for Immokalee businesses. Immokalee business owners have a new way to renovate store and business exteriors.  The Immokalee CRA has opened its new Sweat Equity Grant Program to match 50 percent of the costs business owners spend on fixing up store fronts, exterior commercial buildings and aesthetic site improvements.  All improvements must meet certain criteria (below) and must meet requirements of the community's current land development code, building codes and zoning overlays. Improvements which may correct sited code violoations also qualify if they are combined with other site improvements.  The new program, along with many other CRA projects and programs are funded each year through a mechanism called Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, which captures Collier County property taxe


Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:30:

Bike helmets offered for Ciclovia Immokalee participants!

Bike helmets offered for Ciclovia Immokalee participants! Here's your chance to get a free bike helmet on Saturday morning at Ciclovia Immokalee!  The Immokalee CRA will be giving away free bike helmets to those to come out Saturday, March 7th - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Immokalee Community Park - for the second Ciclovia Immokalee event.  Over 400 people attended the family fun day of exercise, healthy eating and all kinds of activities designed to get you moving toward a healthy way of living.  Activities will include Rock Climbing, a Pedestrian Rodeo, Scooters, Hula Hoops, Volleyball, Zumba, Stretching Exercises, Yoga, Jumping Ropes, Kick ball, Tennis, Games, a Wheel of Health and much more.  Ciclovia Immokalee will transform the Community Park and an


Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:57:

Florida Legislature should work to save Enterprise Zones, including Immokalee's

Florida Legislature should work to save Enterprise Zones, including Immokalee's Immokalee’s Enterprise Zone – along with Florida’s other 64 Enterprise Zones – is under a severe threat again in the Florida Legislature.  Revived in 2005 and set to sunset at the end of 2015, unless the Legislature acts to save them, Enterprise Zones offer the most cost-effective program in the Sunshine State for job creation, entrepreneurial encouragement and a ticket out of poverty for small businesses seeking to find a firm financial footing in today’s marketplace.  In Immokalee alone, its Enterprise Zone has provided over $200,000 in tax incentives and other assistance to nearly 20 businesses over the past decade.  House Bill 903, filed by Florida State Rep. Elizabeth Porter, R-Lake City, has been filed in the legislature&rsqu


Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:31:

First Street Zocalo garners national design award!

First Street Zocalo garners national design award! It was a snowy, wintery Washington D.C. but the sunshine and warmth of Immokalee's First Street Zocalo brought welcomed glow to the Jannuary winter conference of the National Community Development Association (NCDA).  That's when the Immokalee CRA was presented with NCDA's 2015 Audrey Nelson Community Development Award for the community's new First Street Zocalo.  Named for the first deputy executive secretary of the NCDA in 1987, the award recognizes "exemplary uses of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the partnerships between local governments and non-profit organizations to assist low- and moderate-income persons.  "The First Street Plaza was created as a comprehensive vision for the future of Immoka


Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:33:

Home rehab informational meeting - February 5

Home rehab informational meeting - February 5 Some home-owning Immokaleans could take advantage of a state-county program to rehabilitate homes.  The Collier County SHIP Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program will hold an informational meeting about the various opportunities on February 5, at 6 p.m. at CareerSource Immokalee (the One-Stop Shop), 750 South 5th Street.  The program provides interest-free, deferred loans to assist eligible homeowners in with home rehabilitation.  How, one might ask, does one apply for such a loan?   Your annual combined household income cannot exceed these maximum income limits, based on family size of:  2014 Income Limits  Household Size:         1               2        


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