Collier Commissioner Tom Henning's Immokalee meeting discusses Master Plan
Collier County Commissioner Tom Henning's January 13 meeting with the residents of Immokalee drew approximately 60 people to discuss the proposed Immokalee Area Master Plan.
The state of Florida granted Collier County an extension until Sept. 27 to approve the Master Plan. The plan failed to garner the needed four out of five votes from commissioners in December to see it formally adopted.
At their meeting January 10, the county lawmakers agreed to discuss the Master Plan on January 24 and decide how to proceed.
Penny Phillippi, executive director of the Immokalee CRA, said she is happy so many people took time out of their late Friday afternoon to attend the meeting.
“It is gratifying to know the people of Immokalee continue to want to be involved in the work of improving our community after nearly a decade of effort.”
“All of us working for the CRA – staff and volunteer advisors – really appreciate so many people attending the meeting on a late Friday afternoon to voice support for the Master Plan and to show how much they care about Immokalee and its future.”
Henning, who represents Golden Gate city and parts of North Naples on the county lawmaking panel, called the special town hall meeting to get a sense of Immokalee’s support and, he said, concerns about the proposed plan.
“As Immokaleans, we may not have the largest voice in county government but I am always grateful for how sincere and articulate Immokaleans can be about our own community,” Phillippi said. “The people who attended the Friday meeting showed, once again, the community of Immokalee is dedicated to moving our town forward to become a shining example of what Florida can be in the 21st Century.”