Immokalee CRA and the Immokalee MSTU partnered with Collier County Growth Management Stormwater Department to fund Corrective Action Projects in Immokalee totaling $95,000. The Immokalee Stormwater Master Plan is being completed by the Collier County Stormwater Department and will provide a comprehensive approach to improving stormwater in the community. In January 2018, to facilitate immediate needs, the Immokalee CRA and MSTU partnered with the Stormwater Department to share the cost of four Corrective Action Projects within the Immokalee area. Growth Management Department covered half the cost and the CRA & MSTU split the remaining cost.
This project included both minor improvements to culverts and swales along North Ninth Street and Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens and design, permitting and construction review for new pipe and swales for Eden Gardens and North Third St. areas. Future funding will need to be allocated to complete the construction of these two projects.
Immokalee CRA collaborated with Collier County Growth Management Stormwater Department to apply for $1,200,000 of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recover (CDBG-DR) funds to improve identified flood risk areas in Immokalee. In January 2020, DEO notified Collier County of Notice of Intent to Award – Irma Infrastructure funds in the amount up to $591,374.
The North 3rd Street Drainage proposed project is located on North 3rd Street between 2nd Avenue and Roberts Avenue West. The project would include roadside swales, installation of inlets on 3rd Street, construction of a storm drainpipe system to alleviate ponding and allow conveyance southward to the storm drain system on West Main Street. Cost for repairs is estimated at $600,000.
As of November 2020 the Grant funding contract is now finalized, and the project is entering the contractor bidding phase. The new project manger is Brittany Lazo with Collier County Stormwater Management.
The Eden Garden Bypass Drainage Improvement proposed project is located is the area south of Westclox St., east of Boxwood Dr., west of Carson Rd., and generally north and northeast of Eden Gardens. The project would construct a new ditch along the northern boundary of Eden Gardens, install a 24” pipe under Boxwood Dr. to tie into the existing ditch along the northwest boundary of Eden Gardens to convey flows further west. Cost for repairs is estimated at $600,000. In January 2020, DEO notified Collier County of Notice of Intent to Award – Irma Infrastructure funds in the amount up to $591,374.
In late 2020 the County applied for CDBG-DR grant funding for this project. The application is now in the review and response to questions stage.
The single negotiated contract for designing both the stormwater treatment facility in the SE corner (Tract 3) of Arrowhead Reserve and the pathway and needed drainage improvements along Lake Trafford Road from Little League Road to Tippins Terrace is being scheduled for Board of County Commissioners approval in October. County staff sent draft executive summary to Procurement on 09/28/2020. County staff is looking at phasing the construction, with Phase 1 being the Arrowhead Tract 3 site and Phase 2 being the pathway and drainage west of Little League Road. The goal is to get the Phase 1 design done by roughly late February/early March 2021 so county staff can then start bidding for its construction start in FY 20/21. Staff plans on bidding the Phase 2 construction in the following fiscal year FY 21/22.
On the northeastern side of Immokalee, county staff obtained Board of County Commissioners approval to purchase a 6-acre parcel just to the east of the Immokalee Foundation Career Path Learning Lab Site. They are still working through the closing with the owner. That site will provide a pond site to improve stormwater quality from the outfalls along Madison Ave. Additionally, county staff is working with FDOT's design firms to coordinate the alignment of the SR-29 bypass loop so they can avoid having to route the stormwater from the Madison Avenue channel all the way around the north and east sides of the airport. So far, this coordination looks favorable.
The original Immokalee Stormwater Master Plan (ISWMP) was prepared by H.W. Lochner (2005). Camp Dresser & McKee (CDM) was contracted in 2010 to prepare construction plans for the Downtown Immokalee and Immokalee Drive projects plus update the ISWMP. A draft update document was prepared but not finalized. On November 28, 2018 county staff presented the follow-up analysis.