Immokalee, FL: Jerry Blocker’s right! The Collier County Commissioners want to take over private property in Immokalee to comply with the goal of the Immokalee Area Master Plan.
The goal of the master plan is to encourage growth that will result in economic diversity and prosperity for Immokalee, while honoring the town’s culture.
Jerry and Kimberlea Blocker own the Immokalee trailer park, and it’s their private property at stake, so they’ve sued the County Collier Commission for trying to take over their private property. The U.S. Constitution, amendment V (fifth) protects the Blockers from eminent domain by Collier County:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Commissioner Jim Coletta has some accountability to the U.S. Constitution in attempting eminent domain of Jerry Blocker’s property.
Jerry Blocker said:
Don’t try to kick people out of their homes to try to fix Immokalee.
And the goal of Collier County’s Immokalee Area Master Plan is upside down: there is no proof that the plan shall result in economic diversity and prosperity. The culture of Immokalee, while it has many, can improve itself. The Immokalee Area Master Plan is a red herring from the embodied want of bureaucrats who depend on local, state and federal funding for their failed programs and occupations.
Collier County’s agency is the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency directed by Penny Phillippi.