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Council approves new Immokalee construction

Construction and engineering services to build a new medical center and public safety building on the Immokalee Reservation were approved by the Tribal Council at its regular meeting Nov. 19. The agreements are with John J. Scherer Construction and Saltz Michelson Architects.

Construction is already underway on the reservation for a new Trading Post that will include a convenience store, gas pumps and electric vehicle charging stations. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in May. Also, a new recreation center will be built on the reservation.

Other action taken by the Council included:

• Appointed Amy Johns as chief justice of the tribe’s Appellate Court. Johns had been serving in the position on an interim basis following the passing of former Chief Justice Willie Johns on Oct. 27, 2020. Amy Johns has served as a judge on the court since it was created in 2015. (See the December 31 issue of the Tribune for more about the appointment).

• Approved an agreement with Redman Builders to replace the roof on the Big Cypress Boys & Girls Club building.

• Approved the renaming of the Center for Student Success and Services to the Education Department.