Immokalee Master Plan on hold again; 6-month extension passes

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- Collier County Commissioners Fred Coyle, Jim Coletta and Tom Henning, left to right, discuss the proposed Immokalee Master Plan at the commission meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, in Naples.   The Collier County commissioners voted 3 to 2 to ask the state of Florida for a six month extension on the Immokalee Area Master Plan amendment.

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David Albers/Staff - Collier County Commissioners Fred Coyle, Jim Coletta and Tom Henning, left to right, discuss the proposed Immokalee Master Plan at the commission meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, in Naples. The Collier County commissioners voted 3 to 2 to ask the state of Florida for a six month extension on the Immokalee Area Master Plan amendment.

The Collier County commissioners voted 3 to 2 to ask the state of Florida for a six month extension on the Immokalee Area Master Plan amendment.

Commissioners Georgia Hiller and Tom Henning dissented.

Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Penny Phillippi told commissioners Tuesday she had been in contact with the state's Department of Economic Opportunity and asked to extend the deadline for the master plan vote. She said the state's response would be that it would work with the county to resolve the issue.

The vote means that Commissioner Jim Coletta, who represents Immokalee and who has championed the master plan amendment, will not be voting the next time. Coletta lost to Republican Tim Nance in the August primary. Nance faces Democrat John Lundin in the November election.

For more on this story, check naplesnews.com for updates.

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The Immokalee Area Master Plan amendment will get its vote before the Collier County commissioners.

Commissioners Fred Coyle, Jim Coletta and Donna Fiala voted against Henning's motion to reconsider the Immokalee Area Master Plan amendment. Commissioner Georgia Hiller voted with Henning to reconsider.

Henning asked his fellow commissioners to reconsider their decision to continue the vote on the Immokalee Area Master Plan amendment because he would like to change his vote. Henning was one of three commissioners — along with Coletta and Fiala — who voted to continue the vote on the master plan amendment to Sept. 25.

If the commission had reconsidered its vote, the Immokalee Area Master Plan amendment would have been placed on a future agenda. That would mean that commissioners would not vote on the amendment before the Sept. 27 deadline imposed by the state and would essentially require Immokalee to start the process of getting state approval all over again.

As a result of the vote, the master plan will have its hearing. A supermajority of commissioners - or four of five - will be required to pass the amendment for it to move on.

READ ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE IMMOKALEE MASTER PLAN

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